GammaTech Computer Corp. has added a new rugged notebook computer to its Durabook line. The Durabook R8300 is certified to stringent MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications, meaning it can withstand the abusive nature of extremely harsh environments, such as those regularly encountered by the military, public safety, and utility sectors.

“It is easy to produce a computer that works well in a climate-controlled environment, where Mother Nature is held at bay,” said Jen Chen, GammaTech president. “It is something entirely different, however, to engineer a computer to withstand long exposure to wind, dust, rain, and extreme temperatures as well as surviving bumpy rides, drops, and working in sweltering heat or frigid temperatures. Designed specifically for outdoor usage, our new R8300 notebook offers unsurpassed performance, even in the most hostile environments.”

The computer features an Intel 3rd Generation i-Core LV /ULV CPU i-Core i7-3555LE or i-Core i5-3437U mobile processor. It also includes a mobile Intel QM77 Express Chipset that, among other features, provides integrated USB 3.0, Intel AMT 8.0 with enhanced manageability and security, Intel Rapid Storage Technology with RAID support for enhanced performance, power management, and data protection, and Intel Smart Response Technology and Anti-Theft Technology that can disable a lost or stolen PC and reactivate it without compromise to the system or data.

It includes the Windows 7 operating system.

A 13.3 in. TFT touchscreen LCD display features direct-sunlight readability. Users can also inter-swap either 500GB or 750GB HDDs simply by turning a couple knobs. Configurations with solid state drives are also available.

Additional storage is provided through a 5.25 in. Super Multi-Slot type optical disc drive. Two DDR3 SODIMM slots provide 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of memory each.

The Lithium-Ion battery provides 8 hours of power, and if longer operation time is needed, the second-battery design can accommodate another battery that boosts battery life to 12 hours while adding hot swap support.

A mini card slot for Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 class 1 combo card is included, as is a built-in antenna; one M2 card slot for the WWAN module (Type 3042-S3-B); a built in SIM card slot; a built in WWAN antenna; a GPS module with built-in GPS antenna; and an optional Intel Dual Band Wireless 6235 802.11AGN.