Toughbooks just keep evolving
Toughbooks are getting better and better, with the launch of the world’s first ever fully rugged detachable laptop scheduled for February 2016.
Designed for mobile workers operating in demanding, mission-critical environments in many industries from oil and gas to healthcare, the new rugged Toughbook 20 comes out of the Panasonic stable. It is dubbed a 2-in-1 laptop because it delivers the best of everything customers would get out of fully functioning tablets and laptops in one single device.
Highly flexible and functional, the Toughbook 20 provides an exceptionally good mobile computing solution coupled with reliability and the ability to capture large amounts of data. The new device operates on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 7 Professional, with a sixth generation Intel Core vPro processor, and it has a 128GB solid state drive (SSD) and 8GB RAM.
There are six usage modes in the Panasonic Toughbook 20, which makes it suitable for use in all environments and situations. The device has a built-in handle that allows users to operate it in carry mode, or when it is hanging on a wall or other vertical surface. The convertible mode lets users operate the device and see the display with screen and keyboard attached to one another. Vehicle mode allows use when the user is on the move. A huge advantage is that the screen can be detached and either used on its own, or flipped 180 degrees so that content is visible in presentation mode. Of course another mode allows it to be used like any other conventional laptop or tablet.
There is no doubt that the new Toughbook 20 2-in1 laptop sets new standards for both reliability and ruggedness. It is a fan-less design that has a SSD heater, raised bezel, and locking port covers, and it meets US military standards, specifically:
- MIL-STD-461F that details the MilSpecs for electromagnetic interference
- MIL-STD-810G for drop, explosive atmosphere, humidity, rain and sand, shock, temperature, vibration, and waterproof and dustproof ingress (IP65).
The device comes in a magnesium alloy case, and its built-in handle that allows its use in carry mode, also enables users to operate it while hung (see above). Additionally, the handle also functions as a kickstand that provides desktop stability.
The new Toughbook 20 is exceptionally portable, weighing just 3.9 lb (1.8 kg). It features a 10.1-inch (254.25 mm) sunlight-viewable 800 nit IPS display that has gloved multi-touch capabilities. It also has a backlit keyboard that is 16 percent bigger than the Toughbook 19, and it comes with a waterproof stylus pen. It has a standard 2 MP webcam plus an optional 8 MP rear camera that is perfect for many field workers.
Other optional features include a 1D/2D barcode reader, a magstripe reader, true serial port, and a 4G LTE multi-carrier modem or dedicated GPS. Advanced security features include integrated options like SmartCard readers that are contactless or insertable, and fingerprint readers that allow maximum flexibility when dual-factor authentication is required.
A wide selection of accessories is available, including vehicle and desktop docks, vehicle and four-day battery chargers, batteries and AC adapters, protective screen films, tethers, and a rotating hand strap.
As Jan Ruderman, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America’s vice president of their Business Mobility Group says, a significant volume of engineering has gone into the new Toughbook 20 device to ensure its versatility and reliability.
The estimated sales price for the new Toughbook 20 2-in-1 laptop is $3,099 plus optional extras and accessories.