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Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2, the worlds lightest rugged Ultrabook available in New Zealand
Posted on 26-Mar-2013 15:03 | Tags Filed under: News

Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2, the worlds lightest rugged Ultrabook available in New Zealand
Think rugged means heavy? Think again with the Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2, a new Ultrabook which weighs in at just over 1.1 kilograms yet delivers the reliable performance associated with a business rugged machine. It’s a world-first, too: its local distributor, Comworth, says no other convertible business rugged machine is as light.

The CF-AX2’s convertible format takes advantage of Windows 8’s touch-driven interface when you want mobility, while switching back to the familiar laptop design for working at the desk. Its 360-degree flip-over hinge design allows the CF-AX2 to go from Ultrabook to tablet and back in seconds.

According to Darryn Smith, Toughbook & Mobility Manager at Comworth, this device combines flexibility, ease of use and ultraportability in a single device. “For many executives, the introduction of tablets – and their wild popularity – has meant more devices to take with them when they travel, not fewer. With this ultrabook, it goes back to two devices, smartphone and convertible, delivering the best of both worlds.”

As a ‘business rugged’ device, Smith explains that the Toughbook CF-AX2 is designed to withstand knocks and drops that come with the demands of busy executives, without compromising on performance or design.

Built around a 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, the machine – which is just 18mm thick - features Intel’s ULV (ultra-low voltage) i5 processor and SSD (solid state drive) storage. These combine to deliver battery life of up to 8 hours on a single charge; as a hot-swappable unit, a spare battery can be snapped into place with zero disruption to outlast even the longest plane flights.

Standard memory is 4GB of internal RAM, while connectivity in the convertible business laptop includes 3G mobile broadband, WiFi, Bluetooth and two USB 3.0 ports.

Connecting the Intel HD 4000 graphics adapter to external screens is handled by an HDMI interface with a legacy VGA output for easy access to projectors; an SDXC card reader provides the ability to simply transfer files from external devices such as digital cameras or smartphones.

Smith says demand for the Toughbook CF-AX2 is expected to be strong. “This device delivers new levels of freedom and reliability for business users in a stylish and lightweight design. Ideal for the mobile sales force, merchandisers and executives, it is equally good as a tablet or a notebook and it is built for reliability and performance.”

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