We discuss our personal tech hits and misses of 2011; what we loved, hated and was overrated. Also, Scott and Ty weigh in on what will most likely be going on at CES 2012; the who, the what, and the why.
Updated November 2013!
In television technology trifecta of LED LCD, plasma, and LCD, which comes out on top? The subject of countless debates and diatribes, the better question is: which works best? Or more precisely, which works best for you?
When you cut through the hype and the fanboys, each tech has different benefits and costs. So to help you figure out which TV is right for your house, let's take a look at each one.… Read more
With all of the brouhaha over tablets, smartphones, and thin PCs, it's easy to overlook the fact that quite a few noteworthy things happened in the venerable TV category this year.
It's my job to keep track of such things, so, yeah, I'm biased, but when considering a year-end article to write, it really wasn't difficult to come up with 10 TVs that actually deserve the title "important." The models below, arranged in no particular order, might qualify because of picture quality, bang for the buck, 3D technology, slick design, or even sheer size, but each one interests me in its own way and potentially sets a trend for 2012 and beyond.
Disagree with any of my picks or want to nominate a more-important-to-you model? Let me know in comments.
The onslaught of marketing this time of year is unsurprising, but no less unpleasant. Advertising of products can be a useful tool, informing the public of the latest and greatest.
Where it becomes offensive is when it includes blatant lies, misleading truths, or perpetrates a myth.
Don't be fooled by these deceptive practices, in this (admittedly first) edition of Myths, Marketing, and Misdirection, the HDTV edition.… Read more
Wondering how to set up an HDTV? It may seem like a daunting task, with pages and pages of settings and a pile of cables. But since you took all that time finding the right TV for you, and you've driven/carried/dragged it home, it's worth it to spend a little extra time making sure it's correctly set up. Otherwise, it won't look its best.
After you follow the instructions for getting the TV on its stand (if it isn't already), the real setup begins. There are countless settings, options, and potential issues between box and beautiful picture. This how-to guide should help you navigate the waters of TV technology. … Read more
Most people don't like watching TV in the dark. The problem is, flat-panel TVs tend to reflect light in the room. Even if you have a matte-screen LCD, light bouncing off the screen is going to diminish picture quality in one way or another.
This how-to guide has some obvious and some not-so-obvious tricks and tips to help you make sure that no matter what lighting you have in your room, you're still getting the best picture quality.… Read more
Don't listen to the hype. Ignore the commercials. Leer skeptically at the salesman. There is no such thing as an LED TV, and "LED" doesn't mean it's any better than other TVs.
LED is just a type of LCD, with strengths and weaknesses that make it better in some ways, worse in others, and rarely worth its price premium over other technologies. … Read more
Whether it's a big sale, a hard fought deal, or finding the perfect high-performance-but-low-cost product, Everyone likes saving money. This is especially true this time of year, with a shopping list a mile long.
Check out these tips and tricks to save yourself some big money this holiday season.… Read more
I keep hearing that more and more people are watching movies and TV shows on their iPads or other tablets. That's amazing; every single one of these folks probably owns a large flat-screen display, but the "convenience" of watching a tablet in bed or on the train is a better fit. It's a lifestyle issue, where size really does matter.
Sure, they haven't completely stopped watching their 50-inch displays just yet, but give it another five years and I guarantee some of them won't be replacing their old sets when they break. The people … Read more
If you read my "Buying an HDTV: Online or in-store" article, you'll see that buying a TV online has a lot of benefits over buying one in a store (like selection, price, avoiding the insane lines, etc).
However, not all online stores are created equal. There are many important factors to look out for when buying online that go far beyond price.
Buyer beware, as they say. Here's how not to get ripped off buying an HDTV online.… Read more