This week has been a big one for Microsoft and their Windows 8 launch, so as expected we’ve seen a number of brands announce their hardware offerings that are running the new Windows 8 in one form or another. Panasonic’s Toughbook C2 is one such product, which will see a release date at some point in December, so let’s take a closer look at the specs.
The Panasonic Toughbook C2 will run on Windows 8 Pro and some class it as a tablet PC, although we’d call the Toughbook C2 a portable computer that can certainly stand up to the toughest conditions. This is helped thanks to a number of features that help to keep everything working in harsh environments, which includes the shock-mounted hard drive and magnesium alloy chassis. One quick look at the Panasonic Toughbook C2 might make you think it came right out of a warzone, or at least would be suited to such an environment.
Specs for the Panasonic Toughbook C2 — you will find many of the obvious features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi in the latest formats, a 720p HD webcam, up to 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5 vPro processor, and a 12.5-inch multi-touch HD display that can be read in daylight. When it comes to ports you’ll find pretty much all you need with HDMI, VGA, and USB 3.0.
Some of the more unique Toughbook C2 features include the ability to drop it from 30-inches on 6 different sides, but the possibility of a drop from 12-inches at 26 angles. The C2 can take spillages at up to 6 ounces, can have a battery replaced without powering down thanks to Bridge battery support, and includes a triple hinge design for a much more durable product.
The weight is pretty much as expected and comes in at just under 4 pounds. You can also expect to get through most workdays with the Toughbook C2 thanks to the 11-hour battery life.
There are a number of optional features like a SmartCard reader, NFC, a rear facing 3MP camera, and 4G LTE. These can be added at an extra cost. The base price for Panasonic’s Toughbook C2 is just under $3,000, although it is worth shopping around to see if any retailers are giving anything extra with the product. We’ll update you when Panasonic deliver an exact release date for the Toughbook C2, but for now expect it by the end of the year. You can see some video reviews of Windows 8 in this article.