Remember the TabletPCs at the beginning of the millennium? Yeah, we’re not sure we want to either. You would think that with rise of new slate tablets (the stereotypical suspect being the iPad) the convertible form factor would be on the retreat. Well, Panasonic obviously didn’t get the memo, as the Toughbook C1 is keeping it real, 2003 style.
Like the rest of Panasonic’s bricks with buttons – that is, the Toughbook line – the C1 is not supposed to be a stunning statement of style. It is a rigid box of functionality. Here is the spec listing:
- Intel Core i5-520 @ 2.4 GHz
- Up to 8 GB DDR3
- Shock-Mounted, Flex-Connect 250 GB HDD
- 12.1” LED-backlit screen with multitouch
- WXGA 1280×800 Resolution
- 10 Hour Claimed Battery Life
- 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi
- Optional Gobi 2000 mobile broadband card
- Triple hinge design designed to survive a 30-inch drop (they are called Toughbooks for a reason)
Still interested? It comes at a $2499 starting price, so if you are lucky enough to have plenty of money to burn at the bank, feel free to pick one up.
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Those whose hearts are weak to gadget envy, stop reading. The specs are outlined as follows:
- Intel Core i5/i7 CPU
- Up to 8 GB DDR3
- Intel HD Onboard IGP
- 320 GB HDD or 160 GB SSD
- 12.1” Screen w/ 1280×800 Resolution
- Multitouch capacitive and pen input
- 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 3 USB 2.0 Ports
- 2 MP Webcam
- 5 Hour Claimed Battery Life
- Windows 7
It is indeed a very nice convertible tablet/ultrathin. And to make up for that, it comes at a $1599 starting price. It is worth a look, and surely if you can afford it I must imagine it will serve you quite well. The rest of us will have to survive without it.
Fujitsu is a brand that doesn’t seem to garner much attention in the American consumer market. Still, it has been known for making sleek products and appealing to more of a high-end/business user-base. So without much fanfare, Fujitsu officially announced the LifeBook T900 Tablet PC and pricing for the LifeBook UH900.
The T900, in many senses, is your typical Tablet PC. It is essentially a rehashing of their older 13.3″ T5010 tablet, but with a significant performance boost. You get your choice of Intel Core i5 520M, 540M, or Core i7 620M processors, and your typical 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HDD, DVD-RW, and integrated Intel graphics. With special bonuses like biometric scanners, ambient light sensors, and user-cleanable dust filters, this one will start at $1,889.
On the cheaper end of the Fujitsu spectrum (which really isn’t all that cheap), the Lifebook UH900 is a mobile internet device (MID) that premiered at CES 2010. This is equipped with an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz Z530 CPU, 2GB RAM, a 62GB SSD HDD, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS plus Windows 7. All on an itsy-bitsy 5.6″ multitouch screen. This is all highly impressive, but whether or not that justifies a $999 MSRP is up for you to decide. If you believe so, then you’ll probably appreciate the fact Fujitsu is currently selling it for $849.