By ZAM KARIMbytz@thestar.com.my
HAIER will ship its first 3D Smart TV here in July. The 46in LE46A700 will feature a full HD panel with passive 3D technology and built-in WiFi.
The TV's Mega Contrast visual engine uses LED technology to produce blacker blacks and whiter whites for brighter, sharper yet more natural pictures.
It can also play multimedia files such as photos, music, movies and texts directly from a USB drive. Supported formats include BMP, MP3, WAV, AVI, MPEG2 and H.264.
If you have to move away from the TV while your favourite programme is playing, you can use the Time Shift recording function so you will not miss any scenes. The recording will be stored on a USB drive and can be viewed anytime.
However, not all USB drives are compatible with the function.
Some of the supported devices include Sandisk Extreme Contour, Kingston Data Traveler 410 and Samsung HM500JI 500GB hard disk.
The HDTV also comes with applications for viewing and updating Picasa, Facebook and YouTube but requires a connection to a home network via its built-in WiFi.
The LE46A700 is expected to cost in the range of RM3,500 to RM3,900.
At the launch, Haier also unveiled a full HD LED TV, the 42in LE42K800.
The slim model ships with noise reduction and energy saving technologies as well as a USB port to connect a thumbdrive for watching movies and more.
Additionally, its Eye Guard technology uses automatic light sensing and backlight adjustment to prevent glare.
The LE42K800 is expected to ship next month for a retail price of RM1,899.