Monday, December 27, 2010

3D Blu-ray Players from Pioneer...Finally!

3D technology is definitely beginning to take over many different markets including projectors, TVs, gaming systems, Blu-ray players, and more. Everyone seems to be fascinated by the technology. Well, finally, Pioneer is releasing their very first line of 3D capable Blu-ray players, and it really is about time.

The line of Blu-ray players was first introduced at the 2010 CEDIA Expo. They seem to be designed for more high-end users. Pioneer’s website claims that the line was produced “for those who want to recreate a state-of-the-art theatrical experience in the comfort of their own homes.” The Pioneer BDP-430, Pioneer Elite BDP-41FD, and Pioneer Elite BDP-43FD all support HDMI 1.4a, 1080p/24 video playback and plenty of Internet streaming services that are available through a wired Ethernet connection or over Wi-Fi with a separately sold, optional adaptor. The company said that the Blu-ray players were “built with a focus on high quality audio and video reproduction.” They will also seamlessly stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and other online services. The company continued saying that additionally their “36-Bit Deep Color support with compatible content and displays features smooth gradation steps with more accurate color precision and adds to overall high quality color reproduction.”

The company is very proud of the fact that all three of their models feature Pioneer’s Precision Quartz Lock System. Pioneer claims that this system eliminates any jitteriness or inconsistencies that could possibly occur when converting a 24 frames per second film to 60 frames per second for the home. Pioneer’s website says, “For convenient integration of personal devices with a home theater system” the company added a feature that allows all of the Blu-ray players to be controlled by an iPhone or iPod Touch via their free Control AV app. The app is available free of charge at the App Store on either the iPhone or iPod Touch or online at

The two Pioneer Elite models also offer RS-232C connections that allow users to incorporate the players with their own custom-installed home theater system. Users will then be able to control the player through a Control4 or some other home theater control system. The BDP-43FD, the most expensive of the models, features what Pioneer is calling “armored chassis build quality.” What they mean by this is that the player is heavier and sturdier than the other players.

The 3D players also support the very latest high-quality audio formats that include DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. Certain technology that is exclusive to Pioneer is also supposed to enhance the audio experience, which Pioneer says is “a critical component to complete a fully immersive 3D experience.”

Another great feature that has just been added is the continue mode. This mode allows users to easily resume where they left off when they were previously watching or listening to content. Users can resume playback but only if they do not remove the disc. At first I thought this was a convenient application, but when I found out that you couldn’t take out the disc if you wanted it to work, I was very disappointed. My extremely basic Sony DVD player will pick back up where I left off on a movie when I pop it back into the DVD player even after I have removed it from the player and played other content.

Right now all of the players are available to be shipped out. The Pioneer BDP-430 is available for a suggested retail price of $299, the Pioneer Elite BDP-41FD is available for a suggested retail prices of $399, and the Pioneer Elite BDP-43FD is available for a suggested retail price of $499.

That may seem a little pricey to you, but Pioneer EVP Russ Johnston admittedly said at a Cedia event, “While we are certainly not the least expensive, we are always pursuing our goal to be the best.”

I definitely think that Pioneer is offering some great features on this new line of 3D Blu-ray players, but they do seem a little pricey. The fact that my Sony DVD player has a better continue mode is just slightly disappointing, but maybe to some people features like that don’t matter. There are definitely some appealing features with these Blu-ray players, so I guess it just depends on what you’re looking for in a player and whether or not these Pioneer players offer it.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Google TV Device Update

On Wednesday, December 15 Google said that they have begun updating their Google TV devices so that their Netflix applications are greatly improved and that they have added voice search via a new Android app.

Google said that the updates would begin this week on Google TV devices including the Logitech Revue, the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray player, and the Google-equipped Bravia HDTV line. The update will not only add several new features, but also it will fix a few bugs.

"It's been two months since the first Google TV device went on sale," a Google TV product manager Larry Yang wrote in a blog post. "Since then, we have been hard at work thinking about how we can make the platform even better for our users. In fact, one of the greatest things about Google TV is that it comes with free, automatic 'over-the-air' software updates that give you the newest features and content as we release them. It's as if Google TV goes up in value over time."
Netflix subscribers should be very excited about the update because before the update, subscribers had to utilize a separate device to be able to add movies to their “Watch Instantly” queue. Now they will be able to go to any movie or show that Netflix offers and watch it instantly or even put it in their queue for later. Netflix will also now recommend films for users to add to their queue of DVDs that they receive via mail.

Google has also added a new movie search feature to their Google TV devices which allows users to have much more useful and relevant movie search results than before. Before the update, if you had searched for “The Lord of the Rings,” you would have been peppered with an array of results. Now with the update, Google has said that the results will be more content focused and will list the different places that users can watch the movies, including Netflix and Amazon’s movie-on-demand service. “You can also read a quick summary, see photos, and find the cast list,” said the official Google blog. “Click on the name of a cast member, and we’ll take you to a new search landing page where you can find other movies featuring that actor.”

Google is also doing a much better job now with some of the functions of their TV services. Users now have a dual-view feature that is fantastic. This gives them the ability to quickly and easily move and resize the integrated windows on their TV while using the Chrome browser. Now you can effortlessly see anything that you wish to view on the screen.

Another great addition that goes along with the newest update is Google’s creation of their own Web application, Google TV Remote. Google says that the application is now available at the Android Market. For those who have a Logitech Revue, this isn’t new important information, but for those who are utilizing the Sony version of Google TV, they will now have the same functionality as the Harmony Remote app. They will be given the ability to control their TV through voice commands, channel surf, or push content from their phone to the screen. “You can now interact with your TV in ways you never have before,” said the Google blog.

Users are still waiting for better playback of media from an external source, but it looks like they will continue to wait because Google didn’t address this issue when they formulated the newest update.

These updates are awesome. They will definitely make the Google TV devices much more convenient and useful. According to the Google blog, the company is “excited to bring you more Google TV updates in the future.” offers a full range of iPad Rentals. Get yours today by visiting or by calling 800-736-8772.

Poor Reviews Delay Google TV

Google TVCES 2011, the huge upcoming electronics trade show, was supposed to be the huge unveiling of Google's new software for televisions, which would add a bunch of computer elements to the TV including Web video from sources like YouTube. While Google has an exclusive deal with Sony, other TV makers, like Sharp, Toshiba and LG, were supposed to come out with their own versions as well.

However, Google has requested that these other companies delay their premiers in order for Google to refine their software, software that has received mediocre reception so far. This request from Google was shocking to many of the other developers and it illustrates some of the struggles Google faces as it works on expanding into the field of consumer electronics.

What many people may not realize is that Google has a bit of a history when it comes to putting out new products and revising them at the last minute. On the other hand, companies in the consumer electronics market place big bets in order to attract holiday buyers and back-to-school shoppers.

Computer makers waited for Google's Chrome OS software this year in order to ship new types of Web-based laptops. However, Google once again had to delay, causing manufacturers to miss out on this holiday season.

A big win for Google does, however, come in the form of the company's Android software. But the same story follows here as phone makers and computer manufacturers have been forced, once again, to push back plans on tablet designs that are based on a refined version of the Android software which put Apple's iPad on top for this holiday season.

Now, it seems like similar problems are hitting the Google TV. While pushing to improve the less than stellar software, Google appears to be facing the technical challenges that have kept the idea of Web TV becoming mainstream head on. Industry analysts say that Google's abrupt change of plans shows a weakness in Google's business culture around managing their relationships with partners.

According to James L. McQuivey, analyst for Forrester, Google as a company is not a particularly partner-friendly or partner-focused company. Because of the delay it may might take another year before Google TV has a chance to catch fire."

Executives at the television makers stated that they were not reacting to abrupt changes from Google. On the other hand, according to people familiar with what was going on, these manufacturers were definitely caught with their pants down. Google spokeswoman Gina Weakley declined to discuss "rumors and speculation" about unannounced products.

According to Ms. Weakley, "Our long-term goal is to collaborate with a broad community of consumer electronics manufacturers to help drive the next-generation TV-watching experience, and we look forward to working with other partners to bring more devices to market in the coming years."

