Panasonic has updated its Toughbook family of business-rugged notebooks with three new 3G-ready models, one of which the company says is the lightest to be had. Panasonic's 8 Series Toughbooks -- costing from $2,099 to $2,499 and weighing between 3 pounds and 3.7 pounds -- run on Intel Core 2 Duo chips and come with 1 GB of RAM that's expandable to 4 GB. When the laptops ship in November, they'll also have optional embedded GobiTM 3G technology, which helps enable seamless selection between mobile broadband carriers and simplified international roaming within a single embedded device, ChannelWeb reports.
Model-specific specs include:
How rugged it rugged? This trio of Toughbooks -- which, according to eWeek, are geared toward general business use, as well as vertical markets, such as government and health care -- survived 30-inch drops to the base of each unit while operating.