Panasonic Toughbook CF-20
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-20
Having told you about a Panasonic ToughPad now onto the really ‘tough boy’ of the group the ToughBook. This is built to withstand environments that you really should not expect a computer to function in, it has even been launched outside a weather balloon and still worked when it came back to earth.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% workmanship: 80%
Throw in an abundance of ports, a small, yet crisp and bright display and excellent battery runtimes (which could be extended with another battery), and it adds up to make a device that leaves no stone upturned for outdoor workers. It's not perfect though, due to its inevitably cramped keyboard and sticking trackpad, which form two minor blots on an otherwise impressive package.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2016
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 is truly in a class by itself. No other device comes close to offering this level of certified durability and performance. In fact, the CF-20 is right up there with the latest 2-in-1 offerings from Microsoft and Lenovo. Furthermore, it is clear that Panasonic have market researched the heck out of their target market as the device is loaded with little touches that would only matter to the military personnel, first responders, and contractors who need this level of durability in their portable PC.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Model: The Panasonic Toughbook CF-20 is a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid device. The Panasonic's CF-20 is tough enough to prosper in challenging physical environments. There are plenty of mobile professionals (both white and blue collar) who require a robust yet portable computer, and the flexibility of a 2-in-1 hybrid makes sense for this market. As for design, it succeeds the similarly robust CF-19 which is another 10.1-inch computer, but the CF-19 is a convertible (swivelling screen) rather than a hybrid (detachable tablet) device. The CF-20 has the familiar Toughbook look-and-feel. It features a sturdy magnesium alloy chassis is clad in silver-effect plastic on the back of the tablet and the keyboard section's wrist-rest area, with tough black 'bumper car' edging to soften any blows, and house a generous array of ports, slots and connections. The 10.1-inch tablet measures 272 mm wide by 196 mm deep by 16.4 mm thick and weighs 950 g. To put that in perspective, Dell's 10.1-inch Venue Pro, a regular Windows 10 tablet, comes in at 263 x 176 x 9.85 mm and 662 g, so there's clearly a bulk and weight trade-off to make when user buy a rugged device. The keyboard section, which also includes a second battery, adds 37 mm to the system's depth, thanks to a curved section that accommodates a sturdy pull-out carrying handle (which can also be used to hang the computer on a workspace wall). It adds 810 g to the weight, making 1.76 kg overall.
The screen is a 'sunlight-viewable' IPS unit delivering up to 800cd/m² brightness, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels (224 ppi). It's a capacitive 10-point touchscreen, with a Dual Touch option available that includes an IP55-rated digitizer. Panasonic's PC Settings Utility allows User to select between using both the touch screen and the digitizer, just the touchscreen or just the digitizer. User can also select between regular touchscreen operation and modes suitable for gloved and wet fingers. The CF-20 is a fully rugged device, meeting MIL-STD810G for drop, shock, vibration, explosive atmosphere, temperature, rain and sand. Dust ingress and waterproofing are rated at IP65 level. This indicates that the CF-20 is 'dust tight' and can withstand 'water jets' projected by a 6.3 mm nozzle from any direction. Panasonic has also factory-tested the tablet's ability to survive a 1.2-metre drop onto a concrete surface. The Toughbook CF-20 is powered by a dual-core Intel Core m5-6Y57 processor running at 1.1 GHz (up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost), supported by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal SSD storage. However, neither RAM nor storage are upgradable. Talking of ports, the CF-20 is exceptionally well equipped in this department. The tablet has RJ-45, HDMI, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio-out and a MicroSD card slot on the left side, and power-in on the right which are all behind lockable covers. The stylus lives on the right side too, and there are Kensington lock slots on both sides. The Toughbook is probably one of the best industrial tablet out there but the m5 processor takes out its performance edge.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 515: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on Core-m-CPUs of the Skylake generation (4,5 W TDP).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
6Y57: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for tablets and 2-in-1 notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 515 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» 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 very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 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.
From 2013-2016, Panasonic has primarily offered tablets and, to a lesser extent, also smartphones. However, there are only few smartphone reviews.
75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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