Panasonic adds to its Toughbook line the new semi-rugged CF-C2, its first Toughbook model optimized for Microsoft’s new Windows 8 Pro 64-bit operating system. Designed for mobile workers in healthcare, education and field sales markets, the convertible tablet PC is built withstand wid range of work environments. It is powered an Intel Core i5-3427U processor with 4GB RAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 to deliver performance needed to drive improved productivity.
With magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, the machine can handle up to a 30-inch drop to six sides, as well as a 12-inch drop from 26 angles. It also comes with a spill-resistant keyboard and enhanced triple hinge design for durable support when rotating the screen to tablet mode. The Y-shaped hand strap has been redesigned for easy carrying in both landscape and portrait modes. The convertible is lightweight at just 1.8kg.
The Toughbook C2 features a 12.5-inch 1366×768 5-point capacitive multitouch IPS LCD display with anti-reflective/anti-glare treatments, and comes with digitizer for note-taking and signature capture with an electronic pen. The semi-rugged tablet PC sports a 720p HD webcam with built-in microphone and optional 3 Megapixel rear camera. It supports Bluetooth, WiFi and optional 4G LTE or 3G mobile broadband as well as optional NFC support. You can find two USB 3.0 ports, SD/SDHC card slot, HDMI output and optional serial port, VGA and SmartCard reader. The battery offers up to 11 hours of continuous use, and there is a bridge battery that allows the main battery to be swapped without powering down the device.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-C2 runs Windows 8 Pro 64-bit with Windows 7 Professional option available. It is equipped with ambient light, magnetic, acceleration and gyro sensors for Windows 8 functionality. It will be released in December starting at $2949.