Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 Review

Panasonic Toughbook is synonymous with rugged laptop.  It has become the industry standard for police departments, fire departments, and EMS companies throughout the world.  Why is the the most used and most trusted?  Because it's tough!  Toughbooks are designed to withstand vibration, drops, spills, extreme temperatures, and rough handling.   The Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 is no exception!

What makes the CF-30 so great?
  • It's a Toughbook!  That means it is built to a higher standard than any other laptop on the market.  The failure rates on Toughbooks is nearly ten times less than all other laptop models.
  • It's built for what you do!  The CF-30 is specifically built to withstand vibration.  This means it is at home mounted in your vehicle bouncing down bumpy roads.  This vibration would destroy the hinges and hard drive on a standard laptop.  However, with their sturdy industrial hinges and shock-mounted hard drive a Panasonic Toughbook can easily withstand years of this type of abuse! 
  • You can drop it!  Although no one has the intentions of dropping their laptop on purpose, it happens.  Some first responders pull their units from their vehicles in an emergency. They are then used on-site or possibly on the hood or roof of the vehicle, leaving it prone to an accident.  With the CF-30, this isn't a concern, because it is built to withstand a six foot drop (approximately the roof height of your average SUV).
  • The CF-30 is both spill and water resistant.  Although it is not built to be used in excessively wet environments, it can withstand a bit of moisture.  This makes it a great laptop option for those that need to use it in the field in less friendly weather conditions.  The spill resistance is also a great feature for in the vehicle, where many officers are drinking and storing coffee near the machine. 
  • Like all other ruggedized Toughbooks, the CF-30 is built to withstand extreme temperatures.  This means it will function no differently in the scalding summer heat or excessively cold winters.    
  • The Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 has one of the brightest daylight readable screens of all of the ruggedized Toughbooks.  This means the screen is easily readable both in the direct sunlight and when being used at night.
  • Like all fully-ruggedized Toughbooks, the CF-30 is available in both a touchscreen and a non-touchscreen unit.  The touchscreen is non-digital, meaning it does not require a stylus for use.  
The Panasonic Toughbook is a great laptop choice for any emergency services personnel.  It is built to take the abuse of being used in a vehicle and in the field.  As if that weren't enough, it if a fast and functional unit that most departments find easily adapts to their individual needs.

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