Engadget: Toshiba’s focus at CES was glasses free 3D displays, but it highlighted more conventional HDTVs today at an event in Rome. Its new TVs and laptops all tie in to Toshiba Places, which sorts out access to different types of apps for video, social networking, music and other areas and is ready to launch this month. Separating Toshiba from the competition is a slew of new technology and the top of the line 55ZL1 model checks all the boxes: Seven core CEVO CPU for image processing, a Pro-LED512 panel that is the world’s first with 512 zones of dimming among 3,072 LEDs, Personal-TV facial recognition that picks up on which user is watching then personalizes to their preferred settings and active shutter 3D glasses.
The edge lit LED VL863 series will come in 47- and 42-inch versions featuring LG’s FPR passive glasses 3D and four pairs of glasses, while the 32- through 46-inch UL863 drops 3D for built-in WiFi and Personal-TV. The SL863 series is the final step down, nixing built-in WiFi. Prices weren’t listed but the new models should be shipping soon, until then you can find more details in the press releases linked below — no word on the US-bound models yet.
It’s the largest screen in the range, and comes with a new optional Mocha finish. Other options are a gloss black or high-tech chrome silver finish.
The 200Hz LCD/LED panel delivers “Art’s best ever picture performance”, Loewe claims, and digital media stored on a home network or USB device can be streamed to the screen using the Loewe MediaHome portal.
In addition, the MediaNet feature provides access to online content on Art TVs fitted with an integrated hard disk.
There’s a selection of mounting optiions for the screen from table stands to wall mounts and floor stands.As for audio, the Art 46 handles Dolby Digital Plus, AC3 and DTS soundtracks. A pair of 2 x 20W speakers are built into the set along with a 40W subwoofer.
Standby power consumption is said to be less than 0.4W.
TechRadar: It won’t be too long before CES 2011 is upon us. Taking place from 6-9 January 2011 in Las Vegas, CES sets the tone for the tech year.
Apple may not be present, but just about everyone else is – from the electronics giants such as Sony, LG and Samsung to the tiniest software companies. CES covers the whole gamut of technology, so you’ll also find Microsoft and Nvidia alongside names such as Kodak and Polaroid.
CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, is the place where the industry meets, does business and – most importantly for you – launches new kit. TechRadar will be there in force to bring you the latest news and hands-ons from the event, but what can we expect to see there?
Last year, 3D was the main theme alongside every single company talking about the environment. This is a slightly odd thing to hear in Vegas, which is possibly the least environmentally friendly location known to man. Expect those companies who haven’t yet gone big on 3D – such as Sharp – to go fully 3D this time around.
We’ll also see plenty of universal glasses available – specs you can use with various 3D TVs, not just those from one manufacturer. And expect a lot more hype behind 3D Blu-ray.
The movers and shakers at CES 2010
Traditional LCD will seem like old technology at CES 2011 – it’ll be LED all the way. Movement on the next-gen OLED tech has been slow so far, with only Sony, Samsung and LG really demonstrating anything of worth.
Sony has had its 11-inch on-the-market XEL-1, Samsung with an OLED laptop and 40-inch TV demos and LG with the UK’s larget OLED TV, which clocks in at 15 inches. Expect far more to come at CES from various manufacturers.
Highlights from CES 2010 included Samsung’s LED 9000 series and the first look at the Toshiba Regza Cell television – though we’ve since learnt that the Cell is yesterday’s news and will be replaced by the new Cevo processor.
As well as connected TVs, there will also be plenty of other connected devices – we’ll surely also see a plethora of Google TV devices. Google TV will come to the UK in 2011.
GOOGLE TV: Will CES 2011 be where Google TV really takes off?
In terms of computing, we’re expecting lots and lots more in the way of tablets. Dell has not been too secretive about its desire to produce larger siblings for the Dell Streak, so expect more from them.
Likewise HP – we’d predict that the leading PC manufacturer won’t be too far behind with a tablet-based device. Lenovo also had plenty of Snapdragon-based devices at this year’s CES. Will we see more at CES 2011? Will it be the LePad?
But the most interesting part will be the operating systems these guys end up using. Will the buzz continue to be around Android (which Google says isn’t yet ready for tablets anyway) or will we see something new from Microsoft or will the Redmond giant just hope for the best with standard Windows 7? And what of Chrome OS – it’s all gone quiet on that front.
We’re also expecting plenty of announcements from Intel and Nvidia, so watch this space for more.
3Dradar: Sony has announced two new 3D Bravia TVs this week, both due for release later in 2010.
