Pana­sonic gets tough with Win­dows 8.1

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By TAN KIT HOONG bytz@thes­

PANA­SONIC has just re­leased two new de­vices in its Tough range of Win­dows 8.1 de­vices — the “busi­ness rugged” Tough­book CF-LX3 and the fully ruggedised Tough­pad FZ-M1 tablet.

The Tough­book CF-LX3 is said to be the world’s thinnest and light­est 14in busi­ness rugged note­book — the term “busi­ness rugged” in Pana­sonic terms means that the note­book is built to a higher stan­dard and can with­stand the nor­mal shocks and bumps as­so­ci­ated with a busi­ness worker, al­though it is not as wa­ter­proof nor as shock­proof as Pana­sonic’s mil­i­tary grade Tough­books.

The Tough­book CF-LX3 runs on In­tel’s fourth-gen­er­a­tion Core i5-4300U CPU, has a 14in 1600 x 900-pixel dis­play and has a claimed bat­tery life of seven hours with the de­fault 3-cell bat­tery.

Bat­tery life can be in­creased up to 14 hours with the op­tional ex­tended bat­tery.

Apart from the ex­tended bat­tery, the Tough­book CF-LX3 can be con­fig­ured with a num­ber of op­tions, in­clud­ing an op­ti­cal drive.

For people who work in even tougher en­vi­ron­ments where dust and wa­ter are a prob­lem, how­ever, the Pana­sonic Tough­pad FZ-M1 might be just the thing.

The FZ-M1 con­forms to mil­i­tary stan­dards (MIL-STD-810G) and is IPX-5 com­pli­ant, which means it is both dust and wa­ter re­sis­tant and can with­stand drops from up to five feet.

It may look like a tablet with its ca­pac­i­tive touch 7in 1280 x 800-pixel dis­play and 540g weight, but the FZ-M1 is ac­tu­ally a fully-func­tion­ing Win­dows 8.1 Pro tablet PC pow­ered by In­tel’s fourth-gen­er­a­tion Core i5-4302Y pro­ces­sor, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD on-board for the base model.

De­spite us­ing the Core i5 CPU, Pana­sonic has de­signed the FZ-M1 to work com­pletely with­out cool­ing fans.

Bat­tery life is a claimed to be eight hours on a sin­gle charge.

The Pana­sonic Tough­book CF-LX3 starts at RM6,960 for the base model while the Tough­pad FZ-M1 starts at RM7,500.

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Mi­crosoft Malaysia’s de­vice so­lu­tions specialist Ko Woan Chyi (left) and Pana­sonic Tough­book asia Pa­cific Group coun­try man­ager alex Chew show­ing off the lat­est Tough­book and Tough­pad.

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