For those looking for a more rugged laptop, Panasonic has announced updates to its flagship rugged laptop, the Toughbook 31. The Toughbook series offers rugged portable computing solutions for those who need it in all sorts of extreme environments, from emergency service professionals to utility workers and other professions.
The Toughbook 31 has been updated with:
- An 18-hour battery life – 27 hours with optional second battery
- A new 5th gen Intel Core i5 processor plus Intel HD Graphics 5500
- design that withstands a 6-foot drop and is certified to pass 19 different MIL-STD-810G tests
The rugged laptop also features:
- shock-mounted, flex-connect quick-release hard drive
- sunlight-viewable touchscreen;
- and a full magnesium alloy case with handle
The Toughbook 31 is also compatible with existing vehicle docks used for previous Toughbooks, which allows customers to upgrade without having to replace vehicle docks.
This rugged performance laptop isn’t cheap though and will set you back at least $3,699 when it becomes available in February, but it is backed by a three-year limited warranty.
Full Press Release
Panasonic’s Rugged Toughbook 31 Now Offers Up to 18 Hours Battery Life – 27 Hours with Optional Second Battery
Market-leading fully rugged laptop updated with 5th generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor for enhanced performance in extreme environments
NEWARK, NJ, January 26, 2015 – Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, today announced updates to the Toughbook® 31, its bestselling fully rugged laptop. The updated Toughbook 31 offers up to 18 hours1 of standard battery life – 27 hours1 with an optional second battery – as well as improved connectivity and significant performance boosts over the previous model. With its fully sealed design that delivers durability to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications, including a six-foot drop rating2, the Toughbook 31 solidifies its position as the gold standard for emergency service professionals, utility workers and others who need to stay connected and productive even in the most extreme environments.
Powered by the new Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ processor, (3 MB cache, 2.3 GHz up to 2.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology) the updated Toughbook 31 delivers desktop-class performance alongside its world-class reliability. Other improvements include enhanced graphics with the Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics processor – important for geographic information system (GIS) and military logistics applications.
With features including a shock-mounted, flex-connect quick-release hard drive; sunlight-viewable touchscreen; and a full magnesium alloy case with handle, the Toughbook 31 is the undisputed leader in the fully rugged laptop category. The device has been certified by an independent third party testing lab to meet nineteen MIL-STD-810G tests, including shock, drop, vibration, extreme temperature and high altitude. The Toughbook 31 offers protection from drops of up to six feet2 and has achieved an IP65 rating for protection from water and dust.
Panasonic Toughbook 31: Key Improvements
- Advanced Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro Update 64-bit or Windows 7 Professional (available through downgrade rights from Windows 8.1 Pro)
- Next-Generation Processor: 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ Processor (3MB cache, 2.3 GHz up to 2.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology)
- Improved Battery Life: Up to 18 hours1 of continuous use depending on usage conditions (up to 27 hours1 with optional second battery)
- Enhanced Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 5500
- Expanded Connectivity: Now supports Wi-Fi ac in addition to older networks with Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n/ac); Wi-Fi ac offers faster speeds and longer ranges than previous standards
The Toughbook 31 maintains consistent vehicle docking capabilities with a platform footprint virtually identical to past flagship products. This allows customers to upgrade Toughbook computers without replacing vehicle docks, significantly lowering the total cost of ownership.
For a full list of specifications and more detailed information, visit http://www.Toughbook.com.
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic Toughbook 31 is available this February from authorized Panasonic resellers starting around $3,699. The Toughbook 31 includes a standard three-year limited warranty.
Sales inquiries for Panasonic’s Toughpad family of tablets should be directed to [email protected] or 877-803-8492.
1 Per MobileMark® 2007 testing; measured at 60 nit LCD brightness. Battery life varies depending on the usage conditions, or when an external device is attached.
2 Tested by an independent third-party lab.
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