The Ultimate Guide to TOUGHBOOK Models

Mooring Tech proudly presents the Ultimate Guide to Panasonic TOUGHBOOK® Laptops, 2-in-1 devices, Tablets, and Handhelds. Discover the full range of models from the world leader in rugged mobile technology.

If you are looking for a guide to the newest and best Panasonic TOUGHBOOK models on the market, you have come to the right place. In this guide, you will discover the features, benefits, and profiles of the ideal users for the highest-quality fully-rugged, ultra-rugged, and semi-rugged laptops, 2-in-1 devices, tablets, and handheld models on the market today.

Which TOUGHBOOK is right for you? Ultimately, only you can answer that question. But one thing you can be sure of, there is at least one TOUGHBOOK that will help you beat the daily challenges wherever you work.

Read on to compare model specs and find the very best ruggedized TOUGHBOOK for the job you do... no matter how tough your activities and environmental conditions are likely to be. 

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The Ultimate Guide to TOUGHBOOK Laptops

TOUGHBOOK Laptops are tough and rugged, even when they are classified as semi-rugged. Introduced during 1996, they are generally designed to withstand rough handling, extreme weather and temperature conditions, vibration, drops, and shock in general. Before new models are launched, they undergo hundreds of grueling tests undertaken by independent laboratories so they can be certified to meet the highest possible standards in a variety of extreme conditions. When a model is phased out, you will be sure to find a newer model to meet your needs, whichever industry you operate in.



Toughbook 40 Mooring Tech

TOUGHBOOK devices just keep getting better. Launched as Panasonic’s new flagship in 2022, the TOUGHBOOK 40 famously takes rugged computing to the next level. Weighing in at 7.4 lbs., it’s more than one pound lighter than the previous generation TOUGHBOOK 31 and considerably more rugged. It breaks new ground in flexibility and is unrivaled in its ability to operate in the most unpredictable and demanding environments anywhere.


The fully-rugged Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 40 offers a host of unique features, all of which contribute to its flagship status. It is the most rugged TOUGHBOOK laptop Panasonic has ever developed and it offers what is described as a perfect balance of innovation, performance, modularity, and durability.

These start with its eight, class-leading modular areas that include innovative, modular, expansion packs known as xPAKs. Its 10 ports, all its optical drives, authentication readers, and the Barcode Reader xPAK are user-upgradeable. Battery, storage, memory, and keyboard options also add to customers’ ability to customize and protect their investment as needs shift.

The TOUGHBOOK 40 has 11th-generation Intel vPRO processors. There are also optional AMD-dedicated or Intel Iris Xe Graphics that boost the ability of computing power to process images and videos in real-time. Also, recognizing the increased global use of video conferencing, the TOUGHBOOK 40 boasts the first 5MP webcam in its class. This features the best privacy and security capabilities that support Windows Hello facial recognition.

A range of multiple cellular and connectivity options support the ability of workers to go wherever the job takes them. This may be anywhere from remote rural communities to dense urban environments. There are two modem choices, 4G and 5G, but whichever modem is chosen, it will connect seamlessly to the best network available with the user needing to intervene.

Because the TOUGHBOOK 40 is aimed at supporting mission-critical jobs of people working in the most extreme environments, the design is laser-focused. It also boasts the most advanced docking support to meet the needs of its broad base of users.

Additionally, it offers faster USB and Ethernet ports that maximize performance as well as 4x4 MIMO. And it is the first to offer software-selectable pass-throughs for each antenna that give users the flexibility to choose optimal combinations based on their needs.

The sound quality is hugely improved too, as are many other elements that include screen brightness and a backlit keyboard, power button, and keyword icons for low-light and night environments.

Security elements are also upgraded and encrypted OPAL SSDs come standard. Secure Wipe, a new feature, wipes contents on the SSD in seconds.


The TOUGHBOOK 40 reintroduces and redefines the traditional, super-rugged clamshell-type laptop that many users have been asking for. It has a newly designed footprint that comes with a vehicle dock that offers significantly better passthrough options resulting in much stronger wireless signals. These and other features offer considerable benefits in addition to those already established by Panasonic’s winning designs.

  • Innovative modular design Exciting new modular design and innovative user-removable expansion packs offer unbeatable customization.
  • State-of-the-art design Compliance with the fully rugged all-weather MIL-STD-810H & IP66 design that are built with the toughest magnesium alloy. The new design also optimizes thermals for maximum performance.
  • Unbeatable speed The TOUGHBOOK 40 is the fastest cellular device in the industry. It offers an up to 2Gbps 4G or 5.5Gbps 5G modem that adds Sub6, C-band, and mmWave with speeds up to 5.5Gbps.
  • Leading technology The latest technology is what makes this new rugged laptop shine. It will also ensure that the TOUGHBOOK 40 will withstand the test of time.


Engineered uniquely for customers across the public sector, enterprise, and federal agencies, it provides a world-class solution that combines the full spectrum of hardware, software, accessories, and professional services. 

This makes the TOUGHBOOK 40 the ideal solution, not only for federal agencies, but also for law enforcement, utility companies, and the full spectrum of mobile workers, allowing them the opportunity to improve efficiency and reduce their operational costs.

  • Law enforcement Constantly faced with the dangers and mission-critical challenges that come with dealing with life-threatening situations, law enforcement officers need reliable connectivity 24/7. The new Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 40 offers absolute peace of mind.
  • Federal agencies Established to manage national resources or security issues, from health to the military, federal agencies play a pivotal role. More often than not, they rely on being able to decipher precise, intricate plans in all kinds of places. Those working for these agencies need ultimate reliability when dealing with unpredictable conditions and circumstances.
  • Utility companies Whether providing gas, power, or light, many of those working for utility companies are faced with emergency situations that require communicating critical information. Features like advanced docking support and enhanced sound quality and improved screen brightness all add value.
  • Mobile workers Always on the move, mobile workers, including those who provide field services, can depend on the fully-rugged features offered by the TOUGHBOOK 40. The increased usability and readability of this model make it particularly attractive for those working outside of traditional office environments.



