toughbook w8 for 379

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by Boo Boo, Feb 11, 2011.

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  1. Regnad Kcin

    Regnad Kcin Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes, the W8 really is nearly 2.25" thick (2.13" IIRC). The housing isn't that thick but the unit sits an an angle and has three feet across the back. Those feet add a good bit of height that Panasonic didn't include in their thickness measure.
    http://www.ruggedpcreview.com/images/pana_w7_sides_small.jpg
    Pity because the thing is very light and otherwise works quite well as a portable.
     
  2. old busted

    old busted Notebook Evangelist

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    It's no great feat to take them off.
     
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    avservice Notebook Consultant

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    They sit funny without the feet.
     
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    How's the installation of drivers going? I sent you a PM regarding the Win7 installation over Vista.
     
  5. Regnad Kcin

    Regnad Kcin Notebook Evangelist

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    busted, as was mentioned the computer wouldn't sit right without them.

    Cyrilng,
    I replied in a PM but I will post it here as well. I didn't have any issues installing things. I used the included Vista disc to create an OEM Vista install. From there I just upgraded to Win7 Pro using a full license (ie I could install it on a new computer). Once I had Win7 running I just installed the Panasonic driver pack. The only thing issue I've had is the complaint that someone else had about the screen not responding to keyboard brightness commands. So if you press Fn+F2 to make the screen brighter it will change but after a second or so revert back to the previous setting. You can change it via the power management controls (click on the battery icon). Someone suggested killing the Hotkey (or something like that) process to fix the issue. It did but then the on screen stuff that shows you adjusting brightness no longer appears. Also the sound quit but that may be unrelated. I haven't really checked yet. Windows also did a number of updates that might have been the issue. Either way, it wasn't hard. I don't see an issue with Win 7 32 vs 64 bit.
     
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    geez, try to have a little fun...
     
  7. cyrilng

    cyrilng Notebook Geek

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    Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions & more. :)

    Sorry to hear you're letting it go. I too would love if it were a little more sleek (would be a real deal killer if it were!) but I also appreciate that it has to be somewhat so in order to be 'Tough' & in any case the business class W7/W8s are nowhere as thick (or rugged) as the 'real' Toughbooks are. My other choice for a lightweight notebook with a built-in optical drive would be the Toshiba R700 series (13.3in, 3.2lbs) but they are a bit more expensive than the W8 albeit with better specs too. The current top of the line 12.1in business class Toughbook is the CF-S9 which is very much more expensive! :eek: (Hmm, ToughOnline sells the S9 at US$2729 but in Singapore it's going for around SGD$2699 / US$2223 only. :p but still too expensive for me!)
     
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    cyrilng Notebook Geek

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    I decided not to wait anymore & got one off eBay since I figured they're both going to cost about the same after adding shipping costs! Now I hope the one my forward shipper ordered for me from ToughOnline doesn't go through! :rolleyes:
     
  9. mcompton1973

    mcompton1973 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hey, I work for Bizco...in sales. We did not get any large order...in fact I had an order for 60 and Panasonic would not let us sell them. What really happened is that when this first came out, and the code went everywhere, We had THOUSANDS of orders. Mostly from people from deal sites and people that were gonna put them on CL and Ebay. At first Panasonic said it was ok to just process the orders. Then Panasonic said that they wanted us to make sure that we prioritized all of the empolyees, then they said they wanted us to try and vet that the purchasers were employees or 'real' friends and family. At that time we said there was no way to do that.

    What caused the big delays were getting the computers in from Panasonic (we still have the last 300 due) and that they kept sending the code out to the employees tellign them they could still order...so the more that ordered, the less we had for other people.

    Just thought I would let you know the real deal. I just found this site. Love it. I will try to lurke and help out when I can.
     
  10. Kardan

    Kardan Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks for the info - and welcome to the site!

    You mentioned on your website that you may end up with a few more units than orders and might open up sales again for a short time. Is this still a possibility? (Our local Boy Scout executive missed out on the first opportunity.) Thanks
     
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