The first Google TVs were shipped back in October, according to the deal with Sony, which saw 24" models starting at $600 and up to $1,400 for a 46". Sony, as well as Logitech, sell complimentary appliances which allow people to tap into Google TV software without replacing their TVs.

The only manufacturer that appears to be an entrant to the Google TV market at CES 2011 is Samsung who will present two appliances which are similar to those from Logitech and Sony. Vizio also plans on demonstrating its version of Google TV, however, they will do it with private demonstrations on the show floor.

It is surprising how much the Google TV products are like computers. They run on Intel's Atom chips and can process software typically found on PCs. The biggest thing Internet TV promises is the ability to watch any show or movie at any time streamed over the web. However, this is a far, far away reality for Google TV.

People can now pay to watch all of their favorite shows and movies whenever they want to using Netflix or Amazon on Google TV and can watch regular TV shows as well. Major networks, however, are not providing programming on Google TV. NBC, CBS, ABC and Hulu have all blocked people from accessing full episodes of shows via their websites on Google TV.

There are some other things that people may find useless about Google TV as well, like watching YouTube videos and showing off pictures of your family trip to the Zoo on a bigger screen. Monitoring while simultaneously watching the game and updating your Facebook may also be a bit much for your average user.

The one thing Google is most famous for is their search engine, a feature which the company promises to incorporate into Google TV. In contrast with the traditional cable and DVR menus that you are used to using, Google TV allows you to search for the name of a show and see exactly when it is being broadcasted and where it is available online. In addition, you can view links to websites about the show and the actors in it.

According to consumer technology reviewers and early customers, Google TV is not ready for prime time. 38% of shoppers on Amazon only gave the Logitech Revue box 3 stars or less. 19% gave it the lowest possible rating of a one star. Many complaints consisted of it being slow and that it did not offer any more programming or features than some of the other less expensive set-top boxes.

The software in Google TV is fairly complex and requires a remote control that includes a mouse and keyboard. However there are also smaller problems like when the windows to watch TV and browse the internet simultaneously cover up crucial commands. These limitations aside, the major TV manufacturers were prepared to join the party with Google TV. Specifically, they hoped to cover up any sizable lead by Sony.

According to Vice President of Toshiba's Digital Products Division Jeff Barney, "We will not be announcing a Toshiba TV or Blu-ray player or demonstrating the products at CES. We have an understanding with Google about the future product roadmap and will bring the right product out at the right time."

A blog posted by Google last week announced software updates to its TV platform allowing it to include better tools for watching movies and TV shows via Netflix as well as a remote control app built for smartphones running Android software. However, the main updates are still yet to come.

According to McQuivey, "Google needs to learn some of those abilities [partnership skills] - both in terms of partnerships with broadcasters and working with hardware partners. You can give me the recipe for the absolute best chocolate chip cookies in the world, but until I put the ingredients together and bake them at exactly the right temperature for the right time, they're not cookies, and that is where Google TV is."

Big things could come from Google TV if they can get everything down pat. Once they get everything working like it is supposed to then this could be one of the biggest advancements in consumer electronics to date. We can only hope people have not lost interest when that time comes around.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Alienware's OptX AW2210 LCD Monitor

Alienware OptX AW2210Alienware has always been a strong competitor in the PC gaming market. They have a reputation for providing some of the most powerful gaming laptops and desktops on the market to date, but one branch of the gaming market they never really got into was gaming monitors, until now. The first monitor Alienware brings to the market is a 21.5-inch widescreen 1080p OptX AW2210. This monitor has a lot of features that are sure to please any gamer including solid image quality, accessible and comprehensive built-in menus and an exterior design that sets it apart from your traditional monitor.

The one downside to this device is the price: $300. That is a lot of money to pay for a 21.5-inch monitor, especially if you take into consideration that Dell offers LCD monitors that rival this one in quality and cost a lot less. The Dell SX2210 has an identical panel to the AW2210 as well as controls for a webcam, face recognition software and a retail price of $220.

When you break it down, it appears that the $80 more for Alienware's AW2210 went into the monitor's aesthetics. This monitor is black and bold and looks good all around. It features a slim profile as well as a large plastic base that sort of resembles a Batarang. The LCD also looks a lot heavier than it actually weighs which could either be viewed as a pro or a con. The light weight makes it easier to carry around but it also makes the stability of the monitor questionable.

The monitor is specifically designed to keep ports out of view, which is great if you are looking at it but a royal pain in the derrière when you are trying to connect cables. It does, however, come with a great deal of ports. The back of this monitor is home to four USB 2.0 ports, two HDMI ports, a DVI-D port and line-in and line-out audio jacks which are all aligned vertically. The only problem is that they are hard to access. The good news is that the tilt, swivel and height of the display are fairly easy to adjust.

The aesthetic appeal of this monitor encompasses everything, including the impressive built-in menu controls. Some people are not a fan of touch sensitive controls and find it difficult to find the right spot to touch. However, the controls on this monitor work well and are really cool looking. The main menu button is even smart enough to detect your hand's proximity and light up before you touch it.

Five preset configurations await you in the menus: Standard, Multimedia, Game, Warm and Cool. These allow you to adjust various display settings. There is an extra added spot for user-defined custom presets as well and even manual options if the presets just are not tickling your fancy.

There have yet to be any reported lag features while playing games whether on PC or a console as well as no ghosting or any other common problems associated with monitor-overdrive functions.

One thing that this monitor does have over the Dell mentioned above is a Premium Panel Guarantee. This guarantee is more stringent than your average 3-year warranty and if you find even a single stuck or bright pixel, you can return the monitor for a brand new one. Your default warranty lasts for 3 years but you do have the option of purchasing a 4-year warranty for $40 extra or even a 5-year warranty for $60.

While $300 for a 21.5-inch monitor may seem steep to many people, Alienware's OptX AW2210 display has plenty of features to justify it. Plus, the extra warranty coverage ensures that you can enjoy your investment to the max.
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Sony's New 22-inch LCD TV with Integrated PlayStation 2

Sony is one of the top producers of technology in the world. This megacompany has produced some of the most amazing laptops, computers and televisions, but what is probably one of the company's biggest achievements is their gaming consoles. The PlayStation 3 is the company's newest console in the gaming world, and while the console is definitely a great piece of machinery, many people still consider the PlayStation 2 to be one of the best consoles ever created.

While video games are a huge craze in today's market, another huge craze is HDTVs. Well, now Sony is bringing you the best of both worlds in one single device. There have been all kinds of different technologies integrated into televisions like iPod docks, DVD players and even Blu-ray players. But now Sony has done something incredible, they have put a PlayStation 2 into a TV. And not just any TV, an HDTV.

The Sony Bravia KDL-22PX300 is a 22-inch LCD TV that has a built-in Sony PlayStation 2. This PS2 allows people to play not only PlayStation 2 games but also regular DVDs. Due to the fact that PS2 games were not originally created in the HD format, they still play in standard definition. However, the TV does present in 720p, and it has four HDMI ports, built-in Freeview tuner and even an Ethernet port for internet use. In addition to all that, the TV has three USB ports, Scart, VGA and Component video connectors.

One of the problems with the PlayStation 3 is that it hasn't really been backwards compatible with old PS2 titles since some of the very first models from Sony. That is why this TV seems like such a good value, especially with the fact that it has all those connections and support for 720p. There aren't really a lot of televisions integrated with gaming consoles. Actually, aside from Fuji's Divers 2000 Series CX-1 integrated with the Sega Dreamcast, there isn't any other device like this.

This is definitely one of the coolest devices that has come out recently and definitely one of the most unique. With many people considering the Sony PlayStation 2 to be one of the best consoles ever, it looks like Sony has made the perfect device. The Sony KDL-22PX300 is available now for around $300 and comes with a single controller.
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Friday, December 3, 2010

1 Million Apps Have Been Downloaded on Samsung HDTVs

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Not that long ago, Samsung began offering apps on their HDTVs. This month the company hit a very important milestone concerning their TV’s apps marketplace. According to Samsung, since its launch in March, 1 million applications have been downloaded from the company’s Samsung Apps.

