October 09, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
The name Hisense probably isn’t as well known as Sony, Samsung or VIZIO—at least not in the U.S. However, the China-based company is hoping to make a name for itself in the States, by setting up operations in Georgia and cranking out an affordable 3D option for consumers on a budget.
Hisense USA just announced the K316, a new line of web-enabled 3D TVs. Available in 42-, 46- and 50-inch sizes, the K316 boasts a full 1080p HD image, active 3D, 120Hz Smooth Motion technology, and built-in WiFi.
That connectivity allows viewers to tap into web-based services, such as Netflix, VUDU, YouTube and more, all from the included remote. That same remote provides on-screen access to the Opera web browser, in case you’re in need of a big-screen web search or want to check email from the comfort of your couch.
Other features include LED backlighting, a 2D-to-3D conversion feature, one USB port, and four HDMI inputs.
“With intuitive controls, wide viewing angles and bright, responsive displays, it’ll be hard to tear yourself away from the screen,” said JoAnne Foist, director of marketing for Hisense USA. “It’s difficult to find a better television with a feature set this comprehensive at these prices. For anyone wanting to upgrade to a new TV this football season or to get the latest in 3D sports, games, documentaries and movie content, choosing a new Hisense TV is a no-brainer.”
Hisense is currently discounting all three of the K316 models. The 50-inch 50K316DW is currently on sale for $699.99 (MSRP: $1,099.99). The 46-inch 46K316DW is also selling for $599.99 (MSRP: $899.99), with the 42-inch 42K316DW available for $499.99 (MSRP: $699.99). A company spokesperson also says that hhgregg.com is currently offering one pair of free 3D glasses with any K316 purchase. Otherwise, the glasses are sold separately, with an MSRP of $79.99 for two pairs.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.