Panasonic semi-rugged Toughbook 52 gets Touchscreen option and more

Last week Panasonic Toughbook division announced upgrades to its full-rugged Toughbook 30 and the convertible tablet 19; today, they've brought most of the new features available on its semi-rugged Toughbook 52, and added a new touchscreen option.

The new Toughbook 52 now included an optional 13.3-inch XGA touchscreen display that's capable of 1,000 nits brightness, and the screen is built to battle direct sunlight viewing ability with an anti-glare (AG) and anti-reflective (AR) technology.

Additional upgrades to the Toughbook 52 included an integrated stylus holder, an adjustable dual overhead keyboard light with four brightness levels, expanded memory capabilities and battery life, as well as an improved security and remote management with Intel Centrino 2 vPro technology.

The Toughbook 52 is available at an estimated street price starting at $1,699, and $2,549 with touchscreen option.

Secaucus, NJ, February 4, 2009 – Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today introduced upgrades to its Panasonic Toughbook 52 semi-rugged notebook. The updated Toughbook 52 now includes a touchscreen option with an integrated stylus holder and a 1,000 nit anti-glare (AG) and anti-reflective (AR) screen for exceptional sunlight viewability. For use in dark or low-light operating conditions, the touchscreen model also comes with an adjustable dual overhead keyboard light with four brightness levels allowing users to adjust the illumination to fit the environment. The red LED overhead keyboard light also minimizes night blindness. Additional upgrades to the Toughbook 52 include improved security and remote management thanks to Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ technology, expanded memory capabilities and longer battery life.

"The new touchscreen Toughbook 52 is designed to meet the growing need for touchscreen laptops," said Kyp Walls, director, product management, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "The new device offers the ideal mix of exceptionally low failure rates, long battery life, connectivity, portability, functionality and affordability. The award winning Toughbook 52 is well suited for mobile professionals like insurance claims adjusters, health workers and others working in data driven environments. The 1,000 nit touchscreen improves usability for mobile workers regularly tasked with conducting business outdoors or in other locations where bright sunlight can make screen viewability difficult."

Ideal for a mobile workforce that does not want to worry about a carrying case, the semi-rugged Toughbook 52 is a drop- and spill-tested notebook featuring a magnesium alloy case, flexible internal connectors, shock-mounted hard drive and LCDs and a spill-resistant keyboard. These features contribute to Panasonic's reputation for producing the industry's most reliable notebooks, with in-warranty reliability rates multiple times better than the estimated industry average for notebooks. In fact, more than 500 checks and tests are completed before, during and after production, on every Toughbook® unit built.

Panasonic Toughbook 52 Laptop: Select Features and Specifications

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz

- Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ technology

- 3MB L2 Cache

- 1066 MHz FSB

- 15.4" widescreen 1920 x 1200 WUXGA LCD

- ATI Radeon™ HD 3650, 512MB dedicated VRAM

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz

- Intel® Centrino® 2 with vPro™ technology

- 3MB L2 Cache

- 1066 MHz FSB

- 15.4" widescreen 1280 x 800 WXGA LCD

- Optional 13.3" 1024 x 768 XGA sunlight-viewable 1000 nit touchscreen LCD

- With integrated stylus holder & adjustable dual overhead keyboard light

- Intel® GM45 (GMA 4500MHD video controller), max. 797MB UMA VRAM on Vista


160GB Hard Drive (shock-mounted with quick-release)

Anti-glare, anti-reflective screen treatments

Optional integrated GobiTM 3G global mobile Internet (WWAN)

Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/draft-n

Bluetooth® v2.0 + EDR (Class 1)—optional on models with P8400 CPU

Battery operation: approximately 4 hours (P8600 CPU), 7 hours (P8400 CPU), 8 hours (touchscreen)

3-year limited warranty, parts and labor

7.5 lbs. (7.9 lbs. with optional touchscreen)