Now Playing: Watch this: The final word 29:59 LAS VEGAS -- That's a wrap: CES 2014 is history. As the largest global gathering for the consumer electronics and technology industry, the International CES is always viewed as a barometer for where tech is headed in the coming year. To be sure, part of that trend is that many once cutting-edge products -- mobile phones, tablets, PCs, and TVs -- have begun to enter middle age. This year's upgrades are looking more evolutionary than revolutionary -- but also more approachable and mainstream than ever before. But other categories -- car tech, home automation, and especially wearable technology -- were on fire this year. From small startups to global behemoths, companies small and large are working transition these nascent tech verticals from their geeky hobbyist phase to mainstream adoption. Here's what grabbed the attention of CNET editors this year, across each of the major product categories at the show. Wearable technology It … [Read more...] about CES 2014: Wearables, connected appliances, automated cars, and curved TVs
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When the first curved TVs appeared more than three years ago I asked whether they were a gimmick.As a TV reviewer I had to give the curve a fighting chance, however, so I took a curved Samsung home to live with my family for awhile, in addition to subjecting it to a full CNET review. In the end, I answered my own question with the headline "Great picture quality, but the curved screen is a flat-out gimmick." Since then most of the video geeks I know, including just about everybody I hear from on Twitter, Facebook and article comments, pooh-poohs curved TV screens as a useless distraction. A curved TV takes the traditional flat screen and bends it along a gentle arc. The edges end up a bit closer, ostensibly providing a slight wraparound effect. Curved TV makers, citing huge curved screens like Imax, call their sets more "immersive" than their flat counterparts, but in my experience that claim doesn't hold water at in-home (as opposed to theatrical) screen sizes and viewing distances. … [Read more...] about Curved TV isn’t dead yet. Thanks, Samsung.
I expect to see better TVs every year at CES, and every year I do. This year's were amazingly good, though I think that every year. As usual, I'll let others review the actual sets when they come out—you can't do a fair comparison looking at them on the show floor, where they are set up so that they all look great. Instead, I want to focus on the technology changes we're seeing, particularly the technology used in the high-end sets, as that usually trickles down to mid-range and even low-end TVs pretty quickly. One thing that is clear is that 4K or Ultra High Definition (3840 by 2160) sets are becoming mainstream for larger size TVs. Almost all the 55-inch and larger sets I saw were 4K UHD sets. While broadcast and typical cable content is still almost all distributed at 1080 or even 720 resolution, services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu have been pushing 4K content; and there are now good, reasonably-placed 4K Blu-Ray players on the market with titles to boot. … [Read more...] about The Technology Behind CES’s Amazing New TVs and Displays
The jury is still out on the benefits of curved TVs. Whenever I see them on display in a store, it's impossible to view the screen without picking up some reflections because, you know, it's curved! However, monitors are a different beast. We sit closer to them and light sources can be more easily controlled. Now Samsung is adding a new feature into the mix: curved monitors using Quantum Dots. It's CES next week and manufacturers need to stand out from the crowd. So Samsung is launching a number of new curved monitors "designed with gamers in mind". First up is the Samsung CH711 Quantum Dot Curved Monitor, which comes in 27in or 31.5in sizes and features a 1,800R curvature. Both models boast a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 and support 125% sRGB colour coverage. If you're wondering what Quantum Dots are, they are basically semiconductor nanocrystals that work in a similar way to OLED displays, allowing the display to be brighter, produce better colour accuracy and saturation, and … [Read more...] about Samsung Unveils Quantum Dot Curved Monitors
Now's the Time to Buy a New TV The TV market has been changing a lot recently, both in terms of technology and price. New types of screens with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels and ultra high definition (UHD, or 4K) is replacing the 1080p standard we've become used to. But which one should you buy? Here are the main points to consider when shopping for a new set, as well as the best TVs we've tested. The Best 4K TVs The TV resolution question used to be between the options of 720p (1,280 by 720 resolution, or just under one million pixels) and 1080p (1,920 by 1,080, or just over two million pixels). Then it moved on to 1080p versus Ultra HD, or 4K (3,840 by 2,160, with eight million pixels). Now it's no longer a question: 4K has become the standard for medium-sized and larger televisions from every major manufacturer. The higher resolution no longer commands a huge premium, and you can now find a 65-inch 4K TV for under $1,000. Realistically, you'd be hard-pressed to find a … [Read more...] about The Best TVs of 2018