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Recommended Buy for Power User?

I'm looking for the following and couldn't find a match in the site buying guide:

Weight - Not a high priority

Screen Size - 15 inch, with moderately high resolution. I often have to review (and occasionally modify) CAD drawings. However, I'd still like to fit it in my briefcase.

Power - Highest priority. Probably an i7 processor, at least 4 Gb RAM, 300+ Gb drive @ 7200 RPM. Serious spreadsheet and database crunching. Also, specialized control programs (automation & robotics) and emulators. No interest in gaming.

Battery - 9-cell. I understand that a high performance processor will reduce battery time. I'm currently using a Thinkpad that allows me to throttle back the processor to conserve power.

Pointing Device - I normally use a mouse. When not available, I prefer the trackpoint (little joy stick in the middle of the keyboard) to the touchpad, but I realize I might have to give this up.

Ruggedness - Serious. This machine is transported at least twice per day.

Other features - Wireless G & N. Bluetooth. Three or more USB ports. CD/DVD drive (can be external).

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There are few rugged laptops. When this is asked I immediately know to write "Toughbook." Google that!

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This looks like is could do the job for you

By rugged what do you mean. Toughbooks are built to survive being used in the elements. My organization use them being used in cars and outside in the elements. The goverment buys toughbook clones to use in iraq. Most laptops are about the same as far as being transported but the toughbooks and clones are built to survive the elements. My organization thought about replacing their toughbooks because they could buy 2 or 3 main stream laptops for the price of one Toughbook.

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