Awards

  • Recommended by TR

Summary

Our Score

9/10

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Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 - Rugged Notebook - Panasonic ToughBook CF-29



As far as application performance goes, the SYSmark 2002 score of 192 is very reasonable, but to be honest this isn't the kind of machine that's going to be running standard office applications. The chances are that CF-29 ToughBooks will be running bespoke software that's designed to do a specific job, and it's just as likely that raw power is not going to be anywhere near as important as durability and battery life.

Considering what’s gone into the ToughBook CF-29 I was fully expecting it to be very expensive, and I was right. At £2971.57 including VAT this is one very expensive bit of kit. So, the question is whether this machine is worth the money, and the answer is simple – it depends on whether you need it. If you actually need a notebook that will function in the most harsh environments, surviving dust, water, drops and shocks, then the CF-29 will be worth every penny.



Verdict

The ToughBook CF-29 is a very special notebook indeed – it lets you work almost anywhere, in almost any conditions. Whether you drop it, pour water on it, or throw sand on it, the CF-29 will just keep going and act as if nothing has happened. The performance score given to the CF-29 relates more to its amazing battery life and almost indestructible resilience than it does to the speed of application execution – after all that’s what performance means with a product like this. Ultimately, if you ever wondered how Panasonic came up with the ToughBook name, just take a look at the CF-29.

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