Panasonic announces touch-screen Windows 8 Toughbook

Panasonic's Toughbook lineup of notebooks is well known among businesses who want a laptop that can travel well and take a lot of abuse. This week, the company joined the Windows 8 bandwagon with their Toughbook C2, which has Windows 8 installed along with a five point touch screen.

The press release said that the 12.5 inch screen can be rotated and flipped back, turning the notebook into a really big tablet device. It also has an Intel Core i5 processor inside, running at 2.8 GHz, and a battery that lasts about 11 hours. It can be extended to 15 hours with the optional longer life battery.

The Toughbook C2 has a semi-rugged case design, and allows the notebook to withstand a 30 inch drop from six sides, or a 12 inch drop from 26 sides. Despite the case, the Toughbook C2 still weighs just under four pounds.

The notebook will be released in December by Panasonic, and users still have the option to have Windows 7 installed if they are not ready for Windows 8. The price? It's a tad expensive at $2,949 but the Toughbook C2 is made more for businesses than consumers.

Source: Panasonic press release | Image via Panasonic

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these things are brilliant, cops love em, health workers love em, so does everybody who use windows laptops in harsh environments

peacemf said,
these things are brilliant, cops love em, health workers love em, so does everybody who use windows laptops in harsh environments

My buddy's a cop and he has one of these in his car.

Brando212 said,
well i can say one thing, it's definitely not built to look pretty
it looks like a laptop from the 90's

Exactly what I was thinking!

Brando212 said,
well i can say one thing, it's definitely not built to look pretty
it looks like a laptop from the 90's

They're focusing all their efforts on physical strength, not appearance...

Brando212 said,
well i can say one thing, it's definitely not built to look pretty
it looks like a laptop from the 90's

Toughbooks have never been "pretty", they are TOUGH (and expensive).

Surface seems to survive 5 1/2 foot drops on 72 sides (according to their press conference), so why is this a big deal?

siah1214 said,
Surface seems to survive 5 1/2 foot drops on 72 sides (according to their press conference), so why is this a big deal?

Don't be stupid. Surface might be the best built consumer tablet, but this thing is military grade build quality. This is something you'd take when climbing a mountain for example.

siah1214 said,
Surface seems to survive 5 1/2 foot drops on 72 sides (according to their press conference), so why is this a big deal?

Surface will have a hard time surviving the harsh conditions at mega construction sites and ship building yards at where this notebook is very much used. (rain/snow conditions included).

NoClipMode said,

Don't be stupid. Surface might be the best built consumer tablet, but this thing is military grade build quality. This is something you'd take when climbing a mountain for example.


Or when, you know, working in the military & typing secret documents...