Panasonic Toughbook S9 debuts as 'world’s lightest' 12.1” notebook with DVD drive

Durable yet lightweight. That is what Panasonic is promising with its latest addition to the Toughbook family, the 3.

Durable yet lightweight. That is what Panasonic is promising with its latest addition to the Toughbook family, the 3.0-pound S9 notebook.

Actually, Panasonic is touting the S9 as the "world's lightest 12.1-inch notebook with a DVD drive." But to live up to that Toughbook series name, the S9 must boast some seriously rugged specs. The S9 can withstand drops from up to 2.5 feet (say from a tabletop), liquid of up to six ounces on the spill-resistant keyboard, and pressure of up to 220 pounds.

Security seems to have been a priority as well given the integration of Intel Anti-Theft technology, a TPM security chip (version 1.2), a Computrace theft protection agent, a cable lock slot, and an optional fingerprint reader.

Users should also be able to make plenty of use of this Toughbook outside with the anti-glare display treatment.

Let's take a closer look at what that exterior magnesium alloy case is protecting:

  • 12.1-inch LED-backlit LCD widescreen (1,280 x 800 resolution)
  • Intel Core i5-520M vPro 2.4GHz processor with Turbo Boost
  • Windows 7  (XP downgrade option)
  • 2GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable to 6GB)
  • 320GB shock-mounted hard drive
  • DVD super multi-drive
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • WWAN / Gobi2000 3G (optional)
  • Connectivity: HDMI, VGA, Ethernet
  • Battery life: Up to 11 hours
  • Dimensions: 11.1- x 8.3- x 0.9-1.5-inches

Intended for executives and others working out on the road for long times, the Toughbook S9 is available now for $2,499.

To see the Toughbook S9 in action, check out the promo video below:

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