Posts Tagged ‘LG’

LG Manual Details Piracy…

February 8, 2010

LG may well find itself in some trouble with studios after its user manuals were found to contain details of how to watch illegally downloaded material on LG’s hardware.

Seems like a bit of a misstep...

The whole kafuffle stems from the release of a line of HDTV’s from LG that boast USB ports, allowing users to plug external storage directly into their displays and watch any content that they’ve got stored on those drives directly on their LG TV. Of course, the assumption might be that such content has been legally obtained, but LG’s own manual doesn’t seem too fussy, showing pirated content in its diagrams of the functionality.

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TV Tech for 2010

February 2, 2010

Speaking as someone who, due to circumstances beyond my control (I’m poor), presently watches TV on a late ‘80s Panasonic behemoth that has outlasted Governments, wars, Glenroe and the Police Academy franchise, looking through the types of TV tech that will make a mark over the coming year became just a rolling series of me finding a product, going through the specs, and screaming ‘I want, I want, I want’.

Well small innit! The Kula TV

For now, I’ll have to stick with the Panasonic (a machine so sturdy I’m nearly certain it could survive a nuclear attack ala that fridge in Indiana Jones), but for those with a little change in their back pocket there’s some great options out there. For one, we can start well away from enormo-screens or 3D hype and take a look at the Kula TV, announced last week by US-based Sungale and available in March.

The little fella delivers up TV treats via a modest 4.3-inch LCD screen and Wi-Fi connectivity “The Kula is the next big thing that will revolutionize the way people watch TV,” enthused Sungale vice president of sales Gary Bennett. Though he remained tight-lipped over any model for usage fees, TheTechHerald did report however that, “Content will be offered to prospective users through a number of different packages, which include Basic, Kid and Grand. While both the Basic and Kid options provide free access to between 20 and 30 channels, the fee-based Grand package will have more than 300 channels to choose from.” A similar system should be reasonably easy to set up this side of the Atlantic.

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Komplett Recommends – Monitors

January 25, 2010

We’re often asked what display we’d recommend for people looking for a monitor for around a certain price. It’s a relatively easy one to do, but given the sheer number of inquiries we get, we thought some of you might appreciate a blog post that outlines some of the monitors that we really like and think offer excellent value for money at their prices.

We’re going to recommend entry-level monitor, two mid-range and one relatively high-end display. It’s relatively simple, so we’ll get straight into it.

Entry Level:

Whenever someone asks us to recommend a monitor that comes in at as low a price as possible but that they can still rely on to give them a good image reliable, we always recommend the Acer 18.5” LCD.

Click through to see our page for Acer's 18.5-inch LCD :)

Considering its genuinely surprisingly low price, it’s a very solid device indeed. At 18.5” and such a low price, it’s not going to be too surprising that it doesn’t quite manage Full HD, but it does boast a maximum output resolution of 1366×768, which isn’t something to turn your nose up at. Moreover, as the name implies, it is a widescreen display, so it’s still an excellent one to plug into a notebook if you’re one for watching movies directly from machines with a smaller screen.

Of course, the one downside is that it only takes VGA as input, so that could well limit your options a little. Still, it’s not too hard to pick up an Xbox 360 to VGA adaptor, and considering the fact that the combination of an adaptor and this display will set you back relatively little, it’s an excellent way to free up the living room TV if you’re living in a house with any avid console gamers. It’s also got a response time of 5ms, which should be plenty fast enough for most gamers.

Acer’s 18.5” Wide display is only €108.55, which has inspired at least one of our readers to pick up no fewer than four of them; it’s an impressive array, though what he thinks to do with four displays I can’t imagine. I’m sure one is permanently sitting on Facebook by now…

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The Future of TV: LPD, 3D and… Your Head

January 19, 2010

There was a time when innovation and TVs didn’t seem to quite mix, with the tried and tested old models reigning supreme for years – the ones that weighed a tonne, took up a few square metres in the living room and were tough enough to last a few generations. Innovation seemed to be confined to just having more TVs in the room than normal.

What's the next big thing for TV? Clue, it's not just stacking them on top of one another

If the movies are anything to go by, powerful executives (or drug dealers) from the 1980s liked to have a wall of TVs in their offices showing various images across a selection of news channels like one enormous Rubik’s Cube of information. The past decade has been different though with one new idea following another, from LCD to DLP to OLED and all manner of promises preceded by the letters H and D.

