- Panasonic Connect just announced its latest version of the Toughbook, the Toughbook 40.
- The new laptop is fully rugged, meeting MIL-STD-810H, MIL-STD-461H, C1D2 and IP66 ratings.
- Windows 11 PC targets law enforcement, federal agencies, and utility companies.
- The Toughbook 40 goes on sale this spring, with a starting price of $4899.
Panasonic, now known as Panasonic Connect, is no stranger to making the world’s most rugged laptops. In fact, we’ve already reviewed the semi-durable Toughbook G2, Toughbook 33, and Toughbook 55. But what the company was missing in its lineup was a rugged, modern Windows 11 PC that also embraced its new xPAK modular strategy.
Today, Panasonic is fixing that gap in its lineup with the new Toughbook 40. It’s a massive 7.4 lb (3.37 kg) 14-inch Windows 11 PC and is probably the most durable laptop on the planet. Aimed for military use, federal agencies, law enforcement, fire/rescue, and utility companies, the Toughbook 40 can withstand multiple 6-foot drops and meet stringent MIL-STD-810H, MIL-STD-461H, C1D2 and IP66 ratings.
|The operating system||Windows 11 Pro|
|Healer||Intel Core i5-1145G7 vPro processor|
|Intel Core i7-1185G7 vPro|
|RAM||User upgradeable up to 64 GB (2 DIMMs)|
|DDR4 – 3200MHz|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe or UHD|
|Dedicated AMD graphics processor (optional)|
|storage||Core: 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB OPAL NVMe Quick Release with Heater|
|Optional second: 512GB or 1TB Quick Release, Opal, SATA|
|Show||14 inch HD (1920 x 1080) capacitive touch screen|
|1 to 1200 lumens with anti-reflective treatment|
|ports||1x Thunderbolt 4, 2x Type-A, microSD, HDMI 4K, Ethernet, audio in/out|
|Optional/Additional: 2x Type-A, HDMI, VGA, RJ-45, D-sub 9-pin (True) Series|
|My voice||tetra microphone|
|Dual 95dB speakers face up|
|wireless||Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-Fi 6 AX201|
|Optional: 4G (LTE, LTE-A), 5G (Sub6, C-band, mmWave)|
|GPS and DBRS Band 48 are capable|
|camera||5 Megapixel Full HD with IR and privacy shutter|
|Secure mainframe, TPM v2.0, NIST BIOS compliant|
|Stability Technology by Absolute, Secure Wipe, Kensington|
|battery||18 hours (36 watts; optional second battery)|
|Dimensions||11.9″ (L) x 13.9″ (W) x 2.1″ (H)|
|Weight||7.4 lbs (3.36 kg)|
|price||Starting at $4,899|
On the outside, the Toughbook 40 is similar to most other Toughbooks: you get a magnesium alloy body with a handle, several ports, and a familiar design. But where the Toughbook 40 deviates from the Toughbook 55 is in terms of thickness and size, at 2.1 inches (53.3 mm) thick. By comparison, there are roughly five Samsung Galaxy Book S (11.8mm) laptops stacked on top of each other.
However, all this volume is put to good use. Like more modern Toughbooks, the Toughbook 40 adopts Panasonic’s new xPAK modular technology. The concept behind xPAK is simple: Four multiple slots can accommodate interchangeable expansion capabilities such as adding a smart card reader, DVD drive or barcode reader. Customers can also repair or replace the battery, memory, storage and keyboard with a simple screwdriver.
With xPAK, customers can buy and use this laptop for the next five years, never having to send it in for repairs or upgrades. It should come as no surprise that the xPAK feature has been a huge success.
Craig Jakosky, general manager of product management for Panasonic Connect North America, noted in the press release:
“The laser-focused TOUGHBOOK team is focused on supporting mission-critical customers who operate in the harshest environments, and the new TOUGHBOOK 40 provides them with the perfect balance of performance, modularity, durability and innovation…This is our most durable TOUGHBOOK laptop ever and has been uniquely designed and engineered for customers Across organizations, the public sector, and federal agencies, leveraging their first-hand feedback and experience to provide a global solution that combines hardware, software, accessories, and professional services. With up to eight user-replaceable and upgradable regions, the TOUGHBOOK 40 combines power, robustness, and flexibility to elevate the customer experience now and in the future.”
To always be connected, customers can add 4G (LTE, LTE-A) and 5G (mmWave, C-band, Sub6) to the Toughbook 40. It also supports both a physical SIM and an eSIM.
This powerful laptop is powered by either a Core i5-1145G7 vPro or Core i7-1185G7 vPro Intel processor with Iris Xe graphics. Customers can add AMD graphics as well, if they need a little extra power. During Intel’s 12th Gen roll out, unfortunately, Intel vPro versions aren’t likely to drop until later this fall, which hasn’t been in line with Panasonic’s release schedule.
And don’t worry about battery life. The Toughbook 40 is said to have up to 36 hours of life with the optional secondary battery on board.
Everything else about the Toughbook 40 is very familiar. 14-inch HD touch screen with augmented reality technology supports the use of gloves and can reach 1200 nits of brightness. Dual 95 dB speakers. There’s a new 5MP HD webcam with Windows Hello IR and a privacy shutter. And as for the ports, there are plenty of them, including Thunderbolt 4, Type-A (x2), microSDXC, HDMI 4K, Ethernet RJ-45, and a headphone/microphone. Customers can add additional ports such as Type-A (x2), another HDMI port, VGA, a second RJ-45 port, or a (True) D-sub 9 pin series.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be doing some benchmarks and more on the Toughbook 40 to see how it stacks up against others in the Toughbook line. However, so far it is a great experience with a great touch screen and excellent keyboard.
The Toughbook 40 is available for purchase in late spring, MSRP starting at $4899. For complete product details and to learn more about the accessory range, please visit na.panasonic.com/TOUGHBOOK40.