We are especially happy about having this consignment of rather special laptop computers and especially pleased as well, because although these laptops are very desirable and are normally very expensive, we have managed to get them at an unbelievably good price. This is due to the fact they have previously been used by a large company and have been sold to us as a single job lot. As we will explain here, these Laptops are absolutely ideal for use in or around the garage or any other industrial environment.
Being pre owned, the paintwork on these laptops is naturally a bit scuffed here and there. This shows up most strongly on their upper lids which are currently painted 'banana yellow' (presumably for easier asset identification). However having a painted surface means that if their appearance is important, it is very simple to make them look presentable with nothing more than a little bit of effort along with some masking tape and an aerosol can. I recently re painted a couple, choosing a nice metallic electric blue for the lids, mat black for the handle and other bits and even filled a small dent in the lid with car body filler and sanded it smooth with an electric sander first.
In respect of technical specification CF27 Laptops can be purchased new from Panasonic in a variety of base specifications, but any number of special extras can also be requested. Fortunately for us, as you will see, it seems that the original purchasers of these particular laptops spared no expense when choosing their specification and adding extras.
A Genuine Intel Pentium 2 processor running at 300Mhz gives more than enough speed to give a very responsive feel to most programs. You can after all only draw the next menu screen so fast.
The standard RAM on the CF27 is 64MB, however these Laptops have had an additional 64MB added to give a total of 128MB. They also have a larger 6.4 GB hard drive in place of the usual 4 which is enough for hundreds of programs and masses of data to be stored. Please note that although The hard drives in these Laptops were supplied completely erased for security, we are pre installing them with an operating system and getting them running with our vehicle explorer software, however the price does not include this as a licensed copy and it is up to the owner to obtain any licences required for the operating system they end up using. While these laptops come with Vehicle Explorer pre-installed it should be noted that the extra MS software required to run the extra Flash File Loader software for CAN BUS vehicles to update ecus will not install on these laptops under Windows 2000.
The bright and Clear 12.1 Inch TFT LCD is protected behind an easy to wipe clean durable transparent layer, However thanks to the corporate that owned these before spending a fortune on each one, they also have a very special, incredibly useful and quite unique, for Laptops, extra in the form of a built in touch screen that fully emulates a mouse. This can be used alongside the touch pad for cursor control and by tweaking the settings of our Vehicle explorer software a bit to make the menu selections a little larger, it works just fantastically to provide a much more interactive and intuitive control interface.
A generous sized Lithium Ion battery is fitted. This latest Lithium Ion technology is preferred as although more expensive, it gives vastly better performance than traditional NIMH and does not suffer from NIMH?s life shortening memory effect.
A small simple socket, but a shatteringly important inclusion as a USB port makes this Laptop super expandable, Flash drives, printers, keyboards, Mice, CD readers or writers, DVD players, wired or wireless networking adaptors and Bluetooth modules are just a tiny selection of the possibilities that can easily be connected and used one at a time or all at once. We are going to be obtaining and offering a USB wireless Lan module that we will also pre configure to work wirelessly with our PRO servers
A real workhorse of a connection Port, the serial port is easily the most common choice to communicate with a variety of hardware including most vehicle interfaces such as our Vehicle server. Sadly however as most Laptop manufacturers now design equipment only really much use as portable entertainment centers with as many as six USB ports these days, it is getting increasingly harder to buy Laptops which include a true serial port.
Other ports and Additional Extras
There is a Large removable bay (MD bay) in the side of the CF27 into which currently inserted is a standard Floppy disk drive. It is possible to obtain interchangeable options for this laptop such as a second battery, CD ROM (although a USB one is possibly an easier choice) and other specialist items. There are also ports for a keyboard/mouse, printer port, expansion dock, two PCMCIA slots and so on. The laptops also have a built in 56K modem, Infra Red interface and a Cellular Wireless Modem (Not IEEE 802.11) which we don?t know too much about.