Panasonic updates its rugged Toughbook 19 tablet by adding a new Intel Core i5-2520M standard voltage CPU and an internal reflective layer for outdoor viewing.
Solutions Company, which provides IT and collaborative tools to government and
commercial businesses, has upgraded its Toughbook 19
convertible tablet, completing an
overhaul of its line for harsh working environments.
19 is designed for use by utilities, public-safety first responders, and maintenance
and field service workers.
model has been available for five years, the June 9 relaunch brought an
overhaul to the Toughbook 19's CPU, display and storage capabilities.
doubled the processing power of the unit, adding an Intel Core i5-2520M vPro
(2.5GHz) standard voltage processor with Intel HD 3000 graphics. A standard
voltage CPU boosts performance without a drop in battery life, while providing
the extra processing power to run graphics-intensive video and other
applications faster, according to Panasonic.
19 comes with a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive with no moving parts.
rugged Toughbook 19 convertible tablet has been on the market for five years,
providing reliable connectivity to users in some of the most demanding
environments, including emergency services and utilities," Kyp Walls, Panasonic's
director of product management, said in a statement. "With the new Intel
processor and enhanced functionality, our users will benefit from improved
performance and outdoor screen visibility without sacrificing battery
workers, Panasonic added an internal reflecting layer, called
TransflectivePlus, to its 10.1-inch XGA touch-screen to keep the screen
illuminated in sunlight. The screen has anti-reflective and anti-glare features as well as a circular polarizing filter. By reducing the LCD's
reflection, the notebook is able to reduce power consumption and enhance
battery life to nine hours while running Windows 7.
For users in the
military or intelligence fields who may need to conceal their use, the LED
backlight can be dimmed to 1 nit for undetected nighttime use. This feature
could be essential to the safety of military and public-sector users, according
workers in the field, the unit now features Panasonic CircuLumin technology,
which allows for full-circle viewability from the brightest sunlight to pitch
darkness. In addition, the screen can be rotated from laptop to tablet mode
using one hand.
19 has a 6-foot drop rating, making it more accident-resistant for workers in
extreme environments such as the military and construction. The touch-screen is
dual-touch, so users can input by hand or stylus.
adds a revamped dashboard with quick-launch buttons to adjust brightness,
volume and tablet button backlighting.
resellers will begin selling the new Toughbook in September for $3,349.
the optional Qualcomm Gobi2000 broadband module, Panasonic has certified the
Toughbook 19 for 3G connectivity on several carriers, including AT&T,
Sprint and Verizon Wireless. The manufacturer will add 4G LTE (Long-Term
Evolution) wireless certification later this year.
On May 25,
Panasonic announced an upgrade to another rugged model, the $3,299 Toughbook 31
clamshell laptop, which also is
marketed to workers in harsh working environments. It runs the Intel Core i5
and i3 CPUs, and has a battery life of up to 20 hours.
rugged reliability and improved performance of the Toughbook 19 and 31 will
provide personnel, including mobile workers in EMS, law enforcement, the
military, utilities, oil and gas, and field service with an ideal solution for
their mission-critical operations," Walls wrote in an email to eWEEK.
Although the units are durable for extreme environments, for
use in health care, Panasonic recommends using only wipe versions of cleaners
rather than spraying liquids.