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5
Feb

The Wirecutter’s best deals: A Vizio smart TV and more!


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Vizio M43-C1 43-inch Smart LED TV

Street price: $550; MSRP: $600; deal price: $498

This matches the best price we’ve seen on this TV, which was set during Black Friday sales. We saw this price a couple times around then, from both Costco and Amazon, but haven’t seen it drop since.

The Vizio M43-C1 TV is our pick for the best TV around $500. Chris Heinonen said, “The Vizio M43-C1 offers the darkest blacks, the best contrast ratios, five HDMI inputs, superior daytime performance, and Ultra HD resolution for the best overall package.”

Jaybird X2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Street price: $144; MSRP: $180; deal price: $128

This isn’t quite the lowest price we’ve seen on these headphones, but it comes within $3 of that mark. We haven’t seen them drop this low since the holidays. This deal is for the Alpha color headphones, but you can also get the Ice and Midnight models for just $1 more.

The Jaybird X2s are the runner-up pick in our guide on the best wireless exercise headphones. Lauren Dragan said, “They are light, they stay put, they sound fantastic, they have a lifetime warranty against sweat damage (which, if you sweat through one pair of headphones a year, can really add up!), they charge pretty quickly (around 2 hours), they have a nice case, and you can wear them several different ways, depending on what works for you.”

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera

Street price: $750; MSRP: $900; deal price: $700

While this isn’t as good as the eBay deal (down to $600) we posted back in December, this is the best price it’s ever been at Amazon. Except for eBay, this camera has stayed firm at $750 pretty much everywhere. This $50 drop from street price makes for a good discount.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the upgrade pick in our guide on the best superzoom camera. Amadou Diallo said, “The Panasonic FZ1000’s sensor is four times larger (and several times better) than the one in our main pick. Spending the extra money on this model gets you shallower depth of field, less image noise at high ISO settings, and a lens that lets in a lot more light. You do have to settle for a rather limited 16x zoom range, though.”

DeWalt DCBL790H140V MAX Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower

Street price: $332; MSRP: $370; deal price: $295

This is the best price we’ve ever seen on this model, beating the previous low by $12. This is the first time it has dropped below $320 in almost a year.

The DeWalt is the portable pick in our guide on the best leaf blower. Doug Mahoney said, “It offers power comparable to that of our corded picks, and with a 22-minute run time, it has twice the stamina of the four other cordless models we tested. We also liked its pro-grade durability and beefy design; it feels tougher than the other cordless (and corded) models we tried.”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The Wirecutter.com.

25
Jan

Panasonic launches the 5-inch Eluga Turbo in India for Rs. 10,999


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It’s rare that a day goes by without the announcement of a new smartphone in India. This time, it’s Panasonic taking the wraps off of the Eluga Turbo that packs Dual-SIM support, 3GB of RAM, and a 5-inch HD display for Rs. 10,999 ($162). The Eluga Turbo will be available to buy on January 27th from the Indian retailer, Snapdeal. Join us after the break for a rundown on the specifications of Panasonic’s latest smartphone.

Let’s talk about the design first, and it would appear as if Panasonic has taken some inspiration from Sony’s OmniBalance design language, with the Eluga Turbo having a glass back panel (made out of Asahi Dragon Trail Glass) and squared off corners. It isn’t a bad design, and certainly something different from the usual black slab handsets seen at this price point.

Specifications:

  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with Panasonic’s FlitHome UI
  • 5-Inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)
  • 64-bit Octa-core processor @ 1.5GHz
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support
  • 13MP Rear camera with LED Flash, Full HD video recording @ 30FPS
  • 5MP Front camera
  • Dual-SIM/ 4G/ 3G HSPA+ connectivity
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Battery: 2,350mAh
  • 6.95mm Thick

The Eluga Turbo is currently a Snapdeal exclusive (you’ll need to register your interest), and will be available in Marine Blue, Champagne Gold, and Rose Gold colours.

Let us know your thoughts on Panasonic’s Eluga Turbo in the comments below. For Rs.10,999, does it offer enough to stand out against the competition?

 

Source: FoneArena

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11
Dec

The Wirecutter’s best deals: The iPad Air 2, and more!


