Panasonic Toughbook 40

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Panasonic has supported the mobile workforce for a good many years with its line of Toughbook business laptops. Now the company has announced its most rugged laptop yet, the modular 14-inch Toughbook 40.

The rugged business laptop is aimed at folks who work in extreme or dangerous environments and boasts a tough magnesium-alloy chassis with built-in handle and reinforced locking port covers. It's certified for MIL-STD-810H and MIL-STD-461H durability, which means that it's been drop tested from 6 ft (1.8 m), is protected from water and dust ingress to IP66 standards, can withstand high and low temperatures as well as solar radiation, and should be good for high altitude work.
The laptop is powered by 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor options with integrated UHD graphics – with the option to upgrade to Iris Xe or a dedicated AMD GPU – supported by up to 64 GB of RAM and 2 TB of SSD storage with encryption. And as an added security measure, the new Toughbook comes with Secure Wipe to erase drive contents in seconds. Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6 are available as standard, with a choice of mobile connectivity via a 4G (LTE/LTE-A) or 5G (mmWave/C-band/Sub6) modem. A dedicated GPS module can be configured in as well. There are a bunch of USB ports too (including support for Thunderbolt 4), in addition to HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, a microSD slot and dual SIMs.
The Toughbook 40 rugged laptop has a starting price of US$4,899 and is pegged for "late spring" (Northern Hemisphere) availability, so should go on sale shortly.