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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


333 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, California 95110
United States


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September 29, 2010 |

Panasonic Debuts Its Latest Toughbook

The Toughbook S9 sports a ruggedized, lightweight form and comes standard with an integrated DVD drive.

Panasonic Solutions Company introduced its Toughbook S9 this week, calling it “the world’s lightest 12.1-inch laptop with an integrated DVD drive.”

Designed for use by “road warriors and mobile workers in a variety of markets,” according to Panasonic, the rugged laptop weighs just three pounds. The laptop features a spill-resistant keyboard design, and the lid and base of the notebook are both designed to withstand more than 220 pounds of pressure.

The notebook is engineered to survive a 30-inch drop while operating. “Despite its widescreen LED display, the Toughbook S9 successfully survives drops of 12 inches from any angle using the MIL-STD-810G drop procedure,” states the company in its press release.

The S9 is powered by the Intel Core i5-520M vPro processor.

The Toughbook S9 delivers up to 11 hours of battery life and comes with optional Gobi2000 mobile broadband from Qualcomm. In fact, the notebook offers a variety of embedded wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. According to Panasonic, the Toughbook S9 will be certified on the Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks as well.

The notebook provides such data security features as a trusted platform module (TPM) security chip version 1.2, the Computrace theft protection agent in the BIOS, Intel Anti-Theft technology, a cable lock slot, password security, and an optional fingerprint reader.

Panasonic Toughbook S9 comes standard with the following:

  • Genuine Windows 7 (with XP downgrade option)
  • Intel Core i5-520M vPro Processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz
  • 3 MB Intel Smart Cache
  • 320 GB Shock-Mounted Flex-Connect Hard Drive
  • 2 GB RAM (DDR3)–Expandable to 6 GB
  • 12.1″ Widescreen WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD Display with LED Backlighting
  • Standard MobileMark Battery
  • DVD Super Multi-Drive
  • HDMI and VGA Video Outputs
  • Magnesium Alloy Case
  • Spill-Resistant Keyboard/Touchpad
  • Embedded Connectivity Optional Integrated WWAN / Gobi2000 Mobile Broadband (EV-DO and HSPA), Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200, 802.11a/b/g/n Bluetooth v2.1
  • EDR (class 2) Gigabit Ethernet
  • Optional Integrated Security Features, including Fingerprint Reader

The Panasonic Toughbook S9 is available in the United States at an estimated street price of $2,499 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors. It comes with standard three-year limited warranty.

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