February 2, 2009 Pansonic’s Toughbook 30 clamshell rugged laptop and its Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet computer have both received upgrades that include 1,000 nit LCDs, circular polarization technology and anti-glare (AG) plus anti-reflective (AR) screen treatments to enhance screen viewability as well as improved security and remote management thanks to Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology, expanded memory capabilities, 40% longer battery lives, larger capacity hard drives, and optional SSDs.
The screen upgrades are aimed at outdoor workers such as military personnel and first responders who need to use their computers in bright daylight or in a vehicle with sunlight streaming through the windows. While the new screen upgrade on both models offers improved full sunlight-viewability by incorporating circular polarization and other technologies, including 9 to 1,000 nit LCD brightness as well as AG and AR screen treatments Panasonic’s engineers have also enhanced the battery life of both devices, now delivering up to ten hours of field-usability on a full charge with the standard battery.
The new Toughbook 30 and 19 mobile computers also include a “concealed mode” which allows users to easily turn all device lights off – screen and LEDs – using a function (Fn) key, without having to power down the machine. This is ideal for military and law enforcement applications and for jurisdictions requiring vehicle-mounted PCs to have their screens turned off while the vehicle is in operation The feature allows users to customize which attributes get turned off when the Fn key is pressed including screen, LEDs, backlit keyboards, volume, and wireless radios (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile broadband). Users can even select if they wish the screen to be turned off, or just set to the minimum brightness level.
These Mil-Spec-certified notebooks incorporate rugged features such as magnesium alloy cases, sealed keyboards and ports, hard drive heaters, flexible internal connectors and shock-mounting and are tested using the MIL-STD-810F methodology for a range of extreme conditions including drops (36”, unit and hard drive), shocks, vibration, humidity, altitude, water-, rain- and dust-resistance, temperature extremes and thermal shock. The Toughbook notebook screens, cases, ports, and keyboards are IP54-rated for particulates and water and the units have also achieved UL1604 Class 1/Div. 2 certification for use in hazardous environments. They also include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/draft-n, Bluetooth, as well as capabilities for Gobi global mobile internet (WWAN), backlit keyboards and GPS.
The Toughbook 30 is available at an estimated street price starting at USD$3,649 while the Toughbook 19 is available at an estimated street price starting at USD$3,749.