Rugged Mobilility: Panasonic’s New S9 Toughbook
For VARs that sell hardware into rugged environments, Panasonic’s at it again with their Toughbook line. The latest entry is the Panasonic S9 Toughbook, coming in at just 12.1 inches. Here’s some insight for your road warrior customers.
The S9 sports a Core i5 CPU, with 11 hours of battery life, wireless broadband with either Verizon or Sprint, all inside a 3 pound packaged, designed to withstand 30″ drops, plus 12″ drops from any single stress angle. It’ll handle liquid spills of up to 6 ounces (seems small), and at least 220LB of pressure (read: I can stand on this laptop and it’ll be fine).
It’s not built to be used in a war zone, but rather more of the rough-and-tumble road warrior. The security options are a compliment to that, with TPM chip security, BIOS-level theft protection, finger print scanner, and the regular cable lock slot features.
It’ll run Windows 7, but your customers can actually get a Windows XP downgrade option if you’d like. The CPU can ‘turbo-boost’ up to 2.93GHz, and it come stock with 2GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive, and a 1280×800 resolution inside that 12 inch screen.
The price tag sits at an unsurprising $2,499 Toughbook premium, and for all that, it’s still — in this blogger’s opinion — pretty generic looking.