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Out with the old, in with the new

Despite the good price/performance ratio, HP's DLP televisions are on their way out in favor of LCD and plasma based sets. HP revealed its 2007 lineup of HDTV’s that will be on display at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, and its roster of televisions no longer include DLPs.

According to an earlier report on the topic, HP has invested heavily in DLP technology -- making the move away from DLP a rather strange one. Market forces, such as increased demand and lower costs for flat panels, may have had something to do with the decision to concentrate on LCD and plasma.

When asked about its plans for new television products for this year Pat Kinley of HP Personal Systems Group explained, “During 2007, HP plans to concentrate engineering resources and marketing efforts towards the growth segments in the HDTV category, which include LCD and plasma TVs and home automation. As a result, we will sell through our existing 2006 inventory of MDTV [microdisplay TV] units and not introduce any new models next year.”

The company's 2007 product roadmap is as follows:

2007 HP Flat Panel Televisions

  • HP 1080p LC4276N 42-inch LCD TV
  • HP 1080p LC4776N 47-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC3272N 32-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC3772N 37-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC4272N 42-inch LCD TV
  • HP PL4272N 42-inch plasma TV
  • HP PL5072N 50-inch plasma TV

2007 MediaSmart Televisions

  • HP 1080p 42-inch SL4278N MediaSmart LCD TV
  • HP 1080p 47-inch SL4778N MediaSmart LCD TV

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RE: A bit early...
By FITCamaro on 1/5/2007 3:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
Ain't that the truth. Even at work guys are going with Plasma and LCD because its flat. I'll take the extra 8" of depth for a vastly cheaper set and as good if not better picture quality. In the end, I paid $900 for my 42" Samsung DLP with the faster 12,000 rpm color wheel and didn't even pay taxes on it ($1600 marked down to $1000 then further reduced later to $900 and purchased on a tax free weekend). The picture looks awesome, both standard definition and HD. The only slight annoyance is when you first turn it on, you have to wait about 10 seconds while the bulb warms up to get full brightness. But I really don't care. And whats really nice is that it's a 42" TV and it's lighter than the 23" CRT TV in my bedroom.

People are unfortunately drawn to what the media and stars designate as cool. Why else would people pay for things such as $100 jeans when a $20 pair looks the same except for a little logo on it?

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