IT & Network Infrastructure : Panasonic, Sony, LaCie Make Hard-to-Break Gadgets

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2011-09-07 Print this article Print
Panasonic Toughbook 19 ($2,500)

Panasonic Toughbook 19 ($2,500)

This fully-rugged, convertible tablet PC has a 10.1-inch sunlight-viewable touch or dual-touch LCD with a full magnesium alloy case.
Life is an often bumpy road, and as we hurtle toward a society where nearly everyone is carrying some form of mobile communication device, digital camera or portable storage system, it's reassuring to know your content (and investment) is protected. While there is no shortage of protective covers, cases and carry-on bags for your tech gear, some companies have gone the extra mile to shock-proof, water-proof and crush-proof their digital devices. For those of us who work out in the field, be it for the government, a health care institution or private enterprise where durability and resistance to the elements is critical, these devices offer reliability and peace of mind, not to mention packing these protective measures into dimensions that still make the device as portable as possible. Even if you're carrying around a more delicate device such as the iPhone (how many times have you seen friends carrying around iPhones with shattered screens?), there are a litany of third-party manufacturers out there who offer dozens of case designs ranging from smooth, protective leather to chunky, near-indestructible rubber that ensure your device is kept covered.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at Before joining, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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