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Old 12-28-2010, 07:56 PM  
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Panasonic Toughbook CF29LQ, quick review

I recently got a Panasonic Toughbook CF29LQ off of tigerdirect.

It's refurbished, so it's a little beat up.

If you're a serious traveler, outdoor junkie, or if you happen to just want a SOLID laptop, look no further than the Toughbook.

Mine came equipped with an 80 gb harddrive, 1.6 ghz Pentium M processor, and a 512 stick of ram. Sadly, the carrier port was occupied by a 3 1/2 floppy drive and there is no HDMI capability (although there is VGA). It also has a touchscreen was a very nice feature. It has an external Wifi antenna.

The Toughbook is MIL-STD certified and is damn near bomb-proof. It is water-resistant, shock-resistant, and vibration-resistant. You pay for the durability though. The Toughbook is an all-metal construction. Because of that, it's 2.5" thick, and tips the scales at approximately 7 lbs.

If you can look past the size, and weight, you have yourself a very durable laptop.

The surplus of these laptops will not being going away any time soon. Toughbooks are in wide use by police, fire, EMS, military, oil drilling, and other rough applications around the globe.

Grab one if you can!

On a side note, there is a known issue with the older models. There's a small pad of heat conductive material between the heatsink and the CPU. It deteriorates with age, and loses it's ability to transfer heat. This causes your computer to run about +20c hotter than it should. Luckily, it's EXTREMELY easy to replace. If you've ever installed a CPU heatsink in a desktop, you can do it in the Toughbook. About $25 in Fujipoly thermal pad, and you're back in business.
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