On Thursday, Urban Armor Gear unveiled its military-grade case for Microsoft's Surface Pro and Pro 2 tablets: the Scout.
The Scout cases have been thoroughly, and independently, tested to meet MIL-STD 810G-516.6 military standards for drop and shock resistance. This means that the case will protect the Microsoft tablets from a drop of several feet. "We take pride in providing world-class protection for Microsoft's Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets, guaranteeing our customers Military Spec protection for their premium devices," said UAG co-founder Steve Armstrong. "With all this protection in such a stylish package, you can conquer any adventure the urban jungle throws at you." The Scout cases use Frogskin rubber-based technology that offers a water-resistant grip and extra cushioning for drops, all while still allowing compatibility with Microsoft's Surface Pro Type Cover keyboard. The case also throws in a built-in kickstand. The Scout cases are available now for $59.99 for the Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 tablets, the new Surface Pro 3 does not have a Scout case at this time.
Many tech companies have been working hard to create rugged mobile devices, but these can be costly. These tablets and smartphones are designed so that they can deploy in less than ideal conditions where drops and weather could destroy less durable devices. One example is Motion Computing's R12 tablet which has a starting price of $2,999 for the 12.5 inch Windows tablet. For those who want this level of protection, without the massive price tag, UAG's offering allows users to bring their standard tablets into potentially treacherous environments.
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