First Look – Panasonic ToughBook CF-18 Tablet PC
For quite awhile we have looked forward to working with Panasonic’s CF-18 ToughBook Tablet PC. This “rugged” military grade Tablet PC goes way beyond a mere computer encased in armor. The ToughBook is a full-featured Tablet PC built with top grade internal components. Add a magnesium alloy case, weatherproof covers over external ports and an exceptionally bright and clear indoor/outdoor display – then you’ve got a good idea of what Panasonic is offering. The ToughBook carries a $3,000+ price tag, but when it comes to the ultimate in “rugged”, others will find it a a challenge to hold a candle to this featherweight’s tank-like case.
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Panasonic ToughBook CF-18 Specs
|CPU ||Intel Pentium M 753 1.2 GHz|
|Chipset||Mobile Intel 915GMS Express|
|RAM ||512 MB DDR II SDRAM|
|Audio||SigmaTel STAC9767 AC`97, built-in speaker|
|PC Cards slot||Card Type II x 2 or Type III x 1 (CardBus)|
|Hard Drive ||60 GB|
|I/O ports|| |
|Communications ||Ethernet 10/100, Fax modem 56K|
Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11a/b/g
|Battery/power || |
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Small, lightweight, armored and bright, the display on the CF-18 can be set to blinding brightness (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). In most any extreme lighting condition, this screen was designed to be easily viewable.
(view large image) Front View: Sliding power switch, heavy duty display latch, display brightness control and tablet mode buttons. The switch and buttons are all easy to operate even with a pair of gloves on your hands.
(view large image) Left Side: AC in, USB ports, modem port, LAN, card reader slots. (Weather proof covers are closed over all of these components.)
(view large image) Right Side: Battery and hard drive bays.
(view large image) Rear: headphone jack, mic jack, VGA out.
(view large image) Underside: Docking port, fan exhaust.
(view large image) Closed up, the ToughBook CF-18 looks like a briefcase out of a James Bond film. Doubtful though (despite how “tough” this machine is), could it handle a bullet in the crossfire of a Bond vs. bad guy situation.
We hope you enjoy this “first look” at the Panasonic ToughBook CF-18 Tablet PC. It appears that this model has much to offer. Stand by for our upcoming review. We’ll see just how “tough” the ToughBook is on the inside with our standard battery of benchmark testing. Our full review will be a no-holds-barred expose to illustrate to our readers the big picture of all the ToughBook has to offer – and of course any shortcomings. Stay tuned…