For the few that need a computer that can survive a 10 foot fall or keep ticking in a sandstorm, Panasonic has refreshed their line of Toughbook convertible tablet laptops with the Toughbook 19 . Not much has changed on the outside of this version, but the internals got a big bump up.
The CPU has been upgraded to a Sandy Bridge Core i5-2520M (2.5GHz). That’s not the ULV edition, either, but rather the full voltage part. The laptop also comes standard with 4GB of RAM and SSD drives are an option for increased shock resistance. The screen has also been improved. Panasonic has added a Transflective Plus screen for outdoor readability.
The Toughbook 19 has the usual array of wireless options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but buyers can add some extras as well. Panasonic will happily add GPS, 3G (Sprint, AT&T or Verizon), or 4G LTE later this year. This tank-like, sealed, fanless device doesn’t come cheap. You can buy one this September starting at $3,349.