The Panasonic Toughbook S10 finally arrives in the US

About six months after the Panasonic S10 was released in Japan, the Toughbook finally makes its way to North America
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

The Panasonic Toughbook S10, known as the Let’s note S10 in some places, has finally arrived in the North American market – as reported by Akihabara news. The S10, which was released in Japan six months ago, has pretty impressive configuration for a tough ultraportable. It boasts of an Intel Core i5-2520M vPro processor along with an Intel 3000 HD with graphics card, 4GB of RAM, up to 750GB of HDD (SSD options also available), a 12.1” WXGA LED backlight screen with 1280 x 800 pixels widescreen resolution and Windows 7 Pro.

Look and design

The S10 has one of the most unique design layouts you will ever see in an ultraportable. The throughout matte body will give you respite from occasional leaving of greases and fingerprint marks on the body. The exterior has a fine texture on a unique vertically divided surface. The keys are laid in the traditional typewriter style and look quite cramped to us – although it will depend heavily on the size of your fingers. There’s the most unique and stylish looking round touchpad just below the keyboard with both the mouse buttons built into the circle. Just towards right of the touchpad (where a right-hander will ideally place his palm) resides a DVD drive. We would want to know how it opens, because if one has to use the common tactic of pressing once to open and press again to close – there might be a chance when you accidentally apply more pressure with your right palm while operating and the drive opens up.

The S10 is available in six different shades including silver, red, black and blue. The 1.34kg (standard battery + HDD model) system has a dimension of Width 282.8 mm x height 209.6 mm x depth 23.4 mm/38.7 mm.

I/O ports

There are the VGA out, two USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 ports, one LAN connector, HDMI out, SD card slot and a type II PCMCIA Card Slot.    


Wired connectivity is through LAN whereas the wireless connections are handled by the Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (750GB and 256GB models only).


The S10 will be priced at around $2,449 US, which is extra expensive because of its specifications according to special purposes. So unless you work at a construction site or in the military or somewhere where that extra bit of muscle is required in your gadget – pass it for a laptop with much better configuration.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-08-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)