The best rugged laptops in 2024

In this guide

A mechanic uses the Panasonic Toughbook 55, one of the best rugged laptops

(Image credit: Panasonic)

The quick list ↩
1. Best overall: Toughbook 55
2. Ultra-rugged: Toughbook 40
3. Best value: Dell Latitude 7330
4. Best 2-in-1: Toughbook 33
5. Semi-rugged: Latitude 5430
6. For home: ThinkPad X1 Carbon
7. Extreme: Getac X600 Server
How to choose
How we test

The best rugged laptops are designed to resist harsh conditions, with added protection against damage from bumps, spills, rain, dust, dirt, and extreme temperatures. That makes them the perfect choice for a range of professionals, from the armed forces to first responders, construction workers and even some photographers. And they could also be attractive for anyone who's just generally clumsy. 

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