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Panasonic Toughbook CF-01

Hardened Pocket PC by the makers of the Toughbook line
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

Now discontinued, Panasonic's "Toughbook" line of reliable, ruggedized notebook computers once included a hardened PDA, the Toughbook 01. The 01 was around for a while, and had been kept up-to-date technologically.

The last version we reviewed used a state-of-the-art Intel PXA263 processor and merged full Pocket PC 2003 functionality with a heavily reinforced case and a 38-key RIM-style thumb-type keyboard. We noted that the P1 had been available for over three years, so it was a reliable and field-tested device.

At the time of our last review, we lauded Panasonic for keeping this remarkable machine technologically up-to-date by switching to a 520MHz PXA263 processor, twice the RAM and Flash, and a more powerful battery. An internal CF Card slot allowed for protected expansion, and the P1 could also accommodate various radio options (including SIM-based) as well as a 2D bar code scanners. The P1 used Panasonic's experienced magnesium construction. We found it larger and heavier than a consumer class PDA, but still small enough to carry the workload in tough jobs in the field.

Added/changed 06/2008: product discontinued
Form-factor Rugged keypad PDA
CPU Speed Intel PXA263/520 MHz
OS Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC
Card slots 1 CF Card, 1 SD
Display type ReflectiveTFT
Display size/res 3.5"/240 x 320
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys 38-key backlit QWERTY
Navigation directional control, triggers
Housing magnesium
Operating Temp -4 to 122F
Sealing "Dust and moisture resistant"
Shock "drop-shock resistant"
Size (WxHxD) 3.9 x 6.8 x 1.6
Weight 1.2 lbs.
Power 7.4V, 2,100 mAH Li-Ion ("8 hrs.")
Interface Expansion/IR
Wireless optional WiFi, BT
List price Inquire
Contact panasonic.com/toughbook/
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