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PANASONIC ANY GOOD? NEED OPINION

by starlitegirl232 / November 19, 2005 11:15 AM PST

Panasonic Toughbook eLite W4 Executive Notebook Computer with Microsoft

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great machine, ultra low voltage chip...
by togus / November 19, 2005 11:47 AM PST

very tough, very expensive. Unless you are taking it out in the field, likely built tougher than you really need. You could do a lot worse than this machine.

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Toughbook line is excellent, no lighter laptops available
by dfo / December 24, 2005 2:50 AM PST

I have a Toughbook T1, purchased in 2003, and have absolutely loved it. You simply cannot get a lighter laptop, and as a grad student myself, I can't emphasize enough how nice it is to have a light computer.

Panasonic's service is also fantastic. They deal predominantly with businesses, so the level of support is FAR better than what you would get from Dell or others. In addition, you get a 3 year warranty (other manufacturers will charge an extra $100-200 for this).

These are definitely expensive machines as far as bang-for-buck goes. You are paying for the size and service, rather than for a faster processor.

Given your limited needs, it might make sense to go for the T1 or T2 (these don't have internal CD drives, so you would also need to buy an external USB CD drive, which will cost you $50-80), or the W2 (same as T2 but with an internal CD/DVD drive). These are similar in build to the W4 you are looking at, but are older, less powerful models and therefore less expensive. As a user of the T1 I can attest that it does perfectly well with MS Word and email applications, and would probably be fine for your uses.

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only one of the best notebook builders around,
by togus / December 24, 2005 3:35 AM PST

tough as nails and small and light (except for the price).

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