Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 Review Win 7 32 bit 4 gig ram Price paid: $2,650 Australian As there are so few user reviews, Ive decided to write one. Most other reviews have focused on the Toughbook durability and the fun stress tests, but Im going focus on the useability of the C1 as a tablet and notebook. The C1 was bought to replace my near four year old Fujitsu T4215. The Fujitsu was a great machine that served its purpose well, but had a number of short-comings that needed to be addressed in my next notebook purchase. Weight, heat and battery life were the limiting elements of the T4215, and from all reports, these issues have not really been addressed in the new Fujitsu tablets. The Fujitsu was also dieing, making funny noises and the power adaptor had to be plugged in in a special way to work. Screen The screen on the C1 is its biggest weakness and will surely put people off. Vertical viewing angles are terrible. Horizontal angles are just ok. Colour reproduction is way off out of the box. The colours are much better after playing around with the settings, but simply put, this screen is no match for the Fujitsu T4215s screen. Blacks in particular, are much better on the Fujitsu. On the plus side, the c1 gets much brighter than the T4215, and has much less grain and glare making it easier to read documents and work on. It is easier on the eyes than the T4215. Any serious artists/Photoshop work should look elsewhere for a tablet. Ergonomoics The screen only rotates in one direction and does not tilt back flat like the T4215, which is much more versatile. It does lay down flat in tablet mode without any latch and feels secure. This thing is seriously light. It looks big and heavy but once you pick it up, it feels like a toy. There is obviously a lop of empty space (relatively) in the C1 to help with durability. The dome and handstrap at the back are brilliant to use and greatly helps the tablet experience. Even holding it with one hand as a notebook works great with the dome. If you happen to not like the handstrap, you can always take it off. While the T4215 has a smaller footprint, the C1 feels like half the weight and is a joy to hold. When you add in the lack of heat, this is a wonderful tablet to hold and use. Where the T4215 would have me sweating, the C1 remained comfortable to hold for long periods of time. The fan does get a little loud in the default mode, but can be lowered- which does not effect the heat coming out. Input Devices The touch input works surprisingly well, much better than expected. Its great mainly for internet use and word processing like Im doing now. I turn it off in Onenote and Artrage or any other program where my hand is going to be resting on the screen. Touch input switches off when the pen is nearby, but I often rest my hand on the screen first before the pen goes down. The digitiser is from Wacom, so youd know what to expect if youve ever used one before. Great accuracy and pressure sensitivity at the centre of the screen. Not so great at the edge. The keyboard has a very similar feel to the Fujitsu, though the keys are shallower and the overal size is smaller. This could be a problem for those with larger hands, but I dont have a problem with it. The touchpad is small, circular and barely usable. The scrolling ring works ok. Since the pen and touch inputs work so well, its really only there as a last resot (or for someone not comfortable with pen and touch to use your laptop). Battery Life Though I havent done an uninterrupted drain test, it did last over 3hrs straight on internet, Office docs and still had some juice. The general feel on one battery charge is 4-5 hours on Onenote/office docs with brightness around 60% (85-100% is too bright to work comfortably on) and power saver mode. The claimed 5 hrs on certain modes certainly feels legit. This is already double the battery life of the T4215 which at best lasted 2.5 hrs and would barely pass 2 hrs most of the time. More tests need to be done, but I would say for general use, you would get a minimum of 3 hrs and possibly over 5 hrs on certain settings. Conclusion The C1 addresses the main problems the T4215 had and is an excellent convertible tablet for work purposes. The price here in Australia makes it competitive against all the other tablet manufacturers. I can finally have confidence working with this notebook around my school and not tethered to an outlet. Id be happy to answer any questions.