This Panasonic Toughbook looks so RIGHT! It commands your attention with its rugged functional appearance; and it's got the goods. Magnesium alloy case, canvas carrying strap, fully ruggedized for a 3-foot drop, shock-mounted hard drive, sealed all-weather construction, lightweight at 5 lbs, highly portable at just 8.5" by 10.7". The features and integrated options list goes on and on: fingerprint reader; GPS; standard touchscreen (yes, I said touchscreen) with attached stylus, installed handwriting recognition, onscreen keyboard plus regular 82-key keyboard, and easy-release swivel screen for convertible notebook-to-tablet use. I'm loving this gadget.
But no matter how pleasing something looks, the package doesn't come together for me unless the function is appropriate to the form--and this baby is no Hummer going to soccer practice! This Toughbook belongs to my 16-year-old grandson, whose disabilities prevent him from communicating verbally. For years he's used a laminated book of icons and pictures as one of his interfaces with the world, but now, like other teenagers, he's got a computer doing it for him. He can't set up a Facebook account or email his friends, but he DOES have needs, wants and wishes, and with the customizable special assistive software on his Toughbook, he can click through categories of icons to communicate more effectively than ever. Anyone with a teenager on board can appreciate how valuable that is around the house! And if his reach sometimes exceeds his grasp, don't forget that this computer can take a three-foot drop with no ill effects.
My grandson had an exciting weekend, and today he went back to school with his "news" feature ready to roll on the Toughbook: uploaded photos and descriptions of all the doings since I came to visit on Friday. One tough kid, and one tough computer. Thank you, Panasonic!
Linda Bulger, 2009
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