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What's the deal with Toughbooks?

By cfitzarl
Sep 20, 2006
  1. One of my family members received a toughbook for his work, and found out that the thing retailed at $4800. It has:

    Intel Pentium M @ 1.3ghz
    512 MB RAM (model # unknown)
    Integrated Intel Graphics
    Forget hard drive size
    Wireless LAN

    Why are these computers soo expensive? I know they have a really nice case that can handle almost anything (except a hammer of course), but what's the deal with them?

    I think it's an older version of this (looks identical)
    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webap...1&modelNo=Toughbook-29&surfModel=Toughbook-29
     
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    well it is a laptop built with a very, very rugged chasis...

    laptops themselves are always pretty expensive, especialy with extra features.. (built in everything, super-slimlined/small parts etc)
     
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    That is true, but its specs aren't amazing (it also weighs as heavy as a brick). The chassis could not have cost alot to build, I mean...
     
  4. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    The chassis DOES cost alot to build. It's made of Titanium and steel I believe (correct me if I'm wrong).
     
  5. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    That is true, but its specs aren't amazing (it also weighs as heavy as a brick). The chassis could not have cost thousands, I mean the laptop specs in a normal laptop would cost it maybe around $900-$1000, the case couldn't have been more than $1500.00
     
  6. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Think about application its typicaly used for.. i could imagine this being used in a military situation or some places where a normal laptop won't survive physicaly.. in which those places top end graphics or processing power or big HDD etc is irrelevant.

    Everything these days are designed for a certian situation/scenario especialy if there is a market for it.. and people like the government usualy dont skimp on the $$...
     
  7. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    Yes, it is used in the open world, as my father works for the phone company, and installs fiber opticware in homes (for internet and tv).
     
  8. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 596

    Can i have free Fiber internet plz :)
     
  9. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    lol, I know I am going to get it soon (when it becomes active in my town). Nothing like a 15mbps speed to download off of!
     
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