Panasonic has released a new Toughbook model as well as updated two of their existing products. The new product is the Toughbook F8, while the models updated include the Toughbook W8 ultra portable laptop and the stylish Toughbook T8 tablet PC. Taking design tips from what Panasonic likes to call the "walking worker", the Toughbook T8 is definitely a contender in the notebook market, with extras such as a stylus, touch screen, and screen rotating software. With a surprisingly convenient rubber hands strap and a 12.1" tough LCD screen, the T8 sports a power saving Intel Core 2 Duo processor, is expandable to 4GB of RAM, is capable of providing 7 hours of battery life, and offers a 120GB hard drive.
It’s sister model, the Toughbook W8, has an anti-glare LCD display that is also 12.1". The main difference between the two machines is that the W8 weighs in slightly less and that the Panasonic Toughbook T8 has the ergonomic hand strap missing from the Toughbook W8. Also, the T8 includes Display Image Rotation software the W8 does not. The T8 weighs about 3.3 pounds, and the Toughbook W8 weighs in at a light 3 pounds. Both machines have exceptional battery life because of the low voltage Intel Duo Core processors utilized.
Both models come with Windows Vista Business pre-installed, but they can also be downgraded to XP if preferred. Both models also come with complete wireless capabilities, including Bluetooth. Pricing on the Toughbook notebooks starts at $2,099. For the durability and power these machines can provide, it’s well worth the money for many users.
As for the Panasonic Toughbook F8, it is proudly branded as the world’s lightest 3G-ready notebook, wielding a 14.1" wide display and an internal optical drive. The Toughbook F8 took a page out of the book of its predecessor, the T8, by adding a handle. This gives it somewhat of a small briefcase appearance when shut. It comes with a DVD burner and a 160GB hard disk drive. Selling for $2,499, the laptop could be irresistible for businesses that require Panasonic’s expertise in designing solid, reliable, and highly durable portable computers.
Recently, Alienware released their portable monster, the M17, easily topping the charts as the best laptop around. However, a few days ago, custom gaming PC builder CyberPower introduced a rival to the M1. The name of the PC is the Gamer Xtreme M1, and this gaming system can stand up to most Alienware machines that have been released. The downside is that CyberPower decided to install a standard DVD burner rather than a Blu-ray optical drive, which seems odd considering everything is moving HD now.
Aside from that, the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme M1 comes fully loaded with an ultra clear 17" WUXGA TFT LCD display which runs at 1920×1200 pixels. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme processor, you won’t have to worry about slow operation, or opening too many applications with the 4GB of DDR3 that is also featured. The notebook comes with built-in dual ATI Mobile Radeon 512MB DDR2 graphics cards in a CrossfireX configuration. It also offers built-in bluetooth, a 2MP camera (webcam), and fingerprint sensor. The laptop is presented to buyers with a pre-installed copy of Window Vista.
With Christmas around the corner, this is a great present for gaming enthusiasts. Pricing starts at $2199, and the system is customizable.
We’ve covered USB monitors here before with the ASUS UFOTO UF735 and Century Japan’s 4.3” monitor. What makes the Nanovision MIMO series LCD monitors different is the display’s feature-set. The 7” Nanovisions MIMO display is available in models that include touch-screen support, a 1.3MP webcam, and microphone and headphone jacks.
USB monitors are usually purchased for a specific secondary monitor purpose, such as being able to check your screen content from a location other than directly in front of your main display. The MIMO monitors are also a great way to dedicate space to applications that normally can clutter your desktop. Think of some applications that you mostly use at a glance, like an instant messenger, weather monitoring, movies or music playing, a video conference, and much more.
The monitor uses the USB connection as the power source, which therefore requires one less cable. Starting with UM-710 model, the 700 series is around $129 dollars, which is quite affordable. Supporting an 800×480 resolution, the MIMO can be viewed in many different display modes such as mirror, extended display, and landscape or portrait mode.
Century Japan has released a handy 4.3" USB LCD monitor. The unit is designed as a secondary display with the extra functionality of a stand-alone photo frame. Imagine you’ve been hard at work all day, but you’re expecting a specific email or IM. You’re tired, and want to go sit in the recliner you have in the room. Rather than having to pop up to your desk every time you hear your email/IM notification sound, just look over at the small LCD display sitting beside you. That’s just one example of possibilities the monitor can offer. The WVGA 800 x 480 display does not require a power supply because it is powered by the USB bus (one less cable). Its brightness is rated at 200 cd/m3, and it uses LED backlighting. The Century Japan LCD will be available for purchase in mid-November for about $199.
Shuttle’s small form factor desktop PCs have maintained a similar, rectangular design for years. The Shuttle D10 is no exception, other than the addition of a built-in 7-inch touch screen display! The D10 is Shuttle’s first computer that boasts an integrated 7-inch (800×480) LCD touchscreen display. The display can be used to view photos, movies, music, video, etc. It was designed with surveillance and simple entertainment center functions in mind.
The Shuttle D10 offers the following Specifications:
- Intel Core 2 Duo E4000, Dual-Core E2000, and Celeron 400 series processor support
- Intel G31 + ICH7 chipset
- Up to 4GB RAM
- Intel GMA 3100 video card
- 5.1 channel audio support
- Two 3.0Gb/s bandwidth SATA II controllers
- Four USB 2.0 ports
- Power efficiency and quiet operation
The Shuttle D10 will be available for approximately $475.