Panasonic’s laptop computers and tablets are tough and reliable. But some are tougher than others. So, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to invest in a fully rugged hybrid or semi-rugged Toughbook or opt instead for a top-of-the-range superior Toughpad FZ-Q2.
Panasonic’s rugged, semi-rugged, and business rugged Toughbooks are all extremely hardy and tough and will meet the demanding needs of many different industries, especially those that require constant fieldwork. So too are the company’s ruggedized Toughpads. All will work in adverse conditions. Your choice will depend largely on just how harsh these conditions are.
Fully Rugged Hybrid Toughbook
Panasonic has produced Toughbooks since 1996. But today’s fully rugged machines are a far cry from the original Toughbook CF-25 that was basically described as a laptop computer in a bulky briefcase! It’s also hugely more rugged than Panasonic’s first fully rugged hybrid, the detachable Toughbook CF-20 that was launched in 2015.
If you are working in a harsh environment then you’ll probably need a fully rugged Panasonic Toughbook. If it’s a hybrid, with a detachable screen, even better! A fully rugged hybrid Toughbook is perfect for many mobile workers, especially first responders or those in the military, police, or in healthcare industries.
There are several options, but if you’re looking for the best, the Toughbook CF-33 will meet the needs of any mission-critical environment. Launched mid-2017, this state-of-the-art hybrid is both a laptop and a tablet. It’s surprisingly lightweight and incredibly efficient in terms of performance. Tested to precise military standards, this fully rugged hybrid device can be tossed around in the harshest environment ever. Drop it from four feet, spill on it, take it into searing or freezing conditions, or into a dust storm… it will survive and you’ll be able to keep on working.
Not everyone needs a device as tough as a Toughbook CF-33. Semi-rugged Toughbooks aren’t as tough as those that are fully rugged, and you won’t find one that is a hybrid (yet). But you can generally drop them from height and they are water resistant. Also tested to tough military standards, they are ideal for police officers on the road, for those in public service, federal officers, those in the automotive and insurance industries, and even for business travelers.
The hugely popular Toughbook CF-54 – an upgrade of the 2015 version that was launched mid-2016 – is slim, light, and flexible. It incorporates a super-fast processor with Intel Turbo Boost technology and has a Windows 10 Pro operating system. WiFi connectivity is fantastic, the graphics processor is amazingly powerful, and there are several stylish options.
If you don’t want a Toughbook and would rather work with a Toughpad, your best bet is the Toughpad FZ-Q2, an enterprise-grade, semi-rugged tablet that many people consider to be “rugged”. Sure, it doesn’t have the benefits of a fully rugged Toughbook CF-33 or even a semi-rugged Toughbook CF-54, but it’s a great choice for a whole bunch of professional field applications.
This superior Toughpad FZ-Q2 has a high-definition display as well as an anti-reflective touchscreen. Its battery lasts a long, long time – about nine hours. The chassis is made from magnesium and it was constructed using shock-absorbing technology. The design is fanless which means it attracts a lot less dirt and dust.
The Toughpad FZ-Q2 also has a high-quality rear camera and a webcam.
MooringTech stocks the Toughbook CF-33, the Toughbook CF-54, and the Toughpad FZ-Q2. If you’re in the market for any of these, or any other Panasonic Toughbooks or Toughpads, call us for pricing. We also stock refurbished and overstock items.