Panasonic Upgrades Proven Toughbook Notebooks with Intel Centrino 2 Chipset, Other Enhancements

2008-07-15 09:06:00

Double-duty desktop replacement Toughbook CF-52 and field-force

stalwart Toughbook CF-74 receive new processor, expanded graphics

capabilities, larger hard disk drives and Draft N Wi-Fi connectivity

SECAUCUS, N.J.–(EMWPresswire)–Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable

Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, today

announced upgrades to its semi-rugged desktop replacement Toughbook

CF-52 and mobile workhorse Toughbook CF-74.

Both the Toughbook CF-52 and Toughbook CF-74 now incorporate the new

Intel® Centrino® 2

processor technology. In addition, video and graphics capabilities have

been significantly enhanced, hard drive capacity has been increased to

160GB, and Wi-Fi performance expanded to include 802.11 Draft N.

In addition to driving innovation in mobile

computing, Panasonic also commits to our resellers and customers that we

will help them manage image stability through measured product changes

over time, said Kyp Walls, director, product

management, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. Both

the Toughbook 74, which has been a workhorse for field forces since its

initial launch in 2006, and the desktop replacement Toughbook 52,

launched last year, are undergoing their first significant upgrades

after a year of image stability. Through these measures, we help to

achieve our dual aim of enhanced ROI and lowered total cost of ownership.

Purpose-built with the mobile user in mind, both the 15.4

widescreen semi-rugged Toughbook CF-52 and Toughbook CF-74 with its

outdoor viewable 13.3 display, incorporate a

carrying handle and optional embedded access to mobile broadband

networks from major wireless carriers. In addition, the drop- and

spill-tested notebooks include the durable design featuressuch

as magnesium alloy cases, flexible internal connectors, shock-mounted

hard drives and LCDs and spill-resistant keyboardsthat

contribute to Panasonics reputation for

producing the industrys most reliable

notebooks, with in-warranty reliability rates multiple times better than

the estimated industry average for notebooks. In fact, more than 500

checks and tests are completed before, during and after production, on

every Toughbook® unit built.

Superior Warranty, Support and Professional Services

Every Panasonic Toughbook notebook is sold with a standard three-year

limited warranty which includes around-the-clock U.S.-based phone

support for the entire life of the product. Panasonic customers enjoy an

average call center hold time of less than one minute. In addition, in

the unlikely event of a hardware-related failure, Panasonic covers the

cost of overnight shipping to and from its national service center,

where the average turnaround time for repairs is less than two days.

Panasonic also offers a full range of professional services, including

image management, asset management and online service analysis, to

support enterprise customers before, during and after deployment.

Pricing and Availability

The new Toughbook CF-52 is available In August in two configurations,

value (estimated street price of $1,949) or premium for improved video

and system performance (estimated street price of $2,849). The Toughbook

CF-74 is available in August starting at an estimated street price of

$3,199.

All Toughbook notebooks are customizable and available through

authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide, buy

now resellers accessible online via www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/purchase.asp.

Please visit www.panasonic.com/toughbook

for more information and complete system specifications.

About Panasonic Computer Solutions Company

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company empowers the mobile workforce. The

company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is

the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric

Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC). Panasonic has delivered reliable,

durable mobile solutions through its Toughbook®

line of notebook computers for fifteen years and has expanded the

boundaries of wireless communications technology through a broad

portfolio of products, ranging from fully rugged, industrial strength

notebook computers and tablet PCs to business-rugged thin-and-light and

ultraportable notebooks. A core manufacturer, Matsushita and its

subsidiaries control the entire process of design, manufacture, quality

assurance, service and support. As a result, Panasonic Toughbooks are

known for having the lowest failure rates in the industry. Government,

industrial, and commercial usersfrom Fortune

1,000 companies to small businessesrely on

solutions from Panasonic, wherever their work takes them.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered

trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject

to change without notice. Information on Panasonics

full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained by

calling 800-662-3537 or at http://www.panasonic.com/toughbook.

Cohn & Wolfe
for Panasonic Computer Solutions Company
Aida

Causevic, 415-365-8537 direct
aida_causevic@sfo.cohnwolfe.com
Toughbook-PRTeam@cohnwolfe.com

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