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Panasonic Debuts Lightweight 14.1" Toughbook F9 Notebook

Panasonic Debuts Lightweight 14.1" Toughbook F9 Notebook

There's a new member in the Toughbook family that's being introduced by Panasonic today, but you wouldn't know it by just glancing at the basic specifications. Nothing about a 14.1" notebook that weighs just 3.6lbs. screams "Toughbook," but sure enough, the new F9 is about as rugged and tough as the come. The 14" form factor is a rare one, but Panasonic has somehow managed to create a laptop in this form factor that's both the world's lightest (for a 14" notebook) and tough enough to fall into the Toughbook line.


It's hard to say if this invention will mean that future Toughbooks in other sizes will slim down and look better, but the F9 is definitely a step in that direction. The ultraportable has a 2.40GHz Core i5-520M vPro processor with Turbo Boost, so there's plenty of raw power under the hood for most situations. The 14.1" panel has a 1440x900 resolution with LED backlight, and there's even a DVD multi-drive which isn't a given at this size and weight. Other specifications include 2GB of DDR3 memory, an optional WiMAX model, an optional Gobi2000 module (for CDMA/GSM 3G support), integrated Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, and a spill-resistant keyboard. The magnesium alloy case is also worthy of the Toughbook name, as it can withstand drops from as high as 30".

Panasonic is loading Windows 7 onto the F9 and is including a battery good for around 7 hours, and no matter how hard we try, it's still hard to believe that a Toughbook can really weigh just 3.6lbs. with an internal optical drive. The combo of rugged + light isn't cheap to acquire, though. The starting price is $2899, and it'll be initially available in America this July.

PANASONIC INTRODUCES TOUGHBOOK F9 BUSINESS-RUGGED LAPTOP

World's Lightest 14" Class Laptop Delivers Desktop Performance with Intel Core i5 Processor

Secaucus, NJ, June 9, 2010 – Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today introduced the thin-and-light Toughbook F9 business-rugged laptop. The new device weighs in at a mere 3.6 pounds, making it the industry's lightest 14" class laptop. The 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. Highly mobile professionals will also benefit from the Toughbook brand's legendary reliability.

Core i5 Performance

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 and manageability capabilities that enhance IT's ability to maintain, manage, discover, heal and protect networked computing assets.

The new device, which delivers up to seven hours of battery life, also features a high resolution (1440 x 900) 14.1" WXGA+ widescreen display with LED backlighting and a DVD multi-drive.

Embedded Mobile Broadband Options

The Toughbook F9, like all Toughbook mobile computers, helps maximize mobile productivity through a variety of embedded wireless technologies. The device combines the 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. Gobi2000 simplifies multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments and allows a company's mobile workforce improved connectivity options while traveling at home or abroad and adds GPS capabilities for easy integration with mapping software.

"Mobile workforces need the type of desktop-class performance offered by Intel's Core i5 processors to maximize productivity," said Kyp Walls, director of product management, Panasonic Solutions Company. "But performance is useless if your laptop can't survive the bumps, drops and spills experienced by highly mobile professionals. The Toughbook F9 marries a high performance Intel processor with industry-leading light weight, long battery life, mobile connectivity and unrivaled reliability to deliver a best-in-class mobile computing solution."

Business-Rugged Reliability

The new Toughbook® F9 business-rugged notebook successfully survived drops of 30" (just over the typical height of a desk or table) to the base of the unit while operating. Further, using Mil-Spec methodology, the device also survived 26 drops (to every side, corner and face) from 12" 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. In addition, Panasonic's commitment to quality-at both the component and finished goods level-results in a total of more than 500 checks and tests during and after production plus 100% burn-in testing.

Panasonic Toughbook F9: Select Features and Specifications
· Genuine Windows 7® (with XP downgrade option)
· Intel® Core™ i5-520M vPro™ Processor (2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz)
· 320GB shock-mounted, flex-connect, removable HDD
· 2GB RAM (DDR3-1066MHz), expandable to 6GB
· 14.1" widescreen (1440 x 900) WXGA+ LCD with LED backlighting
· Anti-glare screen treatment
· DVD Super MULTI Drive with Dual Layer Support
· Up to 7 hour battery life
· 3.6lbs
· Business-rugged
o 30" operating drop (to base only)
o 26 sides 12" drop (non-operating)
o 220 lb pressurized vibration
o Magnesium alloy case
o Spill-resistant keyboard (protects against 7 ounces spills)
· Embedded Connectivity
o Optional integrated WWAN / Gobi2000™ mobile broadband
o Optional WiMAX
o Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 802.11a/b/g/n
o Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (class 1)
· Optional Integrated Security Features:
o Fingerprint reader
o SmartCard reader
· 9.9"(L) x 12.8"(W) x 1.0"/1.9"(H) front/rear

Pricing, Availability and Support

The Panasonic Toughbook® F9 will be available in the United States beginning July 1, 2010. The device will be available starting at an estimated street price of $2,899 from authorized Panasonic resellers.

Every Panasonic Toughbook notebook includes a standard three-year limited warranty and free access to U.S.-based phone support for the entire life of the product.

For more information on the Toughbook F9 and other Toughbook mobile computers, go to www.toughbook.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.

About Panasonic Solutions Company

Panasonic Solutions Company empowers people whose jobs depend on reliable technology. Panasonic Solutions delivers collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for customers in government, healthcare, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises. Products and services within the company's portfolio include Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computing solutions, projectors, professional displays (including both plasma and LCD), and HD video acquisition and production solutions. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic is known for the reliability and longevity of its products. Panasonic Solutions Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Information on Panasonic Solutions Company's full line of products can be obtained by calling 877- 803-8492 or at www.panasonic.com/business-solutions.
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Well I'll be, check out that disc drive. When I was a t the store with a buddy of mine, we picked these toughbooks up and were amazed at how light they were.

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That is a really nice looking design!

I am sure this will be a whole lot more appealing to many more people.

Don't see the need for the disc drive anymore though? Not like you are going to be out in the mud, dirt and rain and need to watch a movie.Or maybe since many government workers use these, they would need somewhere to store their porn:P

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I like them, and I like them allot. But I've never been able to choke down the price they charge for ToughBooks. Yeah, tough is good and necessary for some of us careless fools, but for the price you can buy four normal lappys and mow through them over time, still having some cash left to see a movie or two.

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