Of course a big part of the ToughBook appeal is its ability to function in the most extreme environments, including excessive hot or cold operational exposure. The Heat Shock test will roast a ToughBook at 200 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes, before dropping the temperature down to a teeth chattering -70 degrees. With ToughBooks surviving this kind of test itâ€™s fair to say that in extreme temperature situations, the user will fail before the notebook.
The Combined Environment Test subjects the ToughBooks to temperatures varying from -40 to 150 degrees Celsius, along with humidity ranging from 20 â€“ 95 per cent. To make things more interesting, the platform on which the notebook resides in the chamber will vibrate at rates between 3 and 2,500Hz.
The waterproof nature of ToughBooks is also highly regarded, so the machines have to undertake a fair amount of wet work as part of the testing regime. The water resistance test has a water sprinkler arcing over an operational ToughBook dousing it with water.
The poor old CF-29 that was in the water resistance chamber was being subjected to a full hour of sprinkler treatment â€“ at least it only had about five minutes left!
Meanwhile in another water resistance chamber, four ToughBooks huddled together in a vain attempt to share body heat, and somehow stay warm.