Most laptop computer users remain bullish on this technology as a portable and user-friendly computing alternative, one that enhances productivity.No doubt, that notion-while true-is also relative. Material damage appraisers for Indianapolis-based Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Co. once regarded 4.5-lb. standard-sized laptops as the best available tool to support their workflow efforts in handling auto insurance claims.

For years, Indiana Farm Bureau equipped its 42 material damage appraisers with rugged laptops developed by French-based Itronix. Rugged was indeed the operative word since the machines withstood hot and humid conditions as well as snowy and rainy weather.

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