The two models, a 23inch 1080p model (VM230XVT) and a 19inch set (VM190XVT), are both very skinny, offer high contrast levels, efficient energy consumption and apparently deliver quality pictures - just like most LED backlit LCD HDTVs. Unlike rival sets though they can also double as a picture frame via USB connection and like most VIZIO products they are very competitively priced with the 23inch model going for less than $400.
Apparently a trio of mobile Full HD 3D theatres will visit shopping centres to preview Panny's Neo PDP Full HD TV technology 3D content but also to show what the new breed of Viera Cast sets are capable of.
New from I Want One of Those is a Digital TV and Multimedia Player for under £100.
OK it's only got a teeny, tiny 3.5inch screen but for use out and about this seems great - no idea what picture quality is like yet. Thanks to a digital tuner you can watch all the Freeview channels, though you will need to hook the device to your TV aerial first to download all the available channels.
Using the SD card the gadget also doubles as a video or digital audio (MP3 player)
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Interesting piece over on www.oled-info.com about how much money you will save with a 'green' TV. It has picked up on research from an Israeli newspaper that shows if you buy Samsung 40inch green LED TV it will take over 166 years to offset the difference in price over a conventional LCD screen.
The newspaper has made the calculation, assuming that you watch 4 hours of TV a day. It has worked out that Samsung's 40inch LED TV consumes almost half the amount of electricity when compared to normal 40inch LCD TVs (95Kw/h vs 175 Kw/h). This works out a little over a dollar a month in terms of electricity savings. But the cost of the set is more than double. Would be interesting if these results are replicated in the UK but they probably are quite similar.
All TV makers are now offering green or eco TVs. Usually they still sell their normal TV, and the new green model is offered at a premium. Some use LED technology to reduce power consumption, and some use ideas like an optical sensor that knows if you leave the room and shuts down the screen, or an 'eco-mode' button that reduces brightness by 20%. But it seems that while they might save energy, they make little financial sense right now.
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Essentially the TOUCH X9613 is a 24inch HD resolution screen/TV, but it also includes a integrated Windows PC as well as audio facilities, Blu-ray and a DVD. It is controlled in interesting ways too with users able to access apps using either touch or voice.
The UK is apparently the biggest market for flats screen TVs in Europe and Futuresource thinks it will stay that way with demand for the sets fuelled by the World cup next year, the Olympics in 2012 and the digital switch off.
Each of the models is protected by a specially made glass panel which not only keeps the TV dry (the maker says they will stay bone dry even in a sauna), but also apparently enhances picture quality too.
It has the usual selection of facilities - nine inch screen, Freeview and analogue TV tuners, video, audio and photo file playback etc - but comes with one unique feature. It is the first of its kind that can record Freeview TV