Panasonic touches up the Toughbook

Panasonic has upgraded their Toughbook 52 series of semi-rugged notebooks. And as you may know, these aren’t much competition spec-wise for other 15.4 inch laptops. But when it comes to surviving in hospitals or braving the battlefield, they are unparalleled. 
Let’s see what they added in this round of updates:
  • Touchscreen option with integrated stylus holder
  • Anti-glare and anti-reflective screen
  • Adjustable overhead keyboard light option
  • Red LED overhead keyboard light option (to minimize night blindness)
  • Centrino 2 with vPro technology

These new features in addition to the usual kit make this a pretty promising laptop. When I climb Mt. Everest and blog from the top, you can bet I’ll be doing it from one of these things. Prices start at $1,699 or $2,549 for the touchscreen version.

Here’s the full press release:


Processor, Battery Life and Memory Also Improved


Secaucus, NJ, February 4, 2009 – Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today introduced upgrades to its Panasonic Toughbook 52 semi-rugged notebook.  The updated Toughbook 52 now includes a touchscreen option with an integrated stylus holder and a 1,000 nit anti-glare (AG) and anti-reflective (AR) screen for exceptional sunlight viewability.  For use in dark or low-light operating conditions, the touchscreen model also comes with an adjustable dual overhead keyboard light with four brightness levels allowing users to adjust the illumination to fit the environment.  The red LED overhead keyboard light also minimizes night blindness.  Additional upgrades to the Toughbook 52 include improved security and remote management thanks to Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ technology, expanded memory capabilities and longer battery life.

“The new touchscreen Toughbook 52 is designed to meet the growing need for touchscreen laptops,” said Kyp Walls, director, product management, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “The new device offers the ideal mix of exceptionally low failure rates, long battery life, connectivity, portability, functionality and affordability.  The award winning Toughbook 52 is well suited for mobile professionals like insurance claims adjusters, health workers and others working in data driven environments.  The 1,000 nit touchscreen improves usability for mobile workers regularly tasked with conducting business outdoors or in other locations where bright sunlight can make screen viewability difficult.”

Ideal for a mobile workforce that does not want to worry about a carrying case, the semi-rugged Toughbook 52 is a drop- and spill-tested notebook featuring a magnesium alloy case, flexible internal connectors, shock-mounted hard drive and LCDs and a spill-resistant keyboard.  These features contribute to Panasonic’s reputation for producing the industry’s most reliable notebooks, with in-warranty reliability rates multiple times better than the estimated industry average for notebooks. In fact, more than 500 checks and tests are completed before, during and after production, on every Toughbook® unit built.

Panasonic Financing Options

Panasonic recently introduced flexible financing options to enable customers to purchase and implement the reliable mobile technology they need to drive long-term value for their organizations.  Financing choices include fair market value leases, deferral programs, lease back financing and step payments.  The new finance options are being made available as part of the company’s longstanding relationship with Panasonic Finance Solutions, provided by CoActivPartners.  More information on the full range of financial solutions offered by Panasonic can be found at:

Superior Warranty, Support and Professional Services

Every Panasonic Toughbook® mobile PC is sold with a standard three-year limited warranty (expandable to five years) and access to 24/7/365 U.S.-based phone support for the entire life of the unit. Panasonic boasts an average call center hold time of less than 75 seconds. In addition, in the unlikely event of a hardware-related failure, Panasonic covers the cost of overnight shipping to and from its national service center, where the average turnaround time for repairs is less than two and a half days. Panasonic also offers a full range of professional pre- and post-deployment services, including on-site support.

Pricing and Availability

The Toughbook 52 is available at an estimated street price starting at $1,699. The touchscreen Toughbook 52 is available at an estimated street price starting at $2,549.  These and other Toughbook notebooks are available exclusively through authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide. Please for more information.

The Toughbook 52 comes in three basics configurations; a premium and value version of the standard (non-touchscreen) model and the new touchscreen version.

Panasonic Toughbook 52 Laptop: Select Features and Specifications

  • Intel® Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz
    • Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro technology
    • 3MB L2 Cache
    • 1066 MHz FSB
    • 15.4″ widescreen 1920 x 1200 WUXGA LCD
    • ATI Radeon™ HD 3650, 512MB dedicated VRAM
  • Intel® Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz
    • Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro technology
    • 3MB L2 Cache
    • 1066 MHz FSB
    • 15.4″ widescreen 1280 x 800 WXGA LCD
    • Optional 13.3″ 1024 x 768 XGA sunlight-viewable 1000 nit touchscreen LCD
      • With integrated stylus holder & adjustable dual overhead keyboard light
    • Intel® GM45 (GMA 4500MHD video controller), max. 797MB UMA VRAM on Vista
  • 2-4GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB Hard Drive (shock-mounted with quick-release)
  • Anti-glare, anti-reflective screen treatments
  • Optional integrated GobiTM 3G global mobile Internet (WWAN)
  • Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/draft-n
  • Bluetooth® v2.0 + EDR (Class 1)—optional on models with P8400 CPU
  • Battery operation: approximately 4 hours (P8600 CPU), 7 hours (P8400 CPU), 8 hours (touchscreen)
  • 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
  • 7.5 lbs. (7.9 lbs. with optional touchscreen)

For additional Toughbook 52 product specifications, go to:

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