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Hands-on: Panasonic’s lightweight 14-inch Toughbook

29 Jan
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When gadgets tout themselves to be “rugged”, I usually assume them to be thick and heavy straight away, full of padding and other protection that keeps them safe from liquid spills and heart-stopping drops.

But while Panasonic’s new CF-LX3 toughbook still retains its ungainly exterior and rugged chops, it is notably much lighter than its predecessors. The 14-inch notebook weighed in at just 1.29 kg, a number that seemed to defy the laws of physics when I picked it up.

Tagged in: laptops, PCs, Singapore, Panasonic, review, toughbook,  

Hands On: Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GM1 is the micro four-thirds for the trendy

2 Dec
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When it comes to small micro four-thirds cameras, the usual go-to brand for many photographers is Olympus. Well, that is about to be changed with the new Panasonic Lumix GM series.

Using the same hardware as the professional-focused Lumix DMC-GX7, Panasonic has managed to shrink the new Lumix DMC-GM1 down to the size of a small notebook – perfect for avid shutterbugs who like to shoot on the go without bringing a heavier camera.

Tagged in: Cameras, DMC-GM1, micro four thirds, Panasonic, review, Singapore price and availability,  

CommunicAsia 2013: Panasonic shows off Toughpad JT-B1

19 Jun
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Panasonic Toughpad launch at CommunicAsia

Panasonic showed off its new Toughpad JT-B1 ruggedised Android tablet at CommunicAsia today, touting it as an essential tool that can stand the harsh environments often faced by users in law enforcement, utilities and other industries.

The Japanese company even tested the tablet’s claim to survive a 1.5-metre fall, by letting a blogger drop the 7-inch tablet from chest height. It survived, but not without rubbing some of its paint on the ground.

Tagged in: android, Enterprise, Tablet, CommunicAsia 2013, JT-B1, Panasonic, review, Singapore price and availability, Toughpad,  

IT Show 2013: new and noteworthy deals

8 Mar
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For some people, the unceasing IT bazaars such as this week’s IT Show seem to assault the senses every three months, with their loud discounts and thronging crowds.

Still, some brands treat the event as a launch pad for their new products, and other companies occasionally surprise us with generous gifts and low price points, so they’re worth checking out.

Here are a few new and noteworthy items at this year’s IT Show.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Tablet, 2013, asus, BlackBerry Z10, fibre broadband, HTC Butterfly, IT Show, LG Optimus G, LTE, Panasonic, Singapore, Sony Xperia Z, toughbook, VivoTab Smart,  

The TV is changing again with 4K and OLED screens

12 Jan
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Just when you think your spanking new, ultra-thin, borderless TV is the toast of town, you might want to know that sharper, bigger and curved, yes, curved screens are making their way to your living room in the next few years.

If you have more than US$10,000 in the bank now, you could actually buy some of these new OLED (organic light-emitting diode) and 4K TVs this year. But chances are, these screens which appear to be the highlight of this week’s CES technology expo in Las Vegas will become a lot more affordable in the years to come.

Tagged in: Audio-visual, Featured, LCD TV, 4K, 55EM960V, CES, LG, OLED TV, Panasonic, samsung, Sony,  

Goondu review: Panasonic Lumix GX1

2 Jun
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The GX1 is an important camera for several reasons. It represents some of Panasonic’s best work on micro four thirds (MFT) technology for the past three plus years, and it bridges the gap between the company’s other increasingly beginner-friendly MFT cameras and more powerful SLRs.

The GX1 is an attempt to retain users who prefer more advanced features and controls, users who are disappointed with recent MFT Lumixes, and this little camera might just do the trick.

Tagged in: Cameras, Featured, interchangeable lens camera, lumix gx1, micro four thirds, Panasonic,  

Hands-on: Lumix GF5 clears up Panasonic’s mirrorless camera strategy

5 Apr
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Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras are all the rage right now, and the market is heating up with an even greater variety of brands producing their own take on the format – such as the Fujifilm niche X-Pro1 and Olympus OM-D.

Not to be left behind, Panasonic, which introduced the very first micro four thirds (MFT) camera back in 2008, just unveiled its latest addition to its MFT family: the Lumix GF5. We got our hands on pre-release prototypes to see just how well it’ll stand up against the competition.

Tagged in: Cameras, Featured, Singapore, GF5, Lumix, mirrorless, Panasonic, review,  

Panasonic aims to be number one green company by 2018

2 Jun

Green IT is one really hot meme.

At a press conference held by Panasonic yesterday at Marina Sands in Singapore, Panasonic declared their ambition to be the top number one green innovation company in consumer electronics by 2018.

This means continually innovating and developing consumer products that “save energy, save water, and are long-lasting”, said Ikuo Miyamoto-san, managing director of Panasonic Asia. Panasonic makes consumer products like plasma and LCD TVs, washing machines, and air conditioning systems.

How does Panasonic benchmark their products to be environmentally friendly? The company will work with authorities in countries to ensure that these products pass or exceed local green standards. For example, in Singapore, the National Environmental Agency (NEA) runs a mandatory energy labelling scheme for electronic products.

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