Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6
Secondary Camera: 2 MPix
Average of 3 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6
Source: Gadgetspeak Archive.org version
This Toughbook looks ‘normal’ which while it may sound like a criticism, it isn’t, some Toughbook’s are very rugged as they are used on building sites and other places where they get abused, here one that would not look out of place in a boardroom.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% workmanship: 100%
Source: Zdnet.com Archive.org version
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 is a compact and lightweight 12-inch detachable laptop with a sturdy build but no MIL-STD certification or IP rating. The connection between tablet and base is well implemented, and the dual battery system, complete with a hot-swappable battery in the base, will appeal to those looking for long life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 79%
Source: Zdnet.com Archive.org version
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 comes with a three-year warranty and will be available in July 2017 at £1,539 (ex. VAT).
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/27/2017
Source: Leonardo.it Tech IT→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Light weight; good connectivity; comfortable keyboard; flexible stylus pen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/27/2017
Source: Antyweb PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Fast system; powerful hardware; great connectivity; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/26/2018
Source: Alt om Data DA→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 40% performance: 70%
Model: While many laptop manufacturers focus on a huge range of laptop series and models for different kinds of usage and price range, Panasonic is best known for only one kind of laptop. Its Toughbook series is still the most preferred rugged laptop in many heavy industries including manufacturing and oil and gas industry. The CF-XZ6 is its latest addition to its line of ultra-rugged laptops. This one though is a hybrid laptop and is slimmer and lighter than its predecessors too. In fact, Panasonic says it’s one of the lightest business rugged, 2-in-1 detachable notebooks with a 12 inch display. On the surface, the CF-XZ6 looks like a much more tame Toughbook, more like a laptop you use in a construction office rather than one that you can use in a construction site. This then is more of a semi rugged Toughbook just like the Toughpad FZ. The detachable form factor brings in the same idea as the Microsoft Surface. The keyboard adds an extra 5200 mAh battery and the usual USB, VGA, HDMI, and Ethernet ports. It even includes a SD card slot on the side. The tablet houses a single USB type-C port and a headset jack. If configured with, the SIM tray sits in the tablet unit. There is a front facing, 2 megapixels camera and a rear facing 8 megapixels camera. The keyboard and tablet weighs in at 1180 grams and has a dimension of 288.5 x 223.7 x 22 mm. This dimensions are quite small for a Toughbook. It ruggedness comes from its magnesium frame which can handle drops well. Panasonic has stated that this laptop has passed a 76 cm free-fall test and 100-kgf pressurized vibration test.
On the inside is an Intel i5-7300U vPro processor coupled with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. It performs as good as any other windows laptop with this kind of specs but there are reports of overheating. It is probably due to cramping up all that hardware, ports and battery in a rugged case while trying to maintain a slimmer form factor. The display on the CF-XZ6 is a 12-inch QHD (2160 x 1440) touch screen display. It is bright enough to be used outdoors. The main problem with the keyboard unit is the small circular trackpad. The trackpad Is just 42 mm in diameter making it hard to navigate towards the corners of the screen. It is also less responsive and users will probably opt to use the touchscreen or even a mouse. The keyboard on the other hand, has a good click feel to it. However, this coupled with the variety of available ports leaves the detachable keyboard section look thick and ugly. The tablets by itself looks sleek despite being thicker than the average tablet out there. When coupled with the keyboard unit, it just does not look very 2018. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ26 is a rugged laptop but is also smaller and lighter than the other rugged models but it does not look good enough to pass of as a regular laptop. Hence, there really is not a point to pay a lot for it. People who need the ultra-rugged laptops can go for the bigger Toughbooks and those who need a sleeker laptop can choose from the many available options out there. They can even add a rugged casing for protection.
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.
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.
In former time,s this weight was typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal. Nowadays, often 15 inch laptops weigh as much.
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.
76.33%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.