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Digital Camera

Street Price: $748; MSRP: $900; Deal Price: $600

This is the best price we’ve seen on this camera by a huge margin. It’s nearly $150 below its previous best deal. Free shipping is included.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is the upgrade pick in our guide on the best superzoom camera. Amadou Diallo said, “The Panasonic FZ1000’s sensor is four times larger (and several times better) than the one in our main pick. Spending the extra money on this model gets you shallower depth of field, less image noise at high ISO settings, and a lens that lets in a lot more light. You do have to settle for a rather limited 16x zoom range, though.”

iPad Air 2 64GB

Street Price: $600 MSRP: $600 Deal Price: $475

This isn’t the best price we’ve seen on this tablet, but close. Staples had a couple sales that brought it down to $450. One was around the start of fall, the other recently during Black Friday. They managed to sell out of them during Black Friday, so if you missed your chance to grab it then, $475 is still an excellent deal.

The iPad Air 2 is our pick for the best tablet. Chris Heinonen and Dan Frakes wrote, “The new iPads are always better than last year’s, and the newest devices always have a better balance of speed and features than older hardware. Also, the things that have made all the iPads strong tablets — like unbeatable app choices — are still present in this generation of the tablet.”

Canon Powershot ELPH 350 HS Camera

Street Price: $200; MSRP: $210; Deal Price: $140

We recently featured a deal on this for $159 that came with a small bundle, which included an alright camera bag and a 16GB SD card. Considering the costs of SD cards and how small this camera is, the additional $20 savings makes for a much nicer deal.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS is our pick for the best cheap camera. Amadou Diallo said, “This budget-priced point-and-shoot camera is compact, dead simple to use, and able to take photos that look better than other cameras’ in its price range.”

Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

Street Price: $100; MSRP: $140; Deal Price: $79

Here’s a chance to get these headphones at a great price if you missed their Black Friday discount. This deal isn’t quite as good, but it’s still better than the street price. There’s also a deal right now to get these headphones plus a Blue Yeti USB mic for $130, but if all you’re looking for are the headphones, this is the better deal.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x headphones are the runner-up pick in our guide on the best $150 over-ear headphones. Lauren Dragan said, “The Audio Technica ATH-M40x pair is pretty well balanced for the price, with a crisp, articulate high end (that some listeners might find too bright) and rich bass. The replaceable cable is a nice bonus.”

Deals change all the time, and some of these may have expired. To see an updated list of current deals, please go to The Wirecutter.com.

4
Dec

The Wirecutter’s best deals: Panasonic’s TS6 camera, and more!


This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer’s guide to the best technology. Read their continuously updated list of deals at TheWirecutter.com.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at The Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

26
Nov

Panasonic makes its 4K Toughpad more film industry-friendly


When Panasonic’s 20-inch, 4K Toughpad tablet arrived to CES 2013, there was nothing even remotely like it on the market. The company did have a method to its madness, however, positioning the then-$6,000 tablet as a bulletproof, strictly-business tablet aimed at industrial CAD designers and graphics pros. It has now updated the Windows 10 Pro device with specs better suited to its price, and aimed it at a new, deep-pocketed market: cinema companies. The $4,229 FZ-Y1D Toughpad model now has HDMI 2.0 input, and thanks to Panasonic’s proprietary software, can function as a Digital Cinema 4K (4,096 x 2,160, 60fps) monitor for cameras like Red’s Raven.

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Source: Panasonic

10
Nov

The best toaster oven


Brendan Nystedt | September 29, 2015

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer’s guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

After going through more than 51 hours of research, a reader survey, and stacks and stacks of toasted white bread, mini pizza bagels, and cookies, we recommend the Panasonic FlashXpress for most home kitchens. It’s smaller than most competing toaster ovens and cheaper, too, but it delivers four slices of perfectly browned toast every time.

