Although not the strongest product of the Japanese manufacturer, Panasonic maintains the line of computers with a surname that anticipates one of its characteristics: the resistance. And the last member of this device family is passed to the 2-in-1 format, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6.
This time it is not a laptop with armor like the Toughbook 33 we met last May, but a computer designed for the business world, with a more sober design and plagued with ports of entry and exit. Thus, it is a convertible designed to resist falls that can be used as a laptop or as a tablet, being able to leave aside the base with the keyboard and touchpad (which is circular).
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Panasonic Toughbook CF-X26, technical specifications
|PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK CF-X2|
|SCREEN||12 inches, with a resolution of 2160 x 1440 pixels and 3: 2 aspect ratio|
|WEIGHT||640 grams in tablet mode, 1.18 kilograms with keyboard|
|PROCESSOR||Intel Core i5-7300U vPro|
|OS||Windows 10 Professional|
|CONNECTIVITY||Bluetooth v4.1, WLAN Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (4G LTE option)|
|SMASH REPAIRS||Rear: 8 Megapixels
Front: FullHD Windows Hello
|BATTERIES||Tablet: 4 Cells
Portable: 4 Cells
|PORTS||HDMI, USB 3.1 first-generation C-type (x1) and USB 3.0 (x2), card reader, audio jack, VGA|
Maintaining inches and resolution for the professional environment
It seems that the diagonals spectrum for convertibles is between 11 and 14 inches on average, looking at some of the more recent ASUS Zenbook Flip S (13.3 inches) or Acer Spin 1 (11 ,6 inches). The Toughbook CF-X26 is also in this range, with 12 inches and 2160 x 1440 pixels resolution (same as the Toughbook 33).
With this line of “hard laptops” Panasonic does not try to beat records of thinness , and here we will not see those edges that thin down to nothing. Failing to know the exact dimensions, so we see is not a thick notebook, but the construction is quite different from the light metallic convertibles we mentioned before.
It is a computer that pretends to be prepared for any need without relying on adapters as we will see below, and the ports require a minimum of thickness. It has rounded edges and the plastic chassis thatpromises to be tough , with the black screen part and the silver keyboard.
Adapters are not welcome
Inside this two-color case the Toughbook CF-XZ6 houses a state-of-the-art Intel Core i5-7300U vPro processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of hard drive. And oriented so markedly to the business environment, the operating system could not be other than Windows 10 Professional.
To work with all of this the CF-XZ6 brings out connectivity and ports , with Bluetooth v4.1 and WLAN Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, equipped with a 4G LTE option. At the edges of the box, the HDMI (x1), VGA (x1), USB 3.1 first-generation (x1) and USB 3.0 (x2) ports are integrated. Holds the headphone jack, which is on the side of the tablet.
Reducing grams and raising cells
Although not the thinnest on the market, the Toughbook CF-XZ6 is quite lightweight talking about the total weight (keyboard and screen), with 1.18 kilograms (640 grams if we talk only of the screen or tablet). Something to take into account if the use we have to take it from here to there, and the idea is that we are calm about the possible blows, as according to Panasonic supports falls of up to 76 centimeters thanks to its design.
Durability is also sought in its batteries, in this case two to supply both the tablet independently and use as a laptop. The tablet integrates a battery of 4 cells, which in the absence of knowing the milliamps per hour give us the approximate figure of 6.5 hours of autonomy.
As for the keyboard, in this part it houses another battery also of 4 cells, although for the portable mode it is spoken of 14 hours.Something to keep in mind is that the keyboard battery is removable(has two sliders) and can be hot-swapped.
Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ26, price and availability
The announcement comes shortly before it becomes available, as the Panasonic Toughbook will begin next July in Europe for a price of € 2,081 plus taxes . The product warranty extends to three years.
To accompany the equipment, the manufacturer also has some specific accessories such as an active stylus, a battery of 4 cells for replacement (the keyboard), an anti-reflective film and a privacy filter for the screen.