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More pixels

Posted Sep 14, 2006 in Gadgets, Technology, Television.

My stepdaughter needed a television for her college apartment. Well she needed two, actually - one for her bedroom and one for her living room. Since we were at least one TV short, it was decided that we needed to buy one.

We had a 36-inch SDTV in our living room, and another 28-inch model in the master bedroom. I didn't want to buy another SDTV, so we gave Meredith the unit from the bedroom, replaced it with the unit from the living room, and then went out to buy a replacement. Since my wife and I love to watch movies, football, NASCAR, and baseball we decided to take the plunge and buy our first high-definition television.

Limited resources steered us into buying a relatively cheap 40-inch LCD HDTV from Samsung, but we were pleasantly surprised with the astounding picture quality. High-definition broadcasts look absolutely spectacular, and we quickly discovered that there were more channels of HDTV than we thought. SDTV broadcasts don't look quite as good as they do with a CRT-based television, but they are satisfactory.

Drama series, such as House and Standoff, look so much better in high-definition that they have a movie-like quality. Hooking the television up to my laptop yields startling results too. I can watch downloaded video, or even browse the web, in more comfort than I could with the laptop's own screen. I'm kicking myself for not taking the plunge before!

Comments

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    LCD Monitors / Television are simply a hoot. I currently have an SDTV in my room also and the quality is good but it in my parents house they have a 55" HDTV that is good quality. However, with it being rear-projection it is showing its age.

    However, LCD displays are simply great quality. Watch the first Matrix on it, you can see Laurence Fishburnes pores in his face!

    On a side note: I see you have a spell checker. That is totally bad-ass.

    Posted by James Henry on Sep 21, 2006.

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    No spellchecker, Dude. It must be magic.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Sep 21, 2006.

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    Apparently it was FireFox 2 Beta 2 that included the magic.

    "Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one) without having to use a seperate application."

    Posted by James Henry on Sep 21, 2006.

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    So, this is how I find out you got a new TV!

    I got a very simliar beast to yours although it is a Toshiba. They are SO much better than standard TVs and without loads of reflection! The only problem here is that HD broadcasts are not going to sart for another year! DVD's look good though.

    Posted by Tim on Sep 23, 2006.

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    Well, I think that you made the right choice because Samsung it the right thing to choose, to my mind.

    Posted by Java Developer on Sep 24, 2006.