Thu, 06 Sep 2018 14:22:30 +0000 en hourly 1 Samsung 75-inch ES9000 Smart TV Reviews /samsung-75-inch-es9000-smart-tv-reviews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=samsung-75-inch-es9000-smart-tv-reviews /samsung-75-inch-es9000-smart-tv-reviews/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:52:41 +0000 Admin /?p=77 The Samsung 75 inch ES9000 Smart TV is a new LED TV set released with a difference. It comes with an incredible range of smart features, as invented by Samsung. It is described as a ‘smart TV’ due to its ‘Smart Interaction’ feature that allows contact with the television through gesture interaction and voice control. On top of this, it has a Smart Evolution upgrade capability through an empty chip slot which will allow a new more advanced chip to be fitted in times to come. There is also facial recognition technology and Smart TV applications can run at the same time due to a 1GHz dual core processor. A pop-up webcam at the top of the TV can be used for gesture control, video conferencing and face recognition.

The Samsung are adamant that this television is bringing in a new era of ‘minimalistic design’ and that the model is valuable for being ‘the culmination of Samsung’s latest design and engineering technologies’. The TV also has competition from OLED TVs coming up by LG. This model’s main competition comes from the Panasonic IMAX however, which is an Ultra High Definition TV at 145 inches.

Samsung has therefore added many of its own unique features to make the TV more desirable. Instead of relying on complicated controls to show off these advanced features, the company has created a simple, easy to navigate gesture interaction control system. It is very similar to the motion tracking on the Microsoft Kinect machine and not really like the Wiimote. The microphone is put in the remote instead of the television so it is closer to the user. This allows voice controls to tell the TV what to do. For example, the voice recognition will recognize a particular voice to call up the web, apps that stream media and a Samsung Smart Hub that lets you rent videos. The voice command ‘power on’ will turn the TV on from standby mode and the TV recognizes some email addresses spoken aloud and some search terms.  For most URLS you will have to use the onscreen keyboard, however.

The Samsung ES9000 naturally comes with Wi-Fi and an app store where you may purchase Samsung apps and other major apps like Hulu Plus, Netflix, Pandora and YouTube. With the integrated microphone and webcam you may turn on the TV, go to the app store, change the volume and browse the internet. A clever facial recognition technology will ensure that users you do not know will not be able to purchase apps from the store, useful if you have children who are eager to do this when you are not around. The webcam unit at the top of the television is also retractable. You may perform network streaming at home from Netflix or BBC iPlayer depending on your location and be able to make use of other web-connected widgets. You could also stream from a NAS computer. The TV will link wirelessly to a smartphone, tablet or speakers. An available Samsung app lets you use your Smartphone as a television remote. Bluetooth is of course included and the television can be paired with Bluetooth keyboards and Apple keyboards.

This ES9000 TV as part of the ES series has gone up in size from the 7500 and 8000 series, which had televisions in 51 and 55 inches only. The 55 inch television was significantly lower priced at just $4000. This is less than a quarter of the price of the ES9000.

The ES9000 has received some very positive reviews about the quality of viewing, with many praising the brightness of the colours on the screen and the brightness of the screen itself. The TV has been described online as a ‘behemoth’ and a ‘mammoth’ for being so large at its screen size of 75 inches. It certainly looks amazingly impressive on display but some will find its size impractical or not suited to their home space. In some ways, bigger is not always better. Since the television is at such an early stage, there are limited critics and consumer reviews for it online. Of course, all this will change following its worldwide launch.

The Samsung ES9000 TV was recently released in the US at the Samsung SpaceFest Festival in July 2018 as an LED TV. This event was held at the New York Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to celebrate the arrival of the Space Shuttle Enterprise to the museum. Demonstrations, displays and exhibits were held at the event which took place from 19-22 July. Samsung Electronics America was very proud to release their ES9000 TV to satiate those ever looking for a larger and larger TV. The 75 inch television is one of the biggest to date and has a very thin attractive rose-gold bezel at just 0.31 inches. The aesthetic result is a seamless transition from frame to screen. Samsung were also happy to announce a new Angry Birds completely gestured controlled app.

