Panasonic has released a couple of new notebooks today, the ToughBook CF-19 is a convertible Tablet PC and the ToughBook CF-30 a clamshell notebook. Both devices feature a Core Duo processor, are MIL-SPEC certified. The CF-18 features a really bright 550 Nit screen and the CF-30 boasts a record breaking 1,000 Nit LCD option for easy outdoor viewing.
The ToughBook CF-30 comes with the following specifications:
The CF-30 has a magnesium alloy case, sealed keyboard and ports and shock mounted screen and hard drive to provide for some serious notebook ruggedness. The daylight readable 1,000 nit (candelas per square meter, a measure of brightness)screen option is a tool used by law enforcement officials, first responders, armed forces, field service techs and other industry workers that have to work outside with a computer.
The CF-30 is resistant to dust and water at the IP54 (ingress protection) level. Meaning, a rain shower or dust storm won't stop you from working with this notebook outside -- it's not waterproof enough to go scuba diving with though.
The 1,000 nit level screen is the brightest offering in the industry today. It is also a touchscreen so you can easily use custom touchscreen enabled applications in vehicle-mounted environments or when having to walk around.
Wireless options abound, you can get WLAN, WWAN, GPS and Bluetooth integrated into the CF-30. The WWAN can be configured as either UMTS/HSPDA from Cingular Wireless or EV-DO to work with the Sprint or Verizon network.
All of these options will cost you a bit of change of course, the CF-30 is expected to start at $4,699 when it becomes available in December 2006. But if you want something that's indestructible and can be used outside in a winter storm, monsoon or dust storm -- you've found your notebook.
The ToughBook CF-19 comes with the following specifications:
The CF-19 has the same magnesium alloy case, sealed keyboard and ports and shock mounted screen and hard drive as the CF-30. The screen featured on the CF-19 registers at 550 nits of brightness, which is still excellent give the fact most notebooks you buy on the market today have between 150 and 250 nits of brightness.
Wireless options and MIL SPEC certifications for the CF-19 Tablet PC match those of the CF-30, so doodling and writing on a Tablet PC outside in a rainstorm is now doable.
About the Panasonic CF-18 and CF-29
The CF-30 will be replacing the CF-29 while the CF-19 is replaced by the CF-18. However, the good news is the new machines are backwardly compatible with all accessories such as vehicle mounting equipment. The Pentium M based CF-29 and CF-18 will continue to be sold through various retailers.
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