We Dump Coffee, Coke, OJ and Milk All Over a Shiny New Toughbook: Did It Survive?

Click to viewOn Tuesday we asked you about the one thing you wouldn't want spilled on your keyboard, and we were surprised how much you had to tell us. We have a brand new Y7 Toughbook laying around the apartment, which Panasonic claims can handle six ounces of liquid poured right into the keyboard. We decided to put some of your answers to the test.


We didn't have the time, resources, or lack of shame to put some of your better ideas to work [See: here, here, and here], but we managed to try all of the choices in the poll. We cheated a bit on the puke, but our mix was pretty gross. The results—lucky for us—were inconclusive. Of the five liquids we put in the Toughbook, none made it explode or even slow down. After flushing the whole keyboard out with water, it wasn't even sticky the next day. So when it comes to the Y7 our answer to that Question of the Day is "none of the above." But please folks, don't try this at home. [Panasonic Toughbook]

[Thanks to Sam Mindel for the video help, and Communication Corporation for their song "Slimey"!!]



I can't remember the magazine that did it, but they did four laptop abuse tests: 1) freezer for 30 minutes, 2) 200-degree oven for 30 minutes, 3) 3-foot drop on corner to concrete, and 4) 4 oz. off coffee with cream and sugar. I seem to recall that dell and toshiba fared best.