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Panasonic refreshes Toughbook 55 semi-rugged laptop computer with enhanced efficiency, safety

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Panasonic Toughbook 55

Panasonic’s Toughbook lineup of rough-and-ready laptops is extremely regarded for employees requiring cellular computing below demanding circumstances. ZDNet’s Sandra Vogel reviewed the semi-rugged Toughbook 55 on the finish of 2019 and located that it “has rather a lot going for it.” It has much more going for it now that Panasonic has up to date the laptop computer with new {hardware} that may enhance efficiency and safety whereas conserving the modular capabilities that permit it to be custom-made throughout quite a lot of industries.

As with quite a few laptop computer refreshes over the previous few weeks, the brand new Toughbook 55 graduates to Intel’s newest 11th-generation Core processors, particularly the Core i5-1145G7 vPro and Core i7-1185G7 vPro. If you are going to buy a model with twin DIMM slots, you additionally improve to Intel’s newest Iris Xe built-in graphics as an alternative of its UHD graphics. To enrich the quicker CPUs, Panasonic doubles the reminiscence (16GB) and solid-state storage (512GB) on the bottom configuration from the earlier model. Connectivity enhancements embody Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 assist, together with a Thunderbolt four port and a USB-A port that doubles its earlier throughput to 10Gbps.

The updates aren’t restricted to efficiency, as the brand new SSDs function OPAL {hardware} encryption, and the brand new Toughbook 55 is, in accordance with Panasonic, the primary rugged laptop computer that features each a bodily SIM slot and an eSIM. These enhancements associate with the Kensington cable lock slot, TPM v2.0, and elective fingerprint reader, good card reader and barcode reader to maintain the laptop computer and its information safe. The readers are every obtainable as one of many modular xPAKs that may be swapped out and in as wanted; different xPAKs can be found so as to add legacy ports, optical drives, and extra SSDs. An elective hot-swappable second battery can present as much as 38 hours of battery life per Panasonic’s claims. 

As a semi-rugged laptop computer, the Toughbook 55 is not constructed to face up to the utmost ranges of utmost circumstances like its absolutely rugged brethren, however it nonetheless meets MIL-STD-810H requirements for drops as much as three toes in addition to offering IP53-level resistance in opposition to mud and water. It has a spill-resistant keyboard, although the earlier mannequin stopped working after ZDNet’s Tiernan Ray dropped a cup of espresso on it.

Pricing for the Toughbook 55 might be obtained by contacting Panasonic’s gross sales workers via its web site, although you may also buy it via its reseller companions. The earlier model began round $2,000, so do not anticipate the brand new version to value any much less given the element upgrades Panasonic has made.

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