What’s tough as nails, can take a beating and weighs just 3lbs? Panasonic’s latest Toughbook, the S9. Targeted towards the construction site foremen, this light weight laptop includes a 2.4GHz Core i5-520M vPro processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 320GB hard drive, DVD burner, 12.1-inch 1280×800 anti-glare screen and an 11 hour battery life. It also includes an optional fingerprint reader for added security, HDMI/VGA outputs for presentations, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n and optional WWAN connectivity for on the go Internet surfing. Thanks to the magnesium alloy chassis the S9 can survive a 2.5 foot fall or 220lbs of pressure on its lid. The keyboard is spill resistant, you know just in case you’re extra sloppy with that morning egg McMuffin and coffee.
For all this you can pick one up for $2,499, which includes a 3-year warranty.
Panasonic Introduces the Toughbook® S9 – World’s Lightest 12.1” Laptop with DVD Drive
Ideal Road Warrior Device Features Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 11 Hour Standard Battery and 30” Drop Rating in 3lb Package
SECAUCUS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today introduced the Panasonic Toughbook® S9, the world’s lightest 12.1” laptop with an integrated DVD drive. Powered by the Intel® Core™ i5-520M vPro™ processor, delivering up to 11 hours of battery life with a standard battery and weighing only 3.0 pounds, the Toughbook S9 offers high performance in a lightweight and highly mobile form factor that is ideal for road warriors and mobile workers in a variety of markets. The new notebook offers exceptional durability, optional Gobi2000™ mobile broadband and a host of other features designed to maximize return on investment and reduce the total cost of ownership.
“Increased workforce mobility can improve efficiency and drive profit as long as the mobile device on which your business depends does not become a burden to your IT department”
Real World Durability
In order to withstand the demands of a highly mobile work environment, the Toughbook S9 has been designed to endure drops, bumps and spills. The notebook is engineered to survive a 30” (just over the typical height of a desk or table) drop to the base of the unit while operating. Despite its widescreen LED display, the Toughbook S9 successfully survives drops of 12” from any angle using the MIL-STD-810G drop procedure. The unique Panasonic spill-resistant keyboard design protects against liquid spills of up to 6 ounces (200 cc), and both the lid and base of the notebook are designed to withstand more than 220 lbs (100 kg) of pressure. In addition, Panasonic’s commitment to quality—at both the component and finished goods level—results in a total of more than 500 quality checks and tests during and after production.
Embedded Wireless Connectivity
The Toughbook® S9 offers a variety of embedded wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® 2.1 and optional Gobi2000™ mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm. Gobi simplifies complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments and allows mobile employees improved connectivity options while traveling at home or abroad. The Toughbook S9 will be certified on the Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks, allowing workers to stay connected at all times.
Security Options Vital for Mission-Critical Computing
The Panasonic Toughbook S9 notebook provides significant data security features including trusted platform module (TPM) security chip version 1.2, the Computrace theft protection agent in the BIOS, Intel Anti-Theft technology, a cable lock slot, password security and an optional fingerprint reader.
“Increased workforce mobility can improve efficiency and drive profit as long as the mobile device on which your business depends does not become a burden to your IT department,” said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. “The only way to ensure you maximize your mobile computer investment is to purchase a device with proven reliability. The Toughbook brand has an average annual failure rate in the low single digits, while most commercial-grade laptops have double digit failure rates. Not only will the new Toughbook S9 provide exceptional reliability, it will also deliver the light weight, long battery life, connectivity and performance needed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users.”
Panasonic Toughbook® S9: Select Features and Specifications
Genuine Windows 7® (with XP downgrade option)
Intel® Core™ i5-520M vPro™ Processor (2.4 GHz)
Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz
3MB Intel Smart Cache
320GB shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive
2GB RAM (DDR3), expandable to 6GB
12.1” widescreen WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD display with LED backlighting
Anti-glare screen treatment
Up to 11 hours of battery life with standard battery (MobileMark)
DVD super multi-drive
HDMI and VGA video outputs
30” operating drop (to base only)
26 sides 12” drop (non-operating)
220 lb compression-resistant
Magnesium alloy case
Spill-resistant keyboard/touchpad (protects against 6 ounces spills)
Optional integrated WWAN / Gobi2000™ mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (class 2)
Optional Integrated Security Features:
11.1” (H) x 8.3” (W) x 0.9-1.5” (D)
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic Toughbook® S9 is available in the United States at an estimated street price of $2,499 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.
The Toughbook S9 includes a standard three-year limited warranty.
Toughbook S9 Images & Video
A video overview of the Toughbook S9 can be found on the Toughbook brand’s YouTube channel; images of the Toughbook S9 can be found on the brand’s Flickr page, and a post discussing the importance of engineering laptops for a mobile workforce can be found on the brand’s blog – Toughbloggers.com.
Follow the Toughbook Brand
The Panasonic Toughbook brand can be followed on various social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Toughbloggers.com.
For more information on the Toughbook S9 and other Toughbook mobile computers, go to www.toughbook.com.
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