2011 is half over but the fun is just starting for 3D TV fans. Here’s our take on the top-5 buzzwords for the past 6 months. Hope you enjoy and let us know your picks as well!
No. 1 FPR vs. Conventional 3D
Consumers really caught 3D fever this year and what really had people interested was all the new technology that makes high quality home 3D viewing comfortable and affordable. Much of the discussion had to do with the differences between LG CINEMA 3D TVs FPR technology and conventional 3D TV types. Some tech experts have called FPR “passive,” in contrast to conventional types of 3D TVs that need active-shutter glasses. Unlike active shutter-type glasses, FPR glasses do not have batteries or wires, and you can view the screen from a wide angle instead of having to sit up straight.
No. 2 3D Glasses
Now, the thing about 3D glasses is that they can either be really ugly, or kind of cool looking.
There are different types and, because people were checking out 3D TVs and learning about the different types this year, it’s no surprise they were also talking online about which ones were better looking and more comfortable. This is where LG was really able to stand out. Because of the FPR technology, LG’s glasses are light, cool looking, and affordable. On top of that, they are safe for your eyes, and we know this is important to families out there. Active-shutter glasses can cause some dizziness, especially after viewing for a long time. But as we’ve written elsewhere, FPR glasses are certified flicker-free and won’t hurt your eyes.
No. 3 Smart
In some markets, like LG’s home market of Korea, Smart would definitely be the top keyword. Smart devices are everywhere and everyone is talking about them. And now, TVs are hitting the market with Smart features, meaning that TV is no longer just something that you watch, it’s something you do ! Smart TVs give users quick and easy access to a new world of fun and internet connectivity without a computer. Smart also means being linked to a variety of high quality 3D videos on demand. It’s like having the best of all worlds in your TV.
No. 4 Intuitive Input Devices
TVs do a lot more than they used to. (see No. 3 above!) With all the new smart features, it’s not surprising that there are also new input devices. Some manufacturers provide QWERTY keyboard or Touch pad type remote controls while other stick with the traditional format with a bunch of keys. Then there is LG’s Magic Motion Remote Control, which many users have praised for being very intuitive. LG studied all the key functions that we use on a regular basis and boiled the remote down to just seven keys, making it very easy to use while sacrificing nothing in terms of features. And the best part is that all you have to do is point and click on the on-screen menus.
No. 5 3D Audio Effect
For a long time, Surround Sound set the standard for listening by widening the sound. But after home theater systems came out, and 3D TVs appeared on the scene, people began talking about the possibility of 3D sound, which delivers sounds outside the stereo basis. With a great set of 3D speakers, you don’t just hear bullets whizzing by you on the right or left, now you hear things above and below as well. Seeing it and hearing it in 3D can be a heart-stopping experience, letting you enjoy the true reality of the world in a glorious three dimensional environment right in your own living room.
Those are our top picks for the first half of 2011. It’s getting hard to imagine talking about TVs without Smart and 3D in the same sentence. Perhaps the only other word we could add to the list is “pure TV enjoyment”!