Rugged and Semi Rugged computers generally have a longer production cycle measured in years not months. Consumer grade devices can be made in a few months. This means that you only need to support 1 device over a period of years. You don’t need to worry about supporting devices that get refreshed or phased out, consequently, you can standardise on accessories such as chargers and docks.
Rugged devices have longer lasting batteries with some being able to be hot swapped. Most rugged computer batteries are designed so their battery charge will last a full working shift. In addition, it is possible to charge the device in a vehicle powered docking station or via 12v socket within a vehicle.
Using a semi rugged/rugged computer will diminish downtime due to a damaged device. It doesn’t make sense to use a consumer grade device on business-critical applications, especially when they are route based. The cost to any business due to lost productivity and replacement costs could be significant.
Rugged and Semi Rugged devices are just as the name says, rugged! They are made to handle the demands of environments outside the office without needing to be replaced or repaired.
Rugged devices typically allow for more OS personalisation. Today many devices are available with a MS Windows or Android operating systems. This allows these devices to be configured to optimal settings for your business requirements.
Rugged computers offer more configurable hardware options. This includes scanners, NFC, WWAN, GPS, RFID, displays and more.
Rugged and Semi Rugged computers can come with cost-effective service contracts that may also include user abuse repairs, in contrast most consumer grade products only carry a manufacturer defects warranty.
Rugged and Semi Rugged computers can have an extensive list of accessories designed by the manufacturer and third parties. Therefore, the businesses can maximise the benefit of a device in the real world by providing holsters, vehicle docking stations, and multi-device chargers.
Rugged and Semi Rugged computers normally have an extensive list of supported software applications that provide your support staff the tools to effectively, roll-out, support and manage them.
Rugged and Semi Rugged computers characteristically have a much lower total cost of ownership. They do cost more per unit to purchase but because of their durability they last longer. This reduces their cost over time in comparison to the cost of purchasing, maintaining and managing a consumer grade computer.
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