WASHINGTON, D.C.--If you walk around the Air & Space Museum here, as I did Sunday, you can't help be struck by how much of the most important events and aircraft in aviation history are from decades ago.
This is the museum, after all, where you can find the plane the Wright Brothers used in humanity's first-ever powered flight, in Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903. And the capsule from John Glenn's first American manned orbit of the Earth. And the Apollo 11 capsule. And so on.
Then again, right above you when you come in … Read more
Ever heard of a super computer in an HDTV? Toshiba has released fresh juicy details on its Cell processor-powered LCD TV ahead of the Ceatec 2009 tech fair in Japan.
The Cell Regza 55X1 is an LED-backlit panel with local dimming that delivers class-leading 5 million:1 dynamic contrast and an ultra-high (serious overkill of) 1,250cd/m2 brightness. Other performance-oriented functions include a 240Hz motion enhancement, Cell Platform Super Resolution technology for improved standard-definition video upscaling, and a bottom sound bar driven by seven speakers.
Best of all, we haven't even touched on the most exciting parts. How … Read more
When I reviewed Panasonic's entry-level 2009 50-inch plasma TV back in April, the TC-P50X1, I mostly liked what I saw aside from one strange issue: the screen showed faint diagonal lines seemingly embedded in there. See the bottom of this post if you're interested in the full description from the review.
Fast-forward to late July, more than halfway through the product's lifespan, and it seems Panasonic has fixed the problem. The company sent yet a third TC-P50X1, and it didn't exhibit the diagonal lines.
That's all well and good, and Panasonic deserves credit for finally addressing the problem. But questions remain, and Panasonic has not been forthcoming.
On August 12, I asked the company a series of follow-up questions, including, "Exactly when did the change get implemented? Did the 42-inch model have the same problem? If so, was the same change implemented? Is there any way for a consumer who's shopping for an X1 plasma to tell whether the panel is an old one or a new one, aside from looking directly for the diagonal lines? Is there any sort of serial number cutoff? Can current owners who have the old, flawed panel exchange it for a new one? If so, how?" and, "Please provide an explanation of what the lines were and why they're present on the old one and not the new one."
What I've received in response after a week of waiting for a reply was pretty unsatisfying.
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BMW confirmed today that its BMW X1 crossover SUV will debut in the United States during the 2011 calendar year. The X1 will be available in rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive flavors powered by both gasoline and diesel power-train options.
In Europe, the X1 will be available in six trim levels, from the 258 horsepower, straight-six gasoline powered X1 xDrive28i to the turbodiesel X1 xDrive23d, which produces 295 pound-feet of torque. BMW isn't telling which, if any, of the European power trains we will see in the North American X1, but the press release makes special mention of … Read more
You've heard that solid-state drives, such as the Intel X-25M, are significantly faster than traditional hard drives. However, they are still nowhere near as fast as the DDRdrive X1 introduced on Monday.
This is the first storage device I've seen that comes in the form of an expansion card. At a glance, it looks very much like a video card or a modem and it is compatible with any PCIe expansion slot.
CNET did not review the 42-inch Panasonic TC-P42X1, but we did review a larger model in the series, the 50-inch TC-P50X1. The two plasma HDTVs are identical but for screen size and native resolution--the 50-inch model has a resolution of 1,366x768, whereas the 42-incher's resolution is 1,024x768--although both are called "720p" (more info). We don't expect that resolution difference to have a major effect on picture quality.
In our review of the 50-inch model we did notice a pattern of faint gray lines across the screen. Unfortunately, since we didn't review the 42-inch … Read more
The capability of a TV to reproduce a dark shade of black is the number-one criteria for awarding a good picture quality score here at CNET. Often better blacks dictate higher prices, but in the case of Panasonic's newest line of entry-level plasmas, which includes the TC-P50X1, that's not the case. This HDTV reproduces superb blacks and excellent shadow detail, while costing a relative pittance for a big-screen HDTV.
Unfortunately, two major problems prevent it from earning higher praise, namely that it suffers from less than accurate color and the presence of faint onscreen lines that may be … Read more