Panasonic intros new Toughbook notebooks

Posted by Mark Raby

Seacaucus (NJ) - Panasonic today announced new additions to its Toughbook series of notebook computers, the company's line of durable, rugged laptops. Soon to be available, the CF-19 tablet PC and CF-30 clamshell notebook contain the latest technology in battery life, wireless connectivity, and screen display, according to Panasonic.

As direct successors to the CF-18 and CF-29, the CF-19 and CF-30 are built from magnesium alloy, with shock-mounted screens and hard drives, tested to withstand drops, shocks, vibration, and extreme temperatures, says Panasonic. Additionally, battery life tops out at six hours of full, continuous use.

They both include an Intel Core Duo processor and a slate of security features. Additionally, the notebooks have embedded access to the 3G wireless network from wireless mobile phone data carriers, and new, daylight-readable, 1000 nit screens, which Panasonic is calling the world's brightest notebook screen.

Both notebooks feature backwards compatibility with existing vehicle mounts for their respective predecessors. Also, they come equipped with a Trust Platform Module (TPM v1.2) security chip, as well as a slot for a cable lock and optional fingerprint scanner, with support for a Smartcard reader.

Both notebooks will be available in December. The basic versions of the CF-19 and CF-30 will carry estimated street prices of $4200 and $4700, respectively.