Apparently, Toshiba is not the only one in the rugged hardware market. Panasonic is another technology giant that is going all in with Windows tablets for professional that work out in the field and other such dangerous environments.
If you are one such professional, then the Toughpad FZ-M1 might be worth a look.
Although introduced all the way back in January, the rugged slate will go on sale in the United States this month, with price tags ranging from $1,299 to $2,099.
This gets you a niche machine that is capable of working in all sorts of settings and situations. It also comes with a case that is shock resistant, and is capable of taking on vibration hazards, humidity and extreme temperatures.
Under the hood, things are rather diverse.
The entry level model nets you an Intel Celeron N2807 Bay Trail processor, while the higher end version is powered by an Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU that is perfectly capable of all manners of number crunching.
The 7-inch display takes advantage of a pixel resolution of 1280 by 800.
Storage options for the base model include 4GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive. The more advanced one can be fitted with up to 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage.
All type of standard connectivity options are included, and if the 8 hours of battery life is not enough, Panasonic also offers an optional high capacity battery that adds another 8 hours to the mix.
And the 1.2 pounds of weight completes a chunky piece of rugged hardware.