Samsung says that “the most frequently downloaded applications at the apps store include Hulu Plus, ESPN Next Level, CinemaNow, and Texas Holdem. The company also added that Samsung Apps now has more than 200 applications including MLB. TV, Vudu, Netflix, and many more.

As of right now, Samsung offers access to its Samsung Apps marketplace on more than half of their 2010 line of HDTVs. By the end of the year, the company says that they expect that TV vendors will have sold a total of 6.5 million HDTV units that feature applications. It is being predicted that by 2012 that the market will expand to 20 million unit sales.

"Consumers want and expect choice and control. Not just on the go, not just in front of computer, but in the living room," says Eric Anderson, Samsung vice president of content development.

Now Samsung is not the only company to provide apps for their HDTVs. Most major TV manufacturers have certain HDTVs that offer apps on their sets. Vizio is one of those companies that is currently battling with Samsung for domination of the HDTV market.

The research firm iSuppli has been tracking the overall shipments of LCD TVs and found that during the third quarter Vizio shipped out the most LCD TVs of any company. They consumed 19.9 percent of the total LCD market shares. Samsung came in second behind Vizio with 17.7 percent of market share. When it came down to overall television shipments in the United States, Samsung was greatly assisted by their sales of plasma TVs. The company was the top manufacturer when it came to overall TV shipments with 19.3 percent market share, while Vizio came in second with 17 percent of the overall market share.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

An Affordable 3D HDTV?

affordable 3d tv
A lot of the newest technology seems to be moving in the direction of 3D, but the issue for the average consumer is that 3D technology tends to be extremely pricey. 3D HDTVs are incredibly fascinating but can burn a huge hole in your pocket. Well, if you considering moving into the 3D world with your next HDTV purchase, you should definitely look into the WD-60738 from Mitsubishi.

The 60-inch WD-60738 HDTV utilizes rear projection DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology. When it comes to DLP technology, it usually means that the set is bulky. Unfortunately, that is true with the WD-60738, but it does feature amazing 3D capabilities that make up for its bulkiness. This 3D HDTV from Mitsubishi is certainly not flawless, but it’s affordable and still has many features to offer.

As I mentioned above, the WD-60738 is definitely not slim. If you’re looking for a paper thin TV to mount up on your wall, this is not the TV for you. The set measures in at 15.1 inches deep, 36.7 inches high, and 53.9 inches wide. Despite the set's size, it only weighs 60.7 pounds, which really isn’t too bad. The 60-inch plasma screen features an anti-glare matte coating that is very convenient if the TV will be in a room that will have natural light in it at times. The set also features 10-watt speakers that are very loud with good bass, although they sound like nothing compared to the 16-watt speakers that were featured in Mitsubishi’s 2009 Uniden LT-46249.

The TV remote for the WD-60738 is pretty basic. It measures in at 8.25 inches and has 43 buttons. The only button that is illuminated is the power button, but the other buttons are fairly large and easy to recognize. Unfortunately, with this TV set there is no 3D mode to switch into on the remote; therefore, there is a separate remote that you must use when in 3D mode.

The next thing to consider about the Mitsubishi HDTV is its connectivity. The WD-60738 has all of its connection ports in the back of the set, which can be very frustrating if you are swapping input devices often. It features pretty basic connection ports including: three HDMI ports, a USB port, a 3D-emitter port, two sets of component A/V ports, digital and stereo analog audio outputs, an Ethernet port, and a TV antenna/cable coaxial port.

When considering this HDTV, it is important to know that the 3D transmitter is not built into the set. You will have to purchase an extra 3D adapter box that plugs into the 3D emitter port. Mitsubishi offers a 3D Starter Pack for $370 that includes: the 3D adapter, the 3D emitter, two sets of 3D glasses, a small 4.25-inch remote, and a 3D Blu-ray sampler disc.

The last thing to consider is the performance of the 3D HDTV. The WD-60738 offers lots of image controls, both basic and advanced. There are four preset backlighting options (Brilliant, Game, Bright, and Natural) and plenty of picture options that you can adjust (Contrast, Brightness, Color, Tint, and Sharpness). Although the HDTV functions well as a regular TV, it really shines when you turn on 3D mode. The 3D images have amazing depth. Mitsubishi worked extremely hard to cut down on the double imaging effect, and they were most certainly successful.

Mitsubishi’s WD-60738 3D HDTV is available now for $1,399. Really, if you’re looking for a 3D TV right now but don’t want to pay a ridiculous amount of money for one, this is a TV that you should definitely consider. It offers some great features for a fantastic price. This is truly the first “affordable” 3D TV.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

VideoWave HDTV: The Newest Technology from Bose

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Bose is a company that has been providing high-end audio equipment and accessories since 1964. They provide anything from home theater sound systems to headphones for customers that are willing to pay dearly for their excellent quality. Well, Bose has finally expanded into the television and home theater field. On Thursday, October 14th Bose released their latest technology which they have been developing for the past ten years, the new VideoWave Entertainment System.

The entertainment system consists of four different pieces – a 46-inch LCD TV, a separate console connected by a Bose cable, an iPod dock, and an amazing remote control. All of these pieces are new and completely unique to Bose. When combined together, I believe that these pieces create one of the most incredible home theater experiences that I have ever witnessed. So what makes this system worth the $5,349 price tag? Well, here are just a few of the reasons.

The TV
The 46-inch screen offers a 1080p image, which isn’t the greatest I’ve ever seen on a TV before, but it definitely isn’t bad. When I saw the screen in Bose, I thought that the picture was crisp, clean, and vibrant. It was definitely something that I was impressed by. The picture is not the main attraction with this TV though. The sound on the VideoWave is what absolutely blew me away. When you purchase the LCD TV from Bose, you will not need to install one single extra speaker. The set provides incredible surround sound from within the TV itself.

Inside the TV there are 16 speakers, six subwoofers, and some breathtaking new technology that sends flawless sound from the TV into every single corner of the room. Therefore, the sound is coming from the TV set but can be heard everywhere around you. Bose calls this technology PhaseGuide, and it is absolutely amazing.

The Remote
bose videowave remoteThe remote for the LCD TV is different than any other remote that I have ever seen. It is extremely simple, as it only has buttons for power, input, channel, volume, mute, and back. They decided that they only wanted to put the buttons that you would universally need. In the center of the remote there is a directional pad that is surrounded by a touch pad. The touch pad allows you to access all of the other buttons not featured on the actual remote. When you touch the touch pad, the picture on the screen will shrink and become surrounded by a rectangular menu that shows all of the other controls you may want to use.

The remote can take a little getting used to, but once you discover where the other buttons are located on the screen, it becomes quite simple to utilize. The remote really seems ingenius. It makes so much sense to simplify the remote and eliminate the unnecessary buttons from the physical remote.

The Console and Dock
The console is the connection hub for all of your extra devices like your Blu-ray player, DVD player, gaming consoles, etc. You can connect up to five devices to VideoWave at one time. There is also an iPod dock that is included. It’s a pretty standard iPod dock, but it does display your iPod’s menu on the TV screen which is incredibly convenient. You can control everything via the remote, which is also great. Another great feature included on the VideoWave is called Video Mute. This feature allows you to turn off the screen and video, leaving only the audio playing. This makes the VideoWave a great audio player as well as a fantastic TV.

The VideoWave is an absolutely fantastic home theater system. Unfortunately, since the system is $5,349, this set is not for everyone. You definitely have to pay for the excellent quality that Bose is providing. If you’re ready to make the leap with this new technology from Bose, then you most definitely won’t be disappointed. For the price Bose will also install the system in your home. If you’re interested in the VideoWave Entertainment System from Bose, then you will have to find a Bose store in your area to see the home theater system in action. Bose is only selling these new LCD TVs in their stores. For more information talk to your local Bose representatives.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Two Is Better Than One

It is becoming a common sight today to see computers being run with more than one monitor. For casual computer users this may seem distracting and unnecessary. In reality having multiple screens can have many perks that most people might not even realize until they hook up the second screen. Dual monitors are great for everything from pictures, to web surfing, and especially gaming.

Digital pictures have almost completely replaced film, and with dual screens amateur digital photographers can organize their hobby more quickly and easily. One screen can be used to browse thumbnails while the other is being used to edit the photo and bring it into focus. While editing multiple photos, it is much easier to have two screens and be able to scroll through the pictures while not blocking the view of the picture currently being edited.

