Nowadays it's possible to buy a portable PC to meet virtually any possible scenario, ranging from the super-light, super-small mini-notebooks and tablets for stuffing into a backpack or small briefcase, through to widescreen, 17-inch monsters designed to be mobile desktops for serious gamers or CAD users.

One of the latest trends had been towards ‘rugged' portables like the GETACs, which are aimed at journalists or the armed fores in war zones, and this need for added durability is now extending towards medium-weight business laptops like the HP EliteBook 6930p.

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Although HP says it's passed the rigorous Military Standard 810F testing for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude and high temperature, this notebook is not as armour-plated as the GETAC models. However it does have a robust aluminium lid with anti-scratch coating and a similar protective coating on the full-size keyboard. The whole machine feels reassuringly solid, although it weighs only 2.1kg and measures 3.1 x 33.1 x 24.3cm, plus it's made to withstand extreme temperatures of 60C and -29C.