So after several years of rampaging progress, what’s next?

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19-Inch Flexible E-newspaper from LG

January 14, 2010

The development of e-readers continues apace with South Korean giants LG Display announcing that they have developed a flexible electronic-paper screen, one that size-wise comes in around about the same dimensions as a tabloid newspaper.

The Skiff eReader also uses LG's ‘microfoil technology’

With a screen measuring 25×40 CM (or a 19-inch diagonal screen size), and is 0.3 millimeters thin meaning it can bend. The ability to bend seems to be de rigueur at the moment with the Skiff eReader – launched at CES 2010 last weekend in Las Vegas – also boasting this feature and receiving a lot of press for their trouble.

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All We Want for Christmas

December 17, 2009

Over the next few days, we’ll be posting a single blog post from each member of the Komplett.ie staff that details a single item they’ll be giving this Christmas, and one that they’ll be hoping to receive. It’s a simple enough plan, and today we’re starting out with Shelton from RMA, we’ll continue on to Ryan tomorrow

It’s something that works a little better than a recommendation, if only because we’ll be genuinely trying to pick out gifts for other people that won’t break the bank… and genuinely hopeful about what we might be bought ;)

From Shelton:

Shelton didn’t tell us just who he was buying for, but when we asked him what he’d be buying for someone this Christmas he managed to get a link to me nice and fast, so it seems as though he’s put some thought into it at least.

Click through to see our page for the WD TV Live Media Player :)

Shelton’s pick as a gift is something that we’ve seen a bit of a rush on over the last couple of months, Western Digital’s TV Live Media Player, usually shortened simply to WD TV Live Media Player.

For those not familiar with Western Digital’s TV line, they essentially allow you to play media directly from an external hard drive to your TV, without any bother. For those who have already use the lighter Media Player that WD makes, the networking options really do give this one a bit of a bump.

As the customer review on the product itself says, “All drives connected to the player are easily accessed from any PC/Laptop in my home network.” It’s always nice to be able to say that the customer review on a product is a five-star review.

Western Digital’s WD TV Live Media Player is €125, which isn’t bad at all considering what it does.

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You Decide What We Discount… Vote For Komplett’s Next Special Offer

December 4, 2009

We want to offer you the chance to have a say in our weekly special offers, and so we’re going to offer up four products (below), showing their current price and the discounted price, and let all of you out there decide which will be our Day Breaker next Tuesday, 8 December. This is something that we’d like to start making a regular feature of, if you guys and gals out there think it’s worthwhile and popular enough.

You can vote one of a number of ways: You can leave a comment on our blog, reply to us on boards.ie, or if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook then you can drop us a message to either of those. One vote per person (and this is the social network, so we’ll figure it out if you’re stuffing the ballot… And come get you ;-), though feel free to tell your friends and family about the offer – indeed, we’d be much obliged if you would. The more people this reaches, the more people get involved in our decision making processes for deals and products, the better we think it will be for everyone looking to shop with us now and in the future.

The products up for vote this week are:

Click through to see our page for the LG 22-inch display :)

LG 22” Full-HD Monitor W2253V, SKU 462227. Current price: €189.50 Discount price: €169 Saving: €20 / 10%

Click through to see our page for the Netgear Stora :)

Netgear Stora Home NAS 1TB, SKU 496965. Current price: €198 Discount Price: €159 Saving: €39 / 19%

Click through to see our page for the Samsun 40-inch HDTV

Samsung 40” LCD-TV LE40B550, SKU 574061. Current price: 686.99 (679+7.99PRF) Discount price: 614.99 (607+7.99PRF) Saving: €72 / 10%

Click through to see our page for the Seagate Barracuda 500GB :)

Seagate Barracuda 500GB Hard Drive, SKU 430708. Current price: 50 Discount price: 40 Saving: €10 / 20%

So, get voting!

LG Shows Off Solar-Powered eBook

October 12, 2009

LG has revealed its own ebook reader and, in a market where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between products, it boasts its own solar cell.

LG Logo

It looks as though the world has gotten itself into ebook readers in a big old hurry, and while Microsoft has denied the rumours that it has plans to get into the space, Amazon has recently announced that it intends to make its Kindle available worldwide, while Sony’s eReader is already available fairly globally. LG’s environmentally conscious take on the ebook reader is particularly interesting though.

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