5 Toughest Laptops for Construction Pros
The laptops on this list are a far cry from most ultra-light, ultra-thin modern machines ... and that's a good thing.
HP ProBook x360
While it’s not as robustly protected as some of the other models on this list, this HP ProBook has everything you need in a moderately priced laptop while also sporting sturdy construction. It’s got shock-absorbing molded rubber trim for minor fall protection, a reinforced power port, a damage resistant glass screen and a spill-resistant keyboard. Unless you’re working in the harshest of environments, this laptop should hold up well. And it’s affordable enough to replace if disaster were to strike.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 MK1
Don’t let the boxy look and outdated design fool you. Despite its appearance, this laptop is stuffed with new technology, like lightning fast SSD drives with sizes up to 448GB and a Windows 10 Pro operating system. The Panasonic Toughbook is also MIL-STD-810G certified, which is a military specification that guarantees a level of durability for a piece of technology. And if it’s durable enough for the military, there’s a good chance it’s tough enough for your jobsite.
Dell Latitude 5424 Rugged Laptop
When it comes to keeping a laptop in pristine working condition, sometimes the little things go a long ways. For example, every port on the Dell Latitude 5424 is covered by a seal so dust and debris can’t find their way into the internal mechanisms. And there are plenty of ports in this machine, with three USB 3.0 Type A ports, an SD card slot, and an ethernet port so you can get the fastest internet speeds possible. The screen is also “sun-blocked” so that it’s easier to see even in the brightest outdoor conditions.
The thing that sets the Durabook apart in the field of jobsite-worthy laptops are its customization options. Users select the amount and type of ports and interfaces on the device so that it can be compatible with whatever systems you use in your daily work. If you want a faster machine, there’s a slot that allows you to add another SSD. The touchscreen has also been optimized with four modes so that it remains usable and responsive whether you’re in damp conditions, using bare fingers, gloved hands or a stylus.
Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme Laptop
The Latitude 7424 is Dell’s flagship rugged laptop, and it comes with all the bells and whistles to prove it. The screen is bright, clear and built to withstand the elements. The casing is dust-tight and protected against pressurized water. It’s got swappable batteries so you’re never without power. And it can hold up to 4TB of total storage. That’s… a lot. It even has a built-in QuadCool thermal management system so that you can keep working even on the hottest of jobs.
The Latitude 7424 comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s worth it for the durability, reliability and longevity this beast of a machine promises.