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Panasonic Toughbook CF-52

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and keyboard. The screen and build quality also get good views. There are some mixed reviews about the size. Many are less positive about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Toughbook CF-52

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Panasonic Toughbook 52

 

This well-equipped Toughbook can handle its share of abuse and is a solid performer for the price.

Passed drop tests and spill tests ; High-res widescreen display ; EV-DO Rev. A broadband ; Nice assortment of ports

Slightly heavy ; Tinny speakers

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-52

 

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 packs impressive battery life and media friendly features into its super-protective shell.

Outstanding battery life. Tough-as-nails exterior. Briefcase handle. Port covers lining all sides. Latch-removable hard drive and optical drive

Optional features can price many consumers out

If you thought Toughbooks were aimed only at military personnel and service professionals, the performance and media features on the Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 might have you thinking differently.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-52

 

Panasonic's Toughbook laptop computers are designed to withstand rougher than normal treatment from their users. The full military specification model...

Resistant to accidental spills and can survive infrequent drops and bumps, PC Card and ExpressCard/54 slots, long battery life

DVD burner vibrated noticeably, handle makes the notebook bulky

For demanding users who tend to miss their mouth while they sip, or for anyone who is always using their notebook on the road, the semi-rugged Toughbook CF-52 is a worthy proposition. But it won't withstand everything you throw at it.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 review

 

A reassuringly well-built laptop that is suited to outdoor business use

Robust design ; Decent performance ; Good battery life

Basic feature set

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Panasonic ToughBook CF-52 Semi-Rugged Notebook

 

Does Panasonic's first widescreen ToughBook live up to the standards it has set itself? Andy finds out.

With the CF-52 you can be safe in the knowledge that it doesn't rely on any such luck, while the 75cm drop distance is a significant improvement over the 30cm the CF-51 could survive. In addition, the keyboard and touchpad are both splash proof, though...

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 review

 

The Toughbook CF-52 is a solidly built 'semi-ruggedised' laptop with a hardened outer casing, shock-mounted hard disk and covered ports. However, this heavy system isn't the most portable and its battery life falls a long way short of Panasonic's claims

Very solid outer casing ; Spill-resistant keyboard and touch pad ; Wide-aspect-ratio 15.4-inch screen

Large and heavy ; Some ports are unprotected ; Disappointing battery life

Battery Eater is a demanding test that provides a minimum estimate of a laptop's battery life, and the CF-52 does have a large 15.4-inch screen to power. Even so, we'd expect more from a machine designed to spend much of its life on the road. Run Wi-Fi...

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-52

 

Talk about long shelf life. In a world where notebook models are outdated and replaced within 12 months, it's refreshing to see something with true staying power - the Panasonic Toughbook CF-52

This particular model has been around for about four years now and, except for updated internals, looks all but identical now to the way it did way back in the dusts of time (that's 2005 in notebook years). In fact, the model we're reviewing here has...

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Panasonic ToughBook CF52

 

The CF52 is a tough number to crack - and so it should be with a £1,000+ price tag.

The screen uses all the space it possible can and the keyboard is quite nice. The space bare and enter button could both be slightly bigger but once you get used to it, it isn’t bad at all. For those who are accident prone the entire keyboard area and...

It might be resistant but it is also heavy and large, not a good combination. It measures in at 356mm x 52mm x 287mm and it weighs in at a huge 3.3kg. This definitely will help build your muscles

Overall, well it does what it says on the label but its battery life doesn’t stack up, and quite frankly if you’re not near a plug socket then you won’t be using this laptop for long. It is also an extremely difficult laptop to carry around and a bit...

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toughbook

 

lu

great laptop,very fast and powerfull.quick shipping to.lots of specs.great battery life

should have a LED screen,battery will last even longer then

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Panasonic Toughbook 52

 

The Panasonic Toughbook 52 is a semi rugged Desktop with magnesium alloy casing. It comes with the Genuine Windows Vista Business operating system and we can downgrade that to XP professional version. This is very much powerfull with the Intel Centrino...

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Product Specifications

This powerful desktop alternative gives you the flexibility to work wherever you need to, whether in the office or in the field. The shock-mounted hard drive, full magnesium alloy casing, and spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad defends your data against the bumps of mobility. The 15.4-inch widescreen display is perfect for increased productivity and better group presentations. Work anywhere. Risk nothing.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):6hour(s)/7hour(s)/9.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB/4MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.2in/11.3in
Height:1.9in/2in
Weight:6.8lbs/7.3lbs/7.5lbs
Width:14in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:13.3in/15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):33.8cm/39.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1200 x 800/1280 x 800/1920 x 1200
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display:No/Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:52
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Toughbook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/800MHz

Modem

Cellular Enhancement Protocol:HSDPA
Cellular Network Supported: Yes
Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/Fax / modem / cellular modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / IEEE 802.11n/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n

Optical Storage

Type:DVD/DVD-RW / DVD-RAM

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz/2.26GHz/2.4GHz/2GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:I5-540M/P8400/P8600/T7100/T7300
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core i5

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/2GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM/DDR3 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2/Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology/Intel Centrino Duo/Intel vPro Technology
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader / SmartCard reader/SmartCard reader/SmartCard reader / Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650/ATI Radeon HD 3650/Intel GMA 4500MHD/Intel GMA X3100