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.
The newest netbook on the market is furnished in true OLPC style. It’s the hardiest machine we’ve encountered yet, with a contender being the relatively unknown CTL 2go PC netbook of last year. Take a look at the new Trimble Yuma tablet netbook, designed for the harshest of environments:
As we reported recently, manufacturers are taking note of midsize firms’ need for rugged machines and are delivering accordingly. Netbooks are filling that gap nicely due to their low cost, and the 2.6 pound Trimble Yuma is the result.
The Yuma tablet netbook can be submerged in 1 meter of water without sustaining damage. It earned Ingress Protection Ratings of six for dust damage and seven for water.
The netbook can do some hard work itself, too. It is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, and comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, “dual digital cameras”, and slots for SDIO and an ExpressCard. You only get 32 GB of storage, but for an SSD that’s quite a bit. Moving parts on hardy machines are looked down upon, thus the need for the solid state drive.
Additionally, you can read off the 7-inch screen in direct sunlight. No OS has been specified for the Trimble Yuma thus far, though the pictures suggest Vista. Will it be well-powered enough to run the OS?
Personally, I’d imagine a Linux OS or XP would be a better choice – most netbooks simply can’t handle Vista. On the other hand, if the Yuma works it works, and if it makes it to the industries it’s designed for that’s what it’s going to need to do.
There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.
The 2go PCs are small and easily portable. They have been tested in some pretty unfriendly conditions, and feature drop-proof construction, sturdy plastic, and a liquid-resistant keyboard.
CTL didn’t put the most insane specs into the rugged little machine which runs a 900 MHz Intel processor and features 512 MB RAM and a 40 GB hard drive. This is understandable: the primary market for the netbook will most likely be construction workers and other hands-on workers, who need a sturdy machine for organizational purposes but would gain little utility from additional features.
It is going for $329 on Amazon running a Linux OS. Check out the specs we’ve lifted from that page below:
- CPU and Platform: Intel Mobile Processor ULV 900 MHz 400 MHz FSB
- Memory: SO DIMM 200-pin socket x 1400 MHz FSB supports DDR2 400/533, SO-DIMM DRAM 512 MB Standard. 1 GB Availablemodule
- Video: 9-inch LCD, 800 x 480 Color LCD TFT, LED backlight, digital LVDS interface
- Storage: 40 GB 1.8-inch 4200 RPM PATA HDD2-in-1 SD/MMC memory card reader supports boot from card reader and USB. USB 2.0 Interface for external storage
- Wireless LAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with open mesh supportMini-card form factor, single antenna
- Audio: Realtek ALC6555–AC ‘97 2.1 Integrated, analog audio, two integrated 1-watt speakers
- I/O Ports: 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 x RJ-45 10/100 LAN, 1/8-inch external microphone-in jack, 1/8-inch external headphone jack, 2-in-1 SD/MMC memory card reader, Kensington Lock ready
- Operating System: Preloaded with Linux
- Dimensions and Power: 8.7 inches (W) x 7.3 inches (H) x 1.5 inches (D), Weight: less than 3 lbs, 4-cell Li lon Battery, battery life aproximately 3 hrs typical usage time
- Other: Integrated camera, 30fps at 640 x 480, 0.3 M Driver/AP support Windows XP/Linux