letsnote b11 2 Panasonic announces its first Ivy Bridge notebook in Japan

Best known for its Toughbook range of notebooks in most of the world, Panasonic produces a range of more consumer friendly notebooks in its home country of Japan and the company has announced its first Ivy Bridge based model, the Let's note B11. We're used to seeing fairly compact models from Panasonic, so this high-end 15.6-inch laptop isn't the typical product we'd expect, but it does pack a lot of high-end features at least.

Best known for its Toughbook range of notebooks in most of the world, Panasonic produces a range of more consumer friendly notebooks in its home country of Japan and the company has announced its first Ivy Bridge based model, the Let's note B11. We're used to seeing fairly compact models from Panasonic, so this high-end 15.6-inch laptop isn't the typical product we'd expect, but it does pack a lot of high-end features at least.

The Let's note B11 sports a Core i7-3615QM quad core CPU which is a 2.3GHz part with 6MB L3 cache and a 45W TDP, that will turbo boost up to 3.3GHz on a single core. Panasonic has paired the CPU up with the HM76 chipset, 4GB of DDR3L 1333MHz memory and a 640GB hard drive. Other features include a DVD writer, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card reader, an HDMI port, a D-sub connector and a pair of audio jacks, but oddly enough no Bluetooth support and no webcam.

letsnote b11 1 Panasonic announces its first Ivy Bridge notebook in Japan

Optional features include a larger 750GB hard drive or a 256GB SDD, 8GB of memory, Bluetooth 4.0 and a Blu-ray drive. The 15.6-inch screen offers 1920×1080 resolution, something in itself which is a bit of a selling point on this 1.895kg heavy notebook. Actually, that's quite light for a 15.6-inch notebook and competes easily with most 14-inch notebooks, although this is with the standard battery pack which is only rated for 3h usage, whereas the optional large battery packs adds another 310g and an additional 3h of battery life for a total of 6h of untethered usage.

letsnote b11 2 Panasonic announces its first Ivy Bridge notebook in Japan

The only problem is that Panasonic is expecting you to part with an insane 175,00 Yen (US$2,190/S$2,739) for the base model, with the fully loaded model coming in at a mind boggling 284,250 Yen (US$3,560/S$4,460), which is most likely a lot more than most people would be willing to pay for a notebook these days and then there's that retro design and round touch pad…

Source: Impress PC Watch