An increasing number of people who work in the field, or as first responders, choose to use rugged mobile devices. But there are two issues that need to be addressed: one that relates to ruggedness and the other to budget.
- How rugged is a rugged device?
- How much will it cost?
First of all, the word rugged does not have one single meaning in terms of laptop computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Some rugged devices are more rugged than others.
Secondly, some rugged devices are considerably more expensive than others. If you want the best possible rugged products they will cost more, which is why the option of a refurbished Panasonic Toughbook or Toughpad is so appealing.
How to Evaluate Rugged Laptops and Tablets
Just because a mobile device is marketed as being rugged doesn’t mean it is able to withstand every type of extreme condition or treatment. Some supposedly “rugged” products are simply more durable and able to withstand more mistreatment than standard consumer products available off-the-shelf. This certainly doesn’t make them mission critical!
If you want a rugged product that will stand up to the worst possible environmental conditions you need to buy one that has been designed and tested to meet specific criteria.
In its mission to produce the very best rugged products, Panasonic tests its Toughbooks and Toughpads according to the toughest military standards and specifications. Developed in 1962, MIL-STD-810G comprises a series of harsh tests that can be used to validate ruggedness. Each test has incredibly strict parameters and these are used to simulate what would happen under certain circumstances including drops, vibrations, high altitudes, extreme temperatures, and in dusty, wet, or humid conditions.
Not all Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads are equally rugged, but the testing they undergo indicates just how rugged they are.
Impact of Budget on Your Choice of Rugged Device
Whether you are buying new or refurbished rugged products you will want them to last as long as possible. Apart from anything else, it is important to evaluate the total cost of ownership (TCO) based on ownership over the expected lifespan of the mobile device, not just in terms of the initial investment you will have to make.
Examine the warranty and consider what support will be available to you should any problems arise with your refurbished unit.
Late last year (2017), Panasonic launched its new Ultimate Care Protection Warranty for new products. Rising above previous limitation in terms of damage and claims accepted, Ultimate Care also doesn’t have a cap. Essentially it means that you are guaranteed for the full warranty period. Of course, the new warranty costs more than the old one, and pricing depends on the term of the plan taken as well as the device, but the advantages for organizations operating in extremely challenging are immense.
Factory refurbished Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads have a 90-day limited warranty. Panasonic also offers online assistance. This makes the refurbished option particularly appealing to individuals with low budgets, and smaller businesses.
Refurbished rugged products are either mobile devices that were previously used as demo units, or they are products that have been returned and “processed” by the authorized Panasonic technicians.
Mooring Tech has a range of factory-refurbished Toughbooks and Toughpads available for sale at competitive prices. If you decide to choose a refurbished unit, contact us to see what we have available. We also sell new rugged Panasonic products with or without the new warranty.