The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 defies logic

How does a tablet so rugged manage to look so sleek?

A device built like a tank should look like well, a tank. But the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 doesn’t.

Just exactly how hardy does the Toughpad FZ-M1 think it is? Well, it’s able to survive drops of up to 1.5m, knocks, and even extreme temperatures. And thanks to its fanless design, it’s even able to take on rain and dust. You’d expect such a survivalist of a device to look like it was built on a foundation of steroids, but no, the Toughpad FZ-M1 barely tips the scales at 600g and can be as slender as 0.7in depending on what options you choose to pack in it.

Being all rough and tough doesn’t mean it has to be necessarily dimwitted. The 7in Windows tablet is backed up by the latest Intel Core i5 vPro processor and set to power on for up to 8 hours of work. Its 10-point multi-touch screen can be accessed using even thick work gloves, while its WXGA screen delivers under bright light by cutting down on the glare.

Available in Malaysia sometime between March and May, this is probably the tablet of choice for Bear Grylls to both check emails on and bat snakes away with, so like-minded toughies, take note.

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