Toughbook 20th Anniversary: Celebrating the Rugged Life

There’s no denying the technology advancements that have occurred over the past 20 years.  We’ve come a long way since pagers, Palm Pilots, the advent of Pokémon AND the very first Toughbook 25. Since its introduction in 1996, Toughbook devices have set the industry standard for rugged performance and reliability and continues to be the mobile computing choice for missions and expeditions around the world.

Join us in celebrating 20 years of Toughbook Territory by checking out our new “Where in the world is Toughbook” interactive map  to explore all the amazing places Toughbook mobile computers have been over the past twenty years and check back to see new locations popping up each month.

From the flagship Toughbook 25 to the industry’s first fully rugged detachable laptop, Toughbook 20, the team at Panasonic continues to lead the market with innovations in mobile computing technology. Check out a few of our ‘market firsts’ for mobile computing:

  • 1996 — Panasonic launched the first Toughbook
  • 1999 — The world’s first mobile computer to offer GSM communication
  • 2003 — Panasonic was the first to feature a pivotal touch screen, which transformed into the popular convertible tablet PC
  • 2008 — The world’s first fully rugged ultra-mobile PC
  • 2012 – Debut of first Windows-based Toughpad, the FZ-G1
  • 2013 — The world’s first 20-inch business ruggedized tablet with 4K resolution display
  • 2016 The world’s first fully rugged detachable laptop (2-in-1)

To commemorate this milestone, Panasonic is also announcing the “Who’s The Toughest Contest.” To enter, members of the public are encouraged to submit a video of their oldest working Toughbook computer. The contest will run from Oct.6 – Dec.31, 2016 and the winner will win a trip to the Toughbook factory in Japan to build their very own Toughbook. For a list of contest rules and to register visit

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