Panasonic has unveiled an aptly-named Toughbook line of computers that can withstand rugged conditions. In addition, the Toughbook easily converts from a tablet to a notebook form factor, offering users the convenience of using both.
Boasting of a full magnesium alloy shell, the sturdy device can be dropped from as high as six feet, and still remain in working condition. To prevent this from happening, however, the Toughbook comes with a strap that can be slung on the body for safety. Certified by MIL-STD-810G, the device is also protected against other less-than-ideal situations such as the presence of rain, sand, dust, extreme heat, extreme coldness, humidity, explosive atmospheres, vibrations, and shock.
Its display is a 10.1-inch XGA LED screen that is viewable in direct sunlight with its adjustable brightness setting from 1 to 6,000 nits. It supports touchscreen mode or dual touch mode, which is optional. It has a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and comes with TransflectivePlus and Panasonic CircuLumin technologies, as well as an AR and AG circular polarizer. This screen works with an Intel QM67 video controller and is protected by a screen film.
For its CPU, it boasts of an Intel Core i5-2520M vPro Ivy Bridge Processor running at 2.5GHz, and up 3.2GHz with Turbo Boost. This works alongside Intel Smart Cache of 3 MB. For software, the Toughbook favors Windows 7 as well as Panasonic-branded applications like Utilities, Recovery Partition, and Dashboard.
As for connectivity, the Toughbook provides access to LTE 4G, Gobi 2000 3G, 802.11a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth. Connectivity is easily turned on and off by means of a physical switch.
Meanwhile, its interface carries many ports and connectors. Among these is a 100-pin docking connector, headphones jack, microphone jack, D-sub, antenna connector, USB 2.0, FireWire, Ethernet, and RJ-11. Expansion slots are moreover present, including SD card, ExpressCard, and PC card type II.
While this device is not for the everyday, average consumer, it will likely be a good companion for those in the industrial or military fields. The Panasonic Toughbook will set one back $3,727 or around €2950 and will be available starting July.
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