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Panasonic Toughbook 20 is a 2-in-1 that meets hardcore business needs

Meet the toughest 2-in-1 on the block. It's built to survive in the harshest work environments outside the cubicle: think oil fields, construction sites and even war zones.

For a convertible device meant for rugged business environments, look no further than the Panasonic Toughbook 20. It's right in the name.

Unlike most 2-in-1s, the Panasonic Toughbook 20 is certified for dust, drop and shock protection. It ships with Windows 10 Pro and sports plenty of power without needing a fan for cooling. After all, falls break fans and vents let in dust and debris. The device also has numerous mounts, casings and accessories to meet enterprise needs.

The Panasonic Toughbook 20 is purpose built for businesses that rely on highly specific legacy applications and it's very configurable. Panasonic offers options for features such as satellite GPS, a barcode scanner and a credit card reader. Even the 8-megapixel rear camera is optional, because it's a security liability for some companies.


Display: 10.1-inch 10-point multi-touch, 1920 x 1200, glove friendly with optional digitizer

Chipset: Intel Core m5-6Y57 vPro, 1.1 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz, 4 MB cache

Memory: 8 GB SDRAM, 128 GB solid-state drive (SSD) with heater, optional 256/512 GB SSD with heaters

Build: 10.7 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches, 3.9 pounds

Battery: 11.4 V, 2600mAh lithium-ion battery, optional second battery in keyboard dock

Camera: 1080p front-facing webcam, optional rear camera with triple LED flash

Features: Designed for MIL-STD-810G (drop, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, temperature shock, humidity, explosive atmosphere), and MIL-STD-461F and IP65 sealed

Price: Around $3,000, depending on the reseller

This article originally appeared in the June issue of the Modern Mobility e-zine.

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What kind of environments would benefit from the Panasonic Toughbook 2-in-1?
Everywhere except the desktop. Maybe even there on a bad day.

Our machines are usually off on the road and the road can be dirty and dangerous. Anything from mountaintops to rivers to deserts. Most of the stuff between, too. Too many of our productions have been called short because of a stray rock or a waterlogged backpack. I know that filmmaking can seem genteel but it's not. And it's wherever every danger is filmed.