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Panasonic Toughbook Y2

Possibly the best semi-rugged ultra-light with optical drive
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Panasonic knew it was on to something with its ruggedized, yet very compact and lightweight T- and W-Series Toughbook models. However, while everyone loved the small size and light weight of those machines, many customers want a larger display and a faster processor--without sacrificing the small size and light weight. Panasonic complied by creating the Toughbook Y2. It has a speedy 1.6GHz Intel 778 processor and weighs just 3.4 pounds, much less than most competing (and non-rugged) consumer notebooks. The 14.1-inch display necessitated a somewhat larger footprint, but Panasonic still managed to keep weight down to a stunning 3.4 pounds. The brilliant anti-glare display has a very high 1400x1050 pixel resolution that's perfect for increasingly complex websites and cluttered desktops (as well as watching DVDs). The price is high, but this may just be the best durable lightweight notebook available anywhere.

Added/updated Updated 02/2007: replaced by Y4 and then Y5
Processor Intel Pentium M LV 778
CPU Speed 1.6 GHz
Standard/Max RAM 512MB/1024MB (PC-2700)
Disk/drive 60GB HD + DVD-CDRW
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II + 1 SD
Display type Transmissive anti-glare TFT
Display size/res 14.1" 1400x1050
Digitizer/pens none
Keyboard/scale integrated 87-key, 100%-scale
Housing magnesium
Operating Temp semi-rugged
Sealing semi-rugged
Shock semi-rugged
Size (WxHxD) 12.2 x 9.6 x 1.3-1.8
Weight 3.4 lbs.
Power 52 Watt-Hour Li-Ion ("5.8 hrs.")
Interface 2 USB 2.0, RJ11, RJ45 gigabit
Interface Audio, VGA, 802/11a/b/g
List price from US$2,700
Contact www.panasonic.com
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