Panasonic Toughbook

Devices for tougher situations

This article is sponsored by Panasonic.

In today’s digital world it is difficult to find a job that does not require some form of electronic device, whether that is a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop. With each generation, our devices have become slimmer and more lightweight, making them more portable, prettier, and easier to carry around, but often with the sacrifice of strength and durability – everyone has had a broken iPhone screen at this point.

My laptop might only get used in the relatively safe environment of my office or on the train, thousands of people need to use their devices on a construction site, at a manufacturing plant, or at an emergency situation – where a standard laptop would quickly end up with a cracked screen or dented chassis. Luckily, for those that work in roles that require their devices to be a bit more resilient, Japanese electronic’s giant Panasonic has been quietly improving their Toughbook range so that they can withstand whatever you can throw at them.

Depending on your needs, the Toughbooks come in range of durability options, with some safe from drops from as high as 1.8m, and carry MIL-STD certification and IP67 ratings – not options you’ll find on the latest MacBooks or iPads. And they have not shyed away on the internals either, with Windows laptops offering the latest Intel CPUs, and Android tablets with multi-core ARM CPUs and screens designed to work even in direct sunlight.

Panasonic says their Toughbooks are “different in [their] DNA”, and by focusing on durability rather than the latest shiny extras, I would have to agree.