In a nutshell: The massive magnesium alloy construction of the Panasonic Toughbook 40 suggests that this machine has been designed to perform in the field and in tough outdoor conditions. The latest model in the series is IP66 certified and meets a number of US military standards, allowing it to withstand repeated 6ft drops. It also provides support for Panasonic’s modular xPAK system, giving users access to multiple expansion bays for 70 different configurations.

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Panasonic Toughbook 40 and its 2.1″ (53.3mm) thin chassis transform into a rugged 3.35kg (7.4lb) laptop with extensive customization and modularity, making it the ideal digital companion for the military, law enforcement, or utility companies operating in difficult conditions.

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This new model is a Windows 11 secure core computer that provides enhanced firmware-level security features from Microsoft and partners to protect against data theft and sophisticated attacks. Under the hood is an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 vPro chip with 16GB of RAM (2 x DIMMs, expandable up to 64GB) and a 512GB quick-swap SSD that can be expanded up to 2TB.

An optional dedicated AMD GPU will be available in the future. However, at launch, users can choose an Intel Iris Xe iGPU instead of the slower UHD variant to power the 14-inch FHD touchscreen. This panel is equipped with automatic detection of various input methods such as stylus, finger, gloves, wet hands, and can reach a peak brightness of 1200 nits for easy reading in direct sunlight.

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Where the Toughbook 40 really stands out is its customization. In addition to user-replaceable battery, memory, storage, and keyboard, Panasonic’s modular xPAKs provide access to four additional expansion bays where users can expand battery or storage capacity, as well as other hardware such as optical drives, authentication readers, and more. other. /O (VGA, D-sub).

The Toughbook’s battery is also hot-swappable and doubles usage time to 36 hours with an optional secondary battery on board. The laptop is loaded in terms of connectivity and ports, including optional 4G and 5G modems, as well as Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. Built-in connectors include one Thunderbolt 4 port, 2 USB-A ports, microSD, HDMI, Ethernet, and an audio jack.

A 5MP FHD webcam with privacy shutter sits above the display, along with four microphones and two upward-firing 95dB speakers for audio output in noisy environments. There is also a one-touch stealth mode feature that can be used during an emergency to instantly turn off any light and electronic transmissions.

Panasonic says the Toughbook 40 is the company’s most durable model in the series to date. Unsurprisingly, even the base model will cost a hefty $4,899 when the PC hits stores in late spring.