When you are planning on upfitting your vehicles, you need to make certain that all of the products you choose can hold up to the fierce demands your fleet makes. Police cars and ambulances are first responders and must absolutely have the best, most reliable computer systems available on the market to make certain they can communicate with each other. A loss of communication can actually translate into a loss of lives in many situations.
Panasonic is a True Toughbook
The Toughbook line of Panasonic computers is not just a catchy name made to make the products sound good—a Toughbook is in all senses a true, fully rugged computer with superior functionality as well as durability. The U.S. Department of Defense developed its rugged testing standards in 1962, establishing many strict parameters that must be met to be able to be properly classify your product as a rugged device. These tests subject devices to all types of environmental conditions and rate how well they perform (or fail to perform).
Comparison of Testing Standards
Panasonic doesn’t hide the exact testing standards that they use to certify their tablets and computers as fully rugged. However, other manufacturers are not so transparent in their testing values—they know that when they are compared to Panasonic, Panasonic will always be the winner.
Panasonic drop tests their fully-rugged computers from heights up to 72 inches (6 feet) and every angle imaginable in order to test every surface for impact resistence. Competitor manufacturer Dell states that its machines are subjected to drop tests from only 3 feet in height. Competitor Getac’s computers and devices are non-operational and will not function from this drop height. Panasonic also stands out from the others by using only one device to conduct all of the drop tests. While a company can use up to five different devices for the series of tests. Panasonic subjects one device to the entire battery of drop testing, ensuring that its devices can withstand multiple, repeated, significant impacts.
Panasonic Toughbooks also stand up to blowing rain at 70 MPH winds, remaining fully operational in extreme, wet conditions. Many other manufacturers mark their computers as “water resistant”; while they may resist moisture or spills, they may not remain fully operational in harsh weather conditions. The question here is to determine if it a product is only spill resistant—did it get its ingress protection rating without even being subjected to any significant real-world moisture testing?
Panasonic’s vibration test tests devices for the extreme vibration level that would be encountered in a helicopter. Getac and Dell don’t list specifics on this test, offering no way to tell what kind of surfaces or conditions were involved it their vibration testing. Similarly, Panasonic tests the Toughbook lines of computers to an altitude of 15,000 feet. Getac only states that its machines “passed an altitude test,” but include no parameters. And on an extreme temperature test, Panasonic Toughbooks continue to operate after being in extreme temperatures of 140 degrees for 30 minutes; Getac only promises that its machine “passed” the test while again stating no particular temperatures. Without knowing what kind of testing your new machines have undergone, you have no way to tell what you can expect from them.
Miles Above all Other Brands
Panasonic Toughbooks are truly the very best computers you can get in a vehicle upfit due to their durability, their engineering, and their reliability. They’ve been specifically designed to take a lot of beating and still perform like a champ.
They also have the best warranty in the business, although their premium performance standards mean that their machines need much less service. Panasonic now makes a large 12-inch tablet, which in the past was a market Getac had cornered. Panasonic is always pioneering the best technology and continuing to produce innovative vehicle upfit products, accompanied by truly honest and transparent testing.
Although Dell and other competitor computers may be purchased at a lower price point than Panasonic, the old adage is true that you get what you pay for. The Panasonic line is superior in durability and performance to Dell products, which over the long term can save you money in repairs, replacements, and loss of uptime. In addition, the customer service and support at Panasonic is the best in the field—their knowledgeable representatives will help you with questions, advice, and recommendations.
At Keltek, we only sell the best of the best for upfits to meet your every need. The Panasonic Toughbook 31, 54, and 53 will meet every one of your high-demand vehicle needs. These reliable machines will need much less service than any other model of computers in your vehicles and will provide years of quality performance. Our experienced staff members can help you decide which of these models are best for your particular vehicle upfit—contact us today.