Introduction, Design Features
Panasonic’s CF-33 is a detachable 2-in-1 whose shade separates from a keyboard to change from a laptop to a tablet. It offers a choice of Intel Core i5 or Core i7 energy and a 12-inch arrangement with a 3:2 aspect ratio, instead of many notebooks’ wider 16:9. In these areas, it resembles Microsoft’s Surface Pro.
Yeah, right: In a same approach a section wall resembles a paper towel.
You see, a CF-33 is improved famous by a name Toughbook 33. It’s one of Panasonic’s entirely imperishable portables, sole mostly by specialized dealers to specialized users in government, straight enterprises, and law enforcement. In a latter case, we mostly see Toughbooks mounted in police-car dashboard docks—the 33 is concordant with Toughbook 31 advancing solutions, and Panasonic says one advantage of a 3:2 shade aspect ratio is that it causes reduction division with airbag deployment. (It also ensures we can see some-more of a given shade during a time vertically, that means reduction screen-swiping while driving.)
Such business shrug off what civilians would call high prices—our Core i5 exam unit, versed with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive, and bundled with Panasonic’s Premium Keyboard, lists for a $4,099 MSRP, with reseller prices in a $3,600s—because a Toughbook shrugs off abuse that would spin municipal laptops into cosmetic shards.
It’s not indeed bulletproof or submersible, yet steady four-foot drops onto a bottom, sides, and corners didn’t confuse it. (We tried, unequivocally we did.) Nor did putting it in a kitchen penetrate and spraying it with water. Nor did withdrawal it in a freezer for an hour. (Okay, that one did means it to arrangement a “Warming adult a system” summary for a notation before booting into Windows 10 Pro.)
The reason shade has 3 modes: one for unchanging use, one for use with soppy hands or with sleet on a display, and one for use with gloves. The arrangement is 3 times as splendid as many laptops’ (1,200 nits) for easy reading in object outdoors.
If you’re a business traveler disturbed about a bumps and jolts of over compartments or a risk of a coffee brief on a keyboard, a Panasonic is costly overkill. It would positively get we some side-eye looks on an aeroplane tray table. But if your work takes we into a margin or onto a emporium floor, a Toughbook 33 goes where other detachables fear to tread.
Its magnesium-alloy box and cosmetic bumpers make a Toughbook 33 a investigate in china and black—a big, fat study, with a inscription alone measuring 0.85×12.1×9.6 inches and weighing 3.4 pounds. With a Premium Keyboard sealed in laptop mode, a complement measures 1.8×12.3×11.4 inches and weighs 6.1 pounds.
Surprisingly, a Toughbook 33 doesn’t mostly feel like a weight to carry; a shorter aspect ratio creates it easier to tuck a line-up into a limb of an arm, and a keyboard bottom has a large pull-out handle. That handle, when extended behind a cover on your desk, also helps keep a top-heavy gold from tipping backward, that it’s disposed to do in your lap.
A large fender surrounds a extended bezel surrounding a 12.0-inch reason screen. A Windows Hello-compatible Webcam is centered above a display; a accessible quarrel of buttons underneath it offer to launch a settings application and a onscreen keyboard, adjust shade brightness, and spin auto-rotate on and off. The ones labeled “A1” and “A2” can also be used as customizable shortcut/launch buttons.
The behind of a inscription features, along with a footlocker-style amalgamate picture with Panasonic and Toughbook logos, an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with an LED peep and a fasten that lets we lift a strap to entrance a dual hot-swappable 22WHr batteries…
It’s probable to get a Toughbook 33 with a span of higher-spec batteries, yet we need to do this during a time of purchase, as these batteries are thicker than a 22WHr ones and so need a backplate with a gush to accommodate them.
Speaking of latches, a tablet’s ports are all dark behind shifting doors that strengthen them from a elements when not in use. On a left edge, you’ll find an Ethernet jack, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, a MicroSD label slot, and an audio jack.
