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Panasonic Toughbooks hold their own on the NASCAR track
August 20th, 2014


The NASCAR environment is a very rugged culture, and Hendrick Motorsports needed a laptop that could stand up to the dirt, grease, vibration and shock that its current laptops could not handle. Hendrick chose the powerful, desktop-alternative Toughbook 52*, featuring a generous 15.4″ widescreen LCD plus a full magnesium alloy case and shock-mounted, removable hard drive.

“The Toughbook technology is a big advantage in an environment like this where you have very dusty conditions. You have to have a rugged machine that is ready to go whenever you need it.” - Brett Bowers, Hendrick Aerodynamic Test Engineer.

Toughbook 52*: the rugged mobile computing solution for automotive service diagnostics

Hendrick Motorsports experienced numerous problems with the commercial-grade laptops in the rugged NASCAR environment.

Panasonic Toughbook 52* laptops were deployed to replace the unreliable laptops.

The Toughbook 52′s durable construction and reliable performance enabled Hendrick personnel to be more efficient and productive every day.

*Hendrick Motorsports have been relying on our CF-52 since 2004. Toughbook 52 and 53 are both current models. Only the next-generation Toughbook CF-53 is available in Australia. The CF-53 is drop-resistant, spill-resistant, lighter and is tested to nine MIL-STD-810G tests. Read more about the Toughbook CF-53 here.


Read full article.

Toughbook 53 vs 52: Semi-Rugged Notebooks Now Have a Lighter, More Versatile Next-Generation.

Toughbook 53 product page: specifications and highlights.

Check out our range of Toughbooks.




The Toughpad FZ-M1 is the right tool for so many jobs
August 14th, 2014


The Toughpad FZ-M1 enterprise-grade tablet boasts such a broad range of configuration options that it can be customised to meet the unique needs of highly mobile professionals in various markets such as field services and sales, retail, supply chain and logistics, and government.

This innovative tablet offers all the functionality of a computer without any operating compromises, including the capability to run any organisation’s existing Windows software in a completely rugged and mobile form factor. It’s this unique functionality that opens the FZ-M1 up to a much broader range of business uses and applications.

Since its introduction earlier in the year, the FZ-M1 has been put to work improving productivity and efficiency in a host of professional settings, including customer service, inventory management and asset tracking, maintenance, eForms, route delivery, eCitations, electronic medical records, inspections, mobile point-of-sales and geographic information system (GIS).

Is the Toughpad FZ-M1 the right tool for your job?

The Toughpad Challenge saw competitors vying against each other to take the top score on a high striker, featuring a working Toughpad FZ-M1.

In March, the Toughpad Challenge saw competitors vying against each other to take the top score on a high striker, featuring a working Toughpad FZ-M1.
Read all about it here.


The Gadget Show metes out some serious Toughbook punishment
August 6th, 2014

Did our Toughbooks and Toughpads survive the destruction tests? Watch the video and find out…

The Gadget Show, a British TV offering that is basically tech-geek heaven, recently put our rugged Toughbook CF-19 notebook and Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet through their paces in an action-packed episode.

In addition to testing the Microsoft Windows operating systems and interface, the brutal hosts did some things to our devices that would make even the most hardened Toughbook tester wince. The devices are thrown from great heights, bashed around a BMX track, exposed to food and liquid spills, blasted with high pressure hoses and even subjected to an exciting explosion!

Did our Toughbooks and Toughpads survive the destruction tests? Watch the video and find out…

Check out the Toughbook and Toughpad range.


Could your computer service the Toughbook Torture Tests?
July 31st, 2014

While you treat your computers and tablets like precious objects that must never be exposed to hardship, we put ours through the wringer. On a practical level, the torture we put our devices through means you benefit from their reliability… but also, it’s just kinda fun!

1. Your tablet needs to be protected from even a drop of water, ours can take a ring of high-pressure hoses.



2. Don’t all tablets get frozen into a block of ice and dropped from a forklift?



3. Dragging along behind an ATV. Because you never know, right?



4. Look, we just like dragging Toughbooks behind stuff, okay?



5. Whatever. It’s just a little fire. Stop freaking out.



6. Seriousl! Chill out about the fire. It’s nothing, okay?



7. If your computer can’t survive a 20 foot drop from the USS Intrepid, it’s not trying hard enough.



8. The hardest working tool on the construction site.



9. No. Really.



10. And finally, a little Toughbook street performance.



11. This guy’s hopeless!



12. Ah… now he’s got the hang of it!


Do you want to have this much fun with your device? You should probably get a Toughbook or Toughpad. Check out the range.


Panasonic set to showcase new products at Australian Broadcast Exhibition (ABE 2014)
July 29th, 2014


Scheduled for August 5-7 at Sydney’s Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel and designed to complement the annual engineering conference of Free TV Australia, the Australian Broadcast Exhibition provides a hands-on update for technology users from the converging worlds of broadcast and IT.

Panasonic Australia will have on display:

BT-4LH310E 31” 4K Reference Monitor
AJ-PX270EN AVC-ULTRA P2HD 3MOS Handheld Camcorder with 3G-SDI & Wi-Fi Option
• AJ-PX5000EN AVC-ULTRA P2HD 3MOS Shoulder Camcorder with 3G-SDI & Wi-Fi Option
AG-HPX600EN AVC-ULTRA P2HD 3MOS Shoulder Camcorder Wi-Fi Option
AV-HS6000 2ME Live Switcher

The highly compact AV-HS6000 2ME Live Switcher has only just debuted in Australia and this model is a convenient solution for broadcast, production and live event applications. In order to best demonstrate the AV- HS6000’s extraordinary abilities, US based switcher demonstrator, Robin Shahid, will be in attendance at all three broadcast exhibition events. Mr. Shahid boasts years of experience using and training on 2ME switchers, so he is perfectly placed to answer questions and show attendees’ just what this innovative switcher can do.

To register your interest in attending, visit

ABE 2014 Exhibition Dates
Tuesday, 5 August – 10am to 6pm
Wednesday, 6 August – 10am to 7pm
Thursday, 7 August – 10am to 1pm


AV-HS6000 2ME Live Switcher on display at ABE2014