NEWARK, N.J. — Panasonic has released its new Toughbook 20, geared toward those in the transportation industry and touted by the company as ‘the world’s first fully-rugged detachable laptop’ to hit the market.
The two-in-one laptop (both a computer and tablet) was constructed with durability, reliability and performance in mind, with Panasonic saying the device is ideal for field workers who need a highly mobile computing solution and the ability to reliably capture large amounts of data.
“Our customers are constantly pushing the boundaries of how and where our devices are used,” said Jan Ruderman, vice-president, Business Mobility Group, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “As a truly customer-driven solution, the Toughbook 20 delivers what many of our customers are looking for – a single rugged device that delivers all the advantages of a fully functioning laptop and tablet.”
In addition to offering six usage modes, both as a laptop and tablet, Panasonic says its Toughbook 20 is designed to meet high standards for electromagnetic interference and for drop, shock, vibration, explosive atmosphere, temperature, humidity, rain, sand, as well as being waterproof/dustproof.
Physically, the device features a magnesium alloy case, fan-free design, locking port covers, raised bezel, solid state drive heater and a built-in handle for easy transportation, as well as acting as a kickstand for desktop use and hanging.
Built for mobile workers, the 3.9-pound Toughbook 20 also features a 10.1” sunlight-viewable display with multi-touch capabilities; a waterproof pen; backlit keyboard that is 16% larger than the Toughbook 19; a 2MP webcam and 8MP rear camera; advanced security; sixth generation Intel Core vPro processor; and several optional features, including a second battery in the keyboard for extended use; a true serial port; magstripe reader, 1D/2D capable barcode reader; and dedicated GPS or 4G LTE multi-carrier modem.
“While relatively easy to design from a consumer perspective, the stresses a detachable laptop will endure in the environments in which our customers operate created serious design challenges,” said Ruderman. “A significant amount of engineering went into this device to ensure it would deliver the reliability the Toughbook brand is known for.”
The Panasonic Toughbook 20 becomes available February 2016 with pricing starting around $3,100.