Panasonic Toughbooks Pass New Military Ruggedness Spec

If you're looking to score a rugged notebook, there's hardly a better place to look than in Panasonic's Toughbook line. For years now, the iconic series has led the way in durable computing, with its briefcase-styled rigs able to withstand an intense amount of abuse in the field, on the road and in the wild.

Today, Panasonic is taking things one step further by announcing that its fully-rugged line and Toughbook U1 are he first to be certified by an independent third party test lab to meet the newer and more demanding MIL-STD-810G standard for environmental conditions, which was issued in October 2008 and supersedes MIL-STD-810F. In other words, these things are good enough for the military to trust, so your weekly run-ins with mother nature shouldn't even put a bruise on 'em.

The Toughbook 30 laptop, Toughbook 19 convertible tablet and Toughbook U1 ultra mobile handheld replacement have passed 20 critical MIL-STD-810G tests applicable to mobile computers, as well as IP65 ingress protection and ASTM D4169-04 vehicle vibration tests. If you're anxious for a taste of exactly what kind of mayhem these things endure, we're told that test machines were dropped 26 times from a height of 4 feet, then another 26 times at 5 feet, and then another 26 times at 6 feet. Each unit in the Toughbook range survived 78 drops between heights of 4 to 6 feet--let's see your Dell/Gateway/MSI/HP/Lenovo say that!

Just so we're perfectly clear, MIL-STD-810G is a series of testing standards and procedures issued by the United States Army, in order to identify products approved for use by all agencies and organizations within the Department of Defense. And these passed with flying colors. Need we say more?