Panasonic has upgraded its 12.1-inch collection laptops with Intel’s quad-core eightth Era Core i5/i7 CPUs. The brand new Panasonic Let’s Be aware CF-SV7-series notebooks are the one ultra-compact PCs to characteristic Intel’s newest cellular processors, a Thunderbolt three interconnection, an optical drive and an elective LTE modem in a bundle that weighs from 999 grams to 1.124 kilograms (2.2 – 2.47 kilos).

Panasonic is one of some firms these days that provides highly-integrated ultra-compact laptops with optical disc drives. These machines are very mild as a result of they’re product of plastic (they’re nonetheless rugged sufficient and will be dropped from a top of 76 cm) and their weight is a couple of kilogram, however they don’t seem to be ultra-thin like fashionable notebooks from Apple, HP or Lenovo. To a big diploma, they’re comparatively thick as a result of they’re designed to supply their house owners the absolute best connectivity, characteristic set and battery life, one thing that we often see on 14”/15.6” laptops from different producers. In Europe and the U.S. many individuals these days want ultra-thin PCs even when they lack replaceable batteries or sure ports (and I’m not even speaking about laptops with ODDs — they’ve turn out to be unique). Consumer preferences are completely different in Japan, which is why Panasonic nonetheless gives 12”-class laptops with optical drives, thick replaceable batteries and loads of connectors.

The Panasonic Let’s Be aware CF-SV7 household of notebooks succeeds the corporate’s Let’s Be aware CF-SZ6 lineup that featured the same look, a 12.1” WUXGA (1920&instances;1200) show, comparable weight and dimensions in addition to a really lengthy battery lifetime of as much as 21 hours (enabled by a detachable accumulator). In the meantime, although the CF-SV7 continues traditions of the CF-SZ6, it doesn’t imply that Panasonic simply put in new quad-core CPUs into an outdated chassis.

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The Let’s Be aware SV7-series based mostly on Intel’s quad-core Core i5/i7 processors truly makes use of a brand new chassis that’s 24.5 mm thick (down from 25.three mm in case of the SZ6) and encompasses a new cooling system for its new CPUs. Due to the brand new cooler, the SV7 PCs are a bit heavier than their predecessors, however even when geared up with a high-capacity “L” battery, their weight doesn’t exceed 1.124 kilograms. In addition to the brand new quad-core eightth Era Core i5/i7 processors, Panasonic’s newest SV7-series laptops obtained a Thunderbolt three port, a uncommon characteristic for 12”-class cellular computer systems.

Precise configurations of Panasonic’s Let’s Be aware CF-SV7 differ drastically. Retail variations of the CF-SV7 are geared up with Intel’s Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550 CPUs, eight GB of LPDDR4-1866 reminiscence and a SATA SSD (128 GB – 1 TB). In the meantime, built-to-order fashions purchased instantly from Panasonic will be personalized to characteristic Intel’s Core i5-8350U or Core i7-8650U, 16 GB RAM in addition to a 1 TB PCIe SSD. As for connectivity, the techniques are outfitted with an 802.11ac + Bluetooth four.1 wi-fi module, a GbE connector, three USB Sort-A ports, a D-Sub output, an HDMI header (supporting 4Kp60 decision), a TRRS audio connector and so forth. As well as, the techniques characteristic stereo audio system, a microphone, a 720p webcam with an IR sensor appropriate with Home windows Hiya, an SD card reader supporting SDHC/SDXC playing cards with UHS-II interface in addition to a CD/DVD burner/reader or a Blu-ray reader/CD/DVD burner. Some techniques include a 4G/LTE modem, different will be configured to incorporate a 1 TB HDD along with a 128 GB SSD. It’s noteworthy that the width of a key on SV7’s keyboard is 19 mm, similar to that of a contemporary MacBook Professional. In the meantime, the brand new SV7 continues to characteristic Panasonic’s spherical touchpad that doesn’t look too comfortable.

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In addition to excessive integration, the Let’s Be aware CF-SV7-series will be happy with its battery life. When geared up with an “S” battery and an SSD, the laptop computer can work for as much as 14 hours, in accordance with Panasonic. In the meantime, if an “L” accumulator is put in, the system is rated for 21 hours, most likely a document for 12”-class PCs typically.

Basic Specs of Panasonic Let's Be aware CF-SV7-Collection
Show12.1" non-glossy
1920&instances;1200 decision
SoCCore i7-8550U
Core i7-8650U*
Core i5-8250U
Core i5-8350U*
Storage256 – 512 GB SSD SATA
as much as 1 TB SSD PCIe*
128 – 256 GB SSD SATA
as much as 1 TB SSD PCIe*
128 GB SSD + 1 TB HD*
as much as 1 TB SSD PCIe*
ODDCD/DVD burner
BD reader/CD/DVD burner*
Digital camera720p webcam with IR sensor for Home windows Hiya
Wi-fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth four.1
elective 4G/LTE modem 300/50 Mbps
I/O portsthree &instances; USB Sort-A
1 &instances; Thunderbolt three/USB Sort-C
1 &instances; HDMI
1 &instances; D-Sub
1 &instances; GbE
SD card reader with UHS-II help
AudioBuilt-in audio system and microphone
1 &instances; TRRS three.5-mm jack for headset
Dimensions283.5 &instances; 203.eight &instances; 24.5 mm
Weight999 – 1124 grams
Battery Life Primarily based on JEITA 2.zeroAs much as 21 hours with L battery and SSD
As much as 14 hours with S battery and SSD
As much as 11 hours with S battery and HDD
OSHome windows 10 ProfessionalHome windows 10 Residence
Home windows 10 Professional
Home windows 10 Professional
EndPhysique: Silver or Black*
Prime Cowl: Silver, Black*, Blue*, Darkish Pink*
Notes*Obtainable solely instantly from Panasonic
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As talked about above, Panasonic’s Let’s Be aware CF-SV7 laptops will come in several configurations. A primary one that includes Intel’s Core i5-8350U, eight GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, a DVD drive and an “S” battery pack prices ¥253,584 w/taxes (~$2320) when purchased on-line. A premium one geared up with Intel’s Core i7-8650U, 16 GB of RAM, a 1 TB SSD, a Blu-ray drive, an LTE modem and an “S” battery is priced at ¥425,304 w/taxes (~$3880) when purchased instantly from Panasonic. The Let’s Be aware CF-SV7 PCs are undoubtedly priced effectively above common, however the techniques supply distinctive options that are likely to price quite a bit.

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Sources: Panasonic, PC Watch