Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook 31 with Better Battery, Intel Processor
The design features a shock-mounted, flex-connect quick-release hard drive, sunlight-viewable touchscreen and a full magnesium alloy case with handle.Technology giant Panasonic announced updates to the Toughbook 31, its best-selling fully rugged laptop. The updated portable offers up to 18 hours of standard battery life and 27 hours with an optional second battery. It also has better connectivity and performance than the previous model. Built on Intel’s Core i5-5300U vPro processor, the new version has been certified to meet 19 MIL-STD 810 G tests, including shock, drop, vibration, extreme temperature and altitude. "Toughbook rugged laptops are built for professional use in the field, and our customers don’t have the luxury of stopping work to recharge their devices mid-shift," Anthony Mungiello, Toughbook product manager told eWEEK. "The Toughbook 31 is a critical tool for people in a variety of professions including public safety and utilities." Mungiello noted that Toughbook laptops have been taken to Antarctica, Mt. Everest and on a trans-Atlantic expedition.
Another improvement is enhanced graphics with the Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics processor, which can be useful for geographic information system (GIS) and military logistics applications.