Should I buy an OLED TV or stick with LCD and plasma?


There’s a new display technology in town — OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) — and it could be coming to a large TV near you very soon.

Plenty of big-name manufacturers have already produced OLED TVs, and others are promising to have sets available within the next couple of years.

OLED has a lot of very attractive characteristics meaning it can has the potential to power large, bright, thin, energy-efficient televisions. Then again, LCD and plasma TVs currently rule the roost and are no pushovers when it comes to features.

Should you buy an OLED TV? Let’s take a look…

Sony to release 21 inch OLED TV by end of year with Samsung 40 inch to follow


Large OLED TVs will be a reality by the end of the year with a raft more to follow 2010. But one does feel compelled to ask, whats the bleeding point, if a 21inch model costs upward of £5000? I don’t if you’re Garry Gadget, surely for that money, any sane person would buy a 65 inch HD with enough change left over to buy a 22 inch HD LCD.

Seiko Epson Corporation today announced it has developed inkjet technology that allows for the uniform deposition of organic material in the production of large-screen OLED televisions. This marks a big step to resolving the uneven layering that had previously hindered the mass-scale production of large screen TVs.

But it looks like it might be Sony who is the first to release a large-screen OLED TV after demoing a 21 inch model at the Flat Panel Expo in Japan, with Samsung releasing a 31 inch or 40 inch model soon thereafter.

OLED looks to be the future of TV, with wide viewing angles, amazing richness depth and blacks that would make the night look positively luminsecent, but at prices that would make even the most spendthrifty wince it might be a while yet before an OLED panel makes its way into everyones homes.

(Via Akihabara News)

LG looking at the end of the line for plasma TVs


Now I know the image I’ve used isn’t very accurate but a) it’s far more dramatic than some black rectangle of a LG plasma and b) I was going to use this one instead but, seeing as it’s a Samsung and an LCD, that would have been just as ridiculous as this one which, as it goes, is much more interesting, don’t you think?

Anyway, my editorial dilemmas to one side, the point is that LG’s vice president, Lee Gyu-hong, has announced that the Korean giants are taking a bit of a beating on plasma TVs and that they’re thinking about ceasing production…

Even in these troubled economic times people still NEED a big new HDTV


Despite the news all being about the end of the universe and how you’re best off mashing up all your remaining money into papier-mache logs to burn to keep warm, one statistic on the UK economic trends chart is pointing UP – sales of HD LCD and plasmas TVs are still rocketing.

Stats compiled by GFK for the BBC show that sales of fancy flat high-def TVs increased by nearly 11% in the last three months of 2008 compared to the same period of 2007, presumably because no one’s got jobs any more, so sitting around in the house watching TV is now the main occupation of the UK population. And if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it properly with a nice new 52″ Samsung…

Panasonic rescuing the reputation of plasma TVs – thinner, more efficient models on the way


Poor old plasma TVs, which have long been tagged as the energy-sucking, gas-guzzlers of the lounge, might be about to have their reputations saved – thanks to Panasonic’s new range.

Panasonic reckons it’s managed to get the energy consumption of a standard plasma TV down by HALF – a move which it’s hoping will boost sales of its TVs by 50% over the coming year, as modern energy-aware shoppers start paying a bit more attention to the numbers on the back of boxes when they buy stuff…

EU's knee-jerk anti-plasma campaign could lead to total ban and more sensationalist tech headlines


Everyone knows that, in general, large TVs consume more electricity than small ones, but it seems that EU bureaucrats are just turning themselves on to the idea of banning plasma TVs because they’re not energy efficient.

The yawn-inducing title attributed to plasma sets is “the 4×4 of the living room” (I reported this over at HDTVUK two years ago) because it’s easy to lump them all together as electricity guzzlers.

Sweeping generalisations reported in the mainstream press include such gems as “they use up to four times as much electricity and are responsible for up to four times as much carbon dioxide as traditional cathode ray tube sets.” The clue is in those two words — “up to” — which, just as when applied to your flagging broadband connection, can cover a huge range of values…

CES 2009: Samsung reveals huge range of new LCD and plasma HD tellies


I knew that not long after reeling off LG’s massive line of new HDTVs then along would come someone else with lots of TVs to brag about.

That’s Samsung.

Here we go, then, with the latest high definition TVs from the South Korean technology giant.

First on the list is the new 8000, 7000, and 6000 Series of LED HDTVs which boast better environmental credentials and over 40% less energy usage to LCD TVs of a similar size. Fortunately, Dan’s already done a sterling job reviewing these tellies so I’ll move on to Samsung’s other new displays…

CES 2009: LG unveils huge range of plasma and LCD HDTVs


LG has decided that it hasn’t released nearly enough high definition TVs already, and so is spending this year’s CES showing off a jaw-dropping eleven new series (yes series, not just models) of plasma and LCD TVs.

So that you aren’t bored witless with every detailed specification, here’s an overview of what’s on offer.

Let’s take a look at the LCD TVs first…

Luxury screen cleaning fluid – for the geek who has everything


Just when you think you’ve seen every luxury product, another one comes along. This time we’ve got luxury screen cleaning fluid, and it comes in what looks like perfume bottles.

The manufacturers warn that using alcohol-based cleaning products can cause irreparable harm to LCD screens. They’ve formulated an alcohol-free, water-based cleaner that won’t cause any damage to your expensive 42″ plasma.

On the left, you’ve got the “Eazy Care”, which comes in black or white, and costs £20. On the right is the “One Care”, which costs £15. Refills are available for either for just £6. If either float your boat, then pick up a bottle at Currys or John Lewis.

AM Denmark Screen Cleaners

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