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Panasonic Toughbook CF-33


Panasonic Toughbook CF-33
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 (Toughbook CF Series)
Intel Core i5-7300U 2 x 2.6 - 3.5 GHz, Kaby Lake
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 1100 MHz, Dual-channel,
8 GB 
, DDR4-2133, dual-channel, soldered-in storage, no storage slots
12.00 inch 3:2, 2160 x 1440 pixel 216 PPI, capacitive, 10 touchpoints, native pen support, Manufacturer unknown, ID: TMA1200, IPS, 3:2, glossy: yes, detachable screen
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Toshiba SG5 256GB THNSNK256GVN8, 256 GB 
, 182 GB free
Realtek ALC256 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Serial Port, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: MicroSD + SD, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, TPM 2.0
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-LM (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.2, Sierra Wireless EM7305 4G LTE, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 46.1 x 313 x 288.4 ( = 1.81 x 12.32 x 11.35 in)
44 Wh, 3980 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 2 batteries of 22 Wh, hot-swap capable, 11.1 V, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 11 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 8 MPix LED flash
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix + IR cameras for Windows Hello
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, MS Office 365, 36 Months Warranty, ruggedized
2.8 kg ( = 98.77 oz / 6.17 pounds), Power Supply: 567 g ( = 20 oz / 1.25 pounds)
4500 Euro



Average Score: 80.66% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 40%, performance: 71%, features: 60%, display: 80% mobility: 77%, workmanship: 90%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33

79.6% Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 (i5-7200U, QHD) Convertible Review | Notebookcheck
Robust. Panasonic's Toughbook is well-protected against dust, liquids, and falls. In addition to a robust case, the 12-inch detachable offers powerful hardware and many connections. The battery life is good.
80% Review: Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 2-in-1 Detachable Laptop
Source: PC Authority English version
At the end of the day, the Toughbook obviously isn’t for everyone and you probably already know if you need one. It’s a unique work tool that has a hefty price premium attached for its supreme durability. Despite that, it’s cheaper and more convenient to get a Toughbook for $6,499 than to buy a new laptop every few months as the keyboard, screen or fans fail or break on a regular laptop out in the field.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 review: Sturdy but versatile
Source: The Indian Express English version
Overall, Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is a wonderful device for those who need a rugged computer that is both sturdy and versatile. Bringing a 2-in-1 into this space is a welcome move and there are so many consumers who have use cases that make this a perfect device for them. But then this is an expensive device and a bit underwhelming at some levels given this context. However, that might not matter much as this will mostly be an institutional buy.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Panasonic Toughbook 33
Source: PC Mag English version
The tough-as-nails Panasonic Toughbook 33 2-in-1 tablet packs in tons of durability, computing power, and battery life for those working in harsh or dangerous conditions.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 review
Source: CNet English version
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is a flexible platform for pros who need a durable weatherproof tablet, a laptop or both.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/26/2017
Panasonic Redefines Ruggedness with Toughbook CF-33
Source: PC Quest English version
The CF 33 has been built in line considering the new dimensions businesses are now looking to add to their portfolio. Apart from its perennial tough quality, lightweight and detachable characteristics of the laptop make it an ideal fit for corporations who are looking to do more with their computing devices. It is well equipped to allow consumer’s access mainframe company data at all times, in order to maintain seamless workflow management. Panasonic Toughpad’s enjoy a 65% market share here in India, and with the introduction of new products in the Toughbook and Toughpad series we aim to increase our market share to over 70%”said Mr Gunjan Sachdev, Business Head, Toughbook and Toughpad Division.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/25/2017
85% Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 review: A no-compromise, fully-rugged 2-in-1 detachable laptop
Source: English version
Panasonic has taken on the challenge of producing a fully rugged detachable 2-in-1 laptop and come up with a no-compromise solution. The Toughbook CF-33 is a bulky, heavy and robust 12-inch system that can be configured with up-to-date processors and plenty of memory, while still offering legacy connectors if needed.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 85%
80% Panasonic Toughbook 33 Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English version
We're not giving the Toughbook 33 an Editors' Choice, because it's frankly outside our frame of reference—you can argue that it's not a general-purpose PC so much as a piece of industrial equipment. (To emphasize that: In addition to opting for LTE mobile broadband, buyers can choose to replace the serial port with a bar-code reader.) But it's a remarkable piece of equipment. If you need above-average computing power under what most laptops would find hellish, game-over conditions, grab its handle and be careful out there.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/21/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Hands on: Panasonic Toughbook 33 review
Source: Techradar English version
The Toughbook 33 isn’t thin, light or stylish, but it does introduce the 2-in-1 category to mobile workforce users whose unpredictable workplace environments demand a fully rugged design on a device that’s forward thinking, but simultaneously backwards compatible.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/22/2017

