Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 Not For Millennials, But Bests Surface Pro 4 With Strong Build [VIDEO]By Donna Mills, UniversityHerald Reporter
Users who work in a hazardous environment will be thankful for the recent addition to the hybrid laptop market - the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33. The 2-in-1 device, however, isn't compatible with millennials and young people.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is built for bumps, dust, accidental falls and liquid spills. Not many laptops and mobile devices can survive these tortures, and oftentimes people are left with significant gadget damage made worse by how much cash they spent on that particular device.
Panasonic's hybrid device (announced at the MWC 2017) works as a standalone tablet when detached, or as a tablet-plus-keyboard combination. What makes it special is its capacity to withstand damage brought upon by careless users and unrelenting environmental factors. Its ports, for instance, are covered by waterproof doors.
The hybrid laptop's 12-inch 10-finger capacitive Dual touch QHD screen (2160 x 1440 pixels) can endure the outdoors' bright sunlight and heavy rains, according to a blog post from Windows. The device's 3:2 aspect ratios suit professional tasks, though the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 -- which it directly competes with -- has a sharper 2700 x 1800-pixel resolution.
The Surface Pro 4's screen resolution, however, wouldn't matter so much if you're gunning for durability. Microsoft's hybrid laptop also has a 3:2 display.
The device weighs at 6.1 pounds or 2.77 kilos. It comes with two hot-swappable batteries and a four-bay battery charger to provide longer battery life.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is also equipped with an IP55 digitizer pen that's compatible with Windows Ink. With the pen, users can write and draw with the utmost accuracy even in challenging weather conditions.
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Other specs include Windows 10, a 7th generation Intel Core processor, a 4G LTE option, USB 3.0, HDMI, ethernet, headset ports, a 2 MP webcam paired with stereo microphones and an 8 MP rear camera for documentation or videos. The cameras are compatible with the biometric security system, Windows Hello.
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 may not fit millennials and young people's lifestyle. The product is marketed towards "police, emergency services, government agencies, defense, field service workers, maintenance and service technicians" -- jobs that entail the extremes, CNET reported. Buying the device is a bit impractical if you're only worried about coffee spills while working at a Starbucks or getting sand in it while at the beach.
Panasonic's device will arrive in the U.S. in May 2017. The hybrid laptop will sell for $4,099 and $3,499 for the tablet-and-keyboard combo and the standalone tablet, respectively. What do you think of the device? Comment below!