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We're Gonna Need a Bigger Wall

A Millionaire’s Guide to Mega TVs

The home entertainment arms race has evolved to include factors like pixel counts, connectivity and even screen shape. But the importance of size…that will never change. Meet the TV heavyweights of 2014 that redefine big.

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Nip your audio in the bud

Cheap Beats: The Best Budget Earbuds

Earbuds, rather than full-size headphones, are essential to many a man mostly because they are so very compact. If you’re a commuter or jogger or some other type of person who can’t balance one-pound earmuffs on your head all day, and you don’t want to spend a pretty penny on something that you’re likely to lose or break, these are for you. They’re the best budget earbuds we’ve heard of, so listen up.

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See the Difference

Panasonic TC-PZT60

February of 2009 was a sad month for videophiles: Pioneer, maker of the critically acclaimed Kuro (“Black” in Japanese) line of premium HDTVs with best-in-class blacks, announced that it was throwing in the towel. Carrying the torch for the ailing plasma market fell to Panasonic, who dutifully purchased many of Pioneer’s patents. While consumers saw plenty of bells and whistles grafted onto TVs launched in the following years, no set managed to best the Kuro’s picture quality — until now. Panasonic’s flagship ZT60 series ($3,000) has finally dethroned the king.

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Grizzly Adams, you are not

Handsomely Hirsute: 6 Best Beard Trimmers

Straight edge razors, Dollar Shave Club, electric, Mach 3, safety razors…for the clean-shaven out there, options truly abound. For those of us who opt for a little or a lot of facial hair, though, companies seem less inclined to provide choices. Keeping that beard trim and looking good is important regardless of season, particularly when research has shown women are more attracted to men with heavy stubble than their clean-shaven counterparts. In the interest of cleaning up this situation, we’ve rounded up our favorite beard trimmers.

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Today in Gear: October 25, 2013

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Measuring in at shorter than four inches long and just over two inches tall, this is one diminutive mirrorless rig. Panasonic jams in a 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor, a three-inch touchscreen, wi-fi capability and a pop-up flash. Pair Panasonic’s new compact lens kit with the already attractive retro body, and you’ve…

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Reflecting on the best

More For (Mirror)less: 6 Best Mirrorless Cameras

When in 2004 Epson released the R-D1, the world’s first mirrorless digital camera, photographers weren’t sure what to make of it. Ten years later every major camera company has thrown their proverbial hat into the mirrorless ring. In fact, with digital sensors equal to those found in DSLRs, interchangeable pro-quality lenses, and magnesium-alloy construction, mirrorless cameras are quickly becoming the choice of many professionals looking to downsize their gear. It’s safe to say 2014 will be the year of the mirrorless camera, and we’ve rounded up our favorites to help you prepare.

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Today in Gear: August 5, 2013

Best Made Co Sheffield Kevlar Shears These 10-inch shears are just the excuse you’ve been looking for. Now there’s no reason to not start a boutique bulletproof vest shop — pick up a pair and cut Kevlar for the rest of your days. They’ve got that classic “shear” look to them, albeit coated with black…

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Today in Gear: July 2, 2013

Goal Zero Rock Out 2 Portable Speaker A man’s got to have his music, location be damned. The Rock Out 2 is a 7-inch speaker that connects via 3.5-mm audio jack and pumps out tunes for 20 hours per charge. It charges via USB, or through a small Goal Zero solar array (sold separately) that…

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The screen of your dreams

Want This, Get This: Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD or Panasonic TC-PST60

If you’re like us, you have a long list of gear you’d love to own. But reality (almost) always steps in, along with bank accounts and eagle-eyed spouses, leaving your gadget desires unfulfilled. Gear Patrol’s series “Want This, Get This” presents a lust-worthy piece of gear along with a more affordable alternative that scratches the same itch. In this installment, we put the Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD and the Panasonic TC-PST60 head to head.

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Today in Gear: April 18, 2013

Panasonic Streaming Media Player Panny’s two new media streaming boxes essentially work like an AppleTV for Android users. Both have access to popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu and feature Miracast, a new wireless streaming technology currently popular with many non-Apple devices. $80-$100 Chrome Sotnik Duffel As part of their WWII-era-inspired Militia line, Chrome’s…

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12 Gift ideas for the sofa spud

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

We’ve all got one. Maybe it’s you: The mediaphile in the family who’s impossible to shop for because he has it all and he’s seen it all — twice. His TV? Projected. His surround sound? 9.2. His wardrobe? Needs work. His love of movies and music has been fueled in the past by those enabling…

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Rapid fire shooter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

The pocket-sized compact camera market, a crowded field where convenience and the almighty megapixel have long come at the sacrifice of photographer-driven adjustability, just added something for the budding enthusiast. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 replaces the LX5 and adds a traditional-style aperture ring that covers F1.4 to F8 to give amateurs more control over exposure…

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The cure for the Kuro

Panasonic VIERA TC-P55VT50 Plasma TV

Panasonic’s TC-P55PVT50 is one of, if not the, best televisions on the planet. The plasma flat-panel is a steal compared to the pricier OLEDs and luxury LEDs on the market, but there’s nothing cheap about its deep black levels, accurate colors and beautiful design. Achieving brightness that competing plasmas could only dream of, its eye…

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Peer into the future, without the crystal ball

CES 2012: Our Favorite Booths

We kicked off 2012 by visiting not-so-beautiful Las Vegas to attend CES, with the hope of getting a head start on the exciting new products that will launch over the coming year. While we’ll continue to highlight gadgets revealed there on a regular basis, one of the best parts about being on the ground at…

