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The U1 is one of two models in the 'ultra-mobile-rugged' category of Panasonic Toughbook notebook computers.

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Strap is durable and does a good job securing the computer when in use

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Much more rugged construction and sealing than most other tablets, ideal for industrial or construction work scenarios

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Barcode scanner is a unique feature and useful for working with products

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Batteries can be changed on the fly

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Keyboard layout is unconventional and not entirely convenient

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Expensive for this type of computer

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Performance speeds slower than typical tablets

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Screen is much smaller than typical tablet PCs

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The U1 is one of two models in the 'ultra-mobile-rugged' category of Panasonic Toughbook notebook computers. The Toughbook U1 is highly mobile: at 2.3 lbs, it is the lightest in the Toughbook series, and it features a strap and dual hot-swappable batteries providing 9 hours of battery life. The display is a 5.6", touchscreen, anti-glare, LED-backlit LCD, on either side of which is a built-in stylus holder. With only a reduced QWERTY keyboard below the display, the device resembles a tablet PC more than a full laptop in design. Necessarily compromising on performance for ultra-mobility, the U1 features a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Processor and 1 GB of RAM. It is available with 16 or 32 GB of SSD memory rather than a hard drive. Draft-n wi-fi, Bluetooth v2.0+EDR, and, optionally, global broadband are included to maximize mobility, while optional fingerprint and SmartCard readers, as well as a standard theft protection system, aim to ensure adequate security. Windows Vista Business normally arrives preloaded, but buyers can choose to downgrade to XP.

  • Tablet PC format
  • 5.6" touchscreen LCD (1024 x 600)
  • 1.33GHz Intel Atom Processor (512KB L2 cache, 533MHz FSB)
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16/32 GB SSD storage
  • 2.0MP camera
  • Integrated Intel graphics
  • Anti-glare, anti-reflective display
  • 2 stylus holders
  • Strap
  • Optional fingerprint reader
  • Optional SmartCard reader
  • Computrace theft protection system
  • TPM security chip v.1.2.
  • Draft-n wi-fi
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Optional global broadband internet
  • Windows Vista Business or XP
  • Dual hot-swappable batteries
  • 9-hour battery life
  • 2.3 lbs
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