ASUS is getting in on the rugged PC game with a military-grade notebook and UMPC that will start selling as early as this fall.
The 7-inch UMPC, dubbed “Hermes,” is waterproof, dust-proof and can withstand drops of up to four feet. The Hermes will be available with a LED -backlit display, solid state drive and GPS module. The N13i, a 13.3-inch rugged notebook, will feature a rotating display, Intel Core 2 Duo processors and HSDPA.
Mass production is expected to begin in November, with the Hermes starting at $700 and the N13i in the $3,000 range.