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Although they have been around for years in lesser forms, the Apple iPad has brought tablet PCs to the forefront of the computing world. While many have their hearts set on an iPad, many other computer users prefer not to use Apple products, instead opting for systems run on Windows or Linux. Of the products that have been released or are being planned to be released to compete with the iPad, the Panasonic tablet PC has received the least attention.

Panasonic Corporation began in 1918 as a lighting fixture manufacturer in Osaka, Japan. They later entered the consumer electronics market and established a North American division in New York in 1959. Expanding from radios, phonographs, and other audio equipment the company began producing TVs and computer printers in the 1970s and microwave ovens in the 1980s.

For years Panasonic searched for the idea that would give them a foothold in the computer industry, and in the 1990s, they stumbled upon their million-dollar idea: the Toughbook. They noticed that while notebook computers were useful, they were certainly not designed for rugged working conditions. Panasonic Toughbooks were made to resist drops, impacts, spills, temperature extremes, vibrations, and dirt/dust particles. All models of Panasonic Tablet PC are in the Toughbook line.

The first Panasonic tablet PC was released back in 2002, the Toughbook 01 Handheld. It had a 206 MHz processor, 32 MB ram, and had a 3.5 inch 64k color LCD display. Today, there are four models of Panasonic tablet PC being manufactured. Some of these Panasonic tablet PCs are made for strictly professional use, but others are geared toward the consumer market.

Here are the models of Toughbook Panasonic Tablet PC on sale now:

H1 Panasonic Tablet PC
The H1 is a handheld tablet TC designed for professional use in the field. It comes in two models: the standard H1 Field and the H1 Health. The H1 was made for one reason – productivity. It features a top carrying handles and a magnesium alloy internal frame. It has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile broadband, and hot-swappable batteries. The display is 1024 × 768 with anti-glare coating. It uses an onscreen keyboard and Intel Atom processor at 1.86 GHz. The H1 has a list price of $3,429 but it can be found at online stores for less than $2,000.

U1 Panasonic Tablet PC
The Toughbook U1 Panasonic tablet PC is a business computer that uses full Windows 7 support and integrated features such as mobile broadband, a barcode reader, and 2 MP camera to increase productivity wherever it is used. It has a 5.6” touchscreen display with LED backlighting and automatic brightness adjustment. It comes in two models: the Essential has a 1.33 GHz Atom processor, 1GB SDRAM, and a 16GB solid state hard drive and the Ultra has a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 2GB SDRAM, and a 64GB solid state hard drive. The U1 lists at $3,779 for the Essential and $4,329 for the Ultra, but both can be found heavily discounted online.

C1 Panasonic Tablet PC
The Panasonic C1 tablet PC is the world’s lightest convertible tablet. It is called a convertible because it is in a standard notebook design, and it can be used as such. However, the display portion of the notebook can swivel 180-degrees and fold down over the keyboard to become a tablet PC. The C1 is the top-of-the-line from Panasonic. It measures 8.9” x 11.8” and it only 1.2” thick. It weighs 3.2 lbs and has a 12.1” widescreen touch display with a resolution of 1280 × 800. This tablet comes with Windows 7 Professional pre-installed and it is run on an Intel i5-520M processor clocked at 2.4 GHz. It has 2GB DDR3 RAM expandable to 6GB and has a 250GB shock-mounted hard drive. This Panasonic tablet PC lists at $2,964.

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