The ES9000 LED TV has been described as ‘larger than life’ by viewers. It has so many other features to recommend it apart from its size. It has a built in camera that is invisible when not in use and pops up when needed. It has Smart TV features like Smart Interaction, Smart Content and Smart Evolution. These features were all released earlier in the year and the ES9000 has all of them. IT even has a Smart Evolution facility, which will let those who wish to upgrade their TV to the very latest technology, can do through the Smart Evolution kit to be sold separately in 2013. The other clever feature the television has is Sound Share, which connects the TV sound by Bluetooth to Samsung Series 6 and 7 Audio with dock systems.

The ES9000 is one of the first televisions to include a dual core processor, which will make the television able to multi-task effectively and work faster. Downloading and using multiple apps will be a possibility as will quickly accessing and searching on the net. Samsung’s ES9000 has one of the best TV displays out there and the quality of viewing is fantastic. This is due to Samsung Micro Dimming Ultimate and Precision Black local Dimming technology. This makes colours brighter and adds more details to the screen picture. The TV has the highest contrast ratio as yet seen in a Samsung television. All this is being retailed at a price of $9,999 and it is available to purchase at for $8,997.

Joseph Stinziano who is the US Senior Vice President of Home Entertainment has described how for him this television is about how Samsung is ‘driven to push boundaries and deliver a sense of wonder and delight’. He also described the new Angry Birds app as ‘a literally game-changing new app’. The TV is suitable for all the family as it also comes with four pairs of 3D glasses without extra cost. The built in camera will be very useful for those who enjoy using video calling like Skype. All in all this is a very sophisticated TV with all the right features, hence its relatively expensive cost.

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LG 55EM9600 55-inch OLED TV Reviews /lg-55em9600-55-inch-oled-tv-reviews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lg-55em9600-55-inch-oled-tv-reviews /lg-55em9600-55-inch-oled-tv-reviews/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2018 01:30:56 +0000 Admin /?p=22 The LG55EM9600 television has a depth of just 4mm, making it the thinnest OLED television produced. LG is particularly proud of how it has researched ways to bring down production costs of Organic Light Emitting Diode technology, which was a hindrance to it before from being a mainstream product. LG has managed to cut costs by coming up with a white OLED, which is overlaid by red, green and blue filters, which in turn is covered by a fourth filter-free white OLED sub-pixel. This is different to Samsung technology, which uses native red, blue and green pixels.

Like the Samsung, the LG was first introduced onto the scene at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2018. The release date for the LG OLED TV is expected to be in the last three months of 2018. Reviews from the CES show were impressive. Tim Moynihan from PC World described it as ‘probably the best TV I’ve ever seen’. The LG OLED TV is 55 inches across, which is the same size as the Samsung Super OLED TV.

Since the presentation of the LG OLED TV in Monaco in May it has been reported that the TV will be available to pre-order from July, and that models will then be shipped in autumn. Prototypes will then be put on display in Harrods and John Lewis in the UK. This pre-empts the release date of the Samsung OLED TV, which is most probably intentional. The event in Monaco which coincided with the Monaco Grand Prix was a star studded event, with LG drawing much celebrity pulling power due to its position as New Global Technology Partner for Formula 1. Among the famous spokespeople for the new LG TV model were David Coulthard, F1 former Champion Sebastian Vettel, supermodel Gemma Sanderson and movie director Jean-Jacques Annaud. Vettel described the TV as ‘amazing’ and ‘really impressive’. He remarked that the high motion resolution was perfect for watching sports like F1. Annaud the film-maker was very much impressed by the clarity of the OLED imagery and suggested that the screen’s wide viewing angles might alter how people see 3D today.

The TV model has such super-deep black levels that amazing contrasts in colour are the result. In displays with backlighting, instead of the OLED which is self-illuminating, the black areas are more like a dark grey. There is a 1,000,000,000:1 contrast ratio, something LG is very proud to claim. This ratio is up to fifty times larger than for an LCD/LED TV. The OLED gets its power from the LG Triple XD Engine which gives a Dynamic Colour Enhancer the best kind of colour reproduction. There is also a contrast optimizer and resolution upscaler installed.

