What is a "fully-rugged" laptop?
Each Panasonic Toughbook model falls under one of three levels of durability: business-rugged, semi-rugged, and fully-rugged. Fully-rugged laptops are the toughest of the bunch. Equipped with shock-mounted hard drives, water-resistant seals and magnesium alloy casing, fully-rugged Toughbooks are designed from the inside out take a flagellating and keep on operating in the world’s most extreme environments (take an assailing and keep on emailing? Take a beating and keep on spreadsheeting?!).
Fully-rugged Toughbooks undergo extensive testing to meet high military standards and earn impressive marks for durability, ingress protection, energy efficiency, electromagnetic stability, and a litany of other criteria. Toughbooks are heated up, frozen, dropped onto a hard surface, sprayed with water, blasted with dust and sand, vibrated and subjected to extreme humidity. That’s just scratching the surface.
If you’d like to learn more about all the testing and certifications required before Panasonic will label a laptop “fully-rugged,” check out our article Testing a Toughbook’s Mettle: The Story Behind the Certifications. We spent hours poring over thick military documents and lab reports so you wouldn’t have to.
While this all might sound like overkill, you don’t need to be Batman to require a fully-rugged mobile computer (and with our prices, you don’t need to be billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, either!). Toughbook CF-30, CF-31, and CF-19 laptops are staples in a variety of industries, including law enforcement, EMS, automotive work and logistics.
We load Windows 7 Professional into every refurbished Toughbook we sell. Windows 10 is an optional upgrade on several of our Toughbook models. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, we make sure that Windows runs great on every machine we sell.
Rugged laptop features and benefits
Beyond raw durability, rugged computers incorporate tons of thoughtful features that come in handy out in the field.
Lots of upgrade options
- Backlit keyboards for working in the dark, rubber keyboards for working in wet environments
- Solid state drives for speedy, reliable storage
- Gobi 2000, 3000, 5000, and carrier-specific mobile data cards for 3G and 4G LTE network compatibility
- GPS receivers for applications using geolocation
- and lots more!
While consumer laptops have been ditching ports in the name of simplicity (for example, the latest MacBook has one USB-C port and nothing else), fully-rugged Toughbooks come with a litany of connectivity and expansion options. Professional hardware often uses older or less common interfaces like PCMCIA, ExpressCard and serial ports. When you're multi-tasking, it also comes in handy to have a few extra USB ports at your disposal. Toughbooks handle those needs and more.
You can keep your gloves on
Fully-rugged Toughbook models use resistive technology for their touch pads and touch screens, allowing them to work in the rain, snow and high humidity, even if you are wearing gloves.
Protect your data
TPM encryption is baked into the hardware of most fully-rugged models we sell. Their shock-mounted hard drives are easily removable, so you can take your data with you even if you leave your laptop behind.
All of our fully-rugged laptop models are virtually weatherproof and feature super-bright, daylight-readable displays.