TV print shop
Viewers can now not only burn or view images directly to or from a CD-R, they can also use the TV's built-in printer to churn out 4x6 hard copies of their shots. Plus, they'll be able to access photos from the media of their choice, thanks to plenty of onboard slots for SmartMedia, SD/MMC, CompactFlash, and Memory Stick cards.
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The sets, which are only 14.8 inches deep, have a native resolution of 1,280x720, making them capable of displaying the full resolution of HD. As with many of this year's new sets, Epson also includes a DVI with HDCP input for connection to the latest DVI-equipped cable and satellite set-top boxes, as well as to computers and DVD players. Priced to have an edge over large-screen plasmas, the 47-inch model will retail for $3,499, while the 57-incher will list for $4,999. Bringing projectors home
Epson has also announced three new front LCD projectors for home-theater use: the Cinema 200
($2,999), the Cinema 500
($4,999), and the PowerLite Home 10
. The more-expensive models feature true HD resolution, while the Home 10 is an EDTV wide-screen model.
With both InFocus--another front-projector specialist--and Epson entering the LCD rear-projection market, the field is clearly starting to get more crowded, which should spell lower prices for consumers in the not-so-distant future. Though LCD picture quality still has its downsides (most notably, mediocre black levels), we've seen a marked improvement in certain sets over the past year, and performance will only get better with time. Still, we'll wait to get our hands on a review unit before casting our final verdict on the Livingstation's picture quality.