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Panasonic Refreshes Let's Note Laptops

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Panasonic announces an update of its iconic-- at least in its home Japan-- Let's Note business laptop line, with 12.1-inch CF-SVF series featuring quad-core 8th generation i5/i7 CPUs.

Panasonic Let's NoteBeing Japanese, Let's Note laptops are somewhat quirky devices. Most notable is the circular trackpad, but there's also an optical drive, a rarity in this day and age. The chunky chassis is in plastic (and tough enough to withstand drops of up to 76cm, Panasonic says), and carries a big "S" battery promising up to 21 hours of use on a single charge through the addition of a removable "L" accumulator.

The Tough Land Rover Explore Smartphone

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Land Rover lends its name to another ruggedised smartphone-- the Explore, a handset the company describes describes as the toughest yet, "built to work in places other phones can't reach."

Land Rover ExploreThe work of British smartphone maker Bullitt (who made devices branded by the likes of Caterpillar, Kodak and JCB), the Explore includes a factory-fitted screen protector and protective casing allowing it to survive dives of up to 1.8m in salt water and drops of up to 1.8m. The phone also has an IP86 rating for splash, water and dust resistance, and includes the ViewRanger mapping app for customers wanting to take their Land Rover (the car, not the phone) off the beaten track.

IDC: W. European Tablet Market Remains Weak

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According to IDC W. European talbet shipments total 10.6 million units in Q4 2017-- a -13.1% Y-o-Y decline, further indication of the weakening state of the market, primarily due to regular "slate" tablets.

Slate tablet shipments are down by -15.4% Y-o-Y for the quarter, as such devices are now considered to be little more than simple media consumption devices with little no no productive use cases. In comparison, detachable tablets see traction in at least some areas, and as such post a minor -2% Y-o-Y decline.

IDC W. Europe tablets

Detachable tablets see "very strong" commercial performance with 8.5% Y-o-Y growth and sales value (in euros) rising by 3.2% Y-o-Y, the result of increased enterprise adoption. The overall detachable tablet market is down by -1.4% Y-o-Y, with the consumer segment falling by -7.1% Y-o-Y as rapid convertible adoption cannibalises sales.

EKWB Monoblocks for Gigabyte, MSI Motherboards

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Slovenian cooling specialist EKWB announces a pair of monoblocks for Gigabyte and MSI Threadripper X399 motherboards-- both all-in-one (CPU and power delivery) cooling solutions with a redesigned cold plate and fin area.

EKWB monoblockThe cooling solutions claim to cover most of the Ryzen Threadripper surface for better thermal transfer, while cooling the power delivery with liquid flowing directly over the necessary components. Both monoblocks have a nickel-plated electrolytic copper base with an acrylic glass top, and come fully assembled with nickel-plated mounting screws and brass screw-in standoffs preinstalled.

Corsair Upgrades One SFF PC

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Corsair upgrades the "category defying" One small form factor (SFF) gaming PC range through the addition of 8th generation Intel CPUs, as well as GTX 1080 Ti graphics and m.2 NVMe flash storage.

Corsair OneFirst announced back in February 2017, the One is the first pre-configured and branded PC from Corsair. It has a design sitting somewhere between a regular desktop PC and the Apple Mac Pro cylinder, with a compact (12l) chassis fitting a silent liquid cooling system as well as all the guts required for a higher-end gaming machine.

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