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I think you need to evaluate this laptop more like an engineer in the factory/gas&oil platform/in the field, or a maintenance/service guy.
Did you test this laptop outside on a sunny day? If you're doing repairs and want to look at a manual or drawing, the display is the best I've ever seen. Every other laptop I’ve used is rendered utterly useless with some sun. If you use it in a car with a docking station, you'll like the big pixels, because it doesn't matter how nice Retina displays look, you'll want big letters and big touch-buttons to use it.
So it's really not looking very good, but there is good reason behind this madness. I went through a laptop every year or less (averaging 10 months) but this laptop has worked 15 months now and there has not been one problem with it. I expect and trust it to work at least another 3 years, after which I might replace it because I want a faster processor, but not because it has failed me.
Yeah my collegue and I were talking about these computers. (the semi-rugged)They are so much more expensive that by the time they paid themleves off they would be outdated. I spoke to a guy at a PLC Hardware (www.plchardware.com.au) and he said that theyre really only good for use in factories and other similar environments. Not just becuase they are tough, but they have serial comm and they can easily plug into other HMI units. You can get them with XP Pro too which is a big factor these days for alot of engineering software.
cool computers though
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