Panasonic welcomes detachable 2-in-1s into the niche world of rugged PCs
Panasonic'sToughbook 20 stays true to its name with the lineup'strademark rugged build. It's the first in the line that supports both laptop and tablet modes.
TheToughbook 20 runs on Windows 10 (or Windows 7 if preferred), ispowered by a business-focused Intel Core m5 vPro processor withintegrated graphics, and ships with 8 GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB, 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 areeasily accessible, and let you can swap in a fresh one without powering down the system.
Withboth MIL-STD-461Fand MIL-STD-810G certification, the Toughbook is built to deal with electromagnetic interference,drops, shocks, high levels of vibration, extreme temperatures, wetweather and sand. It's fanless, magnesium alloy build is IP65 waterand dust resistant.
For using the device in tablet mode, usershave the choice of detaching the display entirely, or folding it against the bottom of the keyboard. It can also be usedin tent mode for presentation, and has a pull-out handle forcarrying or hanging.
Thereare 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 portsincluded, with a single USB 3.0, LAN, HDMI and Micro SD on the tabletsection, and an additional three USB ports, a second HDMI, afull-sized SD reader, LAN and serial connector on the keyboard dock.
Thesystem 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'tgo easy on the wallet, starting at US$3,099. It's due to ship inFebruary 2016.
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