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Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5 Tablet Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 09/26/2014

Tabloid tablet. The Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5 features a 4k IPS display panel and is large enough to work with DIN A3 / Tabloid-sized drawings. At a price of about 4500 Euros (~$5800), the tablet is way too expensive to appeal to the average consumer.

For the original German review, see here.

The Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5 is definitely not a tablet for normal home users, whose primary goal is surfing the web while relaxing on the couch. Rather, Panasonic targets photographers, marketing executives, and sales representatives - in other words, professionals who need to work with graphics and pictures. In order to support the demanding CAD operations and 3D modeling, the Toughpad UT-MB6 comes equipped with a dedicated Nvidia Quadro K1000M GPU.

A search in our database did not reveal any direct competitors, since the Toughpad is a fairly specialized niche product. Only the Sony Vaio Tab 20 is also equipped with a 20-inch display, but of course this tablet targets a different group of users.

Case & Connectivity

Panasonic calls the UT-MB5 a "Business Ruggedized Tablet PC". It is reasonable to expect that the tablet is more robust and more durable, although the device does not comply with any standardized protection ratings - at least Panasonic makes no claims that it does. The case is made out of plastic. The back and the outer edge of the front panel are made of transparent plastic with gray lines running through diagonally. Underneath these transparent gray lines, another layer with a much finer pattern is visible. The bezel is silver-gray; the back features rubber feet so putting the tablet down safely is possible. The tablet is sturdy and the construction quality without faults. The UT-MB5 is basically very rigid and as sturdy as Panasonic claims it to be.

The back of the tablet is attached with screws and can be removed to allow access to the hardware. The RAM module (DDR3) could be removed and swapped out with an 8 GB module and the mSATA SSD is replaceable as well.

Panasonic has equipped their tablet with the bare minimum of interface ports. A plus is the full-sized (not micro or mini) USB 3.0 port. The optional docking station features three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, Ethernet and the power connector, but it is far from cheap at 400 Euros ($510). We would have liked to use the docking station for our tests, because it got a little cumbersome after a while having the large tablet flat on the desk.

20 inches from one corner to the other. (photo: Panasonic)
20 inches from one corner to the other. (photo: Panasonic)
The aspect ratio is 3:2. (photo: Panasonic)
The aspect ratio is 3:2. (photo: Panasonic)
The back of the tablet ... (photo: Panasonic)
The back of the tablet ... (photo: Panasonic)
... can be removed.
... can be removed.
The docking station comes with additional ports. (photo: Panasonic)
The docking station comes with additional ports. (photo: Panasonic)
The dock allows the tablet to be propped up ... (photo: Panasonic)
The dock allows the tablet to be propped up ... (photo: Panasonic)
... in two different positions. (photo: Panasonic)
... in two different positions. (photo: Panasonic)
Left side: smartcard reader,  status LEDs, foldout eyelet (photo: Panasonic)
Left side: smartcard reader, status LEDs, foldout eyelet (photo: Panasonic)
Right side (tablet in its dock): power connector, USB 3.0, card reader, headphone jack, rotation lock, volume, power (photo: Panasonic)
Right side (tablet in its dock): power connector, USB 3.0, card reader, headphone jack, rotation lock, volume, power (photo: Panasonic)
The lower edge on the back is home to the docking port. (photo: Panasonic)
The lower edge on the back is home to the docking port. (photo: Panasonic)

Input Devices

The large touchscreen recognizes up to 10 fingers and our review unit worked flawlessly. The Windows virtual keyboard is easy to operate thanks to the large screen size. The primary input device is the Electronic Touch Pen, which Panasonic includes free of charge. The pen connects via Bluetooth, is pressure sensitive and supports up to 2048 pressure levels. The handwriting recognition included with Windows worked without a problem, but to utilize the full potential of the pen, more appropriate and specialized software is needed. A small display shows the battery charge level and the connection status. The included USB charging cable is long enough to allow the user to operate the stylus while it is charging.

For those who are interested in using a normal keyboard and/or a mouse once in a while: we were able to successfully connect a PS/2 keyboard and mouse with the aid of a PS/2 to the USB adapter.

The charging port located at the upper end. (photo: Panasonic)
The charging port located at the upper end. (photo: Panasonic)
The pen sells for a couple hundred Euro. (photo: Panasonic)
The pen sells for a couple hundred Euro. (photo: Panasonic)

Display

The Toughpad features a 20-inch display with a native resolution of 3840x2560 pixels. We found the aspect ratio of 3:2 (or 15:10) quite appropriate for the tablet and easy to work with, as a Din-A3 (US: tabloid or ledger) page fits more or less perfectly. We would like to see this aspect ratio used more frequently for notebooks and monitors in general - in our opinion the extremely common widescreen ratio of 16:9 does not work for all usage scenarios. The average brightness of 231 cd/m² is not great, but still works well for the intended application. However, both the contrast ratio (761:1) and black value (0.33 cd/m²) are quite decent. Since it is assumed that users will operate the tablet mostly indoors, the values we measured are certainly acceptable.