For people who need to keep email or social networking sites open while working, dual monitors are ideal. While internet tabs can keep multiple windows open, they do not let the user know when an email or message is received, and with dual monitors both windows can be kept in plain sight at all times.

Dual monitors are most useful for computer gamers. The two screens can be set to act as one large screen, doubling the picture for the gamer. With this extra screen space it is possible to keep an eye on everything going on in the game world without unnecessary scrolling. If the second monitor isn't being used for a larger view, it can be used to keep open a weapon or tool screen so the player can avoid wasting time clicking to open such screens.

Almost any computer can double up on monitors. Plasma or LCD flat screen monitors take up very little room and can offer major screen real estate. For the price conscious, CRT monitors can still be used for dual monitors. Even laptops can have a second desktop screen attached. The possibilities for a second monitor are endless and something to consider for serious computer users.
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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Energy Efficient Monitors

While probably not the first thing that consumers look for in a monitor or television, energy consumption can be a game changer for more green-minded customers. Energy efficiency also can save on electric bills, and who doesn't like saving money? Here are the newest monitors that are highest up on the energy efficiency list while looking brilliant at the same time.

Dell LED G2210

The Dell G2210 is a backlit LED monitor that comes at a low price with a few special energy saving settings. The G2210 isn't anything spectacular, since it lacks full HD and an HDMI port, but makes up for it in offering a few features that are specifically designed for saving energy. The computer display uses 20.56 watts when fully lit and costs less than $7.00 a year to run. It also features Dell's popular OSD features. The G2210 has three settings, Standard, Energy Smart, and Energy Smart Plus. Standard lets the user set the brightness, Energy Smart caps screen brightness at 66% and uses ambient lighting to adjust brightness to the room, and Energy Smart Plus is the same as Energy Smart with the added feature of dynamic dimming, which lowers the brightness on overly bright images. Below are the specs.

Resolution: 1,680x1,050 pixels
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Connectivity: VGA, DVI-D
HDCP compliant? Yes
Backlight: LED
Dimensions (W x D x H): 20.15" x 6.18" x 16.03"
Weight: 7.54 lbs


Samsung SyncMaster 305T LCD Monitor

As big as it gets for energy efficient monitors, the SyncMaster has 30 inches of vivid screen. Unlike the previous monitor, the Samsung SyncMaster also has impressive viewing angles. The monitor can extend in height three inches, rotate back 30 degrees, and back and forth 60 degrees. For its impressive size and brilliant display this SyncMaster does have a few downfalls in that it only has one calibration feature for brightness and one DVI port. The SyncMaster uses 128.22 watts, which is a little more than the aforementioned monitor but is also the best that someone can expect from a 30-inch monitor. Below are the specs.

Screen Size: 30 inches
Resolution: 2,650x1,600
Pixel-response rate: 6ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Connectivity: DVI, USB
HDCP compliant? Yes
Backlight: LED
Dimensions (W x D x H): 27.1" x 19.8"x 11"
Weight: 26.46 lbs.


Lenovo ThinkVison 1940p

The Lenovo ThinkVision is the most energy efficient monitor on this list but also the smallest at 19 inches. It is an LCD monitor that has wonderful ergonomic features with the ability to pivot 90 degrees vertically, 50 degrees left and right and can raise 4.5 inches. One downside to the ThinkVision is its low resolution at 1,440 x 900 running at 75Hz, but it makes up for it in energy efficiency. When fully lit, the monitor uses 17.96 watts and costs around $5.64 to run for a year. Even better, when in energy saving mode the ThinkVision uses only 10 watts. Below are the specs.

Resolution: 1,440x900
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Connectivity: VGA
DVI HDCP compliant? Yes
Backlight: LED
Weight: 12.8 pounds

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Samsung's 3D HDTV: The PN58C8000

samsung's 3d hdtvSamsung’s PN58C8000 is one of the top three 3-D ready HDTV models available in their 8000 series. This 58-inch ultra-thin HDTV is a work of art and performs wonderfully as well. The price tag might be a little higher than the other TVs available in the same size category, but the PN58C8000’s performance is worth the extra cash.

The 8000 series features Samsung’s Touch of Color Design, but instead of the red-accented finish found on Samsung’s LN55C650, the PN58C8000’s plastic bezel is a metallic-looking brushed titanium. The PN58C8000 is incredibly thin. It is nearly as slim as the ultra-thin LG Infinia 47LX9500. This sleek set from Samsung features a remote control sensor and 3D transmitter embedded in the bezel with five touch-sensitive buttons for power, channel, volume, input select, and menu. The HDTV also has two 10-watt speakers under the bottom bezel that emit pretty good sound.

The PN58C8000 has plenty of frequently used connection spots including: two USB ports, four HDMI ports, two audio outputs, a PC audio input, component and composite A/V ports, a wired network port, a coaxial TV cable/ antenna jack, and a PC (VGA) port.

The remote to this HDTV set is classy. It features a brushed metal face with chrome trim and has 47 touch-sensitive keys that are well illuminated and very responsive, including an important key that you will most likely use often that allows you to toggle between 2D and 3D.

Samsung features one of the best catalogs of TV Internet applications to date. Their streaming video sites include: Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, Explore 3D, and DailyMotion. Other useful Internet apps available include: Twitter, Facebook, Picasa Web Albums, Pandora Radio, Napster, Accuweather, Google Maps, USA Today, and more.

The 8000 series utilizes Samsung’s Real Black Filter technology that allows the screen to produce very deep blacks and enhanced shadow detail. Basically, it helps to reduce the glare of natural or ambient light. This is a truly fantastic development.

The PN58C8000 does a great job displaying 3D images. It really comes through with producing a realistic 3D effect, and if you’re favorite movies aren’t available in 3D, the PN58C8000 features the ability to convert 2D content into a watered-down 3D version. One of the few downsides with this TV involves the 3D glasses. They simply are not attractive, not comfortable, and not included in the price of the set. They are $149.99 per pair. Samsung does offer a much more attractive pair for $199.99, but who knows if they are any more comfortable than the cheaper pair?

The Samsung PN58C8000 is listed for $3,000. Yes, this is a little bit more than the other 3D TVs available now, but the PN58C8000 really is a wonderful set. The HDTV is sleek, chic, and stylish. It features a touch-sensitive remote and 2D to 3D converting capabilities. This HDTV is a little pricey, but it is definitely worth it. So are you ready to make the leap to 3D?

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Panasonic Adds New Features Their 2010 Viera TVs

panasonic viera tvsPanasonic has added Netflix streaming and a Blu-ray player to their 2010 lineup of HDTVs. This Netflix feature will be free for existing Netflix customers. These new TVs will also come with Viera Cast Internet service, which will allow you to surf the internet right from your TV. Panasonic has even added USB connectivity to their Viera-enabled TVs, so that users have the ability to hook up a keyboard or a wireless LAN adaptor for easy navigation.

Merwan Merbey, vice president of Panasonic North America stated, “The addition of Netflix to our 2010 Viera Cast offerings now gives consumers access to the leading online movie subscription service right from their 2010 Viera Cast-enabled Viera HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players. The features now available on Viera Cast provide consumers with access to a wide range of the leading entertainment and interactive sites, which allow them to enjoy high-definition movies and connect directly with family and friends right from their HDTV in the comfort of their own living room."

Viera Cast was introduced by Panasonic at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2008. They had hopes of offering YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, and Bloomberg News. In 2009 at the CES they added Amazon Video on Demand to their content. Now in 2010 Panasonic has added access to Twitter, Skype, Fox Sports, Pandora, and Netflix.

There are five different Viera HDTV series from Panasonic that will have the Netflix capabilities, including: VT25, VT20, GT25, G25, and G20. From those series there will be 13 different sets available to choose from. Netflix capabilities will also be available on seven of Panasonic’s Blu-ray models.

