Getac launches S410 semi-rugged laptop
Written by: Laurence Doe | Published:

​Getac has launched a semi-rugged laptop, the S410, which has the footprint of a business notebook, but with the features of a fully-rugged device, such as hot-swappable batteries.

Designed to survive a three foot drop, the S410 is also resistant to dust and water ingress (IP51 rated), with a splash-proof keyboard, a built-in vehicle dock and vibration resistance. Its touchscreen allows users to work with globes on and also can ignore rain. It weighs in at 2.2 kg and is 34.9 mm wide, 24 per cent lighter and 29 per cent thinner than the S400 G3.

As is the case with all Getac equipment, the S410 can be specified and customised to meet sector-specific demands. It can come with optional RF Triple-through to allow the device to use a vehicle’s antennas. The S410 features Intel’s 14nm Skylake U-series CPUs, together with Intel’s latest dual band Wireless-AC 8260 and full Windows 10 support.

Land Mobile inspected an alpha version of the S410, which a spokesperson said was 90 per cent what would be expected of the final version. Using the S410 was surprisingly comfortable – the relatively large area down from the keyboard made for easy on-lap use and although we didn’t get to try out any truly processor-intensive applications, it felt pleasantly cool and quiet.

We found that the DVD player’s tray pops open a little too easily. The stylus that comes with the S410 slots neatly into the laptop’s body on the left-hand side. This arrangement together with the stylus’ relatively short cord makes it more comfortable for left-handed operators than their right-handed colleagues.

These quirks aside, we were impressed with the S410’s overall build quality and it struck us as a particularly good fit for network planners looking to work on the move and seeking a laptop that offers more resilience, security and battery life than that offered by consumer devices. The spokesperson said that the S410 should be available from May.


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