LG will be unveiling their latest Google TV at next month's CES. The GA6400 and GA7900 series utilizes their Magic Qwerty Remote to work with Voice Search and PrimeTime quick guide. There are more goodies as well. New Home Dashboards use "cards" like folders that display apps, other content and even real-time news and weather information. The OnLive app is pre-installed for gamers and WiFi makes it easy to connect to YouTube, Android smartphones and tablets. And of course it is 3D friendly.
What that means is that the current line of LG's HDTVs, including their 47G2 47" Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV is marked down for those who want to save some coinage. It comes with Google TV, Six Pairs of 3D Glasses and is now available for less than $1,00.
December is a good month to purchase HDTVs since the price tends to go up closer to the Super Bowl. RCA is featuring a 32" LCD with built-in DVD Player and 3000:1 contrast. It features a 1366 x 768 tuner mode, 2 HDMI connections ATSC/NTSC compatibility and runs on 2 AA batteries (included.) All that for less than $300.00.
Sometimes tiny is a good thing. The UG007 is a mini-PC with a Dual Core CPU and runs Android 4.1. It has 8GB internal storage that can hold up to 32GB with SD card. Hook it up to your TV via HDMI and you've got game, well apps anyway. Its Bluetooth keyboard may be small but certainly easier than most smartphone keyboards. Compatible with most file types, the dongle comes with a charger, HDMI and USB cable and is also available in white.
Once you plug the Dune HD Connect into your TV, you get smart TV access. Supporting most digital formats, it gives an HD 1080p quality picture and can connect to the interweb as well as apps. The media player features both a microSD slot and USB port, and has an option of Z-Wave connectivity. Brought out at the recent IFA Show in Berlin, the planet's smallest player will also have a 3D version with built-in Blu-ray access. Look for their debut with pricing details later this year.
Say hello to Sony's little huge friend, the XBR-84X900. Their first 4K screen has a humongous 84" size that also features passive 3D and a 10-driver speaker system. The edge-lit LED-based LCD has 4 times more resolution than Full HD and produces 8 million individual pixels with a 3840 x 2160 resolution. Price and availability not available at this time, but expect to spend some bucks to get this one.
From a top of the line $1,700, 65" home theater display to their L4200U, Toshiba has redesigned much of its HDTV line. The budget friendly 19, 24 and 32" have Audyssey sound, dynamic picture control, auto-brightness and game mode. And, as a special gift, automatic volume adjustment means no more overly loud commercials.There are two HDMI inputs as well as USB and VGA ports for simplified connection. Prices start at $349.99.
Seems odd that the CES runs early in the year, when having it before the holidays might help electronics companies get potential buyers and journalists/bloggers all fired up. Although this may be the last year for some of them to party in Vegas, many of them came out full guns products blazing.
Sony brought out a gazillion new devices, well, almost that many, including its new line of Bravia HDTVs, some with 3D, Blu-ray players, two with built-in Google TV, and home theaters with Blu-ray as well.
Plenty of gifts are out the for the picking without battling the mall hounds. We found this 32" LCD HDTV with a 720p HD resolution, 7-Watt/2 channel speakers and automatic volume leveler. In addition, it has a USB input and 2 HDMI connections for PC. The little known Chinese company Haier puts this HDTV out for a price below $320.00.
Some of Panasonic's Viera TVs are now compatible with a WiFi app for your iPhone/iPad. When in use, a keyboard interface appears for direct typing and gesture control is enabled. Shake your device and a power-off button appears so that you can turn off your HDTV remotely. (The kids will love that one.) The app is free, is compatible with the Plasma VT30 Series, GT30 Series, ST30 Series LCD, DT30 Series and D30 Series HDTVs and can be found on the iTunes Store.
The new McTiVia streams content to your TV from your computer. The wireless device is compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs, and can double as a router. It connects via HDTV and HDMI sockets and up to 8 computers can hook up to the device.
Vizio's line of 3DTVs (three of them with Internet access) will soon be available for the masses. The 32, 42 and 47" screens come with a built-in IR remote and two pairs of passive 3D glasses and prices that are more affordable than most. A 32" 1080p model is the least expensive of all and included in the series which should debut next month.
Sony is working on a new technology for video gaming that allows players to see a different image depending on where they are in the room. With 3D 'Killzone 3,' the gamers will not be able to view what each competitor is doing. The tech is a form of split screen and will not be available to the public for quite a while, but may be eventually incorporated in their TVs in the future.
iPod users, do we have a TV for you. JVC's LT42P789, a 42" 1080p LED, includes a retracting Teledock to play your music through its speakers as well as stored video. Of course it also recharges your iPod while it works. The HDTV includes 3 HDMI ports, 2 component video inputs, 2 AV inputs, an optical digital audio input, an S-video port and a USB port.
Think super skinny with Samsung's 65" UN65D8000 LCD. Also available in 46 and 55" models, the HDTV is a mere 0.2" thick, can net surf, run apps and is 3D ready. With WiFi and Bluetooth support, it has a 240Hz refresh rate and convenient backlighting. No price was released but you can pre-order now.