CF-53MK1 Could you tell me something about my Toughbook, Weaknesses, Things to watch out, Strengths?

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  1. r0tati0n

    r0tati0n Notebook Enthusiast

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    So I recently got a Toughbook.
    I was looking for a "special" laptop for "special" things. I used a T61p till now, it still works, but due to Nvidia Bug it will die now or then. It got old, I wanted a new laptop, not too new, not too old, not too expensive.
    I then stumbled across a 230€ CF-53 MK1, I added a second 4 GB RAM and a 240GB SSD.
    I have Windows 8.1, Windows 2k and Debian installed, with some special programming Software and already used its RS232 to get the diagnostics of an ESD system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triconex).
    But since it is my first Panasonic, else only Dell and Lenovo, I know almost nothing.

    Could you tell me something about my Toughbook? Weaknesses, Things to watch out, Strengths?

    The model Number is CF-53ASCZGFP. Digitizer works fine, i5-2520 CPU, I have the port replicator too.
    The serial is 2HTCA1****, which indicates to manufacturing August 2012, below 20k units produced.
     
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  2. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    Well I have had mine for about 4+ years with 20,000 hours on it and it still works like the day I bought it. Not one problem at all. I have W7 64bit with 16GB memory and 240GB Kingston SSD.
     
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    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Panasonic Toughbook Toughbook 53.
    Processor family: 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5, Processor model: i5-2520M, Processor frequency: 2.5 GHz.
    Display diagonal: 14", Display resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels,
    Touchscreen.
    Internal memory: 4 GB, Internal memory type: DDR3-SDRAM.
    Total storage capacity: 320 GB, Storage media: HDD.
    On-board graphics adapter. 3G.
     
  4. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    The screen is easy to break, I have repaired several of them,no big deal as long as you realize the CF-53 isn't that tough.
    The LCD is literally glued to the screen bezel, that's it, nothing else holds it in place.
    My best one was a unit I bought cheap, someone had slammed the lid closed and you could see the impression from the sharpy where it was imbedded in the LCD, oops.:D
     
  5. thewanderlustking

    thewanderlustking Notebook Evangelist

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    Lol yeah the CF-53 isn't as rugged as some. But should be just as good as what you are used to. My old boss had a CF-5x (not sure what one) that he used constantly. But when it came time to take a computer out into the garage, we would always grab a fully ruggedized CF-29.

    I personally like the CF-19, but I also wouldn't choose it as my everyday machine.

    The one weakness I have found with all of my Toughbooks over the years is the keyboards. Although I do type a LOT and the ONLY keyboards that seem to stand up to the constant use are my Macbooks. I have only replaced one of them in the past 7yrs and on my second Macbook. Probably would be my first one still, but that one got stolen.

    Anyways the Toughbook keyboards are cheap enough that I just keep a spare on hand.

    Power jacks. Do yourself a BIG FAVOR and stay away from the generic $9 eBay power bricks. Stick with genuine Panasonic. The other ones like to spark when you plug them in. I have gone through a lot of Toughbook power jacks and boards until I stopped being cheap and went with Panasonic bricks.

    If your computer came with anything but a genuine Panny one, replace it.

    Oddly enough these Panasonics seem pretty forgiving of the actual voltage that goes into them though. I have seen IBM adapters used safetly, solar power input, and other not so safe power inputs. Still, it is MUCH better to have a Panasonic brick as a buffer between the computer and your "unclean" power source.

    Last year after hurricane Irma I was using an old generator that would supply random voltages when it felt like it. At one point, I measured just 80vac coming out of it. The Toughbook charged up fine. A few weeks later the Missuses Macbook died. Motherboard power input fried.
     
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    User32 Notebook Consultant

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    ^I can confirm that ThinkPad adapters work fine with Toughbooks. Hell, they even seal up the hole on fully rugged ones when plugged in!
     
  7. r0tati0n

    r0tati0n Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thank you all :)

    That is some number :)
    Mine has about 2000 hours according to BIOS.
    How accurate is this number? I have never seen this on other laptops.

    Is this based on the model number?
    Because mine did not come with 3G.
    I plan to add it though.


    Yeah, it is semi-rugged, I read that before buying.
    Talking about ruggedness...
    There is a Panasonic video on YT testing CF-53 in a fall test.
    Does it really survive a fall (with lid closed and no sharpy between) from 30 cm or 76 cm?
    MIL-STD-810G (12" drop, 30" drop on 6 faces)
    https://www.mruggedmobile.com/panasonic-toughbook-cf-53-mk1-specifications.aspx

    Luckily it seems to be a genuine Panny :)
    It says Panasonic and CF-AA5713A M1 as model number.

    Which adapters are you referring to?
    Power adapters?
     
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    User32 Notebook Consultant

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    Which adapters are you referring to?
    Power adapters?[/QUOTE]
    These:
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  9. r0tati0n

    r0tati0n Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ok...

    till now I thought the output voltage should be correct.
    My Panasonic reads 15,6V, 7,05A.
    This adapter reads 16V, 4,5A.

    Only 0,4V difference there, does this really not matter?
    I already fried an external HDD, because of plugging in the wrong power supply, thats because I am very picky about not interchanging these adapters and even marked the ones I have.
     
  10. User32

    User32 Notebook Consultant

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    Toughbooks are designed to run on 16V so it'll work fine.
     
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