Panasonic Toughbook CF-F8
SpecificationsNotebook: Panasonic Toughbook CF-F8
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SP9300
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 14.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 2200 euro
Average of 12 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-F8
Panasonic's CF-F8 is one of the lighter Toughbooks, so is it worth it? The CF-F8 ToughBook is in the lowest of Panasonic's four categories: it's a 'business rugged' model. This means that it can take a tumble from a rather modest 76cm, and it's also spill-proof. With its 2.26GHz Core Duo processor, 14.1in widescreen display and DVD drive, this is a laptop that can hold its head up high alongside more mainstream models. However, it's questionable how many users will be prepared to pay the fairly hefty price premium for such a modest level of protection.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Advisor
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-F8 comes with a handle, daring you to mess with it. So when we snatch it off the Test Centre workbench, we're surprised at how light this tiny ToughBook feels. We expect it to weigh a ton, but it's a mere 1.64kg. Although it has its drawbacks, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-F8 is certainly a good choice for the disaster-prone businessperson. However, its cost ensures that only well-to-do klutzes will be able to afford this machine.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Things aren’t all great for gadget-lovers though–the system costs $2499 (and can scale to over $3000 with options), doesn’t use some newer technologies, and doesn’t always have top-notch specifications (for example the 160GB hard drive and DDR2 memory) mean that it probably won’t be something that many people can justify. So is it an incredible laptop and something that fits right in on any wishlist? Yes, but this is a system clearly aimed at the IT buyer and the expensive account crew.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/15/2009
Rating: price: 60%
Source: Trusted Reviews
The ToughBook CF-F8 sits nicely between Panasonic's fully rugged notebooks, and the thin and light W Series machines. Despite the chunky design and carrying handle, it still weighs in at only 1.66kg, making it lighter than many 12.1in models. It's a shame that Europe doesn't get the higher resolution screen that the Japanese units have, and the pricing seems high, even by ToughBook standards. However, if you want a notebook that's light, rugged, easy to carry and has great battery life, you'd be hard pushed to find something better.
80, Leistung 90, Ausstattung 90
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% features: 90%
Source: Laptop Mag
On balance, the strengths of the Toughbook F8 outweigh the drawbacks. Yes, a streamlined design, better speakers, and more varied port selection would improve the machine, but those are nits considering you’re getting a 14.1-inch screen, optical drive, and integrated mobile broadband in a rough-and-tumble, 3.7-pound package. If those latter attributes are important to you, and you can afford it, we say grab the Toughbook F8 by its built-in handle and go.
3.5 von 5, Leistung gut, Mobilität sehr gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: PC Pro
Panasonic's Toughbooks have always occupied a narrow niche in the laptop market. From the fully-ruggedised, stop-a-bullet likes of the CF-19, right down to the dainty but resilient business series, Toughbooks are for people who can't afford a laptop breakdown, but can afford to pay a premium for the privilege. Combines light weight, with good looks, speed, good battery life - and a belligerent resistance to hard knocks.
Mobilität sehr gut, Leistung gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Hardware Zone
If anyone is assuming that the Toughbook brigade has breathed their final gasp with last year's 7-series, think again. Panasonic is pushing their hardy sentinels to the fore with a number of 8-series models and the CF-F8 does a good job of maintaining the Toughbook reputation. Do note that only the CF-F8 and CF-W8 (12-inch) models will arrive on local shores and should already be available. The inclusion of the pullout handle was something we liked on the CF-F8. This supplementary grip is not only handy, but it also looks pretty when tucked-in since it sits reasonably flushed with the F8's overall chassis design.
4.5 von 5
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2009
Rating: performance: 70% mobility: 70%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 51% performance: 64% features: 63% display: 61% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 85%
Source: Connect - 6/09
Single Review, , Short, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 83%
Source: Chip.de - 05/09
Single Review, , Short, Date: 04/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% mobility: 80%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 49% price: 60% performance: 76% features: 47% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 39%
Source: PC Go - 4/09
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 80%
Source: ZDNet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Source: c't - 2/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: performance: 60% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 79%
Source: Notebook Italia IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/28/2009
Rating: performance: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% emissions: 40%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
SP9300: Power efficient Core 2 Duo CPU with full 6 MB level 2 cache and all Penryn features (like VT-x). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
14.1": 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
1.7 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.
Panasonic: Panasonic Corporation, formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., is a multinational corporation based in Japan. Its main business is in electronics manufacturing and produces products under a variety of names including Panasonic and Technics. Since its founding in 1918, it grew to become the largest Japanese electronics producer. In addition to electronics, Panasonic offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic is an international notebook manufacturer, but with rather small market shares and few laptop reviews. Panasonic concentrates its notebook sortiment primarily to the niche of ruggedized notebooks, which are made for rough outdoor usage.
75.92%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.