Re: rugged laptop shell
Laptop parts are very case specific. Your parts can only fit in your case (to some degree), which means a rugged shell would need to be made specifically for your laptop. I have not heard of any manufacturers doing anything like this, but it may be a good idea.
Panasonic Toughbooks come to mind, but those are whole laptops and are very, very pricey.
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