Panasonic has announced the next generation of fully-rugged Toughbooks to the Australian market. The Toughbook CF19 MKIII and CF30 Mk III (pictured above) have increased battery life of up to 9 hours while also boasting an ultra-bright 1,000 nit screen.

Purpose-built for extreme conditions, the renowned range of fully-rugged Toughbook notebooks has been further enhanced, incorporating global market feedback from users. Panasonic has delivered improvements in areas such as screen brightness, increased battery life, storage space, faster processing and security to enhance the user experience, and make the new Mk III a more mobile and fit-for-purpose rugged field unit.

The CF-19 Mk III (pictured left) has doubled its screen brightness from 500nit to 1000nit, while the CF-30 continues to boast 1000nit. With a circular polarizing touch screen and anti-reflection coating, it is easier to read under direct sunlight, ideally-suited to outdoor use. Both models have even longer battery life of 9 hours even with the increased screen brightness, making the unit even more mobile and functional.

Built rugged, the Toughbook CF-19 and CF-30 Mk III have a magnesium alloy frame and specialised shock-absorbent damper encasing the hard drive. The units can withstand knocks, heavy vibrations and sharp temperature fluctuations, while surviving falls from up to 90cm. The CF-19 screen rotates 180 degrees, and converts to tablet form.

Both models incorporate a new feature – Convert Conceal mode. With just the touch of a button, the screen display disappears immediately, to protect sensitive information from being read by unauthorised persons. This ensures information remains confidential, an important consideration for information-sensitive industries such as Defence or the Police.

Incorporating the new Intel Centrino Core 2 Processor, the Mk III is combined with Intel vPro™. The combination of Intel Centrino and vPro can help improve manageability, tighten security and speed up performance. In addition the hard drive and RAM has been doubled in size giving users 160GB and 2GB RAM of space respectively.

With enhanced security features both models feature the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 chip which prevents unauthorised access, theft or loss of the HDD, while the optional fingerprint reader and/or smart card reader reduces the risk of insecure passwords. They also feature a cable lock slot to physically secure the unit.

Price and availability

  • Toughbook CF-30 Mk III – $8,799 RRP. Available now.
  • Toughbook CF-19 Mk III – $7,499 RRP. Available now.

Specifications

Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 Mk III

  • Intel CoreTM 2 Duo processor (1.6 GHz)
  • Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset
  • 2GB RAM (upgradeable to 4GB max.)
  • 160 GB HDD
  • 13.3″ XGA High Brightness LCD with Anti-reflection coating
  • Screen brightness of up to 1,000 nit
  • Up to 90 cm fall protection
  • Up to nine hour battery life (MobileMark 2007)
  • 3G wireless broadband ready
  • Windows Vista ready
  • SDHC card slot
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2)
  • MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-461E and IP54 rated
  • Weight 3.8 kg approx.
  • Options – embedded 3G HSDPA, GPS, Smartcard reader and Fingerprint reader, as well as an in-car solution.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 Mk III Convertible Tablet PC

  • Intel CoreTM 2 Duo processor (1.20 GHz)
  • Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset
  • 2GB RAM (upgradeable to 4GB Max)
  • 160GB HDD
  • 10.4″ XGA TFT (Dual Touch and Digitiser LCD)
  • Brightness of screen up to 1000 nit
  • Up to 90 cm fall protection
  • Up to nine hour battery life (MobileMark 2007)
  • 3G Wireless broadband ready
  • Windows Vista ready
  • SDHC card slot
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2)
  • MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-461E and IP54 rated
  • Weight 2.3 kg approx.
  • Options – embedded 3G HSDPA, GPS, Smartcard reader and Fingerprint reader, as well as an in-car solution.