If these aren’t the type of TVs that you’re looking for, check out some of Panasonic’s other TVs like the Panasonic TC-PVT25 3D TV.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Panasonic TC-PVT25: Named Best 3D TV of CES

panasonic 3d tv3D technology is growing in popularity. We’re seeing it show up in gaming devices such as the Nintendo 3DS, in laptops such as HP’s Envy 17, and in televisions such as the Panasonic TC-PVT25. The public seems to continue to be intrigued by 3D technology, so I believe it will continue to be prevalent as technology advances.

Picking the right 3D HDTV can be difficult though. There are many different things that you must consider. Although there are big name brand 3D TVs are everywhere, you may not have to look any further than the Panasonic TC-PVT25. It was named the best 3D TV of CES.

There were several advantages that helped make the TC-PVT25 the top choice. First off, the TC-PVT25 is an extension of Panasonic’s extremely popular TC-PV10 series that was released last year. This 3D model features improved black level and enhanced picture quality. It not only offers a fantastic 3D experience, but also delivers a great 2D picture as well. Panasonic is even nice enough to throw in a pair of 3D glasses, which most other retailers do not do.

There are four different sizes that Panasonic offers: a 50-inch, a 54-inch, a 58-inch, and a 65-inch screen. All models feature Panasonic’s VIERA CAST IPTV functionality and are THX certified. This series of 3D TVs range from $2,599-$4,299.

If you’re looking for a 3D TV, this is a great series to consider. Panasonic’s TC-PVT25 series is excellent. The price tag may seem a little high, but if you really want a 3D TV, you’re just going to have to accept that it’s not going to be the cheapest purchase. If you really want to make the leap to 3D, this is a definite consideration.

Check out other 3D TVs like Samsung's PNC7000 Plasma.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Apples LED Cinema Display

Apple has just recently introduced a ton of new technology. Along with iPods and other new gadgets, Apple has released a new 27-inch beautiful display for their new and older model computers. Will these new displays live up to the Apple hype or will they fall short? Here are some of the improvements coming with these new displays:

Bigger and brighter

Apple's new displays will be 27 inches of gorgeous wide screen. The displays are presented with back lit LED technology and therefore have no need to warm up. When turned on, the display will be instantly bright and can be adjusted to suit the lighting of any room. They will have a 16:9 aspect ratio and an 2560-by-1440 resolution. The new display also has 60 percent more pixels than their previous 24 inch.

Built in iSight Camera and microphone

The 27-inch displays include both a microphone ad iSight camera, but this isn't huge news since most monitors come with these features now. One good quality is that the iSight camera can be used in conjunction with Photobooth that comes on newer Macs.

Connection made easy

The new displays can hook up to any of the newer lines of Macs, such as MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro. The displays come with the mini display connector, which replaces bulky monitor connections with one small cord, and carries both video and audio. Also with the new displays comes the MagSafe connector that can power whatever device that is hooked to the display without a charge cord. The display also has three USB 2.0 ports.

Energy efficient and environmentally friendly

While it won't make a difference in the looks or performance department for the display, environmentalists can rest easy knowing that this is the greenest display Apple has released yet. They are toxin free, easily recyclable, and have an Energy Star rating of 5.0.

Overall, this new display is large, bright, and a beautiful monitor for any Mac computer, but since it hasn't been released just yet, it is uncertain if the price tag will be hefty. Nonetheless, this is a brilliant display that is easy to use, and that's what everyone expects from Apple.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Monster, miniaturized.

Touch technology has come a long way in just a few short years. To keep up with the trend Nanovision has come up with a companion monitor with touch capabilities that can totally change the way a second monitor is looked at. The iMo Mini-Monster packs a big bang in a small, convenient package.
This little guy has appeared on the scene with ten inches of touch technology and is easily connected to your main machine by USB cables. Its design is simplistic, looking like a regular tablet, with a hinge at the back that allows it to stand up like a picture frame. Resolution is 1024 x 600, with a touchscreen display, 400:1 contrast ratio and 350cd/m2 brightness, and weighs a tiny 1.77 pounds. The monitor is small enough to be hand held, but not so small that it causes squinting when resting on the desk.

Since the Mini-Monster hooks up to a computer through a USB port instead of an actual video port, it uses DisplayLinks drivers to create a virtual monitor connection, as well as pulling power through the USB port. The USB connection has its ups and downs; while it can be used with smaller devices like laptops, and even netbooks, the creation of the virtual monitor connection and related drivers can use small amounts of CPU, slowing down an older machine.

While Nanovision has released other, smaller touch screen USB monitors, the Mini-Monster comes with many new features and additions that make it special. The Monster is both Windows and Mac OS compatible, with the OS X touchscreen driver being at no extra cost, while with previous models these drivers were extra. This little powerhouse of a touchscreen also offers its own Twitter apps, photoshop, and music player controls built in, so no more need to have them cluttering up your main screen. If your machine's USB ports lack the power to run the monitor, Nanovision has included a double-headed cable to supply the appropriate amount of power. Also included is a stylus for more accurate touch screen usage.

With a small size and a quality display, the iMo Mini-Monster is a great way to expand your laptop, desktop, or even netbook screen size, and with touchscreen capabilities ease of use is vastly improved upon over similar non-touch secondary monitors. Retailing at $259.00, it is a little on the expensive side, but does not fail to deliver. This little monster is worth checking out if you're in the market for a little more screen space with a lot of quality.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

V7's New Mounts & Stands for Monitors, TVs, and Projectors

V7's New Mounts & Stands for Monitors, TVs, and Projectors

The company V7 has announced a new line of mounts and stands for flat-panel TVs, monitors, and projectors. All products are said to be ideal for your home, office, or school and can even be used with public signage in places like hotels, restaurants, and convention centers. They're backed by a five-year warranty.

In a press release the Vice President and General Manager of Ingram Micro's Global V7 Private Label Group, Rainer Kozlik, said, "V7 offers reliable and sturdy wall mounts to secure flat-panel TVs or monitors, providing a sleek and clean appearance. As with all our products, V7 mounts enhance the profit potential of Ingram Micro's resellers by offering products with higher margins from a convenient and trusted source."

Here's a look at some of the wall mounts available for various TV and LCD monitors:

Low-Profile Wall Mounts. These fixed and tilt mounts for monitors and flat-panel TVs are great for displays and mount them only two inches from the wall. The non-fixed version tilts up to seven degrees for a reduction in glare. They also feature green product design and packaging. The mount fitting the 23- to 42-inch displays retails for $59.99, while the 37- to 63-inch mount is available for $69.99.

Large Tilt/Fixed Wall Mounts. These mounts tilt up to fifteen degrees for glare reduction and to increase viewing comfort. They will cost you $69.99 and will fit a 37- to 63- inch flat screen display. There is also a non-tilt version for this size which retails for $69.99.

Extra-Large Low Profile Wall Mounts. These mounts fit 42- to 70-inch flat panel displays and also tilt up to seven degrees. They sell for about $79.99.

Flat Panel Wall Mount. Designed for 13- to 24-inch flat panels, this mount allows users to not only tilt their displays, but to pan and swivel as well. This extra bit of flexibility will cost you about $89.99.

Low-Profile Combo Wall Mounts. These fit 23- to 37-inch displays and are made of solid steel, making them very durable. They retail for $59.99.

When it comes to projector installation, V7's line of Universal Ceiling Mounts offers easy-to-adjust designs, making them perfect for classrooms and conference rooms. For $99.99 you can purchase one that fits most micro projectors. It also features an adjustable pipe. Another version, which fits almost any other projector and features adjustable legs, retails for just $79.99.

The new desktop stands from V7 are easy to install and offer maximum functionality. They are great for anyone who uses a computer. Here is a brief look at the different stands you can purchase:

Desktop Monitor Mount Model: For a 13- to 26-inch flat panel display this tilt-and-pan head mount will cost you $89.99.

Single-Arm Desktop Mount Model: This tilt-and-pan single-arm mount fits a 13- to 26-inch display and will cost $119.99.

Double-Arm Desktop Monitor Mount: This double-arm mount fits a 13- to 26-inch flat panel monitor. It tilts, pans, and swivels. It retails for $129.99.

