From time to time, our editors and reviewers get the opportunity to perform "stress" and "durability" tests on the products that arrive in our labs. These five videos represent the most dangerous or destructive of the rigorous "scientific" tests that we've come up with. After you check out one of the videos, click the back button on your browser to come back to this page to watch more tech products taking some punishment.
1. Digital Demolition: Hard Drive vs. Flame Thrower!
In our Digital Demolition show, Editor Chris Holt manhandled an external hard drive, the ioSafe Solo, that's designed to withstand home catastrophes such as floods and fires. After a dunking in a public fountain and a run-in with a 3000-degree fire cannon, could the ioSafe still deliver our data?
2. iPhone 3G Torture Tests
In our second annual iPhone Stress Tests, Senior Editor Tim Moynihan applies a serious beating to the Apple iPhone 3G using keys, breakfast cereal, water, dish soap, city sidewalks, and a motorcycle.
3. Rugged Dell Laptop Takes a Beating
When Dell brought its new ruggedized laptop, the Latitude E6400 XFR, into our offices for a demo, Senior Writer Darren Gladstone put it through a series of grueling tests. Watch as he grinds dirt into the keyboard, washes it off with a nozzle, and drops it on the floor.
4. Digital Demolition: Can a Phone and Camera Withstand the Dunk Test?
The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 point-and-shoot and the Sonim XP3 Quest rugged phone are supposed to be tough. How tough? Sarah and Chris, PC World's Digital Demolition team, drop them, dunk them, toss them, and run one over with an SUV. Take a look to see if they survive.
5. iPod Nano Torture Tests
What happens when you "forget" to take your 4GB iPod Nano out of a pocket when you throw your jeans in the laundry? What happens when you take the Nano and shake it up with a bag of keys? What happens when you ditch the bag and just, well, key it? PC World's Chip Taylor shows you the damage.