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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.

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.


Today in Gear: October 25, 2013

panasonic-gm1-gear-patrol 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


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


Today in Gear: July 2, 2013

Goal-Zero-Rock-Out-2-Speaker-Gear-Patrol 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

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.


Today in Gear: April 18, 2013

Panasonic-Media-Streamer-Gear-Patrol 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

Gift Guide
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

Get Wireless Sound with Your Shiny New 3D TV

Panasonic SC-ZT2

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

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

As Good As Their Plasmas

Panasonic ES-LA63 Electric Shaver

panasonic-es-la63-electric-shaver1We'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

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

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

Panasonic SW30 [CES 2008]

panasonic.sw20.camcorder.jpgWaterproof 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

Panasonic Toughbook 30

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,