Laptops, Notebooks and Tablets with Serial (RS232) ports

Serial (RS232) port on a Laptop



The need for a serial port (or RS232 port) on a laptop, notebook or tablet that is built-in a portable device rather than a desktop still exists.

The simplicity of plugging a serial lead or null modem cable into a laptop or tablet and securing the cable is the goal rather than attempting to convert from a USB port to serial which will sometimes work.

The fact that the USB adapter can unplug itself or disconnect from the notebook or laptop can lead to frustration in what should be a simple task.


Why is there still a need for a Serial (RS232) Port on a Laptop?

For many engineers often working on-site or visiting many sites during their daily work schedule, the need for the portability of a laptop, notebook or tablet with the simplicity of a serial or RS232 port is a must. Using a USB to serial adapter has its problems. Some will work without problems; others just do not perform with any consistency that can be relied on, and others just don't work at all. The fact that a serial cable can be screwed into the serial port so that it does not disconnect at the wrong moment just adds to the advantage of using a laptop with a serial or RS232 port.

There are many devices that engineers connect to that still have a serial port on them; this is to access the command line input for that device. These serial ports can be on fire alarm panels, house and building control systems, engineering and industrial applications. These devices are often located in cupboards and recesses where a small laptop with a serial port will prove to be the ideal tool to program the device.

The links below provide a list of some of the ruggedised laptops, notebooks and tablets which have serial ports (RS232 ports) as optional or as standard.

 

Getac S410 G1 Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 Mk3 Entry Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1 Mk1
Image of Getac S410 Notebook Image of a Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 Notebook Image of Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1
Semi Ruggedised Laptop Semi Ruggedised Laptop Fully Ruggedised Detachable Laptop
14" HD Widescreen 1366 x 768 pixels or Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels 14" HD Widescreen 1366 x 768 pixels 12" QHD 2160 x 1440 pixels
Intel® Core™ i3-6100U 2.3GHz or i5-6200U 2.3GHz or i5-6300U vPro 3.0GHz or i7-6500U 3.1GHz or i7-6600U vPro 3.4GHz Intel® Core™ i5-7300U vPro 2.6GHz Intel® Core™ i5-7300U vPro™ 2.6GHz
4GB LPDDR3 RAM (max. 16GB) 4GB DDR4 SDRAM (max. 32GB) 8GB RAM (max. 16GB)
500GB HDD SATA; Optional OPAL 2.0 SSD, or Second SSD Storage Onboard 500GB HDD SATA; Optional 128/256GB SSD 256GB SSD SATA
Windows® 10 Pro or Windows 7® Pro Windows® 10 Pro Windows® 10 Pro
From £1110.00 From £1585.00 From £2865.00

 

Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1 Mk3 Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 Mk8 Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Mk1
Image of a Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1 Image of Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 Laptop Image of Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Laptop
Fully Rugged Diagnostic Tablet Fully Rugged Convertible Tablet Laptop Fully Rugged Detachable Tablet Laptop
13.3" Widescreen HD Touchscreen 10.1" Touchscreen or Dual Touch 10.1" Touchscreen or Dual Touch
Intel® Core™ i5-6300U 2.4GHz Intel® Core™ i5-3610M 2.7GHz Intel® Core™ m5-6Y57 1.1GHz
4GB DDR3L SDRAM (max. 16GB) 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (max. 8GB) 8GB RAM
500GB HDD SATA 500GB HDD SATA 256GB SSD SATA
Windows® 10 Pro or Windows® 7 Pro Windows® 8.1 Pro or Windows® 7 Pro Windows® 10 Pro or Windows® 7 Pro
From £1999.00 From £2375.00 From £2395.00

 

Used Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 Mk1 Standard Used Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 Mk3 Used Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 Mk3
Image of a Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 Laptop Image of a Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 Laptop Image of a Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 Laptop
Semi Ruggedised Laptop Semi Ruggedised Laptop Fully Rugged Convertible Tablet Laptop
14" HD 1366 x 768 pixels 15.4" WXGA 1280 x 800 pixels 10.4" Touchscreen or Dual Touch
Intel® Core™ i5-2520M 2.5GHz Intel® Core™ i5-520M 2.4GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo SU9300 1.2GHz
4GB DDR3 SDRAM (max. 8GB) 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 2GB DDR2 SDRAM (max. 4GB)
320GB HDD SATA (max 500GB) 160GB HDD SATA (max 500GB) 160GB (max 500GB) HDD SATA
Windows® 7 Pro or Windows® XP Pro Windows® 7 Pro or Windows® XP Pro Windows® 7 Pro or Windows® XP Pro
From £735.00 From £650.00 From £750.00

 

Please note all prices shown are exclusive of VAT.

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