Ultra HD, colloquially known as "4K," is the latest buzzword, and the latest push from TV manufacturers.
While your next TV might not be Ultra HD, the one after probably will be.
Here are the basics of what you need to know about this latest advancement in TV technology.… Read more
In the wake, in more than one sense of the word, of Panasonic's decision to stop making plasma TVs, there's now a hole in the TV market. It's right at the intersection of picture quality and value, a massive axle-rending divot left by the uncaring snowplow of market forces.
Absent as-yet-unannounced new plasmas from Samsung, this year it's up to LED LCD to pave the pothole. I'm pessimistic that any can reach the levels of bang/buck that the Panasonic S60 and ST60 achieved, but products like the Vizio E-Series -- with its affordable, effective … Read more
The components side of the Korean company on Tuesday unveiled several new leading-edge LED components for mobile devices. At least one of those, a reflector-integrated flash LED, will show up in the Galaxy S5, Samsung said.
The new reflector-integrated flash LEDs will give smartphone cameras a wider field of view within a small space. They do that by integrated a light source, a lead frame, and a reflector with its own optics and diffusion features. Those result in … Read more
If you've been waiting for brighter and more affordable options in the LED aisle, then you're in luck.
Today, Philips announced Energy Star certification for their second-generation 75- and 100-watt replacement LEDs, along with exclusive discounts on both bulbs at Home Depots nationwide. Combined with the regional utility rebates that come with Energy Star certification, this means that consumers in some parts of the country will be able to purchase the 75-watt replacement for less than $10, with the 100-watt replacement going for just under $15. For the rest of us, the bulbs will retail for $19.97 … Read more
If you're fan of plasma TVs, last year's announcement by Panasonic that the company was no longer going to make them likely came as quite a blow.
So now what? What do you do if you want a new TV but want the picture quality of a plasma?
This guide leads you though all the available options. Some good, some bad, some painful. Welcome to the TV world of 2014.… Read more
And numerous TVs are available with 3D capability -- and include the requisite glasses -- to handle playing those movies in the home. Until now, however, they all demanded severe picture quality sacrifices when you donned the glasses.… Read more
So far, Cree is only extending SmartCast to commercial and industrial troffers, luminaries, and downlights -- but a simplified approach to lighting controls seems like a smart idea for residential use, too, … Read more
The TV industry moves in a predictable yearly price cycle.
New TVs, first announced in January at CES, hit the market in February and throughout the spring, for prices close to the manufacturer's suggested retail price -- but not so close that Amazon et al can't still claim "20% off."
As the year progresses those prices typically fall a little, but the steep discounts don't set in until November, the herald of the holiday season. Often the prices fluctuate slightly throughout the holidays, until the traditional buying spree ends.
Then it's time for the … Read more
I can't come to your home to help with ideas (sorry), but I can give you some dos and don'ts when it comes to TV placement, to point you in the right direction (i.e., toward the screen). … Read more