19  and the Toughbook 30  have been around for awhile unlike other laptops. Some would attribute their length of life to their Ruggedness, but the fact is that Panasonic continues to upgrade these machines changing the model. These two laptops incorporate a 1,000 nit LCDs with circular polarization technology and anti-glare / anti-reflective screens  to enhance screen viewability. Additionally, each tout "improved security management," Intel's Centrino 2 and expanded memory capabilities, 40 percent longer battery lives, larger capacity hard drives and optional SSDs.

Panasonic Upgrades Its Rugged Toughbook 19 and 30 Mobile Laptops Delivering Improved Performance and Viewability in All Environments

Battery Life Also Improved -- Now Offering Up to 10 Hours of In-Field Use

Working outdoors in the bright daylight or in a vehicle with sunlight streaming through the windows is a fact of life for field workers, military personnel and first responders. Having a computer screen that is bright and crisp enough to be easily viewed, while not depleting essential battery power is crucial for a mobile workforce. The updated Toughbook 30 and Toughbook 19 offer improved full sunlight-viewability by incorporating circular polarization and other technologies, including 9 to 1,000 nit LCD brightness as well as AG and AR screen treatments. Not only has screen viewability been improved, but Panasonic's engineers have also enhanced the battery life of both devices, now delivering up to ten hours of field-usability on a full charge with the standard battery.

"For many of our users, the ability to work effectively in all conditions, from pitch darkness to direct sunlight, is critical," said Brendan Patrick,  product management, "Panasonic has always created rugged mobile devices that offer exceptional viewability in all environments. The more useable the Toughbook notebooks are, the more productive our customers can be. The Toughbook 30 and Toughbook 19 are great examples of the exceptional engineering found in all Toughbook mobile computers. This level of engineering has made the Toughbook brand so popular with users in mission-critical environments."

Panasonic has achieved engineering milestones with the extraordinarily bright screens it has developed for its rugged notebook computers. Toughbook 30 and 19 notebooks have LCD brightness measuring at 1,000 nits -- a milestone first achieved on the Toughbook 30 in 2007. Both devices also offer exceptional low nit ratings -- critical for operation in low light environments where less illumination improves user safety. A nit is a measurement of light in candelas per square meter, essentially how much light is coming from the display.

New Toughbook 30 and 19 mobile computers also include a "concealed mode" which allows users to easily turn all device lights off -- screen and LEDs -- using a function (Fn) key, without having to power down the machine. The feature allows users to customize which attributes get turned off when the Fn key is pressed including screen, LEDs, backlit keyboards, volume, and wireless radios (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth(R), and mobile broadband). Furthermore, users can select if they wish the screen to be turned off, or just set to the minimum brightness level. The "concealed mode" feature is ideal for military and law enforcement applications and for jurisdictions requiring vehicle-mounted PCs to have their screens turned off while the vehicle is in operation.

Every Toughbook(R) notebook uses some form of AG screen treatment because, even inside, fluorescent lights may impair screen readability. Rugged units -- like the Toughbook 30 and 19 -- designed for use in vehicles or outdoors, incorporate more advanced AR screen treatments. All Toughbook notebooks also include individual control options for a wide range of screen brightness so users can make appropriate adjustments, depending on the ambient light in their work environment.

Rugged Engineering

These Mil-Spec-certified notebooks incorporate the rugged features--such as magnesium alloy cases, sealed keyboards and ports, hard drive heaters flexible internal connectors and shock-mounting--that combine to deliver the highest levels of reliability in the industry. Besides improved screen viewability, both the Toughbook 19 convertible tablet and the Toughbook 30 notebook include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/draft-n, Bluetooth(R), as well as capabilities for Gobi(TM) global mobile internet (WWAN), backlit keyboards, GPS and many other options.

Panasonic Factory and Independent Quality Testing

Rugged Panasonic Toughbook notebooks are tested using the MIL-STD-810F methodology for a range of extreme conditions including drops (36", unit and hard drive), shocks, vibration, humidity, altitude, water-, rain- and dust-resistance, temperature extremes and thermal shock. Each of the eleven Mil-Spec tests conducted on the Toughbook 30 and 19 are validated by independent lab testing. In addition, rugged Panasonic Toughbook notebook screens, cases, ports, and keyboards are IP54-rated for particulates and water. The products have also achieved UL1604 Class 1 / Div. 2 certification for use in hazardous environments.

At Panasonic's own computer factory, in addition to Mil-Spec tests, Toughbook(R) notebook hinges endure 50,000 cycles and keyboards are subjected to 25 million keystrokes. Panasonic's commitment to quality--at both the component and finished goods level--results in a total of more than 500 checks and tests before, during and after production, on every unit built.

Pricing and Availability

The Black Hawk Toughbook 30 is available at an estimated street price starting at $1,199.00 The Toughbook 19 is available at an estimated  price starting at $1,299.00. These Military Toughbook notebooks are available exclusively through and ship nationwide. Please visit for more information.

Panasonic Toughbook 30 Clamshell Laptop: Select Features and Specifications*

-- Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo  1.6GHz

-- Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 with

-- 6MB L2 Cache

-- 1066 MHz FSB

-- 2-4GB DDR2 RAM (667 MHz)

-- Intel(R) GS45 (GMA 4500MHD) video adapter

-- 13.3" display

-- Circular polarization, anti-glare and anti-reflective screen

-- 9 to 1000 nit LCD brightness (touchscreen model)

-- Concealed Mode

-- Intel Wireless WiFi Link

-- 802.11 a/b/g

-- 250GB SATA (shock-mounted & quick-release) hard drive

-- Optional 120GB SSD

-- Up to 8 hour battery life (4 hours min)

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Panasonic Toughbook 19 Convertible Tablet PC: Select Features and Specifications*

-- Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo  1.06 -1.2GHz

-- Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2

-- 3MB L2 Cache

-- 800 MHz FSB

-- 2 GB DDR2 RAM (667 MHz)

-- 10.4" LED backlit display

-- Circular polarization

-- 4 to 1000 nit LCD brightness

-- Concealed Mode

-- Intel(R) Wireless WiFi

-- 802.11 a/b/g

-- 250GB SATA (shock-mounted & quick-release) hard drive

-- Optional 120GB SSD

-- Touchscreen display  optional

-- Up to 7 hour battery life

For additional Toughbook 19 product specifications, go to:

*All specifications listed represent improvements over past models.

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