Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-33 is in a unique class of sturdiness than your common enterprise two-in-one PC. 

The 12-inch pill and removable keyboard are MIL-STD-461F, MIL-STD-810G and IP65 licensed. Which means it is electromagnetically suitable with different close by digital tools; it will possibly survive Four-foot drops (1.2 m), shocks, vibration, humidity, altitude, rain-, dust- and sand-resistance, temperature extremes and thermal shock; and has a excessive stage of safety from water spray and blown sand and mud. 

In different phrases, it is overkill in case you’re simply anxious about espresso spills. Whereas it is very undoubtedly made for skilled use, we’re not speaking convention rooms and PowerPoint shows. It is focused at police, emergency companies, authorities businesses, protection, discipline service employees, upkeep and repair technicians. It is also priced accordingly: The CF-33 begins round $three,000, however my overview system with its premium keyboard is $three,600, £three,375 and AU$5,900. 

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Dwelling as much as its title

Nevertheless, simply because one thing’s made to be protected against drops does not imply you are presupposed to exit of your approach to take action. However we did. Lots. We have been fully careless. We handled it roughly and dropped it many, many occasions. We dropped simply the pill and we dropped it hooked up to its premium keyboard. We additionally sat it out within the rain and put it beneath a working faucet. (You possibly can truly use the display with it moist or when sporting gloves.)

Outdoors of a pair scratches on the chassis, the pill and keyboard continued to work like nothing occurred. These are clearly restricted checks in comparison with what they’re anticipated to outlive day-in, day-out in precise use. We additionally did not topic it to excessive humidity, excessive altitude, temperature modifications or heavy vibration. But it surely’s clear from my use there’s nothing remotely flimsy about CF-33’s development. Not one of the ports popped open when it was dropped, the display did not shatter, and the digitizer labored even when moist. That is what you get from an organization with 20 years of expertise constructing rugged PCs. 

Panasonic Toughbook CF-33

Value as reviewed


Show dimension/decision

12-inch 2,160×1,440 contact show


2.6GHz Intel Core i5-7300

PC Reminiscence



128MB devoted Intel HD Graphics 620




802.11ac wi-fi, Bluetooth Four.1

Working system

Home windows 10 Professional (64-bit)

The 6.1-pound (2.8kg) CF-33 is accessible as a tablet-plus-keyboard combo, or simply as a standalone pill, which itself weighs three.5 kilos (1.5kg). Its 12-inch, 2,160×1,440-pixel touchscreen works with gloves on and even within the rain along with your fingers or the included digitizer stylus. And with a brightness of 1,200 nits, it will get brilliant sufficient to battle the harshest glare.

A display for kinds, not movies

Panasonic says the CF-33 is the world’s first rugged hybrid laptop computer with a three:2 side ratio show. Most laptops and two-in-ones have 16:9 shows, the identical as an HDTV, however a number of, together with Microsoft’s Floor line, have three:2 shows. In accordance with Panasonic, many present Toughbook customers work with legacy software program that is not formatted for a large display, so the three:2 side ratio ends in extra vertical area for these older applications. It is also nearer to the size of an eight.5×11 piece of paper, leading to much less vertical scrolling with paperwork.

Home windows 10 Professional is the default OS, however due to that potential have to run legacy software program, a Home windows 7 ($330 at downgrade choice can also be accessible. Equally, in case you’re at present utilizing the older Toughbook 31 and its dock, a dock adapter is accessible to make the CF-33 backward-compatible.


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