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Toughbook vs. Toughpad: Which Tough Tech Is Best for Your Business?

Toughbook vs Tough Tablet: What's Best for Your Business?

To determine the type of tough technology your business really needs, it’s best to first look at the type of work your company performs on a regular basis.

Does your staff need a waterproof computer to hold up in the field when caught in the rain? Do you need a shock proof computer for police work that will withstand bumps and drops in a police car? Knowing the features you must have will make finding the perfect tough tech much easier.

Toughbook vs. Tough Tablet

Toughbook vserses toughpad

Tough tablets are great for professionals that need ultimate portability, without sacrificing performance. The best Panasonic Toughbooks, such as the spill resistant Panasonic CF-31 Toughbook, are ideal for a mobile workforce that regularly goes from the office to the field. These Panasonic Toughbooks offer military grade certification for fully rugged performance on the go.

All of Panasonic’s toughbooks and tough tablets, also called toughpads, are thoroughly tested to withstand various business needs, even the most extreme cases.

A quick breakdown of tough tablets versus tough laptops when determining what is right for your business:

  • Battery Life – Tablets are usually the winner here, however some of the best Panasonic Toughbooks deliver powerful battery life as well. The smaller handheld tablet options, such as the FX-E1 and the FZ-X1 offer 14 hours of battery life, while a semi-rugged Toughbook CF-SX2 also delivers over 14 hours of battery power.
  • Connectivity – Laptops are the winner here with more ports and connectivity options, but tablets are slowly catching up.
  • Portability – Due to their size, lack of keyboard, and overall small package, tablets are the clear winner here.

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For Very Extreme Business Use: Panasonic Toughbook

For industries that need powerful performance, such as military and police field work, fully rugged laptops such as the Panasonic CF-31 Toughbook (Reg: $2,978.99, Now: $2,589.95), pack a real punch.

Panasonic CF-31 Toughbook Rugged Laptop


This virtually waterproof toughbook delivers desktop-class performance while still being portable. Its docking ability takes it from the office the field with ease, and the magnesium alloy casing holds up to the elements.

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For Occasional Business Travel: Panasonic Toughbook

One of the top Panasonic Toughbooks for business is the Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook (Reg: $1,504.99, Special: $1,307.95).

It is ideal for businesses that may not demand extreme protection, but still require a rugged laptop for when users are mobile. This model, a vast consumer favorite, features a slim yet sturdy design with a 3 foot drop rating and a shock mounted HDD.


Compared to a tough tablet, the CF-54 serves to replace a desktop computer while in the office, while still offering the ability to be mobile. This shock proof laptop is ideal for industries such as sales and marketing.

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For Semi-Extreme Use & Enhanced Portability: Tough Tablet

With a 7-inch IPS touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, and Windows 8, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 (Reg: $1,501.99, Now: $1.305.95) is one of the best business tablets for the most rugged applications.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 Rugged Tablet

Compared to a larger notebook Panasonic Toughbook, this Windows tablet offers powerful performance in a fully-rugged yet compact design. With its 5-foot drop rating and resistance to dust and water, this thin and lightweight tablet is ideal for an extreme mobile workforce, such as a military or police force.

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Art and Design Businesses Professionals: Tough Tablet

With an impressive 20-inch 4K LED display screen, the Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB (Reg: $3,449.95, Special: $2,999.95) delivers four times the resolution than that of a 1080 pixel display.

Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5025 Tough Tablet

When your business demands ultimate viewing clarity, such as in the photography, art, or design fields, this toughpad won’t disappoint. Ideal for mobile presentations in the field or on the go, this business-rugged tough tablet boasts a 2.5-foot drop rating and the processing power of a desktop computer.

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