Panasonic introduces next-generation fully rugged 12” 2-in-1 detachable Toughbook CF-33
Panasonic today announced the next-generation Toughbook CF-33 – the first fully-rugged 2-in-1 detachable laptop of its kind, redefining rugged flexibility for those who work in demanding conditions.
The Toughbook CF-33 detachable laptop offers the best of all worlds for mobile workers; a fully rugged laptop with a detachable keyboard, and larger display tablet featuring a 3:2 aspect ratio – a world first in a fully rugged product – that can be used in multiple modes to meet a variety of business needs.
The device is ideally suited to a number of demanding industries, such as emergency services, government agencies, defence, maintenance and transport and logistics, who require unrivalled performance in mobile computing.
With the 12-inch screen and hybrid design, the latest addition to the Toughbook range offers greater flexibility and efficiency to the Australian workforce, which is becoming increasingly reliant on enterprise mobile devices to drive the top business priority of productivity.
An evolution of the best-selling CF-31, the CF-33 provides a 37% thinner and 26% lighter, easier-to-handle solution with an improved battery life of up to 10 hours, yet maintains all the fully-rugged features of previous models to perform in the harshest working environments.
Marc Amelung, General Manager, Mobile Solutions, Panasonic Australia, said:
“It’s no surprise that the rugged mobile market continues to grow when research shows that for standard notebooks, the average cost of downtime per incident (including lost productivity, breakages and IT support to fix products or replace data) is upwards of $AU4500. Another key consideration is that the rate of failure increases each year a standard device is in use, from 11% failing in the first year to 20% failing by year five . In comparison, rugged devices offer the benefit of an extended life cycle to significantly reduce this TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) over time.”
He added: “The CF-33 has been purpose-built through customer feedback across the most demanding industries to provide the very latest in rugged all-weather design and powerful processing technology. We pride ourselves on providing businesses with unparalleled rugged mobile solutions to improve productivity and, ultimately, save them money. The Toughbook CF-33 can be taken anywhere the mission goes, whether it is in-vehicle, out in the field or at HQ.”
Toughbook CF-33 Key Features
The twin hot swappable batteries provide the user with the ability to extend the battery life up to 20 hours, which is particularly useful for those mobile workers with limited access to power. The ability to change the battery while in operation means the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 can run continuously during extra-long shifts.
Highly flexible usage modes
With six different operating modes, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 provides the best features of a laptop and tablet for business applications. The detachable keyboard design provides five distinct modes – laptop, tablet, presentation, convertible, or vehicle docked. Compatibility with a range of existing CF-31 docks also provides a more cost effective fleet upgrade option.
Big and bright
Designed for outdoor use in bright sunlight or heavy rain, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 has a 12″ 10-finger capacitive dual touch QHD screen (2160 x 1440 pixels). Its 3:2 aspect ratio is ideal for viewing business applications for mobile field service professionals or Computer Aided Dispatch for law enforcement officers. Suitable for workers that need to operate touchscreens with gloves, the device uses the latest display technology, providing a new level of viewing quality for tablet users working outside with its 1200cd/m² brightness. In addition, the CF-33 includes an IP55 digitiser pen for workers that need the highest levels of writing, drawing or signature accuracy in the toughest of weather conditions.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is powered by the latest Intel® technology to deliver the horsepower mobile customers require, while ensuring a long and stable life cycle for years to come. The Toughbook CF-33 is available with Windows 10 Pro when configured with a 7th generation Intel Core processor, and for customers who are still transitioning to Windows 10, there is also a Windows 7 Professional downgrade option when configured with a 6th generation Intel processor. The Toughbook CF-33 with Windows 10 Pro comes with Intel® i5-7300U, 8GB RAM (16GB project option) and 256GB SSD (project option 128GB and 512GB).
Rugged yet user-friendly
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 draws upon its heritage for ruggedness with a magnesium chassis, IP65 rating and drop resistance up to 120 cm, making it ideal for all outdoor usage. But this latest generation of Toughbook is more mobile than ever before, weighing just 2.761 kg in laptop mode – with the detachable tablet weighing 1.527 kg
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is equipped with a 2MP webcam with stereo microphones and 8MP documentation rear camera so users can easily capture and share images with other workers in the field. To ensure mobile workers are always connected to the business, the CF-33 offers a 4G LTE option for connection to the office and workforce management systems, and the option for the latest U-Blox NEO-M8N GPS for precise navigation.
The device’s slim, purpose-built vehicle dock has antenna pass-through for the strongest communications signal while in-vehicle, and full port replication to provide users with full functionality when docked. The device can also be locked in storage mode to keep it secure or in convertible mode to allow for secure messaging and access to the GPS functionality.
The sleek Desktop Port Replicator allows the Toughbook laptop to be used as a high performance desktop device. The four bay battery charger is ideal for large organisations where the ability to charge multiple batteries can reduce worker downtime.
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is available from August 2017, via Panasonic Toughbook distributors and resellers, priced at $6,499RRP.