Panasonic Toughbook F9: US-bound In July

Posted: Jun 10 2010, 1:19pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 9:39pm CDT, in News | Notebooks and PCs

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Panasonic brags that their new Toughbook F9 is the world's lightest 14.1" laptop. At a weight of just 1.6 kg, that claim definitely sounds plausible. While the F9 is already available in Japan (and has been for months) it will be coming to the US for the first time this July. Don't expect it to be cheap; Akihabara News says that the retail price is $2899.

All of that hard-earned scratch will buy you a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i6-520M vPro processor with Turbo Boost and Intel Anti-theft and vPro technology. The display is a 14.1" (1440x900) WXGA+ widescreen with LED backlighting and a DVD multi-drive. Expect Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and WiMax/ 3G options.

The F9 has been tested on drops of 30" and can survive 26 drops to every side, corner and face from 12" to a hard surface. It has a spill-resistant keyboard and the lid and base are designed to be able to handle 220 pounds worth of compression. Every F9 comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

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