Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-H2 (or just H2) rugged tablet PC for mobile workers is now available for US customers. Besides a 10.1-inch 1024×768 sunlight-viewable display supporting both touchscreen and digitizer input, the Windows 7 Pro-based CF-H2 features the latest Intel Core i5-2557M vPro ultra-low voltage processor, which enabled a fan-less design of the tablet.Continue reading
Lenovo’s new ultra-slim 13.3-inch notebook – the ThinkPad X1 series – is now available.
The business-use ruggedized ultraportable has 0.84-inch thin profile and starts at 3.7 pounds. It’s the thinnest laptop in the ThinkPad lineup and meets 8 military ruggedness standards. The configurations sold via Lenovo.com are powered by Intel’s 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M or 2.1GHz i3-2310M processor with integrated graphics. There’s a single RAM slot populated with a 4GB or 8GB memory module, as well as a 128GB or 160GB solid state drive, or a 320GB traditional HDD.
The new Toughbook sports a magnesium alloy case with handle and has passed MIL-STD-810G tests, surviving drops from 30-inch height on six faces. It has a spill-resistant keyboard with backlight, sealed ports, and shock-mounted data storage.
Dell has made available for US customers the recently launched Precision M4600 and Precision M6600 mobile workstations, featuring the latest high-end Intel processors, professional video cards from AMD and Nvidia, and advanced display options.
The 15.6-inch M4600 and 17.3″ M6600 ship with the 2nd generation Intel Core i7 Extreme quad-core processors, AMD FirePro Mobility and Nvidia Quadro dedicated video cards with up to 2GB GDDR5 video memory, Nvidia switchable GPU technology and AMD Eyefinity multi-display feature in select configurations, and up to 32GB of 1333MHz or up to 16GB of faster 1600MHz DDR3 RAM.
The EliteBook 8560p has a platinum-colored case with a “bead-blast” finish and an aluminum-alloy hinge. The chassis meets MIL-STD 810G military-standards for drop, vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high temperature.
The X10gx has a magnesium alloy chassis and is fully compliant with MIL-STD-810G standards for shock, vibration, and temperature extremes. In addition, it’s rated IP67 for ingress protection, making it impervious to moisture, dust, sand, pollen, mold and more.
The Toughbook F9 features the Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory expandable to 6GB, a 320GB shock-mounted hard drive, and a DVD burner. Its 14.1″ anti-glare LED-backlit display has a resolution of 1440×900-pixels.
The 3.4-pound H1 Field runs on the Intel Atom Z540 processor at 1.86GHz and includes Intel’s integrated graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid state drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, optional mobile broadband connection, GPS functionality, a built-in web camera, a 2D barcode reader and a RFID reader, and Windows 7 OS.
Starting at 3.3-pounds, the 12.1-inch HP EliteBook 2540p incorporates standard voltage Core i5 and i7 processors for full CPU performance or a power-saving low voltage Core i7 model, as well as Intel HD integrated graphics and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
“Both Toughbook notebooks incorporate 1,000 nit LCDs, circular polarization technology and anti-glare (AG) plus anti-reflective (AR) screen treatments to enhance screen viewability, further improving in-field usability for mobile workers. Additional upgrades to the Toughbook 30 and Toughbook 19 include improved security and remote management thanks to Intel Centrino 2 with vPro technology, expanded memory capabilities, 40% longer battery lives, larger capacity hard drives, and optional SSDs,” Panasonic’s press release says.
The three business-rugged Panasonic ThoughBook laptops – the ultraportable W7, the tablet alternative T7, and the thin-and-light Y7 – feature Intel Core 2 Duo processors, a weight from 3.0 to 3.7 pounds, and a “long battery life”. These notebooks are drop- and spill-resistant, and have strong magnesium alloy cases and chassis, shock-mounted hard drives and LCDs, and internal flexible connectors for additional protection. The new Thougbooks also offer a range of embedded wireless options, including 802.11, Bluetooth 2.0 and optional built-in 3G mobile broadband solutions from AT&T (HSDPA), Sprint or Verizon Wireless (EV-DO Rev. A). Security features include the Trusted Platform Module (TPM v. 1.2) security chip, the Computrace theft protection agent in the BIOS, a cable lock slot, password security and an optional fingerprint scanner.
The European Panasonic has announced that its refreshed CF-74 and CF-52 Toughbook ruggedized laptops, featuring the latest Intel mobile “Santa Rosa” platform, will be available in June and July respectively.
“The new Intel mobile technology platform is centered on an Intel Core 2 Duo processor with an 800 MHz front-side bus, mobile Intel 965 Express chipset, Intel Wireless WiFi
Link 4965AGN wireless module, and Intel Turbo Memory,” Panasonic explains.
Twinhead Corporation launched its DURABOOK D13RY and DURABOOK D14RY rugged laptop models at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The two new DURABOOKs feature Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors, magnesium-alloy cases, spill-resistant an anti-shock mounting design, as well as optional hardware-based security technology TPM 1.2.
Twinhead says DURABOOK D13RY is a mobile multimedia center with 13.3″ WXGA TFT LCD screen, 1.3 mega pixel webcam, and four 1-watt stereo speakers. The DURABOOK D14RY is built for the road warrior and includes a non-glare 14.1″ XGA TFT LCD display.
Dell has been studying the idea of expanding its laptop lineup with a “rugged” notebook model and a tablet PC. One or both products could be offered as soon as 2007, Alex Gruzen, general manager of Dell’s Product Group said last week.
Gruzen said in an interview with eWEEK that Dell would be able to supply a rugged notebook that is based on the same hardware as its standard Latitude notebooks. He said that it might make it simpler for businesses and government customers to buy and maintain the machines.