Over the course of the week, some clear trends emerged at this annual tech takeover of Las Vegas -- some we expected, while others were a bit more surprising. Wearable technologies like new smartwatches and activity trackers dominated the show (they must be able to multiply as quickly as rabbits... or Bluetooth speakers, which appeared this year with a level of ubiquity previously met only by iPhone cases).
Welcome to the land of high-definition diminishing returns, also known as 4K television.
Or at least that's one way of looking at the myriad new ultra-high-definition displays that all the big names and even some lesser-known companies are introducing this week at CES. In case you're out of the loop on what 4K is, it's a display standard that uses roughly 4,000 pixels horizontally across the screen; it has four times the number of pixels of 1080p and double that of a 13-inch MacBook Retina display.
If the hype around those now old-timey-seeming retina displays is … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Your perceptions of TV are about to get bent.
Samsung is whole-hog into curved TVs at CES 2014, introducing two series of concave TVs this year.
But its new "bendable" TV takes it a step further. Press a button on the remote control and small servos behind the screen spring into action, bending the edges out into that soon-to-be-familiar curved shape. A second button-press and the process reverses, flattening the screen into the same shape as your current HDTV.
Samsung originally announced the TV as a concept, but now says it will ship this year. … Read more
Sharp unveiled its new line of Aquos TVs on Monday, once again showing the consumer-electronics world that it knows how to think big.
The company touted the Aquos 4K, Aquos Q, and what Sharp President John Herrington called a "game changer" TV, the Aquos Quattron Plus, which has 10 million more subpixels than full HD. Sharp will release these TVs in a matter of weeks. … Read more
LG plans to tune up most of its new TVs this year with a shot of WebOS.
Revealing its plans in a Korean press release on Monday, LG said that 70 percent of this year's smart TVs will come with the new interface, which it purchased from HP almost a year ago. The company also touted the three major benefits of WebOS: Simple Connect, Simple Switching, and Simple Discovery.
The first time you turn on the TV, an animated character named Bean Bird swoops in to show you how to tap into all of the smart features. When using … Read more
It's that magical time of year: Lists are made and checked twice, little eyes sparkle with anticipation, and countless children (at heart) prepare for the unveiling of something new and incredible.
I speak, of course, of the Consumer Electronics Show, where manufacturers from around the world show off their upcoming products.
And let me tell you, the onslaught of nonsense is incessant. Don't get me wrong, we're going to see a lot of cool stuff. We're also going to see a lot of crap, polished and sold as daisies.
This list is some of both.… Read more
Got room in your home for a 110-inch Ultra HDTV? If so, Samsung has a new model that should be headed your way early next year.
On sale starting Monday in South Korea, the 110-inch television is Samsung's largest UHD TV, roughly the size of a king-size bed. The TV's resolution of 8 million pixels is four times the level of detail found in standard HDTVs.
It's the last Crave giveaway of 2013, so it's got to be a big one. And what could be bigger than a 42-inch LCD TV? Well, a 60-inch LCD TV. But let's not get too carried away.
This week, we have a 1080p CCFL-backlit LG 42CS560 for the taking. At around $400, it's a relatively inexpensive LCD TV, with some picture-quality issues not uncommon to budget sets, according to CNET reviewer Ty Pendlebury. But while he cites poor black levels, Ty does like the set's color accuracy and saturation, as well as its performance in bright rooms. … Read more
While the majority of the TV industry prattles on about higher and higher resolutions, few talk about improving other, more important aspects of the TVs picture: contrast ratio and color.
Dolby, though best known for its audio technologies, has been doing a lot with video recently too. The latest development addresses dynamic range, or difference between light and dark, for televisions. The company says it wants to enhance not just contrast ratios, but the richness and realism of color as well.
Dolby won't be announcing the official name of this tech until CES next month, but for now let's call it the Dolby High-Dynamic Range Television System because it shares a lot of the same characteristics of HDR imaging. Here's why it's cool (potentially). … Read more
Want to see a 105-inch curved TV? LG and Samsung will each unveil their own respective models next month.
The two electronics rivals both annnounced on Thursday that they will show off a 105-inch curved TV at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January. Both TVs will display 11 million pixels at a resolution of 5,120x2,160 and an aspect ratio of 21:9.