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The Top Five TVs of CES 2011 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
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The Top Five TVs of CES 2011
Vizio and Samsung


#2 – Vizio XVT3D650SV Cinema 3D TV

The XVT3D650SV isn’t a brand new TV for CES – it was technically released in December – but it was one of the most impressive sets on display.  Not just because there’s a beautiful 65 inch screen, but because that screen does 3D incredibly well.Vizio’s set uses what they’re calling Cinema 3D but it more commonly referred to as passive technology.  You can use the same glasses you get in theaters or one of the many designer pairs available from makers like Oakley and Gunnar.

Vizio Cinema 3d

There were a few passive 3D sets at the show from companies like LG and Toshiba, but the ones from Vizio looked the best.  There was very little cross-talk, and picture stayed 3D from the center all the way out to the edges, while others lost the effect in the corners of the screen.  As far as 3D goes, the former entry-level manufacturer is among the best.

#1 – Samsung UND8000 Series LED LCD

Samsung’s press conference at this year’s CES was a bit strange.  It was presented in the style of a talk show and failed to elicit the sort of response that Samsung wanted.  Product unveilings were awkward and information didn’t get across as well as it should have, but there was one thing the company did right.

When Samsung first showed the new 8000 series LCD sets, they looked a lot like last year’s models.  That is, until the pair of execs on stage pulled off the false bezels to reveal a screen with just 0.2 inches of material on each side.  The 8000 series is remarkable in that way, boasting a screen that goes nearly all the way to the edge.  It’s about as bezel free as you can get.

Samsung UND8000

But the bezel isn’t the only thing Samsung’s 8000 line has going for it.  Even from across the conference room, the set looked beautiful.  That didn’t change when I finally got to see it up close on the show floor. Though it’s difficult to really tell under the lights and unorthodox viewing conditions, the picture on 8000’s may well have been the best at the show.   They’re bright, colorful and have what seem to be near-plasma black levels.  

The UND8000 has one more thing going for it - the remote.  Samsung's high-end set comes with an impressive touch-screen remote that allows you to watch your show when you get up for a sandwich, or even check on the game during a movie.  You're no longer limited to watching only what's on your TV.


Which TVs caught your eye at CES 2011?

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