Panasonic has expanded its Toughbook range of rugged laptops with the CF-53, which the company says is 15 percent lighter and five percent slimmer than previous models in the range.

Powered by an Intel Core i5 2520M vPro processor combined with Intel's Q67 Express Chipset, the 14in laptop benefits from an anti-reflective and anti-glare screen and runs Windows 7 Professional.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 comes with wireless connectivity, 4GB of memory, a 32GB hard drive, one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports . Furthermore, it's also available in a touchscreen version. Optional extras include a webcam and backlit chiclet keyboard.

It also features a magnesium casing along with steel hinges and cushioning that surrounds they key components including the hard drive and display, ensuring the laptop conforms to military standards and can therefore withstand drops from up to 76cm as well as vibration and hummidity

"The Toughbook CF-53 combines performance, ruggedness and affordability," said Stephen Yeo from Panasonic.

"It is equally at home in small or large organisations, indoors or outside, the workshop garage or economy class aircraft seat. Due to its ability to support so many types of field working tasks at an affordable price for a MIL-STD certified design, we expect it to become the biggest selling semi-rugged notebook in Europe."

Available form June, tThe Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 is priced at €1,544 plus vat for the standard version and €1,999 plus vat for the touchscreen model.