Panasonic Toughbook CF-27 Mk. 1

Panasonic released Toughbook series computers in 1997. It was a specialized series of computers made to withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as extremely high/low temperatures, humidity, water or sand. Most of Toughbooks were good computers, bought by industry or military.
One characteristic thing in Toughbooks is presence of handles like a briefcase. These handles could be used with a belt to carry the notebook as with a bag. Good metal construction of casing allowed to carry notebook this way without problems.


Manufacturer Panasonic

Origin Japan
Year of unit 1997
Year of introduction 1997
Type Laptop, PC
CPU Intel Pentium MMX 233MHz
RAM 32MB (upgradeable to 192MB by EDO SODIMM)
Floppy Disk In a bay
Hard Disk ?? (absent in my unit)
Other media CD-ROM drive in a bay
Graphics and display: 800x600
Sound: Stereo
Keyboard and pointing device: Small PC keyboard without numeric part.
Touchpad.
OS: Windows 95

Power supply:

1 - Ground
2 - +15.6V DC, 3.85A
(Socket is inverted - requires bolt in plug)

I/O:  - Serial port
 - Parallel port
 - VGA video out
 - PCMCIA x2
 - IRDA
 - USB 1.1
 - PS/2
 - Dock connector
 
 
 
 
 
 
Possible upgrades: Memory
Additional peripherals:   

My unit has no hard disk nor hard disk caddy/cable, so I can't do much with it. It can boot OS from floppy, but has significant problems with "live CDs" as it has only 32MB of RAM.

The drivers can be found here, brief descriptions of all CF-27 submodels here.