Panasonic releases new Toughbook 53 rugged laptop

By Jos · 5 replies
May 11, 2011
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  1. Panasonic has unveiled the latest addition to its line of rugged notebook computers: the Toughbook 53. The machine sports second-generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, 3G and 4G LTE…

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    1599 for the more affordable one... ya right. I'd just get a kickass laptop for 1000 and buy 599 worth of padding... enough to drop from the top of a building like the egg experiment we use to do in elementary school. You guys remember doing that? couldnt let the egg break.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    The difference is, barring from an engineering breakthrough you would not be able use your laptop in your cocoon enclosure of bubble wrap,rubber bands, and packaging peanuts. Nor would you be able to use it during a sub zero night during a saharan dust storm. You're completely missing the point: These laptops are designed for heavy duty military/government/industrial use where they HAVE to be able to take an immense beating while running in a possibly hazardous environment. Hell, I've seen vids of panasonic Toughbooks having their outer enclosures being wailed on by a baseball bat and barely taking a scratch. That kind of durability costs some real money.
  4. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    I've got to mess with a few of the models before this one and man are they tough. The only thing they really need to fix is the crappy touchpad, so annoying to use when the mouse would twitch all over and sometimes not even move. Had the same results across 5 BRAND NEW units.
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Sounds like normal touchpad nonsense to me. =p
  6. optimistnyc

    optimistnyc TS Rookie

    How about a Really Rugged tablet which could drop out of your backpack rock climbing and probably survive intact? Maybe this looks a little smoother but how rugged is survival of a 30inches drop? See for the Xplore C4 being dropped from atop a ladder and the just released C5 must have at least equal ability to survive a NINE foot drop repeated. Of course the video doesn't actually show it working again but wouldn't be very honest if it didn't....

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