Akihabara News has word of new ultraprotables coming out from Panasonic, in both 12.1-inch and 10.4-inch models. They are not Intel Duo Core powered, and they are not widescreen. They report one very interesting feature, that they “are designed to resist a pressure of 100kgs, except for the R4 that resists to a pressure of 50kg”.
A few days ago, Lisa Gade wrote a review of the Panasonic Toughbook W4 for Mobile Tech Review. The W4 is part of a very small niche in the ultraportable arena – that of “semi-rugged” laptops – those laptops that can take a little bit more abuse than the typical laptop. It has a 12.1-inch display (non-widescreen unfortunately) and owes its long battery life to the Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Pentium CPU from Intel.