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Leaving Cable: Using a Computer as a Television

by Kristy Harvey •

If your New Year’s resolution is to bring your technology into the 21st century, revamping your TV is a great place to start. The unfathomable amount of information available for your viewing pleasure on the World Wide Web begs the question: why are you still settling for cable? Check out these suggestions to take your downtime from stale to spectacular.

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The Best LCD TV Under $500

by Justin Thomas •

LCD TVs are energy efficient, and today,you can find good LCD TVs for under $500. Here are our picks for the best LCD TVs under $500: Best Picture Quality: LG 42LK450 1080p LCD HDTV LG is known for having the best picture quality in budget TVs. This “42LK450” LCD TV from LG is no exception — reviewers on Amazon love the …

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Sony Introduces Smart Green LCD TVs

by Justin Thomas •

Sony is introducing a new LCD TV called the Bravia WE5 that it claims to be the greenest ever. The WE5 uses a new backlight called a micro-tubular HCFL backlight, which cuts the active power consumption by 50%. The television also incorporates a “Smart Presence Sensor”.

Philips’ New Eco-TV Uses Only 75 Watts

by Justin Thomas •

This new 42-inch LCD "Eco TV" by Philips was announced at CES 2008 (Consumer Electronics Show). The television certainly has a lot  of energy saving features  that make it possibly the most efficient TV on the market. CNET reports: [The TV] has the ability to dim the backlight–by up to five times peak brightness–in response to program material…Dimming the backlight …

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Best Television Reviews

by Justin Thomas •

The best television reviews can be found on Consumer Reports (subscription required) and CNET. Shown here is Sony’s WEGA KV-27FS120 television. It received the highest marks from reviewers for its sound and picture quality, especially in 16:9 enhanced mode. It has a flat picture tube to minimize glare. It’s a bit more expensive (about $300) than comparable sets, but according …

Quick Pick: Top Rated HD Television

by Justin Thomas •

Reviewers at CNET rate Sony’s model KD-34XBR960 at the top of the current HDTV market. They say: “If you can deal with the bulk and don’t need a huge screen, this is the perfect home-theater TV.” Their user’s reviews give it similar high marks. It is priced at $1900. Available from: Amazon.