Panasonic’s Toughbooks may be extra rugged and modular, but they haven’t exactly defined portability. That is going to change, albeit a little. The brand has introduced a new Toughbook 40 that, despite a larger 14-inch screen, weighs well over a pound less than its predecessor. It’s still not slim at 7.4 lbs and 2.1 inches thick. Still, that’s no mean feat given its military-grade outdoor resistance and modularity with four expansion slots (for additional ports, drives, and readers), as well as a replaceable battery, keyboard, RAM, and storage.
You won’t find advanced performance, but you still get an 11th-gen Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 64GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSD storage, ports with Thunderbolt 4, and your choice of 5G and LTE modems. The field-friendly design is also reflected in the specifications. The 1080p display can go up to 1,200 nits for use in bright sunlight, and a second battery can extend the run time up to 36 hours.
The Toughbook 40 will be available in late spring for a starting price of $4,899. That’s more expensive than some other Toughbooks, but Panasonic isn’t targeting this machine at everyday users who would buy an XPS 13 or MacBook Pro – it’s aimed at on-site personnel, first responders, and military personnel who may find themselves in very ruthless conditions.
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