Searching for a ruggedized laptop? Try a rugged tablet.

When it comes to providing mobile computing power on remote jobsites and in harsh conditions, a rugged tablet will outperform a ruggedized laptop in almost every respect. Tablets weigh considerably less than a ruggedized laptop, making it easier for your mobile workforce to take them anywhere they need to go and to easily access or input data from any location – no table, desk or flat surface required.

And when it comes to protecting your technology from water, dust, dirt and sand, a ruggedized tablet limits ingress far more easily than a ruggedized laptop.

Comark, a leader in rugged computer and display solutions, provides leading solutions for rugged tablets that can handle everything you would want from a ruggedized laptop. Highly engineered for proven reliability and designed for the harshest conditions this planet has to offer, Comark ruggedized tablets provide the full functionality and computing power your mobile workforce demands.

A ruggedized laptop vs. a rugged tablet

When you compare the advantages of a ruggedized laptop vs. a rugged tablet, the tablet turns out to be a clear winner in almost every category.

A ruggedized laptop will undoubtedly have a faster CPU to deliver higher performance, and an attached keyboard and more real estate for a variety of inputs are essential for some customers. But in almost all other criteria, a rugged tablet surpasses the performance of a ruggedized laptop.

With a rugged tablet, you can:

  • Mount or take it anywhere. Rugged tablets come with a much wider variety of options for mounting, and because they weigh as much as 4x less than a rugged laptop, they're much easier to carry with you in the field.
  • Protect it more easily. Rugged tablets tend to have higher IP ratings than their ruggedized laptop counterparts because of the smaller form factor, fewer inputs and fewer points of failure.
  • Input data in multiple ways. Rugged tablets let workers use an on-screen keyboard, touch or a stylus, which means that even workers wearing gloves can input data. A rugged laptop computer provides fewer options.
  • Save money. The cost of ruggedized tablets can be significantly less than ruggedized laptops.
  • Use integrated peripherals. Rugged tablets come with integrated cameras, barcode readers and other data capture devices that may be external add-ons for ruggedized laptop.
  • Power it more easily. Because tablets draw less power than laptops, your rugged handheld computer may have longer battery life than a ruggedized laptop, and hot-swappable battery options help to provide continuous power.

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Comark ruggedized tablets

With over 40 years' experience designing ruggedized off-the-shelf and custom-engineered solutions for companies around the world, Comark is a trusted provider of computer and display solutions that offer exceptional performance and reliability in the harshest conditions on the planet. Our products are simply built to work where other machines fail. With longer product lifecycles and proven reliability in mission-critical situations, Comark solutions not only deliver higher uptime levels but lower the total cost of ownership of ruggedized products as well.

For companies seeking to provide their mobile workforce with more mobile and cost-effective alternatives to a ruggedized laptop, Comark provides two rugged mobile computer options in the COMARK-8 and COMARK-10 tablets. Built to withstand harsh industrial conditions, these ruggedized tablets blur the industrial-consumer divide with a sleek, ergonomic design while providing high IP ratings for protection from temperature extremes, impact, vibration, shock, water and dust. Built on a common PC architecture, Comark ruggedized tablets provide greater versatility and more options, enabling companies to choose Windows, Android or Linux operating systems and applications.

Features of Comark's ruggedized laptop tablet

With the choice of 8" and 9.7" screen sizes, Comark's ruggedized tablets offer features to deliver more versatility and computing power in the field.

  • Operating system: Windows® 7 32/64bit, Windows® 10 64bit, Android 6/8 or Linux Ubuntu 14.04
  • Processor: Intel quad core processor featuring up to 8GB of memory and optional 256GB available storage
  • Power: Removable battery pack: 3950mAh lithium ion battery (*6hrs of usage @ level 7 brightness) and an integrated bridge battery for hot swapping of main battery (1min)
  • Barcode scanner: 1D/2D standard and long-range barcode scanners
  • Protective screen cover: A cover lens tested to take a 1/4 lb. ball bearing drop at 5.75 ft. directly to the screen.
  • Multitouch screen: A PCAP touchscreen with a polarized, anti-glare, anti-fingerprint screen surface that is viewable indoors or outdoors and in direct sunlight
  • Camera: 8MP CMOS camera with flash
  • POS options: Support for payment module solutions: EMV L1/L2 certified, pinpad, MSR, NFC L1/L2 certified, 1D/2D imager
  • Communications: Multiple radio communication, including an Intel a/b/g/n (a/c) module, cellular independence supporting AT&T and T-Mobile, Bluetooth 4.0 and standalone GPS
  • Rugged construction: Environmental protection that includes IP54 ratings against dust and water and that can withstand multiple 4-foot drops to bare concrete, operating temperatures from +14°F to +122°F (-10°C to +50°C) as well as storage temperatures from -4°F to +149°F (-20°C to +65°C).

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Benefits of ruggedized product from Comark

When you choose a ruggedized laptop, tablet or PDA from Comark, you can:

  • Reduce your TCO. We focus on delivering long-term value and providing solutions that meet your needs today and tomorrow. The reliability and longevity of our products is designed to help reduce your total cost of ownership.
  • Customize rugged technology for your needs. If our off-the-shelf products don't meet your needs, we will custom-engineer a solution, even for low- to mid-volume orders.
  • Count on reliable performance. Our ruggedized laptop, tablet and PDA products are certified in a wide range of industry standards such as UL508/61010, UL864 and ATEx/IECEx to ensure reliability.

FAQs: what is a ruggedized laptop?

A ruggedized laptop is a mobile computer that is built to withstand the challenging conditions of industrial worksites, outside jobs and other harsh environments. A ruggedized laptop is built with components that can hold up against temperature extremes as well as shock, vibration and impact. A rugged laptop also includes a protective case or housing that prevents ingress of water, dust, dirt and sand.

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A ruggedized tablet may provide workers with even more mobility, as tablets can be much lighter than a ruggedized laptop. A tablet with a multitouch screen provides more ways for workers to interact with the device, through touch, stylus or an on-screen or external keyboard. And a ruggedized tablet tends to have a higher IP rating than a ruggedized laptop – a smaller form factor and fewer moving parts are easier to protect.

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Comark: trust built in

At Comark, trust is built into everything we do. When you choose ruggedized laptops, tablets or PDAs from Comark, you can count on:

  • Quality design and construction for higher reliability.
  • A lower total cost of ownership, thanks to longer product lifecycles, exceptional reliability and extraordinary customer service.
  • A partner who is intensely invested in your success and dedicated to providing the rugged products that can help you achieve it.
  • A culture of continuous improvement, with a team that is always looking for ways to improve our processes and testing capabilities to exceed the expectations of our customers.

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