What You Need to Know About Panasonic Toughbooks and Tablets

If you're looking for a mobile computer that stands up to drops, high temperatures, and spills, eBay has a Toughbook to match your needs. Made by Panasonic since 1996, these rugged devices are used in industries like national defense, emergency services, and construction to ensure that electronics are protected in potentially harsh conditions. Panasonic also makes a line of portable tablets that live up to the same standards.

What is a fully rugged Toughbook?

Fully ruggedized Toughbooks meet guidelines that ensure survival from drops up to 6 feet, and they are also designed to resist water, dust, and other environmental hazards. The Toughbook CF-31 comes with standard touchscreen capability, pre-installed LCD film protection, and a magnesium alloy case with a built-in handle. In addition to the CF-31, other models include the following:

  • 3.2 Toughbook CF-30
  • 3.3 Toughbook CF-29
  • 3.4 Toughbook CF-28
  • 3.5 Toughbook CF-27
  • 3.6 Toughbook CF-25
Does Panasonic make rugged tablets?

Panasonic has made eight generations of rugged devices that swivel into a tablet or work as a laptop. Like the DC-31, the tablet withstands a 6-foot drop and resists water and dust. It also has a full magnesium alloy case, a shock-mounted hard drive, and availability for explosive atmosphere certification. The Toughbook CF-19, discontinued in 2017 and followed by the CF-C2 two-in-one-tablet, comes with a 10.1-inch daylight readable screen, a touchscreen that works with gloves, integrated wireless connectivity, choice of a fingerprint or smart card reader, and a chiclet or rubberized keyboard option.

How are semi-rugged models different?

The CF-41, released in 1995, was sold without the Toughbook label. It came with no handle and was slightly less reinforced than the fully rugged models. It featured a CD drive that could be accessed by lifting the keyboard as well as a compartment under the keyboard for storing an extra CD. Three models with specialized improvements soon followed: the CF-41 Mk1, the CF-41 Mk2 and the CF-41. Panasonic later added seven other models, including the CF-MX4, a 12.5 rugged flip-over designed for business use.

What are the features of the Panasonic Toughbook 20?

The thinnest and lightest hybrid laptop/table in the Toughbook tablet line, the Toughbook 20, was designed for easy transportation and mobility. It weighs less than four pounds, features a Windows 10 operating system, comes in a choice of six different models, and has an interchangeable battery that extends life from seven to 14 hours. The 20 is safe in extreme temperatures from -10 ┬░C (14 ┬░F) to 50 ┬░C (122 ┬░F). eBay sells a selection of new, used, and refurbished Toughbooks, including the 20 and earlier models.

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