Monday, February 24, 2003

In an electronics store yesterday I saw something interesting, a Samsung 40 inch LCD television. It cost 8000 pounds, about twice the cost of a good quality plasma display with a similar size and resolution (1280x768 pixels). It isn't bad to look at, but in terms of brightness, response times and viewing angle is clearly inferior to a plasma display. The advantages of such a display are that it is very light (whereas a plasma display is quite heavy) and it is physically quite robust, whereas a plasma display is quite fragile. For portable uses there may be a few applications, but I wouldn't buy one of these at the moment.

Still, I am impressed that Samsung has actually built such a thing. That's the nice thing about Samsung: they actually make a huge number of products, some of them very innovative.

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