The latest models – the NX713 and NX813 – feature dynamic edge LED backlighting, with Motionflow 100Hz Pro on the former, and Motionflow 200Hz Pro on the latter.
Sony is still to confirm exact UK release dates and pricing. We will be sure to bring you these details as soon as we get them.
Elegant ‘monolithic’ design
In the meantime, Sony’s press release announcing the new NX713 and NX813 TVs notes that the two new network models “combine 3D capability, connectivity and elegant design.”
In addition to full high definition 3D, both sets feature Bravia Internet Video, “for on-demand, online entertainment.”
Somewhat strangely, consumers will need to add a 3D Sync Transmitter and glasses to get the 3D experience, with these not being provided out of the box.
Still, if you are already gearing up to invest in a new 3D Bravia for this coming winter, the marginal extra cost of one or two sets of 3D glasses is hardly going to put you off…
Movies, TV and games content
But what of 3D content? What can you actually watch on your shiny new 3D Bravia later this year?
“All 3D Bravia TVs are supported by a rapidly increasing variety of 3D content,” adds Sony’s release, “including the latest Hollywood movies on Blu-ray 3D disc such as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs; sport, music, natural history and entertainment from new 3D cable and satellite channels; even 3D games such as WipEoutHD and MotorStorm Pacific Rift for the PlayStation3.”
Sony adds that Bravia Internet Video will let you watch catch-up TV services and YouTube without the need for a PC, “plus exclusive content like the FIFA World Cup Collection and streaming movies from Lovefilm.”
“With 3D capability, the connectivity of Bravia Internet Video and stunning monolithic design, the NX713 and NX813 are perfect for people who want both style and performance from their TV,” says Christian Brown, Senior Category Marketing Manager, Sony UK.
Engadget: No two ways about it, 2009 was a bad year for plasma. How else could you describe a year where the so called king of plasmas — and to many, HDTVs — exits the market? It was a hard enough hit when Kuro lovers learned that Panasonic would be manufacturing ‘em instead of Pioneer, but when at the last minute Pioneer canceled the plan before the first Panasonic-branded-Kuro ever shipped, plasma lovers everywhere died a little inside. But all was not lost and Panasonic, Samsung and LG proudly continued on and didn’t miss a beat when Vizio joined the quitters of 2008 — Panasonic even opened the biggest plasma plant yet in 2009. Panasonic did step up, and by some accounts filled the void left by the Kuro by managing to win most of the best of awards of 2009; only to be tarnished by reports that the black levels were depreciated faster than expected.
But the year wasn’t all bad, as plasma prices dropped and in the second quarter of last year it actually did pretty well. Then at CES 2010 Panasonic’s 3D plasma demo stole the 3D show, and early reports showed that the new line offered even better blacks and a better 3D effect than LCD TVs. So while there are no signs that plasma will ever be the king of flat screen TVs, it has proven for yet another year that although LCDs garner the lion’s share of HDTV sales, plasma still owns a piece of the market and offers some advantages over the competition. So while the LCD vs plasma debate has never been as fun or as meaningful as a format war — after all it isn’t like choosing one excludes you from viewing content — it is an interesting battle to follow. In the coming years we expect LCD to continue to push plasma up in size and plasma to push LCD blacker and faster. So the great news is that in the end it is the consumer that is getting better HD viewing options.
Gadgetrepublic: On Jan 26th, in 1926, engineer and inventor John Logie Baird carried out the world’s first demonstration of the television in London.
As a celebration of this monumental event, Sony last week celebrated its own TV landmarks, beginning with the TV5-303, released in 1962 and at its time the world’s smallest black & white transistor TV or micro-TV.
Sony really came into its own in 1998 with the first flat-screen CRT direct-view TV, followed by the WEGA range in 2001, encompassing the world’s largest flat-screen television.
The latest in Sony’s TV technology is the Z4500, its Bravia screen with MotionFlow technology that helps the human eye to perceive motion in a more smooth and fast-flowing way (useful in sports and high-speed chases).
Dutch foundation ‘Natuur en Milieu‘ made an unusual review of television sets recently. Image quality, looks, speakers, number of slots, price, nifty features… all of the usual criteria were put aside. The only question that mattered was: ‘how much electricity does the TV use?’
Rankings change constantly. But one thing’s for sure, taking into consideration your energy bill when buying a new television appears to be a smart move.
For more details about low-energy devices, see Euro-Topten, an initiative supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe program (IEE).