Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America
The updated ToughBook 55 laptop includes enhancements that improve performance, flexibility, and functionality for mobile workers.

Panasonic updates ToughBook for mobile connectivity

Aug. 13, 2021
Workers in field services, manufacturing, utilities and other fields can customize the ToughBook 55 laptop thanks to its modular design.

Panasonic Systems Solution Company of North America recently enhanced its ToughBook 55 laptop “to provide mobile workers with added flexibility, functionality and performance in the most demanding and unpredictable environments,” the company said “With an innovative modular design, the device features three expansion areas, as well as user-replaceable memory, storage and keyboards.”

Panasonic pointed out these features allow workers across a number of fields—including manufacturing, transportation, logistics, field services, utilities, public safety, and government agencies—to customize the device based on their needs.

The latest version of the ToughBook 55 incorporates 11th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, as well as double the standard memory of the previous version. It also offers optional Intel Iris Xe graphics. The upgrade includes Thunderbolt 4 and an NVMe OPAL SSD to deliver powerful performance with added enterprise security and device management benefits.

“With the ability to connect to WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, the updated ToughBook 55 offers enhanced connectivity, ensuring mobile workers can access critical information in real-time,” Panasonic said. “It is also one of the first rugged laptops with dual SIM, providing customers with a choice of using the physical SIM slot and/or eSIM. Many customers operate in loud environments, so the laptop maintains its class-leading 92-dB speakers and integrated tetra-array microphones to provide unmatched speech recognition accuracy.”

“For the last 25 years we have listened to the evolving needs of our customers and have prioritized the development of solutions that deliver on the demands of mission-critical mobile workers,” said Magnus McDermid, senior vice president, mobility business unit, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America. “With the latest ToughBook 55, we’ve evolved in lockstep as our customers’ requirements change, providing increased modularity, reliability and flexibility to vertical workers operating in unpredictable environments.”

The laptop offers a variety of user-removable xPAKS, such as I/O ports, optical drives, authentication readers and a new barcode reader, that is particularly beneficial for public safety officers scanning IDs, the company emphasized. Its lightweight body delivers portability and reliability to workers who move from place to place, it added. “With all-day battery life and hot-swap capability with the optional second battery, mobile workers can conduct their workday uninterrupted,” according to Panasonic. “These features, combined with the 14-inch screen give utility and manufacturing workers and supervisors the ability to leverage complex software for mapping, charting and reporting needs, in addition to other tasks that require enhanced graphical computing requirements.”

The upgraded ToughBook 55 mk2 is available for purchase now.

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