This laptop has been designed to withstand all inclement weather, including rain

This laptop has been designed to withstand all inclement weather, including rain

Look at the laptop lines of the major PC manufacturers, including Dell, HP and Apple, and you’ll find all sizes and configurations. Big companies can try to fill all the needs. Acer is another PC company that seems to have a laptop to fill every need, including some that are a bit obscure. Its Acer Enduro Urban N3 ($999 at acer.com) is sturdier than most and has some features I’ve not seen before on a computer.

Everyone has a distinct concept of what the ideal laptop is. Some folks may be searching for the lightest model, one with the longest battery life, or one with sufficient processing power to edit movies rapidly. Some people want a laptop to be their sole computer, while others want something they can throw in a bag and use when they’re not at home.

Highlights

  • The N3 is sand- and dust-resistant based on the MIL-STD 810F testing standard. It is also liquid-resistant. There are drain holes through the laptop, so that if you spill liquid onto the keyboard, it will drain out the bottom of the case. The Acer Enduro Urban N3 is the first laptop I’ve seen with drain holes for the keyboard. The Acer Enduro Urban N3 is the first laptop I’ve seen with drain holes for the keyboard. The ports on the side of the laptop all have their own rubber covers. If the covers are in place, Acer says, the N3 doesn’t need to worry about the weather. To use the ports, you do have to flip down the covers, which is a bit awkward.

  • This Pulled Pork Nachos recipe is a slam dunk. This easy recipe will score big with your friends and family! The first thing you’ll notice about the Enduro N3 is that it doesn’t look like any other laptop. The model I reviewed has a military green cover with ridges running the length of the top and the word ENDURO outlined in orange. The corners of the laptop and the screen protrude like little bumpers made of a hard rubber material to help withstand drops.