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 TomsGuide.com, 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 TomsGuide.com.

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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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