The drop testing is, I believe, four feet for a number of times on each side and corner. Afterward the device has to turn back on (meaning it was tested while OFF) and run without issue. So I did what any self-respecting person would do in my situation—I “accidentally” let it fall and tumble down my stairs…while on. Afterward it launched programs and performed as well as beforehand.
Most of the ports/connections on the Toughpad come with hinged covers, caps if you will. These are meant to block particulate (both dry and wet) from damaging the electronic connection from accessory to computer. Before explaining how I came to simulate this, my suggestion is to lock the touchscreen then wipe it off. A clean microfiber will work wonderfully, I used my sleeve and it worked just fine. I don’t feel locking the screen is a requirement, just a safety procedure. On numerous occasions I've tried to clear the screen and the Windows 8 home screen “squares” slid over. It wasn't an issue, merely an unintended effect.
Putting the durability of the screen and dust protection to task took a bit of creative thought. Using the Toughpad regularly just wasn't enough—it ran for hours on end; I needed to get a bit more messy than my office. I took it outside and stuck each side into a pile of landscaping river rock…while on. Again, I experienced no issues with none of my three “benchmark” programs afterward.
On a bright sunny day I gave the Toughpad to my German Sheppard. While he knew it wasn't something to chew on, this in itself should show I was comfortable enough for him to stand on it. Interesting fact: A dog’s paws will interact with the touchscreen.
With the unknowns of what may happen next year, week, or hour for a law enforcement officer, Panasonic seems to have designed a computer to fulfill the need of a tablet’s mobility while still holding the “tough” part of the Toughbook brand.