The Future of The Black Hawk Toughbook
For some users, a simple notebook is not enough. In addition to being portability, it has to be rugged enough to withstand most known occupational hazzards, which is what Panasonic’s Toughbooks are known for. The Japanese manufacturer has announced the availability of three new Toughbook models at a media conference held at Ngee Ann City today. VR-Zone brings you the coverage of the event.
Is the average notebook enough for your daily needs? It might suffice for some, but for others, the standard notebook just does not cut it. In addition to having decent performance, it also has to be rugged and sturdy enough to survive all kinds of occupational hazzards.
And when one's working environment requires dealing with such hostile environments, it goes without saying that a notebook being utilized needs to be able to take some hard knocks without crumbling into a mess of plastic chips and glass shards. Fortunately, there is such a notebook that actually does offer such robustness: the Panasonic Toughbook. And the company has just announced the availability of three new such Toughbooks specially tailored for business users: the CF-F9. CF-C1 tablet and CF-S9.
In his opening address, Wataru Matsumoto (pictured below), Managing Director of Panasonic Systems Asia Pacfic, highlighted the Toughbook's history and reaffirmed the company's commitment to spearhead business growth in Asia.
"What differentiates a Toughbook from other brands is the fact that Panasonic controls the entire manufacturing and R&D processes. This allows us to design, build and assemble Toughbooks unlike those that outsource these core functions to OEMs and ODMs," he said.
He also added that the Toughbooks have the capability to enhance productivity due to their long uptime.
"Because of strict Japanese quality control processes, the Toughbook is five times less likely to fail due to physical damage as compared to other notebooks. This delivers much more uptime, enhancing employee productivity and customer satisfaction. Thus the total cost and value of ownership is improved, leading to far greater return on investments," he explaned.
Also present at the event were William See, General Manager For Toughbook Asia Group Panasonic Systems Asia Pacific and Intel's Regional Marketing Manager for Consumer Client Platforms, Ramaprasad Srinivasan.
"People ask how rugged can the Toughbook really be, and whether is it really that reliable. So we started to go into Ingress certification," See said, in his speech. "In 2002, we had our first Ingress Protection rating of 54, and as we moved along we continued to improve the quality of Toughbook. Today, in 2010, we have the state of the art product of the Toughbook series that is offered to the public and to corporations, and to the people like yourself on the road."
The Ingress Protection certification ratings are developed by the European Committee for Electro Technical Standardization (CENELEC) (NEMA IEC 60529 Degrees of Protection Provided by Enclosures - IP Code), which specifies the environmental protection the enclosure provides.