Lilbits: Microsoft Edge gets more interesting, Chromebooks outsell Macs, and a 31.2 inch color E Ink display

Now that Microsoft’s Edge web browser is based on Google’s open source Chromium project, it behaves a lot like Google’s Chrome browser… and for the most part that’s left me wondering why you’d use Edge instead of Chrome. Microsoft has been adding features that help set its browser apart, but up until now I haven’t […]

Panasonic still makes 2 pound laptops with optical disc drives (for Japanese market)

If you want a laptop with a DVD or Blu-ray drive in the United States, you’re probably going to have to look for a model with a big screen and a thick and heavy chassis. Most companies making ultraportable PCs sacrificed optical disc drives for thin-and-light designs years ago. But if you happen to be […]

Panasonic launches Toughbook T1 handheld and Toughbook L1 tablet

This week Panasonic added the Toughbook N1 handheld device to its line of ultra-durable portable computing gadgets. Now the company is introducing two more models. The Panasonic Toughbook T1 is a rugged handheld with a 5 inch display, and the Toughbook L1 is a rugged 7 inch tablet. Both feature shock-resistant designs, dust and water […]

Panasonic launches Toughbook N1 rugged handheld for $1899

Panasonic is updating is line of rugged handheld devices with a new model that looks like a really thick (and really sturdy) smartphone. The Panasonic Toughbook FZ-N1 features a 4.7 inch 720p touchscreen display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and a body that’s designed to withstand falls from heights of up to 7 feet. It […]

Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 is a rugged, expensive handheld (or phone) with hot swappable batteries

Panasonic’s Toughbook line of products include rugged laptops and tablets that you can pretty much run over with a car without damaging. But a few years ago the company started making handheld options as well. The latest is the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1 and while it’s tempting to call this rugged Android device a phone, Panasonic […]

This is Panasonic’s canceled Jungle handheld game console (or a prototype anyway)

Once upon a time Panasonic had big plans to launch a small game console. It would have been called The Jungle and it would have been a clamshell-style handheld device with a screen that folds down over a QWERTY keyboard, D-pad, a touchpad and a smaller, secondary display. Panasonic first revealed it was working on […]

Panasonic launches 12.1 inch, 2.2 pound laptop with Kaby Lake R (in Japan)

Panasonic is updating it’s Let’s Note line of compact laptop computers with a new model sporting a 12.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display and support for up to an Intel Core i7-8650U quad-core processor. It’s called the Let’s Note CF-SV7, and it’s a pretty unusual looking little computer… but it’s also a pretty expensive […]

Panasonic’s ultraportable Let’s Note laptops go Kaby Lake (in Japan)

Panasonic’s Let’s Note line of laptops are tiny, powerful, and sadly unavailable in the US or Europe. But if you happen to be in Japan, soon you’ll be able to pick up Panasonic’s new 10.1 inch, 12.1 inch, or 14 inch laptops powered by Intel Kaby Lake processors. Most of the new notebooks will be available […]

Panasonic launches Toughpad rugged smartphones with Windows, Android

Panasonic’s Toughpad line of rugged devices is mostly made up of tablets. But a few years ago the company started launching phone-sized handhelds.. Now Panasonic is launching the Toughpad FZ-F1 with Windows 10 software and the Toughpad FZ-N1 with Android 5.1 Lollipop. Both are basically rugged smartphones with 4.7 inch displays, 4G LTE voice and […]

Panasonic launches Lumix CM10 Android-powered camera

About a year after launching the Lumix CM1 smartphone with a high-quality camera lens, Panasonic is introducing a new model that looks virtually identical. But the new Panasonic Lumix CM10 has one key difference: it’s not a phone. It’s just an Android-powered point-and-shoot camera with a 28mm Leica DC lens, a 20 megapixel, 1 inch […]

Panasonic ToughPad FZ-Q1 is a 12.5 inch semi-rugged Windows tablet for $1000 and up

Panasonic’s ToughBook and ToughPad line of ruggedized laptops and tablets are designed for use in industrial, outdoors, or other environments where a regular computer might not survive the kind of abuse it would be exposed to. But they tend to be pretty expensive. Now Panasonic is offering a slightly more affordable option for customers that […]