222
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Sharp VVY2020E001
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 257 cd/m² Average: 231 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Center on Battery: 251 cd/m²
Contrast: 761:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.03 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 2.25 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.43

The display produces balanced and very vivid colors. The DeltaE-2000 deviation of 2.03 (values below 3 are considered good) confirms our initial positive impressions. The panel also does not suffer from a bluish cast, which is so often an issue. Unfortunately, we cannot comment on the coverage of the professional color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB, since our measuring software kept on crashing.

CalMAN - Colorchecker
CalMAN - Colorchecker
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Graylevels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
The Toughpad outside
The Toughpad outside

Panasonic uses an IPS panel for the Toughpad and consequently, even very shallow viewing angles are possible. Unfortunately, the display is highly reflective, which makes using the tablet outdoors very difficult. But as mentioned above, the UT-MB5 was designed for indoor use. Apart from the size, the weight, and the glossy panel, the power consumption of the tablet also restricts how far the user can venture away from power outlets.

Performance

Panasonic targets photographers, architects, marketing executives, and sales representatives. A Core i5 CPU and GeForce GPU provide the necessary processing power. At a price of 4500 Euros ($5800), the UT-MB5 is not likely to appeal to the average home user.

Processor

The tablet is equipped with an Intel Core i5-3437U processor. It is rather surprising that Panasonic decided to use an Ivy Bridge CPU even though Haswell CPUs had been available for a couple of months when the tablet was released at the end of 2013. The Core i5 CPU is clocked at 1.9 GHz, although Turbo Boost can increase both cores to 2.7 GHz or a single core to 2.9 GHz when needed. Intel specifies a TDP of 17 Watts. Full processing power is available, whether the tablet is plugged into mains or running on battery power. During the Cinebench benchmark tests, both cores operated at their maximum of 2.7 GHz; during the single-thread test, one or the other core would occasionally jump to 2.9 GHz.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.19 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.68 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
36.27 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
100 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
209 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
53.25 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5
GeForce GT 745M, 3437U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
1.19 Points ∼49%
Sony Vaio Tap 20 SVJ2021V1E
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.03 Points ∼42% -13%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.12 Points ∼46% -6%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.32 Points ∼54% +11%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.35 Points ∼55% +13%
HP ZBook 17 E9X11AA-ABA
Quadro K610M, 4900MQ, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAK128MAM
1.67 Points ∼68% +40%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5
GeForce GT 745M, 3437U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
2.68 Points ∼6%
Sony Vaio Tap 20 SVJ2021V1E
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.27 Points ∼5% -15%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.47 Points ∼6% -8%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.85 Points ∼6% +6%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3.22 Points ∼7% +20%
HP ZBook 17 E9X11AA-ABA
Quadro K610M, 4900MQ, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAK128MAM
7.15 Points ∼16% +167%

System Performance

Thanks to the powerful processor and the fast Solid State Disk, Panasonic's tablet is speedy and performs well. Windows boots quickly, and the results of the PC Mark benchmark tests are also quite decent, although a look at the comparison table shows that the Toughpad is slightly slower than other devices. Two reasons: the tablet has a less powerful CPU, and it does not make use of the integrated Intel GPU. The PC Mark benchmark test utilizes all available GPUs - and since the Toughpad only has the GeForce graphics card, it does not do quite so well here.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2191 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2099 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2963 points
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PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5
GeForce GT 745M, 3437U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
2963 Points ∼45%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3664 Points ∼56% +24%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3935 Points ∼60% +33%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4400 Points ∼67% +48%

Storage Devices

The UT-MB5 comes equipped with a 256 GB mSATA Solid State Disk from Samsung. The SSD is quite fast, but does not score well enough to deserve a top spot in our database. The write speeds, especially, lag behind other drives in this category.

Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
Sequential Read: 514.3 MB/s
Sequential Write: 265.3 MB/s
512K Read: 429.8 MB/s
512K Write: 266.9 MB/s
4K Read: 20.47 MB/s
4K Write: 36.41 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 378 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 257 MB/s
Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5
GeForce GT 745M, 3437U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
Lenovo Miix 2 11
HD Graphics 4200, 4012Y, Samsung SSD PM841 MZMTD128HAFV mSATA
Schenker XMG P724
GeForce GTX 880M SLI, 4810MQ, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB mSATA
Schenker XMG P704
GeForce GTX 880M, 4910MQ, Crucial M500 480 GB CT480M500SSD3 mSATA
Nexoc G728II
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ, Mushkin Atlas mSATA MKNSSDAT240GB
AS SSD
4%
74%
54%
-29%
Access Time Write *
0.074
0.054
27%
0.03
59%
0.053
28%
0.266
-259%
Access Time Read *
0.207
0.131
37%
0.097
53%
0.114
45%
0.154
26%
4K-64 Write
183.37
92.25
-50%
270.54
48%
255.67
39%
137.87
-25%
4K-64 Read
361.69
182.54
-50%
355.24
-2%
319.16
-12%
96.59
-73%
4K Write
33.43
63.46
90%
109.87
229%
114.9
244%
102.94
208%
4K Read
18.81
25.12
34%
40.83
117%
26.52
41%
17.57
-7%
Seq Write
254.63
113.43
-55%
483.65
90%
385.34
51%
152.61
-40%
Seq Read
503.85
496.52
-1%
503.58
0%
482.2
-4%
198.91
-61%

* ... smaller is better

GPU Performance

Although the Toughpad is equipped with an integrated GPU courtesy of its Intel processor, only Nvidia's GeForce GT 745M graphics card is actually active and the Intel GPU is turned off. The GT 745 is a middle-class GPU, which supports DirectX 11 and operates at a nominal frequency of 680 MHz, although the Turbo can increase the core to 941 MHz if needed. The 3D Mark benchmark tests show that other devices with the same GPU generally produce better results. The reason is the comparatively low Turbo speed of the GeForce GPU in the Toughpad.

3DMark 11 Performance
2016 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
36854 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5169 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1219 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5
GeForce GT 745M, 3437U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
2016 Points ∼6%
Sony Vaio Tap 20 SVJ2021V1E
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
616 Points ∼2% -69%
HP ZBook 17 E9X11AA-ABA
Quadro K610M, 4900MQ, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAK128MAM
1306 Points ∼4% -35%
HP ProBook 470 G1 E9Y75EA
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1873 Points ∼5% -7%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1966 Points ∼6% -2%
Medion Akoya S6215T-MD98549
GeForce GT 745M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2299 Points ∼7% +14%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2459 Points ∼7% +22%

Gaming Performance

Both the CPU and the GPU are powerful enough to handle most current games in HD resolution with the quality set to medium. Of course, the tablet was not designed for playing games, which can at times lead to problems. Because the resolution is set at 3840x2560 pixels, this is the only resolution available within the games. Some games, of course, offer other resolution settings when they are started in windows mode, but even then, some common ones are simply missing. Case in point: we could not select 1366x768 when playing Tomb Raider. Out of curiosity, we ran the integrated benchmark of Grid Autosport with the native 4k resolution at both low and medium settings, which resulted in frame rates of 38.8 and 14.7 fps, respectively.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 107.8 14.8 fps
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5
GeForce GT 745M, 3437U, Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP
107.8 fps ∼17%
Sony Vaio Tap 20 SVJ2021V1E
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
35.8 fps ∼6% -67%
HP ZBook 17 E9X11AA-ABA
Quadro K610M, 4900MQ, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAK128MAM
66.9 fps ∼11% -38%
Toshiba Satellite Pro C70-B-111
Radeon R7 M260, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
77.8 fps ∼12% -28%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
129.1 fps ∼21% +20%

Emissions

System Noise

Owners of the Toughpad have to get used to the fact that the fan is always on - and always audible. Users can influence the behavior somewhat, as a tool located in the system tray allows the user to pick between standard, low speed, and high speed settings. Subjectively, we could not really see a big difference between the settings.

Noise Level

Idle
34.8 / 35.2 / 40.8 dB(A)
Load
41.2 / 42 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Toughpad during the stress test
The Toughpad during the stress test

During the stress test, the case temperatures reached 50 degrees C (~122 °F) in some places. Considering the hardware, the temperatures are certainly within an acceptable range. Panasonic uses two fans to cool the UT-MB5. The stress test did not run for very long, however: after a few minutes, the tablet locked up. This behavior is reproducible with every subsequent attempt leading to the same outcome, so we cannot really make any long-term predictions. Before the tablet froze, the GPU maintained a speed of 941 MHz. The CPU ran at full speed only during the first minute before dropping down to 1.3 - 1.7 GHz