The TV model is only 4mm and at such a thin depth there is a need to hide ugly wires, which is achieved by an LG separate control box which plugs in all the cables and hides underneath the TV in an attractive brushed metal design, which looks a lot like a Blu-Ray Player. Its 7kg weight, which is less heavy than the majority of televisions on the market, will allow for the TV to be easily mounted on the wall, almost like a poster. Alternatively, it comes with a decent stand for putting the TV on a table or in a TV cabinet. The OLED TV is about half the bulk of an LCD TV.

The 3D element of the LG OLED TV is expected to bring down prices of this TV a little, since it only boasts a passive 3D capability instead of an active 3D capability like some TV models on the market already. The passive element means that 3D glasses will not be powered by battery like for active 3D TVs. This does however make the glasses cheaper to buy and more affordable to buy in bulk for families who wish to watch films together. There is also a lower resolution picture than with an active 3D TV. The 3D technology on the LG is called LG 3D Cinema Technology. Nevertheless, the viewing angles are very wide and impressive in 3D.

The LG OLED has a Smart TV Platform, meaning it has full internet connectivity through Wi-Fi, through which apps like LOVEFiLM and iPlayer can be downloaded and used. There is also access to social networks and on-demand services. There is also voice recognition technology and the TV comes with a magic remote. This remote is similar to that one used with the Nintendo Wii, in that its uses a cursor which moves accordingly when the remote is pointed at the screen. This helps with easy web navigation and downloading of apps. Speakers are at the back of the device and there are AV connectors at the back along with three USB ports on the side of the TV for sharing media from flash drives or cameras.

Andrew Hoyle of CNET UK has called the TV the, ‘Best TV money can buy’. Steve Gater, the LG Consumer Marketing Director has said that, ‘A mass market for OLED is years off’. He has no need to sell ‘loads’ of OLED TVs, rather the production of the model is a sign that the company considers OLED a core technology for the future. In a way the design and release of an OLED TV is more about showing consumers what the company can do in terms of innovation instead of making big sales. Gater has said however that ‘thankfully there will always be people prepared to buy the latest technology. There will always be early adopters’. Mead, the LG Product and Consumer Marketing Manager has said that ultimately the new LG OLED TV technology ‘has to be seen to be believed’.

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Samsung ES9500 55-inch Super OLED TV Reviews /samsung-55-inch-super-oled-tv-reviews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=samsung-55-inch-super-oled-tv-reviews /samsung-55-inch-super-oled-tv-reviews/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:20:10 +0000 Admin /?p=11 Samsung showed off its first OLED TV this year in January at the Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas, much to the delight of OLED fans awaiting a bigger 55 inch OLED TV to be released that would improve upon SONY’s 11 inch model. OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diodes and is the next new technology to rival and improve upon LCD flat-screen televisions. The Samsung model, called the ES9500 OLED TV, claims to have revolutionary picture quality and is to be released in the second half of 2018. This new technology will not come cheap however. The model is to be released first in South Korea where it will be marketed at a Korean price of 10 million won (around $8,760).

Comparing the ES9500 to other models on the market, mainly the LG new OLED TV, will lead to some major differences. The Samsung TV works by using native red, blue and green sub-pixels. These are placed directly on the display for more vivid images. This RGB OLED design is different to the LG model, which uses a white OLED overlaid with green, blue and red filters with a fourth filter free white OLED sub-pixel. Which will produce the better picture quality is as yet unknown, although LG is claiming that their way reduces design costs. The Samsung OLED TV is also more than double the depth of the LG model, at 0.3 inches compared with LG’s 0.157 inches. The TV has still been described as razor thin however, and certainly performs well set against the width of an LCD TV. OLED TVs can generally be thinner, (as little as 4mm) because they require no separate backlights like the LCD.

Samsung has reported a 20% improvement in colour reproduction compared with LED or LCD panels, according to Engadget. Samsung maintains that the TV is ‘a masterpiece of accurate colour reproduction and maximized performance’. The other features of the television are also impressive. Premium television features like Smart Interaction voice, gesture control and Smart Evolution Upgradability will all be included. There is a dual-core processor and Smart Hub Media Integration. An interesting new feature is Smart Dual View Technology, whereby two people can watch two separate programs in 2D on the TV, with the use of 3D glasses which have inbuilt headphones.

