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VIDEOS: The Getac S410 is a win for semi-rugged laptop users

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COMPANY NEWS: Getac’s S410 semi-rugged laptop boasts boosted performance, graphics capability, and configurable options to enhance efficiency in today's ultra-demanding industrial work environments from a company with a rich heritage of innovative rugged devices.

Getac. A key subsidiary of the MiTAC-Synnex business group, Getac was first was established in 1989 as a joint venture with GE Aerospace to provide defence electronics.

Since that time, Getac’s business has grown to include rugged laptops and servers, rugged tablets, software, and mobile video solutions for defence, police, firefighters, utilities, automotive, manufacturing, transport and logistics.

Billed as being "natively rugged," Getac states its tech is "built from the ground up to thrive in a variety of weather conditions and easily withstand drops up to six feet," and given the company has a wide range of tablets, laptops and even portable servers, along with a range of software, Getac clearly delivers on its claim.

The company also offers its Getac Select service, which it says "has been inspired by our customers and the challenges they face."

When you're solving customer pain points and innovating with their needs, and doing so with aplomb, it's natural to see Getac describe that "the outcome is a combination of rugged computing devices, software, accessories and professional services in a purposeful range of specifically tailored solutions."

As Getac says, "a challenge shared is a challenge solved."

Given Getac is in the business of solutions to business challenges through natively rugged technology designs for various types of tablets and laptops, for work in industrial, logistics, warehouse, workshop, fieldwork, oil and gas, defence, cybersecurity and other business scenarios, with dramatically improved workflows, reliability, longevity and performance over consumer-class devices, the company obviously has a great deal of experience across what would be a massive customer base over the last two-plus decades.

Getac's own research, development, and innovations would naturally have been guided by a huge number of customer requests for features, improvements and benefits, with customer requests a great insight into what your customers expect, and clearly, the company's experience, product range and support have reached a very modern level of maturity and sophistication.

No doubt augmented and mixed reality glasses along with virtual reality experiences are all part of the emerging Metaverse of online and connected experiences are coming to touch your senses, soul and brain in different and better ways, and this will presumably be commonplace by the end of the decade.

These Neuromancer and Johnny Mnemonic-type interfaces of the future will replace the flat, large rectangles of glass we look at with our notebooks, laptops and tablets, and the smaller ones of our phones today, but that's all yet still years from widespread adoption.

We see glimpses of that future of the massive Internet upgrade that is the Metaverse for all, with the Oculus Quest 2, Epson Moverio, TCL Nxtwear G Smart Glasses, Google's now enterprise-only Glass project, Microsoft's HoloLens 2, which are all still primitive compared to the imaginations of science fiction writers, with Apple still to release its heavily rumoured VR and AR headsets that will presumably show everyone how AR, VR, XR and the Metaverse is really done.

But again, all of that is still years away from becoming truly mainstream. Some of the industries that can benefit from headsets are already doing so with today's headset technologies, but more important for the vast majority of industrial customers is a solid portable computing system as the foundation upon which anything can be added.

Getac's tablets and laptops devices, natively built for rugged environments, are the ultimate in today's rugged technologies being more powerful than they've ever been, with longer battery life, better expandability, smarter weather and dust resistance, brighter screens and more features and benefits than they've ever had before.

Getac's S410 is a great example of this.

That's what gives Getac the confidence to claim: "If you need to resolve a complex IT challenge rapidly, you can deploy a Getac Select solution safe in the knowledge you have the support of a partner that not only understands the needs of you and your industry but can innovate with you every step of the way."

However, for many users and use-case scenarios, the 14-inch S410, launched as the latest next-gen version, the more portable powerhouse all its own, and the better option.

Getac's standard 3-year limited warranty comes as standard, and as you'd expect from professional solutions, the ecosystem offers excellent hardware, and a great range of accessories including mounting kits, mobile power supplies, security and connectivity software, for complete peace of mind - and yet another sign of the platform and ecosystem's sophistication and maturity.

So, what makes the S410 special? Here's the first official Getac S410 video to see for yourself:

S410 Semi-Rugged Laptop - Brilliant All Day | Getac

Starting from AUD $2159 ex. GST with an 11th-gen Core i3, with i5 and i7 variants, the Getac S410 is the latest version of Getac's S410, and with the ability to have up to three batteries, upgraded all-day performance, a great 14-inch display that works with fingers, stylus or gloves for touch control, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2, HDMI, VGA, Serial port, PCIe NVMe SSDs by default, and user-removable storage, this is a very fine semi-rugged notebook that ticks all the boxes.

As you'd expect, there is also cutting-edge connectivity, including the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 module that supports the new IEEE 802.11ax standard, empowering smooth streaming of high-resolution video, fewer dropped connections, and faster connections at farther distances from a wireless router, while Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit Ethernet and the option of 4G LTE and a GPS module - and all the most important connectivity bases are well and truly covered.

The 14-inch screen is now brighter, at up to 1,000 nits, and is coupled with LumiBond 2.0 Technology for "comfortable outdoor viewing, even when under direct sunlight."

Naturally, the backlit keyboard makes work in low-light environments easier, while a 38% larger touchpad enables a smooth user experience with fewer input errors.

And, as you'd expect with Getac's rugged products, the S410 is MIL-STD-810H certified, and sports a wide operating temperature range from -29°C to 63°C (-20°F to 145°F). There's also compliance with the IP53 rating to allow you to operate in dusty and light rain conditions without fear of damaging the unit.

In use, the Getac S410 delivers the modern Windows 10 high-performance computing experience, except enclosed in a tank that even comes with a carrying handle, transforming it into the ultimate digital briefcase in which all your digital papers, work, emails, apps and more are securely stored.

It is also Windows 11 compatible, although many enterprise customers will take their time to upgrade, as is normal in the enterprise world.

Typing is smooth, with the backlit keyboard an essential element of any modern computing experience, and with every port at your disposal, while securely enclosed when not in use, using the Getac S410 is a statement in itself!

This is especially so if you're using it as your everyday work machine outside of the regular rugged environments, which some prefer doing just because its ruggedness isn't just useful in workshops or doing fieldwork, but anywhere – and at home, is obviously much more childproof than consumer-level laptops, too.

Of course, at 1.5-inches thick, it's obviously not a super-slim ultrabook, but it's a totally different class of computer, built for hard and smart work while easily withstanding the rigours of the environment.

If you're considering a semi-rugged notebook for any business and work scenario, it is definitely worth considering Getac's range and checking it out for yourself in amongst all of its competitors. It can handle many modern business tasks with ease, while appealing to the widest range of customers yet.

So, here's a video I made looking at the Getac S410's features and benefits - please take a look!

Here's another video from Getac on "New Generation" S410 Semi Rugged Laptop:

You'll find plenty more information about the Getac S410 here - if you need a semi-rugged laptop, then the S410 should definitely be on your shortlist!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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