Panasonic

  • Panasonic Still Likes LCDs, Has 720p 26- and 32-inch LX70 Models On The Way

    Less than a week after pimping its line of plasma TVs around New York, Panasonic goes ahead and pumps more life into its LCD line of HDTVs. Part of the LX70 series, these 26- and 32-inch HDTVs top out at 720p and have most of what you’d expect from an HDTV nowadays, like multiple HDMI inputs (here, two) and a built-in over-the-air antenna. If there’s one benefit to living in New… Read More

  • Panasonic Adds 42-inch 1080p Set to 2007 Plasma Line

    Like I mentioned, Panasonic visited Gotham yesterday to show off its plasma TV lineup for the year, including its first 42-inch 1080p model that’ll be available in June for $2,500. (Wow, run-on sentence alert.) Panasonic displayed many of these plasmas at CES earlier in the year, but it doesn’t hurt to get some one-on-one time with them without throngs of people pushing up against me. Read More

  • Panasonic Opts for Bus Power in External DVD Burner

    One thing we’re all about is bus power, that’s why we’re stoked on this Panasonic portable DVD player/burner. Plug it into your USB port, and you’re done. No batteries, no wires. What’s more, it’s a DVD multi-burner, meaning no matter which format your DVDs are, you’re covered. And man, it’s pretty, too. No pricing yet, but we’re going… Read More

  • Panasonic and the Tale of the Three Noise Canceling Headphones

    Yet another pair of noise canceling headphones about to hit stores, this time from Panasonic. Actually, make that three pairs of headphones, the HC500, HC150 and HC30. The HC500 does the best job of eliminating unwanted external sounds, supposedly getting rid of 92 percent of them. The other two only manage to get rid of 75 percent. (Which is still better the Bose in-ear headphonesI looked at… Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8: $350 Of Long-zoom Action


    The Leica DC lens is the star of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 with its 11 elements in eight groups, including 3 aspherical lenses. The 12X optical zoom lens is carried over from last year’s DMC-FZ7, but is now backed with a 7.2-megapixel sensor and a newly enhanced Venus III processor. A RAW mode has been added as well. Read More

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3: 10X Zoom, Small Package


    Looking for a nice travel companion to go globe-trotting with? The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 looks to be a top choice. The 7.2-megapixel camera features a wide-angle (28mm) Leica lens capable of smooth optical zooming up to 10X. Read More

  • Portable VoIP: $400 You'll Never See Again

    If I’m going to spend $400 on a VoiP phone, namely the Panasonic KX-WP1050, with WiFi connectivity but no 3G or anything else, it had better have some other useful features, like the ability to make me a really good fish taco or the capability to get me out of debt fast. This phone does neither. Perhaps if it came preloaded with Mandy Moore’s phone number, then I might think about it. Read More

  • The Futurist: From Lucky-Goldstar to LG, or… Brands That Change With The Times


    Biggs and I were talking shop awhile back and I mentioned that it was as if, sometime in the past decade, LG and RCA had a Freaky Friday-like switcheroo. As anybody over the age of 10 likely recalls, RCA used to be an omnipresent CE brand—especially in TVs. And LG? Let’s just say those letters didn’t always stand for “Life’s Good.” Rather, the… Read More

  • Panasonic Updates Lumix Line Nine Times

    The good people of Panasonic have dropped not one, not two, but nine DMC digital picture taking machines this morning into our hot, hot inboxen. The line-up has pretty much something for everybody, from low-end to mid-range. Here, we look at our three favorites. Read More

  • Panasonic Upgrades Wireless WAN in Toughbooks

    months of rough treatment, but it keeps on going. My iPod has the same story, as does my Powerbook, now a year old. But I take it relatively easy on my gear compared to some of you, those working construction jobs, who are on the road half the time, or are in scientific labs where anything can happen. Panasonic’s got your back with new upgrades to its Toughbooks. Many pros swear by… Read More

  • Panasonic Adds Verizon 3G Service To ToughBooks


    Earlier in the week, HP announced a partnership with Cingular Wireless to bring 3G HSDPA service to its Compaq nc6400 notebook. Today, Panasonic announced the direct selling and activation of Verizon Wireless’ 3G Wireless Broadband service on its durable Panasonic Toughbooks. What does this mean for you? Buy a ToughBook and you won’t need to work at a HotSpot anymore. You’ll… Read More

  • The Futurist: The End of Name-Brand TVs or…. Why Your Next Set Will Be A Vizio


    While filling up on my five-hours-per-day tube habit, I spotted a commercial that utterly shocked me. This ad wasn’t particularly gory or raunchy — it was the advertiser that caught me off-guard. Vizio, one of those off-brand flat screen TV-makers whose native habitat is in the aisles of Sam’s Club and Costco, was actually advertising on TV. From everything I’ve seen… Read More

  • Holidays 2006: The Season's Best Home-Theater-In-A-Box Systems


    With all the talk about screen resolutions on HDTV sets, people tend to forget about the other important part of the high-def experience: 5.1-channel surround sound. So if you’ve got yourself a sweet plasma, LCD, projector, or rear-projection HDTV and you’re rocking the built-in speakers (though we know there are some good ones out there) you’re doing you and your loved ones… Read More

  • Panasonic Drops Science in Dope Retro Headphones

    If you’re the type who’s style is flashback, Panasonic’s got the hook up. Its RP-HTX7 headphones look like something you might steal out of your dad’s closet to look good while kicking out old-school beats, but the look belies the modern dynamic response drivers for a crisp, modern sound and tight, smart bass. The quality isn’t just in the tech, though. The… Read More

  • Holidays 2006: The Season's Best Point-and-Shoot Cameras

    Basically every digital camera that’s not a digital SLR (dSLR) is a point-and-shoot camera. From there though, the camera model types get more segmented by features as well as by size: compact, ultra-compact, advanced/enthusiast and super-zoom. And with so many models of each type on the market, we decided it was about time we broke down and told you about some of our favorites. Read More

  • Panasonic PT-AE1000: Full 1080p HD for Home Theaters

    Panasonic is trying to get under your tree this holiday season with its new AE1000 projector. This slick black box puts out your video at full 1080p. What’s more is that it has a 11,000:1 contrast ratio, which is total hotness. Panasonic is aiming this projector at high-end home-theater lovers, although you should be able to find it for under $5k, which really brings it into the… Read More

  • Panasonic Drops Two Toughbooks with Core Duo

    Panasonic’s Achilles-like (indestructible unless you hit it at the right place) line of notebooks just got a refresh with two models, the CF-30 and the CF-19. These two notebooks passed such tests as 26 drops from 36 inches, vibration in ground vehicles, water spillage on the keyboards, extreme temperature, dust and altitude resistance. Also known as the “infant” series… Read More

  • Panasonic to Sony: We Do eBook, Too

    At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, wasn’t the eBook something we were supposed to see about six years ago? Really, back when we all started using dial-up modems to connect to the Internet to access the World Wide Web, weren’t the dropping costs and rising resolutions of LCDs supposed to make these disposable, cheap, common-place toys? Whatever. They’re here, now. Earlier… Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbook Video Interview from CTIA

    This is a bit long, but Vincenct from Slashgear was nice enough to film me talking with the folks at Panasonic Toughbooks. Check out my double chin! Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbook Line With WAN

    Just got a good look at the Toughbook line from Panasonic. I’ve always liked these things – nice round touchpad, great materials, excellent battery life – but take a look at this monster. This is the T5 ($1,899), an ultralight toughbook with touchscreen and – get this – a hand strap. You hold it like a book and rather than having a swivel screen, you just tap on… Read More