Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 review

The Camel Man of Tablet PCs

The chassis of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 is a solidly cast piece of magnesium-alloy

TechRadar Verdict

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 is a sturdy looking piece of kit that has some strong features and a superb battery life


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    Tough as old boots in armour


    Battery life


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    Touchpad slows naviagtion

    Keyboard is small

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Panasonic has clearly made a market for itself by releasing a Tablet PC for fieldworkers. The Toughbook CF-18 is a fully ruggedised device that meets the MIL-STD- 810F military standard. This means it can withstand almost any conditions.

As you would expect from a sealed unit, Panasonic has had to opt for an ultra-low voltage processor in the form of the Intel Pentium M 753(1.2GHz). This isn't the most powerful chip, but you'll find that it handles office tasks well. Where the Toughbook excels is in battery life, lasting, under test, for 366 minutes.

The chassis is a solidly cast piece of magnesium-alloy with rubber and plastic shocks to withstand any impact. As a sealed unit water can't get into the inner workings and all of the ports on the outside are sealed. The screen is a 10.4-inch digitised panel that is locked into place with a catch on the main body, allowing you to twist it round into slate mode.

The digitised pen is tethered to the screen. The keyboard is small but usable; the touchpad less so, as it is slow to respond. The Panasonic Toughbook CF- 18 isn't without its flaws - the touchpad slows navigation down and the keyboard is rather small. However, for use in any conditions, the screen is responsive and makes using this tablet easy out in the wilds. was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.