Panasonic has recently announced the introduction of a hardy notebook under its rugged Toughbook line of notebook PCs. The Panasonic Toughbook SX2 is the next generation notebook that has been specially designed for professionals who are always on the go. The company describes the device as the perfect companion of road warriors. This device, which bears Toughbook brand, is one tough nut to crack, figuratively and literally. Minor spills and repeated bumps and drops can be easily handled by this “business-rugged” Panasonic gadget.
For the Toughbook SX2, Panasonic indeed put their money where their mouth is. It has passed the standard durability test involving repeated drops from a height of 3 feet. The Panasonic notebook can also handle up to 220lbs of pressure when it is applied evenly on its surface and withstand the damaging effects of constant vibration. A closer look at the design concept of the Panasonic Toughbook SX2 will clearly show that it was made for tough and rough conditions. It comes with a wrap-cushioning as protective element for its hard disk. The LCD hinge of the notebook has also passed a stringent endurance test and its key components like the keyboard, PCBs and the LCD are equipped with “floating” support. Additionally, the overall design of its housing as well as its structural parts has integrated force-deflecting elements. Despite being tough, the SX2 is surprisingly flexible and light as it tips the scale at 3lbs.
The Panasonic Toughbook SX2 boasts of a truly unique configuration. One of its key features is that it is 33-percent thinner than its predecessor, which is presumably the Toughbook S10. Nonetheless, its thickness is still double that of the Ultrabook or MacBook Air. Notwithstanding its thickness, it only tops the Ultrabook or the Macbook Air by a hairline when it comes to weight. This is clearly an amazing feat as the Toughbook netbook is equipped with an integrated optical drive and a powerful battery that can deliver up to a maximum of 14.5 hours of uninterrupted operation. That is about twice that of what the Ultrabook or the MacBook air can deliver on a single charge.
The Toughbook SX2 also scores high with its top-heavy internals. It is powered by the third-gen 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3320M processor and users will make a big leap forward in speed, particularly in graphics, as the Panasonic device comes with a QM77 chipset. Additionally, the perennial problem of throughput gridlock is eliminated in the SX2 as it comes with PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0 support.
The Toughbook SX2 leads the S10 by several notches as it features a 12.1-inch display with a 1600 x 900p resolution. And while it does not have a touch screen, “road warriors” will enjoy extra functionality with its high-precision circular touchpad. The device is also the ideal choice of touch-typist as it comes with a full-scale keyboard with a total of 84 keys.
Thus, if you are in the market in search of a laptop that will not give in to pressure and extreme punishment, then the “business-rugged” SX2 might be your viable choice.