With pretty much ever major television manufacturer getting into making models which are Energy Star energy efficient and low power LED technology, the new more green flat panel offerings at the Consumer Electronics Show this year were much more numerous. Philips in particular was showcasing new feature packed models from its Eco FlatTV line.
Sitting at the top of the heap from these new Philips televisions was the company’s flagship 7700 series. These are, yes, the most expensive, but the array of features left us drooling with desire. On the green side, the 7700 series is Energy Star 4.0 compliant and is said to be “40 percent more energy efficient” compared to conventional models. Also of eco-note is proprietary dimming technology that “automatically measures the viewing room’s ambient lighting and adjusts the television’s backlight for power efficiency,” a powersaving mode that “consumes less than .02 watts in standby power,” use of 30 percent less plastic over previous years and inclusion of “lead-free, mercury-free components and flame retardant materials.”
Non-green features, as Engadget points out, include a 1080p panel, a 50 percent thinner bezel with rounded corners, SRS TruSurround HD, an “invisible” speaker system, four HDMI 1.4a inputs and online video streaming via Netflix and Blockbuster. None of this comes cheaply of course – the largest 55-inch display prices for around $2,500, for example.