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Hunting for a sub-notebook

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Super-slim, light-weight with external CD-rom and floppy drives, sub-notebooks fill the gap for a user always on the go. Something that can be slipped into a briefcase or backpack that doesn't require a fork-lift truck to move around. Battery-life is a crucial aspect in this category, and times of three hours or more are typically common.

My interest in the sub-notebook was piqued after spending some time using one during a volunteer marketing research campaign. I got to fiddle about with a Panasonic Toughbook CF-R1 - a slinky machine designed to be moved, designed to survive, and designed with anti-drool features.

Over the past few years some notable machines have made the lime-light, though annoyingly some models are limited to the Asian market (probably because of the abnormal demand for these machine compared to the rest of the world). A couple of models made it into my shopping list.

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