Panasonic Australia, has added six new models to its Toughbook computer range.
They are: three lightweight business-rugged models - the Toughbook CF-53, Toughbook S10 and Toughbook CF-C1 Mk2 - and three fully-rugged models - the Toughbook CF-31 Mk2, Toughbook CF-19 Mk5 and Toughbook CF-H2 Field.
Panasonic Australia group manager of Toughbook, Mark Wallis, said the extended range and growing focus on business-rugged solutions was intended to accommodate the growing number of businesses turning to rugged devices.
However, he said Australian companies should look carefully into rugged solutions before purchasing to ensure they receive a true tough solution, rather than a ‘powder-puff tough’ product.
“In today’s corporate climate, it’s all about the bottom line - this isn’t just about the cost of replacing a broken laptop. Australian businesses simply cannot afford to invest in a mobile device that is vulnerable to everyday bumps, knocks and spills that put productivity, company data, sales and customer satisfaction at risk,” he said.
The Toughbook CF-53 is targeted at professionals in telecommunications, automotive diagnostics and engineering. It replaces the popular Toughbook CF-52.
This latest model is drop-resistant, spill-resistant, sits in a 2.6kg body that also delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. It is powered by a second generation Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor and supports Wi-Fi and optional 3G mobile broadband.
It has a HD 14-inch LED LCD screen for easy viewing and an increased touchpad size by 25 per cent, while offering multi-touch functionality with zoom and scroll capabilities.
Panasonic also offers a version with a 1000 nit sunlight-viewable touch screen for users who spend more time outdoors.
It also offers options that include: an adjustable backlit keyboard, an integrated webcam, fingerprint and SmartCard Readers, FireWire and a second LAN port.
The Toughbook S10, designed for the mobile business person, is powered by a second generation Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor.
It has 12.5 hours of standard battery life and weighs in at just over 1.3kg. The Toughbook S10 supports both USB 3.0 and 2.0, VGA and HDMI video and the latest SD Card standard (SDXC) for faster file transfer speeds and greater flexibility.
It has a magnesium alloy chassis and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive that allows the device to withstand a drop of around 76cm to the base of the unit while operating.
The Toughbook S10 also features a spill-resistant keyboard that can protect against spills of up to 177mm.
The lightweight Toughbook CF-C1 Mk2 12.1-inch convertible tablet PC, is suitable for Australia’s growing mobile workforce in environments such as healthcare, education and field sales.
It is specifically designed to keep up with Australia’s growing mobile workforce. It is equipped with a 320GB hard drive, about 12 hours of battery life, 2GB RAM (expandable to 8GB) and a second generation Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor.
The Toughbook CF-C1 Mk2’s start-up time is about 30 per cent faster as compared to the previous model.
It has a shock-mounted, flex-connect 250GB hard drive with quick-release and both the lid and base of the notebook are designed to withstand more than 100kg of pressure.
Its other features includes: Bluetooth v2.1, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional 3G mobile broadband modules in the same unit, anti-glare widescreen WXGA 1280 x 800 multi-touch display with Digitiser function and an option for a pressure sensitive multi-touch screen and twin hot-swappable batteries.
It also offers integrated features including an optional webcam and a standard built-in dual array microphone. Multiple security features are also available including options for SmartCard and Fingerprint Readers.
The CF-31 Mk2, available in a performance model and a standard model, features the new Intel Core i5 processor, increased RAM and hard drive capacity as well as faster speed and a brighter sunlight-viewable screen.
Users can also access and view graphics more easily with the AMD Radeon HD 6750M, 512MB Graphics Chip on the performance model, while the standard model features the Intel HD Graphics 3000, UMA (Windows 7 64bit max 1696MB) graphics chip. Both models have an impressive battery life, with approximately 13.5 hours on the standard model and about 12.5 hours on the performance model.
The Toughbook CF-31 Mk2 offers protection from drops of up over 1.8m and has achieved an IP65 rating for unparalleled protection from water and dust. It is aimed at Australian mobile professionals facing extreme environments, such as miners and engineers.
The Mk2 features an easy-to-read, 13.1-inch XGA LED LCD touchscreen with Panasonic CircuLumin technology.
Panasonic has also increased the brightness on the standard screen to 1200 nits, for viewability even in direct sunlight.
Its other features include: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity with an option for 3G mobile broadband technology, an optional built-in webcam, options for an insertable SmartCard Reader and a Fingerprint Reader.
The Toughbook CF-19 Mk5 features several key improvements.
It boasts system performance twice as fast as that of its predecessor with a second generation Intel Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz) standard voltage processor.
The 10.1-inch Active Matrix Touch LED LCD screen results in an enhancement of up to 6000 nit of transflective brightness, while reducing power consumption and enhancing battery life. This model also incorporates a circular polariser to reduce glare.
The new Toughbook CF-19 Mk5 incorporates improved ruggedisation, offering MIL-STD-810G and IP65 certification. The model features Covert Concealed mode, so that at the touch of a button, the screen display and status LED disappear immediately to protect sensitive information from being read by unauthorised persons.
The Mk5 is shipped with 4GB RAM as standard with a 32bit or 64bit Windows 7 Professional operating system bundle and a 320GB Hard Disk Drive. HDD options include 128GB SSD, 265GB SSD or 500GB.
The Toughbook CF-H2 Field upgrade now boasts USB, Serial and Ethernet ports and a screen that is easily viewed in all lighting conditions with Panasonic’s TransflectivePlus technology.
The next-generation tablet also features an increased RAM and hard drive capacity, shipped standard with 4GB RAM (expandable to 8GB) and a 320GB hard disk drive with an optional 128GB solid state drive available.
The 10.1-inch dual-touch XGA display offers both digitiser and touchscreen functionality, as well as Panasonic’s TransflectivePlus display technology. This model also features a circular polariser as well as anti-glare and anti-reflective screen treatments, with up to 6000 nit of transflective brightness.
The new device also includes multiple security features, including options for a Fingerprint Reader and a contactless or insertable SmartCard Reader, helping to ensure that critical data is kept secure.
Prices are: Toughbook CF-53- $2199; Toughbook CF-S10 - $2349; Toughbook CF-C1 Mk2 - $3299; Toughbook CF-31 Mk2 - $6099; Toughbook CF-19 Mk5 - $5499; Toughbook CF-H2 Field - $3799.
The range is available from Toughbook distributors.