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It's official: The Philips 42PFL5603D consumes less power than any HDTV we've tested, regardless of screen size. The so-called Eco TV earned our nod for Best in Show at CES by hugging trees harder than any flat-panel HDTV yet. We based that decision partly on a Watts Up! power meter Philips had set up in its booth, which showed the 42-inch LCD sucking down electricity at a miserly rate between 60 and 80 watts (check out the video).
As proven by our somewhat more rigorous power consumption test, the Eco TV deserves a place next to your Prius, your low-flow toilet valve, and your almost-watched copy of An Inconvenient Truth. The display set new records among all of the HDTVs whose power use we've tracked, scoring an average of 91.23 watts in the default picture setting, 67.29 watts in the power saver mode--that's right, barely more than a standard incandescent light bulb--and just 0.33 watt in standby… Read more
Picking the right portable DVD player isn't an easy task. There are many details to factor in such as screen size, battery life, and playback capabilities. Some players have swivel screens, and others opt for a collapsible hinge. While you'll find that most DVD players use the familiar clamshell design, a few models are now adopting the tablet-style form factor.
Some players are even incorporating iPod music and video playback along with SD flash card readers with the ability to play all kinds of file formats including DivX-encoded movies.
We've taken a close look at the top … Read more
Small and flat--that's the way Philips likes it when it comes to its latest micro home theaters.
For those who have lusted after the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 9000, the Philips MCD299 may be your cheap ticket to owning something remotely similar for just $348. Consider that a bargain, too, with a four-disc changer for uninterrupted music and DVD movie playback, groovy motorized sliding door, and Moto Razr-like metallic buttons.
This kit also covers JPEG, MP3, and WMA via CD or USB. Under the hood is a respectable 140-watt digital amplifier driving a pair of flat-panel speakers reinforced by … Read more
As the mobile phone industry churns out new handsets every day, the opportunities to distance a product from the massive pack can seem infinitesimal. For that reason Philips deserves some credit for trying some new tricks on the Chinese market.
Its latest offering, the M600, attempts to capitalize on the continuing evolution toward music devices with a design that looks almost more like a media player than a phone. Not only does it have a giant play button just above the keypad, according to SlashPhone, but it also features MP3 hotkeys, 40 hours of playback, and the same "SRS … Read more
HDMI has certainly had its growing pains, but the connection is finally beginning to deliver on its original promise: a single-cable solution for delivering high-bandwidth, all-digital HD video and multichannel audio. HDMI is nearly universal in the home video market, present on all current HDTVs and Blu-ray players, as well as nearly all HD-capable cable and satellite set-top boxes; DVRs; game consoles; AV receivers; upscaling DVD players and recorders; and network video streamers such as the Apple TV. In fact, you realize just how convenient HDMI is when you come across a product without it--I'm looking at you, Nintendo Wii--and then have five cables (three component video wires plus two-channel stereo) instead of one crowding the back of your home entertainment system.
But one aspect of the HDMI promise remains unfulfilled: wireless HDMI. It's an attractive idea, especially for anybody with a wall-mounted flat-panel TV or a ceiling-mounted projector: have all of your HDMI-capable gear running into an AV receiver or HDMI switcher with a wireless HDMI transmitter, and have the TV equipped with a matching receiver--thus allowing you to have all your AV sources across the room from the actual display. We've been hearing about it for years, but to date, there are few--if any--products that you can actually buy. Here's a quick update on the wireless HDMI products we've heard about to date--including when (or whether) we can expect to see them: … Read more
Unlike Sony, Philips long ago figured out that it made more sense to play nice with the iPod because resistance, as they say, is futile. A year ago, for example, the Dutch company came out with a DVD player that incorporated a dock for the iPod so it could show videos from the media player on an 8.5-inch screen.
Now Philips has added a model that can work similarly with the iPod Touch while increasing the display to 9 inches. The new DCP951 isn't as seamless as its predecessor, which created a custom slot designed specifically to fit … Read more
As of September, Philips will no longer make televisions for the U.S. and Canada.
Instead, it is transferring that job to Japanese electronics maker Funai. The two companies agreed to a brand-licensing agreement in which Funai will source, distribute, market and sell all consumer TVs under the Philips and Magnavox brand names in the U.S. and Canada.
The deal begins September 1 and is good for five years. Funai will pay a royalty to Philips.
"This agreement secures continued presence of Philips and Magnavox branded TVs in North America in a model that safeguards Philips profitability in … Read more
Philip Rosedale, CEO of Second Life creator Linden Lab and founder of the virtual world, announced Friday that he will step down from his post.
He assured Second Life enthusiasts that he would remain on full-time at the company as chairman of the board.
Rosedale, known in Second Life by his avatar's name Philip Linden, did not provide a concrete date for his change in role, only saying that the company has "decided to search for a new CEO."
He continued: "This is a decision driven by my desire to best grow SL and match my … Read more
Late last year Philips made headlines with a Xenium 9@9 phone that could last for two months on standby, and the handset has another new trick in its latest version--a touch screen.
When the Xenium 9@9v makes its way to Asia next month, it will one of only a handful of touch-screen phones on the market (PDAs excluded). According to the literature, the handset uses handwriting-recognition software that converts doodles into SMS text so you can actually scribble out your messages.
The company didn't provide much information about the 9@9v's dual-SIM card feature, so we … Read more