again I would like to ask for your ideas and knowledge.
I need an addition to my computer collection. What I am missing is a tablet/tabletlike/2in1convertible to make sketches. Maybe light work with Blender for 3D sketches and use as offroad navigation. For that reason a large bright screen with digitizer is an absolute must-have. Possible sites of operation including my bed, sunbed in the garden, holiday on the beach or vacation near Sahara desert.
Panasonic CF-20, CF-33 and FZ-G1 looks promissing, but I am concerned about the ruggedness and fans. I have seen some YouTube Videos like https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uMDqqf2blCg
and similar ones for the FZ-G1 but nothing about the CF-33.
Viewing the CF-20 videos I couldn't see any rubber seal at all. None around the backplate (which covers the batterie compartment), none around the inner backplate (which covers SSD WLAN etc.) and none around all the side and corner parts. Of course all connections have rubber doors but is the CF-20 really rugged?
The FZ-G1 seems to have rubber seals all around but I couldn't see if the fan is permeable or works externally with the aid of an heat exchange plate. And what's about cleaning the fan? And how loud is it?
Same questions for the CF-33: is the fan open to the interior or does it cools down a part of the case which works as a heat spreader and works therefor only external? And again the questions concerning cleaning and loudness of the fan. And also the doubts about ruggedness.
Some other thoughts:
CF-20 Mk.1 seems comparable to FZ-G1 Mk.4 in CPU passmark, CF-33 is better. I felt instantly in love with CF-20, CF-33 looks also good, FZ-G1 looks a little bit ugly. FZ-G1 has the digitizer on the wrong side.
FZ-G1 is more common - better supply of spare parts and additional batteries also in the future compared to CF-20 and CF-33. Both CF with additional ports in keyboard compared to G1 with iKey, but iKey available in rubber silicone. CF-20 without fan. A lot of used G1 here in Germany hence this is the cheapest one. A used CF-20 costs around 2.000$. No used CF-33 at all - very expensive. Vehicle docks with antenna-go-through for all of them. By the way: why are there 4 different options for antenna-go-through? Does Panasonic really builds 4 different cables? As an engineer I would include the same cable in all variants and what goes through depends on the cards installed. Does an external battery charger for cars exists?
My selection criterias:(must have)
1. Big screen resolution (as big as possible)
2. Bright screen (outdoor useable)
3. Digitizer with many pressure stages (Wacom?)
4. Rugged (at least dust sealed)
5. Changeable batteries
6. Windows 7 preferred, Windows 10 or Linux (or MacOS) possible. Android and iOS impossible(nice to have)
7. Avoid fan If possible (intrusion of dust, obstructed by blanket)
8. Powerfull CPU (and GPU)
9. As small and light as possible
10. AdobeRGB or sRGB color rendering to work with pictures as well
11. Dedicated GPS desired
12. Preferred configuration WiFi, Bluetooth, min. 8GB RAM, min. 512GB SSD in 2 partitions. I don't need WWAN. At least 1 USB (better 2) to make images of the OS
My CF-19Mk7 fails in 1,9 and 10. My ThinkPad X201t fails in 1,2,4,7 and is mediocre in 8,10 and 11. My ThinkPad X60t fails in 2,4,7,8 and is mediocre in 1, 10 and 11.
Many thanks to all of you who finished this little novel