8
Oct

Meet the laundry-folding washing machine of our lazy-ass future


Socks are the hardest. For an future washing machine that washes, dries and then folds the results, it’s one of the small barriers that remains in that latter stage. But as a research project that started back in 2008, Laundroid is finally getting there. Next year, the collaboration between housing firm Daiwa House, electronics company Panasonic and Seven Dreamers will start offering preorders, the year after that ‘beta’ machines, then folding machines for big institutions, with event full retail planned the year after that — we’ll be in 2019 by then. (That said, the all-in-one model is still at the in-development stage). There’s no price and the presentation we saw added in a bunch of mosaic filtering on top as the shirt gradually got folded so you couldn’t see how the thing actually works. But that’s okay. We can wait. It’s not going to stop us waiting our chore-dodging dreams to come true.

While the video teaser above gives you pretty much nothing of substance, at the on-stage demonstration, we saw a just-washed tee take a matter of minutes for the internal tech to sort, identify and fold. The tech involved is separated into two very separate parts: image analysis and robotics. With a hypothetical bundle of clothes, each item demands different folding (we’re going to say) techniques, so the machine needs to figure what that soft lump of cloth is, then prime it for folding. The presentation here at CEATEC elaborated (if only lightly) on the stages it’s taken to get to here: it’s been a pretty long journey.

Because clothing is so malleable, it takes a higher degree of skill and dexterity for a robot to perform tasks with than, say, wood or metal.

Because clothing is so malleable, it takes a higher degree of skill and dexterity for a robot to perform tasks with than, say, wood or metal. However, as far as the on-the-rails demonstration on stage went, it was a success. A handful of minutes later, the HAL-esque cabinet (which frustratingly hid all the robotic ‘magic’) produced the shirt, folded flat, if not completely pristinely. (We’re sticklers for crisp edges, what can we say?) The team behind it promises that more will be revealed as it slowly comes into existence over the end half of this decade.

With a entire laundry load, the on-stage hostess explained it would likely take around seven hours, ideally meaning you’d set the machine to work as you’re going to bed, waking up to pile of freshly, robotically, folded laundry. And for now, crumpled socks.

Source: Laundroid, Panasonic (Japan)

5
Oct

Apple and Google top Best Global Brands in 2015


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Interbrand has released its latest annual ranking of the world’s most valuable brands and for the third year running, Apple and Google have topped the list. The 2015 edition of the Best Global Brands reveals that technology brands show no sign of slowing down with six out of the top ten made up of technology companies.

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For the third year running, Apple has topped the list and Google has come second, with both companies leading the list for the third year in a row. Apple is valued at $170 billion while Google is valued at $120 billion and the consultancy derives its valuation from a company’s financials, ability to influence purchase decisions and the extend that it can support premium pricing (which explains why Apple has topped the list).

Microsoft and IBM swapped places, with the Redmond-based Windows-maker valued at $68 billion in fourth place. Korean giant Samsung stayed in seventh place with a valuation of $45 billion while Amazon (who is technically classified as a retailer), is up 29 percent to $38 billion in tenth place. Other brands in the top ten include Coca-Cola, General Electric and McDonald’s.

Elsewhere on the list outside the top 10:

  • Intel rank in 14th with a 4 percent increase to $35 billion
  • HP dropped 3 percent to $23 billion in 18th place
  • Social giant Facebook rose 54 percent to a valuation of $22 billion in 23rd place
  • Camera giant Canon dropped 4 percent to $11 billion in 40th place
  • Siemens ranked 53rd ($8.5 billion)
  • Sony dropped 5 percent to a valuation of $8 billion in 58th place
  • Panasonic rose 2 percent to $6.4 billion in 65th place
  • Huawei rose a whopping 15% percent to $5 billion in 88th place

This year’s edition also saw PayPal and Lenovo enter the list at 97th and 100th place with valuations of $4.25 billion and $4.11 billion but the list isn’t great for everyone; as might be expected, troubled Finnish company Nokia joined troubled gamer Nintendo in dropping out of the list.

What do you think of the companies on (and off) the list? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

2
Oct

The best cheap vacuum


This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer’s guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.

After scoping out 160 models over 42 hours of research and testing, we found the $160 Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 cleans most kinds of debris from most common surfaces, needs relatively little maintenance, and should last at least five years. That’s a combination of benefits we couldn’t find with any other vacuum cleaner in this price range.

It won’t last as long or clean as deeply as the best high-end vacs, and it may not be as convenient as a cordless vacuum, but the Shark NV352 represents an effective, affordable, simple-to-use compromise that will work well in most homes in the US and Canada.

