Looking more like a huge Timex Ironman watch than a television, the Hannspree Time Square 12-inch LCD TV ($130) sports a working clock, thermometer and hygrometer. The dials swing open to reveal the two speakers. The Time Square also offers 4-in-one A/V connection (Composite, S-Video, Audio Input, Headphone Jack) and a matching remote control.
All of you out there who've been waiting for a low-priced, HD-capable Tivo box, you're day is here. The TiVo HD ($300) features two CableCard slots, storage for up to 180 hours of SD programming, or 20 of HD, outputs in 480p, 720p, or 1080i, over HDMI or component. It has an ethernet connection, two USB 2.0 ports, and an E-SATA port for future storage expansion.
Apple TV. TiVo. HDTV. A great combination of all three is what we've been searching for, and the Alienware Hangar18 ($2000) might just have it. Windows Vista Home Premium, Up to four TV tuners, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual core processors, and integrated Nvidia graphics supply the HDMI out port with plenty of HD goodness, while 5.1 channel audio makes sure the experience is complete. Add in a standard Gyration remote that eliminates the need for a mouse, and you've got one hell of a package.
While flat-panel HDTVs are becoming more and more popular, DLP remains a great option for folks who need more screen size for less money. The 57-inch Mitsubishi WD-57734 Thin-Frame DLP HDTV ($2800) packs a lot of value into its sleek frame. Features include a 6-Color Light Engine, x.v.Color, Easy Connect, four HDMI 1.3 inputs, SharpEdge for more well-defined, crisp object edges, and Net-Command for on-screen home theater control.
Pioneer went back to the drawing board for their eighth-generation plasma monitors, and boy does it show. The new lineup of Pioneer 8G 1080p Plasmas (starting at $5000; Sept. 2007) sport an astounding 20,000:1 contrast ratio, new video processing hardware and software that dramatically improves the picture of non-HD content, a new color filter that improves performance in bright rooms, and a light sensor that adjusts the content color and brightness automatically. [via]