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The W8 is one of three models in Panasonic's 'business-rugged' line of Toughbook notebook computers.

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offers users the choice between Windows Vista and XP

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lightweight at 3 lbs considering its durable design

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integrates a unique circular scrolling touchpad

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features many durability enhancements including squared off corners, a spill resistant keyboard and a compact shell DVD drive

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great battery life - lasts 7-8 hours

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aging product - included components are dated

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very few configuration options from the manufacturer

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thick - not the thinnest of laptops

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The W8 is one of three models in Panasonic's 'business-rugged' line of Toughbook notebook computers. It is designed to be extremely lightweight and durable while meeting the computing needs of traveling businesspeople. The 12.1-inch W8 weighs 3.0 pounds, and has a removable, shock-mounted 120GB hard drive and spill-resistant keyboard. In addition to durability, the W8 includes several security features, including vPro technology within its Intel Centrino 2 processor, which clocks in at 1.2 GHz, and theft protection. With a mid-range dual-core processor and 3 GB of RAM, the W8 aims to provide the performance required by Panasonic's intended demographic, while optional integrated global mobile internet and standard Bluetooth 2.0+EDR further target the mobile, mid-to-high-end business market. Compared to the similar Toughbook T8, the W8 sacrifices graphics performance and several secondary features for marginally improved portability, but adds a DVD drive and is offered at a slightly lower price point. A lithium ion battery pack provides 7 hours of battery life. Windows Vista Business is normally included, but buyers may choose to downgrade to XP.

  • 12.1" LCD display (1024 x 768)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor (1.2 GHz, 3MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB)
  • 3072 MB RAM (DDR2-667)
  • 120 GB shock-mounted hard drive
  • DVD drive
  • SD card reader
  • Circular scrolling touchpad
  • Spill-resistant keyboard
  • Draft-n wi-fi
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • Optional Gobi global wireless internet
  • vPro technology
  • TPM security chip v.1.2
  • Computrace theft protection system
  • Optional fingerprint reader
  • 7 hours battery life
  • Windows Vista Business or XP
  • 3.0 lbs
  • Between 1.4" and 1.9" thick
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