Panasonic makes a range of rugged Panasonic Toughbooks/Toughpads that are designed to meet the needs of EMS, fire and law enforcement workers operating in the field. The question is which models are the best options for these first responders?
Toughbook Rugged Laptops
The best Panasonic Toughbook rugged laptops currently available are undoubtedly the Toughbook CF-31 and the Toughbook CF-19. But why?
Considered the most rugged Panasonic Toughbooks/Toughpads laptop model on the market, the Toughbook CF-31 features a brilliant 13.1-inch XGA 1200 nit touchscreen and an amazing battery life of at least 18 hours. This can be extended to 27 hours with an optional second battery. This fully rugged laptop comes in a tougher-than-tough magnesium alloy case and will withstand being dropped as much as six feet. It has an integrated DVD player and webcam and is fully customizable. Weighing in at 7.9 lbs (or 8.2 lbs with the second battery) this wireless model is a favorite in the fire and EMS Toughbooks family.
The Toughbook CF-19 is a unique notebook/tablet hybrid that is fully rugged and versatile. It features a touchscreen as well as a dual mode screen, however the screen, at 10.1 inches, is smaller than the previous model’s. It also has a shorter battery life (10 hours), but is lighter, weighing in at 5.1 lbs. Also wireless, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 also comes in a full case made of magnesium alloy, and has been tested to withstand a six foot drop, ensuring it will stand up to the harshest, most demanding fire and EMS environments. It has several integrated options including a backlit keyboard, and 5MP camera.
The Toughbook CF-52 is a semi-rugged machine that is ideal for EMS and fire personnel who work partly in the field and partly in an office environment, and it’s a good option for command and control. Its high res screen, at 15.4 inches, is bigger than most, which is great for group use and for showing video and other presentations on the move.
Then there is the Toughbook CF-53, considered an entry-level model, and the Toughbook CF-54, the lightest and thinnest semi-rugged model currently available in the world. They too have advantages for fire and EMS personnel.
Toughpad Durable Tablets
Toughpads come in a surprisingly wide range of sizes ranging from the small, incredibly rugged seven-inch Toughpad FZ-B2 that weighs only 1.2 lbs, to the newest Toughpad 4K, a one-of-a-kind tablet with the processing power of a desktop computer. Perfect for EMS and fire crews, the 4K has a 20 inch LCD screen with LED backlighting that features automatic screen rotation. Weighing in at 5.6 lbs, like the best fire and EMS Toughbooks, the Toughpad 4K has a magnesium alloy chassis, and it boasts a 2.5-foot drop rating on the bottom side, and a 1-foot rating for 26 drops. Not as high a fall rating as the Toughbooks, but impressive for a Toughpad.
Fire and EMS Toughbooks Buying Guide
Mooring Tech Inc. is a trusted Panasonic reseller partner that has a definitive fire and EMS Toughbooks buying guide. The company lists the key areas of functionality to help customers choose the very best device to meet their individual needs.
Alternatively contact Mooring Tech directly and talk to one of the fire and EMS Tougbooks specialists who will be able to give you more specific advice and additional information about all available rugged Panasonic Toughbooks/Toughpads that suit the needs of Fire and EMS crews.