With the exception of a few other manufacturers, Panasonic has had the rugged notebook market all to themselves. At least until now. Weighing in at 7lbs, Dell has unleashed its first rugged notebook, the $3,145 ATG (All Terrain Grade) D620. The folks at Laptop took the new system for a spin and were more than impressed with Dell's showing. The system comes with everything you'd expect from a ruggedized notebook, like a magnesium-alloy chassis, shock-mounted HDD, and spill-resistant keyboard. The 14.1-inch LCD (1,280 x 800) can also withstand 30% more force than a traditional LCD. Performance-wise, Laptop found the 2GHz Core 2 Duo was more than adequate and the 9-cell battery endured for 6 hours. Even more impressive is the fact that the D620 is 802.11n ready and comes with a built-in EV-DO modem. Overall, it seems like Dell hit the bull's eye with their first rugged system.

Press Release [Laptop Magazine]