Last year’s debut of the Panasonic Toughbook H1 Windows 7 Tablet PC received mixed reviews. It got praises for its super tough magnesium alloy casing and Gorilla-glass touchscreen display but criticized for having a weak Intel Atom processor and lack of expansion and connectivity ports.
Panasonic apparently listened positively to these criticisms. The Japanese company addressed these shortcomings on the new Panasonic ToughBook H2 Windows 7 Tablet PC. This time around, this all-weather, all-purpose tablet computer is equipped with the blazing-fast Intel 1.7 GHz Core i5-2557M processor. This chip provides unmatched computing power and yet still is power efficient thanks to the new Intel ULV vPro technology. It is better than the Xplore iX104C4 Rugged Tablet PC.
Field-based professionals should benefit with this 5x faster computing speed of the ToughBook H2. It can handle complex softwares such as AutoCAD or Maya. Like the Panasonic Toughbook 53 Semi-Rugged Laptop, ToughBook H2 default memory was increased to 4GB of DDR3 RAM for serious multi-tasking on any situation. If that’s not enough for you, order this tablet with up to 8GBH of RAM.
Panasonic ToughBook H2 Rugged Tablet PC still lives up to its reputation. It is guaranteed to be waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and can withstand extreme temperature. It comes with more ports – 2 USB 2.0 ports, serial sockets and an Ethernet jack. The 10-inch XGA display is scratch resistant and viewable even under mid noon sun thanks to its anti-glare coating. It also has 6,000 nit brightness rating.
I also love the removable and shock-mounted 320GB 7200rpm hard drive which offers a huge amount of storage space that’s very easy to replace should you need more space. The Panasonic ToughBook H2 also comes with two batteries capable of providing up to 6.5 hours of normal usage.
The new processor and new features comes at a cost. Panasonic is charging $3,499 for the basic ToughBook H2 configuration. Those who dare to spend more can add other add-ons for it. There’s an option to add GPS, 2 megapixel camera, RFID reader and fingerprint sensor.