The Toughbook 54 sacrifices a bit of ruggedness on the altar of portability
It’s not often that laptop manufacturers tout the lightness and thinness of a rugged or semi-rugged device. Panasonic’s announcement of the all-new Broadwell-powered Toughbook 54 on Friday was one such rare occasion. The latest in a long line of semi-rugged laptops going back to 1998, the Toughbook 54 is said to be the thinnest and lightest device in its class.
We love that laptops are getting slimmer, lighter, and overall more portable than ever before (have a look at Michael Dell introducing a new notebook 25 years ago), but if your work (or pleasure) takes you off the beaten path into some extreme environments, a thin and light machine probably isn't your best bet. That's where systems like Panasonic's upgraded Toughbook 31 comes in.
If you're wondering what comes next after Blu-ray, there's a good chance it could be the "Archival Disc," a new standard for professional use, next-generation optical discs that's been jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic. The objective is to expand the market for long-term digital data storage, and in the immediate future, that means 300GB write-once Archival Disc media, though that's just the beginning.
Cloud computing has slow rolled its way into our everyday lives, and these days we rely on the cloud for more services than ever. The cloud changed the way we buy games (Steam, for example) and watch movies and TV shows (hello Netflix and Hulu), but is the death of the optical disc drive nigh? Not as far as Sony and Panasonic are concerned. Rather than write optical's obituary, the two firms are working together to create optical discs with recording capacity of at least 300GB by the end of 2015.
The next high definition television you buy might feature an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panel. Sure, OLED displays are comparatively pricey and in short order compared to LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs, but rivals Sony and Panasonic have put aside their competitive differences to jointly develop the next wave of OLED panels and modules for HDTVs and other large-size displays.
Look, we're not here to judge how much money you earn or the size of your bank account. That's not the point. For one or two of you reading this, our headline is all wrong, because you're a 1 percenter and can, in fact, afford to drop £600,000 on a television, which works out to more than $957,000 in U.S. currency. But for the rest of us, Panasonic's 152-inch 4K2K 3D television is out of our league.
Humans are a fickle species: Easily distracted by anything shiny and new, the majority of us are always on the lookout for the next big thing, especially where technology is concerned. Fortunately, as we saw at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, there's a whole universe of new-fangled gadgety goodness being cooked up by the high-tech powers that be--especially in the area of smartphones. There's a lot of anticipation surrounding a number of the handsets due for release this year, and with good reason: As more and more companies vie for a cut of the coin consumers are dumping into the smartphone market, hardware manufacturers are being forced to up their game, bringing innovative products to market in the hope of squashing their competition like a bug. We've assembled 10 of the most anticipated handsets due to drop in 2012, and as you'll see, they're all lust-worthy.
Panasonic just put the world on notice that it intends to launch an Android smartphone in the European market in March of next year. The upcoming Android smartphone launch is part of Panasonic's larger plan to increase its overseas smartphone sales to 9 million units in fiscal year 2016, and Europe is the "stepping stone" in reaching the global market, Panasonic said.
Panasonic isn’t the biggest name in laptops these days, except if you are planning on dropping, splashing, or otherwise abusing the daylights out of your machine. In that case, the Toughbook series is right up your alley. And the newest member of the Toughbook family, the S10, won’t force you to make any performance tradeoffs for the tank-like design.
Panasonic has updated its Toughbook C1 convertible tablet PC with a second-generation Intel chip. The upgraded C1, which lays claim to being the lightest 12.1-inch convertible tablet, features a Core i5-2520M vPro 2.50GHz processor as opposed to the 2.4GHz Core i5-520M found inside its predecessor. Hit the jump for detailed specs.