- Page 1 TrustedReviews Awards 2010
- Page 2 Laptops Award 2010
- Page 3 Best PC
- Page 4 Computers Award 2010
- Page 5 Best Mobile Sat-Nav Application
- Page 6 Best Sat-Nav
- Page 7 Sat-Nav Award 2010
- Page 8 Best Smartphone
- Page 9 Best Budget Mobile Phone
- Page 10 Mobile Phone Award 2010
- Page 11 Best PC Component
- Page 12 Best PC Monitor
- Page 13 Readers’ Choice: Product of the Year
- Page 14 Product of the Year 2010
- Page 15 Best Software
- Page 16 Best Budget Printer
- Page 17 Best Workgroup Printer
- Page 18 Best Home Office Printer
- Page 19 Best Photo Printer
- Page 20 Printer Award 2010
- Page 21 Best Portable Media Player
- Page 22 Best Home Audio Product
- Page 23 Digital Camera Award 2010
- Page 24 Best Projector
- Page 25 Best TV Over £750
- Page 26 Best TV Under £750
- Page 27 Televisions and Projectors Awards 2010
- Page 28 Best Desktop-Replacement Laptop
- Page 29 Best Netbook
- Page 30 Best Portable Laptop
- Page 31 Best Budget Compact Digital Camera
- Page 32 Best Advanced Compact Digital Camera
- Page 33 Best Headphone Product
- Page 34 Best Surround Sound Product
- Page 35 Best Blu-ray Player
- Page 36 Home Cinema Award 2010
- Page 37 Best Overall Camcorder
- Page 38 Best Budget Camcorder
- Page 39 Camcorder Award 2010
- Page 40 Best DSLR and System Cameras
- Page 41 Readers’ Choice: Company of the Year
This year has arguably been the most revolutionary in the TV world since HD made its first stride towards world domination. Why? Two reasons: 3D and Freeview HD.
Regarding 3D, the jury remains out on whether the public really want it; we’re hardly alone in having doubts about how many ‘ordinary folk’ will feel tempted to don a pair of chunky glasses to watch their TVs. Especially when those glasses cost around £100 a pair, making the 3D deal painfully expensive for anyone with a kid or two.
What hasn’t helped 3D’s cause either, is that all the 3D TVs we’ve seen so far have suffered with a phenomenon known as crosstalk, where you see ghostly echoes of well-defined objects appearing to either side of the correct ‘central’ image element. This has proved distracting and tiring on all the LCD 3D TVs we’ve seen – which is why no 3D LCD TVs have featured in our top threes this year. Here’s hoping they up their game for 2011.
The only TVs that have suppressed crosstalk sufficiently to make 3D look truly convincing are the Panasonic VT20 range and the LG 47LD950. However, since the latter uses resolution-reducing side-by-side 3D technology, it’s fallen to Panasonic – in conjunction with Sky’s recently launched 3D channel while we await more Blu-rays – to keep the 3D flag flying.
So far, as the mass rather than early adopter market is concerned, it’s arguably Freeview HD that’s really affected most of our reader’s TV lives. Since the service started broadcasting just before Christmas 2009, Freeview HD tuners have already become an almost standard TV feature. This is, of course, a hugely significant development. For it finally, truly, brings HD to the masses – especially as Freeview HD tuners are being integrated into new TVs while adding seemingly very little to their cost. It’s a pity it’s going to take until 2012 for Freeview HD to be available across the whole UK, but even so it’s clear that Freeview HD’s arrival completes the HD revolution.
Other areas showing large improvements this year are LED lighting technologies and online content services. This latter feature is likely to become a major battle ground through 2011.
Turning to projectors, it has been a rather quiet year, at least at the mainstream end of the market, with most ‘innovation’ being based around crazily cheap pricing rather than new technology. The growth of LED lighting has been the biggest technical development, leading both to a splurge of new pocket-sized models, and the arrival of one or two outstanding high-end home cinema models with LED lamps reckoned to last the full lifetime of the projector.
The end of 2010 and early 2011 looks set to be a much more interesting period for projectors thanks to 3D and new LCD tech – watch this space.
Without further ado, let’s get down to the fun business of picking the finest TVs and projectors that have come through our doors since last November.