Panasonic toughbook cf-53
Get Specs & Pricing For This Semi-Rugged Laptop w/ 14" HD LED display, multi touch touchpad, optional sunlight-viewable touchscreen & 4G LTE or 3G Gobi™ WWAN.
In 1998, Panasonic created the first semi-rugged computer. Now, Panasonic introduces the latest generation, the Panasonic Toughbook® 53. With a 14" HD LED display, the latest Intel® Core™ processors and an oversized multi touch touchpad, it performs like a desktop.
Options for a sunlight-viewable Panasonic CircuLumin™ touchscreen, backlit keyboard, 4G LTE mobile broadband, an integrated webcam and enhanced connectivity, make this the most versatile semi-rugged PC ever.
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Call 1-877-532-8088 to speak with a friendly Panasonic Toughbook representative, or click here to purchase your CF-53 now.
Panasonic’s line of highly portable semi-rugged PCs inherits the technology and expertise featured in fully-rugged PCs while offering a level of robustness that surpasses our business-rugged PCs. The new Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 harnesses the performance of desktop PC within a compact package to meet the demands of professionals on the move.
This heavy-duty model is the suitable tool for repair servicemen on the go who perform maintenance and provide support for devices, as well as sales representatives giving presentations and product demonstrations while conducting sales in the field. In addition to these applications, this sturdy notebook PC provides the durability needed to withstand the harsh conditions for conducting measurements on the production line and handling quality management in the warehouse.
The CF-53’s predecessor, the CF-52 series, has earned the trust of many in the automotive industry, where it has sold especially well. The CF-52 series offers the reliability technicians demand for portable terminals and provides a specialized interface for connecting with inspection devices.
- Panasonic CF-53 Features
Unlike the office, there are usually no desks at large factories or warehouses where you can set up your laptop to do work. To get the most out of your laptop, you need to be able to carry it with you while moving around the site.
Many of our customers voiced this need, indicating that they wanted a lightweight device capable of delivering the same level of performance as a normal laptop. In response we gave the Toughbook CF-53 a lighter and more compact body to make it easier to carry.
Weighing in at 5.84 lbs (2.65 kg), this model is significantly lighter than its predecessor the CF-52, which weighs 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg). We also enhanced portability by giving the CF-53 a sturdy grip with a universal design and reducing the overall size by 17% to make it more compact. One of the ways in which we achieved this was by equipping the new model with a 14” HD LCD, one full size smaller than the 15.6” LCD display of the CF-52.
- Specs For Trusted Performance
You may be wondering how we were able to fit the hard disk drive (HDD) into this new model, considering all the measures we took to lighten it and make it more compact. So where did we put the HDD?
On the underside of the body. This is one of the new design features implemented in the CF-53. To detach the HDD from earlier models, you had to open a cover on the side and pull it out from the body. The CF-53 changes this by making the HDD part of the body, fitting it snugly in a slot on the underside. This new design feature makes the Panasonic CF-53 lighter by eliminating the space needed for panels and covers to enclose the HDD, yet still retains the durability of this model’s predecessors.
The HDD connector is set at a slant to make it easier to detach without damaging any of the parts. For added security we have provided special screws you can use to lock the HDD firmly in place, making it difficult for people to run off if with your information.
- Toughbook 53 In the Field
In addition, we changed the design of the optical disk drive (ODD) by switching from a multi-bay structure to a fix-mount structure. The main drawback of a multi-bay structure is that sufficient space must be allocated in order to remove the ODD.
The fix-mount structure solves this problem by incorporating the ODD within the body structure, thereby cutting down on space and reducing the total weight. To replace the drive, all you have to do is remove the lock screws from inside the body.
As you can see, in developing the CF-53 we aimed to produce an extremely simple and lightweight design that retained all the devices necessary for delivering optimal performance. The combination of our ingenuity and relentless pursuit to achieve these goals enabled us to produce a new model perfectly catered to the needs of our customers.
