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Panasonic updates rugged Toughbook H2 tablet

Panasonic is upgrading its healthcare oriented Toughbook H2 tablet to an Intel Core i5-3427U processor. Other minor improvements include a slight storage capacity and battery life increase.

Not only is Panasonic still confusingly calling one of its heavy-duty tablets a Toughbook (a moniker it uses throughout its durable notebook range), the company is also keeping said tablet’s name unchanged after upgrading its specs. The second generation Toughbook H2 launched almost two years ago with an ultra-low voltage (ULV) Intel Core i5-2557M, a 320GB 7200rpm hard disk drive, and designed with healthcare workers in mind.

Panasonic is updating the Toughbook H2 with an (already one-year-old) Intel Core i5-3427U processor, and bumping up the hard drive to 500GB of storage capacity. Meanwhile the twin hot-swappable batteries last an extra half hour for a total of seven hours.

For healthcare environments, the Toughbook H2 has been designed for easy disinfection and forgoes the cooling fan to reduce harboring/transmitting pathogens. The magnesium alloy chassis is encased in polycarbonate helping the tablet achieve IP65 and MIL-STD-810G certification. The Toughbook H2 can withstand shocks, vibration, humidity, altitude, temperature extremes, and thermal shock. Apparently, it will survive drops up to 6 feet and is sealed to resist dust and water.

Also worth mentioning is the tablet’s impressive 6000 nit brightness transflective display with a circular polarizer, plus anti-glare and anti-reflective screen treatments to better combat direct sunlight.

In the United States, the Toughbook H2 comes with a three-year limited international warranty and a price of $3,349.

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Alex Storey, 2013-05-15 (Update: 2013-05-15)