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Panasonic Toughbook F9

Panasonic’s Toughbook F9 is for business-rugged—not ultrarugged—conditions. This 14-inch laptop sports an Intel Core i5-560M vPro processor, 4GB of RAM, and a shock-mounted 320GB hard drive. It’s fairly light at 3.6 pounds, and is drop-proof and spill-resistant—to a point. The laptop can survive drops from heights of up to 30 inches while open, and its keyboard should withstand a coffee-cup spill. It also offers optional Gobi mobile broadband. The Toughbook F9 costs $2900.

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