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Panasonic Toughbook in The Martian (2015)

Many of the ship's crew are issued with Panasonic Toughbook CF-29s which Mark uses extensively for problem solving, and making a journal.

Importance: ****
Realism: ***
These laptops would be 30 years old at the time this film is set.

Visibility: ***




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Pretty sure this is NOT a CF-29, I don't think they would have used such an old toughbook in this new of a movie. I think this is a CF-30, which would make a LOT more sense. Plus it looks like a CF-30. Especially since the CF-30 is dual core and 64-bit. As apposed to the CF-29 which is single core P4, 32-bit only. I own every fully-rugged toughbook made and collect them, so I have a little something to go off of.
2017-10-03 21:40


Honestly, despite how old they'd be IRL - I feel like these are placebos for what would be computers in the future. I don't think NASA or anyone would send astronauts to space with dated technology. I'd rather have placebo technology then something totally fictional being madeup.
2020-02-20 00:56


To app87k: It is a cf-29. The hinges are wide. The CF-30 (CF-31) have smaller more narrow hinges. You can see also on the palmrest. More space of it silver on the CF-29 than on the CF-30.
2022-10-24 21:31