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Panasonic 3D TV hands-on

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Panasonic 3D TV hands-on
by Ty Pendlebury and Derek Fung

Here're some first impressions and shed-loads of pictures and information from CNET Australia's first-hand look at a prototype of Panasonic's upcoming 50-inch 3D plasma TV.

Editors' note:
Panasonic 3D TVs will be launched in selected Asia markets in 2010, though actual details are not available at the moment.

Panasonic showed off its first 3D plasma to CNET and we have to admit we were gobsmacked. The 3D element was very immersive, and almost as good as the cinema, but we think the technology hinges on lots of quality content becoming available. While this TV will get a release mid-year, you won't see Avatar on 3D Blu-ray until November.

But we'll say the 3D aspect was only one of many interesting features. This is definitely Panasonic's most technologically advanced television yet, and features the company's Viera Cast which, in addition to YouTube, will also allow Skype calls. The TV comes with two USB ports, with the USB Webcam available separately, but has yet to be announced for Asia.
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Hi,

I got the magnifying glass out for examining those photos of the display and its connectors at the side and back.


I might be too old-school, but I did not see any PC VGA connector or Vesa Din 3 shutterglasses connector.


It would be really nice to run some S3D workstation graphics on that, or some old XP stereo gaming. :shutter


thanks.

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From the photos posted in CNet UK review, it does include a VGA port on the back panel, it's just colored black for some reason.

There is no VESA Stereo port so far as I can tell and no mention of any external emitter in the reviews, so it looks like the set features built-in emitter and would only allow Panasonic glasses. However, these are clearly pre-production models - there are a few large plastic caps on the back panel, and there were even slight variations in side button controls between different units, so hopefully the port will be present on the production model.
If not, it's one more reason to wait for new Samsung 7-series plasmas and new LG 9-series plasmas, which would feature stereo 3D capability and will probably be priced quite a bit lower.

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I really hope they continue to support the VESA stereo plug. It would suck for each display to only work with their proprietary glasses. Its like the whole Nvidia debacle but magnified for the mainstream.

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