Friday, December 18, 2009

Panasonic Toughbook as a Survivalist Computer

hello said...
Neat idea. I bet the Eee PC would work for most people but for some reason, only the toughest survive my use. That's why I bought a used Toughbook for the same money. A lot of EMT and police use them so there is a surplus market here.

The average notebook has a 25% failure rate within 3 years. I imagine that number goes up with entry models. A top of the line laptop, the Toughbook is built under excellent quality control. They have a much lower 2.5% fail rate.

Not only that, they're monsters. It will survive being run over, falls from desks, and is resistant to dust, water, and extreme temperatures. They have destruction test videos like Glocks that show how much they can survive.

The specs are lower compared to other similarity priced laptops but is still plenty for regular tasks. The only con is that it's a 9 pound brick and is twice as thick as normal, but it can be used as a club or a hammer and still work.

The rugged models have soldered CPUs and less space for upgrades, but offer other customization opportunities. An extra hundred dollars will get you internal GPS or a touchscreen.

In summary, the weight and size may be a downside but the toughness can't be beat. The other thing I noticed is that it doesn't need a carrying case. It has loops where straps can be attached directly. The Toughbook is begging to bump into walls and tables, just so it can turn on and laugh!

Hi, thats a pretty good idea.
I knew about Toughbooks but they are prohibitively expensive here in Argentina. 

Buying one in the used market would work nicely and you’d have means to keep working if you have an internet based business, keep looking for jobs, stay informed and a number of other things.

Used Toughbook for $324.99

Panasonic Toughbook CF-M34 

 or New ones
Panasonic Toughbook 52 - Core 2 Duo P8400 / 2.26 GHz - Centrino 2 with vPro - RAM 2 GB - HDD 160 GB - DVD?RW (?R DL) / DVD-RAM - GMA 4500MHD - Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) - TPM - Vista Business / XP Pro downgrade - pre-installed: Windows XP - 15.4" Widescreen TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA ) with Toughbook Preferred 

While not an essential for survival, having a computer means you have a wealth of information and other capabilities at your finger tips. It’s an essential for most jobs and as I hope most people already understand you WILL keep working after SHTF.
Thanks, very nice suggestion.


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