Designed to meet the needs of several high-key niche industries including law enforcement and those that rely on first responders, the hardy TOUGHBOOK 55 is a semi-rugged laptop that will enable users to meet the challenges of extremely demanding situations. Weighing in at less than five pounds, it’s the lightest and thinnest laptop in its class, claiming the honors from its predecessor, the TOUGHBOOK 54 that was lightest and thinnest for four years.

It is also backward compatible with the TOUGHBOOK 54’s desktop and vehicle docking stations which is an extra bonus, and it’s modular. It’s highly portable, and while a little bit heavier than most other 14-inch laptops, the fact that it will withstand the roughest treatment and tough environmental conditions makes it an epic mobile device. No wonder it quickly gained worldwide popularity when it was launched in September 2019. 


A unique feature that sets the TOUGHBOOK 55 apart is its innovative modularity. It could be said that this puts it into a one laptop fits all class, except that you can decide on the specific configurations you want. This means that one laptop has multiple options. For instance, you can choose whether you want your laptop to have a Core i5 or a Core i7 processor and whether you want to pay for a touchscreen that offers full HD and 1000-nit brightness. If brightness isn’t a necessity, you will still be assured of a nice clear image with the 1366 x 768-pixel matte display you will get from the version that doesn’t have a touchscreen.

There are also three bays in the TOUGHBOOK 55 that increase its modularity, allowing you to swap the different types of hardware you choose to use. So, for instance, it doesn’t come with an optical drive. Instead, it has a universal bay-expansion area that allows you to utilize a DVD drive or a Blu-ray expansion pack. You could use the second solid-state drive for a dedicated graphics card pack or you could add storage instead. Then, there’s a front bay that can be used to add a fingerprint reader or a smartcard, or even a second battery.

There is a rear expansion area too, which enables you to add I/O port packs so that you have more compatibility with the peripherals you might decide to plug into. It is so versatile, you can even plug the TOUGHBOOK 55 laptop into an old-school printer or monitor.

The TOUGHBOOK 55 has been designed and built using state-of-the-art technology and it offers the very latest Intel 8th Gen quad-core vPro processers as well as an infrared webcam that has four mics, powerful 92db speakers that deliver crisp sound, a backlit-keyboard and special night mode that has been designed to reduce eye strain.

Another great feature is that it offers optional FirstNet EM7511 Band 14 mobile broadband that allows for maximum mobility. It also has an unprecedented battery life that allows the computer to keep going for up to 40 hours if the optional second battery is utilized. Users can hot-swap it to avoid any interruptions.


The ability of users of the TOUGHBOOK 55 to go into hugely challenging environments with this laptop is one of the main benefits, but certainly not the only one. Nevertheless, durability is key, and the certifications this TOUGHBOOK brings to the party prove it.

Certifications include:

  • Tough military standards MIL-STD-810H guarantees that the TOUGHBOOK 55 can be used in the possible worst conditions. These include both high- and low-temperature extremes, dust and sand, and hugely humid conditions. The laptop can also be used at altitude, it can handle freezing and thawing conditions, shock and vibration, and challenging drops up to three foot. All 20 of the military standard tests the TOUGHBOOK 55 undergoes have been certified by independent laboratories.
  • Ingress protection Considerably more meaningful than vague claims that a laptop is dustproof or waterproof, IP53 certification guarantees that the TOUGH 55 Laptop is protected against spraying water and dust that would damage the processing capability of most other computers.
  • Instant accessibility to the best high-speed 4G network Referred to as AT&T, this a certification that benefits law enforcement and first responders all day long. It gives them instant access to the largest US high-speed 4G network without needing any type of external card, antenna, or any other type of accessories.

Additionally, the TOUGHBOOK 55 keyboard is spill-resistant and the laptop meets the all-important ENERGY Star requirements for energy efficiency. It also has a 1080p webcam.

It runs on Windows Pro 64-bit and has an Intel Core i5-8365U or i7-8665U vPro processor delivering 1.6 GHz with turbo boost up to 4.1 GHz, or 1.9 GHz with turbo boost up to 4.8 GHz. It comes with 8GB of RAM that may be expanded to 64 GB, and 512 or 1 TB M.2 SSD.


The portability, versatility, and reliability of the TOUGHBOOK 55 make it the ideal choice for workers in the field who are constantly on the move. Its tough ruggedness and proven durability make it an excellent choice for those venturing into extreme environmental conditions. Examples include:

  • First responders No matter what emergency, fire, crime, or medical, first responders need a dependable mobile device that enables them to respond and communicate. The TOUGHBOOK 55 ticks all the boxes.
  • Law enforcement Ideal for cops in fast cars, on crime scenes, and even in their offices, it does everything its been designed for in every environment, regardless of conditions.
  • Telecommunications Maintenance and service technicians are called out in all weather conditions. The rugged versatility of this semi-rugged laptop ensures they can do the job they are required to do.


PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK 31 - officially discontinued.  Consider the TOUGHBOOK 40 as a possible replacement.

Weighing in at a solid 8.2 lbs, the sixth generation held its ground as the toughest PC notebook ever for quite a few years – until the entry of the TOUGHBOOK 33 in 2017. Designed for field-based professionals, this fully-rugged TOUGHBOOK is vibration, shock, water, and dust resistant and ideal for use underground, in tight spaces, or where wet or bad weather conditions present extreme challenges. It remains one of the best choices in terms of fully rugged mobile computers.


Clad in an armor-like magnesium alloy case, this mobile device is still extremely well positioned to handle the world’s most rugged environments. Its MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certifications confirm that it can take a six-foot fall and keep on running. From desert to tundra, war zones and more, the TOUGHBOOK 31’s sealed design can handle the most extreme climates, and most dangerous environments field workers will ever have to face.

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 31 incorporates powerful Intel processing technology in the form of the Intel Core i5-5300U (i7 optional) vPro processor. Boasting Intel HD 5000 graphics and 3MB cache, it is also extremely fast, running at 2.3 GHz. The Windows 10 Pro operating system comes standard but can be downgraded to windows 7 if required.

