Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 will crack the floor you drop it on


— 1:00 PM on February 27, 2017

Panasonic's latest Toughbook CF-33 models seem to take after Microsoft's Surface Pro. Both machines have detachable keyboards and similar 12" multi-touch screens with work-friendly 3:2 aspect ratios, though the Surface Pro 4's 2700x1800 resolution is quite a bit sharper than the 2160x1440 pixels offered by the Toughbook. However, the Panasonic machine could best be described as the Surface's leather-faced, muscled cousin.

The Toughbook CF-33 is ready for Windows 10 with its 10-finger capacitive touchscreen display, Windows-Hello-compatible camera, and Windows-Ink-ready IP55 digitizer pen. The screen boasts brightness of up to 1200 cd/m² for use in brightly-lit or outdoor environments. The front-facing webcam is a 2MP unit, while a rear-facing 8MP number is provided for shooting "documentation" video.

The CF-33 can connect directly to physical devices through USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, and audio jacks. A 4G LTE modem is an optional feature, as is a U-Blox GPS sensor. Panasonic made no mention of wireless networking specs, but we would be shocked if the Toughbook lacked 802.11ac and Bluetooth connectivity.

The standard build includes an Intel Core i5-7300U processor along with 8GB of system memory and a 256 GB SSD, though smaller and larger options will be available for both storage and memory. There's a microSD slot available for further storage expansion, too. Panasonic didn't talk about battery life, but the CF-33 packs a pair of hot-swappable battery bays, so in-the-field battery life is presumably limited only by the number of charged batteries taken along for the ride.

Microsoft's Windows Blog says the Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 will be available in May starting at a substantial $3500 for the tablet alone, or $4100 with the keyboard.

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