For more information on these products, visit

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Gorilla Glass Could Be the Next Big Thing

gorilla glass from corning incIn 1962, an ultra-strong glass was formulated in the labs, but no one could come up with a practical commercial use for it. For half a century, this glass has been sitting in research labs with no purpose, but finally Corning Inc. has found a use for the super strong glass.

Corning Inc. is a 159-year old glass company. They are calling this new glass Gorilla glass, and they expect it to become the new face on touch screen tablets and high-end TVs.

Gorilla glass first showed up in 2008, and it has developed into a $170 million a year business. It has been utilized as a protective layer over the screens of more than 40 million cellphones and mobile devices.

Now as Gorilla glass uses and developments progress, it moves into the TV industry. It is perfect because it is very difficult to dent, scratch, or break. With Gorilla glass, TVs are going to progress into what can be almost considered a work of art. Companies are now heading in the direction of frameless flat-screen TVs that will get rid of the protective rims and bezels that are normally found on them. Corning is currently talking to different Asian manufacturers to negotiate the use of Gorilla glass in TVs by early 2011. They already have productions in their Harrodsburg, KY factory in full force, and they are converting part of a second factory in Japan so that they can fill what they predict to be overflowing orders in 2011. "That'll tell you something about our confidence in this," said Corning President Peter Volanakis.

Even when it is half the thickness of ordinary chemically strengthened soda-lime glass, Gorilla is still two or three times stronger. Because of the incredible strength of Gorilla glass, it can be as thin as a dime. This will help in cutting not only the weight of the TV but also the shipping costs.

Investors are already making predictions about Gorilla glass. Deutsche Bank analyst Carter Shoop says, "There's a wide range of views on how successful this product will be. But I think it's safe to say…it's a tremendous opportunity. We'll have to see how consumers react."

Paul Gagnon, a DisplaySearch market analyst, states that alternatives "obviously scratch easier, they're thicker and heavier, but they're also cheaper." He guesses that a sheet of Gorilla glass would add anywhere from $30 to $60 to the cost of the TV. I think that the general public would be happy to pay extra for this new, chic, frameless TV. Like it or not, TVs are becoming focal points in living rooms and family rooms across America, so why not pay a little extra for a sleek, stylish, glass work of art.

Corning President, Peter Volanakis, says, "This is a fashion trend, not a functional trend, and that's what makes (the growth rate) very hard to predict. But because the market is so large in terms of number of TVs -- and the amount of glass per TV is so large -- that's what can move the needle pretty quickly."

Gorilla glass is an amazing product. It is already used in over 100 different devices including Motorola’s Droid smartphone and LG’s X300 Notebook. It will be quite interesting to watch the developments in the television industry as they move forward with their Gorilla glass visions. A lighter, frameless TV sounds like a dream come true. We’ll have to see how Corning Inc. and whoever they choose to work with comes through as the next few years progress.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Samsung's First 3D Compatible LED TV

samsung 3d led tv The world is now being introduced to Samsung's first ever 3D compatible television series, the PNC7000 Plasmas. This series has just recently been released and is one of several 3D capable TVs that were announced this year at CES 2010. As the least expensive plasma TV released in 2010 to feature 3D compatibility, the PNC7000 is perfect for people who want a plasma TV and are looking for a good deal.

Samsung is offering the PNC7000 in three different sizes: 50 inches, 58 inches, and 63 inches. All three TVs are identical in every way apart from the size. The PNC7000 has one of the best appearances of any television released so far in 2010. It is both sleek and modern. It features a dark gray bezel with a matte finish and has Samsung's signature transparent stalk and frame edge to increase the appeal. It sits on a fantastic stainless-steel base that swivels very nicely. The PNC7000 is also the thinnest among its competitors at an amazing 1.4 inches thick.

The PNC7000 remote is a nice size and shape, easy to use, and features standard, raised buttons. There are a total of 49 button, and 44 of them are backlit, which is a convenient feature. Fortunately, Samsung has done away with the fingerprint-prone finish from last year's remote style and replaced it with a finish that will be much easier to keep clean.

Now due to the fact that the PNC7000 is so incredible thin, the jack pack placement on it may seem a little odd at first, but after spending a little time with it, it shouldn’t be a problem. On the back of the TV, there is a horizontal and a vertical row of jacks that are arranged so the cables run parallel to the panel, instead of plugging in perpendicular. The PNC7000 has a variety of different jacks including: 4 HDMI inputs, 1 composite video input, 1 VGA-style PC input, 1 AV output, 2 USB ports, 1 component video input, 1 RF input, a Digital audio output, and a Ethernet (LAN) port.

The PNC7000 offers the best set of media streaming in TV today. It comes equipped with Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Vudu video, CinemaNow, Blockbuster, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus, and more. Dailymotion, CinemaNow and Blockbuster are not found on other TVs and Hulu Plus is exclusive only to Samsung.

Like the media streaming on the PNC7000, the apps are also top notch. Samsung has worked hard to create a fabulous app platform. It’s no Apple Store but they really have done a great job. In addition to Apps within the main interface, there's a separate Yahoo widgets interface with 19 total add-ons available. There’s weather, news, sports, and widgets like Drivecast, Flickr, and Facebook.

So now let’s talk about the feature that is drawing so much attention towards this TV, the 3D capability. The PNC7000 is compatible with multiple 3D standards, including FullHD, BluRay, and Half Standard. The 3D on this television is brilliant. It is much better than the 3D on an LCD TV. The PNC7000's 3D capabilities truly make it standout from the competition. The downside is that it doesn’t come with the 3D glasses necessary for the 3D to be effective. The glasses themselves are $150 a pair, but considering the PNC7000 is one of the less pricey 3D televisions out there, it leaves more money in the budget to purchase the glasses. This TV also features a bonus that most of its competitors lack, a 2D to 3D converter. This feature can definitely come in handy.

Overall, the PNC7000 provides excellent picture quality in 2D as well. It has deep black levels and relatively accurate color. It lacks the 1080p/24 processing, inky blacks, and spot-on color of some high-end TVs, but it’s not really a big issue. The PNC7000 really delivers in the areas where it counts.

3D is a very interesting and fun quality that people are beginning to consider when they think of purchasing a new television. What people don’t realize are all the extra things you have to purchase in order to make the 3D work to the best of its ability. So before you go rushing out to buy your first 3D TV, you should consider everything that you will need to make it work the way that you imagine it. First off, you will need a 3D television receiver. If you don’t have Direct TV, you will most likely be switching over to it since it’s the only provider offering 3D service at this time. Your next purchase will be a 3D BluRay player so your movies can be watched in 3D as well. Then of course there’s the 3D glasses at about a $150 a pair and the must have $100 Wi-Fi hook-up. With all the extra equipment you need you’re going to have to factor in a few extra hundred dollars plus the price of the TV.

So, if you feel that, even after hearing about all the additional purchases you will have to make, that a 3D TV is right for you, the PNC7000 is an excellent choice. Not only does it have a great 2D performance, but the Samsung PNC7000 series plasma also delivers 3D for less than the competition with its price ranging from $1,419.00 to $2,699.98, depending on the size you select.

Not sure exactly what you should be looking for in a TV? Check out our guide to buying your next TV.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

LG's New 3D Monitor Has G-Mode Gaming Option

LG's New 3D Monitor Has Gaming Option

LG announced a whole new line of 3D products today, which include computers, monitors, and projectors. Though there is no word on when the products will be released in the United States, lots of people are excited about getting their hands on these products, particularly the 3D desktop monitor.

The W63D monitor is said to have a 120Hz refresh rate so that there is not a lot of flicker when it is used with 3D glasses. It also has a 70,000: 1 contrast ratio. One of the neatest features is the "G-Mode" gaming option, which allows the monitor to control brightness to reduce eyestrain.

In addition to the monitor, LG will offer two desktop computers, two laptops, and a 3D projector with glasses. The new technology will hit stores in Korea this week.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Samsung TV Apps Are Pretty Cool

Samsung TV Apps Are Pretty Cool

If you haven't purchased a television in a few years, you're probably shocked to learn what all you can get these days. From HD to 3D, TVs aren't what they used to be and now, some of them even allow you to connect directly to the internet. Samsung has been taking advantage of this type of technology for a few years now, and even has its own apps.

