Here Come The Hard Cases

You won't worry about drops and drenchings when you're on the road with these new ruggedized laptops

Sure, it was fun holding a laptop at arm's length and letting go, watching as the Intel Pentium-powered bugger hit the ground with a solid thwack! But I actually got more pleasure just from splashing my Diet Coke onto the keyboard. There was something oddly riveting about seeing the caramel-colored liquid whoosh over the letters of the alphabet and settle in between the keys.

O.K., maybe I was having a little too much fun playing with the Rough Rider III, a "ruggedized" laptop designed to take a licking and let you keep on pointing and clicking. These machines are made to...

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