Panasonics Toughbook 30; Dells Latitude E6400 XFR

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2009-03-23 Print this article Print


Panasonic's Toughbook 30

Improved memory and better screen visibility are also a priority for Panasonic. In January, the company announced it was updating these features in its Toughbook 30 laptop and Toughbook 19 tablet computer.

The Toughbook 30-which weighs 8.4 pounds and retails for $3,649-received a touch-screen, as well as a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9300 processor and an optional maximum of 4GB of DDR2 RAM.

The Toughbook 19-weighing in at 5.1 pounds and retailing for $4,749-received the same 4GB of memory and hard disk drive storage capacity as the Toughbook 30, but was updated to a low-volt Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 chip running at 1.2GHz.

Both also feature anti-reflective screen treatment, have shock-mounted hard drives and spill-resistant keyboards, and can weather drops from 3 feet. As of October 2008, the two are also available with Qualcomm Gobi technology, enabling them to connect to UMTS and EV-DO cellular networks worldwide-a feature Panasonic announced it would include in all its mobile computing products by the end of the first quarter of 2009.

Panasonic's rugged offerings include Business-rugged, Semi-rugged, Fully-rugged, Vehicle-mounted-rugged and Ultra-mobile-rugged lineups.

Dell's Latitude E6400 XFR

Dell introduced a new rugged notebook on March 10, also with Intel inside: the Dell Latitude E6400 XFR. Its housing is made of the same high-tech polymers used to make ballistic armor, and the notebook can survive drops to concrete from 4 feet when powered down.

The Latitude E6500 XFR features a 14.1-inch screen that's available as a touch-screen, and is designed with a boosted backlight and reduced reflectivity for better visibility in bright daylight.

On the inside is a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 9600 processor, a Nvidia Quadro 160M graphics card and dual-channel DDR2 memory.

The E6500 XFR weighs 8.5 pounds, and pricing begins at $4,299.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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