Panasonic introduced the Toughbook 31 rugged notebook

Panasonic today today introduced its 13.1-inch fully-rugged clamshell notebook – Toughbook 31. It is the sixth generation of flagship Toughbook notebooks, now powered by Intel Core i5 or i3 processor and ATI Radeon HD 5650 discrete graphics.

The Toughbook 31 has full magnesium alloy case,  protected from drops of up to six feet and has achieved an IP65 rating for unparalleled protection from water and dust,  also certified to MIL-STD-810G, which makes it a ideal choice for professionals like  military personnel and  field workers. Spec wise it offers 13.1-inch XGA touchscreen display with Panasonic CircuLumintechnology and 1,100 nit brightness, Core i5 CPU ( 540M CPU 2.53GHz, 520M CPU 2.40GHz, Core i3-350M), up to 8GB RAM, 160 or 250GB HDD, Radeon HD 5650 graphics, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, optional 3G. The Toughbook 31 also supports numerous security features, including options for an insertable SmartCard reader and fingerprint reader, using biometrics to protect mission-critical data. It comes with with pre-installed Windows 7 (XP downgrade option) and is backed by a three-year warranty, all with starting price of $3,799.

Panasonic Toughbook 31

Panasonic Toughbook 31

“The Toughbook 31 combines the best of three worlds – mobility, performance and ruggedness,” said Erik Reid, mobile client marketing director, Intel Corporation. “This is achieved by combining the high performance of the Intel® Core™ i5 and i3 Processor technology with the ruggedness of the Panasonic design which enables users to perform compute intensive applications in almost any kind of conditions.”

Panasonic Toughbook 31

“As richer data becomes more available to first-responders and field workers, greater computing power is needed without sacrificing ruggedness,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic Solutions Company. “Like all of our products, the Toughbook 31 was designed based on vast customer input because the performance of each device is mission-critical. The Toughbook 31 is the first device of its kind to perfectly blend performance and durability. It combines the speed of a desktop computer with the reliability of a rugged mobile computer, helping end-users work with richer data in a variety of challenging environments. The no-compromise approach of Panasonic’s engineers enables us to deliver the industry’s best display with the long battery life our customers have always valued.”


Panasonic Toughbook 31: Select Features and Specifications

  • Choice of three models
  • Intel® Core™ i5-540M CPU 2.53GHz with vPro™ (with Turbo Boost up to 3.07GHz)
    • 250GB HDD, ATI Radeon™ HD5650 & Intel QM57 video controller
  • Intel Core i5-520M CPU 2.40GHz with vPro (with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
    • 160GB HDD, Intel QM57 video controller
  • Intel Core i3-350M CPU 2.26GHz
    • 160GB HDD, Intel HM55 video controller
  • Genuine Windows 7® (with XP downgrade option)
  • 13.1” XGA LCD touchscreen
    • Panasonic CircuLumin™ technology (1,100 nits, AR, AG and Circular Polarizer*)
    • LED backlighting
    • Concealed mode – turns off or dims screen, all LED lights and sound with touch of one button
  • 2GB RAM (DDR3 -1066MHz), expandable to 8GB
  • 7.9 lbs (with light weight battery on i3 model), 8.2 lbs. (with long life battery on i5 models)
  • 11.5” (L) x 11.9” (W) x 2.9” (H)
  • Fully-rugged
    • MIL-STD-810G (6 foot drop) and IP65-certified
    • Full Magnesium alloy case
    • Spill-resistant
    • Hybrid cooling system
    • Reinforced locking port covers
    • Shock-mounted flex-connect HDD with quick-release
  • Up to 11 hours battery life
    • Long Life Battery Pack (i5 CPU models)
    • 7 hours battery lif
    • o Lightweight Battery Pack (i3 CPU model)
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2
  • Embedded Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
    • Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR
    • Optional Gobi™ mobile broadband
  • 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
  • Interfaces
    • Port replicator
    • External video (HDMI, VGA)
    • Headphones/speaker
    • Microphone/line-in
    • Serial
    • USB 2.0 x 4
    • SD card (SDHC)
    • PC card
    • ExpressCard
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
    • Optional 2nd 10/100 LAN* or Modem or FireWire
  • Optional integrated features
    • Webcam
    • GPS receiver
    • Backlit keyboard (emissive or rubber)
    • SmartCard reader
    • Fingerprint reader
    • HDD and battery lock

The Panasonic Toughbook 31 is available now,  starting at an estimated street price of $3,799 from authorized Panasonic resellers.

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