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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1


Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Intel Atom Z520 1 x 1.3 GHz, Silverthorne
5.60 inch 16:9, 1024 x 600 pixel, glossy: no
1000 g ( = 35.27 oz / 2.2 pounds), Power Supply: 0 g ( = 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 version
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 version

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 version
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 version
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.


It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

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

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.

60%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1
Stefan Hinum, 2009-02-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)