New 2-in-1 detachable is tougher than your average PC…

Rugged laptops and other devices are rarely pretty, but I’ve always found them quite attractive – probably because I like to imagine myself as some kind of man-of-action/field agent accessing vital mission information on one while in the field and pursued by nameless villains, while also winning the affection of the leading lady.

But aside from my flights of fancy, they’re also remarkably practical, and that pretty much sums up Panasonic’s new Toughpad FZ-Q2 to a T.

The new Toughpad combines notebook and tablet functionality into one rugged device. It’s protected by a magnesium alloy exterior, designed to handle drops of up to 76cm, while the detachable keyboard is spill-resistant. It’s not exactly full mil-spec, but it’ll get the job done in tough environments.

“Adding the Toughpad FZ-Q2 to our line-up allows organisations to maximise their investment in rugged technology without compromise,” said Marc Amelung, General Manager Mobile Solutions, Panasonic Australia, in a recent release. “Our Toughbook and Toughpad lineup can meet requirements across a fleet requiring different levels of ruggedness, from technicians on the road to team leaders working both in the office and the field.”

Inside, the FZ-Q2 is powered by an Intel Cor m5-6Y57 with vPro processor and Windows 10 Pro, and features a battery capable of up to nine hours of operation. Connectivity is via a wide range of ports (including USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN and True Serial), as well 4G LTE broadband. The FZ-Q2 also boasts a 12.5in 1920×1080 touchscreen display, with an anti-reflective treatment.

The new Toughbook is available now, for $2999.

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