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.
Regarding internal core components, there are the 2nd Generation Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core i5 i5-2520M and i3 i3-2310M dual-core processors with integrated Intel HD graphics, DDR3 memory, up to 320GB of hard disk capacity or a 128GB solid state drive, and a DVD writer. Configurations with the Core i3 CPU come with 2GB of RAM, while i5-based models have 4GB, as well as vPro technology choice and sunlight-viewable touch display option with stylus support. Also, i3 models have a lightweight battery that provides around 6 hours of autonomy, while the i5 models include a long-life unit for 10-hour run time.
The display is anti-glare type and has a resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels.
Panasonic’s Toughbook 53 has a touchpad which is larger than those in previous models and supports multi-touch input, a 1.3MP webcam and digital mic, stereo speakers, various networking features such as Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, and options of secondary LAN port, 56K modem, Bluetooth, and 3G mobile broadband, with LTE 4G option coming this summer.
The laptop provides PC Card, ExpressCard, and SD card slots, HDMI and VGA video ports, a USB 3.0 port, three additional USB 2.0 connectors, optional Firewire, and a Serial port.
For security, there are the Trusted Platform Module 1.2, optional fingerprint and SmartCard readers, Computrace theft protection choice, and Intel Anti-Theft technology on configurations with vPro.
The Toughbook 53 weighs 5.6 – 6.5 pounds, depending on configuration.
It runs Windows 7 Professional OS and comes with a three-year limited warranty.
The i5 model will start shipping in June at an estimated price of around $1,900, while the touchscreen model will ship in July for around $2,450. The Toughbook 53 i3 version will be available in August for around $1,600.