Panasonic is introducing their best Toughbook brand laptop to date – the S9.   Their line has always been impressive technically, and prohibitive financially, and the S9 raises the bar in both of those areas. While it used to be that the one thing competing laptops could hold over the Toughbook was a slimmer weight profile, that’s no longer the case with the impressively engineered S9. 

Within it’s 12.1’’ frame, this shock resistant and moisture resistant computing device houses a shocking powerhouse and an eye-poppingly low weight. It’s got an Intel Core i5-520m vPro processor, can clock 11 hours of battery life, has an in-built optical drive, and somehow remains under 3.0 pounds. You can also drop it from 30 inches or stand on it if you way less than 220 pounds. Sheesh.

Like we mentioned, though, this impressively tough Toughbook isn’t for your average consumer. With a price tag at around $2,500 – depending on your options – it’s mostly going to be for corporate projects that are especially outdoorsy. But still, it’s droolworthy. Check out the stats below. 

Panasonic Toughbook® S9: Select Features and Specifications
• Genuine Windows 7® (with XP downgrade option)
• Intel® Core™ i5-520M vPro™ Processor (2.4 GHz)
o Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz
o 3MB Intel Smart Cache
• 320GB shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive
• 2GB RAM (DDR3), expandable to 6GB
• 12.1" widescreen WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD display with LED backlighting
• Anti-glare screen treatment
• Up to 11 hours of battery life with standard battery (MobileMark)
• 3.0 lbs
DVD super multi-drive
• HDMI and VGA video outputs
• Business-rugged
o 30" operating drop (to base only)
o 26 sides 12" drop (non-operating)
o 220 lb compression-resistant
o Magnesium alloy case
o Spill-resistant keyboard/touchpad (protects against 6 ounces spills)
• Embedded Connectivity
o Optional integrated WWAN / Gobi2000™ mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)
o Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 802.11a/b/g/n
o Bluetooth® v2.1 + EDR (class 2)
o Gigabit Ethernet
• Optional Integrated Security Features:
o Fingerprint reader
• 11.1" (H) x 8.3" (W) x 0.9-1.5" (D)
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic Toughbook® S9 is available in the United States at an estimated street price of $2,499 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.
The Toughbook S9 includes a standard three-year limited warranty.