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Electronics June 2003
By Ben Ellison

Panasonic Toughbook MDWD
Wireless Monitor

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While not specifically designed for boats, this innovative addition to the Toughbook line will interest navigators who want flexible access to a yacht's PC system. It weighs only 1.5 pounds, and its 8.4-inch, 800x600 pixel, color touchscreen LCD is both transflective and powerfully backlit. All of this adds up to an exceptionally vivid display. The Wi-Fi connection to the mother PC seemed nearly as fast as a wired monitor/keyboard, though it slowed toward the edges of its 300-foot range. A stylus is included, but a finger will often do the job, especially with software like The Cap'n (shown below), which has extra-large screen buttons. The unit is reportedly water-resistant and able to survive a drop of four

feet to a concrete surface, but I didn't have the heart to subject the little dear to such testing. It's priced at $1,500.

Panasonic Phone: (800) 662-3537.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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