Panasonic Toughbook 31: Most Powerful Fully Rugged Notebook (video)

The Toughbook 31 is being introduced today as the most powerful fully-rugged notebook on the market. The Toughbook 31 is even more durable than its predecessor and is available with an Intel Core i5 processor.

The Toughbook 31 is designed for military, law enforcement and field workers who can’t afford any downtime due to hazards that would render most notebooks inoperable. As Kyp Wells showed us last week, the Toughbook 31 can be dropped from six feet onto a hard surface while operating without even a dent or scratch.

Some of Panasonic’s customers were looking for more performance than previously offered in the Toughbook line. The Toughbook 30 came with a low-voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The new Toughbook 31 will come with a choice of an Intel Core i5-540M 2.53GHz, Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz or Intel Core i3-350M 2.26GHz processor. The fastest processor is paired wth an ATI Radeon HD5650 GPU for improved 3D and graphics performance.

The Panasonic Toughbook 31 features a 13.1″ LED touchscreen display that’s designed to operate in any environment. It’s the brightest standard display available at 1,100 nits. The Toughbook 31 can be used in ‘concealed’ mode, which drops the screen brightness down to two nit, turns off all status lights and mutes audio.

Of course, none of the Toughbook 31’s features do anyone much good if the battery dies out in the field. Panasonic claims the Toughbook 31 will last for up to 11 hours on a single charge. It charges 41% faster than the older Toughbook 30.

All Toughbook 31 models come with Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. Customers can order 3G and 4G modules that can work with a variety of wireless carriers.

An integrated webcam, GPS receiver, backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader are optional on the Toughbook 31. Security features like TPM come standard.

Toughbook notebooks are commonly used in vehicles. To help its customers save on upgrade costs, Panasonic made sure that the Toughbook 31 will fit in ToughBook vehicle mounts originally installed for use with older Toughbooks.

The Toughbook 31 has a specially designed cooling fan that can operate in any condition. Unlike standard notebook fans, the Toughbook 31’s fan can injest and expel water and debris without exposing the motherboard to the elements.

Panasonic Toughbook 31 Features and Specifications

    • Choice of three models
      • Intel® Coreâ„¢ i5-540M CPU 2.53GHz with vProâ„¢ (with Turbo Boost up to 3.07GHz)
        • 250GB HDD, ATI Radeonâ„¢ HD5650 & Intel QM57 video controller
      • Intel Core i5-520M CPU 2.40GHz with vPro (with Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz)
        • 160GB HDD, Intel QM57 video controller
      • Intel Core i3-350M CPU 2.26GHz
        • 160GB HDD, Intel HM55 video controller
    • Genuine Windows 7® (with XP downgrade option)
    • 13.1” XGA LCD touchscreen
      • Panasonic CircuLuminâ„¢ technology (1,100 nits, AR, AG and Circular Polarizer*)
      • LED backlighting
      • Concealed mode turns off or dims screen, all LED lights and sound with touch of one button
    • 2GB RAM (DDR3 -1066MHz), expandable to 8GB
    • 7.9 lbs (with light weight battery on i3 model), 8.2 lbs. (with long life battery on i5 models)
    • 11.5” (L) x 11.9” (W) x 2.9” (H)
    • Fully-rugged
      • MIL-STD-810G (6 foot drop) and IP65-certified
      • Full Magnesium alloy case
      • Spill-resistant
      • Hybrid cooling system
      • Reinforced locking port covers
      • Shock-mounted flex-connect HDD with quick-release
    • Up to 11 hours battery life
      • Long Life Battery Pack (i5 CPU models)
    • 7 hours battery life
      • Lightweight Battery Pack (i3 CPU model)
    • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) v1.2*
    • Embedded Connectivity
      • Wi-Fi 802.11 a*/b/g/n
      • Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR
      • Optional Gobiâ„¢ mobile broadband
    • 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
    • Interfaces
      • Port replicator
      • External video (HDMI, VGA)
      • Headphones/speaker
      • Microphone/line-in
      • Serial
      • USB 2.0 x 4
      • SD card (SDHC)
      • PC card
      • ExpressCard
      • 10/100/1000 Ethernet
      • Optional 2nd 10/100 LAN* or Modem or FireWire
    • Optional integrated features
      • Webcam*
      • GPS receiver
      • Backlit keyboard (emissive or rubber)
      • SmartCard reader
      • Fingerprint reader
      • HDD and battery lock

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