Panasonic launches new Toughbook laptops and model upgrades

Panasonic launches new Toughbook laptops and model upgrades

Panasonic has unveiled three new Toughbook laptops, plus improved power and battery life for the existing CF-31 Mk2.

Panasonic Australia today announced three new Toughbook laptops for business users, along with a pair of upgraded versions of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 Mk2.

CF-31 Mk2 gets an upgrade

The CF-31 Mk2 now comes in Performance and Standard models, with a new Intel Core i5-2540M processor replacing the i5-540M chip of old. Other improvements include an additional 2GB of memory, a larger 320GB hard drive and a brighter "sunlight-viewable" 13.1in touch screen.

 

 

The new Performance Model also comes with an AMD Radeon HD 6750M GPU for improved graphics and video (the Standard Model, meanwhile, sticks to Intel HD Graphics 3000). 

Battery life has also been given a boost: if Panasonic is to be believed, the Standard Model will offer 13.5 hours of power, while the Performance Model should last for approximately 12.5 hours.

Designed for "mission-critical environments",  the CF-31 Mk2's Full Magnesium Alloy chassis offers protection from drops of up over 1.8 metres, along with  IP65-rated protection from water and dust. Pricing starts at $6099. For information on the new models, visit the Panasonic CF-31 web page

New Toughbooks for the boardroom

If you like the idea of an 'unkillable' laptop but can't justify the $6000+ expenditure, Panasonic has announced three new Toughbooks for reglar business users.

The Toughbook CF-53 ($2199), Toughbook S10 ($2349) and Toughbook CF-C1 Mk2 ($3299) are lightweight 'semi-rugged' business models that aim to keep repair costs down.

Mark Wallis, Group Manager, for Toughbook Australia said; "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.” 

The new models mark a further expansion of the Toughbook range from specialised industries to the boardroom. In recent months, Panasonic has extended its Toughbook range to include the Toughbook Android Tablet.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-53

 

 

The Toughbook CF-53 is a drop-resistant, spill-resistant laptop aimed at "professionals in telecommunications, automotive diagnostics and engineering".

It sports a 14in HD display, Intel Core i5-2520M vPro CPU, 3G mobile broadband support and purportedly delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. It can survive 76 centimetre drops and features a spill-resistant keyboard. 

Key specifications:

  • Windows 7 Professional 
  • Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor  
  • Semi Rugged
  • 2GB RAM, expandable to 8GB
  • 320GB HDD
  • 14-inch High Definition LED LCD display
  • Approximate weight: 2.6 kilograms
  • WiFi  as standard (Intel 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Integrated Options (3G mobile broadband, Fingerprint and SmartCard Readers, adjustable backlit keyboard, webcam, FireWire and secondary LAN port)
  • Panasonic three year limited warranty

Panasonic Toughbook S10 

 

 

The Panasonic Toughbook S10 is a lightweight option for frequently mobile professionals, weighing in at 1.3 kilograms. Like the CF-53, it's powered by a second generation Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor and can withstand drops of up to 76 centimetres. 

Other highlights include USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, SDXC memory card support and a ‘clamshell’ DVD drive design. Battery life is rated at 12.5 hours.

Key specifications:

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor
  • Business Rugged
  • 4GB RAM , expandable to 8GB
  • 320GB hard drive (shock-mounted flex-connect and removable)
  • 12.1-inch widescreen WXGA LED LCD 1280 x 800 with antiglare reflective coating
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v2.1 and EDR
  • Approximate weight: 1.3 kilograms
  • Integrated Options (Fingerprint Reader)
  • Panasonic three year limited warranty

Toughbook CF-C1 Mark 2

 

 

The Toughbook CF-C1 Mk2 it a 12.1in convertible tablet PC that replaces Panasonic's previous Toughbook hybrid, the CF-C1.

Panasonic's ultra-durable laptop/tablet hybrid reviewed: the Toughbook CF-C1

The new unit is equipped with a 320GB hard drive, 2GB of memory (expandable to 8GB)  and provides "approximately" 12 hours of battery life. It also comes with Intel's Core i5-2520M vPro processor, which helps boost start-up time by up to 30 per cent faster (compared to the previous model).

The Toughbook CF-C1 Mk2 can survive liquid spills of around 177 millilitres and drops of approximately 76 centimetres while operating. Both the lid and base of the notebook are designed to withstand more than 100 kilograms of pressure. It weighs 1.47kg and 

Key specifications:

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor
  • Semi Rugged
  • 2GB RAM
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 12.1-inch widescreen anti-glare 1280 x 800 WXGA LED LCD with Triple Hinge design
  • Approximate weight: 1.47kg
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v2.1 and EDR
  • Integrated Options (3G mobile broadband, Fingerprint and SmartCard Readers, Web Camera)
  • Panasonic three year limited warranty

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