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Panasonic Toughbook CF-54

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Download Toughbook CF-54 User Manual (pdf).

Buy preconfigured Panasonic CF-54.

All Toughbooks listed on this page are brand new!

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At ToughDepot.com we always have standard models in stock.

As of July 2016 there are 2 versions: MK1 with Core i5 2.3GHz and MK2 with Core i5-6300 2.4GHz. There is no other difference in hardware besides the CPU. The CF-54 MK2 is still available with Windows 7 Pro. Windows 8.1 has been replaced with Windows 10.

The Toughbook CF-54 was launched in June 2015. It is a semi-rugged model and a close cousin of Toughbook CF-53. The CF-54 comes in 4 flavors:

  • Lite
  • Prime
  • Gloved Multi Touch
  • Performance

CF-53 Options

  • 4G LTE Modem
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Smart card reader
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Solid state drive
  • 2nd LAN
  • 2nd Battery (hot swappable)
  • DVD Drive
  • GPS (ublox)
  • 4th USB
  • VGA Port

Expansion Ports

The built-in true serial (RS-232) port has always been a unique feature of all Toughbooks. All other manufacturers dropped it more than 10 years ago. The CF-54 is the first Toughbook that does not offer serial port by default. The option is still available as a special configuration on models like CF-54A9001CM (Prime) and CF-54C9001CM (FHD Touch).

- USB Ports
3 USB ports vs. 4 on CF-53. There is an option to add 4th USB port for $75 or industrial grade USB for $125.

- VGA port is only available as an add-on $75 option, but with present HDMI port connecting to external monitor should not be a problem.

Keyboard

Standard keyboard is very good for typing.

The keyboards on CF-52, CF-53, CF-30 and CF-31 MK1-MK4 were inter compatible to some degree which means we are talking about 7 generations of Toughbooks (almost 8 years). While users never complained much about Toughbook keyboards, the updated CF-54 keyboard design is a welcome feature. As with previous generations the CF-54 keyboard is spill proof. Rain, spilled drinks pose no threat. The base CF-54 (Lite) comes with regular keyboard. All other versions feature backlit keyboard. They are both visually the same. The buttons on CF-54 keyboard are nicely spaced, have a good travel and easy to type.

Hard Drive

Sliding out HDD caddy is on the right side.

Panasonic always had been conservative when it came to hard drive sizes. When other industry players were using 320GB hard drives – Panasonic used 160GB. When 500GB and even 1TB became common (around 2012) – Panasonic used 320GB. Finally, in 2015 the smallest hard drive size for Toughbook CF-54 is 500GB. But not without the catch: while Prime model features 500GB 7200RPM hard drive, the base CF-54 model called Lite comes with 5400RPM version.

At ToughDepot.com we recognize this drawback and all our CF-54 models including Lite versions come with upgraded 500GB 7200RPM hard drives. What makes the CF-54 different from other Toughbooks including CF-53 is a PCI-e slot for 2nd mSATA solid state drive. Recently prices for mSATA drives went down sharply. The 128GB SSD option starts from $125. With the dual hard drive setup the OS and programs can be installed on SSD. This greatly improves system boot time (from 25 seconds down to 8). The program generated data like CAD files, videos and images can be stored on 500GB mechanical drive. This setup is the best of both worlds and we highly recommend dual hard drive configuration.

 

Display

Panasonic CF-54 has 3 outdoor readable LCD options: base (1366x768 pixel), models with Full HD (1920x1080) and Full HD with multi-touch screen. 

 

CF-54 800 nit LCD is bright enough for outdoors.

The CF-54 800 nit LCD with anti-reflective coating is bright enough for outdoors (1366x768 model shown).

Verdict

If you just bought CF-53 don’t get upset: stick to it until it starts falling apart. And from our experience it will take a long time. Otherwise, we recommend CF-54. You will have slightly faster processor, slim design, dual hard drive setup capability and 1.6lb less to carry around.

CF-54 on top of CF-53.

Toughbook CF-54 is almost 1 inch slimmer than CF-53.

 

 

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 Accessories

Part Number Description MSRP, USD
 CF-VCBTB2W  Panasonic External Battery Charger for CF-54 $175
 CF-AA5713AM  Panasonic Spare AC Adapter for CF-54 $85
 CF-LNDDC120  Car Charger for CF-54 $145
 CF-VZSU0PW  Panasonic high capacity battery for CF-54 $175
 CF-VZSU0LW  Panasonic Battery for CF-54 $125
 CF-VEB541U  Desktop Cradle for CF-54 $250
 CF-WDM541  DVD Drive for CF-54 $150

Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 Specifications

  CF-54 MK1 Lite CF-54 MK1 Prime CF-54 MK1 Gloved Multi Touch CF-54 MK1 Performance
Launch Date 2Q 2015 2Q 2015 3Q 2015 3Q 2015
Part Number CF-54A2900CM CF-54A0001CM CF-54C0001CM TBD
Processor Intel Core i5-5300U 2.3GHz Turbo Boost 2.9GHz
RAM (Standard/Max.) 4GB (16GB max) DDR3 10600 8GB (16GB max) DDR3 10600
HDD

500GB 5400RPM

500GB 7200RPM

Optional: 128GB SSD, 256GB SSD, 1TB 7200rpm HDD
2nd HDD

Optional Second Drive (onboard): 128GB SSD or 256GB SSD with Hard drive heater
- Trained technician removable

Video Intel HD 5500 AMD FirePro M5100
LCD 14" Daylight Readable LED LCD (800 nit) 1366x768  14" Daylight Readable LCD with Gloved Multi Touch(1000 nit) 1920x1200 14" Daylight Readable LED LCD (1000 nit) 1920x1200
Wi-Fi Intel a/b/g/n/ac with Bluetooth
Bluetooth v4.0 + EDR (Class 1)
Webcam  Optional
Battery

Standard: 10.8V, typical 3220mAh, min. 3050mAh

Media bay 2nd battery (optional): 11.1V, typical 2960mAh, min. 2860mAh

Long life battery: 11.1V, typical 4200mAh, min. 4080mAh

Media bay 2nd battery (optional): 11.1V, typical 2960mAh, min. 2860mAh

Battery Life

8 hours (15 hours with opt. 2nd battery)

11 hours (18 hours with opt. 2nd battery)

Panasonic CF-54 Video Review

Toughbook CF-54 FAQ

 

CF-54 Gallery

CF-54 Mk1 Set: Box, Manual, AC Adapter, Battery

CF-54 Mk1 Set: Box, Manual, AC Adapter, Battery

 CF-54A2900BM

Top is made from Magnesium alloy: 10 times stronger than plastic.

toughbook cf-54 magnesium top cover

CF-54 Right Side: SD card reader, 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN, Audio Jack-In, DC connector

cf-54 right ports: SD card reader, 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN

 

cf54 bottom view

 

 

Touchpad is different from CF-53.

Touchpad is different from CF-53.

 

Magnesium alloy honey comb LCD cover.

Magnesium alloy hone comb LCD cover.

CF-54 on top of CF-30.

CF-54 on top of CF-30.

Very thin LCD cabinet has magnesium ally top cover, bezel and hinges.

Very thin LCD cabinet has magnesium ally top cover, bezel and hinges.

 

CF-54 LCD vs Mac

CF-54 with bottom cover removed.

CF-54 with bottom cover removed.