Get a big HDTV and save energy with the “green” Samsung LED LCD line announced at CES 2009

January 7, 2009 by  

samsung-led-430-0109Samsung has really grabbed ahold of the “green principle” and led the way with some cool new developments in making TV’s nice to look at and easy on your electric bill as well. Their third generation of LCD’s, claiming 40 percent energy savings over LCD HDTVs in a similar size and class, were unveiled at CES 2009. These are the first models to be fully Energy Star 3.0 compliant (they won’t be the only ones of course).

Samsung’s latest LCDs have comparable refresh rates to other LCD TVs (120 hz for the 6000 and 7000 series), very good contrast ratios and are only about an inch thick, which includes a built-in HDTV tuner.

While the specs are pretty good, the thrifty energy usage are the big selling points for these models. Samsung’s new line is also among the first wave of televisions carrying the Energy Star 3.0 badge, which measures and congratulates low power consumption in standby mode as well as when the television is on (the previous Energy Star ranking didn’t actually measure the power when the set was on, which makes it useless really in real-life application).

Vizio and LG are both competing in the backlit LCD battlefield as well, so Samsung will have to keep their senses sharp. The new Samsung power-sipping model will be available March/April (probably) of 2009 in 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch sizes. Pricing was not released.

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