The Panasonic Toughbook 20 is the first Windows 10 2-in-1 rugged laptop

There are a lot of Windows 10 2-in-1 laptops on the market, but soon there will be one that can withstand a lot of use and abuse. Panasonic has announced the Toughbook 20, the latest in its line of rugged devices, and the company says it is the first 2-in-1 rugged laptop, with a detachable keyboard and display.

Panasonic says:

"Continuing to set the standard for ruggedness and reliability, the Toughbook 20 is designed to meet MIL-STD-461F for electromagentic interference and MIL-STD-810G for drop, shock, vibration, explosive atmosphere, temperature, humidity, rain and sand, as well as waterproof and dustproof ingress (IP65). The device features a magnesium alloy case, fanless design, locking port covers, raised bezel, Solid State Drive (SSD) heater and a built-in handle for ease of use, which also serves as a kickstand for desktop stability and enables use while hung."

The 3.9-pound Toughbook 20 will have a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display, which can be used in a number of modes:

"Besides being used as a traditional laptop, tablet can be detached and used by itself or flipped 180-degrees to show content in presentation mode. The convertible mode allows users to see the display with the keyboard attached and ready when it is needed. Using the built-in handle, the device can operate in carry mode or hanging on a wall, while vehicle mode provides full functionality and operation of the device when on the move."

Inside there will be an Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro processor with a clock speed of 1.1GHz, along with 8GB RAM and storage options for a 128GB, 256GB or 512GB SSD. The display has a removable 2600mAh battery and there's an option to place a second battery of the same size in the keyboard dock to double its power life (no battery life times were revealed) The Toughbook 20 goes on sale in February 2016 starting at $3,099.

Source: Panasonic

John Callaham