Feature Article

May 16, 2013

Panasonic Releases Toughbook H2 Tablet Upgrade

Even as careful as many people are with their mobile devices, accidents still happen sometimes. Panasonic’s new Toughbook H2 tablet PC upgrade can give individuals who depend on their devices extra protection from the elements.

“With its versatility, portability and sheer toughness, the Toughbook H2 is a critical tool for workers in diverse industries,” said Kyp Walls, director of Product Management, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “The improvements we’re announcing only serve to increase its value in helping these workers stay efficient and productive, no matter where their jobs take them.”

True to the Toughbook name, the case is ruggedized. It’s made out of a polycarbonate-encased magnesium alloy that is sealed against all weather conditions and can handle drops of up to six feet. The tablet also resists moisture, snow, sand, and extremes of altitude and temperature.

The Toughbook H2 is well-suited particularly for the healthcare space. It has no vents, which makes it easy to disinfect. The tablet works well for barcode medication administration (BCMA), capturing vital signs and viewing electronic medical records.

The 10-inch tablet features a screen readable in sunlight and the ability to interface with barcode, fingerprint and smartcard/RFID readers. It also has USB 3.0, serial and Ethernet ports. The brightness can be reduced from 6,000 nits down to one nit, making it ideal for various military units who don’t want to give away their positions.

Further, the tablet PC runs on an Intel Core i5-3427U processor, with a clock speed of up to 2.8 Ghz. It runs Windows 7 Professional.  The computer even comes with a 500 gigabyte hard drive spinning at 7,200 RPM. The drive is shock-mounted for extra protection from bumps and drops. A 128 Gb SSD drive is also available.

All that protection does not come cheap though. The toughbook has a suggested retail price of $3,349.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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