Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Panasonic announces light new Toughbook C1 here at #HIMSS10

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see the new Panasonic Toughbook C1. It's currently the world's lightest 12.1” convertible tablet PC and I was especially impressed by the dual battery design (that allows for hot-swapping plus 10 hrs of battery life) and the dome hand grip design on the bottom. The unique triple hinge design is very innovative and reduces hinge failure on these types of convertible tablets.

Here's a snippet from the press release:
“One of the main markets for the Toughbook® C1 is healthcare,” said Greg Davidson, healthcare senior business development manager, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “We have been working with our healthcare customers to design a convertible tablet that truly addressed their needs. To date, the market has been making do with tablets that fail to offer the light weight, ergonomics and battery life needed by healthcare professionals. We believe the new Toughbook C1 addresses all these issues, while offering the additional benefits of excellent performance and durability.”
I still use a Lenovo ThinkPad X200 tablet and it works for me, but there are many times when I wish it had some additional or different features. The C1 comes with a dual-input screen design (capacitive multi-touch plus Wacom Penabled input) and will also come with a "gloved" touch input screen this fall (not for winter gloves, but surgical gloves).

Special thanks to HP for sponsoring me to attend and blog here at HIMSS10.

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