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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1

When sizing up tablets for use in the field, cost can sometimes take a back seat to ruggedness and reliability. Good thing, too, because at a starting price of $2,899, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 clearly isn't intended for the bargain hunter. This high-power Windows tablet would feel at home at construction sites and hospitals, on military vehicles and maneuvers, and anywhere that machines are likely to take a pounding. A large variety of accessories cater to those and other verticals. An Intel Core i5-3437U 1.9GHz dual-core vPro (Ivy Bridge) processor coasted into seventh place on CRN's all-time laptop and tablet performance list. An 10.1-inch IPS panel cranks 1,920-x-1,200 pixels lit by an 800-nit LED, making it easily seen in bright sunlight. Toughpad adheres to MIL-STD-810G and IP65, a rigorous set of tests of a device's ability to repel dust, dirt, moisture and debris, and to survive drops and dings.

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