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Built To Take It

Although this may appear to be nothing more than a Panasonic briefcase, it’s actually the Toughbook 52, which Rance Poehler, president of Panasonic Computer Solutions (www.panasonic.com/toughbook) describes as a “semi-rugged desktop replacement.” While described as “semi-rugged,” it is worth noting that the case is a magnesium alloy, and that the screen (15.4-in.) and the hard drives are shock mounted.

Although this may appear to be nothing more than a Panasonic briefcase, it’s actually the Toughbook 52, which Rance Poehler, president of Panasonic Computer Solutions (www.panasonic.com/toughbook) describes as a “semi-rugged desktop replacement.” While described as “semi-rugged,” it is worth noting that the case is a magnesium alloy, and that the screen (15.4-in.) and the hard drives are shock mounted. It is certified to MIL-STD-810F, which means it can withstand drops from 2.5 ft. on all sides. The hard drive can take a 3-ft. tumble. It features the new Intel Santa Rosa chipset for the desktop replacement-like processing, and the Trusted Platform Module security chip to keep the info on it safe. And more. All of which is to say that if you’re rolling through factories or engineering centers (or airports) on a regular basis, this could be the kind of machine you need. Estimated street price: ~$2.5K.