Hailed as the world's lightest 3G-ready computer with a 14.1-inch wide display and internal optical drive, the Panasonic Toughbook F8 ($2,500; November 2008) is perfect for the road warrior. It features an integrated handle, a weight of only 3.7 pounds, around 6 hours of battery life, a built-in DVD Multi drive, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 4GB of RAM, a 160GB shock-mounted hard drive, an optional integrated Gobi 3G global mobile Internet (EV-DO and HSPA), a spill-resistant keyboard, integrated TPM Security Chip, and the ability to withstand more than 220 pounds of pressure.
In its constant effort to miniaturize everything, the company that brought you the Walkman, the 3.5-inch floppy disk, compact discs and Japan, has announced its newest jaunt into the tiny realm, the Sony Vaio TT series notebook ($2,000-$2,750). The TT is notable because at just 2.87-pounds, it houses a fully compliant Blu-ray player capable of 1080p video playback on the system's expansive 11.1-inch XBRITE-Duraview display. Other features include an Intel Centrino 2 processor, 256GB of solid state storage and HDMI input.
The new Sony VAIO AW Series Notebook ($1,600 and up) does the heavy lifting of a workstation while on the road. Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor (2.26GHz) with Centrino 2 technology, the laptop sports a huge 18.4-inch LCD display and Sony's XBRITE-FullHD LCD technology for 1080p clarity. It comes standard with a Blu-ray Disc optical drive (for watching movies or saving files on high-capacity BD media), an HDMI output, and a built-in CompactFlash reader. The AW notebook is available in titanium gray and a glossy piano black finish.
Super portable is the best way to describe the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ($350-$450). This little laptop features a glossy 8.9-inch LED display and weighs only 2.28 pounds. Powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Processor, the Mini 9 runs either Windows XP or Ubuntu 8.04 and comes with up to a 16GB solid state drive (SSD), a built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a free 2GB Box.net online storage plan. Available in black or white. [via]