Their store, Samsung Apps, is available on all of the company's 3D TVs and other higher-end models, and just like with your smartphone, you can download more apps if you want. Right now, all apps are free, but later this year, the company plans to start adding paid apps to the mix, as they begin to allow developers to start creating them.

Right now, you can find a variety of apps in the Samsung Apps store - casual games, social networking, and video services such as YouTube to name a few. But with the company's goal to be like the Apple App Store or Google's Android Market, you can expect a lot more in the future.
At, they reviewed every single Samsung app. Overall, the apps got good reviews or were said to have a lot of potential:

- The YouTube app is said to have its negatives and positives. On the plus side, you can do almost anything you can do on the actual website and even a little bit more. On the down side, "official" videos such as those from musicians and television shows do not show up in search results.

- The review for the Facebook app was very positive. According to the website, it's even better than many of the Facebook apps you find on smartphones. It is said to be simple, easy to navigate, and allows you to do everything you'd do on the web.

- If it's music you're looking for, the Pandora app allows you stream free music through your television. You will have to activate your account via your computer, but once you're set up, you can create your own stations, rate songs, and crank up some tunes.

For reviews on other Samsung apps, including AP News Ticker, Google maps, Skype, and many more, visit

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Recycle Your Computer Monitors!

Recycle Your Computer Monitors!

Going "green" and recycling is all the rage these days as people go to great lengths to save plastic, paper, glass, and other items, but did you know you are supposed to recycle your computer monitor? When most people's computer monitors quit working, they throw them out with their every-day trash and they end up in a landfill. Unfortunately, many people don't know that there is a better way to dispose of your monitor.

Inside your monitor is material that is consider hazardous waste and when it's buried in the ground, there is the potential for it to damage the soil, plants, and water around it, which can eventually be a threat to humans.

So how do you recycle your monitor? There are many ways. For example, I know my local landfill has a specific drop-off area just for computer monitors. However, if you aren't sure, you can start by contacting your local Environmental Protection Agency office or any other local agency that deals with environmental issues. Some cities hold specific city-wide clean-up weeks or days throughout the year and during that time, you can take advantage of various services that allow you to dispose of things you wouldn't normally be able to throw away or have picked up at your curb.

You can also check online or in your local phone book for companies that specialize in disposing of computer monitors or other hazardous waste. Find out if they'll take your monitor off your hands and if not, maybe they can suggest someone who will. It might cost you a fee or you may to ship the monitor to them, but you will be protecting yourself, your friends, your family, and everyone else on earth by reducing harmful environments.

Should your organization have a large quantity of monitors and need additional manpower, remember to consult a qualified computer logistics services provider.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Amazing New HDTV from LG

LG 47LE5500LG is now introducing their latest creation, the LG 47LE5500. With its razor-thin profile and lightly tinted bezel, it makes for a show-stopping centerpiece in your family room or home theater. The LG 47LE5500 also brings you sharp images, great color quality, and plenty of Web apps like Netflix and VUDU. This 47-inch HDTV uses LED backlighting with local dimming making it incredibly energy efficient.

The 47-inch panel on the 47LE5500 is inset into a 1.2-inch thick black cabinet. It's thinner then most of the TV’s recently released. Both the top and side bezels are 1.5 inches wide, and the bottom bezel is 2.5 inches wide. All four sides of the 47LE5500 have a beautiful black glossy finish and feature reddish accents. The screen itself is outstanding with its matte, non-reflective, anti-glare coating. The screen is set comfortably on a sturdy rectangular base that offers easy swivel maneuverability.

The 47LE5500 has 10-watt down-firing speakers mounted on the bottom of the cabinet. The speakers have excellent sound, and the volume can be turned up to full capacity without the slightest distortion. The downside to the sound system on this unit is that due to the slim cabinet design you don't get a whole lot of bass response.

The LG 47LE5500 sports seven touch sensitive buttons and a power switch positioned along the right side of the lower bezel. The buttons remain dark and unnoticed until you touch one of the buttons, at which point they all glow white and become easily visible.
As with many other LG products, the mean system is very straightforward and easy to use, and it offers a variety of basic and advanced settings. The 47LE5500 has five present video modes Vivid, Standard, Cinema, Sport, and Game. It also has two expert modes for advanced calibration purposes that allow you to change settings such as black level, gamma, skin color, color gamut, and individual color saturation levels.

Like most other LG TV’s, the 47LE5500’s remote control is well designed and easy to use. It features 49 buttons that are backlit and incredibly responsive. The only button that is somewhat fussy at times is the rocker switch. Dedicated NetCast, Widget, and Energy Saving buttons make it easy to toggle between Web services or switch into one of four power usage modes.

The 47LE5500 is equipped with a nice selection of connections. Conveniently located on the left side of the cabinet are two USB ports, a set of audio inputs, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack. Then on the back of the unit there are three additional HDMI jacks, a port for connecting to an optional wireless media hub, a PC (VGA) input, digital audio-in and out connectors, two sets of component A/V ports, a set of composite A/V ports, and a coaxial TV connector.

Also on the 47LE5500, you have access to a nice variety of Web Apps such as Yahoo widgets. Widgets include weather, sports, news, and finance channels along with games. Social networking apps like Twitter and Flickr are also available. It also has NetCast which offers Netflix, VUDU, and YouTube video streaming as well as Picasa Web Albums.

Overall, LG's 47LE5500 delivers good color and HD quality. Its 1.5-inch thick cabinet is quite pleasing, and its power-saving capability is a definite plus for energy-conscious consumers. Although its current listing price is a bit high at $2,100, the good new is that smart online shopping can help you knock of a good few hundred buck off the listing price!

If you're looking to buy a new TV but aren't exactly sure what to look for check out our guide to buying your next TV.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Budget LED HDTVs from Sceptre

sceptre tvsSceptre is a TV producing company that has been around since 1984. Since their start they have been producing new and advanced display technology. They have recently announced two new low-priced LED HDTVs. These are some of the most affordable Tvs currently available.

Sceptre is now offering a 19-inch and a 24-inch model, both with built-in DVD players. Each of the models are 0.69 inches at their thinnest point and 1.89 inches at their thickest point. Both are also Energy Star 3.0 compliant.

Each of the display screens feature 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2 HDMI ports, a 16:9 widescreen display, and 5ms response time. These TVs can be found at Sears, Target, and NewEgg starting in July for $269 and $399.

If you’re wondering what you should look for in a TV, check out our guide to buying your next TV and choosing between Plasma, LCD, and LED.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Improve Your Next Training Seminar with Monitor Rentals

Check with a Tech Travel Agent when you’re planning for your next training seminar. With Tech Travel Agent you can be sure you’re getting everything you need where you need it. Delivery and installation is available in over 1000 cities worldwide.

Your Tech Travel Agent offers monitors in all types and sizes so you can get exactly what you need for your seminar. We can provide many smaller LCD monitors for individual training, larger plasma screens 80” and larger for demonstration and display purposes, even mid-sized plasma and LCD screens for booths at trade shows. We offer monitors from all major manufacturers like Panasonic, Sanyo, Samsung, and many others. We will deliver and install anything you need anywhere in the United States and many locations worldwide.

There are many advantages to renting. First, it is much cheaper than buying all the equipment, and it is often cheaper than relocating equipment you already own after wear and tear is factored in. Second, you don’t have to worry about the logistical nightmare that is installing and setting up your equipment. Countless hours are wasted in training seminars due to improper installation and setup or other technological problems. In addition, your Tech Travel Agent is very flexible. If you need to extend your rental for any reason, you can do this without any hassle. If you realize you didn’t order enough equipment for your seminar, your Tech Travel Agent can supply additional equipment as quickly as possible. We work hard to handle the tech aspect of your seminar so you can focus on conducting your seminar as quickly and efficiently as possible.

So, whether you need 4 Bang & Olufsen’s 40-inch BeoVision 8 LCD TVs in Las Vegas for a 4-day convention or 100 27-inch Dell UltraSharp U2711s in Miami for an 8 week seminar, your Tech Travel Agent can help!

