- The first computer on the far left is a Panasonic Toughbook CF-T8
- The second computer in the middle is an HP EliteBook 2740p convertible tablet PC
- The third computer on the far right is a Lenovo ThinkPad X200 convertible tablet PC
The Panasonic Toughbook T8 has the smallest footprint (and the smallest keyboard) and it's the lightest at 3.3 lbs. However, this notebook is actually the thickest one. You'll see that by looking at the photo above. The T8 is the one of the bottom. For a notebook that's only 3.3 lbs, the T8 is surprisingly thick. Then again, it's the only rugged PC out of the 3, so it's expected to be thicker if it's going to have that 1 foot drop rating.
The Panasonic T8 has a nice rubber hand grip that allows you to securely hold the laptop in one hand while you're typing or tapping on the screen with another. This hand grip is designed really well and it turns flat when you place the laptop on a desk. The rubber hand grip is sanitizable (great for health care professionals). In fact, a number of disinfectant solutions have been tested on the entire line of Toughbook mobile computers.
The keyboard on the T8 is a bit smaller compared to all the others. I was able to get used to it quickly, but it's an adjustment if you're not accustomed to typing on a smaller keyboard.
All 3 laptops have 12" screens, but the Toughbook does not have a widescreen display. Instead, it uses the standard 1024 x 768 XGA resolution. Even though the T8 is not a convertible tablet, it has a passive touch-screen, which is a great feature if you're using an electronic health record (EHR) that's optimized for touch. If you need a Toughbook tablet PC, then take a look at the Toughbook C1.
The 2740p is still thin after you add the docking station to the laptop. You can also get a thin "slice" battery for the 2740p and stay mobile all day (up to 10 hours) while you're using your laptop. The 2740p blends a capacitive multi-touch screen with an active digitizer. The newer ThinkPad X201 tablet also comes with this dual-input option.
The T8 comes with a round touchpad mouse. The 2740p and the X201 come with dual pointing options: a point stick and a touchpad. The older X200 tablet only comes with a point stick (TrackPoint).
This concludes Part 1 of my review. Stay tuned as I continue to write about these 3 different mobile computers.