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Panasonic Toughbook W7 Notebook

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and keyboard. The energy efficiency and battery also get good feedback, whereas many are critical about the screen and touchpad. Reviews are divided on the build quality.

portability, battery, energy, keyboard, reliability

value for money, design, resolution, touchpad, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Panasonic Toughbook W7 Notebook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 21 reviews)

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Panasonic Panasonic ToughBook W7

 

Panasonic's ToughBook line consists of mobile computing workhorses. Its ultraportable model, the ToughBook W7, is, however, a quarterhorse dragging a too-heavy cart.

Can take a beating ; Integrated wireless WAN support

Measly 1024 x 768-pixel resolution ; Optical drive hinges interfere with keys

Tough enough to tackle the real world, but not enough power to tackle some computing tasks.

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Review: Panasonic Toughbook W7

 

Not too long ago we had the chance to spend some time with Panasonic's Toughbook W5. The W series is Panasonic's line of 12-inch "business rugged" notebooks and model "7″ is the company's successor to the "5″. In fact, aside from a few slight changes...

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Panasonic Toughbook W7

 

Now that the new W8 is out, I got a significant discount on W7 -- and it serves me just fine. I wanted a rugged and relatively light one to do basic things (Web, Office, etc.) with a decent battery and a DVD multi drive, and I didn't need the fastest...

Rugged, light, and long battery life. Cool and space-saving top-loading DVD multi drive. Round wheel-pad. Large keyboard for its class. Downgradable to XP

Expensive. Thick. The cord of the AC adopter is stiff. Now it has a fan for the CPU

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Panasonic Toughbook W7

 

I disagreed with a lot of the statements in the C-NET review. I wouldn't call this laptop ugly (I think it's cute), and I think it's only as bulky as it needs to be for sturdiness. It fits in my (large) purse! The circular touch pad does have a scroll...

Small, light, excellent battery life and power saving features

Small keyboard takes getting used to

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Panasonic Toughbook W7

 

Unlike the first person to write a User Opinion about the CF-W7, I actually bought and own one.

Light weight; functional; drop, spill, and squash protected

Battery life not as advertised, case not magnesium, build quality poor, display resolution impractical: all unacceptable at this price point

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Panasonic Toughbook W7

 

I've owned Toughbooks for 4 years and the W7 is the latest incarnation. These things are considered "semi-rugged" for a reason: they're tough as hell. I actually dropped a W-series Toughbook down 13 concrete steps once -- while it was on -- and it's...

Durable, reliable, full-featured

Expensive (but worth it if you travel), specs not top-drawer

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Panasonic ToughBook W7 review

 

The Panasonic ToughBook W7 laptop is certainly built to last, even in the most inhospitable environments, but such durability comes at a sacrifice in performance.

There are plenty of good ideas at work, here - not to mention plenty of features that make the Panasonic ToughBook W7 tough to beat outdoors. But when you hunker down and actually get to work, it may take you a little longer to get things done than...

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-W7 review

 

The Panasonic ToughBook CF-W7 is a great for anyone who's prone to breaking things. It's by no means unbreakable, but it'll withstand more punishment than most users will be able to inflict upon it

Spill-resistant keyboard ; Drop-proof ; Stomp-proof

Far from attractive ; Pricey compared to ordinary laptops

Conclusion We can only really recommend the CF-W7 to people who are clumsy or whose jobs require they entire building sites. It's certainly sturdy -- we'll give it that -- but it does have weaknesses, one of which is its price

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-W7

 

Can withstand a fair bit of punishment ; Water resistant ; Decent power for the size

Exposed ports not the best for a rugged laptop ; Not the most attractive of laptops ; Odd touchpad ; Vertically short keys ; 802.11g/100Mb only

The Toughbook CF-W7 isn't bad. It's designed for a specialised niche, and if you're constantly exposed to water we'd say it'd be a good choice. We'd expect more for our money though, and would otherwise be more tempted to pick up a Thinkpad for general...

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-W7

 

The Toughbook CF-W7 isn't bad. It's designed for a specialised niche, and if you're constantly exposed to water we'd say it'd be a good choice. We'd expect more for our money though, and would otherwise be more tempted to pick up a Thinkpad for general...

Can withstand a fair bit of punishment, Water resistant, Decent power for the size

Exposed ports not the best for a rugged laptop, Not the most attractive of laptops, Odd touchpad, Vertically short keys, 802.11g/100Mb only

The Toughbook CF-W7 isn't bad. It's designed for a specialised niche, and if you're constantly exposed to water we'd say it'd be a good choice. We'd expect more for our money though, and would otherwise be more tempted to pick up a Thinkpad for general...

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Product Specifications

The sleek ultra-portable, lightweight Toughbook W7 with a long lasting battery life is designed for the high-output demands of today's mobile professionals. Rugged features, such as a shock-mounted hard drive, ensure maximum durability and industry-leading reliability. Run software applications with the powerful Intel Core 2 Duo processor, or create multimedia discs on the DVD Super Multi-drive with dual layer support. Access email from the road or surf the web from virtually anywhere.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.5in
Height:2in
Weight:3.1lbs
Width:10.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:12.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):30.7cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

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

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:W7
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Toughbook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz

Modem

Cellular Enhancement Protocol:CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A
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/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

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

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.06GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:U7500
Type:Core 2 Duo

RAM

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

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Storage Controller

Type:IDE

Storage Hard Drive

Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

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

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100