My first big experience with the Panasonic Toughbook H2 was to take it with me on an on/off road motorcycle trip (that story HERE). This was a great way to test the Toughbook H2 in real-world adverse conditions. The Toughbook H2 did great, but I felt I had more testing to perform. There were still some ruggedized capabilities that I wanted to try out with the H2 that I weren’t fully tested on my trip. Sounds like a good time for some torture testing!
In order to capture all of the fun running these tests, I utilized multiple cameras. I had a few GoPro HERO3 cameras in the studio, so I decided to mount one to the Toughbook H2, and also one on my head. I also deployed a camera man to operate a third camera and witness all of the abuse.
Onboard GoPro HERO3 was used to capture torture tests from the PC’s perspective (ouch)
GoPro view of the Panasonic Toughbook H2 undergoing some bounce testing
In the following video, I have some fun indoors and outdoors testing the ruggedized capabilities of the Toughbook H2. This video will give you a good idea of how tough the Toughbook H2 really is:
Testing the H2 was a lot of fun, and I can’t believe it withstands this kind of abuse. You definitely don’t want to try these tests with any old computer- you need fully ruggedized construction for this kind of duty!
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Another solid review Gavin. I remember NPR reviewing a ToughBook. They let the neighborhood kids put condiments all over it and then ride their bikes over it.. :D
I do like how the touch screen seems to work while wet, as my old Toughbook had issues with the mouse touchpad when wet. No fun while getting rained on an configuring wireless networking links.