Desktops and Notebooks: Panasonic Toughbook S9, Rugged Tablet Go On Display

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-10-22
 
 
 

Panasonic Toughbook S9, Rugged Tablet Go On Display

by Nicholas Kolakowski

Panasonic Toughbook S9, Rugged Tablet Go On Display

Toughbook S9

Panasonic had the recently released Toughbook S9 on display at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2010. The 3-pound device features a 12.1-inch LED screen and is rated for a 30-inch drop.

Toughbook S9

Magnesium Alloy

The S9's toughness comes courtesy of a magnesium alloy case, a shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive and a spill-resistant keyboard.

Magnesium Alloy

Battery

Panasonic claims the Toughbook S9 has a battery life of 11 hours.

Battery

Windows 7

The Toughbook S9 comes standard with Windows 7. It also supports Linux.

Windows 7

Touchpad

The Toughbook S9 boasts a circular, spill-resistant keypad.

Touchpad

DVD Drive

The Toughbook S9's DVD drive. The device also supports analog (VGA) and HDMI video outputs.

DVD Drive

Ecosystem

Panasonic envisions the Toughbook as supporting a broader tech ecosystem for both government and enterprise—particularly those institutions (such as police) involved in rugged fieldwork.

Ecosystem

Rugged Tablet

At the Gartner show, Panasonic also displayed its "rugged tablet," the U1 Essential. The 2.3-pound device runs a touch-screen version of Windows XP (it also supports Vista) and a slot for a bar-code reader.

Rugged Tablet

U1 Essential

The U1 essential also features a 2-megapixel camera, along with integrated options such as GPS.

U1 Essential

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