But this machine isn’t just built to last on the outside. Despite its heavy-duty frame, the amazing TOUGHBOOK 31 battery will run for up to 18 hours without needing a recharge. Combined with an exceptionally bright but easily dimmable, resistive touchscreen, and 4G LTE mobile broadband capability, this device was born for life out in the field.


For jobs that require a rugged heart and unbreakable will, the TOUGHBOOK 31 will be your constant companion. Here are the most salient benefits this quintessential TOUGHBOOK delivers:

  • Unstoppable service Its fully rugged frame and weatherproof seal ensure it will survive a long time, no matter what challenges your tough job throws at you.
  • Unbeatable performance Armed with most powerful processing technology, the TOUGHBOOK 31 delivers the speed you need to get fast results in high-intensity, high-pressure situations... when every second counts.
  • Unquestionable endurance The extra-long battery life on this device means you won’t have to worry about running out of power in a mission-critical situation or losing sensitive data in the field.


The TOUGHBOOK 31 is suitable for the toughest jobs on the planet. Here are just a few examples of the professions this definitive rugged notebook is ideally suited for – and they love it:

  • Field services Its indestructible frame, combined with its wireless assets and long battery life, make the TOUGHBOOK 31 a favored model of all field services personnel.
  • Construction The toughest job sites demand the toughest protection and safety equipment for workers in the field. The same concept applies to job site technology, which is why this device is a leading choice in the construction industry and can be found on some of the world’s largest building sites.
  • Military From the army to the navy, marines to the National Guard, this battle-ready PC notebook incorporates mission-critical technology, which is why it’s used throughout the US armed forces.
  • Emergency services Firefighters, police, and EMS teams across the world need laptops that will spring into action quickly and never let them down when they need them most. With its fast boot-speed and powerful build, the TOUGHBOOK 31 is the perfect choice for emergency service workers and firefighters across the globe.


    The Ultimate Guide to TOUGHBOOK 2-in-1s

    TOUGHBOOK 2-in-1s are rugged laptops that have a detachable screen that becomes a tablet, offering the best of both worlds. They have all the benefits and ruggedness expected from the toughest mobile devices on the market, and are certified to meet the most severe military conditions. Ideal for professionals, businessmen and women, and workers who are constantly on the move, they offer profound flexibility for a wide range of activities. Different models have different features, so read on to see which would suit you the best.



    The next-generation fully-rugged device for anyone working on the move, the TOUGHBOOK G2 is a ground-breaking modular device that has evolved from two of Panasonic’s best-selling products. It features a powerful 2-in-1 design with three expansion areas that offer 36 different combinations. This enables the device to deliver the ultimate computing experience for professionals working in any environment however challenging their work environment might be.  


    The TOUGHBOOK G2 is a highly customizable, fully-rugged device that provides turnkey solutions by combining the standout features of the:

    1. TOUGHBOOK G1, Panasonic’s most successful fully-rugged tablet ever
    2. TOUGHBOOK 20, Panasonic’s first fully-rugged, detachable laptop

    It is built on the revolutionary modular design of the TOUGHBOOK 55, which was released in September 2019, so also offers optimum portability. 

    The new G2 weighs in at 2.9 lbs, or 4.9 lbs with an optional keyboard, and features an innovative modular design. It offers the power and performance of the most rugged laptop and the versatility and portability of a tough fully-rugged tablet. 

    Designed with flexibility, usability, and security at the top of the list of features, the G2 stands its ground by providing users with access to invaluable legacy systems that are durable and reliable. It is backward compatible with most TOUGHBOOK G1 and 20 docks, which makes it possible for users to upgrade to new technologies while using existing mounting hardware. 

    Customizable features and functions include a serial port, performance and storage capabilities, wireless enhancements, a barcode reader, a thermal camera, and a new, quick-release SSD that is ideal for data-sensitive sectors.


    Many benefits come with the TOUGHBOOK G2, which is shipped with Windows 10 Pro but can be upgraded to Windows 11. Those highlighted here are in addition to the usual benefits TOUGHBOOK customers are used to.  

    • Backward Compatibility This top benefit protects customer investments and lowers the overall cost of ownership. It also future-proofs assets as the user’s enterprise work evolves. 
    • Security The G2 is a Microsoft secured-core PC with a 10th generation Intel Core processor, so security is better than ever before. It features two cable lock slots and Persistence technology by Absolute that is embedded in MIOS. An optional insertable and/or contactless SmartCard reader is also available. 
    • Versatility The G2’s many enhanced technology features can be combined with vertical solution-based customization, making it a trusted tool for any mobile workforce operating in the harshest environments. Additionally, it offers three programmable buttons to simplify the customization of applications. The introduction of xPAK enables users to add features as their needs change. 
    • Usability The G2 comes standard with an 18.5-hour battery and can be upgraded with an optional bridge battery to enable one-minute hot-swap battery replacement for uninterrupted operations in all fields. 
    • 2-in-1 Design Users can operate the G2 in tablet or laptop mode, which enables them to mount or dock the device seamlessly anywhere, including emergency vehicles, forklifts and digger-loaders, or desktops. 

    There are many more benefits including 4G and eSIM connectivity, dramatically increased RAM and storage, and improved screen brightness for optimized viewing in direct sunlight. 


    This is a powerful next-generation rugged device that caters to the full spectrum of mobile workers on the move. Suitable for those embracing the toughest jobs known to man, it also suits the needs of anybody who simply needs a 100% dependable communication tool 24/7. There isn’t an industry on the planet that doesn’t employ people who will value its features and benefits. 

    The TOUGHBOOK G2 stands ready to become the first choice for anyone who needs a secure, hard-working device that offers ultimate usability, dependable communications solutions, and compliance with tough military standards including:  

    • Emergency Services, Police, Military, and Government Agency personnel who operate in mission-critical and life-threatening situations that demand the best technology available. 
    • Field Workers who rely on reliable connectivity that will enable them to communicate 24:7 in every possible environment, indoors and outside. 
    • Construction and Manufacturing Industries that require unfailing protection and highly dependable safety equipment for all workers in the field. 
    • Utilities and Telecommunications Industries that rely on communications solutions in every possible environment from an office to remote areas that would normally be out of range.  
    • Transportation and Logistics Personnel who need reliable mobile computing solutions they can use seamlessly in extreme conditions.


    PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK 20 - officially discontinued.  Consider the TOUGHBOOK G2 as a replacement.

    Offering the ultimate in portability and mobile performance, the fully rugged Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 20 has taken the Toughbook to new heights. The newest hybrid laptop/tablet in the TOUGHBOOK family, this is the world’s lightest and thinnest fully rugged two-in-one PC device, and it’s been designed specifically with tough business needs in mind. The Windows 10 Pro operating system can be downgraded to Windows 7.


    Incredibly lightweight at little more than 3.8 lbs, this amazing device that launched mid-2016 offers the best of all worlds to field professionals on the move. Designed for challenging mobile business computing, it offers six different modes that are intended to meet every possible business need in less than perfect conditions.

    The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 20 is powered by the very best sixth generation Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro processor that operates from 1.1 GHz to ultra-fast 2.8 GHz using Intel Turbo Boost technology. Tested for both water and dust resistance, it can be operated at relatively extreme temperatures from -10 °C (14 °F) to 50 °C (122 °F).

    Built to accommodate a user-exchangeable battery that can extend the seven-hour battery life of the device to up to 14 hours, the TOUGHBOOK 20 has numerous features that make it an unrivaled mobile business machine. It is drop resistant to 4’, features a next generation IPS high-brightness outdoor display, and a glove-enabled touchscreen that may be operated with wet hands. There is also a desktop port replicator to make it easier for business operators to use, as well as a purpose-built vehicle mount.


    Skinny, light, and good looking, with the TOUGHBOOK's unmistakably robust magnesium alloy chassis clad partly in silver plastic, this fully rugged machine has lasting benefits for workers and their bosses across the board. Ultimately, this device is aimed at field professionals who need to be geared to meet life’s toughest challenges. The new TOUGHBOOK 20 offers:

    • Ease of sse The capacitive ten-finger multi-touchscreen and optional IP55 digitizer simplify data input and messaging.
    • Leading technology The best possible processing and display technology enables you to work inside or outside in various environments that may be hot, cold, clean, dirty, wet, or dry. Be confident wherever you are!
    • Absolute dependability Batteries are found in both the keyboard and tablet. Plus there are lockable covers for ports and slots that increase the dependability of this top class hybrid computer. It works just as well for dry or wet fingers and those that are gloved.


    The first fully rugged convertible PC, the TOUGHBOOK 20 caters for a surprisingly versatile range of users. These include:

    • Mobile consumer services Not everybody in the field works dirty, but many industries work out. These include insurance assessors, as well as car hire and fleet management personnel. The rugged versatility of this relatively small mobile computer gives them the edge over their competitors, wherever they do business.
    • Utilities and telecommunications Service and maintenance technicians find themselves in all sorts of environments, both indoors and outdoors. Theirs is certainly not an office job and they need good, dependable equipment that will keep them communicating 24:7. The TOUGHBOOK 20 offers a perfect solution for their needs.
    • Government agencies, defense, and emergency services These people work tough and they face challenges daily that most people never dream could happen to them. Having a fully rugged mobile computer that doubles as a tablet and a laptop is a huge advantage. Having a device that is lighter than others, totally reliable, and guaranteed never to let them down, is exactly what these tough pros need. 



    Boasting ground-breaking features, the fully-rugged Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 33 is a seventh-generation machine that has claimed the title of the most robust TOUGHBOOK ever produced. But that’s not all. The TOUGHBOOK 33 not only has everything to make it the ultimate choice for mission-critical environments, it is also the first rugged 2-in-1 mobile device that can be used interchangeably as a laptop or a tablet.


    The previous title-holder of most robust TOUGHBOOK on the market, the TOUGHBOOK 31, was thin and incredibly lightweight. That was mind-blowing, but the TOUGHBOOK 33 is an inch thinner and a whole lot lighter, giving first responders and professionals on the move an even greater advantage. Like its predecessor, it comes in Panasonic’s tough signature sealed magnesium alloy case, and everything about it is built for maximum mobility. Additionally, it is the very first rugged 2-in-1 mobile PC with a 3:2 screen which is also 50 percent brighter and has a 15 percent larger display than other mobile devices in its class.

    The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 33s that run on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit are powered by the most advanced Intel Core i5-7300U or i5-6300U (i7 optional) vPro processors that operate up to 3.5 or 3.9 GHz respectively, using proven Intel Turbo Boost technology. There is a professional downgrade option to Windows 7.

    Tested according to stringent military standards, the TOUGHBOOK 33 can be operated in the most extreme conditions and will withstand extreme temperatures and every other possible condition or harsh treatment. The laptop can be dropped without fear of damage from 14 feet, while the tablet will withstand at least a five-foot drop. It will also withstand solar radiation, fluid contamination, and exposure to an explosive atmosphere

    There are two hot-swappable battery packs available with standard lightweight or optional long-life batteries that can be replaced at any time to ensure continuous use for up to 10-20 hours.  

    Other features that make the TOUGHBOOK 33 an unrivaled machine for emergency sectors include a 10-point multi-touch screen, a superior webcam and 8 MP rear camera with triple LED flash, and HD audio. The waterproof keyboard supports both rain and glove mode. There are also some great accessories including two separate vehicle docks that can be used for deployment and a choice of keyboards.


    Skinnier and lighter than any other fully rugged TOUGHBOOK devices, the TOUGHBOOK 33 is tough as nails and built for abuse. It is meant for professionals on the move who are working in less than perfect conditions, and is ideal for those in the police force and military because it offers:

    • Speedy performance In spite of its bulky design, it delivers with the speed required to save lives, catch criminals, and fight the worst battles in life.
    • Leading technology Technology is what makes this mobile device king in the fully-rugged category.
    • Ultimate endurance It’s been tested to ensure that it meets the very highest military specs. No matter how horrible the conditions, this machine will help to get you through. Long-life hot-swappable batteries keep data safe and ensure you don’t run the risk of losing connection in critical circumstances.


