What is the Best Police Laptop?

By August 12, 2019 April 7th, 2023 Law Enforcement & First Responders
What is the Best Police Laptop

When it comes to durability, there are a few industries that test the limits of even the most rugged of machines. Law enforcement relies on laptops for many of its critical functions, particularly in the field.

From filing reports to running plates and accessing the police national computer, police laptops – officially known as mobile data terminals – must be able to perform a plethora of tasks which assist an officer with his or her job without succumbing to environmental wear.

To get the most out of their mobile data terminals, police officers need a step beyond the average laptop. In fact, the specific device designed for fields such as law enforcement comes in a class of its own: the Toughbook. Read on to learn more about this distinct breed of laptops, and how CDS can help a department choose the best model.

What Do the Police Need in a Laptop?

If the definition of Toughbook was summed up in one word, it would be rugged. The Toughbook is a step beyond the average laptop. Designed by Panasonic in 1996, this class of laptop comes with numerous features specifically designed to keep it alive no matter where or how it’s used. Its features include all the things which the police need in a laptop:

Extreme Durability

Designed to withstand shock, spills, extreme temperatures, drops, and rough handling, the Toughbook is guaranteed to run in any environment. Panasonic makes both ruggedized and semi-rugged models – the former is just slightly more unbreakable.


Law enforcement and emergency personnel are mobile – their devices need to be as well. The largest model boasts a screen size of just over 14” inches in its protective sleeve, weighs just under five pounds and comes with carrying handle.

WiFi Connectivity

A laptop in the field revolutionized the way police and emergency personnel work. Today, the job requires the ability to access records, databases, and communications with other agencies. The Toughbook comes equipped with embedded wireless connectivity to support these processes. Likewise, all models have a built-in 4G modem with external antennae to ensure that connectivity is never lost.


Like other industries which handle sensitive information, law enforcement needs to keep its data secure. The Toughbook is compliant with a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip to ensure top-grade security.

Custom Configuration

Panasonic’s range of Toughbooks contains nine different models currently, and users can customize the hardware and software in all of them. This puts even more power into the hands of departments to choose the tools which work best for them.


Toughbooks are as powerful as they are rugged. The 16 GB of RAM combined with a Core i5 processor and a solid-state drive (SSD) packs a punch when it comes to speed and the ability to deliver services flawlessly.

Robust Manufacturer Warranties

It’s expected that such devices will see heavy use, and the manufacturer warranties reflect this. Toughbooks come with a warranty which covers accidental damage, DOA devices, and deployment flaws. In other words, if it doesn’t work correctly, it’s covered.

Panasonic Redefines Reliability

Panasonic’s Toughbook is ideal for public sector industries such as law enforcement and emergency services due to more than the impressive specs and features of the Toughbook. In addition to a powerful device loaded with exactly what such professionals need, Panasonic continues to redefine reliability for the public sector through:

  • Pre-installing all software so that departments don’t need to set it up.
  • Meeting and exceeding state qualifications out of the box.
  • Providing imaging support through Panasonic.
  • Maintaining functionality through regular updates.
  • Preconfigured and preloaded replacement devices.

Best of all? These features are bundled into the original cost of the device, meaning that Panasonic continues to provide value to personnel long after the final sale.

CDS Helps Get the Best Police Laptops to Departments

Finding the best laptop for a police department is no easy task. However, CDS has over 25 years of experience with public safety solutions and knows exactly what works. The Panasonic Toughbook is specially designed for police, emergency personnel, firefighters, and other public sector personnel who need durable, powerful devices to better serve the community.

CDS is a premier technology provider in Illinois. For many years, CDS has helped police departments choose the best-ruggedized laptops for their personnel. Our various industry and government partnerships ensure departments get not only the right device but also the right service – and all of it at the right price.

Contact us today to learn how we can help transform your department’s mobile technology.