The secret lies in the “Bonnet” structure of the top panel that covers the LCD, so named because it resembles the Bonnet of car. This same technology is also applied in our business-rugged PCs, including the CF-S series. The underlying idea of this construction is incredibly unique. Imagine a single, flat piece of paper: left flat, the piece of paper can be easily bent, but when folded, the paper becomes much stronger and better able to withstand the force applied to it.
Panasonic CF-53 FAQ: Specifications, Features, Cost & More
Where can I buy the Panasonic CF-53?
BuyTough is the #1 place to purchase Panasonic Toughbooks online. From competitive pricing to unbeatable customer service, we’re dedicated to delivering the highest-quality rugged laptops and PCs on the market.
To learn more about how we can configure and deliver the CF-53 or any other model to your specifications, call our friendly Panasonic-authorized experts today at 1-877-532-8088 or order your CF-53 online now.
Is this the same computer as the "Tuffbook" or "Touchbook?"
Yes and no. Customers looking for Panasonic's line of rugged machines often accidentally search for “Tuffbook” or “Touchbook” computers. While there is a Touchbook name-brand on the market, the product not associated with Panasonic or its affiliates.
Many people also may look for “Toshiba” Toughbooks. Please note that these do not exist, as the term is a registered trademark of Panasonic.
I'm looking for a semi-rugged tablet similar to this model. Any recommendations?
Absolutely! To discover the versatility and portability of a tablet combined with the semi-rugged qualities of a CF-53, check out ToughPadSales.com.
Do I need to download any drivers for this model?
Your CF-53 will come with all the necessary drivers installed, including your Panasonic utilities and a recovery partition. If you need to install or reinstall any drivers, you can find them easily at Panasonic’s product support page.
Also visit this page for the CF-53 manual, warranty information, product registration, and other available downloads.
Does the CF-53 have a lighted keyboard?
Yes! This model comes standard with a backlit keyboard, making it easy to operate in any environment.
What is the difference between a CF-53 MK1 & MK2?
Different “MK” models are different versions of a device, each offering different levels of functionality. As a general rule, the higher the MK number, the higher the grade of functionality. For example, the Toughbook 53 MK2 offers the following features that the CF-53 MK1 does not:
- Greater Battery Life (11 hours vs. 10)
- Optional GPS integration (SIRF Star III)
- Optional RFID integration
- More Hard Drive Space (500 GB vs. 320 GB)
- … and more.
To learn which features and levels of functionality are right for your device, call 1-877-532-8088 for guidance from a friendly BuyTough representative.
What wireless capabilities does the CF-53 have?
All CF-53 laptops come standard with class 1 Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR. Core i3 models come with Athenos 802.11b/g/n, whereas Core i5 CPU models have Intel Centrino Advanced-N WiFi technology as a standard integration.
For those looking to upgrade their CF-53’s wireless capabilities, two options are available:
- Gobi 2000 3G mobile broadband
- LTE 4G mobile broadband
Not sure which options are best for you? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Call our customer support line today for fast, friendly assistance.
I’m looking for CF-53 replacement parts. Where can I buy them?
BuyTough offers spare parts and the latest accessories for the CF-53 and all current models. Visit our online store today to discover:
- CD & DVD Drives
- CF-53 Carry Cases
- Desktop & Vehicle Docking Stations
- Hard Disks (HDDs)
- Memory (RAM) Upgrades
- Power Supplies
- Styluses & Tethers
- … and more!
The fastest way to learn what’s in stock and purchase what you need? It’s easy – just call our friendly customer support team today at 1-877-969-2604.
How heavy-duty is the semi-rugged CF-53? Is it the right model for me?
When buying a Toughbook, you want to make sure you’re getting the right tool for the job at hand. As a semi-rugged model, the CF-53 is suited for certain types of tasks better than others. Here are some factors to looking when considering your purchase:
- Durability: The Panasonic CF-53 is MIL-STD-810G certified. It can withstand a 12” drop, as well as shock, vibration, altitude, dust, extreme temperatures and humidity. Rugged models have a 6’ drop rating, and are suited for even more intense or explosive atmospheres.
