Modern TVs have a lot of different features, and boxes like this make it easy to sort through them. We'll go line by line, but for a full description of each item, check out the full blog post.
Display tech: This is either LCD or plasma. All LED TVs are LCDs.
3D technology: In this case it's active, meaning the TV requires active shutter 3D glasses for the 3D to work. The other option here is "passive," which means the TV only requires simple polarized 3D glasses. You can read more about 3D and the technology here.
Screen finish: Glossy, matte, or glass.
Refresh rate(s): How many times per second the image on the screen changes. TV signals are generally 60Hz. LCDs can be 120Hz, 240Hz, or perhaps more.
Plasmas are generally 60Hz, as they don't require higher frame rates. Some plasma models can refresh at 48, 72, or 96Hz as a feature.
DLNA-compliant: The ability to connect to your home network, and what files it can play if it does.
LED backlight: The choices here are "full-array" or "edge-lit" and in either case, with or without local dimming.3D glasses included: Many 3D TVs include at least one pair of 3D glasses. Most passive 3D TVs include several pairs, given that the glasses are a lot cheaper.
Internet connection: Wi-Fi built-in or an external accessory? Just an Ethernet connection?
Dejudder (smooth) processing: When showing movies (24Hz) on any TV, some scenes can have juddery movement. When a TV's refresh is higher than 60Hz, this motion can be smoothed out...with varying levels of success.
USB: Just because a TV has USB doesn't mean it can play everything. In this case, this Sony can read and display photos and videos, along with playing music files.
July 13, 2011 8:55 AM PDT
Photo by: Screenshot by Geoffrey Morrison
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