Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 53 14.0-in Windows® Semi-Rugged Laptop

Regular price $ 2,195.00 Sale

Product SKU: CF-532TLHYNM-CB

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK® 53 is a hugely popular model that for many customers, offers the ideal balance between durability, performance, and price. The TOUGHBOOK  53 is sleek enough to fit in at the office and durable enough to mount in a vehicle. It is no secret that rugged laptops carry a hefty price tag. But with Panasonic, you get what you pay for and more. The TOUGHBOOK 53 has a slightly lower entry price but is highly customizable to suit the needs of a wide range of customers.


Product Highlights

  • Semi-rugged full-size laptop with 14” widescreen HD LED Display
  • Windows® 10 Pro (available Windows® 7 Pro downgrade option)
  • Intel Core i5-4310U VPro 2.00GHz processor
  • Standard DVD Super Multi Drive
  • Standard 320GB or 500GB HD with up to 16GB RAM
  • Optional 4G LTE, GPS, Backlit Keyboard
  • Optional Touchscreen
  • Standard WLAN & Bluetooth
  • USB 3.0(x2), USB 2.0(x2), PC Card, SD Card, HDMI, Serial, ExpressCard ports standard

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Product Overview

The Panasonic Toughbook 53 is a great choice for a wide-variety of customers who want a durable laptop but don't necessarily need one of Panasonic's military grade fully-rugged units. With a nice sized 14.0 widescreen display and a long list of potential integrated features and options, the Toughbook 53 is priced right and poised to perform in the office or on the go.


Like all Toughbook or Toughpad models, the Toughbook 53 offers an optional integrated 4G LTE modem for Sprint, Verizon or ATT. Do you need a built-in broadband modem? There are essentially 4 ways to obtain mobile broadband in the field. You can 1) obtain an external aircard from your carrier of choice that will slide into a USB port or PC Card slot. You can 2) purchase a "jet pack" or hot spot that will create a small wireless network your laptop can access via WiFi. You can 3) "tether" your smartphone and share a data signal wirelessly. Finally, you can 4) build a modem into a laptop. There are advantages and disadvantages to all four methods. When you build a modem into a laptop, you protect the modem and create a stronger signal stength via pre-wired internal antennas. Most customers who opt for an internal modem do not regret it. To the side is an image of where a SIM card resides on a Toughbook 53.

Trusted Performance

A common dilemma amongst perspective Toughbook buyers is whether or not to go with a fully-rugged unit or a semi-rugged unit. While there are no hard rules to this debate, customers should take into consideration how they will use a Toughbook on a daily basis and of course their budget. The Toughbook 53 fills a nice middle-of-the-road space. Chances are, the Toughbook 53 is going to be a fantastic option for a large number of customers who simply want a capable, durable laptop. Yes, the Toughbook 53 is tested to and does pass many of the parameters of MIL-STD-810G. However, it is NOT a fully-rugged laptop in all respects. The Toughbook53 is NOT MIL-STD-461F or IP65 certified. If you still don't know which Toughbook model is right for you, please call us at 877-532-8088 to discuss further.

Product Highlights

  • 4GB SDRAM (DDR3L-1333MHz)expandable to 16GB
  • DVD Super MULTI Drive
  • Magnesium alloy case with handle
  • Shock-mounted, quick-release hard drive
  • Spill-resistant Keyboard and Touchpad
  • 9-pin Serial Port Standard
Integrated Options
  • 4G LTE multi carrier mobile broadband with satellite GPS
  • Backlit emissive keyboard
  • GPS (SiRFstarIII™)
  • 720P webcam and digital mic
  • 2nd LAN (10/100) or FireWire or RJ-11 Modem or Dual antenna pass-through
  • Insertable SmartCard reader
  • Contactless SmartCard/RFID reader
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSD Upgrade
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Shipping & Warranties


PLEASE BE ADVISED:  Panasonic TOUGHBOOK laptops and tablets, accessories and related mounting equipment are enterprise solutions that are typically custom-built to order and thus carry a lead time of anywhere from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 months. Please note that online orders where expedited shipping is selected do NOT mean that a specific product is in stock and will ship right away. It simply means we will ship via the selected method when the product is available to ship. We can only confirm availability over the phone or online chat.  Availability changes daily if not hourly.  While we do our best to have a wide variety of TOUGHBOOK models and accessories in stock, this particular supply chain is challenging and we ask that customers please confirm availability with us on the phone when time is a priority. Additionally, expedited shipping will not apply to multiple items that might have multiple lead times and ship dates. It is typically applying to the main item of an order. Again, please call us ASAP at 877-532-8088 to discuss urgent needs and expedited shipping.


