Although there are many notebooks and laptops on the market that are specifically designed with business users in mind, not all of them have the durability to survive a busy travel schedule. The recently announced Panasonic Toughbook S10 on the other hand is designed to survive drops, bumps and spills, and comes with an excellent battery life.
As Dana Wollman over at engadget.com recently noted, the Panasonic Toughbook S10 looks fairly similar to the older S9 model that it’s replacing, but comes with a few changes. For example, the S10 is powered by an Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2520M processor (2.5GHz), and comes with 4GB – 8GB of RAM and a battery that provides up to 12.5 hours of usage.
The Toughbook S10 – which weighs in at just three-pounds – also offers optional Gobi2000 mobile broadband, as well as other enhancements that will increase its performance. The S10 supports both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, and comes with VGA and HDMI outputs, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n).
Thanks to its shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive – which provides users with 320GB of storage space – and its magnesium alloy case, the Panasonic Toughbook S10 can withstand up to a 30” drop to the base while operating. The S10 notebook also boasts a spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad that will protect against spills of up to six ounces.
The S10 – which runs on the Windows 7 Professional (32-bit or 64-bit) operating system – also boasts a 12.1-inch widescreen WXGA LED-backlit LCD display with an anti-glare screen treatment, a DVD drive, and a host of security features including a cable lock slot, Intel Anti-Theft Technology and an optional fingerprint reader.
As for pricing and availability, the Panasonic Toughbook S10 notebook is expected to arrive in the United States sometime in September 2011, and will be available to purchase for around $2,449 from authorized Panasonic resellers. Are you familiar with Panasonic’s Toughbook series?