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Notebooks Need Tougher Technology To Survive Bumps

Media Release August 19, 2008

Notebooks Need Tougher Technology To Survive Bumps And Spills

Clear the desk and put that coffee cup away - recent research shows desk related accidents and liquid spills pose the greatest threat to notebook computers.

A study* commissioned by Panasonic found that 70% of all notebook faults are commonly caused by either dropping or water spillage, with the computer’s vital hard disk most often at risk of damage (35%).

In answer to this, Panasonic has designed the Toughbook range of notebook computers – rugged notebooks with a range of innovative features designed to help you work in any location and in any conditions.

The Panasonic Fully Ruggedised Toughbook CF-30 sets the standard in mobile computing and is rugged enough to keep working in the rain.

Initially built to the US Military’s rigorous standards, Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-30 is designed to go the distance in any environment with a full magnesium alloy casing to assure superior resistance to damaging bumps, knocks, drops and spills.

Inside each Toughbook the innovation continues. Every model’s hard disk is mounted in advanced polymer compounds to provide outstanding resistance against shocks and vibrations.

The durability of the Panasonic Toughbook stands up in nearly any environment, even the most extreme temperatures. The Toughbook CF-30 contains an element to heat the hard drive to an appropriate operating temperature before it starts, ensuring function in any climate, from – 20°C to +60°C.

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It’s this resistance to freezing, that’s made Toughbook an essential piece of equipment and a constant companion of German mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner during her on-going attempt to reach the summits of the 14 highest mountains in the world.

Perfect for working outside, whether in Antarctica or on the farm, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 offers a high visibility LCD screen for working in open sunlight and a sealed water-resistant casing for working in the rain, dust and wind.

A power jack-point isn’t always easy to find when you’re working outside. This is why the Toughbook CF-30 also offers a battery life with a standard operating time of between 7-9 hours plus the option of a secondary internal battery totalling up to 11 hours, so users can do their full day’s work on the go.

This extraordinary battery life combined with the specially designed high performance WLAN and WWAN antennas makes the Toughbook CF-30 a particularly attractive option for employers who need to guarantee their mobile workforce stay switched on and online all throughout the day.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 is a fully-spec’ed machine with 1 GB Ram as standard. This means you’ll have enough power at your fingertips, no matter where your work takes you.

Visit for more information on the Toughbook CF-30 or to view the full range of fully-rugged and business-rugged models available.


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