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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the connectivity and usability are generally positive. The build quality and battery also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive views about the keyboard and value for money. Views are divided on the screen.

portability, battery, build quality, usability, connectivity

value for money, keyboard

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

Review analysis

(Based on 12 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) on Amazon.com.

0% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

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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

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

 

If you're considering a Panasonic Toughbook, it's likely that your priorities are relatively different from that of the average consumer. Rugged laptops are designed to meet the adverse conditions that people in the military, construction, and various...

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

The rugged and ultraportable Pansonic Toughbook CF-U1 certainly isn't for everyone, but even the workers it's designed for might have a hard time dealing with its difficult navigation and tiny screen.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 review

 

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

Tough as nails ; Light

You might struggle with usability

Recommended!

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Panasonic ToughBook CF-U1 Rugged UMPC

 

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

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

 

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

For what it is built for, the Panasonic Toughbook U1 beats the field hands down. Every inch of its design reeks of ruggedness and with the military grade testing behind it the U1 puts its money where its mouth is. Although not highly speced it is more...

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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.

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Hardcore use

 

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

Heavy

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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

Heavy

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

Type:Microphone/None

Audio Output

Type:None/Sound card

Battery

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

Cache Memory

Installed Size:512KB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.9in
Height:2.2in
Weight:2.2lbs/2.3lbs
Width:7.2in

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
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold/EPEAT Silver

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:North America
Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:CF-VEBU11U/U1
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

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:533MHz

Modem

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

Networking

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

Processor

Clock Speed:1.33GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Number:Z520
Type:Atom

RAM

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

System

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
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