    The TOUGHBOOK 33 has a targeted user base including first responders and those in law enforcement and the military. While understandably heavier and more bulky than Panasonic’s business-orientated and semi–rugged devices, it certainly does the job for these people:

    • First responders Ideal for all types of emergency workers from EMS teams to firefighters, the TOUGHBOOK 33 is reliable and dependable. 
    • Police and military services Whether needed in a war zone or for peace missions, this tried and tested device is fit for the job. Used by army, navy, and air force personnel it’s ideally suited for assignments on land, at sea, or in the air.
    • Construction workers Tough and rugged, it’s ideal for use on building sites where the need for safety is at a premium.


    The Ultimate Guide to TOUGHBOOK Tablets

    TOUGHBOOK tablets are smaller, lighter, and more portable than laptops and 2-in-1 devices but they still deliver the kind of ruggedness that professionals in many demanding industries need. Like laptops and 2-in-1s, these tough tablets are designed to exacting standards that ensure they can cope with extreme temperatures, challenging weather conditions, altitude, vibration, intense humidity, shock, and drops. They will also survive rough handling without the risk of damage. Features incorporated in TOUGHBOOK Tablets are not commonly found in standard consumer tablets and they are considerably more reliable. They range in size and specifications vary.


    PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK G1 - officially discontinued.  Consider the TOUGHBOOK G2 as a replacement.

    Lightweight, fully-rugged, and amazingly durable, the TOUGHBOOK G1 is made to withstand the elements. Whether you bump, bash, or drop it, or find yourself in a major rainstorm, in a high-heat dust storm in the desert, or in freezing conditions in the snow, you can rest assured that it will survive. Fully rugged, the G1 has been engineered to continue working seamlessly in any type of environment, making it the first choice for those working in highly demanding and unpredictable circumstances.


    Measuring 10.6 x 7.4 inches and just 0.8 inches thick, this is the thinnest, lightest fully rugged 10.1-inch tablet that runs Windows 10 Pro (64-bit). It comes with a professional downgrade option to Windows 7. Amazingly compact, it provides critical port connectivity that is protected behind a magnesium cover that locks. A rubberized seal protects the workings from dirt and dust as well as all forms of moisture. There is also a raised bezel that provides LCD impact protection and a replaceable screen film that offers further protection.

    The design is MIL-STD-810G-certified for a range of possible disasters and environmental conditions including a four-foot drop, exposure to rain, sand, dust, high and low temperatures, various extreme altitudes, freeze and thaw, explosive atmospheres, temperature shock, humidity, and severe vibration. It is also an IP65-certified all-weather design.

    The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK G1 is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core i5-6300U (optional i7) vPro processor that operates from 2.4 GHz to 3.0 GHz utilizing high tech Turbo Boost technology. It has a 256 GB solid state drive that is fitted with a heater for those occasions where freeze might be a problem. Overall, the processing power it offers results in high-speed performance.

    It comes with a standard 14-hour battery but is available with an optional 28-hour long life battery as well as an optional bridge battery that has only one minute swap time even when the machine is hot.


    Light and beautifully slim, the G1 boasts a signature Panasonic magnesium-alloy chassis that is encased with protective elastomer corner guards. An indispensable tool for the most challenging jobs in the field, it features an HD daylight-readable 10-point gloved multi-touch screen with adjustable brightness. Other benefits include:

    • Ease of use The capacitive ten-finger multi-touch digitizer screen supports bare-hand touch and glove mode, and can also be used with wet hands. It also has an electronic waterproof stylus pen that makes it super-easy to use in wet conditions.
    • Superior connectivity Wireless connectivity is reliable and secure. It is fitted with Intel dual-band wireless-AC 8260 and Bluetooth v4.1 that offers classic and low energy modes using headsets, wireless keyboards, and various other wireless devices. If that’s not enough, there is also optional 3G or 4G WA.
    • Varied camera features There is a front-facing 720p webcam with a mic, as well as an autofocus 8 MP rear camera that features an LED light. The webcam is great for all video conferencing tools, including Skype, and the rear camera is ideal for shooting pix. If you need a barcode reader for scanning inventory, this is an optional extra.


    Engineered to withstand life’s hardest knocks, the TOUGHBOOK G1 is ideal for:

    • First responders Ambulance crews and firefighters need a mobile device that will keep them connected to their control room and give them instant access to data. The G1 gives them the connectivity they need as well as the peace of mind that the device will work wherever they have to go.
    • Police and military personnel Faced with mission-critical circumstances on a daily basis, military and police personnel need the same sort of reassurances as first responders. The stringent testing the G1 undergoes proves that it is fully rugged and made for specific mission-critical situations. 
    • Healthcare workers Like first responders, health care workers find themselves in unpredictable circumstances and conditions. This device meets total mobility solutions as well as environmental challenges.
    • Factory workers The factory floor can be a tough environment to work in, depending of course on the specific job carried out. Conditions can be hot, dusty, and dirty, and if heavy machinery is involved vibrations can be an issue. There is no doubt that this device is fit for tasks carried out on any factory floor.


    PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK L1 - officially discontinued.  Consider the TOUGHBOOK A3 as a replacement.

    A thin, rugged 7-inch TOUGHBOOK Tablet, the L1 is slim and amazingly sleek in style making it suitable for a surprisingly wide range of industries and occupations. There are two basic models, both with the same tough exterior, one that runs on Wi-Fi and another that comes with a mobile communications package that offers HSPPA+, LTE, and GSM capability. There are also three different regional model types with different mobile comms tailored for the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Australia.


    The TOUGHBOOK L1 is an energy-efficient mobile device that has been built on the new-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform that delivers cutting-edge technology and enables lightning-fast connectivity. It also ensures that the device can connect from virtually anywhere at any time.

    Apart from its extreme connectivity, other winning features of the TOUGHBOOK L1 relate to its resistance to accidents, especially water and the consequences of being dropped. It is an ingress protected (from dust and water), IP65 and IP67 sealed, all-weather design and it meets the exacting MIL-STD-810G standards for certification. Additionally, it has been tumble tested and is guaranteed to be drop-resistant up to five feet. 

