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Important Features Of Rugged Monitors

by Dora Barrett

Rugged monitors can be very useful if you're doing work in the backcountry or in a hazardous environment. There are several features available, and here are some of the most important specifications to consider when choosing a rugged monitor.

Strong Cover Glass

The cover glass on your rugged monitor will protect it from getting cracked during drops, explosions, or bumps from other equipment. One of the strongest types of monitor glass to choose is optically bonded cover glass.

Powerful Mounting

Having your screen properly mounted can also protect it from impact. Some rugged monitor companies make pivoting mounts that can swivel 360 degrees, making it easier for you to maneuver the monitor while it's still secured to a firm base.

Good Optical Materials

When you're using a rugged monitor outdoors, one important feature to consider is whether it will be readable in all light settings. For direct sunlight use, you'll want a monitor that has varied optical coatings designed to reflect sunlight. The LCD screen should be indexed to provide optimal viewing at all levels of sunlight.

Strong Backlight

At the same time that sunlight can affect readability on your LCD monitor, low light conditions such as caves and underwater expeditions also present a challenge for rugged monitors. The best monitors will use a strong LED backlight to ensure that you can read the controls and the screen in low light situations. The LED lighting option is a low-cost solution that allows you to dim the lights easily in different settings.

Good Material Finish

The exterior of your monitor may be exposed to many harsh conditions; water is one of the worst corrosive experiences for an LCD monitor. Be sure that your rugged monitor is properly anodized to withstand water damage and corrosion over time.

Flexible Power and Voltage Options

If you will be traveling frequently with your rugged monitor, it can be frustrating to ensure that you'll have the right voltage of power supply at all times. This is why many modern rugged monitors can adapt to a wider range of voltage inputs than normal monitors. Their surge protection features allow them to operate safely at varying levels of power input.

The lifespan of your rugged monitor will depend on how well it is equipped to deal with different traumas. These features can help you choose the right rugged monitor that will perform well in a variety of situations.