Laptops, Notebooks and Tablets with Serial (RS232) ports
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 G4||Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 HD Mk2||Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1 Mk1|
|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™ i3-1115G4 Max. 4.1GHz or i5-1135G7 or i5-1145G7 vPro or i7-1165G7 or i7-1185G7 vPro||Intel® Core™ i5-1145G7 vPro 1.1GHz up to 4.4GHz||Intel® Core™ i5-7300U vPro™ 2.6GHz|
|8GB DDR4 RAM (max. 64GB)||8GB DDR4 (max. 64GB)||8GB RAM (max. 16GB)|
|256GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD PCIe NVMe SSD, Optional Second SSD SATA 256GB / 512GB / 1TB||256GB / 512GB / 1TB NVMe SSD||256GB SSD SATA|
|Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Pro|
|From £1277.00||From £1520.00||From £2979.00|
|Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 Mk2||Getac X500 G3||Used Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 Mk2 HD|
|Fully Rugged Detachable Tablet Laptop||Fully Rugged Laptop||Semi Ruggedised Laptop|
|10.1" Touchscreen or Dual Touch||15.6" with optional Touchscreen||14" HD 1366 x 768 pixels|
|Intel® Core™ i5-7Y57 1.2GHz||Intel® Core™ i5-7740HQ 2.8GHz||Intel® Core™ i5-6300U 2.4GHz|
|8GB RAM (max. 16GB)||8GB DDR4 (max. 64GB)||4GB DDR3L SDRAM (max. 16GB)|
|256GB SSD SATA||500GB HDD SATA||256GB SSD SATA|
|Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Pro||Windows 7 Pro or Windows 10 Pro|
|From £2495.00||From £3615.00||From £1295.00|
|Used Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 Mk1 Standard||Used Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 Mk3||Used Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 Mk3|
|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 XP Pro, or Windows 7 Pro pr Windows 10 Pro||Windows XP Pro, Windows 7 Pro or Windows 10 Pro||Windows XP Pro or Windows 7 Pro|
|From £735.00||From £650.00||From £750.00|
Please note all prices shown are exclusive of VAT.