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September 2004

No Tough Decisions Here

Anyone who travels for business is usually required to bring along a laptop so they can access corporate e-mail and their network—you know, so they can be productive. As most of us know, the more we have to stuff our briefcases, the harder it is to lug them around.
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By Eric M. Zeman




Panasonic has delivered a new laptop designed to ease the strain on your shoulder while providing all the horsepower and functionality required in today’s mobile environment. The CF-Y2 Toughbook joins a renowned line-up of laptops from Panasonic. Encased in the sleek silver shell is an Intel Centrino processor, a 40GB hard drive, DVD/CD-ROM drive, 15-inch screen and a host of other features to enhance productivity.

After opening the box and installing the battery, my first impression was, “Wow, this thing is light!” Given the fact that is has two spindles and a 14.1-inch, outdoor viewable screen, you think it would weigh as much as most devices in its class (5-7 pounds). Aside from some much smaller thin-and-lights, the CF-Y2 is the lightest notebook I’ve encountered (< 3.5 pounds), making it an easy choice as a travel companion.

It goes without saying that the two-spindle design is ideal for most business users. The large hard drive helps users who need to store big files and presentations (or, like me, several thousand MP3s). Having the DVD/CD-ROM bay is great for loading software and (when not working) watching DVDs.

So, what’s the catch, you’re thinking. No battery life, right? Wrong. The standard battery provides a full half-day (4.5 hours) of productive time. Four and a half hours is more than enough for most users to do their work.

The CF-Y2 also hosts the standard USB and monitor ports, with a RJ-45 and RJ-11 jacks for connectivity, an SD slot for file swapping, headphone and microphone jacks, and a PMCIA slot for adding a wireless WAN card.

Lastly, it’s a Toughbook, so it can take a beating. Though not fully ruggedized, it has a semi-rugged casing and will certainly handle more bumps and bruises than most laptops.

Panasonic has given enterprise users a truly functional laptop in the CF-Y2 Toughbook with some extra features that make it a good choice.
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