Notice: These are being sold at a discounted price because some of these units have very faint white marks on the screen.
Panasonic's business-rugged Toughbook W8 is very similar to the T7 and T8 units (in fact, all three take the same replacement parts). Like its T-series bretherin, the W8 is encased in sturdy, light-weight magnesium alloy. It's light and compact for a Toughbook, that's for sure, but if you're expecting a wafer-thin Chromebook alternative, that's not what you'll get. Roughly the size and heft of a 300-page hardbound book, the upshot to the (still highly-portable) size is that you get a real computer with Windows 7. The slight wedge shape places the screen at a higher, more comfortable viewing angle and houses a drainage system for the splash-proof keyboard and touchpad (don't use it in the pouring rain, but no need to freak out if it gets misted, either).
The most notable difference between the Toughbook W8 and the T8 is that the W8 comes with a DVD multi-drive and non-touch screen, whereas the T8 has no optical drive, but does include a touchscreen display. Otherwise, they are more or less the same. Chosing between the two models will be a matter of deciding which feature you value more, the optical drive or the touchscreen.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz|
|Display||12.1" anti-glare screen|
|Memory||2GB DDR2 SDRAM|
|Optical Drive||DVD multi-drive|
|Expansion Slots||SD card, PCMCIA Type II|
|Ports||3 X USB 2.0, VGA, 50-pin ext. port, Ethernet, modem, line-out/headphone jack, line-in/microphone jack|
|Ethernet Network Card||10/100/1000 NIC|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional|
|Wireless||Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth|
|Battery||Included, but not covered under warranty|