Panasonic Releases “Business-Rugged” Toughbooks in the US

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Roughly a month after announcing the new 7 series Toughbook notebooks in Japan, Panasonic officially released the new "business-rugged" Toughbooks here in the United States. While the new 7 series wasn’t designed to handle the same environments as the Toughbooks used by the US military, the 7 series was real-world tested to withstand the drops, bumps and spills faced by "truly mobile professionals" while maintaining ultraportable and thin-and-light standards.

The ultraportable W7, the tablet alternative T7, and the thin-and-light Y7 feature Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 802.11 wireless, Bluetooth 2.0 and optional high-performance built-in 3G mobile broadband solutions from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless (EV-DO Rev. A). Like all Toughbook notebooks, the business-rugged 7 series notebooks are drop- and spill-resistant, have strong
magnesium alloy cases and chassis, shock-mounted hard drives and LCDs, and internal flexible connectors for additional protection.

The Panasonic Toughbook Y7 is available now at an estimated street price of $2,449.00. The mobile broadband-ready Panasonic Toughbook W7 and Toughbook T7 will be available in December, 2007 at an estimated street price of $2,099. All Toughbook notebooks can be purchased from authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide. Please visit for more information.

We had an opportunity to spend some time with all three of these new Toughbooks at a special press event last night. Although the 7-series isn’t built for deployment in a warzone it’s safe to say that Panasonic has three winners on their hands. If you’re shopping for a business notebook in the $2,000+ price range you’ll be hard pressed to find more durable, full-featured notebooks than these. Full specifications for the Toughbook T7 Tablet are listed below:

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Panasonic Toughbook T7

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor ULV U7500, 1.06GHz
  • 1GB DDR2-533 SDRAM standard, expandable to 2GB
  • 80GB HDD, shock-mounted
  • 12.1" 1024 x 768 XGA anti-glare TFT active matrix color LCD with touchscreen
  • TPM Security Chip v1.2
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG 802.11a/b/g
  • Genuine Windows Vista Business (with XP downgrade option)
  • Display Image Rotation software
  • Dimensions: 1.5"/2.3" (H) x 10.7" (W) x 8.5" (D) (including hand strap)
  • Ergonomic hand strap
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • Battery life: 5-9 hours
  • Mini Dock Box Replicator (accessory)
  • Wireless on-off switch (WWAN, WLAN, Bluetooth)
  • Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR
  • Optional integrated WWAN / mobile broadband (EV-DO or HSDPA)



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