June 26, 2008
| by Rebecca Day
New TVs, cleaners, backup drives and accessories were a few of the items on display last evening at the annual Digital Experience showcase in New York. Highlights of the event included the following:
Vizio: Vizio continues to pressure the flat-panel TV market with price. Next month the company will deliver a 50-inch 1080p plasma TV with Silicon Optix processing for $1,699. Adding to the value is a bundled 6-foot HDMI cable. The VP505XVT will be available at Circuit City, Sears, Costco and Sam’s Club stores, among others.
Look for a “green” TV from Vizio this October that will cut energy usage by half. The 32-inch model is expected to use 65 watts versus a standard LCD rated at 120 watts, a company spokesperson said. Vizio also showed its sub-$600 32-inch plasma TV that’s been selling at Wal-Mart since May.
Audiovox: Tired of all those smudges on your electronics but afraid to scratch the surface? Audiovox is selling a line of 12 cleaning products for TV screens and monitors, cell phones, MP3 players and other electronics products. The Surface cleaning solution, available in stylized bottles to stand out on retail shelves, contains no alcohol or ammonia. Microfiber cloths complete the line, which is due in stores in September.
Roxio: Time Warner Cable customers can view slide shows made with Roxio’s Photo Show software on specially designated cable TV channels. Time Warner is rolling out the service on a market-by-market basis.
Pandigital: The Internet appliance is back. Pandigital has revived the concept in an Ethernet-enabled photo frame/TV designed for use in the kitchen. The 15-inch touchscreen TV comes with preloaded recipes and has quick access to features including weather and traffic. Designed to mount under a kitchen cabinet, the $399 HDTV will be available in July at Macy’s, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and electronics stores.
Clickfree: Back up files from 10 PCs with Clickfree’s Portable Backup HD701 ($149) which stores 120 gigabytes of data including photos, music, videos and documents. Plug in and walk away. No setup required.