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Panasonic Toughbook CF-W4

Specifications

Panasonic Toughbook CF-W4Notebook: Panasonic Toughbook CF-W4
Processor: Intel Pentium M 753
Graphics Adapter: Intel Extreme Graphics 2 64 MB
Display: 12.1 inch, 4:3, 1024x768 pixels
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: euro
Average Score: 76.33% - good
Average of 9 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: 61%, performance: 76%, features: 64%, display: 68% mobility: 94%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-W4

68% Panasonic ToughBook W4
Source: CNet English
Since CNET gave an Editors' Choice award to the ultraportable Panasonic ToughBook W2 in 2003, Panasonic has renamed the system the W4 and made a few modest enhancements to the laptop. The few case modifications involve adding a handy Wi-Fi on/off switch and a connector for Panasonic's optional port replicator; otherwise the W4's design and features are exactly the same as the W2's. The bulk of the changes on the W4, priced at $2,199, are inside the case. Panasonic has stocked the laptop with an assortment of previous-generation parts (no Core Solo or Core Duo processors here): a 1.2GHz Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage processor, 512MB of middling 400MHz RAM, a 40GB hard drive spinning at 4,200rpm, and integrated Intel graphics.
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6.8 von 10
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/13/2006
Rating: Total score: 68%
67% Panasonic ToughBook CF-W4
Source: PC Pro English
Tiny and attractive, it's a wonder it's so strong. The ergonomics aren't perfect, but impressive battery life and ultraportability make it an excellent travelling companion. Typical ruggedised notebooks look like something designed for frontline combat action - big, ugly plastic blocks that will withstand anything up to a direct hit by mortar fire. So it was a pleasant surprise when we found this tiny beauty in the Panasonic chassis, and a further shock that it weighs just 1.25kg. But the ultraportable size and weight had us wondering just how rugged this notebook actually is. Panasonic claims the lid will withstand up to a 100kg weight, despite the considerable flex and bend.
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4 von 6
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/06/2006
Rating: Total score: 67%
80% Long-lasting and durable notebook you can take anywhere
Source: Laptop Mag English
Panasonic’s Toughbook W4 is an ultraportable that stands up to real-world abuse on the road. At 2.8 pounds, this laptop is so light that you’ll forget it’s in your carrying case, and you can work unplugged for nearly 6.5 hours. A unique top-loading optical drive only adds to this tiny wonder’s appeal. The deep texture of the lid not only creates a cool, unique look, but it also adds strength, protecting the display from any force applied to the top of the Toughbook W4. Other ruggedized features include a removable, shock-mounted 40GB hard drive, a locking optical drive latch, sealed modem and Ethernet jacks, and a strong, yet lightweight magnesium-alloy shell.
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4 von 5
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/12/2006
Rating: Total score: 80%
71% Panasonic's semirugged Toughbook-W4 is built for the road's jolts and jostles.
Source: PC World English
Business travellers who tend to bang up their notebooks will appreciate the road-ready Panasonic Toughbook-W4, a semirugged ultraportable that's designed to take a few knocks. Thanks to its long battery life, the W4 should make a fine road companion, provided you can get used to its cramped keyboard. The W4 is encased in magnesium alloy, enabling it to handle the bumps and bangs of travel, and its hard drive is shock-mounted to protect your data. I looked at a shipping model of the W4, and though I didn't conduct any major torture tests, the unit felt durable and well made.
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(von 100): 71, Preis/Leistung sehr teuer, Leistung 78, Ausstattung 62
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/07/2006
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 40% performance: 78% features: 62%
Panasonic ToughBook W4 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
Overall, I was impressed with the Panasonic W4. For those of you who are looking for a truly mobile, business class notebook, this notebook might be the best in its class. The machine is on the expensive side. However, you are getting a high quality notebook that is durable, light weight, and offers incredible battery life. I am looking forward to seeing future models of the Panasonic ToughBook series. The Panasonic W4 comes with a standard 3 year warranty. Since this machine is a review model, I did not have to contact customer support. Panasonic offers 24 hours, 7 days a week support by calling a toll-free number. Their website also has some troubleshooting FAQ's as well.
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Preis/Leistung teuer, Mobilität sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/02/2006
Rating: price: 50% mobility: 95%
80% Panasonic ToughBook CF-W4
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Panasonic ToughBook CF-W4 is a great little ultra-portable notebook. The design and build quality are both first rate, while the novelty factor of the hidden optical drive is a bonus. Battery life is staggeringly good and exactly what you want from a machine like this. However, the price is high, the hard disk small and the lack of DVD writer may put some prospective buyers off. If you're looking for a thin and light machine that can withstand the bashes and knocks of a life on the road, the CF-W4 will suit perfectly, just be prepared to pay for that privilege. That said, if Panasonic could squeeze a touch screen in as well, the price would be easy to swallow.
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(von 10): 8, Preis/Leistung 7, Leistung 9, Ausstattung 7
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/20/2006
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% features: 70%