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Sibling pedigree

Panasonic Lumix GX1

You might not consider a grip the most identifiable feature of a new camera, but for the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 ($699), that’s exactly the case. The successor to the mighty successful GF1, a camera we’ve recommended time and time again here at GP, the GX1 certainly packs a wallop: 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor,…

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No Screen Protectors Required

Panasonic Toughbook Tablet

While every other tablet maker has been focused on cramming components into ever-shrinking casings, Panasonic has been hard at work applying the engineering tricks of their Toughbook laptop line to an even more portable device. The result is a newly announced Panasonic Toughbook Android Tablet. Specifics like pricing and what version of Android the device…

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Three, Two, One

Panasonic Lumix GF3

Panasonic’s much-lauded line of GF continues its westward expansion with the new Lumix GF3 ($700), and like the GF2 that came before it, the GF3 is even smaller and easier to use. Inside is a 12MP sensor with a faster processor for ultra-fast autofocus, built-in photo styles and processing filters. Slotted a step up from…

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3D's a Crowd

3D Gear Essentials

If you watch any TV, you’ve probably seen some commercial touting how 3D technology will revolutionize the way you live. Most likely it also involved Dolphins or some other funny sea creature. When you put all of the marketing-laced messaging and cliché imagery aside, though, it is true that 3D can provide a captivating home…

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The High-Def Sequel

Panasonic Lumix GF2

How do you create a follow-up to one of the most groundbreaking and beloved cameras in recent history? First, don’t mess with it – stick with incremental improvements. And thankfully, Panasonic has done exactly that. The conservative, but welcome updates include: an improved 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor paired to a faster Venus Engine FHD…

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Is 3 a Company?

Panasonic Lumix G 12.5mm 3D Lens

When it comes to shooting on the go, one camera that rarely leaves my side is the Panasonic Lumix GF1. In combination with the versatile, tack-sharp 20mm (40mm effective) pancake lens, it fits nearly all my shooting needs. Interestingly, Panasonic’s recent announcement of the LUMIX G 12.5mm 3D Lens 12.5mm (~$389), the world’s first interchangeable…

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The Kitchen Sink

Panasonic DMC-FZ100 Hybrid

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 ($499) is one helluva spec monster, and priced just right for the budding shooter who wants the kitchen sink without the cost of a DSLR + lenses. Some of the DMC-FZ100’s features: a whopping 24x optical zoom (25-600mm equivalent), CMOS sensor, 14.1 megapixel with the world’s fastest full resolution burst…

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A Camcorder Even Spielberg Would Use

Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

Eager to make the leap from flat, unsaturated, amateur looking home videos? Well, good news. Panasonic pulled back more of the curtain on the soon-to-be-fabled AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds HD (Price: TBD) camcorder and we couldn’t help ourselves from sharing what they sent over. The AG-AF100 will not only bring professional grade video quality to…

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Get Wireless Sound with Your Shiny New 3D TV

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The biggest barrier holding back most men from amping up their home audio experience after price is set up inconvenience. Panasonic’s decided to release the SC-ZT2 ($850) “7.1-channel” home theater system to eliminate this hassle and provide an enticement for buyers to upgrade their television to one of the manufacturers new 3D models. Consisting of…

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Hello My Lumix, Hello My Touchscreen, Hello My Four Thirds Cam

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Building on the already successful line of Micro Four Thirds based cameras, Panasonic has announced their latest DSLR, the Lumix DMC-G2. Based on its venerable predecessor G1 body, the Lumix DMC-G2 will feature a new touch control shooting interface, 12.1 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video (AVCHD lite format), live view finder, a 460k dot 3.0″…

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As Good As Their Plasmas

Panasonic ES-LA63 Electric Shaver

We’re willing to bet that for most of you, you’re electric shaver is either a Gillette, Norelco, or Braun. But we both know you love options, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading Gear Patrol, and we’ve got a higher end option for you, the Panasonic ES-LA63 Electric Shaver. This rechargeable shaver is designed specifically for wet/dry…

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Why Less Is More When Shopping For A Whopping New TV

Panasonic TC-P42X1 Viera Plasma HDTV

Since its commercial deployment over half a century ago, no bit of household technology has enraptured the attention and the desires of man like the television. After all, we are exceptionally visual creatures. A man must love his TV; if not, he is genetically conditioned to go out (hunt) and get one (gather) that he…

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Panasonic Link-to-Cell Bluetooth Phone

The Benefits Of A Home Phone On Your Cell Phone Technology promises to solve many of the world’s major problems and plenty of its small ones. Take for example, the act of using your cell phone as a main phone line at home, which I know many guys do. Unfortunately, the sleek and compact traits…

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Panasonic SW30 [CES 2008]

Waterproof and shockproof gadgets are becoming a regular sight in electronics. That’s a good thing. The Panasonic SDR-SW20 uses a rugged compact body with waterproofing that lets you use it underwater (up to five feet). It’s shock-proofing lets it withstand four foot drops and is dustproof to boot. Its rugged tape-less design makes it perfect…

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Panasonic Toughbook 30

Out in the field or down in the dirt, the durable Panasonic Toughbook 30 is built to take a beating. MIL-STD-810F-tested for ruggedness, this brawny workhorse is encased in magnesium alloy, with durability designed into every seal, hinge and connector. Plus, as the industry’s fastest fully-rugged mobile PC, it’s built for lightening-quick processing and wireless…