Panasonic ships rugged 3lb, 12.1" Toughbook S9

By on September 28, 2010, 6:31 PM
Panasonic is shipping what it says is Earth's lightest 12.1-inch laptop with a built-in DVD drive. At only three pounds, the Toughbook S9 is apparently leaner than competing mobile PCs, with specs including a 2.4GHz Core i5-520M vPro CPU, 2GB of RAM (supports as much as 6GB), 320GB of storage, a DVD burner, and up to 11 hours of battery life. It also sports a 1280x800 anti-glare display, a fingerprint reader, HDMI and VGA-out, as well as gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional WWAN connectivity.

Additionally, as its name indicates, Panasonic classifies the Toughbook S9 as being 'business rugged'. Its magnesium alloy chassis can sustain a base drop of 2.5 feet while operating or up to 1 foot from any angle while off, it can withstand 220 pounds of pressure on its lid and it has a spill-resistant keyboard. Unfortunately, all of this comes at a discouraging, but expected price premium. Panasonic says the Toughbook S9 is available in the US with an MSRP of $2,499, which includes a three-year warranty.

User Comments: 3

Got something to say? Post a comment
Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Looks good but having a case made from Magnesium concerns me with a lot of portable devices having battery issues.

Guest said:

LOL it's funny because it's explosive! Im sure a laptop blowing up in a company head's lap will sure "put some money" into research batteries that don't explode!

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

What's with the circular touch pad? I'm not sure if I like that. And the battery life is up to 11 hours before it imminently explodes, right?

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.