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Cheap Laptop Under $130: Toughbook CF-48X with Ubuntu Netbook Edition

I was on Property Room and saw several Panasonic Toughbook CF-48 laptops being auctioned. I figured it's worth about $100, without power cord or OS. The laptop plus shipping cost $116.29 and the power cord plus shipping cost $12.10 on eBay. Ubuntu Netbook Edition - a popular Linux operating system - is free, of course.

Property Room auctions items confiscated by police; I have a Peavey guitar amplifier with the case number and detective's name on a tag. I think this laptop was used by the Collier County Sheriff's Office (according to stickers left on it) and was sold when they upgraded. lets victims recover their stolen items before they are sold.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-48X at property Room

When tested unit powered on and booted to system BIOS. Exterior of laptop is in fair cosmetic condition with scuffs and sticker residue. Interior shows moderate signs of wear. Display is bright with no visible defects. Auction is for laptop and battery only. No power adapter cables, software or any other accessories are included.
Processor Pentium 4
CPU Speed 1.8 Ghz
Hard Drive 20 Gb
Memory 512 Mb
Screen Size 14"
Measurements 12 x 10.5 x 1.75"
Weight 8 Lbs
Brand Panasonic
Model CF-48
Drives CDRW/DVD Rom
PC Card Slots yes
Condition: Fair

Battery has not been tested and may not hold a charge. Due to licensing restrictions, this item will be shipped without any software, including operating system software.

no wifi either - but it has a 3.5" floppy drive!!!

It's a perfect gift for Mario, who has an internet connection but no computer - and doesn't need the wifi. It was his birthday on Saturday, here he is modeling my other gift:

Mario models his new brassiere

read more for more info about, founded in 1999 by former police officers, combines expertise in law enforcement procedure, inventory tracking, logistics, merchandising, marketing and customer service to provide an effective auction solution for law enforcement and municipal surplus agencies.

With distribution and service centers nationwide, specializes in the auction of stolen, seized, found and surplus goods and vehicles. Serving over 1,500 law enforcement and other public agencies nationwide, we offer a fraud-free marketplace with superior customer support.

Police Auctions

Before, law enforcement agencies were responsible for tracking and storing auction inventory as well as coordinating, promoting and conducting live auctions. acts as a service business for agencies by taking over the process, freeing-up space in crowded law enforcement property rooms. As importantly, we eliminate the time and effort wasted in the old-fashioned auction process while vastly increasing revenues, reducing costs and increasing public access to these public goods.

Program Features:

  • Secure Monthly Pick-ups
  • Cleaning, Testing and Appraisal of all Items
  • Comprehensive Inventory Control and Reporting
  • Complete Packaging, Shipping and Customer Service Support

  • A selection of municipal partnerships includes:

  • NYPD (New York City Police Department)
  • Seattle Police Department
  • King County (WA) Police Department
  • LAPD (City of Los Angeles Police Department)
  • Pinellas County (FL) Police Department
  • Cincinnati Police Department
  • Sacramento County Sheriff
  • Indianapolis Police Department
  • Broward County Sheriff (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Albuquerque Police Department
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