Foreign Reviews

Panasonics Detachable blendet mit 1.200 Candela/qm
Source: Golem German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/28/2017
80% Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 [TEST]: Sejlivet 2-i-1’er til det tunge arbejde
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%



The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is the first fully-rugged 2-in-1 of its kind and redefines rugged flexibility for those who work in demanding conditions. Panasonic's Toughbook line has always been beastly and expensive, and the CF-33 is no exception. Designed for use in the military, construction, government and emergency services, there's not much room for error, either, since one point of failure could result in the loss of lives. That's why the CF-33 features a hardened magnesium chassis, an IP65 rating for water resistance and a drop resistance up to 4 feet while in operation. It is a rugged tablet, and that is clear from the first glance. There is no thinness here, as a thin tablet is one without room to secure and cushion the internal components. The frame around the bezel is made of thick rubber and very grippy; despite the tablet's 3.37 lbs. in weight, it is surprisingly easy to hold. The CF-33 also features a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 detachable screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, allowing it to go from laptop to tablet to a presentation device in seconds, just don't forget to undo the heavy-duty latches connecting its tablet body to its keyboard dock. The display also features touch-sensitive technology, so users can operate the CF-33 while wearing gloves, and with a rated brightness of 1200 nits, there's no doubt about it having solid outdoor visibility. The screen can easily be taken off, flipped around and reattached, and then whisked away using the CF-33's built-in handle, which is the most impressive aspect of the CF-33.

Under the hood, users get a 7th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU with vPRO, up to 16GB of RAM and a 500GB SSD. And since all the main components are in the CF-33's tablet body, users can optionally order it without the keyboard dock. There is even a hot-swappable battery system, so users can pop in a fresh power pack without needing to turn off the computer. Panasonic will sell both standard batteries with 10 hours of battery life and more powerful, "long-life" batteries for up to 20 hours of battery life. The keyboard base brings three USB ports, a serial port, and duplicates of Ethernet, VGA, and HDMI ports. The ports hidden behind big, chunky gaskets can also be configured to suit user’s needs, as can its plethora of security options, which include NFC and various smartcard readers. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 is equipped with a 2MP webcam with stereo microphones and an 8MP documentation rear camera, so users can easily capture and share images with other workers in the field. As for the operating system, it is running Windows 10 or Windows 7 if users choose the corporate downgrade option in order for it to work with ancient corporate apps.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam


Intel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

i5-7300U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process. Compared to the older Core i7-7500U, the i5 offers only 3 MB L3 cache but the same Turbo clock speed.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.

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.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.8 kg:

In former years, this weight was representative for laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, 17 inch laptops weigh less than that.

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.

80.66%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-58Q4
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 1.29 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7300U, 0.77 kg
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-50XX
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 0.927 kg
Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged, i5-7300U
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7300U, 1.28 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510-12IKB-80XE000JSP
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 1.26 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510-12IKB-80XE000JGE
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 1.25 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720-12IKB-80VV005WGE
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i3-7100U, 1.15 kg
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52P
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i7-7500U, 1.27 kg
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV49EA
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i7-7600U, 1.33 kg
HP Elite x2 1012 G2-1LV76EA
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 1.193 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7300U, 1.2 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510-12IKB-80XE000CGE
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 1.25 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 510-12IKB-80XE000QGE
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i7-7500U, 1.25 kg
Acer Switch 5 SW512-52-5819
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i7-7500U, 1.291 kg
Dell Latitude 12 5285-7932
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7300U, 0.86 kg
Microsoft Surface Pro (2017) i5
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7300U, 1.078 kg
HP Elite x2 1012 G2
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 1.3 kg
Dell Latitude 12 5285, Core i5-7300U
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7300U, 1.23 kg
Acer Switch 5
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 0.92 kg
Dell Latitude 12 5285 2-in-1
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i7-7600U, 1.226 kg
Lenovo Miix 510-12IKB-80XE001WHH
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 1.35 kg
Lenovo Ideapad Miix 720-12IKB
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i7-7500U, 1.151 kg
Samsung Galaxy Book 12
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i5-7200U, 0.754 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 720-12IKB-80VV002JGE
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i7-7500U, 1.1 kg

Devices with the same GPU

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 CP713-2W-5719
HD Graphics 620, Comet Lake i5-10210U, 13.50", 1.45 kg
HP EliteBook x360 1040 G7, i5-10210U
HD Graphics 620, Comet Lake i5-10210U, 14.00", 1.32 kg
Medion Akoya S4403
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i3-7020U, 14.00", 1.75 kg
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TP412UA-EC175T
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i3-7020U, 14.00", 1.6 kg
Lenovo Yoga 530-14IKB-81EK00P8SP
HD Graphics 620, Kaby Lake i3-7020U, 14.00", 1.6 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2017-03-11 (Update: 2017-03-11)