A hard-knock laptop

How Panasonic learned to control its manufacturing, listen to its customers and dominate the market for rugged notebooks.

Long life
Long life
Mobile workers spend a lot of time away from power outlets. Initially, Toughbook battery life wasn't a problem for Panasonic; its customers were used to carrying heavier laptops anyway, so a big battery worked fine. But as more mainstream workers sought rugged units, the company developed a model that gets 10 hours of battery life and weighs just 3.5 pounds.
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