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Old 09-08-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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I ride a bicycle to school and work a lot, and I've got a really good backpack that protects my lap from all kinds of weather, but I've been wanting to get a Toughbook. I've also had good luck buying refurbished laps online from Amazon.

Is anyone familiar with this one:

Amazon.com: Panasonic Toughbook CF-29HT 13.3-Inch Rugged Notebook PC - Silver (Refurbished): Computer & Accessories

TIA
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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2 negative reviews out of 4 doesn't sound so lucky. 1.4 GHz Dothan-based CPU is adequate for the basics; if you plan on any video oriented or graphic intensive stuff, forget it. 512mb system memory is on the weak side - you definitely want to upgrade this part.

How torturous of an environment will you be in anyways? If you're not planning on using it out in the field, consider Dell Latitudes instead. I've had good luck buying off-lease refurbs direct from Dell (NOT a 3rd party refurb, which is where the aforementioned Panasonic comes from).

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Old 09-08-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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Those Dells look great; thank you.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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They're decent enough - some are a good value, others not so much. You do need to know what you need, though ... at any given price, there are several different models and configurations. Between upgrading the computers at work, home, and acquaintances, the count is (5) Precision workstations, (2) Optiplex desktops, and (5) Latitude and (1) Inspiron laptops. Hardware issues ... one laptop hard drive racked up some bad sectors after a year (4+ years after it was originally in service), and that's it. On my personal laptops (a D610 and D620), I purchased a couple D-bay batteries and combined with the original one, I get 5-6 hours away from an outlet.

As for durability testing (looks like a D610, though I may be wrong) ...
What Makes a Dell Notebook RoadReady?
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:19 PM
 
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I'm just really wanting the Toughbook for inet access, to do email and check on my business. I'm fascinated by the notion that I could spill coffee on it and it wouldn't hurt it.

And ride a bike in the rain without worrying about it.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:26 PM
 
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More reviews and, I think, not refurbished.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-29HT Rugged Notebook PC - Intel Pentium M LV 738 1.4GHz, 512MB DDR, 40GB HDD, CD-ROM, 13.3 Touchscreen, Windows XP Pro (Off-Lease) at TigerDirect.com
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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More reviews and, I think, not refurbished.
They're refurbs. Just from the first 10 reviews ...

- However, after recieving two different ones from this company, I have yet to get one that works.
- Battery life was terrible but i purchased a new for one hundred bucks.
- Unfortunately, I did buy but this used product was in very bad shape.
- I've gotten 2 clean and good units out of 6, ...
- Returned the first two machines due to problems
- I had to return this unit too, ...
- I had to send two back, ...
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Old 09-09-2010, 03:40 AM
 
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Yes; I'm sure glad I asked b/c it doesn't look good, does it? Back to the Dells. I currently have a refurbed Thinkpad which I love. Might just get a second one. Only problem, not enough slots for peripherals.
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