Foreign Reviews

79% Rechenzwerge
Source: Connect German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 79%
88% Die besten Subnotebooks bis 3000 Euro
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 88%
95% Winzling mit Geheimklappe
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 95% price: 85%
Robustes Fliegengewicht für betuchte Business-Anwender
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/18/2006
Rating: performance: 60% features: 60% display: 68% mobility: 92%
59% Rechenpower für das Handgepäck
Source: Facts German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/01/2006
Rating: Total score: 59%

Comment

Intel Extreme Graphics 2: Intel Extreme Graphics 2 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip with shared memory on Intel 852 / 855 GM, GME, GMV chipset for Centrino, Pentium 4 and Celeron based laptops. It is hardly suited for 3D-games. No Aero support.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Pentium M: With Intel chip set (855 or 915) and Intel WLAN also available with the name Centrino (name for the package).
In the comparison very fast per megahertz and very modest with weaknesses in floating point operations.
It is also available as a low voltage version with very small current consumption.


753: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


12.1":

This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.3 kg:

This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.


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.

Panasonic reviews


76.33%: 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.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Dell Inspiron 710m
Extreme Graphics 2, Pentium M 735, 1.9 kg
Averatec 3360
Extreme Graphics 2, Pentium M 715, 2 kg
Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook T4010
Extreme Graphics 2, Pentium M 745, 2 kg
Averatec 1000
Extreme Graphics 2, Pentium M 760, 1.7 kg

Devices with the same GPU

Twinhead Stylebook 10D
Extreme Graphics 2, Pentium M 733, 10.6", 1.6 kg
Asus R2H
Extreme Graphics 2, Celeron M 353, 7.2", 1 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-18
Extreme Graphics 2, Pentium M 753, 10.4", 2.1 kg
Averatec 1050
Extreme Graphics 2, Pentium M 733, 10.6", 1.6 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Panasonic Toughbook CF-31, Sandy Bride
Radeon HD 6750M, Core i5 2540M, 13.1", 3.7 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-S10
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), Core i5 2520M, 12.1", 1.3 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics, Core i5 520M, 12.1", 1.7 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-31
Mobility Radeon HD 5650, Core i3 350M, 13.1", 4.1 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-30
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core Duo L2400, 13.3", 3.6 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-W8
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD, Core 2 Duo SU9300, 12.1", 1.3 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500, Atom Z520, 5.6", 1 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-R7
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100, Core 2 Duo U7600, 10.4", 0.9 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-T7
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100, Core 2 Duo U7500, 12.1", 1.4 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-W7
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100, Core 2 Duo U7500, 12.1", 1.3 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-30
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core Duo L2400, 13.3", 4 kg
Panasonic ToughBook CF-19
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core Duo U2400, 10.4", 2.1 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-W5
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core Solo U1400, 12.1", 1.2 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-T5
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core Solo U1400, 12.1", 1.5 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-T4
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900, Pentium M 753, 12.1", 1.5 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-74
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950, Core Duo T2400, 13.3", 2.7 kg

Devices from the same Manufacturer

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1
Adreno 330, Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, 5.0", 0.426 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX3
HD Graphics 4400, Core i5 4300U, 11.6", 1.2 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-195HAAXMG
HD Graphics 4000, Core i5 3340M, 10.1", 2.3 kg
Panasonic ToughPad FZ-M1
HD Graphics 4200, Core i5 4302Y, 7.0", 0.544 kg
Panasonic Toughpad JT-B1
SGX540, OMAP 4460, 7.0", 0.549 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2013-01-15)