Some critics think that Samsung setting a price too high for the model and that they will be priced out of the market. The TV will cost $9000 or about £6000, but the arrival of other OLED TVs from the likes of LG, Panasonic and Sharp should cause an environment of healthy competition that could bring prices down. Samsung does initially expect the OLED TV to be adopted by a niche in the market that want the very latest TV technology and are willing to pay more for it. Currently, an LCD TV will cost up to a half less than the new OLED, at $1000-$3000.The Samsung TV Head, Kim Hyunsuk, has stated ‘it will take two to three more years for OLED TV technology to go mainstream’ according to the Associated Press. The deeper contrasts and finer detail of the new Samsung TV compared with other previous OLED displays may not be enjoyed by everyone yet for the foreseeable future.

More details on the Samsung TV will emerge at the IFA Trade Show in Berlin, which is due to start on August 31st this year. Samsung is looking into how the model will be priced in the UK right now. The pricing is dependent on retailers. Critics’ reviews from the January CES show have already been remarkably promising, however. Pocketlint were reportedly ‘blown away’ by the Super OLED TV and remarked it was ‘the future of television technology’. Apparently, Samsung had been experiencing a problem with blue pixels which was solved close to the date of the show, which lead to a flagship model being produced at 55 inches. The Super OLED TV won, ‘Best of Innovation Award Honouree’ at CES 2018. Critics particularly noted how its fast response times did not lead to blurring even in fast moving scenes.

Samsung’s profit from its TV making unit went up from 8 billion in one year to 530 billion in just the first quarter of the financial year. HIS Inc’s iSuppli has said how Samsung now has the biggest market share in the US for the television market, at 25% of total shipments. iSuppli estimates that the shipment of OLED TVs will increase from 34,000 in 2018 to 2.1 million TV sets in 2015. The future market for the OLED TV is very bright therefore, and offers consumers the chance to get their hands on a new technology while manufacturers exploit their research in the field.

The word is still out on whether consumers will embrace the OLED TV as the next best technology out there for televisions. Samsung’s decision to make a 55 inch OLED TV was a brave one as one this size has never been produced before. Certainly, the TV is an incredibly big screen and is just a single plane of glass. The effect is very impressive. Pricing and availability information is not yet available but Samsung have succeeded in making a big press furore with this new technology, tastefully exhibited. The clean design of the television means that there are few cords needed on the back of the television, so it can be wall mounted or set on a table.

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LG 15EL9500 OLED TV Reviews /lg-15el9500-oled-tv-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lg-15el9500-oled-tv-review /lg-15el9500-oled-tv-review/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2018 01:15:06 +0000 Admin /?p=28 One of the best OLED TV review is for the LG 15EL9500.  This OLED TV incorporates a variety of desirable features.  An external aerial is needed but there is a Freeview tuner inside.  The HD Ready resolution for this model is an impressive 1366 x 768, almost making up for its smaller size.  Blu-ray enthusiasts can hook up a player with the HDMI cable included with the TV.

The color contrast ratio is one million to one with deep blacks and incredible colors.  Even action-packed visuals won’t cause a blur on this lifelike OLED TV.  A USB slot makes it possible to have a memory stick or USB drive to view JPEG pics, play DivX videos and listen to MP3 tunes.  The contrast is terrific, making this viable model for many viewers who don’t want to pay major dollars for a larger screen OLED TV.  LG expects to sell up to 300,000 of these OLED TVs this year.

