Panasonic welcomes detachable 2-in-1s into the niche world of rugged PCs
Toughbook 20 stays true to its name with the lineup's
trademark rugged build. It's the first in the line that supports both laptop and tablet modes.
The Toughbook 20 runs on Windows 10 (or Windows 7 if preferred), is powered by a business-focused Intel Core m5 vPro processor with integrated graphics, and ships with 8 GB of RAM and a choice of 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB SSD storage.
It has a 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 IPS touch-enabled screen, with a 2,600 mAh battery in the tablet and a second (optional) battery in the dock. The batteries on both sections of the device are easily accessible, and let you can swap in a fresh one without powering down the system.
With both MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-810G certification, the Toughbook is built to deal with electromagnetic interference, drops, shocks, high levels of vibration, extreme temperatures, wet weather and sand. It's fanless, magnesium alloy build is IP65 water and dust resistant.
For using the device in tablet mode, users have the choice of detaching the display entirely, or folding it against the bottom of the keyboard. It can also be used in tent mode for presentation, and has a pull-out handle for carrying or hanging.
There are a few optional extras as well, like a digitizer stylus with IP55 water and dust resistance, vehicle dock, optional LTE and (also optional) dedicated GPS. There's also a healthy selection of ports included, with a single USB 3.0, LAN, HDMI and Micro SD on the tablet section, and an additional three USB ports, a second HDMI, a full-sized SD reader, LAN and serial connector on the keyboard dock.
The system weighs in at 2.1 lbs (0.95 kg) for the tablet section, and 3.9 lbs (1.77 kg) all together. Like other Tough line products, the Toughbook 20 won't go easy on the wallet, starting at US$3,099. It's due to ship in February 2016.
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