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Panasonic debuts rugged notebooks

Toughbooks are designed to be water resistant and dust proof for use outdoors.

November 18, 1998
Web posted at: 2:30 PM ET

by Terho Uimonen

(IDG) -- LAS VEGAS -- Panasonic introduced its Toughbook 27 series, the latest addition to the company's line of rugged notebook PCs, at the Comdex Fall 1998 show.
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Powered by a 266MHz Pentium MMX processor, the Toughbooks are designed to be water resistant and dust proof for use in demanding outdoor conditions.

The active-matrix display uses a filter that reduces light reflection to less than 1 percent, providing clear viewing even in bright sunlight, Panasonic said.

With a full magnesium-alloy casing and shock-mounted 4GB hard drive, the Toughbook is designed to withstand a three-foot drop, the company said.

Panasonic also has included support for some of the most popular wireless communications technologies, such as American Mobile/ARDIS and BellSouth Wireless Data/RAM.

Available now, the Toughbook 27 comes with 32MB of main memory and a 12.1-inch or 10.4-inch screen. Prices start at $3999.

The Toughbooks weigh 8.2 pounds, measuring 11.8-by-9.5-by-2.3 inches.

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