ASUS today announced that the company who brought you the Eee PC has created the B51 notebook, which has ruggedized design and is built for performance and reliability. Here is more info on the notebook:
Ruggedized Notebook for Tough Environments The B51 is built to endure harsh treatment. Starting with a lightweight yet strong magnesium alloy chassis that offers excellent protection for its components, the B51 is additionally buffered against shock by rubber bumpers along its edges, and high strength protective film to shield the notebook from scratches.
Built to Withstand Drops, Shocks, Spills and Scratches The sum effect of the B51's ruggedized design is an exceptionally hardy notebook able to withstand most abuses that will damage conventional notebooks. The B51 is drop tested to military specifications (MIL 810F Method 516.5 Procedure IV), able to withstand drops from tabletop height ? up to 75 cm.
Preserving the integrity of the data within, the B51's hard drive is floated on a sponge protection system, while the keyboard as a drainage path integrated into its design, so that the B51 is able to weather the occasional shocks and spills (up to 120cc) and continue to function reliably. Even while the insides are protected against rough use, the LCD screen of the B51 is also well protected from scratches by a high strength film, for a truly hard wearing notebook, inside and out.
By addressing the various areas of durability and usability, ASUS has created in the B51 an ideal mobile computing solution for professionals who routinely operate in tough, demanding environments.
Intel Centrino Procesor Technology -Intel Core2 Duo Processor T8300/T8100/T5850/T5750 -Mobile Intel GM965 Chipset, Intel Int. GMA X3100 Gfx -Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG/4965ABGN Network Connection Genuine Windows Vista Business RAM DDR2 667MHz, up to 4GB (2 slots) SATA HDD up to 320GB & ODD S-Multi Built-in webcam 1.3M pixel (Optional); Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR (Optional) 36.5cm (W) x 27.3cm (D) x 3.82 cm (H), 3.1KG (with 8 cell battery)