Now that most televisions are a tiny fraction of the size they used to be and display bright, high resolution images, you might be wondering where manufacturers will go from here. In recent years we’ve seen HDTVs get 3D capability, Internet functions, and power-efficient LED backlighting in attempt to make them even better, but perhaps the next major evolution is cutting down the devices even further, this time by ditching every piece that isn’t screen. LG’s Cinema 3D TV, for instance, recently took home a 2012 CES Innovations Award, likely because of its clear disdain for bezels.
The edges of the new display are impressively thin, but how important is that in a home theater setup?
Unlike computer monitors, where LG’s trim edges help make multi-display rigs a lot cleaner, bezels are less of an issue in the living room, where most people are only using one main display. If you’re putting the television inside a cabinet of some kind, thin bezels would help get the most screen for the space, but beyond that it doesn’t have a big practical advantage. That being said, we can’t deny that LG’s almost border-less image has a sleek, futuristic appeal.
LG also got some attention for their iPod speaker dock, which looks like a cross between a subwoofer and Rubik’s Cube. The Airplay-capable “Powerful Sound iPod Docking Speaker” isn’t the biggest iPod dock we’ve ever seen, but between the name and the sheer size it looks like it might pump out a bit more volume than most competitors.