Hands-On Test: Yahoo Widgets on the Samsung 7000 HDTV

May 21, 2009 by  

yahoowidgets04mdYahoo Widgets were definitely a very big deal at recent CES that ended, and everyone left with the feeling that we’d be seeing them pop up on TVs very soon, and they would change the way we viewed a traditional TV set.

Engadget spent some time with a test unit Samsung 7000 series, and were rather disappointed at the results, it seems. The connection was rather laggy and slow, and the USB “dongle” they used to get the Wi-Fi to function didn’t really work properly.

Here’s a quote from the article:

Unfortunately something has changed in the past five months and now that we have it in our home to play with, it just doesn’t seem the same. The one word we’d use to describe the difference is “laggy” — the demos at CES were down right snappy, but even in our hard wired tests connected to the internet via a 20Mbps FiOS connection, the widgets loaded so slow we’re not sure we’d actually even use ‘em.

It’s not a surprise; initally technology like this had teething pains and didn’t always work great right away. It’s the nature of the beast with exploring new terrain like this. Hopefully they’ll patch it up and get it working better over time.

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