Panasonic Connect North America has announced enhancements to the TOUGHBOOK 55 laptop, a semi-rugged laptop for construction professionals. The latest TOUGHBOOK 55 offers fast performance, versatility as well as support and service offerings.
The third generation of the TOUGHBOOK 55, the Mk3, harnesses the power of the 13th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 Processor with Intel vPro Technology and up to 14 cores. It also features a secondary NVMe OPAL SSD, delivering high bandwidth and low latency for contractors handling complex blueprints or automotive technicians performing intricate vehicle diagnostics and maintenance. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support connection speeds and options so workers can retrieve, analyze and transmit data in real time. These features are for utility professionals conducting onsite inspections, managing infrastructure or responding to emergencies.
The latest version is equipped with 92dB speakers that include dual array microphones for those operating in loud environments and now harnesses artificial intelligence to reduce background noise pickup. A new interface to the programmable keys provides a more intuitive experience for assigning shortcuts to applications and common actions. The customizable color-selectable keyboard offers four preset options and the ability to create custom colors, further tailoring the experience to the mobile worker’s preferences.
“Continuing to enhance our end-to-end solution offerings exemplifies Panasonic’s unwavering commitment to empowering mobile workers who operate in the most challenging conditions,” said Dominick Passanante, vice president, Mobility Business, Panasonic Connect North America. “Designed with direct input and insights from our customers, the TOUGHBOOK 55 doesn’t just meet expectations. It redefines what mission-critical tools should be and elevates the customer experience now and into the future.”
Mission critical workers now have access to an array of user-upgradeable expansion areas (xPAKs) with a new USB-C and USB-A xPAK available this February, which brings the total number of USB ports on the TOUGHBOOK 55 Mk3 to five. This addition enables mobile workers to connect multiple accessories, such as external keyboards. The contactless smartcard reader xPAK adds support of more contactless cards in order to meet professionals’ security and identification needs, simplifying authentication procedures.
Updated TOUGHBOOK 55 Mk3 Features
- Available 14-in. FHD 1,000 nit touchscreen
- Seven modular user-replaceable areas
- 13th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with up to 14 cores
- 512GB-2TB NVMe main storage (quick-release and user-upgradeable)
- 16-64GB DDR4 RAM (user-upgradeable)
- Available Intel Iris Xe Graphics
- USB-A and USB-C ports including Thunderbolt 4 port supporting 40Gbps data transfer speeds, power delivery and daisy chaining
- Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
- Infrared webcam with privacy cover
- Dual-array microphones with AI noise reduction
- 92dB loud speakers with MaxxAudio
- 10 hours of battery life or 20 hours with optional second battery (MobileMark25)
- Rugged certifications include 3-ft. drop rating, MIL-STD-810H, and IP53*
With the TOUGHBOOK as a Service (TaaS) Program, Panasonic offers a subscription model to customers and provides an OPEX solution to help organizations stay current with the latest technology.
To help customers set up and maintain solutions, Panasonic offers staff augmentation and last-mile deployment services that alleviate burdens by providing onsite deployment assistance, TOUGHBOOK product engineering expertise and customized solutions to meet specific customer needs. These services are customizable and flexible, catering to organizations at various stages of their technology journey.
*Tested by an independent third-party lab