Panasonic Toughpad FZ-55
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-55
If you’re a consumer, you may not consider one of these for daily use. Maybe you will, and you won’t be disappointed. Maybe you’re a home mechanic and like to look up repair guides in the garage but don’t want to ruin a delicate MacBook with dirty hands. However, this is aimed at businesses and that’s where it excels. A business can customize it exactly to their needs and upgrade it down the line, and that’s perfect when you need a device that can take a beating. It has a three-year warranty with US support. It’s even backwards compatible with all older Toughbook 54 docks and chargers, so an upgrade to your business fleet is painless.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/13/2020
Listen, the Panasonic Toughbook 55 is obviously not a consumer-grade device, this thing is made for road warriors who are terribly rough on their gear. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy it. Given the purpose for which it’s built, the Panasonic Toughbook 55 is an amazing choice and will stand up to the conditions in which it is made to be used.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/06/2020
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 90% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 95% workmanship: 90%
If you’re a normal consumer, you probably won’t be able to get one of these Panasonic Toughbooks. It’s really the type of laptop that will probably be issued to you by an employer. Due to the modular nature of the FZ-55, you’re also losing some of the ruggedness that other Panasonic Toughbooks can boast, but naturally that’s a compromise you’ll have to consider. Does it need to be totally waterproof or does it need to be flexible enough to swap out hardware components at a moment’s notice? If you need to swap out hardware components on a mobile computer as easily as you could with a desktop tower or server, there’s really nothing else on the market that will let you do that as easily as the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/10/2019
Rating: Total score: 72% display: 70% mobility: 95% workmanship: 85%
Like I said in the beginning, the Panasonic Toughbook 55 is just so cool. It's a geek's dream. You can easily swap out components, there are modular accessories, there are different night vision modes, and you can even make the backlight of the keyboard any color you want. Of course, this really isn't made for geeks. It's made for businesses, and their workers that are heading out into the field, sometimes in extreme conditions. It's for people that might not have access to Wi-Fi where they're going, or even access to power. If you buy one just to geek out over the cool features, I wouldn't hold it against you though.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/05/2019
Rating: Total score: 95%
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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.
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86%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
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