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Posted: 10/25/2004 7:27:02 PM EDT

I just found out I am on the hook for mobilization to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. I want to take a laptop that will play DVD's etc.

I am looking for recommendations for a laptop that will hold up in the environment there, dust, heat, etc.

FWIW, I'll be assigned to the tent hospital there, not in the field anywhere.

Proud to be a REMF,

Doc H.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:28:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 7:29:17 PM EDT by Penguin_101]

(wow! Pic is bigger than I thought)
Sorry, had to. I am looking for one.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:32:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:38:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:38:58 PM EDT
Well, if you have lots of $$$.


But I didn't, so I went on the poor boys plan. I bought an off lease Compaq Armada for $500 that has everything I need for the deployment. If it craps out on me I am not out that much, and parts are cheap on ebay if something does go. Just get a rugged case and keep it as clean as you can.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:46:44 PM EDT

Local to me, they have several military contracts. However, I'm not sure how much they actually go for. Stay safe over there!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:50:19 PM EDT
My 5 yr old has a Bob the Builder laptop that's taken tons of abuse, but I unless you can't count to 10 it won't do you much good. Seriously, if you think it might get some rough use then buy a warranty that will cover any kind of repair and get whichever one you like. Unless you go for a ruggedized (sp?) laptop that can cost up to double they are all about the same durability.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 8:40:13 PM EDT
Ask your work, they just may donate one to an employee.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 9:06:14 PM EDT
About 8k.

Try Amrel. One sold on ebay for about $900 with DVD external and Linux pre-installed.

I recently sold a CF-71 Panasonic Toughbook for $590 on ebay.

Wish I had another one for you!

Here are a ton of them cheap on ebay. Price for new ones w/ batts is $500-$700.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 9:08:24 PM EDT
Current supplier to the Navy and Marines for rugged laptops.
Nuff said!

Originally Posted By MC_Man:
Try Dolch Computers

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 9:26:39 PM EDT
In all honesty buy a regular laptop and then spend $100 and buy a pelican case. If you want to watch movies, I would get one with a 17" screen. I'm in Iraq and not a remf and I have access to the internet and my regular old Toshiba works just fine.

Good luck!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 9:42:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 9:45:44 PM EDT by pv74]
Tough Book

Try a Panasononic Tough Book. I see a lot of these in use. They are a bit pricey compared to a normal laptop. You may be better off just buying a normal laptop. Most laptops are fairly rugged, and the power supplies normaly operate between 100 and 240 VAC 50/60 HZ.

Whatever you do, do not bother to get anything with a floppy drive! Floppy drives go bad in .2 seconds in a sandy desert environment. Use a USB memory key or a CD burner.

I was deployed to Kuwait a few years ago. We lived in tents, and the guys who brought normal laptops did not seem to have a problem with them.

If you want a normal laptop, I highly recomend the Toshiba Satelite series. These are great laptops for the money!
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