On a right are a connector for a massive AC adapter and a nifty hilt that pops out during a slight angle, afterwards retracts, to let we accumulate a Panasonic’s stylus pen.
Docking a line-up with a Premium Keyboard approximately doubles a connectivity. On a keyboard’s left side are a transcribe energy connector; a full-size SD label slot; and HDMI, VGA, and USB 2.0 ports. On a right are dual USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and a sequence port. The keyboard also has a 90-degree pivoting fasten to secure a inscription or lid when closed.
To detach a inscription from a keyboard, we lift down a tiny lever, afterwards lift a fasten and lift a inscription free. Pushing a inscription behind into place takes substantial force, yet it can be finished possibly in compulsory laptop mode or backward, with a shade confronting divided from a keyboard, to compare a easel-style “stand mode” of Lenovo Yoga-type automobile 2-in-1 models.
The Toughbook 33’s onboard cameras are normal performers. A Webcam picture was pleasingly light or good unprotected notwithstanding a dim, pale day, yet excellent sum were hazy. Shots taken with a 8-megapixel camera were sharper, yet colors were muted. (We still consider people who reason adult tablets to take photos are dorks, yet we’ll keep that opinion to ourselves a subsequent time we’re pulled over on a turnpike by a state guard wielding a Toughbook 33 tablet.)
Sound by a tablet’s speakers was rather muted, as well. Our MP3’s sounded good, with frail harmonies and accurate instrumentals (though drum was predictably absent), yet a audio didn’t fill a room even with a volume cranked adult to 100. This Toughbook might flower in soppy or dry environments, yet it won’t make itself listened in loud ones.
Issues we routinely news in laptop reviews, such as either there’s any give or flex when rapacious a shade corners or dire keys in a center of a keyboard tray, are laughably irrelevant to a Toughbook 33. Sheetrock wishes it were this solid. That said, we were agreeably astounded by a Premium Keyboard’s typing feel, that has adequate transport and poignant feedback, and mostly gratified by a layout, that creates room for dual things we like—inverted-T cursor arrows and dedicated Home, End, PgUp, and PgDn keys—although we stumbled over a miss of a right Ctrl key. (Insert and Delete keys occupy that space.)
We were reduction elegant of a exam unit’s reason pad, that was not usually tiny yet seemed automatic for extreme palm rejection—it compulsory utterly a tough push, not a common light gliding motion, to pierce a cursor. Similarly, it abandoned many of a taps, so we resorted to clicking a buttons, that during slightest felt plain and responded surely.
The reason pad of a Slim Keyboard (an appendage with a travel cost of around $300 for those who buy a inscription separately) valid somewhat better, yet likewise ungainly when perplexing to make short, accurate movements. The Slim Keyboard reduces a ensemble’s weight from 6.1 to 4.8 pounds. It has a same blueprint and typing feel as a Premium unit, yet no carrying hoop and no ports—the one we perceived had Ethernet- and USB-shaped cutouts yet no circuitry. (Custom orders from Panasonic can get we a opposite brew of ports, per your needs.) It can’t be docked retrograde as a Premium Keyboard can, and will tip over if we try opening a laptop over 90 or 100 degrees. Our bargain is that it’s mostly for car mounting; we positively wouldn’t suggest it for laptop duty.
The Toughbook’s shade is a sensation. It offers a 2,160×1,440-pixel local resolution, so sum are crook than sharp; contrariety is high, observation angles are broad, and colors are poster-paint fresh. We kept it during 60 or 70 percent liughtness for bland use, yet we couldn’t conflict cranking it adult to full liughtness during slightest once a day to suffer sable blacks on washday whites or to take it outdoor for reading in sunshine. Depending on how we reason a tablet, of course, we can’t review it with object reflecting directly on it, yet during all other angles, it refuses to rinse out. We feel contemptible for cops looking during dispatch apps and APBs on it, when we got to suffer it with a fun array of YouTube videos.