Panasonic updates Toughbook CF-T8, CF-52 notebooks

Panasonic has given a major overhaul to two of its most rugged notebooks. The Toughbook CF-T8 and Toughbook CF-52 have gotten some new Intel Core CPUs, extra storage space and more.

Panasonic has given a major overhaul to two of its most rugged notebooks. The Toughbook CF-T8 and Toughbook CF-52 have gotten some new Intel Core CPUs, extra storage space and more.

While both are design to take some tumbles, the CF-52 is ready for some serious action being backed in a magnesium alloy casing that has been drop- and spill-tested. This 15.4-inch Toughbook also comes in three possible configurations, including one that boasts a touchscreen and an adjustable, dual overhead keyboard light.

The CF-T8 should live up to that sturdy Toughbook name as well, but it's geared for the more business-minded consumer. Here's a closer look at both of these freshly-updated Toughbook laptops:

Toughbook CF-52

  • Intel Core i5 2.53GHz processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Up to a 250GB shock-mounted hard drive with quick release
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3G
  • A-GPS capabilities
  • Space for future optional WiMax modules

Toughbook CF-T8

  • 12.1-inch anti-glare XGA touchscreen with screen rotating software
  • Intel Core 2 1.6GHz processor
  • Windows 7 Professional (or XP downgrade option)
  • Removable 250GB shock-mounted, flex-connect hard drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Battery life: Up to eight hours
  • Accessories: Stylus, rubber hand strap

Both of these updated Toughbooks are available for purchase (in the UK) now.