 34.7 °C
94 F
35.7 °C
96 F
38.7 °C
102 F
 
 32.5 °C
91 F
35.1 °C
95 F
37.2 °C
99 F
 
 34.4 °C
94 F
37.5 °C
100 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 38.7 °C = 102 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
36.1 °C
97 F
35.1 °C
95 F
30 °C
86 F
36.3 °C
97 F
34.1 °C
93 F
30.1 °C
86 F
30.1 °C
86 F
33.8 °C
93 F
32.9 °C
91 F
Maximum: 36.3 °C = 97 F
Average: 33.2 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.3 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 24.2 °C = 76 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 49.1 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 50.8 °C / 123 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.8 °C / 96 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located on the back and produce a thin and tinny sound. For better sound quality, we recommend connecting external speakers or headphones using the headphone jack.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Even while idling, the Toughpad draws up to 34.6 Watts. The culprits here are the high-resolution display, and the fact that the Intel GPU is turned off. Under load, the power requirements exceed 70 Watts, although medium load levels (3D Mark 06) require more power than full load (stress test with Prime95 and FurMark), since the latter scenario induces CPU throttling. The power adapter supplies 110 Watts and can easily handle the load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 13.6 / 33.3 / 34.6 Watt
Load midlight 72.4 / 70.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Our battery tests are not particularly well suited considering the tablet's intended use. We still decided to run our WLAN test, during which a script cycles through various websites every 40 seconds. For this test, the power savings profile is active and the screen brightness is set to approximately 150 nits. Because of its rather small battery with a capacity of 34 Wh, the Toughpad shut down after only 1 hour and 11 minutes. Panasonic promises run times of up to 3.5 hours, but we suspect that accomplishing this feat not only requires selecting one of the numerous pre-installed energy saving profiles, but also for the screen brightness to be reduced even further.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
1h 11min

Verdict

Panasonic's 20-inch Toughpad UT-MB5 tablet has no issues handling the tasks and duties it was designed for. The sturdy tablet is far from inexpensive, as it is a specialized niche product serving an even smaller segment of the market than workstations do. The standout feature is the 20-inch display with its 3:2 aspect ratio, which simply cannot be found elsewhere. The picture is balanced and very pleasant.

We like the ease of maintenance, as the back of the tablet can be removed to access the hardware components. Panasonic is a bit stingy as far as the configuration is concerned. For 4500 Euros ($5800), we would expect more than only 4 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The fan is always on and gets annoying after a while, and the power consumption is quite high. We can only hope that Panasonic will upgrade to the next CPU and GPU generations during the next refresh. Our experience with Maxwell graphics cards like the GeForce 840M is very positive - especially as far as power consumption, temperatures, and battery life are concerned.

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In Review: Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5. Test model courtesy of Panasonic.
In Review: Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5. Test model courtesy of Panasonic.

Specifications

Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M - 2048 MB, Core: 680-941 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 340.52
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, one slot (populated)
Display
20 inch 3:2, 3840 x 2560 pixel, 10-finger multi-touch, capacitive, Sharp VVY2020E001, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel QM77 (Panther Point)
Storage
Samsung PM851 Series MZMTE256HMHP, 256 GB 
, , 190 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: Kopfhörer, Card Reader: SD, 1 SmartCard, Sensors: Ambient light sensor, magnetic sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, TPM 1.2
Networking
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 334 x 475 x 12.5 ( = 13.15 x 18.7 x 0.49 in)
Battery
34 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1 V, 3180 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam (1280 x 720 pixels)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Electronic touch pen, MS Office 365 trial version, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
2.35 kg ( = 82.89 oz / 5.18 pounds), Power Supply: 582 g ( = 20.53 oz / 1.28 pounds)
Price
4509 Euro

 

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Pros

+4k IPS panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio
+Ease of maintenance
+Fast mSATA SSD
+Electronic touch pen
 

Cons

-Only 4 GB of RAM
-High power consumption
-Noisy
-Tablet locks up during the stress test

Shortcut

What we like

The high-resolution IPS panel and the ease of maintenance. The Electronic Touch Pen works perfectly.

What we'd like to see

Lower noise levels and a lower power consumption.

What surprises us

Panasonic uses a low-capacity battery, which severely restricts how long the tablet can be used without having to plug it in.

Rating

Panasonic Toughpad UT-MB5 - 11/10/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
0 / 80 → 
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
52 / 65 → 80%
Weight
61 / 40-88 → 44%
Battery
44%
Display
85%
Games Performance
77 / 68 → 100%
Application Performance
66 / 76 → 87%
Temperature
79%
Noise
69%
Audio
44 / 91 → 48%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
66%
69%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-09-26 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).