Since the launch of the first Panasonic Toughbook in the mid-1990s, technology has helped to make Toughbooks better and better. In fact, they have created a new standard for those who need rugged reliability in the field whether for business or to meet the needs of those who find themselves in critical emergency situations.
In general terms, Toughbooks can withstand rough handling, extreme temperatures, rough vibrations, drops, and spills like no other computer can. This makes them particularly well suited to tough industries like construction, oil, and gas, as well as law enforcement, emergency services, and any other industry that requires its personnel to be constantly on the road or frequently in the field.
Impact of the Toughbook CF-19
When Panasonic’s CF-19 Toughbook was launched it made a huge impact on the market. Not only was it the very first fully rugged convertible laptop, it also featured an incredibly useful screen that could swivel 180 degrees. This enabled the user to convert the device from a rugged laptop to a rugged tablet in just a few minutes.
But the CF-19 wasn’t perfect. In fact, some customers complained amongst other things that they actually needed something that was a lot slimmer and more streamlined than the CF-19. Panasonic took the challenge head on.
The result is the Panasonic CF-20!
So what has the new CF-20 got that the once top notch CF-19 Panasonic Toughbook doesn’t have?
The CF-20 Versus the CF-19 Toughbook
Because a huge number of customers loved the CF-19 – and didn’t complain – Panasonic kept the features people loved about the CF-19 and improved on them.
Most importantly, they slimmed the machine down and streamlined it, increasing its mobility benefits. The impact is that it is a much more user-friendly mobile device for those who are working in the field, whether in emergency situations or just to obtain data. For example:
- Not only can the new CF-20 convert from a laptop to a tablet, the screen is detachable from the keyboard, which improves its versatility in terms of mobility.
- While the CF-19 weighed 5.1 lbs the new CF-20 is considerably lighter at 3.9 lbs. If detached from the keyboard, the tablet weighs a mere 2 lbs.
- The older device measures 8.5” (L) x 10.7” (W) x 1.9” (H) while the new version measures 10.7” (L) – which is longer – x 9.2” (W) – which is not as wide – x 1.3” (H) – which is considerably thinner. Overall it is better!
- The keys of the CF-19 were considered by many users to be too small. Even though the size of the CF-20 keyboard hasn’t changed the keys are bigger.
- Docking connectivity of the new device has also improved.
- The CF-19 has a battery that allows about 10 hours of power. This has been improved for the CF-20 in the form of an optional second battery.
- The quality of the new display is much better.
Both devices are fully rugged and both have passed military standards for a six-foot drop, as well as all-weather use that guarantees they are dust and water resistant.
However, the software and CPU Intel Core processor have been upgraded in the new CF-20.
If you are in the market for any type of Toughbook, new or reconditioned, Mooring Tech can help with a great deal. Contact us today to see what we can offer you.