2013 Products Of The Year

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1

For field deployment, it's often cheaper to spend more on a machine built to last than replace it every year or two. Starting at $2,899, the Toughpad FZ-G1 from Panasonic is squarely in the former category. This high-power tablet for Windows is built for construction sites, hospitals, military deployment and anywhere that machines take a pounding. Performance-wise, it's seventh on CRN's all-time list.

Toughpad adheres to MIL-STD-810G and IP65, a rigorous set of tests that demonstrate a device's ability to repel dust, dirt, moisture and debris and survive drops and dings. While it likely wouldn't survive complete liquid immersion, it's designed to endure spills, 70- mph driving rain on any surface and 26 drops from a height of up to 5 feet. An option slot can add a nine-pin serial port, USB 2.0 port, microSD card reader and/or a Gigabit Ethernet port. The microSD slot would support as much as 64 GB of memory, adding to standard 128- or 256-GB SSD configurations. List price is $2,899.

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