Due to restrictions set by the manufacturer and their distributors, Panasonic TOUGHBOOK computers and accessories cannot be returned. Customers should refuse delivery of any visibly damaged packages. Any non-visible damage must be reported immediately to Defective or malfunctioning units must be handled directly with Panasonic at 1-800-LAPTOP5 (800-527-867). Potential exceptions to this return policy can only be arranged prior to purchasing the product and only with the explicit consent of a sales representative who is firmly aware of all extenuating circumstances. Returns will not be accepted by without a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). Returned items lacking an RMA will be refused or sent back to the customer at the customer’s expense. Shipping and handling charges are always non-refundable.  Approved returns will almost always include a 20% restocking fee.  We are not intending to be difficult to work with and value our customer's business.  However, Panasonic TOUGHBOOK devices, all related accessories, and vehicle mounting solutions are not normal consumer products.  These are custom-built, made-to-order solutions that are NON-RETURNABLE.  Please contact us at 877-532-8088 with any questions or concerns regarding this return policy.


All new Panasonic TOUGHBOOK devices sourced from authorized dealers are protected from manufacturing defects for three years. The standard warranty includes a priority parts exchange program and repair service at no cost with overnight shipping to and from Panasonic included. Panasonic’s standard warranty (often referred to as “TOUGHBOOK Preferred”) also includes lifetime technical support directly with Panasonic at 1-800-LAPTOP-5. In addition, TOUGHBOOK end-users have online access to drivers, first-aid disks, BIOS updates, tools, utilities, and manuals.  Panasonic's Standard Manufacturer's Warranty does NOT cover accidental damage of any kind.


All new batteries, whether included in the original TOUGHBOOK purchase or acquired as an accessory after the fact, are covered under warranty for one (1) year from the date of purchase. Replacement batteries supplied to a customer under warranty are only covered through the end date of the original purchase.


Extends original standard warranty (minus the battery) through 4 or 5 years.


While the standard warranty covers anything that happens to your TOUGHBOOK under normal operations (meaning manufacturer’s defects), it does NOT cover accidental damage of any kind. It is a common misconception that MIL-STD-rated laptops like a Toughbook are warranted for damage within a parameter like a 6ft drop. Meaning if you drop your TOUGHBOOK from 3 feet and it breaks then it is covered by the standard warranty. This is NOT correct. It is impossible for Panasonic to know if it were 3 inches or 3 stories. The only way to be covered from accidental damage is to purchase a Protection Plus or Ultimate Care warranty upgrade. Protection Plus covers one major component failure per year and is limited to one complete device replacement during the warranty period.


Ultimate Care is essentially unlimited Protection Plus. This means Panasonic will fix or replace your TOUGHBOOK an unlimited number of times within the upgraded warranty period. It does not apply in the case of natural disasters (think hurricane or fire) as well as theft/loss and intentional damage (you as the customer trying to upgrade an internal component when you shouldn’t). 


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Shipping & Warranties

  • I am looking at a Toughbook 53 but I do not know the basic pack of this model includes?

    The most basic Toughbook 53 will include the following specifications.


    Win10 Pro, Intel Core i5-4310U 2.0GHz, vPro, 14.0" HD, Lite, 320GB(5400rpm), 4GB, Intel WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, TPM, Bluetooth, Multi-drive, Toughbook Preferred

    The official spec sheet will also indicate which features on the CF-53 are standard and which are optional.  

  • I want to know the basic pack have battery and power adapter? 

    Yes - all Panasonic Toughbooks will come standard with a primary battery and AC Power adapter.

  • How long does it take if i order my laptop now for you to ship it for me?

    Panasonic Toughbooks and Toughpads are very often custom built equipment that can carry lengthy lead-times of 30-60 days or longer.  There can be various models and options that are in stock.  We would need you to call us to discuss what may be able to ship quickly.  877-532-8088.

  • How many of these are available ?

    The CF-53 is officially discontinued.  However, we do anticipate inventory remaining in some form or fashion for at least several more months.  The challenge will be potentially shipping quickly and/or pricing and part numbers.