Top-notch durability - Strong Intel Core performance - Very bright, responsive touch display - Impressive battery life
Whether working in adverse weather, wet conditions, underground or where space restrictions would usually hamper productivity, the Toughbook 31 ensures that mobile workers perform to their optimum, at all times.
Panasonic’s flagship, fully rugged Toughbook 31 notebook is reportedly designed to function even in the most extreme mobile computing environments. It is compliant with the IP65 and MIL-STD-810G military standards for toughness (shock, drops, water, dust resistant).
While the Toughbook 30 met the MIL-STD-810F durability standard, the CF-31 is made of tougher stuff, and is designed to meet specifications for ingress protection (IP-65) and durability (MIL-STD-810G). That means, among other things, it can withstand operating temperatures from -20 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 to 160 degrees when turned off), and altitudes of up to 15,000 feet. It can survive 31 minutes of 70-mph wind and 5.8 inches per hour of rain blown at it, and 26 drops from 72 inches while turned off (36 inches while turned on and open). It can also withstand up to 310 pounds of pressure on its lid. And while this fully rugged notebook looks the same as its predecessor on the outside, inside this Intel Core machine boasts almost double the performance and increased protection without sacrificing battery life
The Panasonic Toughbook 31 may look like the lunchbox from hell, but its hard metallic case does an excellent job of protecting its contents from all comers. This highly durable machine offers over 4 hours of battery life, strong Core performance, and one of the brightest screens around, making it well worth the premium.
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I have to say, I really do love this chunky, heavy, ridiculous laptop. I spend my summers working on the ocean (and sleeping in a tent next to the ocean more often than not) so I needed something that could be reasonably expected to withstand temperature changes, not be bothered by perpetual dampness, be reasonably resistant to sand and not corrode right away from the everlasting salt that just hangs in the air a lot. Unfortunately, I have not had the Bumblebee long enough to really comment on those aspects. What I do love is that it is remarkably easy to type on at speed. The left-hand shift key is large and not squished in with other keys, which led to countless moments of frustration for myself with my previous laptop as I missed it again and again. I love the click-lock ports, adore the recessed mouse pad and just how remarkably quiet it runs. And how cool - I have not yet worried about giving myself burns on my thighs as I picked it up after leaving it running for hours and put it on my lap. It does what I tell it to without delay, the screen connection to the body feels secure enough to not fail in a year or three and being able to customize ram, memory, DVD drive etc was all that I ever wanted from a laptop purchase. Also, the HD is just...right there. Super easy to pull it out and slide in another one if that is a feature you need. I myself do not but oh boy do I appreciate how useful it could be. Now, I know I gave this a really high review, which it deserves, but there are a couple of isms. The mouse is usually either too responsive or not responsive enough. The webcam is terrible unless I'm sitting in bright daylight, the microphone is not great and it only has a mono speaker - not the end of the world, but often there is some readjustment needed if a video file is not set up for it (case in point, I put a DVD in and had the score of the movie play beautifully but had no lines until I told my player to play on a mono track. Easy fix, but still). Most of the ports are in intuitive locations, except for the headphone and mic jacks. They are located on the back, which would be fine, except that they are below a much larger door that encompasses all of the AV connections, so if headphones are needed then everything is exposed to dust, moisture, etc, plus there's that whole huge flap hanging down which could get caught on things if you're a little absent minded like me and forget that things like this exist before you move the computer. Luckily it's a sturdy door, but still. Also there is no physical adjustment for volume, which is standard for almost all laptops now but having a rolling adjustment knob for the speakers is something that I dearly miss, because the computer never freezes detrimentally while the volume is low. Minor annoyances aside, this machine is amazing so far and I am excited to see how it does after a summer of abuse.