Panasonic refreshes Toughbook H2 with faster processor, bigger storage and stronger shell

We’ve never understood why Panasonic chose to brand its top-line tablet as the Toughbook H2, but given the hairy-chested types who build and use the gear, we’re not gonna challenge ‘em.

Toughbook H2

The company hasn’t messed too much with the Windows 7slate, except pushing the top chip to a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U and to swap out the 320GB 7,200RPM shock-mounted HDD for a 500GB model. Panasonic has also tweaked the hardware’s polycarbonate-encased magnesium alloy chassis, with MIL-STD-810G1 ensuring that the gear will survive drops from six-feet, as well as IP651 weather-proofing. The 3.5-pound unit also sees its battery life pushed to seven hours and also gains boosted WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1+EDR connectivity. Once you’ve selected a unit, there’s a hefty list of possible add-ons, including barcode scanners, smart card readers, Gobi-running 3G, LTE and GPS options. There’s even a model that meets MIL-STD-461F standards for electromagnetic protection — useful if your day job involves battling superheroes. The standard unit will set you back $3,349 and comes with a three-year international warranty, so you’d better get buttering-up your procurement manager now.

Toughbook H2 Toughbook H2

Via Engadget

Panasonic refreshes Toughbook H2 with faster processor, bigger storage and stronger shell

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