Panasonic’s New Toughbook: A Rugged Upgrade

— September 13, 2012

Panasonic released the Toughbook 19, a rugged convertible tablet PC. The device is designed for use across several work environments, including the military, in police and emergency services vehicles, and in the field by service, utility and maintenance workers.

Key improvements to the device include:

  • Upgraded processor: Intel Core i5-3320M vPro (up to 3.3GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Expanded storage: 500GB 7200rpm hard drive (shock-mounted flex-connect with quick release)
  • Improved battery life: 10% longer, delivering 10 hours per MobileMark 2007 testing on the touch model
  • Added connectivity options: USB 3.0 port provides up to 10x faster file transfer speeds
  • Increased touchpad responsiveness: Now using Interlink’s VersaPad
  • Added ambient light sensor: Allows automatic backlight shut-off to enhance battery life
  • Improved battery calibration tool: Now capable of running in the background, allowing simultaneous use of computer
Optional integrated 4G LTE wireless or 3G Gobi mobile broadband is another feature that enables workers to stay connected from virtually anywhere. Optional GPS technology enables improved accuracy, fast satellite acquisition time and low power consumption. The device also features Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR (Class 1) and other connectivity options.

Ruggedized Features
The new offering goes beyond the MIL-STD-810G certification with a shock-mounted hard drive, the ability to withstand a six-foot drop, a magnesium alloy case, and available explosive atmosphere certification (Class 1 Div. 2) for hazardous environments. The device’s IP65 certification provides water and dust resistance, enabling field workers to maintain their productivity in scenarios such as heavy rains or sandstorms. In addition, the device has a fanless design that reduces the opportunity for dust or liquid related ingress issues. The 10.1-inch XGA touchscreen TransreflectivePlus display with anti-reflective and anti-glare screen treatments and a circular polarizing filter provide viewing capabilities outdoors, even in direct sunlight.

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