Panasonic Connect North America recently announced enhancements to the semi-rugged Toughbook 55 laptop.
The third generation of the Toughbook 55, the Mk3, makes use of the 13th Gen Intel CoreTM i5 and i7 Processor with Intel vPro Technology and up to 14 cores. It also features a secondary NVMe OPAL SSD, delivering high bandwidth and low latency, which is especially useful for technicians performing vehicle diagnostics and maintenance, the company said. Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 are also offered on the laptop.
The latest version also includes 92dB speakers that include dual array microphones for those operating in loud environments, and offers reduced background noise pickup. A new interface to the programmable keys provides what the company describes as a more intuitive experience for assigning shortcuts to applications and common actions. The customizable color-selectable keyboard offers four preset options and the ability to create custom colors.
Users now have access to more user-upgradeable expansion areas with a new USB-C and USB-A xPAK available this February, which brings the total number of USB ports on the Toughbook 55 Mk3 to five. Additionally, the enhanced contactless smartcard reader xPAK adds support of more contactless cards.
The Toughbook 55 Mk3 i7 is available for purchase now, and the i5 will be available for purchase in February.