Panasonic Toughbook CF-52

A reassuringly well-built laptop that is suited to outdoor business use

The Panasonic Toughbook range is best known for its fully-ruggedised industrial laptops. However, the CF-52 (£1551 inc. VAT) takes a slightly different approach.

Its semi-rugged casing can be used on building sites and site maintenance, but won't offer the same degree of protection as some more specialised laptops.

The main difference is a lack of bulk and, while the ports have rubber stoppers to protect from dust and water, this isn't a sealed unit. You'll find exposed elements, such as the optical drive and SD card reader lacking protection.

The design is simple and looks like a standard issue briefcase. The body is made from magnesium-alloy and is incredibly sturdy.

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MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Robust design. Decent performance. Good battery life

Cons

Basic feature set

Verdict

Sturdy but not completely safeguarded in all conditions, this is nevertheless a well-built laptop

Dimensions

355.7 x 286.8 x 50.7

Display resolution

1280 x 800

Display size

15.4

Graphics memory

384

Graphics memory type

Intel 965GM

HDD capacity

80

Installed RAM

1024

Memory speed

667

Operating system

Windows XP Professional

Processor speed

1.8

RAM type

DDR2

Weight

3.3

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