Coming off CES it’s fair to say that we’ve had a look at what the year will bring and for gaming it’s looking quite good. Another area that made an impact was the expected Ultra HD televisions. With the likes of the LG 84LM960V and the Sony KD-84X9005 we were introduced to the huge screen 4K resolution televisions that come at a cost but show just how beautiful televisions can be now.
To continue the invasion of the 4K Ultra HD televisions companies are now reducing the size of the screens, which will also reduce the price that they cost to buy too. This is a sure sign that 2013 could be the year 4K becomes an affordable expense and the next big upgrade for home viewers. This will of course be dependent on just where the cost is set at. LG are one of these companies that are looking to provide smaller screens with two new models, the LG 65LA970 which we’ll be previewing here and the LG 55LA9700 which are 65-inch and 55-inch screens.
The LG 65LA970 is very similar to the LG 84LM960V, it’s smart and stylish and looks good. The obvious difference is the size. Not only will this have an effect on the screen quality in a way, but it also makes it a more manageable size for your home. It may be the case that you buy the smaller models to fit in your living room, instead of picking the more huge variety. The fact is though these are still big screens and have kept the good looks of their bigger sibling.
The features on the television (other than the Ultra HD 4K resolution) are the same as the LG 84LM960V as well as some of the other latest LG televisions. Passive 3D is included, and LG’s Smart portal is provided as the user interface for the menu and access to the internet apps. SmartShare is a feature provided that also offers quick access to content on mobile phones through the use of NFC tags. There is also the new LG Magic Remote which features a microphone for voice control and a mouse like functionality on the screen.
When it comes to the 4K resolution this is where the possible issues will be found. On the 84-inch models the screen has room to breathe and to show it’s true potential, 64-inch does have some loss, but at 55-inch there could be a noticeable different. The quality of the screen and image though is still above normal HD and still deserves the moniker of being “Ultra HD”. The Passive 3D is also very high quality, you’ll make a lot of use out of your 3D blu-rays with these televisions.
Most people who buy a television that is this high tech will probably have their own sound systems that will connect straight to the LG 65LA970, but if you choose to run it off the build in speakers it’s pleasantly surprising that the audio quality is above average. Of course more will come out of this with reviews and testing.
Looking at the televisions that are being used to show off the 4K resolution Ultra HD show that 2013 is going to be a big year for televisions. The cost will have to come down to a more reasonable price which may happen with these smaller models then more people will start to buy them. There may be issues with the image quality as the screens are pushed to be smaller and people who want to have the “full” Ultra HD will probably opt to try for the bigger screens, but at least we have a choice for people who finds their wallets aren’t big enough for the full cost of being so up to date with technology.