Panasonic Toughbook C2 takes Windows 8 on the road

Summary:Panasonic is warming up Windows 8 Pro for road warriors with introduction of a new semi-convertible rugged tablet PC.

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Everyone is jumping on the Windows 8 bandwagon this week -- most especially Microsoft's OEM partners, which are busy trying to roll out brand-new devices ready for the latest version of the operating system.

Panasonic is getting in the game with a tablet of its own, but this one definitely means business.

Based on Windows 8 Pro, the Toughbook C2 is a rugged semi-convertible tablet PC intended for mobile workers and the IT departments supporting them.

With a magnesium alloy chassis and a shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, among other sturdy design notes, it might seem like this tablet would be advertised to employees in the military and similar field-based operations.

But Panasonic is really targeting this more towards healthcare, education and field sales, explaining that the Toughbook C2's 11-hour battery life is intended to last a full work shift. Furthermore, the Toughbook's "fanless design means no air is drawn in or out of the device, minimizing the spread of airborne pathogens."

Here's a glance at the spec sheet:

  • Intel Core i5-3427U vProTM (3MB cache, up to 2.8 GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost
  • 12.5-inch, 5-point capacitive multi-touch and daylight-readable HD display (Includes anti-reflective/anti-glare treatments, and IPS)
  • 720p HD webcam with built-in microphone
  • Optional 3-megapixel rear facing camera
  • Digitizer for note-taking and signature capture with an electronic pen
  • Triple hinge design for more durable support when rotating the screen to tablet mode
  • Bridge battery support (Allows the main battery to be swapped without powering down the device)
  • Ergonomic Y-shaped hand strap for carrying in both landscape and portrait modes
  • Spill-resistant keyboard (up to six ounces)
  • Can handle up to a 30-inch drop to six sides, as well as a 12-inch drop from 26 angles
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • Optional 4G LTE or 3G Gobi mobile broadband
  • Connectivity: VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0; Optional: NFC, SmartCard reader
  • Weight: 3.99 pounds

The Panasonic Toughbook C2 will be available this December with a starting price tag of $2,949, which includes a 3-year limited warranty.

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Images via Panasonic

Topics: Windows, Hardware, Laptops, Microsoft, Travel Tech

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