Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 – Rugged Notebook Review - Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 Review

But the CF-29 isn’t just shock proof, it’s also waterproof and dust proof. Now that’s not to say that you could go SCUBA diving with one of these strapped to your back and expect it to work an hour later – what it does mean is that the CF-29 will operate quite happily when you’re out in a rain storm, without you having to construct some kind of make-shift tarpaulin. To facilitate the water and dust resistance, there isn’t a single exposed port on the CF-29 – every single port around the chassis is protected by a tight fitting plastic flap. Likewise, the expansion slots and media bay are both protected by rubber sealed doors, complete with securing catches. The battery compartment and hard disk enclosure are also protected by similar rubber sealed doors. To give you an idea of the safety measures put in place, to open the battery compartment you have to slide a locking catch sideways, then downwards and only then will the door be released.

Even the catch that secures the lid is a solid hunk of metal with two tooth-like lugs that hold everything in place. But my favourite bit of industrial styling is the pull out magnesium carrying handle – after all this isn’t the kind of machine that needs to be carried around in a bag to stop it getting hurt.

When you open up the CF-29 it looks pretty much like a normal notebook, although some of the keys on the keyboard have been reduced, well the Return key and Spacebar have been reduced anyway. The keyboard itself is quite good to type on though – the keys have a decent amount of travel and a solid feel to them when struck. I was able to achieve a decent typing rate on the CF-29, although how I would do in a rain storm is another matter.

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