In an attempt to join Windows 8 bandwagon, Panasonic has launched in India the Toughbook CF-C2, claimed by the company to be one of the most durable and flexible business convertible PC’s designed for sales work forces, white collar field engineers and healthcare workers. The device is the first Toughbook to be designed to take advantage of the new Windows 8 Pro operating system whether in clamshell or tablet mode.
Toughbook CF-C2 Clamshell mode
The Toughbook CF-C2 is designed for mobile workers that need to multi-task and have multiple ways of data input using a performance PC with a full 12.5” HD screen. The new CF-C2 is more rugged with a smaller, more compact form and a new enhanced triple-hinge system for even more stable operation.
The capacitive 5-finger multi-touch display can be used both in tablet and clamshell mode as the screen remains rigid to the touch due to its rugged enhanced triple hinge. Setting it apart from its competitors and making it ideal for any mobile worker out in the field, the screen comes standard with IPS technology allowing extra wide viewing angles, strengthened glass, high contrast ratio and 500 cd/m2 high brightness paired with a Panasonic anti-reflection layer.
Staying power for mobile users
With its third generation Intel Core technology, the device has the processing power to deal easily with the needs of its users without the need for a fan, offering silent and reliable operation. The high performing, low power consumption Intel Core i5-3427U vPro Ultra Low Voltage Processor (1.8GHz, up to 2.8GHz) with Intel Turbo Boost Technology and state-of-the-art storage options (4GB RAM standard, extendable to 8GB and 500GB HDD standard and 128GB or 256GB SSD optional) make the CF-C2 one of the most versatile and powerful devices in its class.
The Toughbook CF-C2 has a bridge battery, which can be configured to meet the needs of its users’ working and weight requirements and the main battery can be changed without powering down the device, offering seamless usability. The standard 6-cell battery configuration will deliver approx.11 hours operation (Mobile Mark 2007, 60cd/m2), the 3-cell smart battery delivers approx. 5 hours operation and the 9-cell high capacity battery provides approx.15 hours of use.
Built to last and for ease of use
The semi-rugged CF-C2 has been designed to easily deal with the knocks and scrapes of a busy mobile workers day. The device can withstand drops of up to 76cm(6angles), comes with a water resistant keyboard and touchpad and strengthened glass on the LCD.
As well as the tablet and notebook operational modes, the CF-C2 comes with an ergonomic and removable, triangular hands-free strap making the device easy to hold and operate with one-hand in any position – portrait, landscape or anywhere in-between.
Fully equipped and flexible
For users needing to Skype or capture photographic images of documentation in the field, the CF-C2 is equipped with a high quality HD 720p (Still image Max. 1280 x 720) front web camera and a high resolution HD 720p (Still image Max. 2048 x 1536) rear documentation camera can be optionally added.
With a variety of business expansion options and configuration slots, the CF-C2 can be tailored to perfectly meet the needs of the workforce. Ideal for field and service engineers, an optional serial port allows diagnostics and measurement legacy devices to be connected to the Toughbook. In addition, other business options can be added via the flexible configuration ports, such as VGA ports or modems.
The device is also optimised for connectivity whatever the location and includes Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless LAN a/b/g/n and optional Sierra MC8305 3G module.
“The new Toughbook CF-C2 is one of the most durable and flexible business convertible PC’s in the market,” said Mr.Gunjan Sachdev (General Manager, National Business Head, Panasonic Toughbook). “With its desktop-like performance, high class connectivity, long battery and advanced mobility technologies, such as enhanced triple hinges, bridge battery and ergonomic hand-free strap, this device is the perfect work companion for healthcare professionals, aviation technicians and automotive engineers.”
While, the price of the new device has still not been disclosed by the manufacturer, however, the officials have informed that the Toughbook CF-C2 will be available in India by Jan 2013.