Panasonic Toughbook F9 : Lightest 14-inch Rugged Laptop

Jun 10, 2010

Panasonic has announced Toughbook F9, a business-class rugged laptop. Weighing just 3.6 pounds (1.6Kg), the Toughbook F9 is the industry’s lightest 14-inch laptop. Like all Toughbook computers, F9 is tough and successfully survived drops of 30-inch. The new Toughbook F9 will be available in the US market from July 1, 2010 at an estimated price of $2,899.


The Panasonic Toughbook F9 features an Intel Core i5 processor, 320GB HDD, high resolution (1440 x 900) widescreen display, optional Qualcomm Gobi2000 mobile broadband and an integrated handle. The Toughbook F9 includes a standard voltage 2.40GHz Intel Core i5-520M vPro processor with Turbo Boost Technology (delivering speeds up to 2.93GHz) and has Intel Anti-theft and vPro technologies to improve hardware-assisted security.


The new device, which delivers up to seven hours of battery life, also features a high resolution (1440 x 900) 14.1-inch WXGA+ widescreen display with LED backlighting and a DVD multi-drive. To help you maximize mobile productivity the Toughbook F9 comes with latest Intel WiFi chipset (Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 AGN) and Bluetooth v2.1 +EDR, with an option for WiMAX (4G) or Gobi2000 (3G) mobile broadband technology from Qualcomm.


Toughbook F9 successfully survived drops of 30-inch while operating.  Using Mil-Spec methodology, the device also survived 26 drops (to every side, corner and face) from 12-inch to a non-yielding surface. The unique Panasonic spill-resistant keyboard design protects against liquid spills of nearly 7 ounces (200 cc), and both the lid and base of the device are designed to withstand more than 220 lbs (100 Kg) of compression.

The Panasonic Toughbook F9 rugged laptop will be available in the United States beginning July 1, 2010. Estimated street price is $2,899.

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