Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 is a 12-inch rugged Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet that was launched in Japan at the start of 2017, but now this 2-in-1 tablet is launching in Western markets too, if you have from $3500 or more to spare.
So the price is still high for one of these rugged tablets, but at least this is one Toughbook that doesn’t look as thick and rubbery with this model. On the inside it is pretty similar to a Samsung Galaxy Book 12, with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, a 12-inch 2160 x 1440 resolution display, 4GB to 16GB of RAM, and 128GB to 512GB SSD storage.
It also has optional active pen, USB Type-C, and on the keyboard dock another 3 USB 3.0 ports, LAN, HDMI, and VGA ports, as well as optional 4G LTE, with a 6.5 hour battery life from the tablet, but a Surface like 14 hour battery life when docked into the keyboard.
It’s called “business rugged” as this is the market this Toughbook is built for. Panasonic states that the 2-in-1 has passed a 76cm free fall test, a 100kg pressurized vibration test, is built with magnesium alloy, and has a 3 year warranty. Because of the ruggedness, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-XZ6 weighs 1180 grams.
– Jim Miller