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If you know the name Toughbook, you probably think of it as the beefy laptop for construction sites, cop cars, and military bases. I expected more of the same when I was invited to preview Panasonic’s latest Toughbook at a press event in Boston; what I didn’t expect was a computer that could become almost any kind of PC I wanted, with the click of a mod. Join me for a look at Panasonic’s new rugged modular laptop in MrMobile’s Toughbook 55 Review!



Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 [Panasonic]:


MrMobile’s Panasonic Toughbook 55 Review was produced following two weeks with a Panasonic Toughbook FZ-55 review sample provided by Panasonic. MrMobile does not produce paid or sponsored reviews; Panasonic was not offered copy review or approval prior to publication, and no compensation was requested or provided in exchange for this coverage.


Panasonic Toughbook 55 Hands-On [Windows Central]:



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30 thoughts on ““The Anti-MacBook” – Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 55 Review

  1. "Versatility and a sense of choice… I'd like to see more of that", yes, me too. Love the modularity and versatility. Even better if they keep the same form factor gen to gen so that some modules can be reused.

  2. This is what computers are supposed to be. Versatile, modular, upgradable. It's sad that most consumers will never know this.

  3. I'd have one but they cost too damn much from a starting price of £1,772 + VAT without any of the expansion packs, its the antithesis of most modern laptops with the exception of some of the Lenovo Thinkpads, where the modern laptops & Macbooks have been built down to a weight the Panasonic TOUGHBOOK & the Lenovo Thinkpads have been built to survive the modern enviroment and the expansion packs for Lenovo's are fairly cheap.

  4. It is a real pity that this wont be marketed to the mainstream consumers. But I understand that said mainstream has become too conditioned through brands such as Apple to think that thin and light are the most important qualities over innovation, functionality, and useful features.

  5. If I could see any other laptop do this, I think it would be Lenovo Thinkpads. The first laptop I bought with my own money was a circa 1997 IBM-made ThinkPad that I got used on eBay with almost nothing in it, and then piece bought the battery that popped in and out on the fly, and a CD-rom drive that slid into a slot that could also take a floppy drive, extra hard drive, and I'm sure others. They did it before, and it would be cool if Lenovo brought that idea back to their current ThinkPads, maybe with more modules and slots for different port arrangements and GPUs and things. Sure they're still technically business-focused but they generally are available at places like Best Buy and Staples for regular people to buy if they want. I don't know if I can see them doing that though at this point, as the latest L series ThinkPad, the L13 has soldered-in non-expandable RAM for the first time 🙁

  6. Can't find the price for one, but they used to cost twice as much as a thinkpad. Here's an idea: get a thinkpad. The x240 I have is in a thin model range with mini displayport, but it was specifically kept thick enough for an ethernet port and a vga port, and you can change out the battery while it's on because it has an secondary battery. Also, computers haven't improved much in the last 5 years, so look for a used one and get a good deal

  7. Who wants this? ME! I hate having to retire laptops way before desktops because you can't upgrade the GPU (or even things like the RAM because you might break the device when you open it! Hell, I just bought a new laptop and I can't open it because that would void the warranty…seriously, what happened to being able to switch the drives, the RAM and the SSD at the very least, just like the battery? Fuck those closed off machines, fuck Apple-Like-Design! I hate it!)….I want laptops that last for 5 years or more! My Desktop is a 2011 machine and still with minor upgrades (SSD and a new GPU!) runs every game (at 1080p, don't have higher res monitors anyway!) at max details! Seriously! Give me that in a laptop and I might not even buy a desktop anymore -.-

  8. Funny story : The old powerbook G3 (the macbooks before they were called macbook) from apple had a similar system, you could switch for an extra battery, cd writer/reader, floppy writer/reader etc …

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