updated 12:45 pm EDT, Mon March 22, 2010
Toshiba outs Wi-Fi equipped LED TVs, more
Toshiba on Monday said it has released its new UX600 series of LED TVs, along with the G300, E200, C100 LCD TV, and CV100 families. The UX600s include Net TV, which brings built-in Wi-Fi for access to VUDU Movies, a library of more than 3,000 1080p movies with 5.1-channel surround sound. Net TV also streams Pandora Internet radio and creates custom music channels.
Other popular supported services include Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa. A customizable Ticker bar at the bottom of the screen gives users updates from Twitter, news, weather or stocks. There is also a Photo Frame mode that lets users view their photos from an SD card as an automatic slideshow, while a Gaming mode reduces reaction time and game controller delay.
The LED-backlit screen is vivid with a 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, The UX600s are now available in 40-, 46- and 55-inch sizes, priced at $1,400, $1,700 and $2,500 respectively. Each has an ambient light sensor for creating an optimal picture in all conditions, 120Hz panels and Dolby Volume, which equalizes sound output between different channels or sources. Each set is less than 2 inches deep.
The G300 TVs have a more traditional LCD panel without an LED backlight, but retain 120Hz refresh rates. A USB port lets users view photos as a slideshow or play back MP3 music from a thumb drive. There is also a gaming mode. Available in 40-inch, 46-inch, and newly offered 54.6-inch sizes at $900, $1,100 and $1,600, respectively, they are shipping now.
The E200 series 1080p sets give up 120Hz panels for 60Hz units, but have the same USB port and associated functionality, as well as four HDMI inputs, Toshiba's REGZA-LINK and a VGA input. The 31.5-inch E200 costs $550, the 37.6-inch set costs $650 and the 40-inch unit is $700.
The C100 TVs are lower-resolution 720p, 60Hz panels, and have two HDMI inputs along with VGA. The USB port with photo slideshow and MP3 playback is present as well. The C100 comes in 18.5-, 21.6-, 26-, and 31.5-inch screen sizes, with prices set at $250, $300, $400 and $450, in that order.
The CV100 series is identical in specs to the C100, but each TV adds a built-in DVD player. The 720p, 60Hz panels have a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 450cd/m2 brightness. It can play CD and DVD discs containing WMA and MP3 files, and the USB port is carried over as well. The 18.5-, 21.6-, 26-, and 31.5-inch CV100s are priced at $300, $350, $450 and $520, respectively.