While Panasonic sells its Toughbook rugged notebooks starting in the $2,500 range Systemax has released a semi-rugged Pentium M based notebook that starts at $999 for those of us without a few extra thousand dollars to spare.
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Systemax today announced the availability of the new 15.1″ Vigor semi-rugged notebook. It starts at just $999 and weighs 6.6-pounds, the Vigor sets an industry standard in rugged reliability while delivering a balance of performance and affordability for the mobile professional, business person or consumer on the go. The Vigor notebook includes magnesium alloy casing, a shock-mounted hard drive, and a unique spill-resistant C-Face that surrounds the area around the keyboard, touch pad, speakers, and power switches. The Vigor also complies with the standard military specification for rugged (810F) and offers an Ingress Protection rating of IP54, which specifies the environmental protection a device provides against liquids and solid objects, like rain and dust.
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While the tech specs on the Vigor are unimpressive, to get it for $999 you have to get 256MB of RAM a Celeron processor and 40GB HD (yuck), the selling point is its ruggedness and pitched at people that know they’ll be out in the field and beating up their notebooks a bit. The Vigor can be configured with a faster Pentium M (no Core Duo option) and is customizable via TigerDirect.com
Below are the specs for the $999 Vigor model:
- Intel Celeron M370 Processor (1.5GHz/400FSB/1M)
- 40GB Ultra ATA 4200RPM Notebook Hard-Drive
- 256MB of RAM (PC4200 DDR2 533MHz SODIMM (256MB x 1))
- Intel Integrated Graphics
- DVD RW optical drive
- One IEEE 1394 Firewire port
- Two high-speed USB 2.0 ports
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/ Phoenix Recovery
- One-Year Warranty
View our recent review on the Systemax Epic to see more about this company.