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Panasonic Toughbook CF-31

Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.7GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 13.1" Laptop

2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.7GHz 4GB Aug 2014
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Powerful, Rugged And Wireless Panasonic presents the Toughbook 31, the reliable Windows 7 notebook offering the highest performance in its class along with the world's most rugged design. With... More
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20 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Panasonic portable PCs have an average rating of 94 out of 100, which is in the top 6% of all portable PC manufacturers that we have analysed.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31 have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 650MHz. At 650 megahertz, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other laptops that are a comparable age to the Toughbook CF-31.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

The PCI Express slot version of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 of 3 is one of the newest amongst laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Toughbook CF-31. Notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have PCI Express slot versions of between 2 and 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.2.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Toughbook CF-31 have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 660MHz and 1,300MHz. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,250 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The Toughbook CF-31 has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2.7 gigahertz) amongst laptops of this age. The processor clock speeds of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Toughbook CF-31 range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz.

If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the Lenovo L540 (£668.30) (2.8GHz), or the HP Probook 640 G1 (2.8GHz).

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Quite Long Battery Life

At 13.5 hours, the Toughbook CF-31 has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31. The shortest battery life of laptops of this spec and age is 2h and the longest is 4,400h.

If this medium processor core notebook PC battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Latitude 14 E5450 (£490.80) (14.5h).

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs of a comparable type and age to it. This notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Panasonic notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This portable PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of portable PC.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Toughbook CF-31, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 has a front camera.

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

With a hard drive speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Toughbook CF-31 has a fairly fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31. The hard drive speeds of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Toughbook CF-31 range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM.

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Very Bright Display Brightness

When compared to other portable PCs of this type and age, the display brightness of the Toughbook CF-31 of 1,200 candella per square meter is one of the brightest. Laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31 have display brightnesss of between 20 cd/m² and 1,200 cd/m².

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.4 gigahertz, the Toughbook CF-31 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Toughbook CF-31 the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on laptops that came out more than two years ago.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 is a three USB 2.0 port laptop. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

The Toughbook CF-31 has one of the biggest battery capacities (8,550 milliamperes * hour) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of this spec and age have battery capacities of between 3mAh and 30,000mAh.

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Has a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Toughbook CF-31 has a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many comparable spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Narrow

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 is very narrow (only 302 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31 the widths range from 38mm to 430mm, and the average width is 360mm.

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14 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most laptops of a comparable spec and age to the Toughbook CF-31 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The Toughbook CF-31 is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Only 1024 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

The Toughbook CF-31 has a maximum display resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. That's 25% less display resolution than a 1366 x 768 pixels laptop, which is the most common display resolution.

This notebook PC's display resolution (1024 x 768 pixels) is in fact the worst display resolution amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Toughbook CF-31.

The best display resolution amongst similar types of notebook PC is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Toughbook CF-31 have a full-size keyboard, however the Toughbook CF-31 does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Toughbook CF-31 range from 10" to 18". The Toughbook CF-31 has a fairly small screen size (only 13.1 inches) compared to most of the other laptops that were launched around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

Notebook PCs with a better storage medium that might also be worth considering include the T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only One Built-In Speaker

The Toughbook CF-31 is a one built-in speaker laptop.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz, the Toughbook CF-31 has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst notebook PCs of this age. Across all the portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Toughbook CF-31 the memory clock speeds range from 1,000MHz to 1,800MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,600MHz.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Toughbook CF-31 is a one USB 3.0 port laptop.

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Only Windows 7 Professional Optional Operating System

The Toughbook CF-31 has a better optional operating system than most laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it. This portable PC has a Windows 7 Professional optional operating system, whereas most laptops that were released more than two years ago have a Windows 8 optional operating system.

This portable PC's optional operating system (Windows 7 Professional) is in fact the worst optional operating system amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31.

The best optional operating system across comparable types of portable PC is Windows 8.1 Pro.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many laptops of this age and spec.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other laptops of this age and spec that we have checked, the Toughbook CF-31's weight of 3.7 kilograms is one of the heaviest. Comparable spec laptops that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

If you would consider a portable PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 (3.7kg).

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Thick

Across all the similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Toughbook CF-31 the heights range from 2.4mm to 300mm. At 73.5 millimeters, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31 is very thick compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the Toughbook CF-31.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Toughbook CF-31

Released Over Two Years Ago

This medium processor core notebook PC has been on the market for over two years.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Toughbook CF-31 has a better processor family than most notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it. This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family, whereas most notebook PCs of this type and age have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Toughbook CF-31 has a pretty standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Toughbook CF-31.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the DELL XPS 13 (£899.00) (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Internal Memory

The Toughbook CF-31 has a pretty typical internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the Toughbook CF-31.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the DELL Inspiron 15 (£846.00) (6GB).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Camera
Networking
4G
4G Standard
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Serial Port
SmartCard Slot
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Firewire (IEEE 1394) Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
Performance
Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Included Driver
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Output Voltage
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Technical Details
Other Features

Expert Reviews

3 August 2014
Tough as nails
Incredibly versatile
Excellent connectivity
Powerful laptop' specs
Superb battery life
Low screen res and terrible viewing angles
Weighty and chunky
Expensive
Unresponsive trackpad
Chunky

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers cf31mk4, panasonic cf31, panasonic cf31w, panasonic i53340, panasonic cf31we, panasonic cf31weu, panasonic i53340m, panasonic cf31weua, panasonic cf31weuax, panasonic cf31weuaxc, panasonic cf31weuaxce
Barcodes 00885170141964, 00885170141971, 00885170142008, 00885170142039, 00885170142145, 00885170142183, 00885170142213, 00885170142404, 00885170142442, 00885170142473, 00885170142497, 00885170142534, 00885170142558, 00885170142589, 00885170142701, 00885170142749, 00885170142787, 00885170142909, 00885170142930, 00885170142992, 00885170143012, 00885170143036, 00885170143203, 00885170143289, 00885170143388, 00885170143425, 00885170143432, 00885170143586, 00885170143630, 00885170143746

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2 core Intel Core i5-3xxx 2.7GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 13.1"
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Eleven More PCI Express Lanes (max)
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Dimmer Display Brightness

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