Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra is perfectly viewable under sunlight


Are you a real klutz that you have dropped your netbook or notebook for more times than you care to remember? If that is the case, then you might want to check out a more durable device which can withstand such punishment – we’re talking about the Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra. What makes Panasonic’s offering so different from the rest? Well, it not only delivers improved sunlight visibility, it also runs off Windows 7 and boasts some pretty decent performance figures for a device in its cass. For its display, the Toughbook U1 Ultra is equipped with a TransflectivePlus display for up to 6000 nit viewability in direct sunlight, while being accompanied by a 64GB solid state drive, 2GB RAM, an Intel Atom Z530 1.6GHz processor and Windows 7 as the operating system of choice. It’s target market? Those who are involved in highly mobile jobs including direct store delivery (DSD), eCitation and vegetation management in markets like supply chain management, public safety and utilities.

Of course, you can also throw in an optional 2-megapixel camera if that is your cup of tea, to hold video conferences and calls with your office mates while you’re on the go. This camera will come with updated software that delivers faster auto focus as well as improved white balancing. Other optional items you can jazz up the U1 Ultra with would be a barcode reader. In terms of usability and navigation enhancements, those will include enlarged screen icons, programmable “right click” onscreen button, a larger soft keyboard, a “zoom and pan” mode that enables users to simply navigate robust content and a soft “Ctrl-Alt-Del” button for log-on access.

Just how tough of a cookie is the Toughbook U1 Ultra? Well, it has been certified by an independent third-party test lab to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 standards for environmental conditions. The device itself is full well capable of shrugging off a drop of 6 feet from any angle, while there is a method to its fanless design with the aim of keeping out water and dust while reducing weight and reducing a common point of failure. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and optional Gobi2000 mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm. Pricing starts from $2,799 upwards, making it tough on your bank account as well.

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