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Kontron's Tough-Guy Laptop

Think your laptop takes a beating when you jump into a taxi or jam it under an airplane seat? Then consider the environments for which Kontron's forthcoming NotePAC laptop was designed to survive. The NotePAC is housed in a magnesium alloy casing and can withstand a 3-foot drop onto concrete. The computer is also shielded, so there will be no errant electrical discharge--a useful feature where such a thing might cause an explosion, like on an oil rig or in a mine filled with coal dust.

The company says the NotePAC can operate in the rain or in blowing sand or dust. Kontron's biggest challenge may be convincing buyers that a 13-pound machine qualifies as a laptop. --Sharon Gaudin, [email protected]