Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1
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Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1
4 October 2014
Excerpt: Here’s the Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1, a £2,024 Windows 8 tablet that can survive more than your typical drop, but how much damage can it take? Find out in the clip above to see if it can handle being run over by a pro bike rider and even being blown up!
Summary: Ready for every situation. We already reviewed the smaller Android based Toughpad, and now it is time for the bigger brother. The Toughpad not only has a hard shell, but also powerful components. Does the fully-rugged tablet have any drawbacks? Find out in our in-depth review.
Pros: Bright and anti-reflective display, Good application performance, Solid build quality, IP65 certified, Possible operating temperatures, WWAN modem (Gobi), Excellent touchscreen, Digitizer pen, The excellent build quality and the very bright display.
Cons: Average cameras, Pretty loud with medium workloads, Expensive, Quite heavy, A quieter fan would be nice. It is quite loud, especially if you want to use it in the office.
Conclusion: While there are many things to like about the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-G1, the price is impossible to ignore. Shopping around can reduce the price from the MSRP of $2,399 to about $2,200, but that’s still enough to buy two Surface Pros or Samsung Smart PCs. And then there are the options; it’s possible to exceed three grand without checking every box on the Toughbook’s menu.
Pros: Durable construction, Useful buttons for system functions, User serviceable and upgradable, Strong performance for a tablet
Cons: Extremely expensive, Heavy and thick, Below-average battery life, Loud system fan
Conclusion: The Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1 rugged Windows tablet is tough enough to survive the worst, but runs with the best tablet PCs on the market.
Pros: Solid performance, thanks to an Intel Core i5-3437U processor. Super rugged design survives all sorts of abuse, but is still light and slim. Great display combines high-resolution, adjustable brightness, and capacitive touch. Wacom digitizer. Modular options galore.
Cons: Only one USB port (two with optional USB module). Small-ish 128GB drive.
Summary: The ToughPad FZ-G1 lives up to its name and is well suited to outdoor use. You are paying quite a premium for that rugged design, but it’ll earn its keep on building sites and other environments that would be too harsh for a conventional laptop or tablet.
Summary: At just 2.2 pounds, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 is the thinnest and lightest fully rugged 10-inch Windows 8 tablet, but manages to pack in a sunlight-readable 1920 x 1200 touch-screen display and strong battery life. Better yet, it does so for a reasonable $2,399. Overall, this tablet is ideal for those who need a device for harsh environments, but don't want to make any compromises.
Summary: The basics Here’s the Panasonic ToughPad FZ-G1, a £2,024 Windows 8 tablet that can survive more than your typical drop, but how much damage can it take? Find out in the clip above to see if it can handle being run over by a pro bike rider and even being blown up!
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 with Becrypt DISK Protect CPA review
19 October 2013
Summary: The Toughpad lives up to its claim of offering business users a close to unbreakable Windows 8 tablet, which, thanks to the inclusion of Becrypt software, is also as secure as it can be. However costing a hefty £2,000 and featuring average battery life and disappointing screen, it is likley to appeal only to vertical markets.
Panasonic's 10.1in tablet gets an upgrade to Windows 8.1, continues to protect against drops, water, and dust
Good Gear Guide.au
25 September 2013
Summary: Panasonic's Toughpad FZ-G1 is an expensive 10.1in rugged tablet, but it's impressive. It runs fast, it has a good array of features and options, and it has a removable battery and relatively good field serviceability. All this in addition to being dustproof, water resistant, and capable of surviving 1.2m drops.
Pros: Good performance, High-res screen, Field serviceable
Cons: Fan can get quite loud, Screen looks a little grainy, Could use a built-in handle