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Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 (approx. 2006)

Toughbook is a trademarked brand name owned by Panasonic Corporation and refers to its line of rugged computers. The Toughbook, introduced in 1997,[1] is designed to withstand vibration, drops, spills, extreme temperature, and rough handling.[2] Toughbook mobile computers are used in a wide variety of industries, including construction, defense, emergency services, government, healthcare, law enforcement, manufacturing, oil & gas and telecom/utilities.[3]


According to Panasonic, over 501 tests and quality checks are performed during production and all units are subjected to a factory burn-in period.[4][5]

Several independent tests have been conducted to determine the resistance of Toughbooks to external forces.[6][7] Fully rugged Toughbook models undergo independent lab testing to become certified to meet MIL-STD-810 standards for operation in a range of extreme conditions.[8]


All Toughbook models have a magnesium alloy case, which provides durability without significant weight. Many current models have liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels designed specifically for visibility during daylight use. Other design elements include a shock-mounted hard drive and, on many models, a moisture and dust-resistant LCD, keyboard and touchpad.

Panasonic markets the Toughbook series in several configurations ranging from business and "semi-rugged" to "fully rugged" in both laptop and tablet personal computer configurations, and in several specialty designs with numerous customizable add-on features. Some models also include features such as secondary batteries, GPS receivers, integrated 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband, backlit keyboard, built-in handles and hand straps.[9]

Current models[edit]

Toughbook 31[edit]

The Toughbook CF-31 is the sixth generation of Panasonic's flagship line of fully rugged laptop computers, touted for its high levels of ruggedness and performance.[10] The CF-31 is MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certified, meeting standards for survival of drops up to 6' as well as high levels of resistance to dust, water, and other environmental threats. The model also features a full magnesium alloy case and built-in handle. All current CF-31 units come standard with touchscreen capability and a pre-installed LCD film protector.

Specifications for the CF-31 include a shock-mounted hard drive, removable through locking reinforced port doors. It runs on an Intel Core i5 processor with 4-16 GB SDRAM.[11]

Integrated options for the Toughbook 31 include 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband with satellite GPS. CF-31 units may also be equipped with a sealed backlit keyboard, as well as a fingerprint scanner or smartcard reader for additional security.

Toughbook 19[edit]

The Toughbook CF-19 is a fully rugged device that can be used as a laptop or converted into a tablet. It is tested to withstand a six-foot drop and IP65 certified fanless design providing water and dust resistance. The device also features a shock-mounted hard drive, full magnesium alloy case and available explosive atmosphere certification (Class 1 Div 2) for hazardous environments.[12]

Features of the Toughbook CF-19 convertible tablet include a 10.1" LCD touchscreen designed to work with gloves, integrated wireless connectivity and a range of integrated options.

Toughbook C2[edit]

The Toughbook CF-C2 is a semi-rugged convertible tablet. Its triple-hinge design allows it to be converted from a tablet to a laptop configuration. It has a magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive allowing it to handle up to a 30-inch drop to six sides, as well as a 12-inch drop from 26 angles.[13] The computer also features a spill-resistant keyboard (up 6 ounces).

The Toughbook CF-C2 weighs 3.99 pounds and has a built-in ergonomic hand strap for handheld use. It has a 12.5" HD touchscreen, Intel Core i5 processor and a range of integrated options.[14]

Toughbook 54[edit]

The Toughbook CF-54 is the latest in Panasonic's line of semi-rugged laptops, announced in February 2015.[15] It is available in four models: Lite, Prime, Gloved Multi Touch and Performance.[16] Each model features a 14" HD (768p) or Full HD (1080p) display, hard drive heater, backlit spill-resistant keyboard and integrated handle. As a semi-rugged laptop, it meets standards for semi-rugged levels of environmental resistance, including MIL-STD-810G certification for drops of up to 3'.

It is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD graphics 5500 or AMD FirePro M5100 graphics, with 4-16 GB RAM depending on the model. At 1.2" thick and weighing between 4.2 and 4.6 lbs, it is significantly thinner and lighter than previous models.

Toughbook 53[edit]

The Toughbook CF-53 is a previous semi-rugged laptop iteration. Like the Toughbook 54, it is MIL-STD-810G certified for 3' drops as well as resistant to shock, dust, vibration, altitude & other environmental factors. The CF-53 also comes equipped with a spill-resistant keyboard and multi-touch touchpad as well as standard integrated DVD drive. A sunlight-viewable touchscreen protected by a replaceable film screen is also available as an integrated option.[17]

Processor options include both Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, with respective speeds ranging from 2.1 to 2.5 GHz. Drive options include 320 GB HDD or 128 GB SSD, and memory is expandable to 8 GB on all current models.[18]

Toughbook 52[edit]

The Toughbook CF-52 is a 15.4" widescreen semi-rugged laptop. It also meets semi-rugged standards for environmental resistance and enhanced performance features include an ATI Graphics chipset. Other enhancements include an Intel Core i5 processor and expanded capacity for both hard disk storage and RAM.

Toughbook SX2[edit]

The Toughbook SX2 is a business-rugged laptop designed for mobile professionals. It has a drop-resistant magnesium alloy design and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, allowing it to handle up to a 30-inch drop to the base of the unit while operating, as well as a 12-inch drop from all other angles.[19]

The Toughbook SX2 features a 12.1" HD display and runs on an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB or 8GB SDRAM.[20]


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