Karl Klammer wrote:
mk6 features an ambient light sensor, but also has a sata2 throttle...while mk5 can do sata3 afaik
both should have 10.1 screens, N wlan, tpm 1.2
mk6 has bluetooth 4 (powersave,security) while mk5 has bluetooth 2.1
mk5 is rated at 9hrs runtime, while mk6 is at 10
mk5 has usb 2, mk6 usb 3
I'd say mk5 for disk/cpu performance, mk6 for battery life and faster usb/bluetooth
I had seen the ambient sensor (although no idea what real world advantage that would make that hitting a button doesn't accomplish...), but was wondering why the performance specs of the MK6 were hitting slightly lower, VERY good explanation thank you!
I have CF19mk6 and a CF31mk2 // mk3 I can sell.
Hello Shawn! The CF-31 isn't completely out of the running... But I do have more upgrade parts for my CF-19, and it is the one I REALLY need to replace. I think the keyboard on the CF-30/CF-31 is better suited for lots of writing. But for travel or sitting on my toolbox at work, the CF-19 has the edge.
Still... If I don't end up replacing my current CF-19, it will need some repairs and upgrades. At minimum a new SSD or hybrid drive. I would like to get more usable memory into it too. But installing 64bit W7 just to bump it to 4gb memory isn't worth it. 8gb would be though...
I will soon have an MK7 dual touch CF-19 to sell once I get my CF-33 to replace it!
Shawn, Rob, can you guys PM me with prices and additional specs for the above machines? And let me know what keyboards are installed? On the CF-19 I really want the emissive keyboard. I have a CF-30 emissive (I think it slots right into the 31.)
Budget is a "slight" consideration. I can grad a MK5 CF-19 off eBay for just above nothing. $300 give or take $100 gets one to my door. And $50-100 more gets me a MK6. The MK7 prices on eBay are a little more than I want to spend, but likely not too much more than I will end up spending.
I am after a few features on this build:
1) Simplicity. I hate making windows work on a machine that doesn't have a factory recovery image available. On all my past machines I have fought to get Panny drivers playing nicely with W7. So this time getting a machine that came with W7 is a requirement. I need to be able to do a fresh Windows install and get it back online in a few hours.
2) W7 64bit, I want to be able to use 8gb memory minimum. And Crucial actually has 16gb memory pack available for it. THIS would be a deciding factor. If Panasonic's bios on the MK5 doesn't see/allow 16gb memory, but the MK6 or MK7 one does... I will go with what allows that. Even if it meant shelling out almost double for the MK7. But, still want W7...
3) SSD drive upgrade. Don't really "need" more than 128gig, but a hybrid high capacity drive might be nice.
4) I will add in some other features like GPS (already have options there), fingerprint scanner (on the way for a CF-19). And likely a hidden boot drive.
My current CF-19 has a hidden usb drive attached to the USB input on the WWAN card. In "theory" I could boot up on it into linux, but never got it fully working. When I turn the WWAN card off in bios, it doesn't show up.