How to Choose a Toughbook

In a world of disposable technology where ultrabooks, smartphones, and tablets could become obsolete in just a year, the rugged laptop is considered a niche. Most laptop manufacturers could build a laptop that looks good and performs well but one that is hardly a toughie when it comes to those accidental spills or falls that happen to the best of us. When it comes to tough laptops, Panasonic remains the leader in the field, thanks to its TOUGHBOOK laptop. Rugged and robust, this laptop was designed to withstand spills, extreme temperature, vibrations, and even rough handling. And yes, it will survive accidental drops.

Panasonic’s TOUGHBOOK series was launched in 1996. Several models were already released in this series. If you are looking for a laptop that can last long and stay true under extreme conditions, find out if the Panasonic TOUGHBOOK is right for you.

How to Choose a Toughbook


If you want a laptop you can take on road trips, the TOUGHBOOK is rugged enough to be mounted on a vehicle. It will survive rough road conditions and still deliver great performance. If you need a laptop that can be converted into a tablet, choose the CF-19 which can also capture signatures. If you need to integrate lights, choose a model that features a touchscreen. This will allow you to work more freely and get things done more quickly.

The convertible CF-19 is a ubiquitous tool in the medical industry. It is likely the laptop of choice in hospitals and ambulances. For squad cars, the recommended units are the CF-30 and the CF-31. For a wide range of fieldwork, logistics, and data collection, you can do no wrong with the CF-52.

Hardware and Software

The TOUGHBOOK is built to last, which means you can rely on its exterior to bear the brunt of continued use. Its hardware and software, however, are not immortal. If you want a laptop that lasts as long as its exterior, get the latest TOUGHBOOK model. While an older model will work decently, a newer model is largely unused and can offer better performance. It is also easier to swap its hardware and software for newer versions.


Not every model under the TOUGHBOOK series is a clamshell. TOUGHBOOKs are also available as convertibles, featuring a swiveling screen that can be collapsed for portability. Once the screen is folded, you can use it as an intuitive touchscreen to input and retrieve data.

Toughness Factor

All TOUGHBOOKs are built to be rugged but they come in different levels of toughness to suit different needs and lifestyles. The semi-rugged model such as the 54 Lite, for example, is perfect for people who do not require the use of technology for physical activities. It is the perfect laptop that features portability, durability, and size. If you want to find the perfect laptop for your unique requirements, check out our products list page for the model that is perfect for your needs.