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Panasonic Toughbook 73

Elegant state-of-the-art notebook in semi-rugged package
(by Kirk Linsky)

The Toughbook 73 does the seemingly impossible: it provides state-of-the-art notebook power in a sleek yet very sturdy package. With its spill-resistant keyboard, tough magnesium case for both the system unit and the LCD display, and rugged construction, the 73 can handle abuse that would destroy ordinary consumer market notebooks. Yet, unlike many rugged devices, it is technologically up-to-date. Its 1.86GHz Pentium M 750 has plenty of power while still running over three hours. Its multimedia pocket can accommodate everything from a floppy drive to a second battery, a second disk, or a combo DVD multi drive. There are numerous internal wireless options, and you can even get an integrated Smart Card reader. The Toughbook 73 is not as tanklike as the Toughbook 29, but much tougher than standard notebooks.

Added/changed 06/2006: replaced by Toughbook 74
Processor Intel Pentium M 750
CPU Speed 1.86 GHz
Standard/Max RAM 256-1536MB
Disk/drive 60 or 80GB HD + FD/optical
Card slots 2 Type II PC Card + SD Card
Display type Outdoor-readable transmissive TFT
Display size/res 13.3"/1024 x 768 XGA
Digitizer/pens touchscreen
Keyboard/scale integrated 87-key, 100%-scale
Housing Magnesium alloy
Operating Temp semi-rugged
Sealing semi-rugged
Shock semi-rugged
Size (WxHxD) 11.7 x 10.0 x 1.7
Weight 5.7 pounds
Power 42 WHr Li-Ion ("3.25 hours")
Interface RS232, 2 USB 2.0, RJ45 (gigabit)
Interface Audio in/out, video, RJ11, 802.11a/b/g
List price from US$3,300
Contact www.panasonic.com
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