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Panasonic Announces Thinnest & Lightest Toughbook to Date

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The current obsession with laptops is to make them as thin and light as possible. That has never been the focus of a Panasonic Toughbook - until now...

With the 'CF-C1' Panasonic has made its most portable rugged laptop to date. It can still be dropped from heights of up to 76cm (very precise, I know) with no risk of damage and has a spill resistant keyboard yet only weighs 1.47Kg which verges on that of a normal ultraportable and is unprecedented for this category.

Besides weight and whack-proofness (the technical term), the CF-C1 is something of a mini technology marvel with a 12.1in multi-touch capacitive display that can swivel into a tablet form factor plus 3G connectivity. It is no slouch either with a new Intel Core i5-520M processor (2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz), plus wireless n and Bluetooth 2.1 and up to 10 hours of battery life. Yep, I'm impressed.

Given the premium on rugged electronics you won't be surprised to hear the Toughbook CF-C1 starts from 1,998 euros (just over £1,800), but in all fairness I expected it to be even more. You will have some time to save up though, with the launch date not until July. Interestingly, an enhanced glove-friendly multi-touch model using a resistive screen (expect to hear a lot more about this) will then follow in September.

Mobile workers and well heeled clumsy people, time to get saving...

Link:
CF-C1 Product Page

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