Companies like Panasonic and Xplore Technologies have been falling all over each other trying to pump out rugged tablets that enterprises can deploy in conditions where drops or extreme weather can wreak havoc on computing devices. Accessories maker Urban Armor Gear (UAG) has a much cheaper solution, creating a case that can handle the same challenging scenarios.
With its new line of Scout cases, UAG is the first to offer cases for the Microsoft Surface Pro and Pro tablets (though apparently not the new Surface Pro 3 edition) that can meet MIL-STD 810G-516.6 military standards for drop and shock resistance. It also throws in a built-in kickstand.
The Scout lineup can meet those standards thanks to its Frogskin rubber-based technology that cushions your Surface and provides a water-resistant grip. It also includes oversized buttons to make the tablet easier to operate in tricky situations while staying compatible with Microsoft's Surface Pro Type Cover keyboard.
While ruggedized tablets can often carry price tags that require potential buyers to have their own drop and shock protection (e.g., Motion Computing's R12), the UAG Scout provides some of the same security for a mere fraction of the price. It can't offer all the bells and whistles of those speciality tablets, but it only sets you back $59.95, a small price to pay if you want to take your Surface Pro into some potentially perilous situations.