The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 MkII won’t win any design awards based on aesthetics, but in the category of computers designed for tough use in extreme conditions, it’s a winner.
It’s a ultra mobile personal computer (UMPC) that has been shock-tested for a 120 cm free fall, it has 7 built-in antennas for maximum coverage, and with dual hot-swappable batteries you can get around 9 hours battery life.
Mark Wallis, Group Manager, Toughbook, Panasonic Australia, said the Toughbook CF-U1 MkII takes the U1 to the next level and builds on the company’s reputation as an innovator in rugged technology solutions.
“The continual improvement of the CF-U1 demonstrates Panasonic’s commitment to providing rugged and reliable mobile computing technologies to withstand even the most challenging conditions and environments,” said Mr Wallis.
“The CF-U1 MkII is perfect for Australian mobile field workers who need a lightweight, compact and durable computing solution that gives them excellent access to information and full PC functionality. With nine hours of battery life and dual hot-swappable batteries, users can be safe in the knowledge that their information is easy to access and secure throughout their working day,” Mr Wallis continued.
Price and optional extras
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 MkII has an RRP of $3,499. Optional extras include Options a camera, fingerprint reader and Smartcard reader, Magstripe reader allowing credit card payments to be taken in the field, and a barcode scanner or RFID for asset management.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 MkII specifications
Windows® 7 Professional
Intel® Atom™ Processor Z530
Ultra-lightweight 1.06 kg
WiFi and Bluetooth as standard
Options: barcode, fingerprint and Magstripe scanners, camera, GPS, and 3G WWAN mobile broadband
SDHC Memory Card slot
Up to 9 hours battery life
Dual hot swappable batteries
Solid state drive
MIL-STD-810G and IP65 complaint – 1.8m drop, rain, spill and dust resistant
5.6 inch LED touchscreen – 3,000 nit Transflective sunlight viewable with 1024 x 600 WSVGA
Backlit qwerty keyboard with zoom and scroll or numeric keyboard