Panasonic Touts More Modular Design with Toughbook 55 Semi-Rugged Laptop Launch
…the option to upgrade later, the Toughbook 55 offers 12 expansion pack options, providing the more modular approach to ordering and upgrading systems.
Built with the same basic form factor as its predecessor, the Toughbook 55 runs with the latest Intel 8th Generation “Whisky Lake” Core processors, either i5 or i7 processors, as well as those with vPro. The base configuration of 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD storage is upgradable to 2 TB of storage and 64 GB of RAM. It offers a substantially, improved hot-swappable battery, and is the first Toughbook with a USB Type-C port, HDMI 2.0 and Bluetooth 5.0 interfaces.
Other welcome upgrades include louder speakers, improved brightness and a color-selectable backlit keyboard. Panasonic is offering an optional 1000-nit touchscreen that the company optimized for outdoor use, notable workers that rely on the device outdoors. Company officials demonstrated the point that the new touchscreen will work better outdoors or in conditions where users are wearing gloves.
Panasonic executives also emphasized the that the Toughbook now has four tetra-array microphones embedded in the new system for more accurate speech recognition and recording, a feature increasingly applicable in law enforcement scenarios, among others. “As the new millennials come into the workforce, they’re very, very comfortable with speech and using it for their work,” said Anthony Mungiello, Panasonic’s senior product manager, who walked through the specs and new features of the new system at the New York briefing.
The Toughbook 55 is available now at an estimated street price starting at $2,099.