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Ed Selley  |  Feb 14, 2011  |  0 comments
Ullo John, gotta new flatscreen? HCC’s technology curator Martin Pipe takes a look at a Freeview HD TV with built-in media player. He thinks it’s not half bad

Anyone of a certain vintage will fondly recall the ‘Ullo Tosh’ ads of the mid-80s. Inspired by an Alexei Sayle comedy single and voiced by the much-missed Ian Dury, Toshiba’s ‘Blueprint Man’ would extol the virtues of the company’s midi systems and the latest in flatter, squarer TV sets. But none of the copywriters involved in this memorable ad campaign could have foreseen the sophistication that today’s TV sets would reach.

Ed Selley  |  Jan 27, 2011  |  0 comments
Ghosts R.I.P A man haunted by crosstalk, John Archer praises an LCD TV that might be able to handle the third dimension after all

This direct LED TV is the first 3D-capable model I’ve seen from Philips, and it’s also the first active 3D LCD TV to convince me that LCD tech might eventually conquer its crosstalk nemesis.

Ed Selley  |  Jan 27, 2011  |  0 comments
Yellow fever breaks out Sharp's new 60in TV with its fourth sub-pixel almost gets John Archer’s 3D spine tingling

 

Ed Selley  |  Dec 29, 2010  |  0 comments
Back to the future Panasonic's flagship 2D plasma is a 21st century marvel, says Martin Pipe

I recently stumbled across a 30-year-old article from a trade magazine, which predicted that the domestic TV would become a ‘home-entertainment’ hub. Looking at TVs like Panasonic’s TX-P50V20B, you have to admit they were right.

Ed Selley  |  Dec 29, 2010  |  0 comments
Enter the can-do TV multi-tasker It bundles Blu-ray, networked AV and off-air HDTV into a pleasantly presented package. But is this enough to impress Martin Pipe?

We’ve certainly seen some interesting combos in the past: VCRs with onboard surround hard disk recorders, TVs with built-in DVD players, and iPod-ready melons. Okay, we might have made the last one up. Taking us back to into the solid realms of reality, though, is Sony’s KDL-40EX43B, which updates the DVD/TV concept by combining a smart-looking 40in LCD TV with a Blu-ray player.

Ed Selley  |  Nov 30, 2010  |  0 comments
Tuner three-pack Martin Pipe thinks light-emitting diodes give Panasonic the edge, but there are plenty more features to its first LED model

Panasonic is currently the king of plasma TV. So much so, that its LCD screens often get overlooked. Now, though, it’s joined the LED market, with a range of TVs from 19-42in. This set, the TX-L42D25B, is the biggest in its arsenal. Is it good enough to challenge the LED lineups of Samsung, Sony et al?

Ed Selley  |  Nov 30, 2010  |  0 comments
So nearly an LG legend John Archer finds a lot to like about this 50in plasma TV – and a couple of flaws, too

Proof of just how seriously LG is still taking plasma is abundantly clear in the brand’s latest flagship TV, the 50PK990. Thanks to its slim frame, single-layer finish and novel colour scheme, which subtly infuses a touch of blue into the stand and bezel, it certainly cuts a dash.

Ed Selley  |  Nov 30, 2010  |  0 comments
3D for everyone John Archer is surprised to see a 3DTV for only £1,500, and wonders if there’s a catch

This 46in TV with full HD and frame sequential 3D playback costs just £1,500, not in excess of £2K like every other active 3D TV. In other words, it promises to be the set that brings 3D to the masses. Since it uses a standard CCFL backlight, it’s loads fatter than the wafer-thin delights of Samsung’s edge LED models. But it’s still fairly stylish for all that.

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