Hey folks, Valkor here. When the weather gets warmer, the trees get greener, and the Swallows come back from Capistrano, then you know its time for Samsung’s Spring Fever event. This year, the place to be was the Samsung Experience on Columbus Drive in NYC. Though most items showcased, I’ve seen already at CES 2009, there were a few choice items that I haven’t seen before. So without further ado let’s take a look at some of the goods featured.
First up are the LED’s. That’s right, move over DLPs, LCDs, and Plasma TVs, now we have ultra thin LED’s in the house; specifically speaking the “Touch of Color” 6000, 7000, and 8000 series. Ultra thin is “IN” with these new TV’s. They not only look great aesthetically, but picture quality is off the chain! Not only that, these new sets are supposed to use less power so it won’t put a drain on your energy bill… just you’re wallet when it comes time to purchase one. However the 31 inch is about 1600 bucks which isn’t bad. The 6 and 7000 should be out now with the 8000 to follow next month.
Sticking with the thin, Samsung showed off a couple of thin Blu Ray players, to go along with the new LEDs. First up is the BD-P4600, which has the ToC (Touch of Color) red. It’s wall-mountable, has a 1 gig flash drive, plus it’s able to stream Netflix movies and Pandora music. Following that is the BD-P3600, which isn’t as thin as the 4600, but it’s a definite space saver, plus the specs are the same as the 4600, save for the color.
Now let’s talk sound for a minute. Since sound bars started being released, I’ve been hooked on em. Not just because of the shape or the fact that they're perfect for small areas, but because they sound fantastic. (I’m lookin at you Orbitsound). Although I didn’t get the chance to experience the full effect of their soundbar, Samsung did have a couple on the showfloor. First up is the impressive looking HT-WS1, which is uber thin and wall mountable, to go along with that thin Blu Ray player and TV, plus it comes with a wireless subwoofer. Next is the HT-BD8200, which is being touted as the first speaker set to come with an internal Blu Ray player. How heavy is that? Plus it comes with a wifi-dongle and an Ethernet port, which allows you to stream Netflix and Pandora. Finally you get an Ipod dock and a host of other features. I don’t know how these babies sound, but aesthetically they look damn good.
Does anyone know MP3 players outside of IPhones or ITouches? Maybe Zune gets a nod here and there, but we forget that there are other choices in players that may be just as good, if not better than the aforementioned players. Take for instance the light as a feather and looking ever so sharp P3 portable media player. I gave it a quick look at CES 2009. However at Spring Fever I was able to get my grubby mitts all over it. It’s definitely very intuitive, with a touch screen that vibrates when your navigating the on-screen menus. Speaking of screens, even though it’s small, it has a nice widescreen, so no letterboxing (that I can’t wait to see.) Finally the P3 has a battery life of 40 hours for music and 6 hours for movies.
Finally on the camera side, we have the HMX-H106 digital camcorder. Which on the ouside, looks oh so good, and it’s fully packed with all the bells and whistles you could ever want in a digi-camcorder. Winner of the “DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award” the highpoint of this cam is that it has a 64 gig SSD hard drive built in. And it makes all the difference because boot up is FAST! Press that power button and you have zero load time; you’ll be ready to go to capturing those special moments. (Or in Alacran’s case LDTS… Glad to have you back Al.) Video resolution is as high as 1920x1080 (Again Full HD), and stills you get at 4.7 MP. It looks great, it handles even greater and I can't wait to get it in the Val-Cave.
It was a great night for all; good drink, good food, good fun, plus you’re surrounded by such wonderful gadgets to play with, what more could you ask? How about being able to walk away with one of those TV’s? No? Bah! But look for full on review of some of these products and maybe some we did not mention, in the near future. Until then, make mine Samsung.