The LGEC9300 sports the best picture quality ever

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LG LogoCnet’s David Katzmaier posted his review of the most affordable 55″ OLED HDTV to date and apparently, it sports the best picture quality ever.

I was reminded of the many benefits and shortcomings of OLEDs through this review. Thin profiles, lower power consumption and superb picture quality are the high points but some of the shortcomings and potential issues with the technology gives me pause.

Like plasma TVs, it is susceptible to burn-in and as someone who watches sports and plays video games, this could be a deal breaker. Technologies like “pixel shifting” can help with this shortcoming but I am still weary of this.

There are also concerns about the screen’s brightness later down the road and the longevity of certain colored pixels.

The final negative is the curved screen. OLED panels can be easily manipulated but it doesn’t mean they should. Reviewers have mentioned the artifacts that are produced by curving these screens, so why do manufacturers continue to do this? Because they can market it. I just hope they get over this phase by the next round of OLED HDTVs.

I’ve always wanted an OLED. I’ve been waiting for affordable OLED screens for over 5 years. The technology sounded so promising and now we’re finally within striking range. $3000 is a lot of money for a 55″ 1080p HDTV these days but come next year, we could see them debut at $2500 or less and then I’ll consider getting my hands on one.

I just hope they make enough advancements to address the longevity and image retention issues.

 

Apple this & Apple that: A new era begins?

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apple-logo.pngToday’s iPhone 6 Keynote was full of new Apple products new and updated. They touted new features and ideal usage scenarios with Apple’s tight integration of hardware, software and services. It all looked so beautiful and harmonious.

But as the announcements and confirmations rolled in, I was left disappointed. In many ways, this is still the Apple that I appreciate but at the same time, the products announced today were not as I hoped they would be.

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Windows 9 may feature virtual desktops

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If rumors are to be believed Microsoft will finally join the likes of Linux and Mac OS X and include virtual desktops in the next version of Windows.

I’ve never used virtual desktops on my desktop PC but for my Macbook Air? I absolutely love it. The key to me accepting the virtual desktop feature on the Mac OS X is the four finger swipe gesture. Without that quick ability to swap between desktops, I would never use it. Microsoft needs a very easy-to-use touch gestures for this feature to take off.

The next Windows, codenamed Threshold, sounds like a significant undertaking. They’re going to rebuild it from the ground up for multiple platforms and there are rumors that the Start Menu that we knew from Windows past will make a return.

What I want in a 12″ Macbook Air Retina

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apple-logo.pngRumors of the 12″ Macbook Air Retina are flaring up again. Rumors have the new Macbooks landing in late Q3 or early Q4 of 2014 but with delays to Intel’s Broadwell chips, it could end materializing in 2015.

Let’s forget about launch dates and focus what I want out of the upcoming 12″ Macbook Air with Retina Display.

Performance expectations

I want the laptop to be able to render the high density display without any hiccups. Gaming performance isn’t important but video playback and desktop performance must not falter.

Battery Life expectations

I would love to see double digit battery life. 10+ hours with a light workload would be incredible. My iPad is my favorite browser and media consumption device because of the fantastic battery life.

Pricing expectations

I don’t expect this to be as cheap as the 11″ Macbook Air at $1199. I expect the upcoming 12″ Macbook Air to debut between $1299 and $1399 and include a 128GB SSD and at least 8GB of memory.

I think that’s a reasonable price range for Apple and I would consider picking it up through my brother’s education discount.

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