    There is a natty edge-connector that is located on the bottom edge of the device that can accommodate an optional charging cradle, increasing the speed at which the battery can be charged. It takes just 2.5 hours to charge in the cradle, or four hours if the micro USB port is used. The battery itself is neatly double-locked to avoid unplanned power losses. Unlike most tablets, the battery can be warm-swapped without having to power-down the device. While the device doesn’t come standard with a second battery, it’s a very useful added option.

    Another invaluable option, especially for those in retail and logistics, is the 1D/2D barcode reader that has an LED light and can be configured for portrait and landscape modes. The full high definition (HD) 8MP rear camera, which does come standard, also features an LED light.


    Weighing in at under a pound, the TOUGHBOOK L1 is light and conveniently portable. Like other larger, more powerful Panasonic TOUGHBOOK models, it offers a full work shift battery life that can be doubled if a second battery is used. Other benefits include:

    • Non-reflective monitor The 7-inch screen has a relatively low 1280 x 800-pixel resolution and is coated to reduce reflection.
    • 7-inch enterprise display The HD display has a 10-finger touch sensor that offers glove and rain mode. There’s automatic screen rotation as well as an optional passive stylus. It’s easy-to-use in any weather or environmental conditions, even if your hands get dusty, or cold and wet.
    • Suitable for varied applications While it’s ruggedness and durability are ideal in the field, it’s equally adapted for use indoors. This means that both field and office workers will benefit from its enterprise capabilities and professional-grade features.
    • Superior connectivity and battery life As mentioned above, both the battery life and instant connectivity work for users in varied industries and conditions.


    The TOUGHBOOK L1 was designed to cater to businesses and individuals needing a mobile device that could be used on a worksite or in any other environment where it could get wet or might be dropped. The WI-Fi only version is intended for those working indoors. Industries that it works well for include:

    • Retail Whether used on the shop floor, in back offices or when face-to-face with customers, the TOUGHBOOK L1 is a good option for retail environments.
    • Hospitality The size of the device and the fact that it can be easily sanitized make the L1 an exceptionally good choice for those in the hospitality industry. It also enables management to stay in touch with staff and customers.
    • Manufacturing Those working in manufacturing industries invariably need a mobile device that they can rely on. This slim, rugged tablet fits the bill.
    • Logistics and transportation Anyone who needs to be reliably connected while on the move will benefit from using the L1. The fact that conditions won’t adversely affect connectivity is a great advantage.


    PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK M1 - officially discontinued.  Consider the TOUGHBOOK G2 as a replacement.

    Smaller than most, the fully-rugged 7-inch TOUGHBOOK M1 was engineered for productivity without the need to compromise. It was designed for maximum flexibility and can be used in virtually any circumstances and weather conditions – however hot, cold, dusty, or wet they are. Light, solid and relatively chunky, it is considered an outdoor tablet ideally for both business and outdoor field workers who need pocket portability. 


    Lightweight and incredibly rugged for its size, this little device is sufficiently powerful for use as a fully-functional PC in an office environment. Although not as powerful as larger, newer Panasonic TOUGHBOOK Tablets, it is the only rugged 7-inch tablet that uses the sixth generation Intel Core m5-6Y5Y vPro processor at 2.8 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost up to 2.3 GHz and using 4 MB cache.

    An appealing advantage is that it can run most desktop applications without requiring changes that need to be configured for your needs. Also, it is the first 4.5-watt central processing unit (CPU) produced in tablet form that has this kind of superior processing power – and with a lot less energy required. Supplied with Windows Pro 10 it can be downgraded to Windows 7 if required.

    Because it draws less power, the M1 runs cooler than most other mobile devices and it doesn’t need a fan (so is fanless). Additionally, it complies with the IP65 certifications for rain and dust resistance. It has a high-sensitivity multi-touch screen that can be read in sunlight and can be used even with heavy gloves.

    The M1 is also easy to customize and will accommodate a wide range of integrated options from barcode, SmartCard, and magnetic strip readers to Ethernet or serial port. It can also be configured for 4G LTE multi-carrier embedded wireless broadband connectivity, as well as dedicated GPS.


    Small and lightweight, the M1 is a sealed unit that has been certified to the very highest standards. It features the usual tough, ready-to-be-rough rigid magnesium alloy chassis with elastomer corner guards for protection. There are numerous benefits for mission-critical mobile workers including:

    • Runs with custom applications Whether you want to load commercial apps available for the M1 or those you plan to develop yourself, this can be done very easily. Panasonic even offers a software developers kit for custom applications.
    • Rugged benefits in a small package Offering the very best rugged reliability in the smallest possible package, the little M1 has met the ultimate MIL-STD-810G challenges proving it will withstand just about everything thrown at it. This includes drops up to five foot as well as altitude, humidity, extreme temperatures, shock, and vibration. It is also certified in terms of IP65 to withstand possible damage from driving rain and elements like dust and sand.
    • Suitable for multiple uses Whether you need to use this device in the field wearing heavy gloves, in your vehicle, or in the office, it’ll work for you. There’s an optional bridge battery that ensures hot-swap replacement to ensure you can use it continuously.


    Intended for use by the full range of today’s highly mobile workers who need a rugged, lightweight tablet, the TOUGHBOOK M1 is ideal for:

    • Mobile fieldworkers It’s small and light, which makes it perfect for fieldworkers who need a highly portable tablet.
    • Customer sales and service The M1 is especially well-suited for mobile point-of-sale use and for the full realm of customer service tasks. Because it has an external monitor and comes with a desktop cradle, it can be used as a desktop device as well.
    • Inventory and asset management This little powerhouse of a tablet proves that you don’t need a big machine to successfully undertake tasks like asset tracking and inventory management. It is also a good option for eForms, eCitations, route delivery systems, and for keeping and checking on electronic medical records.
    • Geographic Information System services A highly specialized industry, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) literally relate unrelated information using locations as the main index variable. Data capture is key to GIS, and the little M1 is an invaluable tool to use.
    • Enterprise and government deployment Engineered and built so that it can be easily integrated into existing IT infrastructure which not only saves time and resources but also extends lifecycle management and lowers ownership costs. It offers an extremely high degree of reliability and is durable, which increases productivity and ROI.


