Apparently, people (read: us) are clumsy and tend to drop things easily. It would be easy to issue a gadget-wide ban on us. This, however, won’t apply to the new Panasonic Toughbooks.
These rugged notebooks by Panasonic are heavyweight devices that can take a few hits and knocks. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 (pictured above) resembles a briefcase, with a carrying handle for easy portability. But lift it up and you might be surprised at how light it feels. 2.1kg doesn’t give it the winning prize for a slimming contest, but in the case of a rugged laptop, it’s awfully light.
The CF-54’s innards, which includes an Intel Core i5-5300U vPro processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB HDD. are well-protected and able to survive a 76cm drop. In normal situations, you probably won’t drop it from that height. But who’s to say the durability won't be useful when it slips from your grasp while you move the Toughbook from point A to B?
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 takes on a more business-look, with a slight hint of ruggedness with its plastic chassis. Hardware-wise, it’s almost similar to the blockier CF-54, using the same Intel Core i5-5300U vPro processor and 4GB of RAM. The difference, other than its aesthetics, is the use of a 128GB SSD for the CF-MX4.
It uses Windows 8.1 Pro, which means you can interact with the 12.5in full HD touchscreen display with either your fingers or the embedded stylus.
Getting either of these rugged laptops won’t be easy though. Or cheap. The CF-54 starts from S$2680 while the CF-MX4 is much costlier at S$3220. Both are available from authorised Panasonic resellers, one of which is Newstead where you can walk in to purchase the above mentioned versions.