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Panasonic Announces Toughbook SX2

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Panasonic has upgraded its Toughbook with Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.

The new SX2 model comes with a 2.6 GHz Core i5-3320M vPro CPU, a 12.1-inch 1600 x 900 pixel display, 4 GB DDR3L-1333 memory, a 320 GB 5400 rpm HDD, as well as a 720p webcam in a 3.1 lbs package.

The manufacturer said that the magnesium alloy design shields the notebook from damage when dropped from a height of 30 inches on the base while on or off and from a height of 12 inches when dropped on all other faces when off. Both the lid and base of the notebook are guaranteed to withstand more than 220 lbs of pressure

The new Toughbook is still a rugged notebook and not exactly as thin as an Ultrabook, but Panasonic said that the SX2 is "approximately 33 percent slimmer than the previous Panasonic business-rugged model." Prices start at $2,649.

 

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    kitsunestarwind , October 14, 2012 4:10 AM
    Call me when it can survive a couple of meters fall
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    A Bad Day , October 14, 2012 4:10 AM
    If there were rugged smartphones or tablets...
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    pliskin1 , October 14, 2012 4:51 AM
    A Bad DayIf there were rugged smartphones or tablets...

    There ARE rugged smartphones and tablets. Samsung Rugby and Casio G'zOne are two rugged phones. The Pantech Element is semi-rugged tablet.
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    abbadon_34 , October 14, 2012 5:39 AM
    they have two classes, one for semi-rugged for business (like a housing contractor) and one fully rugged (approved for military used in BFE)

    smartphone and tablet they got, but it'a easiest cheapest just to get a case or cover
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    southernshark , October 14, 2012 8:06 AM
    Have a plastic gateway laptop that survived a 2 meter fall onto concrete. I am glad that it was not made out of aluminum, the plastic did a much better job of absorbing the impact.
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    spookie , October 14, 2012 11:01 AM
    Quote:
    The new SX2 model comes with a 2.6 GHz Core i5-3320M vPro CPU, a 12.1-inch 1600 x 900 pixel display, 4 GB DDR3L-1333 memory, a 320 GB 5400 rpm HDD, as well as a 720p webcam in a 3.1 lbs package.

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    Prices start at $2,649.

    At that price I expect a 14" and a minimum resolution of 1920x1080, and 1tb HDD plus a SSD. 6GB RAM would also be better...
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    assasin32 , October 14, 2012 11:56 AM
    Spookie it's designed to take a beating and if I remember a lot more abuse than whats listed on this article and for a very small market so there is markup since they aren't selling in volume, but off hand I think they are probably the only major supplier of rugged notebooks like this.
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    greghome , October 14, 2012 1:00 PM
    spookieAt that price I expect a 14" and a minimum resolution of 1920x1080, and 1tb HDD plus a SSD. 6GB RAM would also be better...


    It's a Toughbook, not an alienware.
    It's like how a Thinkpad would cost more than your normal laptop. Most of the Engineering goes to making it tough and suitable for the business environment
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    icemunk , October 14, 2012 1:00 PM
    I think should have an SSD. One of the first thing that goes on laptops, are their hard drives.
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    anonymous_user , October 14, 2012 1:58 PM
    12.1-inch AND 1600 x 900? Why can't bigger notebooks have such nice resolutions? Its hard enough finding a 14-inch with that resolution.
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    Anonymous , October 14, 2012 4:00 PM
    "A Bad Day :
    If there were rugged smartphones or tablets..."

    I'm actually writing this from a rugged tablet. Motion Computing F5v.
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    cookoy , October 14, 2012 4:24 PM
    the price is a bit tough to justify on my company's books
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    nebun , October 14, 2012 4:38 PM
    really, only 30 inches? thanks but no thanks
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    brickman , October 14, 2012 7:40 PM
    A round touchpad with a rectangle screen. Something doesn't seem right about that lol.
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    JBB-SaDo , October 14, 2012 9:31 PM
    Wouldn't a SSD be more likely to survive a drop vs a regular HD? Being that there are no moving parts.
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    jacobdrj , October 15, 2012 4:28 PM
    Really? No SSD?
    At these price points, it only occasionally makes sense to get a Toughbook rather than buy multiple laptops and keep replacing them. At the same time, Really? No SSD?

    Come on...