Panasonic’s newest range of televisions are here to challenge LG’s stranglehold on the OLED market. Panasonic has two solid OLED choices, and an LCD screen that punches above its weight in the category.
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HD TVs have come a long way since the days of the first flatscreens, but here's a little secret for you: this year's new, fancy, top line TVs aren't really going to improve much on last year's new, fancy top line TVs. If you're in the market for a new display, you're better off looking for older, discounted models.
Panasonic has announced their new Toughbook CF-33 – a ruggedised 2-in-1 with a detachable keyboard. It has a 12-inch screen and is 37% thinner and 26% lighter than the CF-31 it supersedes. Battery life has been boosted to 10 hours. Not bad for a package that weighs in at 2.761 kg in laptop mode or 1.527 kg without the keyboard.
Panasonic has recalled battery packs from a number of its ruggedised tablet and notebook products. The defect may cause devices to overheat, produce smoke and potentially ignite. There are number of different models affected, with a number of specific battery packs made after March 2013 subject to the recall.
Back in 2010 Sony Australia's Paul Colley forecasted that a large percentage of Australian viewers would have 3D televisions by 2014. In the same year, industry pundits such as Simon Murray predicted that sales of 3D TVs were set to increase in the years to come.
But others were heralding the death of 3D TVs and this year the remaining major manufacturers, LG and Sony, have said they will no longer produce 3D-capable televisions. So despite all the repeated push and positive predictions, what went wrong with 3D TV?
The day Panasonic stopped making plasma TVs -- truly a sad day.
But they still continue to make good televisions in general. And if you're looking for a high-end 4k, you could do a helluva lot worse than the TH65CX800A, Panasonic's high-end 65-inch behemoth. It might be one of the best TVs on the market, and it's currently on sale for less than $3000.