Panasonic Toughbook CF-W5
- Notebook design, battery life, optical drive off switch, weight
- Scroll wheel on the touchpad, cramped keyboard
Although the Panasonic Toughbook CF-W5 is not the most stylish or powerful machine, it does offer some good battery life and should take a few knocks without any trouble. However, for the premium price it is short on ports and other features, a disappointment despite the advantages of its rugged design.
Price$ 3,599.00 (AUD)
The toughest of the tough, Panasonic's Toughbook CF-W5 is one of the only notebooks where its ability to withstand torture takes precedent over power and style.
Geared for people always on the go, the Toughbook CF-W5, unlike some other Toughbooks in the range, is less of a test dummy than a toughened business notebook. It offers good battery life in a small, lightweight (1.2kg) magnesium alloy chassis that's built to handle a few knocks. Despite its size the CF-W5 doesn't entirely skimp on features, managing to squeeze an internal DVD re-writer and an SD card reader into the minimalist notebook design and also includes some basic connectivity such as a VGA output and PC card slot.
Inside this little nugget is 1GB of DDR2 RAM and one of Intel's slightly older Core Duo U2400 1.06GHz CPUs, a low-end processor designed for less heat, reasonable battery-life, but slower performance. With these components we did not expect phenomenal results from our tests, but the Toughbook CF-W5 still achieved a reasonable score. There is only a 60GB hard drive in this model, so don't plan on storing all your movies, photos, MP3s and documents here along with any applications you plan to install.
In WorldBench 6 it achieved a total score of 43, well below the mark for power users, but still enough to do word processing tasks, surf the Web and check e-mails. In iTunes it took 179 seconds to convert 53 minutes worth of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files, while in Cdex it took 269 seconds. Neither of these results suggests the Toughbook CF-W5 is capable of any taxing workloads like heavy photo editing or CAD.
The battery test result was far more impressive, with the CF-W5 lasting 154 minutes in our DVD rundown battery test. This test is a worst-case scenario test, as it utilises the system's speakers, screen and optical drive among the other core components of the notebook. We expect the CF-W5 should last longer under normal workloads. The DVD drive can also be turned off with a hard switch on the chassis, which should help extend battery life even further.
The screen is a small 12.1in number with a native resolution of 1024x768. The brightness and contrast levels are good, but the viewing angle is quite poor in both the vertical and horizontal positions. We also found that the smaller and slightly squished keys were tricky to type on comfortably.
The touchpad is a circle, unlike most notebooks that use a square, but is fairly comfortable to use. What it does lack is a scroll bar, making it more difficult to navigate long pages quickly.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Google Daydream VR headset
Acer Swift 7
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Samsung unveils Galaxy Book, a Windows 10 tablet aimed at the Surface-curious
- Everything we think we know about Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S3
- Lenovo's ThinkPad P71 will work with HTC, Oculus VR headsets
- Lenovo's Yoga A12 Android 2-in-1 has futuristic touch panel keyboard
- In PC comeback, ARM will battle Intel in Chromebooks and Windows 10
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- CCWindows System EngineerNSW
- FTSalesforce AdministratorQLD
- FTSenior Java Developers (Several positions available)QLD
- CCSenior Project Manager - ApplicationsNSW
- CCSenior Networks Specialist - DNS PlatformVIC
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)NSW
- CCSalesforce - Functional Analyst (BA)NSW
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- FTApplication Support Analyst/DeveloperNSW
- TPUI/UX ConsultantWA
- CCCloud Solution Architect - Financial Services - Continuous IntegrationNSW
- CCNetwork Specialist - IPAM TelcoVIC
- TPSenior Test AnalystQLD
- FTApplication Support SpecialistNSW
- TPChange and Communications CoordinatorQLD
- CCSenior Technical Consultant - MicrosoftACT
- CCSenior Project Manager - Regulatory/Compliance - BankingNSW
- FTTelecommunications Services Manager - Voice/Data/UCQLD
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerVIC
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- CCTest Planner - Infrastructure/Data CentreACT
- FTITIL Service ManagerVIC
- FTLevel 2 Technical Support OfficerQLD
- TPSpatial Science OfficerQLD