Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook Permanent Display Removable Computer

Posted by at 11:21 am on July 29, 2010

Panasonic today announced a new Toughbook Permanent Display Removable Computer (PDRC), which combines a vehicle-mounted display and full-functioning keyboard for heightened accessibility inside public safety vehicles. Upgrades to the PDRC include a brighter touchscreen display, improved user visibility and a reduction in connection cables.

With an integrated vehicle-mounted display and keyboard, the upgraded PDRC works seamlessly with other Toughbook mobile computers such as the Toughbook U1, H1 Field, 19 and 31. Supporting Windows 7, it provides a secure and ergonomic system for transferring mission-critical data in the field, and helps broaden the functionality of ultra-mobile devices to include activities such as writing detailed reports.

The 12.1″ PDRC’s sunlight-viewable touchscreen ranges from two to 1,600 nit for optimal use in both pitch dark and extreme sunlight. The LCD display is 40 percent brighter than the previous Toughbook PDRC, adds easy-to-access USB ports, and includes a durable backlit keyboard as well. There are five programmable function keys, as well as a red backlit programmable emergency key on the screen and keyboard. The integrated sun visor reduces the profile of the display, improving driver visibility. With a spill-proof keyboard, it allows, first responders to perform their jobs in any conditions.

“The improved Toughbook PDRC is the perfect tool for departments seeking total flexibility in their in-vehicle computing solution,” said Dave Poulin, senior business development manager for Panasonic Solutions Company. “With its proven durability, seamless integration and improved ease-of-use, the new PDRC helps first responders work faster and smarter inside their vehicles while also benefitting from the mobility of connected Toughbook devices.”

Panasonic has simplified the installation process for the PDRC, reducing the connection cables from five to three. Public safety users also have the ability to mount the PDRC independently from the connected Toughbook mobile computer for easy viewing and access.

Select Features and Specifications of the PDRC

  • Supports Windows XP/Vista/7
  • 12.1″ XGA sunlight-viewable LCD display
    • 2 to 1600 nit with LED backlighting
  • Dual integrated speakers with adjustable volume
  • Touchscreen capabilities
  • Five programmable function keys
  • Three PDRC-to-PC cables
    • Analog RGB
    • USB
    • Serial for “Power On”
  • Red backlit programmable emergency key for screen and keyboard
  • Three open USB ports
  • 11.0″ (H) x 10.4″ (W) x 1.2″ (D)

Pricing, Availability and Support

The updated Toughbook PDRC is available now at an estimated street price of $2,279 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors. The Toughbook PDRC includes a standard three-year limited warranty.

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