Panasonic is one brand name that you can definitely trust when it comes to using a tough-as-nails notebook, thanks to their Toughbook series. Well, the latest machine from them that will fly the Toughbook flag is not new – we’re talking about the Toughbook C1, although Panasonic decided to take the vanilla model and throw in some updates to help it keep up with the times.

The new Toughbook C1 will hold the self-proclaimed record of being the world’s lightest 12.1” convertible tablet PC, where it will sport a 320GB hard drive at the very least, alongside up to 12 hours of battery life, 2GB RAM right out of the box that can be updated to 8GB and a faster Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor which runs at 2.50GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. Apart from that, Panasonic knows how valuable your time is to you, which is why the Toughbook C1 has a start-up time that is around 30% faster compared to its predecessor.

The upgraded Toughbook C1 won’t skimp on its built-in wireless connectivity options that comprise of Bluetooth v2.1 and the optional Gobi 2000 3G mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm. Having been certified on the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless 3G networks, this more or less confirms the fact that you will be able to remain connected virtually all of the time. Apart from that, with Intel’s Centrino Advanced-N 6205 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi chipset, you shouldn’t be able to have issues with Wi-Fi networks anywhere.

Weighing just 3.28 lbs, this lightweight Toughbook C1 will sport a triple-hinge design that was specially developed for a highly mobile workforce. The laptop is tough enough to withstand drops from around 30” without blinking, and it has a hot-swappable twin battery design so that you need not worry about losing your work simply because there isn’t enough juice left. With a ‘hand-free’ ergonomic “strap and dome” cradle, you know that working for long hours on the C1 is going to be smooth sailing – although it isn’t cut out for gaming.

Expect to see the upgraded Toughbook C1 arrive Stateside from next month onwards from $2,599.

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