Anybody who needs a rugged computer to use in the field will be looking for a machine that can do the job, withstand the rough environment, and be financially viable. So when finding a top quality solution that offers a lower total cost of ownership as well as a greater return on investment, the decision to buy will be a no-brainer.
Combine the quality, reliability and durability of Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, and you’ve got that solution.
The Panasonic Toughbook Solution
Designed to handle extreme conditions as well as bumps, bangs, long falls, as well as dust and dirt, rain, oil, pressure and intense changes in temperature, Panasonic Toughbooks survive and just keep on working when conventional computers would be damaged or even destroyed. This translates into significant financial advantages including:
- Eliminating costly repairs and replacements, and
- Avoiding wasted time recovering lost work
It is a fact that Panasonic invests heavily in both research and development of top quality materials and innovative technologies. Products including Toughbooks and Toughpads, are rigorously tested to ensure they are highly durable and totally reliable.
Failure Rate of Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Computers
Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads rarely fail.
The reality is that computer failure is unacceptable to mobile computer users, because of its financial impacts, and because tasks they are required to undertake are often mission critical. Downtime equals lost productivity and any type of failure usually results in expensive repairs.
To rule out the possibility of failure, Panasonic engineers, builds, and tests its own product designs.
According to a PC Magazine report in 2011, the industry-average failure rate is 15 percent, but Toughbook mobile computers have had an average annual failure rate of just 2.4 percent. This makes the annual failure rate six times less than the industry average.
On the rare occasions that failure does occur, Panasonic offers benchmark service and a superior support system that guarantees repair time will be minimal.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Even though portable computers are mobile, and they improve productivity for those working in the field, they are not designed for robust conditions where there is a real danger of damage. While they are less expensive than rugged mobile computers like Panasonic’s Toughbook, when inevitable downtime and repairs are added to purchase and maintenance costs of a standard laptop, overall costs increase substantially.
Ultimately, the higher reliability of the Panasonic Toughbook lowers TCO to the extent that it saves thousands of dollars.
Comparative research by Venture Development Corporation (VDC) over a five-year period indicates graphically just how much more reliable rugged PCs are. While some failed after three years, 60 percent more of the commercial-grade PCs had to be replaced. VDC also found that over the five years, commercial-grade computers cost 55 percent more to own than rugged mobile computers. In monetary terms, this equated to more than $8,000.
Return on Investment (ROI)
Panasonic Toughbooks are more expensive than commercial-grade mobile computers, but the ROI is far greater due to higher productivity and lower operating costs. Also, as mentioned above, the failure rate of the Toughbook is minimal.
All Toughbook mobile computers are rigorously tested to ensure they meet or exceed MIL-STD requirements for drop shock absorption, extreme moisture and temperature resistance, and to ensure they can withstand vibration, and adverse environmental conditions including sand, dust and rain.
But it isn’t just the ruggedness of the Panasonic Toughbook that gives it financial advantage. There are other design features that give it an additional edge over standard laptops and commercial-grade mobile computers. These include daylight-readable screens designed for outdoor use; touchscreens that allow easier navigation; better battery life that provides longer uptimes; and replicator ports that can be used inside vehicles and on an office desk. They also have a built-in handle that makes them more portable.