Panasonic Toughbook CF-30
Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-30
Source: Bright Hub Archive.org version
Sure, the $4000+ price tag of the CF-30 seems pretty high, but think of how much money you might have spent going through multiple cheaper laptops that break down in environments where this one might thrive. You have to consider what you plan to use it for, then make an informed purchase. Panasonic has a line of several different Toughbook computers, and some of them are not quite as rugged as this one, but they do cost less. If you want the toughest of the tough, get the Panasonic CF-30 Toughbook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/03/2009
Rating: price: 70%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 65% features: 85% display: 88% mobility: 75% workmanship: 95%
Source: c't - 14/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: performance: 50% display: 80% mobility: 90% emissions: 90%
Source: Connect - 6/09
Single Review, , Short, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 75%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Core Duo: Double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption. The 2 MB L2 Cache are used together by the double. The maximum capacity of 31 watts is only 4 watts more than with the Pentium M (predecessor). Both cores are lowered automatically and independently of each other by speed steps down to 1 GHz. In addition it now supports also SSE3 instructions. At least it is just as fast as a equivalent Pentium M. With applications, which were designed for multi-processors, the performance can be nearly twice as fast as with the Pentium M (e.g. CineBench around 86% fast)
L2400: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only a few laptops are in this weight class because the mobility is rather limited due to the high weight.
Panasonic: Panasonic Corporation was founded in 1918 in Japan, making it one of the oldest electronics companies (although it started with light bulb sales). The company operates in several business areas, including electronics, home appliances, automotive technology, aerospace, energy, and environmental technology. Panasonic sells televisions, cameras, audio and video equipment, home appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines, batteries, solar panels and LED lighting worldwide. Panasonic is also a major supplier of components and systems to the automotive industry and has invested in artificial intelligence and robotics in recent years.
78%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.