Looking for a ruggedized, secure notebook that won't break the bank? The CRN Test Center recommends the Durabook SA14 from GammaTech, a budget-friendly option that outperforms most other laptops reviewed by the Test Center.
The SA14's dual-core i7 Ivy Bridge processor takes third place on CRN's all-time list, and in a video playback test, its 9-cell battery provided about 6.5 hours of continuous use. This is one tough laptop: The SA14 is rated to withstand 26 drops from a height of 3 feet onto a plywood-over-concrete floor. It has shock protection and carries an IP53 rating for resistance to dust incursion and spraying water coming at it from all sides.
The SA14 opens to nearly 180 degrees, and the 14-inch 1,366-x-768 touch screen is beautiful and responsive. It features a row of programmable buttons that include a "stealth mode," which blackens the screen and toggles oft-used features like airplane mode. The SA14 provides USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, GB Ethernet, VGA and HDMI outputs, an optical drive slot, RS-232, SD readers and PC card slot.
PUBLISHED APRIL 9, 2014