Your Tech Travel Agent isn’t limited to monitor rentals. We also rent projectors , desktops and laptops, and anything else you may need. Just visit us online or call 1-800-736-8772 for your tech rental needs.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sony's Rollable Mini-OLED Display Wraps Around a Pencil

Sony's Rollable Mini-OLED Display

Sonny has a new Organic Field-Effect Transistors (OTFT)-driven OLED display that they are calling "rollable," as in, it's so small, you can wrap it around a pencil. The project required OTFTS that use semiconductor material that is capable of delivering eight times what a conventional OTFT can.

The company released a statement saying, "This was achieved due to the development of integration technologies of OTFTs and OLEDs on an ultra-thin 20 μm thick flexible substrate and soft organic insulators for all the insulators in the integration circuit. By combining these technologies, we successfully demonstrated the world's first OLED panel which is capable of reproducing moving images while being repeatedly rolled-up - around a cylinder with a radius of 4 mm - and stretched.

The display is 4.1 inches wide and has 432 x 240 RGB pixels. Resolution is 121 pixels per inch and it offers 16, 777, 216 different colors. Peak luminance is greater than 100 cd/m2 and contrast ratio is 1000:1. Minimum bending radius is 4 mm and panel thickness is 80. The driving scheme is 2T-1C voltage programming with OTFTs.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Bang & Olufsen40-inch BeoVision 8 LCD TV

Bang & Olufsen 40-inch BeoVision LCD TVSpiffy tv creators Bang & Olufsen announced yesterday their newest product to be taunting consumers in the near future, the BeoVision 8, a 40-inch LCD TV set to be released in North America. This newest version of the BeoVision 8 TV is bringing in some pretty cool new features to the already great system and, what could be, a more affordable price for consumers.....well affordable by Bang & Olufsen standards.

The new BeoVision 8 looks to combine a technologically advanced home cinema viewing experience with the straightforward elegance and ease of use characteristic of the BeoVision compact screen concept. According to Zean Nielsen, President of Bang & Olufsen America, "The new 40-inch version of BeoVision 8 is the fifth video product Bang & Olufsen has launched in less than 12 months. It's a great new addition to our video portfolio. This product is an extremely flexible solution for both wall and floor placement and allows us to offer Bang & Olufsen options to a much wider customer group than ever before."

The BeoVision 8 has some cool new tech in it including double frame rate technology (or 240Hz) with motion compensation. This allows the picture refresh rate to double compared to conventional LCD TVs. Also, the inherent blur of LCD technology has also been significantly reduced. Contrast improvement technology has also been added. This optimizes the contrast according to the picture content in each scene. As an added bonus, both BeoLink home integration functionality and extra video connections can be included with a convenient plug-and-play module.

The BeoVision 8 has a down-facing bass speaker which provides a firm foundation for movies and music and the front unit speakers are specifically tuned for the reproduction of human speech. Overall the sound quality seems natural and clearly audible giving you the sensation that voices are coming directly out of the screen. "What we did was move the sound forward and up, designing the TV like a proper stage with an orchestra pit," states designer David Lewis. "This ensures the synergy between performance and design expected of Bang & Olufsen."

The BeoVision 8 offers maximum flexibility as it can easily be moved around, placed on an entertainment center or even hung from a wall mount. The design of the BeoVision 8 is beautiful. It offers a radical synthesis of detailed craftsmanship, technological innovation and easy operation. The 40-inch BeoVision 8 should be available online and in all Bang & Olfusen retail locations by summer 2010 and will include the Bang & Olufsen 3-year international warranty. The 40-inch BeoVision 8 should hold a price tag of around $5,400.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New Details About Panasonic's Viera VT25 Series 3D Plasmas

New Details About Panasonic's Viera VT25 Series 3D Plasmas
Panasonic's new Viera VT25 Series 3D Plasmas (with full HD) should be here soon and the company recently announced more details, including pricing. The first four models include 50, 54, 58, and 65-inch models which will be available later this month and in June. This is great for people looking for 3D plasmas - most new TVs have been LCDs.

Pricing and availability is as follows:

50-inch TC-P50VT25 will be $2,599.95 and was available on May 3

54-inch TC-P54VT25 will be $2,999.95 and is available on May 3

58-inch TC-P58-VT25 will be $3,399.95 and is available in June

65-inch TC-P65VT25 will be $4,299.95 and is available in June

Each of the 4 TVs relies on a pair of active shutter 3D glasses, which cost about $150 per pair (the TVs come with one pair). They all have 5M:1 native contrast ratios with minimal reflection, which comes from the company's Infinite Black Pro Panel, TXH certification, Viera Cast Wifi with Skype Video Conferencing, and access to online entertainment such as Amazon Video on Demand, Fox Sports, Netflix, and Bloomberg News.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

So You Need a New TV?

So You Need a New TV?

Buying a new TV is a lot harder than it used to be. There are so many types and brands to choose from and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. For the most part, new TVs aren't cheap, so before you go out and spend a small fortune on one for your home, there are a few things to take into consideration.

There are three types of TVs to choose from: LCD, LED, and Plasma. Each one has its small differences from the other, but it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your home and your family.


Plasma TVs are flat-panel TVs that once ruled the TV market. They are heavy, which means wall mounting needs to be more secure and they're also very fragile. You'll most likely want to have it installed professionally. If your wall doesn't have easily located studs, you'll need reinforcements. But of course, you can always place it on a TV stand or other type of furniture.

Plasmas rule the TV market when it comes to contrast ratio (making your whites white and your darks dark) and are great for watching moving images. If you're a movie-watcher, you won't see a lag in the big chase scene. Also, you can see your plasma well from various angles, which is great for living room set-ups where chairs and sofas are positioned around the TV.

On the downside, if glare bothers you, plasmas do reflect light, but you can purchase anti-glare screens for your TV. Image retention and burn-in can also be a problem with your plasma. Also, if you live in an altitude over 6,500 feet, your plasma could experience a buzz.


LCD TVs are also flat-panel TVs and they aren't quite as heavy as plasmas. Contrast quality isn't as great as the plasma, but it's close. LCDs are great for viewing still images. Many computer monitors use LCD technology for this reason. They're also catching up to plasmas when it comes to color. The highest quality plasma will have the most rich color, but a high quality LCD is a much better option than an average or low-quality plasma.

If you're worried about using energy and being "green," then an LCD might be for you. They use half the power of a plasma. Plasmas use neon gas the requires more energy to light up. On the downside, LCDs are known for having stuck pixels, which appear on your screen as tiny pinpoints of light. Sometimes, a manufacturer will replace your set if this happens early on in the TVs life, bu tnot always.


LED TVs are a newer technology. While the competition between LCD and plasma has lowered prices, LEDs are still relatively expensive. They are lighter an thinner than plasmas and LCDs and the quality is outstanding. Instead of fluorescent bulbs, LEDs use backlighting, which makes your blacks darker and your color more saturated. They also use less power than their plasma and LCD counterparts.

These guys have been on the market for only about two years, and are technically just LCD TVs with the LED lighting inside. They are sure to become more popular in the future as more competition enters the market, driving down prices.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

2009 Sees Growth in Flat-Panel Market

2009 Sees Growth in Flat-Panel Market

Let's face it, 2009 won't exactly go down as a positive year for business, growth, or prosperity. Foreclosures were widespread, businesses were forced to close their doors, people lost their life savings, and many industries saw little or no profit. But believe it or not, one industry saw growth and sales: the flat-panel TV industry.

According to DisplaySearch, "a leading provider of reliable information, highly insightful analysis, and industry events specifically focused on the display supply chain and display-related industries," the flat-panel TV market saw a growth in excess of 32%. The growth rate is similarly to that of 2008 and that type of growth is expected to continue in 2010. Due to new technology such as LED backlights, internet connection, and 3-D, will grow 10 million to 228 million units this year.

DisplaySearch believes LCD TVs will see the strongest growth this year with a 24% increase from 2009. Plasmas are expected to increase around 6% this year, shipping more than 15 million units. DisplaySearch also says that CRT TVs will eventually fade from the market all together. In 2009, they saw a 40% decrease and this year, a 36% decrease is expected.

One reason for last year's dramatic increase is thought to be price. The average LCD TV price fell about 24% last year and this year, they are expected to fall another 5% (10% for plasmas).

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