Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1mk2Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-C1 has been updated to provide a more powerful processor, longer battery life and a better wireless network connection. The device can be used both as a traditional clamshell style laptop or a tablet PC thanks to its rotating screen, and is designed for use in environments where high durability is required.

The CF-C1mk2 now features an Intel Core i5-2520M processor, running at 2.5Ghz as improved Intel graphics hardware. Memory has been increased to 4Gb as standard, along with a 320Gb hard drive. Wireless networking has been upgraded to the Ericsson’s F5521gw HSPA+ module, which offers download speeds to 21Mbps. An optional 1.3 megapixel web camera is also now available.

Twin hot-swappable batteries offer a claimed 12 hours of battery life, according to MobileMark 2007, and with both cells installed the device weighs a shade under 1.7kg (1.5kg with just one battery installed). The device is designed to enable easy typing with one hand whilst being held in the other, and the multi-touch resistive screen can be used whilst wearing gloves, making it more usable for field personnel.

Stephen Yeo, Panasonic Toughbook European Marketing Director, said “The latest upgrades to the Toughbook CF-C1 make this business-ruggedized device an even more powerful tool for the modern mobile workforce.”

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1mk2 will be available from July 2011. Retail price starting at €1,899 plus vat.

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