Getac B360, hands on: Tough, configurable and ready to handle extreme conditions

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Rugged computers aren't for everyone, but if your work involves extreme conditions then you need a device that's built to handle them. Getac has been in the rugged laptop business for many years, and the B360 is a good example of what it can do. 

This robust 13.3-inch laptop runs on 10th generation Intel processors (with a choice of Core i5 or Core i7), weighs 2.32kg and measures 342mm by 281 by 34.9mm. Considering its screen size, these dimensions clearly describe a device in a different league from your average knowledge-worker laptop. 

The weight, of course, is down to the rugged features: the B360 has a solid outer shell, extra protection for the screen including steel bolts that defend it from the shock of being dropped, and hinged covers on all of the ports. There's also a detachable carry handle, a large and reliable hinged clasp to keep the lid and base together, and extra padding in the shape of thick rubberised extensions on the four corners. A bank of status lights to the left of the carry handle is visible when the laptop is closed, making good use of the available space on the protective shell. 

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Getac's B360 is a fully rugged (MIL-STD 810H, IP66) 13.3-inch laptop running on 10th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with 8-64GB of RAM and two SSD storage bays, each capable of accepting up to 1TB. It weighs 2.32kg (5.11lbs) and is powered by two hot-swappable 2100mAh batteries.

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As a result of all this protection, the Getac B360 is MIL-STD-810H (ruggedness) and IP66 (dust/water resistance) certified. For good measure, it also meets MIL-STD 461G, which covers electromagnetic compatibility. 

The IPS screen has FHD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution and is responsive to touch via finger, gloved finger and stylus. A stylus is provided along with a tether, and it can live in a garage on the left side of the chassis. Screen brightness can go all the way up to 1400 nits, which means it should be usable even in very bright sunlight.  

Like many rugged laptops, the Getac B360 is a highly configurable device that can be made to order for different sectors. As well as a choice of 10th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors with integrated UHD Graphics, the base 8GB of RAM can go up to 64GB. The primary (PCIe NVMe) SSD starts at 256GB, with 512GB or 1TB available; a second (SATA) SSD can sit in a bay alongside it, again with 256GB, 512GB or 1TB capacity.  

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A SmartCard reader is not an unusual sight on a regular laptop, but the option to add barcode and RFID readers is more the preserve of rugged devices. Standard components include an FHD webcam sitting above the screen, with Windows Hello IR camera for face recognition an option. You can also add an RF antenna pass-through for GPS and optional 4G mobile broadband. Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.2 are present as standard. 

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Rear ports, with hinged covers: USB 3.2, Ethernet (RJ-45), HDMI, 9-pin serial, DisplayPort (not shown).

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Ports on the sides and back are protected by hinged covers, mostly catering for just one or two connectors, so you never have to expose much to access what's needed. At the back there are two USB 3.2 ports, an Ethernet (RJ-45) port, an HDMI port, a pair of configurable options (9-pin serial + DisplayPort, serial + USB-C, serial + VGA), and a round-pin power input. The left side has the two SSD bays and the SmartCard reader, while the right side has an optional barcode reader and SIM card slot, an SD card reader, a 3.5mm combo audio jack and a PowerShare USB 2.0 port.

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Right-side ports: SIM card slot, SD card reader, 3.5mm combo audio jack, USB 2.0 with PowerShare.

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Good battery life is imperative for a laptop that might have to spend most of its working life away from mains power. Getac doesn't specify battery life but equips the B360 with two hot-swappable 2100mAh batteries. Among the accessories are dual and eight-bay battery chargers, spare batteries and SSDs, a backpack, office and vehicle docks, and various AC adapters. 

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Rugged laptops need to be tough and configurable. The Getac B360 hits the mark on both counts. As with most rugged laptops, there's a price to pay for all that protection: the B360 starts at £2,322.50 (ex. VAT; £2,799 inc. VAT) in the UK.

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Specifications

General
Packaged Quantity 1
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core i5 (10th Gen) 10210U / 1.6 GHz
Max Turbo Speed 4.2 GHz
Cache 6 MB
64-bit Computing Yes
Features Intel Smart Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology
RAM
Technology DDR4 SDRAM
Storage
Interface PCIe
Memory
Technology DDR4 SDRAM
Environmental Parameters
Humidity Range Operating 95% (non-condensing)
Display
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Widescreen Display Yes
Monitor Features LumiBond 2.0, sunlight readable
Type LED
Touchscreen yes
TFT Technology IPS
Diagonal Size (metric) 33.8 cm
Display Resolution Abbreviation Full HD
Hard Drive
Type SSD
Capacity 256 GB
Audio & Video
Graphics Processor Intel UHD Graphics
Input
Type keyboard, touchpad
Features multi-touch touchpad
Communications
Wireless Controller Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX 200
Wired Protocol Gigabit Ethernet
Navigation
Navigation GPS receiver
Optical Storage
Drive Type no optical drive
Type none
Processor
CPU Type Core i5
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 1.6 GHz
Card Reader
Type card reader
Supported Flash Memory SD Memory Card
Battery
Capacity 2100 mAh
Technology lithium ion
AC Adapter
Input AC 100 - 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Output 90 Watt
Connections & Expansion
Interfaces Headphone/microphone combo jack
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
USB 2.0 (PowerShare)
LAN (RJ-45)
HDMI
Dock
VGA
Serial (RS-232)
Memory Card Reader Yes (SD Card)
Header
Brand Getac
Product Line Getac
Country Kits United States
Packaged Quantity 1
Networking
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11ax, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Miscellaneous
Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip, smart card reader
Features LifeSupport, drop-resistant, hot-swappable battery
Compliant Standards E Mark, IP66, MIL-STD-461G
Included Accessories power adapter
Theft/Intrusion Protection security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Security Slot Type Kensington security slot
Monitor
Diagonal Size 13.3 in
Image Brightness 1400 cd/m2
System
Notebook Type notebook
Platform Windows
Hard Drive Capacity 256 GB
Rugged Design Yes
Dockable Yes
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip
Security Devices SmartCard reader
Dimensions & Weight
Width 13.5 in
Depth 11.1 in
Height 1.4 in
Manufacturer Warranty
Type 3 years warranty
Physical Characteristics
Weight 5.11 lbs
Power
Min Operating Temperature -20.2 °F
Max Operating Temperature 145.4 °F
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Windows 10 Pro
Type Getac Barcode Manager, Getac Geolocation, Getac Utility
Video Output
Graphics Processor Series Intel UHD Graphics
Input Device
Backlight Yes
Interfaces
Comment PowerShare
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Full Contract Period 3 years