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Panasonic Toughbook T2

Elegant semi-rugged ultra-light
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

The "semi-rugged" Toughbook T2 is a compact, ultra-light notebook computer that weighs just 2.7 pounds. That's significantly lighter than even Tablet PC slates. Handsomely designed, the T2 has the look and feel of Panasonic's full-size Toughbooks, only downsized. It originally came with a 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M processor that's since been replaced with a Pentium 1.2GHz ULV 753, and its bright 12.1-inch display make it a tool for real work. Despite its light weight, the Toughbook T2 feels sturdy and very well made, and it should as Panasonic uses the same materials and design principles as in its big, rugged notebooks. We liked the T2's full-size keyboard, very responsive touchpad, and almost total lack of annoying heat build-up, but missed a touchscreen option. Even the original power pack provided excellent battery life. We got up to four hours in a test. Panasonic then upgraded the battery to a massive 73 watt-hour monster that should easily get six hours. And the SD Card lets you store lots of data on a tiny card.

Added/updated Updated 02/2007: replaced by T4 and then T5
Processor Intel Pentium M ULV 753
CPU Speed 1.2 GHz
Standard/Max RAM 256MB/768MB
Disk/drive 60GB HD
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II + 1 SD
Display type Transmissive anti-glare TFT
Display size/res 12.1" XGA
Digitizer/pens none
Keyboard/scale integrated 85-key, 100%-scale
Housing magnesium
Operating Temp semi-rugged
Sealing semi-rugged
Shock semi-rugged
Size (WxHxD) 10.6 x 8.3 x 1.0-1.3
Weight 2.7 lbs.
Power 73 Watt-Hour Li-Ion ("up to 5 hrs.")
Interface 2 USB 2.0, RJ11, RJ45 Gigabit
Interface Audio, VGA, 802/11a/b/g
List price from US$2,295
Contact www.panasonic.com
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