Lenovo Ruggedized PC

I just returned from our Beijing Innovation Center where I was presenting to a customer. In my next post, I plan to share a few additional photos, but today I wanted to share the most interesting thing I saw while I was there. The great thing about our Innovation Center is that they always have everything on display. This includes not only a few historical pieces of Lenovo computing history, but also Lenovo's entire current product line from around the world. A few posts ago I had written about how ThinkPads are rugged PCs and will suit most customers who need more robust systems. However, even they are not appropriate for some applications, especially those in very wet environments. As many readers know, Lenovo does not market a true ruggedized machine – or so I thought. It turns out I was wrong. I was walking along the displays in the Innovation Center and did a triple take when I saw this machine. It is a true dropit in the mud, run over it with your car, flush it down the toilet, ruggedized machine. AND it has a handle. If you are not familiar with the ruggedized space, what is different about rugged notebooks as compared to standard notebooks is that ruggedization is the primary design focus. Other considerations, such as weight, thickness, and battery life are secondary. The outer casing is thick magnesium. The corners are reinforced with thick rubber pads. The outside is completely sealed so that it can be used under running water. To do this is a significant piece of thermal, acoustic, electrical, and computing engineering and not just putting a couple of protective plastic parts on the system. This machine is only available in China, and is so new that the team there didn't have any details on it. I can't help wondering though – if we slapped a ThinkPad keyboard on there, would this be a good machine to add to our worldwide portfolio? Obviously, it wouldn't be that simple, but we'd be interested in your comments.