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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1

HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2011 Editor's Choice - Part 1



Best LED-Backlit LCD TV

Best LED-Backlit LCD TV

Apart from the 3D mayhem, LED-backlit HDTVs were the next best consumer offering to occupy the AV center stage in 2010. Compared to their CCFL siblings, LED-backlit tellies are more sought after for their power efficiency, deeper contrasts and slimmer profiles. We've rounded up seven models in all, each with its own unique LED backlighting technology to shout about. For this category, we ensured TV contenders were no larger than 50 inches and had no 3D display support.

Nominees:

  • LG INFINIA LE7500
  • Panasonic VIERA TH-L42D25S
  • Philips PFL6605D
  • Samsung Series 6 UA46C6200UM
  • Sharp AQUOS Quattron LC-46LE820M
  • Sony BRAVIA KDL-46EX710
  • Toshiba REGZA 47XL700

And the Winner Is...

 

You might have to fork out a higher premium for the 46-inch Series 6, but this HDTV is well worth your greens. Samsung has two variants under the Series 6 namesake; the C6900 which features Samsung's Internet@TV platform and "precision" local dimming, while the C6200 comes without. What truly impressed us, however, weren't its polished good looks or multimedia features like AllShare (DLNA) or ConnectShare (USB media playback) alone. Instead, we were blown away by how effortlessly this edge-lit display tackled our static display and video playaback tests. We'll give it top grades for clarity and compelling contrasts. Still, it isn't perfect since it can be susceptible to backlight "blooms", but it is nonetheless a very credible display when handling SD and HD materials. The C6200 is also armed with both digital and analog tuners.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model LG 47LE7500 Panasonic TH-L42D25S Philips PFL6605D Samsung 46-inch C6200UM Sharp LC-46LE820M Sony KDL-46EX710 Toshiba 47XL700
Physique 8.5 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.0
Features 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.5
Performance 8.5 8.5 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.5 9.0
User-Friendliness 8.5 8.5 9.0 9.0 8.5 9.0 8.5
Value 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.0 8.5 8.5
Overall 8.5 8.5 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.5 8.5
Price S$2,999 S$2,699 S$3,699 S$3,199 S$3,599 S$2,599 S$2,999

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.