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Toshiba 46SL417U HDTV Review

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The Toshiba 46SL417U HDTV is one of the latest LED models to hit the consumer market. It has a 46 inch screen and features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Recently, PC World released their review of the 46SL417U. The writers were happy to see that this display features Wi-Fi capabilities and LED technology. The LEDs help keep energy consumption to a minimum and helps slim the TV’s thickness down. The writers thought that the TV had decent image quality, but the audio quality could use improvements. They also would have liked to see that a TV like this should have 3D technology integrated. The final verdict the writers made was, “The Toshiba 46SL417U offers decent image quality, several top-tier Web features, and lots of user controls, but suffers from mediocre audio and some unfortunate design decisions–and it’s not supercheap.”

[via PC World]

HANNspree ST42DMSB HDTV Review

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

One of the latest HDTVs to come from HANNspree is the ST42DMSB. This TV measures 42 inches, diagonally and features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from PC World released their review of this particular TV. One of the best features about this display is the really low retail price. Unfortunately that means other aspects of the TV are not as good as they could be. It also means that some features had to be cut out, like internet capabilities. The biggest problem though was the image quality. Almost all of the reviewers complained about shimmering and motion judder problems. They also said that the color and contrast was very disappointing. The only redeeming quality is the audio system, which provided a nice medium between the treble and bass. But even with this quality, the writers concluded by stating, “You don’t get more than you pay for with the Hannspree SV42LMUB, an unexceptional television with no Internet access but very good sound.”

[via PC World]

Samsung Funds Study That Proves 3DTVs Cause Eye Problems

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Back when 3DTVs first came out, it was reported that Samsung’s TVs caused problems for viewers. Samsung wanted to see if this was true so the company funded a study that was conducted by the students at UC Berkley that accidentally proved that 3DTVs can cause eye strain and fatigue. The truth though is that the findings are not at all shocking. Unfortunately the findings are a just another blow to 3D technology. Hopefully Samsung can brush off this blunder and push forward.

[via Gizmodo]

Dell Releases U2412M HD Monitor

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Earlier this month, Dell unveiled a trio of new HD monitors. Today, the company released the first of the three to the consumer market, the U2412M. This screen measures 24 inches, diagonally and has an impressive WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution. Dell has also included a 1000:1 contrast ratio and an estimated 2000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio as well. The screen was designed for video and photo editing purposes and uses a new e-IPS display panel in order to create the high resolution. The U2412M is powered with LED backlighting, which helps reduce the screen’s thickness and reduce the power consumption of the device. Other major features include an 8 ms response time, wide viewing angle, DVI port, and 4 USB ports. The U2412M is available through the Dell website for just under $400.

[via Flatpanels HD]

Toshiba 46UL863B HDTV Review

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The latest HDTV to come from Toshiba is the 46UL863B. This 46 inch LED screen can display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 4000:1 contrast ratio. Today, Trusted Reviews released their review of the 46UL863B. They first look at the design and thought it nice compared to similarly priced TVs. They praised how easy it was to setup and calibrate the TV. The integrated wi-fi was a nice feature to see integrated in the 46UL863B. Unfortunately though, there were several problems with the TV like some backlight consistency problems and some noticeable motion blur. Also, the writers thought that the sound system was flimsy and could have been vastly improved upon. The final verdict was, “We started out feeling confused by the 46UL863B, and that feeling hasn’t reduced now we’re finished with it. Many of its key features promise much but ultimately feel only partially formed, and no amount of headline-grabbing ‘personalisation’ innovations can disguise the fact that Toshiba’s boffins would have been better employed figuring out how to make a better edge LED lighting system.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

LG Promises 55 Inch OLED HDTV Next Year

Monday, July 25th, 2011

It looks like LG is tired of the small screen OLED technology. For a while now, LG has been one of the leaders in developing OLED HDTVs. Today, the company announced that they promise to release the first OLED TV that measures 55 inches. The company also promised that they would release it before the end of 2012, which is only next year. OLED technology has been celebrated for its ability to create bright images without the use of backlighting This makes the screen paper thin and helps reduce energy consumption. The only drawback is that OLED screens are incredibly expensive to manufacture, which drives the price of the TVs much higher than similar sized displays in the market. Unfortunately there is no set release date or price at this time.

[via Flatpanels HD]

LG 42LV450U HDTV Review

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The latest HDTV to come from LG is the 42LV450U. This 42 inch screen uses LED technology to display full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 4000000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews got to release their review of the 42LV450U. One of the first things they discuss is the design and thought that it looks far better than other TVs. Another good quality is a low price tag, which makes it affordable to mid range customers. The writers thought the TV’s image quality was overall good, but they did notice some contrast issues. They would have also liked to see some online features since most of the HDTVs these days come with internet connectivity. The final verdict the writers made was, “Considered on its own, the 42LV450U is a pleasant enough budget TV option – provided, that is, you can live without a Freeview HD tuner, which actually we personally could not. What really makes the 42LV450U impossible to wholeheartedly recommend, though, is the fact that you can get LG’s step-up 42LV550T for only £60 more. Not a lot when you consider that this step up set – which we intend to review in the next week or so – adds a Freeview HD tuner, more advanced picture technology and LG’s full Smart TV service to the 42LV450U’s feature list.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Panasonic TX-L37DT30B HDTV Review

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

One of the new 3DTVs from Panasonic is the TX-L37DT30B. This display has a 37 inch screen, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and LED display technology. Recently, the writers from HDTV Test released their review of this particular device. The writers first complimented the TV’s design and acknowledged the thin display that was restricted only by the speakers. One of the high points was the user interface. The on-screen menu was redesigned for 2011 and provides better access for users and more adjustment features. Probably the biggest feature the writers liked was the 3D quality. The writers noted that the image quality was just as impressive in 2D and 3D modes, which isn’t common. The final conclusion was, “If you don’t care about 3D, there’s not much to compel us to recommend the 37DT30 as a 2D-only display, given that there are cheaper alternatives out there with superior black level quality. (The superior off-angle quality of the IPS LCD panel is still something to consider, though). However, if you’re looking for extra-dimensional fun, then the TX-L37DT30B is unique in being the first 3D TV we’ve seen that doesn’t produce obviously degraded picture quality when it’s operating in 3D display mode. On the back of this strength, the DT30 pulls itself into “Recommended” territory.”

[via HDTV Test]

Philips Unveils New HD Monitors

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Philips announced today two more HD monitors that will be releasing soon, the 248C3LHSB and the 228C3LHSB. These displays measure at 24 and 22 inches, respectively and both feature full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 20000000:1 smart contrast ratio. The monitors include dual HDMI ports in order to allow them to be connected to PCs, Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles as well. Both screens have a 2ms response time, which is excellent for gaming. They also support a sleek look that is due to LED edge lighting. Philips is expecting to release both displays within the next few weeks. Retail prices will be £199 ($324) and £169 ($275).

[via Flatpanels HD]

Philips Unveils 7606 HDTV Series

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Philips is proud to announce their latest HDTV series, the 7606. This series is intended to replace the current 7605 series. The 7606 features 4 new models measuring 32, 37, 42, and 47 inches, diagonally. There is also a larger 55 inch model that will be joining the series later this year. All of the TVs will use the passive 3D technology, which uses the polarized method that’s used in theaters. Not only does this provide theater quality images, but it also provides a cheaper option for those who cannot afford the more expensive active shutter displays. Other major features with the 7606 include LED, USB recording, and Smart TV capabilities. Retail prices have not been announced at this time.

[via Flatpanels HD]



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