I purchased the Panasonic Toughbook after using laptops like they were disposable at work. My job is dirty, has extreme temperatures and can chew up laptops and swallow them whole! I am a mechanic and use my laptop along with other devices to read codes diagnosis, write repair orders, take notes. It is literally in use most of my day. When I am not fixing I am typing. The Panasonic tough book has lasted the test of time in my work environment! It is well worth every penny you spend, and yes the Panasonic toughbook requires quite a few pennies! It has a back lit keyboard, the monitor can swivel and has the ability to be used with a digitizer pen to take notes. Even my 2 year old loves to use the touch screan and pen to draw and I don't mind because its tough! I purchased the additional dociking station which is another great investment. I would recomend this item to a friend, in fact I have recomended them to all my colleagues as well as clients who are tough on their laptops also.