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Panasonic Doubles Performance, Improves Features and Screen of Toughbook CF-19

Panasonic today announced the Toughbook CF-19mk5 with more than double the system performance, improved usability and unique new screen visibility technology. In field utilities, emergency services, defence, transport maintenance and a huge range of field services, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 is transforming the way professionals work by providing access to data and applications, wherever and whenever those professionals need it. As the market-leading outdoor convertible notebook PC, the CF-19 is the benchmark fully rugged notebook, built on 15 years of Panasonic Toughbook experience.

 

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System Performance Doubles

 

System performance in the latest CF-19mk5 device has been doubled with the inclusion of second generation high performance Intel Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz) standard voltage processor with Intel HD 3000 graphics, ensuring the device is capable of handling the most intensive applications. This is the first time a standard voltage CPU and Intel HD 3000 graphics have been included in the CF-19 and still without the need for a fan, ensuring reliability in a challenging environment remains a priority.

 

As well as the new CPU, the CF-19mk5 also comes with 4GB RAM as standard with a 32bit or 64bit Windows 7 professional operating system bundle. Different Hard Disk Drives are also available with 320GB (5.400rpm) in the Standard model or with optional 128GB SSD or 256GB SSD and 500GB (7200rpm) available on a request basis.

 

The best screen visibility on the market

 

The CF-19 always ensures the screen delivers just the right level of brightness for easy vision whatever the conditions. To deliver the best 10,1" screen visibility on the market, the mk5 generation of the CF-19 uses Panasonic Transflective Plus technology. This incorporates circular polarizer to reduce reflection. This operating mode helps to reduce power consumption and enhance battery life as no backlight is required in bright environments. This results in a massive enhancement of up to 6,500nit of transflective brightness under an equivalent 200K lx environment.

 

Even easier to use

 

With its latest usability improvements, the rugged convertible notebook just got even easier to use. The device comes with Touch Screen or Dual Touch options and 3 keyboard types, including rubber backlit or chiclet, with a wider distance between keys for more comfortable and accurate data input.

 

The CF-19 also includes a new user-friendly design to assist workers. The display rotation button has been redesigned to allow the device to be converted from a traditional notebook to tablet design, using just one-hand.

 

Increased management functionality

 

The CF-19 also includes the new Dashboard for Panasonic PC designed to simply and conveniently customize each Toughbook to the user's preferred settings, providing a user- friendly quick launch interface. The Dashboard also allows easy management of the device using helpful tools, such as the popular Panasonic Power Plan extension Utility and PC Information Viewer utility.

 

The CF-19 also comes with a Concealed Mode for use in mission critical environments. Using this feature, the Toughbook can go into "silent mode" by disabling the backlight, status LED's, speakers and communication (3G, W-LAN and Bluetooth) as specified.

 

Built to stay connected on the move

 

Ensuring mobile workers can always stay in touch when on the move, the Toughbook CF-19mk5 offers an optional Ericsson F5521gw HSPA+ (DL: 21 Mbps) module with wireless ready connection manager. It also includes a dedicated wireless switch allowing users to switch connections on and off to improve operating time. Available upon request, the device can also be switched into Anti-Theft-Protection mode by utilizing the latest Intel ATP technology.

 

For those workers requiring access to legacy devices, the CF-19 maintains a serial port and PC Card slot.

 

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The power to last

 

To ensure that field technicians and engineers have a device that can work for as long as they do, even when access to power is lost, the CF-19mk5 can operate for up to nine hours running on Windows 7.

 

All units also use the Panasonic Power Management Utilities technology to maximize power efficiency by managing the power of all relevant resources required by the CPU depending on each task or by definition of individual user profiles.

 

Better than ever reliability and durability

 

With magnesium alloy casing, inside and out, and Panasonic's anti-scratch coating, the CF-19mk5 remains the toughest rugged notebook in its range. It is MIL-STD 810G drop tested and has water, dust, vibration and temperature protection giving it an impressive IP65, MIL STD 810G rating.

 

With an HDD damping and rugged casing systems to optimise drop protection and an HDD heater and Panasonic's foam packing system to provide flexible seals, the CF-19 can operate in even the harshest conditions.

 

Compatibility that counts

 

To ensure existing customers can continue to use the peripheral equipment, the new CF-19mk5 is compatible with almost all previous CF-19 car mounts** and other peripherals such as docking stations and batteries in order to provide long term product lifecycle stability.

 

Backed by outstanding service

 

Every Toughbook comes with a 3-year warranty covering hardware failures for systems used as designed; with a 96-hour repair commitment and a 5-year spare parts guarantee.

 

Availability and pricing

 

The CF-19mk5 range is available from June 2011, starting at €2950 MSRP (excluding vat).

 

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