    The Ultimate Guide to TOUGHBOOK Handhelds

    TOUGHBOOK Handhelds are pocket-sized mobile devices that combine the winning features of smartphones and tablets, sometimes with barcode scanners incorporated for data collection. Sleeker, slimmer, and more versatile than ever before, TOUGHBOOK Handhelds are, by definition, smaller than TOUGHBOOK Tablets, even though these are meant to be handheld too. Intended for a mobile workforce, they are particularly useful in retail and warehousing environments where high-speed connectivity provides employees with a competitive advantage and ensures the workplace is overall, a lot more responsive.   



    The fully rugged handheld TOUGHBOOK N1 is a cutting-edge, three-in-one device that incorporates a tablet, smartphone, and integrated barcode reader to increase productivity. It caters to mobile workers needing a well-designed barcode reader that will work seamlessly with their mobile device. It doesn’t just help mobile workers get the job done, the angled rear design of the scanner is in response to medical problems suffered by many transport and logistics employees. The device has also been designed and built to withstand unrelenting weather and other environmental conditions.


    Qualifying as one of the world’s thinnest, lightest handheld tablets, the innovative N1 has a 4.7-inch screen and it weighs a minimal 0.61 lbs. The tablet measures 2.9 x 6.1 inches and is only 0.6 inches thick, though the barcode reader section is 1.2 inches, which is double the thickness. 

    The CPU is an industry-leading Qualcomm MSM8974AB 2.3 GHz Quad-core processor that utilizes the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. This makes it possible to develop an open environment that has the capacity to incorporate thousands of enterprise-grade applications, both Android and produced by Panasonic partners.

    A Panasonic research study in the UK showed that the cause of more than half repetitive strain injuries, and more than 60 percent of arm and wrist aches and pains, were caused by badly designed mobile barcode readers. So the company designed an ergonomic, angled machine that is efficient and easy to use. By combining it with a fully rugged, cutting-edge tablet with a smartphone built in, Panasonic has produced a world winner for transportation and logistics.


    Everything about the N1 is cutting edge and in line with what contemporary industries need and want. In spite of its size, the device is both powerful and flexible, and it is a great option geared to increase productivity and efficiency, and ultimately improve the bottom line. Benefits include:

    • Angled barcode reader This is the key feature. Designed ergonomically, it allows users to scan goods without unnecessary bending of elbow and wrists.
    • Fully-rugged outdoor functionality Designed to do what transportation and logistics workers need to be done, the TOUGHBOOK N1 has been through the gamut of ultra-tough testing including the tough MIL-STD-810G tests. It is an IP65 and IP67 sealed design for all weather conditions and is drop resistant to six foot. Additionally, it has been tumble tested for 1,000 tumbles to 3.3 foot at 5 rpm. It can also be submerged in water and will run in extremely hot and cold conditions.
    • Superior connectivity and battery With a standard battery life of eight hours that allows 24-hours talk time, the N1 may be upgraded to 16 hours (with 1,400 standby hours), and a talk time that equals 48 hours. Wireless options cover all bases including 4G LTE, dual SIM, Bluetooth, GPS 2 m, and near field communication (NFC).
    • Versatile optional accessories Various device cradles, a vehicle dock, hand strap, stylus and battery options can be used with the N1.  


    The key feature of the fully rugged N1 is a 1D/2D barcode reader. It was designed to meet the growing needs of mobile workers in the transportation and logistics industry. Potential users come from a number of related industries including:

    • Transportation and logistics Representing the initial target market of this device, the transportation and logistics industry can only get healthier.
    • Postal and courier services What better than a tablet that doubles as a phone and barcode reader? The postal and courier services industry will certainly benefit.
    • Retail and manufacturing Whether mobile or working on site, those in retail and manufacturing can certainly make use of all the features offered by the fully rugged N1.
    • Law enforcement and passport control Where identity and other documents feature barcodes, the TOUGHBOOK N1 is an invaluable scrutiny tool.


    PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK T1 - officially discontinued.  Consider the TOUGHBOOK N1 as a replacement.

    Heralded as a next-generation TOUGHBOOK handheld device, the T1 is sleek and rugged, offering more than you could ever dream of getting from any type of smartphone. There are basic versions of this game-changing handheld device, one that operates with Wi-Fi for indoor use, and the other that incorporates a Nano-SIM slot for voice and data with connection available on Verizon and AT&T networks. Data connectivity is also available through the purpose-built Panasonic network.


    Promoted as a rugged handheld device for business and mission-critical enterprise work, the TOUGHBOOK T1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU running at 1.1 GHz. It has 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM and features a micro SD card slot that enables users to expand the storage capacity of the device. It runs on the Android operating system 8.1 Oreo which, amongst other things, reduces latency and network loads.

    Sleek and compact, it has an integrated barcode reader and a versatile five-inch glove and rain touch-enabled screen.

    Having said that the T1 isn’t anything like a run-of-the-mill smartphone, when the voice and data connection is enabled, it has excellent cellular voice capability and will function like the best smartphone.


    Neither a smartphone or a tablet, the TOUGHBOOK T1 is a next-generation handheld device that offers great benefits to a wide range of people working in many different industries. Benefits include:

    • Sleek and powerful You don’t have to compromise when you use the T1. It will fit into your pocket or can be mounted in your vehicle and it has a wealth of benefits. It’s durable yet thin, light but extremely powerful, and it is both smart and sleek.
    • Long-lasting battery Good for a full day’s work, the battery can be warm-swapped if you need to keep working for longer, though you will, of course, need to buy a second battery.
    • Sunlight-viewable touchscreen Perfect for use indoors or outdoors, the 5-inch color, high definition (HD) touchscreen is glove-enabled.
    • Certified for ruggedness The T1 has been tested to MIL-STD 810G to ensure the device withstands extreme environmental conditions including high and low temperatures, rain blown and freezing rain, low pressure, exposure to sand and dust, shock and transport shock, all types of vibration, and an explosive atmosphere. It has also been tested under IP66 for dust and water ingress and IP68 for sealing, which means it will resist leakage if submerged in up to five feet of water for up to half an hour.


