Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1


Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Intel Atom Z520 1.333 GHz
5.6 inch 16:9, 1024x600 pixel, glossy: no
1000 g ( = 35.27 oz / 2.2 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
2100 Euro


Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 40%, performance: 40%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 85%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

60% Panasonic Toughbook U1 Ultra (CF-U1)
Source: PC Mag English
The Panasonic Toughbook U1-Ultra may not win any prizes for speedy performance or stylish design, but those factors aren't always important. This rugged handheld PC is designed primarily for business and military use, in circumstances that would cripple a lesser PC. If you need more processing power, but still require an uncompromisingly rugged machine, take a look at the Getac V200 or the Panasonic Toughbook CF-52. When you need basic PC functions that will work under the most extreme circumstances, the Panasonic Toughbook U1-Ultra is the handheld computer you'll want by your side.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/29/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 review
Source: Techradar English

Is Panasonic's Toughbook CF-U1 top of the knocks? The Toughbook CF-U1 is referred to as 'extremely rugged', which puts it in Panasonic's top knock-taking category. At just over 1kg it's surprisingly light, and the nine-hour battery life adequately provides for a full day's work in the field. If you want a full-sized laptop then the Toughbook CF-U1 probably won't be for you, but if you can live with the tiny 5.6in touchscreen and the shrunken keyboard, you'll get a seriously tough PC for your money.

Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
40% Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Source: PC Mag English
If you're considering a Panasonic Toughbook, it's likely that your priorities are relatively different from that of the average consumer. Rugged laptops are designed to meet the adverse conditions that people in the military, construction, and various outdoor professions may face—and come through unscathed. The rugged and ultraportable Pansonic Toughbook CF-U1 certainly isn't for everyone, but even the workers it's designed for might have a hard time dealing with its difficult navigation and tiny screen.
2 von 5, Mobilität gut, Preis schlecht, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 40% price: 40% performance: 40% mobility: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1: Atom im Außendienst
Source: Tom's Hardware German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2009
Rating: mobility: 90%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500: Integrated (onboard) graphics chip on the UL11L, US15L, and US15W chipsets with a licensed PowerVR SGX core. DirectX 10.1 support but because of low clock rates (100-200 MHz UL11L - US15) and only 4 shaders not suited for 3D games. The integrated video decoder accelerates the playback of HD videos (MPEG2, VC-1, AVC). 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 Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).
Power efficient single core CPU with a very low performance. Offers more features (power saving, VT-x) than the N series Atoms.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

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 kg:

Mainly, bigger-sized tablets and convertibles weigh as much.

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.

From 2013-2016, Panasonic has primarily offered tablets and, to a lesser extent, also smartphones. However, there are only few smartphone reviews.

60%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Acer Aspire One 751
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Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/W
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500, Atom Z520, 8", 0.6 kg
Sony Vaio VGN-P11Z/G
Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500, Atom Z520, 8", 0.6 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

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-54MK1
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4
HD Graphics 5500, Core i5 5300U, 12.5", 1.1 kg
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2
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Panasonic ToughBook CF-C2
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
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Stefan Hinum, 2009-02-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)