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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Q2, First Take: A semi-rugged 2-in-1 for white-collar margin workers

Earlier this year Panasonic launched a semi-rugged 2-in-1 detachable Toughpad FZ-Q2, and it’s utterly a beast. A 12.5-inch Windows 10 inscription sits in a sizeable, firm chassis, while a keyboard territory has an intensely plain connector and is itself corpulent and robust.

These aren’t criticisms, merely observations. The whole indicate of a Toughpad FZ-Q2 is to accommodate a needs of businesses requiring 2-in-1 functionality in a complement that can hoop a operation of perfectionist situations.

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The ‘semi-rugged’ 12.5-inch Toughpad FZ-Q2 comprises a 1.09kg inscription and a detachable 840g keyboard. It’s powered by a Core m5 vPro processor with 4GB of RAM, integrated graphics and 128GB of SSD storage.


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The inscription is designed to hoop drops from adult to 76cm (2.5 feet) and has a magnesium amalgamate framework and a tough rubberised rope around a edges. Panasonic’s spec piece mentions ‘pending’ MIL-STD 810G acceptance and an IP5x rating. The latter signifies dirt insurance (5) yet no waterproofing (x), nonetheless a keyboard is described as ‘spill-proof’.

There’s a comparatively inexhaustible shade bezel, and a whole thing is utterly vast for a 12.5-inch tablet, measuring 340mm far-reaching by 220mm low by 19mm thick. The inscription alone weighs 1.09kg, rising to 1.93kg and 43mm thick with a keyboard attached.

The specifications aren’t accurately heading edge, yet should hoop a operation of mainstream and vertical-market workloads.The CPU is an 6th era Intel Core m5-6Y57 with vPro and integrated Intel HD Graphics 515. There’s 4GB of RAM as standard, with an 8GB bureau option. Windows 10 Pro is commissioned as standard, yet a hillside to Windows 7 is accessible if required. The bottom SSD storage ability is 128GB, with 256GB on offer as a bureau option. The 12.5-inch touch-screen has full HD fortitude (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) with a limit liughtness of 350 nits.

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The tablet-keyboard tie is really robust, with a behind support and kickstand for combined fortitude when you’re operative in laptop mode.


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Ports, connectors and buttons are ranged around a 3 edges of a inscription that aren’t indispensable for docking. The buttons are recessed into a top prolonged edge, are utterly tiny and might infer wily to get during with a gloved hand. The energy connector is stable underneath a hinged cover, and a second cover protects a headset jack and a device’s usually full-size USB 3 port.

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The remaining connectors are not stable by a cover. There’s a full-size HDMI pier that can also bond to VGA, as Panasonic provides a dongle. There’s also an RJ-45 LAN connector and a bequest sequence port. You’ll find a MicroSD label reader underneath a cover on a base, that is also a plcae for a discretionary 4G LTE module’s SIM label slot. A stylus sits in a container on a top right dilemma of a tablet; it’s a comparatively simple cube of cosmetic with a large, soothing beak that can be used on-screen writing, sketch or ubiquitous navigation. It’s not powered, and lacks a pressure-sensitive facilities of some-more worldly styluses. It’s wholly fit for a comparatively low-level purpose, though, and Panasonic provides a lanyard for tethering a stylus to a tablet.

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The Touchpad FZ-Q2 has an integrated lift handle. A rotatable rear-mounted lift tag is also accessible as an option.


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The tie to a keyboard is, as remarkable earlier, really robust. Two lugs are set into sizeable slots on a tablet. A slider thatch a inscription in place, and a twin can be split usually by unlocking and afterwards pulling a second recover catch. There’s a behind support for a inscription that helps anchor it firmly and forestall it and a keyboard gnawing apart. A tiny fold-out kickstand helps to yield fortitude in laptop mode, preventing a top-heavy inscription territory from tipping over when we daub during a touch-screen.

The keyboard’s keys are vast and responsive, yet a touchpad is on a tiny side. Panasonic claims 9 hours’ life for a system’s singular non-removable 4,860mAh battery.

Panasonic’s Toughpad FZ-Q2 is some-more about (semi) ruggedness than a cutting-edge spec. It’s positively worse than your normal 2-in-1 detachable, yet a cost — starting during €1,995 — reflects that, as you’d expect.

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