Updated Panasonic Toughbook features 18-hour battery

Panasonic has been a long-time leader in the rugged laptop space with its Toughbook line, and it has launched an updated version of its Toughbook 31 fully rugged laptop.

Designed for use in difficult environments where durability is a must, such as by emergency service professionals and utility workers. The Toughbook 31 features up to 18 hours of standard battery life, which can increase to 27 hours with an optional second battery. Improved connectivity and performance is achieved through use of the latest technology innovations, and the fully-sealed design meets the MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications, including a six-foot drop rating.

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The performance boost comes from the new Intel Core i5-5300U vPro processor, as well as enhanced graphics with the Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics processor, which Panasonic says is important for geographic information system and military logistics applications.

Other new improvements to the Toughbook 31 include Windows 8.1 Pro Update 64-bit or Windows 7 Professional (through downgrade rights) and expanded connectivity with support for Wi-Fi ac as well as support for older networks with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n/ac).

Panasonic also notes the Toughbook 31 retains the same vehicle docking capabilities as previous models, so there’s no need to replace vehicle docks when upgrading to a new Toughbook model.

The Panasonic Toughbook 31 will be available this February starting at $3,699, including a standard three-year limited warranty.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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