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Panasonic’s Toughbook 55 boasts a “customer-driven modular design”

September 11, 2019  By Staff

The Toughbook 55. Image: Panasonic.

Panasonic has unveiled its Toughbook 55 with a modular design that offers customization and enables companies and agencies to “simplify ordering, shorten lead times, decrease downtime and evolve their model as their needs change over time.”

Expansion packs offer a variety of additional features – whether I/O ports, a fingerprint reader, dedicated graphics or a second storage drive, Panasonic notes. Both the main storage drive and optional second storage drive are quick-release for easier installs and access to the drives, and even the RAM and keyboard itself are user-upgradeable, according to the company.

“The ability to work all day without running out of battery life is among the most critical needs for users who are in the field for extended periods of time without convenient access to power for recharging, such as first responders,” Panasonic says. “To address this critical function, the Toughbook 55 has the longest battery life of any Panasonic Toughbook introduced to date with the ability to hot-swap an optional second battery without powering down. At the same time, the Toughbook 55 is the thinnest and lightest in its class.”

The Toughbook 55 offers an optional 1,000 nit touchscreen, AMD dedicated graphics and the latest Intel 8th Gen quad core i5 and i7 processors (products formerly known as Whiskey Lake).

This product is the first laptop with tetra-array microphones for speech recognition accuracy. It is also the first Toughbook to offer a USB Type-C port, HDMI 2.0 and Bluetooth 5.0. Compared to previous Toughbook devices, the new laptop also offers faster Wi-Fi, louder speakers, enhanced brightness and a color-selectable backlit keyboard.

Customers of the Toughbook 54 will find that the Toughbook 55 is backwards compatible with their existing vehicle and desktop docks.

Every Toughbook 55 comes with a comprehensive 3-year manufacturer’s hardware warranty covering all defects in materials or workmanship.

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