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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and usability are overall positive. The battery and portability are also appreciated. There are some critical reviews about the performance and size.

durability, portability, battery, usability, reliability

price, keyboard, screen, size, performance

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on

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This summary is based on the products: Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra Mobile PC - Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz - 5.6" WSVGA - 1GB DDR2 SDRAM - Wi-Fi - Windows XP Professional - Magnesium AlloyPanasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra Mobile PC - Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz - 5.6" WSVGA - 1GB DDR2 SDRAM - Wi-Fi - Windows XP Professional - Magnesium Alloy

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Brian Westover (

Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra (CF-U1)


Fully ruggedized inside and out, the Panasonic Toughbook U1-Ultra can survive anything you throw at it, and it has more functions than a Swiss Army knife. It may not be a good fit for most, but for anyone who works in extreme conditions, it's the...

Rugged construction. Unique features like GPS, barcode scanner, and dual hot-swappable batteries. Hand strap makes it easy to carry securely

Tiny screen. Unconventional keyboard. Expensive

Jun, 2011

Expert review by : Nicole Price Fasig (

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1


Is the Panasonic CF-U1 rugged enough to take it when you finally throw this tiny tablet to the floor in frustration?

Hot-swappable batteries. Rugged chassis. Lightweight. Bar code scanner built in. 3G options.

No trackpad or pointing stick. Terrible typing experience. Limited programs can run on low-powered processor. Expensive. Not much hard drive space on 16GB SSD.

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Jan, 2009

Expert review by : PC Plus (

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 review


Is Panasonic's Toughbook CF-U1 top of the knocks?

Tough as nails ; Light

You might struggle with usability

Not the easiest laptop to use, but it's pretty much the hardest to break

Jul, 2009


Expert review by : Riyad Emeran (

Panasonic ToughBook CF-U1 Rugged UMPC


With the CF-U1 Panasonic has proved that you don't need to be big to be tough.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Mike Joubert (

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1


Panasonic's Toughbook U1 is both ultra-portable and fully-rugged, providing computing power where others fear to tread.

Fully-rugged, shortcut buttons, tested to military standards.

Price, optional extras should be standard, screen size might be too small for some.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Alex Serpo (

Panasonic ToughBook CF-U1


Panasonic has created a new paradigm in rugged notebooks with the CF-U1, which is a nice balance between portability and functionality. However businesses should be aware of its limited performance, and note that protection comes at a premium price.

Excellent touch screen display, Dual batteries, Designed to vehicle mount, Highly portable, Camera and finger printer reader, 3G Mobile broadband available, GPS

Very expensive, Limited performance, You wouldn't want to do a lot of typing on this device

Panasonic have created a new paradigm in rugged devices, but watch out for the premium price and limited performance.

Nov, 2008

Consumer review (

Hardcore use


It's pretty much one of the ultimate mobile units. Six foot drop, MILSTD810.That's really all there is to say. An amazing piece of work.

Adequate Storage, Durable Construction, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Reliable Performance


Sep, 2010

Consumer review (

Hardcore use


Adequate Storage, Durable Construction, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Reliable Performance


Sep, 2010

Product Specifications

A powerful solution for an ultra-mobile PC, the U1 comes with a solid state drive and the Intel Atom processor. In addition, the Panasonic Tougbook U1 is ultra-rugged, four-foot-drop approved and provides a sealed, all-weather design. The CF-U1 also features integrated Wi-Fi; USB and SD card slots; backlit QWERTY keyboard and a 5.6" WSVGA sunlight-viewable touchscreen. The Panasonic Toughbook U1 is a one-two punch of Toughbook ruggedness with hot-swappable twin batteries for full-shift productivity. Its convenient lightweight design is something other handhelds can't begin to imagine.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:None/Sound card


Run Time (Up To):9hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)/Up to 16.2 million colors
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)/Up to 16.2 million colors
Diagonal Size:5.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):14.2cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 600
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic/Panasonic Toughbook

Input Device

Type:Backlit keyboard / Keyboard / Scroll button / Stylus / Touch-screen / Touchpad/Backlit keyboard / Scroll button / Touch-screen/Backlit keyboard / Stylus / Touch-screen/Keyboard / Scroll button / Stylus / Touch-screen/Keyboard / Scroll button / Touch-screen/Keyboard / Stylus / Touch-screen/Keyboard / Stylus / Touch-screen / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Stylus / Touchpad / Touch-screen / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:533MHz


Cellular Enhancement Protocol:AT&T / HSDPA/CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A/CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A / HSDPA/CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A / HSPA/HSDPA/HSPA
Cellular Network Supported: Yes
Type:Fax / modem / cellular modem/None/Wireless cellular modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter/None
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type: None

OS Provided

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


Clock Speed:1.33GHz
Processor Number:Z520


Installed Size:1GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive
Type:Portable/Solid state

Storage Removable

Type: None


Device Type (AI):Docking cradle
Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:16GB/32GB
Notebook Type:Notebook/Tablet PC/Ultra portable PC
Platform Technology:Ultra Mobile PC
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 500