Panasonic's ToughBook CF-29 comes closer to an indestructible notebook than anything we've seen. This big, "ruggedized" laptop not only absorbs the abuse of the clumsiest executive or a foot soldier in the field, it also provides phenomenal battery life and good performance. Unfortunately, at more than $3,900, it's also twice as expensive and twice as thick as your everyday business laptop. Fortunately, M Rugged Mobile Technology offers rebuilt Toughbook 29's starting Well under $1000.00

The Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 weighs 7.9 pounds and stands a tall 2.7 by 11.9 by 10.5 inches. With its 13-ounce AC adapter, the Panasonic ToughBook CF-29's travel weight rises to 8.8 pounds.

Panasonic builds this laptop for military personnel, police departments, and a certain breed of traveler who inflicts damage on laptops. The laptop lives up to its rugged name, with a hardened magnesium-aluminum case, shock-mounted hardware, a waterproof keyboard, and rubber seals over the openings. To test Panasonic's claims, we dropped the ToughBook CF-29 three times from 36 inches onto concrete, then sprayed it with water. This would've reduced most laptops to a pile of wet parts, but it had no effect on the Panasonic ToughBook CF-29.

The laptop features most of the major connection technologies, although it lacks a FireWire port and has up to 2  USB 2.0 ports. The Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 includes the following ports and slots: Gigabit Ethernet, built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking, parallel, serial, audio, external monitor, PS/2, and a pair of PC Card slots.

The ToughBook CF-29 has mostly up-to-date specs, including a 1.2 - 1.6 GHz Pentium M processor, a 40-80 GB hard drive, and a floppy drive that you can swap with a OPTIONAL  DVD/CD-RW combo drive. Based on Intel's Extreme Graphics accelerator, the system uses up to 64MB of its 256MB-512MB Base memory for video. The ToughBook tops out at 768MB- 1.5GB of memory, which is less memory than most new laptops. With an antireflective, upt to 500nit brightness 13.3-inch XGA touch screen, the display is bright both indoors and out, and the nicely balanced writing stylus works well on the display. Unfortunately, there's no place to stash the stylus.

Panasonic offers a world-class support  The company also has an excellent toll-free, 24-hour help line staffed with knowledgeable technicians. Service centers handle repairs in Kansas City, Missouri; Cardiff, Wales; and Osaka, Japan, for next-day worldwide coverage

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