We imagine field professionals find tablets a lot easier to work with than full-fledged laptops, since you don’t have to find a table in order to use them comfortably. Sometimes, though, a laptop’s full-size keyboard can be what you really need to finish an on-site data entry job a whole lot faster, making you regret taking a 10-inch tablet, instead of an actual laptop along. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 is designed for people who find themselves in those situations.
A rugged, convertible Windows laptop, it lets you enjoy the work-friendly features of a laptop, all while easily detaching into a functional tablet when you need a little more mobility to execute a task. Whether you’re an architect at a construction site, a scientist at an expedition in the Arctic, or a supervillain building a doomsday device in a secluded mad scientist lab, this thing should let you handle all in-field computing needs, all while providing flexibility in working options.
Like other products in the line, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 was built for rugged outdoor use, so it’s fully-equipped to deal with drops, shocks, vibration, electromagnetic interference, extreme temperatures, water, dust, and sand. It also comes with hot-swappable batteries for extended workdays out in the field, along with a 10.1-inch IPS display that’s specially designed to be very legible under direct sunlight. Features include an Intel Core m5 vPro CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, a smattering of built-in security features, and all the usual connectivity offerings (including optional LTE and dedicated GPS), all housed inside a magnesium alloy enclosure.
Pricing for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 starts at $3,099.