Robust notebooks

  • Computers and monitors
  • Product lifetime extensions


Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The purpose is to ensure that the contracting authority gets robust notebooks that are designed to withstand everyday wear and accidents. This could in turn reduce costs related to repairs and result in extending the equipment’s lifetime.

Requirement Specification: 

The product shall be tested for robustness (temperature and drop tests) in accordance with MIL-STD-810G W/ CHANGE 1, IEC 60068-2 test or corresponding test procedure for the same required levels as specified in the table below table. The table is taken from TCO Certified generation 8 point 6.4 Product durability. 

TestTest ConditionsRequired Level
Drop testDrop heights≥ 45 cm
High temperatureStorage temperature for ≥ 48h≥ 60⁰C 
Operational temperature for ≥ 4h≥40⁰C
Low temperatureStorage temperature for ≥ 48h≤ -30⁰C
Operational temperature for ≥ 4h≤ -20⁰C

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Alternative 1: Valid certificate of TCO Certified generation 8 or corresponding Type I environmental labelling that shows that the requirement is met. 

Alternative 2: The supplier shall confirm that the requirement is met and shall no later than at the time of signing the contract, attach a copy of the test report(s) that verifies that the requirement is met. It shall be indicated where in the document (page numbers) one will find the required test information regarding temperature and drop test. The test report shall be from a laboratory accredited in accordance with ISO 17025 or equivalent.

The following tests shall be fulfilled if the notebook is tested according to MIL-STD-810G w/CHANGE 1: 

  • Method 516.7 - Shock (procedure IV)
  • Method 502.6 - Basic Cold (C1)
  • Method 501.6 - Basic Hot (A2) test conditions.

The following tests shall be fulfilled if the notebook is tested according to IEC 60068-2:

  • Drop test 60068-2-31:Ec
  • High temperature IEC 60068-2-2:B
  • Low temperature 60068-2-1:Ab/e.  

Information about the Requirement Specification: 

There are generally two advantages in requesting robust equipment.

  1. More solid equipment is expected to last longer
  2.  If the contracting authority plans to sell its used IT-equipment to be reused somewhere else, one could expect a higher value of robust equipment.

This requirement is included in TCO Certified generation 8 (6.4 Product durability). The ambition is that min. 30 percent of the IT equipment on the international market shall be able to fulfil the requirements when a new TCO generation is launched, so that several brand owners will meet the requirements and that one will get several bidders in the procurement process.

TCO Certified product finder (see «Related links») show how many products that are certified by TCO Certified within product categories such as Computers, displays and tablets, but the IT-equipment do not have to be certified by TCO Certified in order to fulfil the requirement.

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Published: 18. Sep 2019, Last modified: 04. Oct 2019