A tablet PC is a versatile device that can be extremely useful in an office environment. Having the convenience to pull up a document anytime, anywhere is freeing and can assist in getting projects done faster. But, what if your office is outside at a construction site and it's raining? You don't want to ruin your delicate tablet. One option is a rugged tablet computer, like the Algiz 7.

If your work is in construction or takes you to exotic destinations like Antarctica, you'll want the best tablet for such an environment. The Algiz 7 looks dated at first glance. It's almost 2 inches thick and has a 7-inch display that looks quite small when compared to most tablets on the market. It's also quite heavy for such a small device, weighing just under 2.5 pounds. However, when you walk outside and accidentally drop it onto concrete from four feet up and find there's not a dent or broken screen, not even a scratch, you understand the durable encasing.

Once turned on, this rugged tablet looks and works like most other tablets. The included, and conveniently attached, stylus further enhances the experience, by enabling you to precisely select icons, write notes and draw. Inside, you'll find a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom N2600 processor and 4GB of RAM. There is also a 128GB solid-state drive that, when combined with the processor and RAM, make for a quick tablet that allows you to open multiple programs at once.

The display has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Many users will balk at such a low resolution; however, it's just fine for business purposes. The display also features MaxView, which makes it easy to read in a sunny setting. The built-in camera takes 5-megapixel photos and features an LED flash, comparable to many other tablet PCs. A plethora of easy-to-access ports and connections make this Windows tablet PC even more convenient and useful. A rubberized latch covers each port, waterproofing the Algiz 7. Ports include two USB 2.0, 9-pin serial port, Ethernet, micro SD slot, 10-pin dock and auxiliary jack. One of the USB ports is fully waterproof even without the latch closed. The Algiz also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with optional mobile broadband.

What makes the Algiz 7 exceptionally durable and rugged is that it meets rigorous MIL-STD-810G military standards. What this means for you is that this tablet computer can operate in temperatures ranging from -27.4 F to 145.4 F and can be stored in temperatures ranging from -40 F to 159.8 F. You can drop this tablet straight onto a concrete surface from four feet, and you can bet we tossed it around a lot to check this fact. It is also resistant to strong vibrations, sand and dust, water, and humidity.

Even though its bulk and small screen aren't immediately impressive, this rugged tablet proves itself during use. Switching from program to program is a breeze, and the device is responsive. The included stylus is handy, and the fact that it's physically attached to the tablet is a great feature. If your work involves braving the elements or just working in an out-of-the ordinary situation, the Algiz 7 will make a great addition to your job.

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