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Sony XEL-1 OLED TV Reviews /sony-xel-1-oled-tv-reviews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sony-xel-1-oled-tv-reviews /sony-xel-1-oled-tv-reviews/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2018 02:31:00 +0000 Admin /?p=30 Sony has already boasted the first OLED TV released on the market, called the XEL-1, which cost £3,489. This device was really only for early-adopters of new technology who wanted the latest impressive gadget to display on their desk at office or home.  Since SONY was the first to produce this OLED technology they did not feel the need to compete with LG and Samsung in terms of coming up with a larger screen OLED TV. Instead, there were discussions at the CES show in January about SONY using a new display called Crystal LED technology. It is claimed that this technology will produce 3.5 times higher picture contrast and 1.4 times richer colours. This new display technology is still in the prototype stage and there have been no plans released for a commercial release as of yet. In April 2018 SONY had a change in management and what they termed a corporate overhaul. A new CEO Kazuo Hira has said that SONY would make sure to focus on Crystal LED technology and OLED technology in future.

Let us take a look at the original SONY OLED TV. The XEL-1, as it was called, was an ultra-slim OLED and was the first OLED television in the world. It was released in September 2008 and claimed to have superior high contrast, perfect clarity and vivid colours. What’s more, the company boasted that the model had record response times with no blurs even during Hollywood Blockbuster scenes or when watching live, fast moving sports. The panel could respond in less than a microsecond, making it one thousand times faster than the response time of an LCD TV. This could be achieved because as soon as the device is switched on the electric current stimulates individual organic elements.

SONY also claimed that the TV set was highly eco-friendly, as it was manufactured with bioplastic material, and since there was no backlight needed, (OLED screens are self-illuminating), there was less material needed in the manufacturing stage to make the TV. Furthermore, since the panel is OLED less energy is consumed in showing the pictures on the screen. Energy consumption is also reduced because when a single pixel is not in use it is completely turned off and receives and consumes no energy. The ‘Idle TV’ function switches off the television if no user activity is recorded in a set time to save energy.

The TV itself comes with a built in table-top stand and is only 3mm in depth and has an 11 inch screen. Its dimensions are 28.7x 25.5x 14.7 cm. The colour of the device is described as piano black. It comes with a remote called the RM-ED015. There are two HDMI inputs on the rear to connect to Blu-Ray Disc and PLAYSTATION3, which are High Definition sources. There is a USB photo viewer or memory stick slot for viewing digital photos on the screen. There are integrated tuners which allow you to watch free to air HD, SD Terrestrial, digital TV and Cable TV. The exact specifications may alter from country to country.

At the moment the SONY XEL-1 model is being sold in the UK for approximately £1000 with Freeview. However, it was reported in January 2018 from the Daily Yomiuri Online publication that Sony was to stop producing OLED TVs for the home market and instead to concentrate on LCD TVs for that market. Productions of OLED TV sets was to be stopped for the time being, however Sony would continue sales to corporate clients. Certainly, the XEL-1 was only ever destined to be a luxury product and was not going to make massive sales. On the horizon in May 2018 there has also been talk of Panasonic and Sony uniting to produce an OLED TV to rival its competitors LG and Samsung, who have both produced 55 inch OLED TVs. Some in the industry are predicting a new Panasony model prototype to be exhibited at the next CES. However, whether Sony will be able to catch up with its rivals in the OLED market remains to be seen.

Sony uses small-molecule OLED technology as opposed to polymer OLED technology because of its longer lifespan. It is estimated that 105% of the NTSC colour space can be achieved by Sony OLED technology. What happens is that red, green and blue pixels are mounted onto a printed circuit board directly. Each of these elements is fitted into a micro-cavity structure, which helps to diminish ambient light interference. A colour filter then filters the colour without the need for a polarizer. Viewing angles of the TV are exceptional and you can see the screen from practically any angle, thanks to no backlight being present. The set itself is ultra-portable and you can easily move it anywhere or tilt the screen for the perfect viewing angle. The weight of the display panel and stand combined is only 2kg.

A contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 is achieved since individual pixels are turned off when black is reproduced. The Sony patented ‘Super Top Emission’ structure also makes better brightness and more vivid colours. The combination of colour filters and the micro-cavity structure really creates stunning colours. The TV menu has been made easier to navigate with the XrossMediaBar menu which lets you easily browse through all the TV functions.

The XEL-1 was a stunning device and Sony did well to prove that it could master and release this technology before its rivals. As of now, there are even more rumours that Sony will consider OLED technology important for the future of its televisions.

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