- Dimensions & Weight: Semi-rugged laptops are lighter, smaller and more portable than rugged models. If ease of travel is your top priority, semi-rugged might be your best bet.
- Cost: Because the CF-53 is less rugged than other fully-rugged models, they also cost less to build and therefore purchase. Semi-rugged might be a better option for lower-risk jobs that need a higher computing capacity.
As a preferred provider of Panasonic laptops for all kinds of industries, BuyTough knows what level of rugged technology each job requires. Semi-rugged laptops and notebook PCs are more ideal for:
- State & Local Government (Building Inspection, Public Works, Property Assessment, Environmental Inspection)
- Field Services & Utilities (Contractors, Construction, Energy Services, etc.)
- Warehouses (Automotive & other industrial sectors)
More rugged laptops, like the Panasonic CF-31, are more ideal for:
- Emergency Services (Police, Firefighters, EMS)
- Military (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard, etc.)
Because every situation is different, this is only a rough guide of which machine will be the best fit for your needs. To find the perfect laptop model, please call 1-877-532-8088 today for personalized assistance from BuyTough’s authorized Panasonic Toughbook experts.
What operating systems can I install on This Machine?
Your device will be compatible with all Windows operating systems from XP to Windows 8. This model ships with Windows 7 Professional 32 or 64-bit pre-installed.
While it is possible to downgrade to Windows XP, we do not recommended. The coming end of support for XP means these computers will be subject to numerous security and stability threats. To keep your IT safe and compliant, choose Windows Vista and beyond for your operating system.
What are the dimensions of a Panasonic CF-53?
This model is built for performance, versatility and portability in the field. Its dimensions include:
- Overall Dimensions: 11.1” x 13.4” x 1.8-2.2” (Length, Width, & Height)
- i3 model: 5.6 lbs.
- i5 model: 5.8 lbs
- Touchscreen model: 6.5 lbs
- Screen Size: 14.0” HD, LED 1366 x 768
Where is the hard drive located on this device?
Your CF-53 hard drive is located on the lower-right hand corner of your device with the screen opening facing your body. Important Tip: In order to remove the hard drive, be sure to use a reasonable amount of force when prying off the metal caddy. They call these “Toughbooks” for a reason!
For questions about hard disk replacement parts and service, call our customer support team at 1-877-969-2604. We can walk you through the hard drive replacement process, get you the parts you need, or deliver done-for-you hard disk service if you need it.
Does the CF-53 come with a warranty?
Yes! Your machine comes with a 3-year limited warranty that includes parts and labor. Additional device protection plans are available upon purchase if desired.
I need a vehicle docking station for a Panasonic CF-53. Which mounts should I consider?
BuyTough carries all Panasonic-approved Toughbook docking stations, including Gamber-Johnson and Havis brands. Whether you need Ford Truck mounts, desktop mounts, or any other docking accessories, BuyTough has a selection to supply your every need.
For the latest product availability and pricing, call our accessories department at 1-877-969-2604.
I need a new power supply for my device. Do you have chargers in stock?
BuyTough carries all available CF-53 AC adapters in stock. These adapter models include:
Not sure which charger is right for you? Call our support team at 1-877-532-8088 for assistance with choosing the perfect power supply for your CF-53.
I’m looking for an alternative to this model. What do you recommend?
While there’s no true alternative to the versatility and performance of this model, the Panasonic CF-52 is another excellent semi-rugged option to consider.
My company is working on a limited budget. Is there a more affordable option?
While there’s no substitute for a brand new rugged laptop, we understand that some buyers can’t afford to purchase the latest models. That’s why BuyTough offers factory-authorized refurbished CF-53 laptops, among other products.
To find the latest affordable refurbished rugged and semi-rugged computers, visit our refurbished Toughbook store or call 1-877-969-2604 to discover your options.
I’m a reseller. Can I purchase CF-53 computers from BuyTough?
Yes! As an authorized and preferred Panasonic dealer, Mooring Tech can sell computers to all interested parties, including resellers. For the best service and pricing, call our customer support line today at 1-877-532-8088.
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