If last week's ToughBooks were a little too big for your needs, Panasonic today bestowed its ultraportable W5 and T5 ToughBooks with built-in mobile broadband. The cool thing about these notebooks (aside from their slim waist line) is that they're the first rugged laptops compatible with Sprint's EV-DO Rev A network, which delivers download speeds of 450 to 800 kbps. (They're also backwards compatible with EV-DO Rev 0 networks). Both notebooks feature a 12.1-inch screen and weigh under 3.5 pounds each, the T5 however is a Tablet PC and features a touch-screen display. Both systems will be available next month starting at $2,249.
Under 3.5 lbs? The W5 weighs under _3_ lbs. These laptops are terrific...my W2 has survived nearly three years of constant abuse and it has been rock solid. Would definitely buy another Toughbook if this one ever dies (more likely Vista will require more computing power than it has to offer...maybe I'll just stick with XP).