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Panasonic's newly announced MX4 is one tough 2-in-1 convertible

The MX4 combines both the notebook and tablet into a single product, nothing we haven't seen already. What's interesting is the inclusion of the 5th generation Intel Core i5-5300U processor and its very own stylus. Then you have Windows 8.1 Pro, a 12.5-inch IPS Full HD display (with touchscreen support) and even an embedded thin nib stylus for hand-written notes.

Since the laptop itself is tailored for business customers, Panasonic has opted to include HDMI, LAN, VGA, SD card and two USB 3.0 ports.

"This Panasonic Toughbook's upper chassis of the keyboard unit is made of a new magnesium alloy called UHD alloy. UHD alloy combines carbon with magnesium to create a new lightweight yet tough material. The device is designed to take the knocks and scrapes that frequent travelling can deliver and it has been tested to withstand a 76cm fall and 100-kgf of pressurized vibration."

Finally, the Toughbook will be able to withstand up to 13 hours of use, but the battery is hot-swappable for replacements should you have any to spare in the bag. The Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 will be available from the end of April 2015 and prices start at £1504 (excluding VAT).

WIESBADEN, GERMANY. 23rd APRIL 2015 Busy business executives that make the most of their mobile technology and want quality with style have a new champion with the introduction of the Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 flipover convertible. It combines notebook and tablet capabilities with a sleek yet durable design, housing the latest 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ Processor, continuous working capability and all the business functionality you could need.

Ideal for Corporate Executives, Sales People, Creative Professionals or Market Researchers, the 2-in1 laptop and tablet, with its own stylus, can easily slip between business meetings, office work, creative applications, presentations and data entry to provide the perfect business working companion.

Multi-touch with embedded thin nib stylus

With full Windows 8.1 Pro support, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 has a 12.5" IPS Full HD Capacitive 10-finger multi-touch display to make the most of the latest screen technology. In addition, for the first time in a business rugged Panasonic Toughbook, an embedded thin nib stylus for hand written notes has been included.

Latest 5th Gen Intel® CPU

Users will have all the computing power they need with the latest state-of-the-art Intel® 5th Generation Processor, Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ Processor (3 MB cache, 2.3 GHz up to 2.9 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology). To ensure the mobile worker has enough space for all their applications and documents, the device has 4GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB SSD storage so customers can select at the time of purchase based upon their usage condition.

Business Tough with world's first commercialized use of UHD alloy

Despite its high performance capabilities, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 has a lightweight and slim design (1.14 kg [1] and 21 mm thick) combined with the business rugged capabilities and three-year warranty that you expect from the Toughbook range. This Panasonic Toughbook's upper chassis of the keyboard unit is made of a new magnesium alloy called UHD alloy. UHD alloy combines carbon with magnesium to create a new lightweight yet tough material. The device is designed to take the knocks and scrapes that frequent travelling can deliver and it has been tested to withstand a 76cm [2] fall and 100-kgf [3] of pressurized vibration. Rapid and regular conversion from clamshell to tablet will also be no issue with its innovative and durable 360°hinge design.

Business Ready

Equipped with a rich set of business interfaces and wireless connectivity, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 ensures the user is always connected whether at their desk or in the field. Business ports include 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x LAN, 1x VGA, 1x SD card slot and an optional smart card reader. For fast data transfer the device includes Wireless LAN a/b/g/n/ac (up to 866.7 Mbps), Bluetooth® and 4G LTE as option. Ideal for web conferencing, there is also a 2MP webcam with stereo microphones.

Continuous operation

Designed to work as long as the busy executive, the Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 can operate for up to 13 hrs and has an end-user removable, hot swap battery to allow continuous operation without interruption.

"Today's busy executive has a new work hero in the Toughbook CF-MX4," said Jan Kaempfer, General Manager of Marketing for Panasonic Computer Product Solutions. "It offers the best of both worlds with its tablet and laptop capaility packed into a tough exterior with knock-out looks and unrivalled functionality."

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-MX4 will be available from end of April 2015 (ex-factory) and prices start at £1504 (excluding VAT).

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

15 Comments
  • Sustainability? Longevity perhaps...
    Anyway, this is obviously priced out of the consumer sector. It's a shame there isn't a super durable case that could be used for a Surface Pro 3...all of the benefits of a standard tablet, with none of the drawbacks of this Panny monster :)
  • There are a couple of super durable cases for the Surface Pro 3 that have been reviewed on this site...
  • I'll get 3
  • Is there really a market for these kind of product? Who will buy this?
  • I could imagine lots of heavy industries using things like this (mining/oil rigs/construction sites etc).
    It's not really a consumer product - & I imagine it'll probably come in at a more reasonable price with the likely volume purchasing that goes on for such things.
  • Landscapers, concrete workers, construction workers, not everyone works in a office that uses a tablet lol
  • I'm typing this on a Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 that I am piloting for my work group. Right now we have the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 that all us engineers use standard companywide. I am an engineer for a power company and we use these in the truck, on storm restoration, and docked sitting on our desks. The CF-53's are a bit slow with a very poor form of touchscreen, though....
  • These are made for the military, police, fire, and EMS. I work on toughbooks all the time for these agencies. Nice computer but way over priced for the specs. But they know that the government will spend whatever for expensive products. (aka) Our tax dollars being wasted.
  • Definitely special service - where you have to have it available and won't have access to a spare.  I don't buy them for our auto service techs - and those get splashed with fluids quite often.  I just use Lenovo ThinkPads E series.  The attrition rate is roughly 1/3 per year due to rough service, but its still less expensive to replace or repair/reload than the Toughbooks.
  • It's beautiful for a rugged device! Wish I had that pen storage slot in my Surface Pro 2 :(
  • Brutal!!
  • great job by panasonic... so useful
  • Magnesium alloy... Sounds Surface-ish.
  • Probably not fanless with that CPU, right?
  • For that price I'll stick to alienware.