Matsushita Toughbook 73 and Toughbook 18: two interesting Centrino-based notebooks
Today Matsushita Electric announced two Toughbook novelties: A4 Toughbook 73 and more compact B4 Toughbook 18. The latter also features rotating display, making it more comfortable to use. Of course, both models are based on the Intel Centrino platform. Toughbook 73 and Toughbook 18 shipments will start on June 26.
Toughbook 73 features 1.3GHz Pentium M, Intel 855PM, 13.3" 1024x768 LCD display, Intel PRO/WIRELESS2100 LAN adapter, 256Mb DDR SDRAM, 30Gb HDD, a number of interfaces, and an additional bay for a DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-RW combo, or a battery. The standard battery provides 6 hours of operation, the additional adds another 5. Measured 297x254x42.5mm, it weighs 1.9. Together with Windows XP Professional (SP1) or Windows 2000 Professional (SP3) the model will cost in Japan about $2300.
Toughbook 18 is a notebook with some tablet features like hand-written input, 10.4" 1024x768 rotating sensor LCD display. This model bases on 900MHz ULV (Ultralow Voltage) Pentium M and Intel 855GM; features Intel PRO/WIRELESS2100 LAN adapter, 256Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD, etc. The standard battery provides 8 hours of operation under Windows XP or 7 hours under Windows 2000. Measured 271x216x48mm, it weighs 1.99 kg. The expected price is $2500.
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