I was blown away by the description of the Sony XEL-1 O.L.E.D that New York Times tech writer David Pogue described today. Firstly, this guy knows what he’s talking about, he’s one of the world’s top technology writers and for him to cream his proverbial pants over this thing was surprising.
But check out his description:
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a new TV on the block, and its picture is so amazing, it makes plasma and L.C.D. look like cave drawings…Name a drawback of plasma or L.C.D. Ã¢â‚¬â€ motion blur, uneven lighting across the panel, blacks that arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite black, whites that arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite white, limited viewing angle, color that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite true, brightness that washes out in bright rooms, screen-door effect up close Ã¢â‚¬â€ and this TV overcomes it.
Over the top, right? Well it all comes with a big catch. (more pictures) Apparently this screen that will change life on earth as we know it, only comes in an 11-inch display. That’s absolutely tiny. What could this thing possibly be used for?
Sony is describing the product as a ‘desktop television’, but what does that mean? Don’t we have those already, and aren’t they called computers?
Let it be known that this is supposed to only be the beginning for this product. As it is now, the screen is only 3 millimeters thick, which is almost as thin as that cardboard that 30-packs of Milwaukee’s Best come in (and that’s some cheap-ass packaging). But imagine what this thing will be like when they bust out the 27 or 40-inch versions. Your eyeballs might not be able to handle the incredible colors and contrast ratios. A 200 pack of Crayola crayons will melt with embarrassment in comparison to the plethora of hues and color gradients coming out of these O.L.E.D. TVs.
Remember how lame you were for having a VCR months after everyone else had DVDs players, and aren’t you currently shopping for a Blu-Ray player? Here’s your chance to be one of those super cool ‘early adopters’. Then again, we’re there Beta-Max early adopters, too?
Even if a $2,500 11-incher doesn’t earn your money, it’s definitely worth giving Sony a notice as the first to preview the O.L.E.D. technology. Expect big things coming soon from these captains of industry.
Does the new OLED TV charm the pants off you? Will it put Sony ahead of the pack in the high-def world? Let us know your opinion in the comments section.