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New Toughbooks from Panasonic

New Toughbooks from Panasonic

Laptops are great on the road, until one goes spilling out of your carry-on bag at the airport screening station or gets banged around at a construction site. That's why Panasonic's Toughbook line of rugged notebooks has been the longtime popular choice for road warriors who treat their laptops like they're actually in a war.

Panasonic has added three new business-rugged systems to its lineup as of Tuesday morning: the ultraportable CF-W5, the tablet-alternative CF-T5, and the thin-and-light desktop-replacement CF-Y5.

Not as tank-like as the more industrial models, the business-rugged Toughbooks can survive a one-foot drop, while the hard drives are rated to survive a fall of 30 inches.

The $1,899 ultraportable CF-W5 weighs 3.1 pounds and has a 12.1-inch screen, along with an ultra-low-voltage Intel Core Solo processor and approximately eight hours of battery life.

The tablet-like CF-T5 is also $1,899 and has a 12.1-inch touch-screen LCD and an ergonomic hand strap for lugging it around. It weighs in at 3.5 pounds and promises a whopping 10 hours of battery life, thanks in part to the low-power Intel Core Solo CPU.

Lastly, the $2,100 CF-Y5 bumps all of the specs up a notch, with a 14.1-inch display and a faster Intel Core Duo L2400 CPU. At 3.7 pounds, it's being marketed as a lightweight desktop alternative.

If you're in the market for a laptop that can survive the odd spill, fall, or butterfingers moment, look for the CF-W5 and the CF-T5 in October and the CF-Y5 in December.