Panasonic Keen to Gain Traction in the Local Market

A few months ago, Panasonic launched a showroom and service center along Mpaka Road in Westlands, and now they are looking into bringing new products into the market in order to increase their consumer penetration in East Africa.

Among the products their interesting products are the Panasonic Toughbook and the Panasonic Toughpad. These are devices meant for tough conditions. They are spill proof, water and dust resistant, and have the ability to operate in temperatures from -10 °C to 50 °C. Guess they’ll be suitable for our engineers who will be exploring for oil and water in North East Kenya.

The Toughbook

The CF-53 has a 14-inch display, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, outputs for HDMI and VGA, a LAN connection, a Serial Port, and a optional card reader (SDXC).

A case lock slot lets you physically secure the laptop, and a tray loading optical drive lets you read and burn DVD-RW discs and CDs. On the right, behind a locking cover, is an empty Express Card slot, while on the left, secured with screws, is a cover for an optional Smart Card slot.

Now you don’t have to worry about carrying your delicate laptop to the field.

The Toughpad

Spill proof, water and dust resistant, this is the tablet of choice for fieldwork. If it had an everlasting battery it would be perfect but it lasts about 8 hours on 3G network. There are Toughpad versions in Android and Windows 8.

Though I’m no engineer, would love to play around with the Toughpad and I guess my baby could do with a Toughpad; his sense of destruction is developing 😉

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