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Strong Box

This laptop is one tough cookie.

A s a journalist who provides travel-related content to Web sites such as Microsoft's Mungo Park (http://www.mungopark.com), Jim Bruton often finds himself in rough terrain. Last December, Bruton and his team traveled to the Middle East, following the path of the Magi by driving from Iran to Bethlehem, Israel, in a four-wheel-drive vehicle--beaming written reports, photographs and even live video of the journey to the Mungo Park site via a satellite link and a laptop computer. Knowing the average laptop wouldn't hold up very well on a trek through the desert, Bruton relied on a sturdy laptop from Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based FieldWorks Inc.

Built with light, ultra-strong magnesium frames and equipped with the latest and fastest processors, FieldWorks laptops are powerful enough to satisfy a variety of computing needs and durable enough to meet stringent U.S. military standards for withstanding shock and vibration. The laptop's touch pad and standard-sized keyboard are moisture-proof, and the company offers a number of options to customize the machine for harsh weather.

FieldWorks laptops have been used by the U.S. Navy to troubleshoot electronics at sea and by pit crews at the Indianapolis 500 to fine-tune race-car performance. Recently, Bruton even took a FieldWorks laptop on an expedition to Mount Everest.

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This article was originally published in the September 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Hit List.

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