Archive for August, 2007

IFA 2007 – Samsung F9 70-inch LCD TV is biggest on sale with LED backlight

IFA 2007 – Samsung F9 70-inch LCD TV is biggest on sale with LED backlight

How big is your living room?  I only ask, because Samsung has seemingly set its sights on filling it with as much TV as possible.  With their new F9 range they've (for the moment, anyway) secured the title of "largest commercially available LCD with LED backlighting," with a screen size of either 52" or a behemoth 70", while the F8 range may only come in 40" or 46" but that's still plenty big.

 

IFA 2007 – Samsung shrink the laser printer with piano-black pair

IFA 2007 – Samsung shrink the laser printer with piano-black pair

If you're going to give up desk-space to a printer then it may as well earn its keep by being bloody gorgeous. I'd wager that's the design brief given to Samsung's computer peripherals team; how else could you explain the glossy, piano lacquer pair of laser printers, the monochrome ML-1630 and the multifunction SCX-4500.

IFA 2007 – Sharp prompt gasps with 20mm LCD TV

IFA 2007 – Sharp prompt gasps with 20mm LCD TV

Sharp really pulled out the stops at IFA 2007 with some TVs so thin they'd drive a supermodel to organ removal.  Undoubtedly star of the show was a 20mm thick LCD Aquos prototype, encased in a sheet of glass, only 29mm at its thickest point and weighing a ridiculous 25kg.  Despite the lack of depth it was in no way lacking in the specs department; a 100,000:1 contrast ratio saw to that.

  

Microsoft Zune 2 and Flash-based Zune break cover

Microsoft Zune 2 and Flash-based Zune break cover

Here's something you're unlikely to see at IFA 2007 - the first photos of Microsoft's next-gen PMP models, the Zune 2 and Zune Flash.  The former is indicated as having an 80GB hard-drive (a leap from the original Zune's 30GB) while the latter - the first PMP from Microsoft to use solid-state memory - is shown in 4GB and 8GB flavours.

 

IFA 2007 – Samsung’s SP-A800B 1080p DLP Projector

IFA 2007 – Samsung’s SP-A800B 1080p DLP Projector

If the latest 1080p DLP projector to join Samsung's range reminds me of anything, it's my great-uncle Gordon.  Not because he had a Texas Instruments DLP chip complete with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 24fps film mode, but because after a traumatic end-of-the-war champagne accident he was left as a grumpy looking cyclops.  Still, even the SP-A800B could bring a smile to his lips (well, what was left of them) thanks to such niceties as 1920x1080 resolution and 1000 ANSI Im brightness from the 300W bulb.

 

IFA 2007 – Lots of gadget pics, and a hottie!

IFA 2007 – Lots of gadget pics, and a hottie!

Vincent has been hitting the booths at IFA 2007 pretty hard today, and he's taken pictures of just about everything cool he's come across. Unfortunately, there's just no good way to fit every one of those shots into its own story. So if you want to check out everything he's seen, just head over to our IFA 2007 Gallery.

IFA 2007 – LG shows off Pause & Play TVs with integrated DVR functions

IFA 2007 – LG shows off Pause & Play TVs with integrated DVR functions

DVRs have almost become commonplace in most households. I personally don't know if I could watch TV without one ever again. I hate flipping through channels to find something good, and I especially hate watching really bad commercials. Since many people are using DVRs, why not just integrate that function into your TV? That's exactly what LG is thinking.

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