Whether you need a computer designed to be durable because it’s critical to your work or you just know someone is going to be particularly clumsy, Pana’s latest laptop has drops, drops and scrapes in mind.
Not every computer is designed the same, with choices of metal and plastic often punctuating the material choices to make our machines durable. You might not want to drop them, but depending on what a laptop is made of, it might make you feel better if you accidentally drop the machine.
However, some are designed to be different… very different.
Some laptops are rated for drops, drops, water, sand and ice, with a test procedure for these often telling you if the phone can handle shock or damage when it hits the ground, or if a free fall causes the hardware to seize, or even if water, sand particles, and the extreme temperatures of ice and snow will cause things to not work.
You’ve probably seen IP ratings before, and they deal with water and dust resistance when it comes to ingress, usually when devices are made to be waterproof, but durability goes beyond this. There is also an assessment of it due to the strict qualifications required by the military, and there it is mentioned “MIL-STD-810”. Also known as “milspec,” it’s the military’s testing method to make sure things can survive, because with all the places the military needs to go, they have to make sure things survive.
Any other laptop doesn’t need that, but some might, and if you work in construction, the military, or are just really, really bad at keeping laptops in peak working condition, that’s the kind of tech you might be. considering
There’s a new addition to the myriad of PCs lately, as Panasonic unveils the Toughbook 40, a durable laptop supporting IP66 water and dust resistance, the MIL-STD810 rating for temperature, humidity and vibrations, and some 1.8 meter drop tests, too.
Inside, there’s a choice of either an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, with the latter being able to be quickly released and swapped out for other options. You’ll find a Full HD touchscreen in the Toughbook 40, and aspects of the design are modular, supporting customizable ports, additional storage options, DVD and Blu-ray drives, or even a second battery. In fact, one battery will last up to 18 hours, while two can push the Toughbook 40 to 36.
“This device takes modularity and flexibility to a new level, allowing users to easily adapt its computing power, communication capabilities and security to suit their specific needs,” said Ranjit Sohoni, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Panasonic Mobile Solutions in Australia.
“Paired with a durable design, these qualities also improve the longevity of the device, allowing users to simply upgrade the device as their needs change over the long term,” he said.
However, getting this durable design isn’t going to be cheap, with business and the military firmly in mind, though so are people who drop things and have deep pockets.
Simply put, the Toughbook 40 will have a starting price of $6099 in Australia, making it expensive, but obviously very different from what else is out there.