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power consumption might be an issue. Depending on the configuration, prices can range from $2,100 to $3,500. WHAT WORKS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES In a rugged setting, the FZ-G1 offers pow- erful performance typical of Toughbook line. It has an Intel i5vPro processor, 4G of RAM and runs 64-bit Windows 8 Pro, with a downgrade option for Windows 7. In addition to the expected USB 3.0 port and headphone jack, the FZ-G1 also has an HDMI port. This makes it very use- ful for briefings and presentations not only on the front lines, but also back at headquarters. The 10.1-inch 10-point multitouch dis- play is a good middle ground between smaller lighter tablets and larger attempts at desktop replacement. When rugged- ness is a primary concern, a display can only be so big before it starts to fail test- ing. The FZ-G1 has corner guards made of elastomer that end up functioning as a bezel behind which the display is actually recessed, helping protect it from harm. Panasonic wouldn't have named the FZ-G1 a "ToughPad" unless it was du- rable. It passed MIL-STD 810G tests for altitude, extreme temperatures, rain, hu- midity, sand/dust, vibration and shock. After passing these tests, it was given an Ingress Protection rating of IP65, which means it can withstand everything short of full immersion. In particular, the FZ-G1 passed shock tests when dropped from not only the standard height of four feet, but also five and six feet. What's more, even though the MIL-STD allows the substitution of up to five units for each drop test, the FZ-G1 passed all of the drop tests with the same unit. This level of ruggedness would make the ToughPad ideal for military use or any other work in severe conditions. The ToughPad supports Trusted Plat- form Model 1.2, includes Computrace theft protection and, for those agencies requiring two-factor authentication, Panasonic offers an optional smart-card reader. WHAT MIGHT NOT WORK FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES The magnesium alloy case that allows the FZ-G1 to pass all of those rugged tests with flying colors also makes it weigh 2.5 pounds. As rugged tablets go, that's pretty light, but it can still make it hard to hold for long periods. Of course, users won't be holding it for very long if it runs out of juice. The lithi- um-ion battery can last up to eight hours under optimal circumstances. But active users of the wireless or optional 4G LTE connection and the optional dedicated GPS while running several apps will drain the power in a few hours. For jobs with regular access to power or dock- ing stations, this won't be an issue, but for more remote jobs some active power management might be necessary to get the FZ-G1 to last long enough. And for jobs where ruggedness is paramount, the ToughPad is worth its weight. • Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1 32 GCN JULY 2013 • GCN.COM REVIEWS TABLETS The level of ruggedness would make the ToughPad ideal for military use or any other work in severe conditions.