Panasonic Toughbooks offer a really tough advantage for anyone working primarily in the field, as well as game-changing technology solutions for business. One of the best of their tough computers for business is the Toughbook 54 that offers benefits never seen before.
Claiming instant fame as the world’s thinnest, lightest semi-rugged laptop in its class, this good-looking machine also boasts a much better battery life than its predecessors. Another feature that makes it one of the most advanced incredibly versatile semi-rugged notebooks available is its dual drives; and it’s the only semi-rugged computer in its class to offer a second battery as an optional extra.
The Toughbook 54 is Light and Thin
One of the issues with rugged laptop computers is that they are bulky and relatively heavy. The Toughbook 54 counters this problem beautifully. Half an inch thinner and two pounds lighter than any other semi-rugged laptop, it is highly portable and ideal for mobile professionals who need a powerful laptop that is also durable.
Weighing in at between 4.2 and 4.6 lbs, depending on the model, the Toughbook 54 is a little heavier than your average laptop (especially the super-light or “air” models), but it is so much tougher than the standard portable computer, you can’t even begin to compare. Apart from which we are talking about “class” here, and its immediate predecessor, the Toughbook 53 weighed more than 5.5 lbs!
The Toughbook 54 has Superior Specifications
Panasonic has manufactured four different Toughbook 54 models to suit a wide variety of needs: the Lite model (4.2 lbs), the Prime model (4.4 lbs), and the Performance and Gloved Multi Touch models (4.6 lbs), all of which run on Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with an option to downgrade to Windows 7.
They all have spill-resistant keyboards and improved vibration resistance, and have been tested by an independent third-party laboratory to ensure they survive three foot drops on 26 faces. The full magnesium alloy design is tough and includes the alloy in more areas than previous Toughbook models.
The Toughbook 54 features a next-generation processor and a powerful graphics processor. You’ll get HD graphics 5500 with all four models and even better AMD FirePro M5100 graphics with the Performance model. Incredibly, the latter offers graphics performance that is more than double the performance of the slightly (seven month) older Toughbook 53.
The full-shift battery life in the Prime and Gloved Multi Touch models allows up to 11 hours of continuous use, or up to 18 hours if the second optional media bay battery is chosen. The Lite model has up to eight hours of continuous use.
The Toughbook 54 is Panasonic’s first notebook that offers optional dual drives (128GB or 256GB SSD with heaters). But even if you don’t take that option, you’ll get 4-16GB RAM (or if you buy the Performance model, 8-16GB). Better still, you won’t be left out in the cold with a laptop that doesn’t work. There is also a 500GB shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive that has a heater for operation in cold temperatures. Also variety of optional storage options is offered, all with heaters.
Not all business operations happen during the day, and all models except the Lite model feature an emissive backlit keyboard that enables the user to type faster and more accurately at night. Even this feature is versatile as there are four level of brightness ranging from a very soft to a much warmer glow. The keys on the keyboard are ergonomically designed and slightly rounded, also making it easier to type quickly without errors.
Another fantastic benefit of the Toughbook 54 for business is the improved speakers that help combat outside noise as well as noise inside vehicles. The speakers are up to 91 dB, which is twice as load as the Toughbook 53. Think what a diesel train travelling at 45 mph would sound like from 100 feet (only 83 dB) or a Boeing 737 landing a nautical mile away (97 dB) and you’ll get the picture.
The Toughbook 54 has very dependable connectivity with a USB 3.0 (x3), Bluetooth 4.0 (class 1), Intel wifi 802.11 and an optional 4G LTE multi-carrier wireless broadband with satellite GPS. There is also an optional dedicated GPS (u-blox) and antenna pass-through.
You can wirelessly stream content through the Intel wireless display that doesn’t need any video cables or plugged in adapters. An optional 1080p webcam is available for video conferencing.
Security is important to all business users, and this is taken care of with a trusted platform module (TPM) 1.2, as well as Computrace theft protection, and a cable lock slot. The Toughbook 54 also supports many variations of dual-form authentication with optional fingerprint, insertable and contactless SmartCard readers.
Several additional options are also available. This really does offer a touch advantage for business.