The latest rugged machine from Panasonic’s Toughbook line comes in smaller form factor and along with is 12.1-inch (1280 x 800) LED-backlit display has an integrated DVD drive which is accessed just next to the touchpad.
Called Toughbook S10, this rugged laptop feature a magnesium alloy case and is designed to survive drops, bumps and spills. It has shock-mounted flex-connect hard drive, spill-resistant keyboard and according to Panasonic can handle up to a 30″ drop to the base of the unit while operating. S10 is packs the power of 2.5 GHz Core i5-2520M processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.20 GHz, along with up to 8GB of RAM, 320 GB 5400 rpm hard drive, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, optional Gobi 2000 3G mobile broadband and mentioned DVD drive. The laptop also offers HDMI and VGA video outputs, USB 3./2.0 0 connectivity, multi card reader and fingerprint reader.
The entire laptop measures (H) x 8.3″ (W) x 0.9-1.5″ (D) and weighs weighs only 3.0 pounds (around 1.5 kg) with is battery that delivers up to 12.5 hours of operation. It runs Windows 7 Professional also includes security features like Intel Anti-Theft technology, Computrace theft protection agent in BIOS, Trusted platform module (TPM) security chip v.1.2, Cable lock slot and more.
Panasonic’s Toughbook S10 is expected to be available in September 2011 starting at $2,449.