Just like the CF-Y5 before it, the CF-Y7 is designed to withstand a good dousing in water. In fact the entire circuit board is sealed inside the chassis and any water that’s spilled on the keyboard simply drains through the machine and runs out the bottom. It’s amazing how easy it is to spill a cup of coffee or glass of water on your notebook, so it’s great to know that it won’t be a disaster if you find yourself being a little clumsy.
Where the CF-Y7 can’t compete with the older CF-Y5 is in the battery life stakes. The CF-Y7 managed to last just under six and a half hours running Mobile Mark 2005, which is pretty good compared to the vast majority of notebooks out there. However, the CF-Y5 managed to last for over eight hours running the same test. Of course you have to take into account the fact that the CF-Y7 is running far more powerful hardware, a fact that’s reflected by the Mobile Mark performance score of 251 compared with 201 on the CF-Y5, and although the battery life was truly exceptional on the CF-Y5, I believe that the CF-Y7 offers a better balance overall.
As well as improving the specification over the CF-Y5, Panasonic has also managed to bring the price down – the CF-Y7 will set you back £1,679 as opposed to the £1,937 that the CF-Y5 cost a year ago. Of course that’s still a lot of money, but you are getting a lot of notebook for that money. You’re also paying for the fact that the CF-Y7 is incredibly light for 14.1in machine and it’s more rugged than anything else in its market.
The ToughBook CF-Y7 is the best ToughBook Executive model yet – it’s light, well featured and very robust. Yes, it’s expensive compared to the 14.1 and 13.3in competition, but none of those machines are guaranteed to withstand being knocked off your desk or being doused in liquid.
The battery life may not be quite as good as the outgoing CF-Y5, but at well over six hours it’s still a very capable performer on the move, and the improved hardware specification more than makes up for this. Ultimately, for anyone that wants a semi-rugged notebook, that’s still light enough to carry around all day, the CF-Y7 will fit the bill perfectly.