Panasonic introduced its Toughbook lineup in 1996 with the CF-5, which was designed to withstand vibration, drops, spills, extreme temperature, and rough handling in industries from construction and defense to emergency services, government, health care, law enforcement, manufacturing, oil, gas, telecom, and utilities. Panasonic has revamped its Toughbook product family countless times since, most recently last November with the Toughbook 31. But today the Kodama, Japan-based company really shook things up with a new flagship — the Toughbook 55, successor to the Toughbook 54 — that’s almost entirely modular.
The Toughbook 55, which Panasonic says is the thinnest and lightest laptop in its class, sports Intel 8th Gen quad-core i5 or i7 vPro processors (Whiskey Lake) and optionally AMD discrete graphics. It’s available with a