Today started off with some very cool developments at LG and Samsung. For starters, LG have introduced the first DVD optical drive that supports both BlueRay disks and HD-DVD's. The optical drives are expected to retail for $1100 USD each. That's the bad news, the good is that actual production units were on display.
Samsung produced a handful of LED backlit LCD displays for CES 2007. The advent of LED backlights does away with Cold Cathod Florescent Lights (CCFL) which draw more power and diminish in brightness with time. If you were one of the first say goodbye to your CRT display and purchase an LCD unit, you've no doubt come to notice that the screen has become dimmer, and a little orangish with time. See the exclusive picture above, for a head-to-head comparison between CCFL and LED back lit 40" LCD HDTV's.
Next up is the LG Super Multi-blue Blue-Ray and HD-DVD writer. It's expensive, sure, but you don't really have any other options now do you?
Standard CCFL backlit screen on left, LED-backlit screen at right.
More to come as PCSTATS reports live from CES 2007 in Las Vegas! Max out.