Panasonic Toughbook S9 Review

By | 2nd December 2010

Panasonic Toughbook S9

World’s lightest 12.1 inch laptop is here! The Panasonic Toughbook S9 has claimed to be the lightest 12 inch laptop (with DVD drive) in the world and its researchers have proved it right. The sturdy S9 offers an exceptional durability with high performance and an endurance to bear all kinds of beatings. With an 11 hour battery backup, is the best option for professionals who are always on move.

Design and Performance

At first when you look at the Panasonic Toughbook S9, it appears to be bulky; but the 8.3” x 11.1” x 0.9”/1.5” laptop with a weight of approximately 3 pounds, is the lightest laptop in the 12-inch category. The case of the S9 is made of tough magnesium alloy and also features a shock mounted flex-connect hard drive, which can bear rugged environments and can also withstand a fall of almost 2.5 feet. The MIL-STD-810G drop procedure in the S9 too allows it to endure falls from any angle. The keyboard and touch pad are also designed to resist spills, bumps and knocks.

The Toughbook S9 has got a 12.1-inch, widescreen LED display with an anti-glare coating and a resolution of 1280×800. The anti-glare coating is very efficient for outdoor usage, another plus point for mobile professionals who have to work in bright lights. The S9 is also the first laptop in the Toughbook series to feature a HDMI video output, a welcome addition.

The USP of the S9 can be, it’s claimed, 11 hour long battery backup, which is one of the longest offered in laptops currently. This feature alone is enough to sell the S9 as hot cakes. The machine also features a combination of fingerprint sensor and TPM security chip, for protecting sensitive data. The laptop has a PC Card slot, but it would have better to have the latest ExpressCard standard. Also, the price of the S9 is bit on the higher side.

Technical Specification

Dimensions 282.8×209.6×38.7 mm
Weight 1.36 kg
Screen Size (diagonal) 12.1 inch
Screen Resolution 1280×800
Operating System Windows  7 Professional
Processor Core i5
Processor speed 2.4GHz
Processor number 520M
Hard Drive 320 GB
RAM 2048 MB
Card Reader SD, MMC
Optical drive DVD writer drive
Ports 3xUSB 2.0; VGA;HDMI
Bluetooth Yes
Webcam No
Sound Hardware Integrated audio; 1 x speaker
Modem 56K data/fax
Ethernet 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Built-in devices 1 x Type II PC card slot; TPM security chip
Graphics hardware Intel GMA 4500 HD
Expansion slot PC card type II x 1, SD Card (SDXC)
Integrated option Gobi2000 mobile broadband (EV-DO Rev.A, HSPA), Fingerprint reader
Battery Lithium-Ion battery
Battery life 11 hours (manufacturer claimed)
Warranty 3 years limited, parts and labor

The Bottom line

The Panasonic Toughbook S9 is an amazing laptop, packed with an excellent body build and performance. It is a sturdy, rugged and durable but lightweight machine, which can withstand falls and spills. Also, the 11 hour battery backup is a great boon. The price can be an issue, as it is bit steep. But for the mobile professionals and outdoor enthusiasts, the S9 is a great deal.

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