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Panasonic builds a better Toughbook

Panasonic Computer Solutions has introduced upgrades to its Toughbook 30 clamshell rugged laptop and its Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet computer. Both PCs now feature 1,000 nit LCD screens and anti-glare, anti-reflective screen treatments. (A nit is a measurement of light in candelas per square meter; it indicates how much light is coming from a display.)

The company also upgraded security on the laptops by means of Intel Centrino 2 processors with vPro technology, expanded memory, 40 percent longer battery life, larger-capacity hard drives and optional solid-state drives.

The target market for Panasonic Toughbooks tends to be people who work outside at least part of the time: law enforcement officers, the military and first responders. So having a computer screen that is easy to read even in direct sunlight is particularly important.

Panasonic already had boosted battery life up to 10 hours on a full charge with the standard battery, the company said. The laptops also include a concealed mode that allows users to turn all device lights off using a function key, without having to power down the machine. Users can customize which elements they want turned off.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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