Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
SpecificationsNotebook: Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 (Toughpad FZ Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3437U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000 1664 MB
Display: 10.1 inch, 16:10, 1920x1200 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 2900 euro
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
Ready for every situation. We already reviewed the smaller Android based Toughpad, and now it is time for the bigger brother. The Toughpad not only has a hard shell, but also powerful components. Does the fully-rugged tablet have any drawbacks? Find out in our in-depth review.
Source: IT Reviews
From major disasters like torrential rain and merciless sandstorms to the more mundane threats of drops, spills, bumps, and bashes, there are any number of ways to ruin a PC when you need it the most. The Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1 rugged Windows tablet is tough enough to survive the worst, but runs with the best tablet PCs on the market.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
With performance that rivals the top consumer and business tablets, and a rugged design that is surprisingly slim while still shrugging off the elements, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is tough indeed. The combination of powerful performance, ease of maintenance, broad usability and unstoppable ruggedness puts this rugged tablet at the top of the category, making the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 our Editors' Choice for rugged Windows tablets.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 90%
Summing up, the Toughpad is a decent Windows 8 tablet, featuring an all but unbreakable chassis, robust Becrypt software and powerful Intel Core processor. However, it's hefty weight, average battery life and lacklustre screen hamper its ability to shine. Add to this its £2000-plus cost and we have to question how many businesses, outside of those operating in hazardous environments or dealing with sensite data, will be willing to pay the premium price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/09/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: It Pro
Panasonic’s Tough-branded products are amongst our favourites because their rugged design allows them to withstand more punishment than regular Ultrabooks. If you work in extreme environments and need a fully ruggidised device, the Toughpad FZ-G1 is the machine of choice. It may be expensive, but it won't let you down when it counts.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/03/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Reg Hardware
As a one-off purchase though, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 could prove tough to justify given its price, but its target market will surely feel the benefit of volume discounts. If stylus use is important then it could prove challenging but as a rugged tablet, it'll survive a soaking and it is certainly robust just don’t be fooled by that metallic finish, there’s a fair bit of plastic here too.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/01/2013
As the name implies, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 Tablet was designed to withstand drops, crashing waves, blazing hot deserts and snowstorms. This tablet is coated in magnesium-alloy and bumpers to absorb shock. This 10.1 inch device has a 1600 x 1200 resolution screen, with an outstanding brightness of up to 800 nits, which will allow visibility in bright sunlight. The touchscreen can be used with an included stylus, and the physical buttons have been designed so that even gloved hands can use this tablet with ease. In addition to the usual front facing and rear facing cameras, there is an optional barcode reader.
The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 Tablet runs Windows 8 Pro 64 bit with plenty of apps that maintain the security of this device and the data it contains. The device also comes with a three year warranty. The battery and the 128GB SSD can be removed easily and swapped. Powered by a third generation Intel Core i5-3437U that clocks in at 1.9 GHz paired with 2 GB of RAM, this device will match up to the best performing tablets out there on the market. It should be able to handle most tasks and programs with ease. Graphics are handled by integrated Intel graphics, and battery life is impressive for a device of this class, being rated to last approximately 6 hours of very heavy use. For those seeking a powerful tablet that can weather extreme conditions, this is top of the line.
Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
3437U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q1 2013. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 2.9 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1200 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a typical display size for tablets and small convertibles.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Panasonic: Panasonic Corporation, formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., is a multinational corporation based in Japan. Its main business is in electronics manufacturing and produces products under a variety of names including Panasonic and Technics. Since its founding in 1918, it grew to become the largest Japanese electronics producer. In addition to electronics, Panasonic offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic is an international notebook manufacturer, but with rather small market shares and few laptop reviews. Panasonic concentrates its notebook sortiment primarily to the niche of ruggedized notebooks, which are made for rough outdoor usage.
78.6%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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