Sharp AQUOS LC-52XS1U: Ultra-Slim 52″ LCD TV with RGB LED Backlight

Sharp AQUOS LC-52XS1U Specifications

Display: 52″ 10-bit ASV Black TFT LCD with RGB LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1 (native), 1,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time: 4ms
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Viewing Angles: 176/176
Color Gamut: 150% NTSC
Tuners: ATSC, NTSC, QAM
Connectivity: HDMI v1.3 with x.v.Color (5), Component (2), Composite (3), VGA, RS-232C, USB, Ethernet
Power Consumption: 294W (operational)
Dimensions:
49.0 x 34.6 x 2.4″ (w/o stand)
49.0 x 40.1 x 2.4″ (w/stand)
Weight: 92.6lbs (w/o stand), 99.2lbs (w/stand)
Price: US$11,999

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The 52″ 10-bit ASV (Advanced Super View) Black TFT LCD is manufactured from Sharp‘s Kameyama LCD fabrication plant. The 52″ LCD also features a RGB LED backlight that improves the color gamut to 150% NTSC. Add 120Hz and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 thanks to local dimming and you’ve got a fantastic LCD TV. In terms of connections you have nothing to worry about: there are five HDMI v1.3 connections, two component, three composite, Ethernet, etc.

PC Magazine reviewed the LC-52XS1U and gave it the thumbs up for contrast and HD detail they weren’t too happy about the extremely high price. There were others that stated a professional setup including calibration is required to get the most out of the 52″ LCD TV.

Source: Sharp, PC Magazine

Philips AJL308: 7″ Digital Photo Frame And Then Some

Philips AJL308 Specifications

Display: 7″ TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 480 x 234
Brightness: 200 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 300:1
Response Time: 30ms
Connectivity: USB, FM, SD/MMC
Audio: MP3, WMA
Video: DivX, MPEG4
Picture: JPEG
Dimensions:
208.5 x 168.5 x 91.2mm
8.2 x 6.6 x 3.6″

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Philips‘ AJL308 is a digital photo frame with a lot going for it. It can be used as an alarm clock (buzzer, nature sounds or the radio), has a sleep timer (with preloaded relaxation music), a clock, a FM radio, and a calendar. Of course you can stick in a USB stick or SD memory card to view pictures, listen to music and watch videos too.

The AJL308 sports a 7″ LCD, which has plenty of brightness (200 cd/m2) and a decent contrast ratio of 300:1. Response time is slow as a turtle at 30ms so you might not want to watch too many videos on the thing. Does it cost a lot? Nope. You can find one for about $40.

Source: Philips

LG W2042TQ-BF: 20.1″ LCD Monitor for $117

LG W2042TQ-BF Specifications

Display: 20.1″ TN Wide TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 2ms
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 8000:1 (dynamic)
Viewing Angles: 170/170
Connectivity: DVI-D, VGA
Dimensions: 18.7 x 15.4 x 7.9″
Weight: 9.9lbs
Price: US$129.99 ($117 with coupon code: 1Z829VM32T983V)

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Dell has an awesome deal on LG‘s 20.1″ wide LCD monitor: W2042TQ-BF. The price at Dell is $129.99 but with the coupon code (1Z829VM32T983V) you can bring that down to just $117. With free shipping. Nice! Continue reading →

Hate Contracts? Want an iPhone? Got $599?

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Apple‘s iPhone can be had without a contract. Just walk into an Apple Store, fork over $599 and you’ll be set with an 8GB iPhone. Too easy? Then walk into an AT&T store. You’ll need to be an existing AT&T customer. You’re also limited to just one.

What does this mean? Are you on T-Mobile or travel abroad frequently and want to use an iPhone? You still have to unlock it since it is technically locked to AT&T’s service. I’m guessing Apple will give you that unlock code. After unlocking the iPhone you can stick your SIM card of choice and use the iPhone anywhere there’s a GSM network. Finally.

Source: Apple Insider, Boy Genius Report, Engadget

Need a 17″ Notebook PC for Under $1000? Get a PC.

“Want to be real? Get a PC.” That’s the message (paraphrased of course) Microsoft wants you to get. Microsoft’s latest ad stars a “real person” named Lauren. She’s on a budget: $1000. And she wants a 17″ notebook PC, speed and a comfortable keyboard. Lauren gets to keep it if she finds it.

