Best Rugged Handhelds of 2016

Why buy a rugged handheld computer and not a consumer-grade device?  The most important factor is overall cost! Getting total cost of ownership (TCO) as low as possible requires organizations to deploy devices that will lead to maximum reliability and productivity in their work environment. Consumer-grade devices often don’t last a year when deployed to support mobile operations, resulting in extremely high failure rates, not to mention large repair, maintenance, and replacement costs. At the other end, ruggedized mobile computers routinely last four years or more even in challenging industrial environments. Rugged handheld computers and rugged PDAs are tough tools for the job. They offer a combination of high performance and strength to to handle the most demanding field applications and environments  


Rugged handheld computers help users collect accurate field data and work more productively. Field service, public safety, retail, production and distribution, enterprise, and manufacturing are all work environments that will reap many benefits by implementing rugged handhelds into the hands of their crew.


You might be wondering where to start when selecting a rugged handheld for your organization. That's exactly why we have created this list of the best fully rugged handheld computers of 2016!

Best Rugged Handhelds of 2016

  1. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1

    Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1

    The rugged 5-inch Panasonic Toughpad FZ-E1 handheld tablet runs the Windows Embedded Handset 8 operating system and is an ideal for use in the most demanding environments. The Toughpad FZ-E1 weighs less than one pound, and is designed to protect against environmental conditions and accidental situations, such as bumps, drops, or exposure to wind, heat, and rain. The FZ-E1 will survive a drop from 10-foot drops onto concrete and 30 minutes underwater at up a maximum depth of 1.5 meters.

    Standard Configuration
    Operating System: Windows® Embedded 8.1 Handheld
    Processor: Qualcomm® MSM8974AB 2.3GHz Quad-core
    Memory: 2GB
    Storage: 32GB
    Display: 5" high definition 1280 x 720 daylight-viewable display; 10-point capacitive multi touch daylight-readable screen with glove-touch mode – 2-500 nit
    Wireless: WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0 (Class 1), NFC
    Cameras: 8MP rear camera with LED light & 1.3MP webcam with microphone
    Integrated: 2D Bar Laser (SE4750)
    Battery: Li-Ion battery pack 3.8V, 6200mAh
    Warranty: 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G and IP65

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  2. Trimble Juno T41

    Trimble Juno T41

    The Trimble® Juno® T41™ rugged handheld computer offers combined feature options to provide customers the handheld that meets their specific needs in the field: Enhanced GPS, 1D/2D barcode imaging, SmartPhone capability or not, choice of Windows or Android operating systems, and Ultra-High Frequency RFID capabilities.

     Standard Configuration
    Processor: 800MHz Texas Instruments DM3730
    Memory: 512MB
    Storage: 8GB
    Display: 4.3 in (10.9 cm), 480 x 800 pixel, WVGA TFT
    Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR; Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,GPS
    Battery: 3.7 V, 3.3 Ah, 12.2 Wh, Lithium-ion polymer
    Operating System: Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5
    Color: Yellow
    Warranty: 2 Year Limited Warranty
    Rugged Rating: IP68, MIL-STD-810G

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    Regular Price $1,499.00 Special Price $1,299.00
  3. Juniper Archer 2

    Juniper Archer 2

    Designed for the demanding field applications, the Juniper Archer 2 rugged handheld merges modern technology with uncompromising durability. This rugged handheld computer is built and tested to the most rigorous standards. It can survive everything from freezing cold to blistering heat. The Archer 2 is waterproof and dustproof, earning it an IP68 rating. It is also tested to MIL-STD-810G for water, humidity, sand and dust, vibration, altitude, shock, and temperature. 

    Standard Configuration
    Processor: ARM Cortex A8 i.MX53 1.0GHz
    Memory: 512MB RAM
    Storage Drive: 8GB flash storage
    Display: 4.3" (109mm) WVGA LCD TFT (800x480) High visibility backlit LCD; Portrait or landscape orientation
    Communication: Not Included
    Wireless: Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, Class 1.5; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    Battery: Intelligent Li-Ion battery 3.7VDC @ 10600mAh, 38.7Whr
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.3
    Warranty: 2 year Warranty
    Rugged Rating: MIL-STD-810G, IP68

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