Panasonic Toughbook S9 unveiled – lightest 12-inch ty to feature a DVD drive

The latest Panasonic Toughbook promises extreme ruggedness while remaining light on weight

Panasonic’s doing some tough talking of late, with its latest line of sturdy Toughbook S9 computers in the offing. The 12.1-inch device, enabled with LED backlighting, has a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and has earned the rare distinction of being the world’s lightest 12.1-inch notebook weighing just a meager 3 pounds, and also comes with an integrated DVD drive.

It has a dark grey matte exterior and an equally matte dirty white interior with tough looks. You get the standard styled keyboard stretched to the borders on both sides, with the signature round Panasonic trackpad. The hinge looks extra-strong.

This Toughbook line of rugged computer is capable of HDMI and VGA output, with an anti-glare screen. I can see a USB port and the VGA out on one side. Operating system options include Windows 7, with an optional XP downgrade left to the user’s discretion. Processing capabilities are handled by Intel’s Core i5-520M clocking at 2.4GHz while a modest 2GB of RAM does duty on the device with 320GB of storage. The 2.4GHz clock speed can be increased to 2.93GHz thanks to the Turbo mode. You will also like its hyper-threading ability that can handle 4 threads in the two cores. It should handle most gaming and multimedia tasks with ease.

The device, coming with a DVD super multi unit optical drive, has been toughened to survive up to a 30-inch drop. The Toughbook S9 is manufactured out of magnesium alloy and its keyboard stands to be split resistant. Priced at $2499, it is a must buy for those of you who “don’t like to –handle with care”!

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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-10- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)