She goes into an Apple Store and finds out that the only notebook that’s under $1000 is a 13.3″. Little does she know it’s last-generation, not aluminum, and quite underpowered too. To get the 17″ MacBook Pro she’ll need to double her budget. “I’m just not cool enough to be a Mac person.”

She gets a HP Pavilion something for just $699.99. She got just what she wanted. If you want style, if you want a notebook made of a single aluminum block, if you want Apple, you’ll need to spend a lot more. About three times more. But people that buy Macs would say the same thing: “I got just what I wanted.” We all want different things. You just need the money to pay for it.

Check out the video. It’s a clever way of saying: “Macs are expensive. Want to be real? Get a PC.” Check out Microsoft’s “Laptop Hunters” site for more information.

Source: Microsoft, BoingBoing, Engadget

Meizu M8: Very Good iPhone Rip

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Photo courtesy: Engadget

Joshua over at Engadget has gotten his hands on a real Meizu M8. The stuff he likes about the M8:

Build quality is “actually pretty decent” even though it’s mostly plastic. That’s a good start. I’m guessing it’ll be lighter than the iPhone.

Removable battery is “quite large”. Very nice. The battery is removable so you won’t have to be worrying whether you brought the power adapter (even though it’s tiny) and where you can find a power socket.

Impressive Software “Quite snappy” software with style and function that is “really kind of impressive”. Well if Meizu copied the aesthetics of iPhone’s OS without all the solid underpinnings I would think it could run pretty quickly. I would wait to see if the OS is reliable though.

The M8 is an iPhone rip: hardware and software. It’s a very good rip. Let’s see how Apple responds. It’ll be interesting. There are many more pictures over at Engadget.

Source: Engadget

ASUS Eee PC E1004DN: Netbook with Optical Drive

ASUS Eee PC E1004DN Specifications

CPU: Intel Atom N280
HDD: 120GB
Availability: April 2009
Price: NT$18,000 – 20,000 (around US$530 – $600)

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ASUS has decided to add an optical drive to its netbook and call it the Eee PC E1004DN. An updated Intel Atom N280 powers the unit, which comes with a 120GB HDD around mid-April 2009. Price? Mid-$500. It’s interesting to see Billy Joel on the screen. Lawyers will probably be calling ASUS real soon.

Source: DigiTimes, Engadget

Samsung Series 7 UN55B7000: 55″ LED HDTV

Samsung UN55B7000 Specifications

Display: 54.6″ S-PVA TFT LCD with Edge-lit LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Frequency: 120Hz Auto Motion Plus
Connectivity: HDMI-CEC (4), USB 2.0 (2), VGA, Component, Ethernet, RF (2)
Tuner: ATSC
Power Consumption: 40% less than CCFL backlit LCD TVs, Energy Star compliant
Dimensions:
51.7 x 39.2 x 12.0″ (w/stand)
51.7 x 32.1 x 1.2″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 60.4lbs (w/stand), 48.9lbs (w/o stand)
Price: US$3799.99

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Samsung‘s Series 7 UN55B7000 is an ultra-slim LCD TV that make use of edge-lit LED backlight technology. How slim? Just 1.2″ for a 55″ set! Samsung makes use of its Ultra Clear Panel that improves color by making the images brighter and clearer. Another cool feature of the UN55B7000 is Internet TV that pump in content via Yahoo!, Flickr, and other online TV Widgets via the Ethernet port. The feature is powered by the Yahoo Widget Engine. You can also get the optional Samsung Linkstick that lets you connect to the Internet wirelessly. Where can you get one? It seems Best Buy is already taking orders.

Source: Samsung

GE Security 3D HD Baggage Screening Technology

MarketWatch: GE Security will attempt to accomplish the goal of protecting “travelers with advanced high-definition 3D imaging baggage screening technology” with its CTX 9800 DSi, a part of the company’s EDS (explosives detection systems) line of products. The embedded video above will show a user zooming in and out, rotating (360 degrees) a 3D image that was captured by the CTX 9800 DSi.

GE Security’s Homeland Protection business attained TSA certification for the CTX 9800 DSi on March 26, 2009. Airports can now make use of the 3D HD baggage screening technology to look for explosives.

The CTX 9800 DSi makes use of an innovative data acquisition system called Clarity that combines the 3D imaging technology from GE Healthcare and the automated explosives detection technology from GE Security. I feel just a bit safer already.