Dell unveils hard-as-nails Latitude E6400 XFR laptop

Looking for a laptop that can take more punishment than Sly at the end of Rocky? Then cast your peepers over Dell's new Latitude E6400 XFR, a 14-inche

Looking for a laptop that can take more punishment than Sly at the end of Rocky? Then cast your peepers over Dell's new Latitude E6400 XFR, a 14-incher designed for building sites. And warzones.

When it comes to hardness the E6400 may well have even Panasonic's celebrated Toughbook range running scared – this thing packs a "Ballistic Armour Protection System" that allows it to shrug off the sort of impacts that would have most lappies smashed to bits.

Closed and switched off, you can drop it four feet and it won't care, and even switched on it'll take a three-foot drop in its stride.

It also comes weather-sealed, and able to withstand rain, snow, ice and dust, as well as extreme temperatures.

On the tech front, Dell has fitted it with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor,  up to 8GB of memory and, depending on the buyer's preference, either 120GB of shock-proof hard disk or 128 of solid state storage. The screen is designed to be viewed in strong, direct sunlight. Oh, and GPS and Bluetooth are both available as upgrades.

If you think you need a tough laptop in your life you can toddle over to the Dell website and buy the E6400 now, but don't expect typical Dell prices: they start at £2,679 (excluding VAT).