Nigeria: Ultra-Slim TVs - Replacing Desktop Computers in Homes

Technology & Convergence

In the 80's, the primary purpose of buying a television set was solely for viewing motion pictures, less attention was paid to its picture quality.

Over the years, the need for vivid picture quality and weight reduction became the chief priorities in the TV market.

However, this has led to the new generation breeds of TV's classified with their display platforms such as LCD, Plasma, HDTV, LED and 3D viewing.

Aside from the competitive demand of high graphical display qualities and ultra slim TV, these new breed ultra-slim panel TVs are built with multifunctional advantage and incredible features that gives the device computing capabilities that are capable of rendering the desktop PC in homes useless.

They are designed with built-in Wi-Fi, app store, web browser, media streaming and smartphone control.

Their monster screen is flanked by the thinnest of glistening material mostly of choice metals like silver bezels, and they are designed so slim in terms of depth for light weightiness, flexibility and space management. The ultra-slim built keeps one wondering exactly how their vendors managed to put the tech device together.

Some LED set come with up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution coupled with Free-view HD and Free-sat HD tuners. Their Playbacks naturally include 3D in all manner of conversion frames (frame-sequential, side-by-side, etc), plus 2D-3D conversion and Auto-stereoscopy that displays stereoscopic images with binocular perception of 3D display without the use of special glasses.

Their image engines gives mega contrast ratio as they scrub pictures by its proprietary 3D Hyper-Real Engine, thus giving an accurate colour reproduction that matches the solid contrast range.

Connectivity options for these flat panels are so rich and advance, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB (for media playback from storage devices), HDMI inputs, Bluetooth, VGA inputs, AV in/out, Memory card slots Audio Return Channel (ARC) (used to hook the TV up to a home cinema system) and plus component accessories like wireless min-keyboard and full key remote with track-pad that serves as control pads for pre-installed games.

Other jacks include an optical audio output for non-HDMI sound systems and two RF inputs to feed the double tuners.

These ultra-slim televising sets are no longer just for TV viewing, they are branded as Smart TV, and offers full suite of connected features, including its Application store, VOD services, full web-browser, social hub for social networking and All-share media streaming.

These features are accessed from the Smart Hub, with gorgeous coloured animated user-interface packed with user friendly icons. Some have PiP window that allows one to continue watching television while in the menu arena.

Useful apps like Google Maps and weather notifying apps like AccuWeather, helps in location services and weather forecast so you don't have to wait for the timely weather forecast on local TV stations before planning your day!

As for Video on Demand, apps like Netflix, LOVEFiLM and Acetrax, are readily available on/for download on these TV's. This implies that the Box-office is at your finger tip and having the 'cinematic' experience right in your home with absolute clarity! These apps allow you to stream new movies directly to the TV set; however it requires a subscription fee. You can still get freebies streamed to the set from VOD (by BBC iPlayer) and YouTube, amongst others.

The slinky frame house high-end speakers, which produces awesome sound effect gear with SRS TruSurround and widen soundstage of up to five-band equalizer.

However, the audio performance could be a little disappointment when compared with the quality of the display; thus for thumbs-up sound effect one should partner it with dedicated sound bar.