How we decided

Experience tells us that the best cheap vacuums are bagless uprights that cost between $130 and $200. We’ve learned that after speaking with about a dozen experts, reading at least 1,000 user and editorial reviews, and testing all shapes and prices of vacuums over the past two years.

We narrowed the field down to a few models that fit those criteria, and then we tested how well they resisted clogs (and how easily we could clean them), how they handled in tight spaces, and whether they could clean up debris like powder, pet hair, and crumbs on bare floors and carpets.

Our pick

The NV352 comes apart in more places than most vacuums do, which makes clearing clogs or replacing individual broken parts especially easy.

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 is the best cheap vacuum because the sum of all its features and abilities is greater than that of any of the other 160 vacuums in this price range.

It will clean up pretty much any kind of debris (including pet hair) from almost any kind of bare floor or carpet in your home. And with its washable filters and durable moving parts, you won’t have to put much time, effort, or money into its upkeep, so it will run better, for longer, than most of its peers. If parts break, they’re covered under the five-year warranty, and Shark will ship replacement parts for free as long as you bought the vac from an authorized retailer.

Handling is smooth and light thanks to a 12-pound body and a swiveling joint between the chassis and cleaning head. The lift-away canister, the pull-out wand, and the mini brush attachment give it more versatility and reach than is common at this price. People who own it tend to love it, comparing it favorably to their old vacuums in user reviews.

Any cheap vacuum has to make some trade-offs. This Shark model tends to push large particles, such as pieces of cereal, in front instead of sucking them up, and its accordion hose is prone to cracking, though replacement is free under warranty. We think that among all the sub-$200 vacuums out there, the NV352 makes the wisest set of compromises that anyone could hope for.

If the NV352 is sold out, note that Shark makes a ton of models that are essentially identical. As an alternative, we suggest the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV356E; we love it for all the same reasons, but it has a larger dust cup and usually costs more.

A canister-style alternative

The Panasonic MC-CG902 has an adjustable-height cleaning head (pictured here on the highest setting), which allows the vacuum to smoothly clean pretty much any type of surface in any home.

If you prefer canister-style vacuums, or if your home has lots of thick carpet that a Shark would choke on, check out the Panasonic MC-CG902. It’s a perennial favorite at Consumer Reports, consistently sitting near the top of the testing house’s canister-vacuum rankings and earning Best Buy status (a step up from Recommended). The build quality has some known issues, and lots of people won’t be able to abide its bagged, canister-style design. But in a few homes, it’s the best affordable option.

Wrapping it up

If you’re floored by how badly your current vacuum sucks, get the Shark NV352. It’s a pleasure to use, and it cleans well—and with the warranty, there’s no reason you should get any less than five years of reliable service for the purchase price.

This guide may have been updated by The Sweethome. To see the current recommendation, please go here.

11
Aug

Panasonic Eluga Icon exclusive to Amazon India for Rs 10,999


Panasonic Eluga IconPanasonic has announced a new smartphone for the Indian market – the Eluga Icon. The handset is quite your typical mid-ranger and it will be available exclusively through Amazon India with a Rs. 10,999 price tag.

The Eluga Icon is a 5.5-inch handset, with a passable 720p (1280×720) display resolution. The phone is powered by a 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core processor, quite likely a MediaTek MT7652, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage, with an expandable microSD card slot for an extra 32GB of space.

There’s a familiar 13 megapixel camera on the back with an LED flash and an 8 megapixel camera on the front of the phone for higher resolution selfies. The Eluga Icon also sports dual-SIM support and 4G LTE connectivity, along with a 3,500mAh battery. Very reasonable mid-range specifications, but the phone ships with a slightly older Android 4.4 KitKat OS, which doesn’t quite match up to other handsets in this price range which come with the latest version of Lollipop installed.

If you’re in the market for a lower cost handset, Panasonic also launched its low cost Love T10 and T33 smartphones earlier in the year. These phones are priced at less than Rs. 5,000 each. For the photography enthusiasts, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 landed in the US back in June too.

The Panasonic Eluga Icon will be available directly from Amazon India for Rs. 10,999 on August 14th. The handset is listed in a slate grey color.

 

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