Panasonic’s Toughbook lineup of rough-and-ready laptops is very talked-about for staff requiring cellular computing beneath hard stipulations. ZDNet’s Sandra Vogel reviewed the semi-rugged Toughbook 55 on the finish of 2019 and located that it “has so much going for it.” It has much more going for it now that Panasonic has up to date the pc with new hardware that can enhance efficiency and safety whilst holding the modular features that permit it to be custom designed throughout plenty of industries.
As with a lot of pc 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 buy a model with twin DIMM slots, you additionally improve to Intel’s newest Iris Xe built-in graphics as a substitute of its UHD graphics. To counterpoint the speedier CPUs, Panasonic doubles the reminiscence (16GB) and solid-state garage (512GB) at the base configuration from the former model. Connectivity enhancements come with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth five.1 beef up, together with a Thunderbolt four port and a USB-A port that doubles its earlier throughput to 10Gbps.
The updates are not restricted to efficiency, as the brand new SSDs function OPAL hardware encryption, and the brand new Toughbook 55 is, in line with Panasonic, the primary rugged pc that incorporates each a bodily SIM slot and an eSIM. Those improvements pass together with the Kensington cable lock slot, TPM v2.zero, and non-compulsory fingerprint reader, good card reader and barcode reader to stay the pc and its knowledge protected. The readers are each and every to be had as one of the vital modular xPAKs that may be swapped out and in as wanted; different xPAKs are to be had so as to add legacy ports, optical drives, and further SSDs. An non-compulsory hot-swappable 2d battery can give as much as 38 hours of battery lifestyles according to Panasonic’s claims.
As a semi-rugged pc, the Toughbook 55 is not constructed to resist the utmost ranges of utmost stipulations 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 towards mud and water. It has a spill-resistant keyboard, despite the fact that the former style stopped operating after ZDNet’s Tiernan Ray dropped a cup of espresso on it.
Pricing for the Toughbook 55 may also be acquired by means of contacting Panasonic’s gross sales team of workers thru its website online, despite the fact that you’ll be able to additionally acquire it thru its reseller companions. The former model began round $2,000, so do not be expecting the brand new version to price any much less given the element upgrades Panasonic has made.