Is Samsung’s “Needle Thin” LCD too small?

by Mike
Posted October 26th, 2009 at 7:07 am

At what point does thiness cross the line from novelty/cool to being “too” thin/small. While I know that one day, TV’s will be a mere film sprayed onto any surface we want, current technology isn’t quite there yet. The next best thing of course being super slim variations. I also understand that you have to start somewhere. But the the needle tv isn’t anywhere near my “gotta have it” list with a disappointing 5,000:1 contrast ratio. At least the 120 Hz refresh is promising. Again, I know that within even a year, a TV of this size will boast specs 2-3x as good. So why buy this one? As much as I like being able to be a part of the elite few with the latest gadgets and electronic toys, there are times when it’s just not worth it. Spray on TV’s that I mentioned above are still a ways off as is the technology that would allow any device to automatically detect these “video films” and allow them to broadcast to the respective TV films. Now that that is a cool slim TV.

You see, being on the cutting edge of “thin” isn’t necessarily the cutting edge for those who actually use each respective device to their fullest potential. Case in point: the thinnest computers are never top performers when specs are concerned. Instead, they are often “pretty” looking or mere bragging points for manufacturers to claim their device is a whole .00001mm slimmer than the competitor, thereby giving them an excuse to charge an extra $100. I don’t hate thin. In fact I want gadgets, tvs, and electronics as a whole to shrink and morph into all kinds of objects. My head runs wild with the possibilities. We’re just not quite there yet.

Anyone else feeling the same or is this near-invisible-when-viewed-from-the-side-TV blocking your rational thought?

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