Panasonic’s Toughbook range is expanding to include its first ever hybrid model that combines multiple use modes and a detachable display to make it capable of doubling up as a tablet PC. And as with previous iterations of the Toughbook family, the new Toughbook 20 is built to last. But should I sell my laptop to buy it?
There are six different modes into which the Toughbook 20 can be arranged, with the standard laptop set-up being complemented by the option to completely detach the display from the keyboard dock, flip it round and use the handle to carry it with ease and place it in any number of other positions, whether on a desk, in a vehicle or on the move.
The military-grade shock, vibration and temperature resistance of the exterior of this laptop is second to none. It is also waterproof and dustproof, achieving an IP65 rating to show you just how capable it is of withstanding extreme conditions. The casing is built from a magnesium alloy, and there are no fans used in its construction, keeping it quiet during operations.
Panasonic gives buyers the option to equip the Toughbook 20 with either Windows 7 Professional or Windows 10 Pro, which is a useful choice given that there may be some who are unwilling to make the upgrade to Microsoft’s latest platform. Power is provided by an Intel Core vPro chipset, which combines with 8GB of RAM to make sure everything runs smoothly. Meanwhile, a 128GB solid-state drive is available to allow for quicker load times and faster boot-up experiences.
The main downside is that the aesthetics of the Toughbook 20 are necessarily workmanlike. So while it can withstand drops, shocks and underwater dunks, it will not be seen as a stylish addition to your collection but rather a practical one.
Should I sell my laptop is a question you can answer with ease whenever an upgrade is on the horizon, whether you want a sleek new Ultrabook or this chunky yet versatile Toughbook model. Just use the site to get a quote for your old tech and find out how much you could save.