Need a computer that’s light enough for the road, but tough enough to deal with your frustrated rage? You might want to look at the Panasonic Toughbook S9, a lightweight 12.1-inch laptop with the credentials for rugged business use.
How light? Weighing a mere 3 lbs, it’s the lightest 12.1-inch laptop with a built-in DVD drive around – a far cry from the hefty tradition of similarly durable and portable computers. What good is a durable PC, after all, if it’s so heavy you can’t take it out of the house?
Despite the compact and lightweight design, it doesn’t skimp on the specs. Details include a 12.1-inch LCD (1280 x 800 resolution) with anti-glare coating, a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 6GB), a 320GB shock-mounted hard drive, 11-hour battery life and a slew of connectivity offerings (HDMI, VGA, Bluetooth, WiFi, optional 3G, ethernet and USB).
As for the durability, it comes housed inside a magnesium alloy case that can resist drops of up to 30 inches and pressure of up to 220 lbs. Both the keyboard and touchpad can withstand spills of up to six ounces, too, so knock that coffee cup all you want – nothing bad’s going to happen.
We’re not sure how much it costs to make a machine this tough, but Panasonic is pricing the Toughbook S9 at a pretty steep $2,499. If you frequently put your computer through the rigors of the outside world, though, it might be worth the hole in your pocket.