Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook H2

— May 17, 2013

Panasonic has released the updated Toughbook H2, a rugged handheld tablet PC. The MIL-STD-810G1 and IP651 certified device includes a faster processor, expanded storage and other improvements, while retaining critical features to enhance usability and durability – including the ability to survive a 6-foot drop.

Key improvements include an upgraded processor, the Intel Core i5-3427U (up to 2.8GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost Technology. Storage is expanded to 500GB 7200rpm hard drive (shock-mounted flex-connect with hard drive heater) with optional 128GB SSD. Battery life has also been improved. Twin, hot-swappable batteries deliver 7 hours of uninterrupted work per MobileMark 2007 testing. 

The Intel Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0 + EDR (Class 1) standard on all models offers enhanced connectivity. Integrated wireless broadband options include 4G LTE or 3G Gobi and dedicated GPS.

The 3.5 lb. handheld tablet PC runs the Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit or 64-bit) operating system and includes optional integrated technology such as barcode, fingerprint, insertable or contactless SmartCard/RFID readers. Its 10.1-inch XGA LED transflective touchscreen with Panasonic CircuLumin technology allows for full circle viewability from the brightest sunlight to pitch darkness, and screen brightness can be adjusted from 6,000 nits to as low as 1 nit for concealed nighttime use for the safety of military and public safety users.

The device’s polycarbonate-encased magnesium alloy chassis is built with an IP651 certified sealed all-weather design, and is  MIL-STD-810G1 certified for drops up to 6 feet, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, temperature shock, humidity and explosive atmospheres. A MIL-STD-461F certified model for electromagnetic compatibility is available.

For healthcare environments, the Toughbook H2 has a fully-sealed design, with no fan vents or exposed ports, for easy disinfection, reducing the risk of potentially pathogenic microorganisms being spread from patient to patient. The device is a secure and intuitive platform for barcode medication administration (BCMA), vitals capture and electronic medical records (EMR) capture and review.

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