    Anyone who needs to scan barcodes quickly and be constantly connected without having to carry a large mobile device around will benefit from the TOUGHBOOK T1 that has a voice and data connection. In addition to being sleek and rugged, it enables users to integrate seamlessly with resource systems and management databases.

    The model that offers only Wi-Fi connectivity will fit the profile of all office-bound workers who have access to the Internet. The model that allows a voice and data connection is particularly suitable for:

    • Retail The TOUGHBOOK T1 will keep retail workers connected to those they work with and give them instant access to any data they need. The barcode reader is a particularly useful tool.
    • Warehousing The integrated barcode scanner is invaluable in a warehouse setting where efficiency and security are both paramount. Conditions aren’t always the greatest, but the T1 will cope and keep you in communication with those you need to contact.
    • Transportation and logistics Scanning barcodes is a daily chore for many who work in transportation and logistics. They also need to be in communication with management and customers all the time. The T1 has them covered.
    • Public safety sectors When the going gets tough, the T1 will keep those in the public safety sector linked to the outside world, regardless of how challenging environmental conditions might be.


    PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK X1 - officially discontinued.  Consider the TOUGHBOOK N1 as a replacement.

    The ultra-rugged TOUGHBOOK X1 is as tough as nails and as rugged as they come. Launched as the world’s most rugged 5-inch handheld mobile device, it combines the toughness required by the military with enterprise-class computing power. It offers voice connectivity and battery life that promises as much as 14 hours of continuous data access time. When the going gets really tough, this is the pocket-sized mobile device of choice.


    Packed with rugged power, the X1 has a built-in wow factor! For instance, it’ll withstand 30 minutes immersed in up to five foot of water, and survive drops onto solid concrete up to and including 10 feet. You can take it anywhere, it’s the ultimate TOUGHBOOK survivor, and it won't sacrifice its business-level performance for anything.   

    The CPU is the superior Qualcomm APQ8064T 1.7 GHz Quad-core and it utilizes the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system. Weighing in at less than a pound, it will continue operating successfully in an impressive temperature range – from a chilling -4 °F to a searing 140 °F.

    Nicknamed a phablet, this amazing TOUGHBOOK Tablet boasts numerous certifications that really do give it the edge. These include 21 MIL-STD-810G tests that include longer drops than usual as well as the usual rain, altitude, dust and sand, temperature extremes, thermal shock, explosive atmosphere, and vibration tests. It is also certified according to the ingress protection code, IP68 that determines exactly what level of resistance devices have to solid objects, liquids, and particulates like dust and fine sand. It has also been certified in terms of the ANSI Hazardous Locations specification, and ISO’s Environmental Management System standards.


    The rugged, handheld X1 tablet is really a smartphone with a difference – a BIG difference! Try dropping a smartphone just one foot, never mind 10, or chucking it into a swimming pool. It won't survive. This TOUGHBOOK has a super-rugged housing which is what keeps it safe and sound. This makes it a lot bulkier and considerably heavier than the average smartphone, and it’s also a more costly option. But the benefits for its user-base are huge. They include:

    • Enterprise features that work in shocking conditions Tougher than tough, this phablet can be used anywhere inside or out, and neither environmental nor weather conditions will affect its promised high performance.
    • Improved efficiency in the workplace The X1 can be used to shorten time spent doing inventory and improve the efficiency of this type of work. Not only does its optional 1D/2D barcode reader enable the high accuracy of scanning, it can also be used as a terminal device with SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Additionally, it can be expanded for further business needs.
    • Long battery life The X1 shines when it comes to battery power, with the world’s longest battery life any handheld tablet can offer. The battery will last for 14 hours of constant use and will charge to 50 percent in only an hour. It is also hot-swappable between half to two minutes with a bridge battery.
    • Superior 5-inch display The high definition screen boasts 1280 x 720 For instance, tresolution and it comes pretreated for reflection and glare, making it easy to view even in bright sunlight.


    The TOUGHBOOK X1 was designed with the full range of mobile workers in mind.

    They include:

    • First responders It is an ideal option for those working in emergency medical and other public safety operations. Apart from all its other features, the highly accurate GPS helps first responders pin-point locations accurately.
    • Police and military It is a reliable option for those in the police force or defense whether doing standard patrols, responding to callouts, or going into battle. It has what it takes to survive all kinds of shocks.  
    • Transportation and logistics The X1 will keep moving safely whatever knocks and vibrations are forthcoming.
    • Postal service workers While not a dangerous job, postal workers are exposed to all kinds of conditions, both indoors in sorting rooms, and outdoors fulfilling deliveries and other tasks. An advantage is having a device that enables them to access data and make calls.
    • Utilities and construction This is an ideal option for workers who need the best of both worlds – an ultra-rugged mobile device that keeps going when the going gets tough, and a device they can use for phone calls.
    • Retail and manufacturing This little tablet enables those in the manufacturing and retail sectors to go the extra mile.



    If you are still trying to figure out which TOUGHBOOK is are right for you, give the experts at Mooring Tech a call. As an authorized Panasonic dealer, Mooring Tech carries all the latest models in stock. We also have refurbished models on offer, and we service a wide range of industries that require specialized mobile devices including:

    • Military
    • Emergency services
    • Public safety
    • Healthcare
    • Field services
    • Postal services
    • Government
    • Construction
    • Warehouses and industry
    • Manufacturing
    • Retail and sales
    • Utilities

    Our extensive industry and technical experience gives us the ability to help you find the perfect fully-rugged, ultra-rugged or semi-rugged laptop, 2-in-1, tablet, or handheld device for your specific needs and budget. With our massive selection of parts and accessories, you can customize your chosen tougher-than-tough laptop or tablet to your unique specifications in just one call.


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    To get more info on the latest TOUGHBOOK models from a friendly, Panasonic-authorized expert, call 877-532-8088 now or request more information online. We look forward to being of service to you and meeting your needs!