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Panasonic Upgrades Fully-Rugged Toughbook 19 Convertible Tablet PC

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  1. btarunr

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    Panasonic, an industry leader in rugged, reliable mobile computers since 1996, today announced upgrades to the Panasonic Toughbook 19, its best-selling rugged convertible tablet PC. The updated Toughbook 19 now comes with an Intel Core i5-3320M vPro processor (up to 3.3 GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost Technology. Other enhancements include expanded storage, a more responsive touchpad and an innovative ambient light sensor, allowing automatic backlight shut-off to improve battery life.

    With these and other upgrades, the reliable Toughbook 19 continues to be the ideal investment for a broad spectrum of demanding work environments, including the military’s front lines, in police and emergency services vehicles, and in the field for use by service workers and utility and maintenance technicians.

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    Panasonic Toughbook 19: Key Improvements
    • Upgraded processor: Intel Core i5-3320M vPro (up to 3.3 GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
    • Expanded storage: 500 GB 7200 rpm hard drive (shock-mounted flex-connect with quick release)
    • Improved battery life: 10% longer, delivering 10 hours per MobileMark 2007 testing on the touch model
    • Added connectivity options: USB 3.0 port provides up to 10x faster file transfer speeds
    • Increased touchpad responsiveness: Now using Interlink’s VersaPad
    • Added ambient light sensor: Allows automatic backlight shut-off to enhance battery life
    • Improved battery calibration tool: Now capable of running in the background, allowing simultaneous use of computer
    The rugged Toughbook 19 convertible tablet PC has been reliably serving mission-critical mobile workers for more than half a decade,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions for Business. “These upgrades will give users improved performance and functionality along with the quality and durability they have come to trust.”

    Optional integrated 4G LTE wireless or 3G Gobi mobile broadband is another key feature of the Toughbook 19, allowing workers to stay connected virtually all of the time. Optional GPS technology enables improved accuracy, fast satellite acquisition time and low power consumption. The Toughbook 19 also features Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v. 4.0 + EDR (Class 1) and numerous other connectivity options.

    With ten hours of battery life, the Toughbook 19 is ready for a full day of work. The computer’s Battery Calibration Tool can now run in the background, allowing users to work while the battery is being calibrated.

    The Toughbook 19 goes beyond the MIL-STD-810G certification with the ability to withstand a six-foot drop. The device also features a shock-mounted hard drive, full magnesium alloy case and available explosive atmosphere certification (Class 1 Div 2) for hazardous environments. The Toughbook 19’s IP65 certification provides water and dust resistance, enabling field workers to maintain their productivity in challenging scenarios such as heavy rains or sandstorms. In addition, the device has a fanless design unlike other convertible tablets, improving reliability by reducing the opportunity for dust or liquid related ingress issues, typical of challenging works environments. The 10.1-inch XGA touchscreen TransreflectivePlus display with anti-reflective and anti-glare screen treatments, plus a circular polarizing filter, provides an unparalleled outdoor viewing experience, even in direct sunlight.

    Pricing and Availability
    In the United States, the Toughbook 19 is available in from authorized Panasonic resellers starting at an estimated street price of $3,549.
     
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    $3,549..... :(
     
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    But you can beat-up people/cause accidents with it. Worth the cash, imo. :p
     
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    I'd buy it. Could be the perfect melee weapon in a zombie apocalypse.
     
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    I've always wanted a Toughbook. Hard to find them used too. :(
     
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    Interesting... that says something about the product itself, or the people that buy them.
     
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    Awesome upgrade for cops to play solitaire on.
     
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    I want one. Selling my bike for sure.
     
  9. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    No you can't they are crap on a stick. We use them at work. CRAP CRAP CRAPPITY CRAP.
     
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    And as always I will buy a $500 laptop since in the end I can upgrade or break it almost 7 times in the 3-4 year life cycle I would expect from this and get better performance.
     
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    Care to elaborate?
     
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    Definitely better than the electric machete from dead island.
     
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    Just like you could use a Nokia phone as a weapon!
     
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    CDawall is right, we used them in the military and they suck and break easily. The mechanics tend to leave them under a hmmwv then run over them :(

    Their hard drive protection is a joke, Our 25B's had to replace so many HDDs from being carried around in assault packs while doing patrols. I usta have a picture of one that went through an IED blast in the back of a hmmwv. It didn't survive that either LOL
     
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    Not much is gonna survive an IED blast or getting run over by a hmmwv. I mean really they are still a computer made for light outdoor work. Not to be strapped on the back of a grunt in 120f heat in a war zone. Hell some guns don't even survive that kinda abuse yet you think a piece of electronics can?

    This thing is for field work and is a lot better cut out for it then any other laptop. Yeah its not F#$king IED proof. But some tanks are not either.
     
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    Wait are you serious?
     
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    Yea these were not the greatest thing the military could have spent their money on knowing that they would get "Battle" tested LOL. Now! We did have some bad ass laptops that they were phasing out that used a full cast aluminum frame with all rubberized material to make it completely water proof but the specs were very low. It had like a P4 CPU with 512MB ram and a 20GB SSD (Big fat 3.5inch SSD some of the first released). These things were designed to survive a nuclear fallout like our radios.

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    They were like these but older.
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    I am super serial frick
     
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    Yeah man gotta keep it in perspective. Not much will take that kinda abuse man. These tough books are for Cop cars and construction workers and such. Not the 101st airborne being dropped into heavy enemy fire so they can play solitaire while they wait for air support.
     

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