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ScreenDeck Provides Shelving for TV Accessories

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Do you have a flag screen HDTV and no real place to put your accessories? Well now there is a possibly solution with the ScreenDeck from Able Bay Inc. This little device connects easily to the TVs VESA holes, which are also used for installing a wall mount. The device provides a mini shelf just above the TV, which can be used to hold a speaker, game console, game sensor, or even just your car keys when you get home. The ScreenDeck is available now through certified retailers for only $40.

[via Gizmodo]

Sceptre X322BV-HD HDTV Review

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

One of the latest TVs to come from Sceptre is the X322BV-HD. This 32” HDTV features WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from PC Magazine released their review of the TV. One of the first things that the writer comments about is the price tag. The writers note that this TV is relatively inexpensive, which makes it a deal for bargain hunters. However, with a low price tag comes a few problems. The writers note that the contrast is the worst aspect with the image quality. They said that the black levels looked purple at times and had major problems with tint. Another problem was that the TV didn’t really come with a lot of features. They stated that this TV is bare-bones and doesn’t come with anything special. However, their bottom line was, “At $400, the 32-inch Sceptre X322BV-HD LCD TV is a decent, inexpensive way to get HDTV into your home. Its disappointing video quality, middling build quality, and few features make it far from a recommended choice, though.”

[via PC Magazine]

Barco Unveils New HD Dispalys for ISE 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Barco was proud to announce today that they will be releasing soon three new displays that will be coming soon. Two of the displays are large screen HD monitors, the LDX-46 and the LDX-55. Both displays feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, LED backlight technology, and 46 and 55 inch screen sizes, respectively. The other product is one of the company’s new video walls, the NSL-5521. This display is a combination of four HD monitors in order to display a 55” screen and full HD resolution. The LDX models both feature the latest in LED edgelighting, which allows for a very thin display and provide reduced energy consumption. Barco is looking to display all three products at this year’s ISE show, next week.

[via Barco]

Google Announces Interesting Events for Their I/O Conference

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Google has asked their TV manufacturers to hold off on announcements about Google TV products for now. But today, the company announced their schedule for their Google 2011 I/O conference. There are two interesting events that are scheduled called “Building Android Apps for Google TV” and “Building Web Apps for Google TV.” This suggests that Google is working at revamping their Google TV platform to include apps, just like your Smartphone. There is also reason to believe that the new version will have a huge performance boost and able to be more streamlined and simpler to use. The conference is not until May, which gives plenty of time to learn more about these events.

[via Engadget]

Walmart Announces Super Bowl Savings

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Super Bowl is just around the corner and all the major electronics companies are announcing their savings so that consumers can have the best image possible for game time. Today, Walmart announced the beginning of their Game Time savings for HDTVs. The sale will begin this Sunday and run through February 5th. The TVs included in the sale range from 32 to 55 inches, diagonally, and include many top name manufacturers like Vizio, Philips, and Samsung. Depending on which model you purchase, the company says that you could save as much as $560. In addition to the TVs, Walmart is also including home theater systems, and announce healthy snack options are available as well.

[via PR Newswire]

HD Nation Talks about Remote Potato

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

This week on HD Nation, the hosts talk about the Remote Potato software which they call one of the best home theaters PC software there is available. This software helps link your computer, HDTV, and even your Smart phones together in order to deliver content to the user where ever they are. The software works with Windows 7 and takes content to your cable and allows the windows media player to record it and then send it directly to your TV, phone, or tablet. The hosts also answer a viewer’s question about his audio system.

[via Revision 3]

NEC P461 HD Monitor Review

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

One of the new HD monitors to come from NEC is the P461. This display measures 46 inches, diagonally and can display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews got to test this screen. One of the features that they wanted to test the most was the slot-in optional board. This board is supposed to allow the monitor to be converted into an all-in-one PC and even perform better than the new Smart TVs. The only problem with this feature is that it makes the screen a lot thicker than other screens. The writers were very impressed with the display’s setup menus and liked how all the adjustment features were some of the first things they saw. However, the writers did notice a few problems with the image quality, including problems with the motion judder. The verdict that they made was, “Reviewing the P461 has been an unexpectedly interesting experience, in that it’s actually taught us a couple of things. First, we now know that the Public Display screen market is not nearly as far away from satisfying the needs of the domestic market as it used to be. Second, it’s taught us – or perhaps I should fairer say, me – some (possibly unpopular!) things about my feelings regarding Smart TVs that I intend to cover in detail at some point in the next few days. Focusing on the screen itself for now, though, while the P461 has definitely performed better than we’d expected and certainly can’t be knocked for its unprecedented multimedia/PC possibilities, only the most PC-centric of people could deny that there are aspects of its overall performance, its design and its price that don’t ultimately feel at home in the living room. This is hardly NEC’s fault, of course; in response to MrHorizontal’s astute suggestion, we’ve really been testing the P461 in a role it wasn’t designed to fulfil. As a public display screen, we’d actually consider the P461 to be rather good, certainly for its money. Plus, of course, we’re already bracing ourselves for that ‘PC-centric’ community mentioned above and probably reading this site to start defending the P461 in their droves…”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Eizo Nano Technologies Unveils SX2762W HD Monitor

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Eizo Nano Technologies is proud to announce today a new HD monitor that will be releasing soon, the SX2762W. This screen only measures 27 inches, diagonally, but it is capable of displaying an impressive 2560 x 1440 resolution. The superior resolution allows for fine detail to be crystal clear. This makes the model ideal for medical applications and any job that is graphics or video based. The screen also features an 850:1 contrast ratio, 178 degree viewing angle, and only a 6ms response time. The company did not release pricing information, but they did say that the SX2762W will release in February.

[via Flatpanels HD]

Best Buy Announces Super Bowl Savings

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

It is that time of year again when thousands crowd around the TV to watch the most watched event of the year, the Super Bowl. This is also one of the few times of the year when electronics retailers give huge sales. Today, Best Buy announced a week long sale that will give football enthusiasts time to get ready for the game. The sales will include three new 3DTVs from Sony as well two HDTVs from Insignia. The Sony models range from 55 to 60 inches, while the Insignia models are a 42 and a 55 inch TV. Unfortunately the specific model names were not mentioned. The sale will continue until February 2nd. “Our customers tell us that this is an ideal time of year to upgrade or invest in new big screen televisions, so we wanted to give them a great excuse to come into Best Buy by offering deals on some of the best and largest TV’s we carry,” said Mike Mohan, senior vice president of Home Theater at Best Buy. “With our unmatched selection of big screen TV’s and Blu-ray players, knowledgeable Blue Shirts and quality support from our Geek Squad Agents, we’re aiming to make it as easy as possible for people to find the home theater setup that fits their needs.”

[via Businesswire]

Samsung Announces Two New HD Monitor Series

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Samsung made a huge impact at CES with several innovatively designed screens. Today, the company announced two new series of HD monitors that will be released later this year, the 750 and 950 series. Between them there are 8 new screens ranging from 23 inches to 27 inches. They all feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 3D capabilities. The feature that separates them is that the 950 series can double as a smart TV and be able to access internet content on its own, with out a computer connection. Both series are expected to release sometime in March, but retail prices have not been released yet.

[via CNET]

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