Panasonic introduces rugged Toughbook 53
The Panasonic lineup of rugged laptop computers has a newcomer to the family, the Toughbook CF-53, coming this June through August.
The 14-inch Toughbook 53 will be an update to the Toughbook 52 by including Sandy Bridge CPU options (Core i5-2520M or Core i3-2310M) and up to 8GB of RAM. In fact, users who opt for the Core i5-2520M can upgrade the 1366x768 resolution screen to be touch-sensitive. Also of note is the long 10 hour battery life with a short charge time of just 2 hours for the Core i5 model. Otherwise, the rugged notebook will come standard with Intel HD graphics, USB 3.0, shock-mounted 320GB HDD, DVD Super Multi Drive, backlit and spill-resistant keyboard, 3G, and HDMI. Further upgrades to a 4G radio and 128GB SSD will also be available.
Where the Toughbook 53 really shines is of course in its durability features. Most important is the notebook’s ability to withstand drops of up to 30-inches on 6 differences faces and 12-inches elsewhere. Similarly to the Lenovo ThinkPads, the chassis will be of magnesium alloy, but the Toughbook will likely have a thicker casing than its robust competitor. Overall, the notebook will come in at about 5.8 pounds (2.63kg) for the Core i5 model, while the touchscreen model will be a bit heftier at 6.5 pounds (2.95kg).
At launch, the Toughbook 53 will only be available with a Core i5 and will cost around $1899. The touchscreen model won’t be made available until a month later in July and will dramatically bring up the price to $2449. Those wanting the Core i3 option will have to wait another month until August where it is expected to retail for $1599.