Panasonic Toughbook

The Panasonic Toughbook is a laptop designed for heavy duty use. There are sometimes extreme climates and environments where a laptop can be very beneficial and most laptops cannot endure the environment. The Panasonic Toughbook however was designed for these exact situations.

Most people use laptops for simple Internet surfing, entertainment purposes, or as a secondary work computer, but there are a select few who can benefit from a heavy duty laptop. For instance, police officers, people working underground, and people completing biology field studies could all benefit from a Panasonic Toughbook.

The Design
The Panasonic Toughbook was not exactly designed to be visually appealing. This is simply a laptop designed to be used in extreme circumstances without having any issues. The laptop was originally created to fill the demand for a heavy duty laptop that is functional and dependable.

The heavy duty factor of the design has been perfected by Panasonic and it is definitely very impressive. For testing purposes the Panasonic Toughbook has been put through extreme temperatures, being both lit on fire and frozen, fully submerged in water, and dropped from extreme heights. The end result of these experiments has always been the same, the laptop survives. On one event, while it was not a scheduled durability test, a police officer’s Panasonic Toughbook was shot on the job – it survived.

The creators of Panasonic Toughbooks have taken great pride in what they have designed. There has not been a company that has matched the heavy duty factor of these laptops yet. There are many stories of people both intentionally and unintentionally abusing their Panasonic Toughbooks and the outcome is always the same. Many people have tried to destroy this laptop but it is capable of withstanding a lot of torture before giving up the fight.

Toughbooks for Everyone
The heavy duty factor of these laptops has gotten many people’s attention. As a result of this there was a major demand for Panasonic Toughbooks designed for the casual user. This would be people that are looking for a laptop for soft use, nothing too extreme, but still prefer a semi rugged design. The line up of Panasonic Toughbooks includes: mobile rugged, business rugged, semi rugged, ultra-mobile rugged, and fully rugged.

The laptops designed for casual owners are more affordable than the fully rugged design of Panasonic Toughbooks but the unique design can cause the laptop to be little expensive. You can expect to pay a little over $2,000 for a business rugged Toughbook and over $4,000 for a fully rugged Toughbook.

The price difference is mainly due to the ruggedness and overall toughness of the design. Additional features such as touch screen capabilities, rotating display screen, and a mobile clinical assistant unit can cause an increase in price as well.

The Specifications
The display screen on Panasonic Toughbooks is not very large. The bigger screens are around 15.4” and many are within the 13” range. The internal specs of a Panasonic Toughbook will not be impressive either. For instance, here’s a little look at some of the specs of a fully rugged Toughbook:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor – 1.6GHz (SL9300)
  • 160GB hard disk drive
  • 2GB DDR2-SDRAM

As you can see the internal specs of the Panasonic Toughbook are far from impressive and do not even compare to your average $500 laptop. However, there is no need for crazy specs with a Panasonic Toughbook. The only important spec would be the processor which is suitable enough for the intended use of the laptop. There is no need for a huge hard drive as you are most likely using the laptop for transmitting information and commands.

Basically, the Panasonic Toughbook is sold for the heavy duty design. It is a great investment for anyone that can benefit from the dependability and durability aspect of the design. However, this would not be a great investment for a personal use laptop as it is best for work-related tasks in extreme climates and environments. The business rugged design would be fine for office use though and it can double as a heavy duty laptop as well.

This Panasonic Toughbook Review is Written/Updated on Feb 17th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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