Toshiba Busts Out with Cell-powered Regza HDTV

On the eve of Japan’s CEATEC trade show, electronics giant Toshiba has formally unveiled the Regza 55X1 HDTV (Japanese), the company’s first television to be powered by the Cell processor—the same chip at the heart of the PlayStation 3. And while the 55X1 will not be offering support for PlayStation games—consumers will still need to buy a console for that—it does feature an integrated DVR, 3 TB of storage space, an innovated LED backlighting system, DLNA compatibility, and access to broadband content via the Internet.

Toshiba Regza 55X1

As a display, the 55X1 offers impressive specs: Toshiba claims the 55-inch HD LCD panel sports a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic, presumably), enabled in part by an LED backlighting system tha divides the display into 512 zones with individual lighting control. The 55X1 will also sport 1250cd/m&exp2; of brightness and a 240 Hz refresh rate.

But the true star of the 55X1 is the cell processor, which Toshiba claims is just the first step on future “super resolution” technology. The Cell processor lives in a separate box from the 55X1, and offers some 143 times the computing capacity of a current Regza television, improving image quality, color, and brightness across the board. Toshiba is also building in a mammoth DVR with 3 TB of storage capacity, 2 TB of which can be used to timeshift recorded programming, capturing up to 26 hours of high-def programming and recording up to 8 broadcast channels at a time. Toshiba has also developed a custom navigation interface that lets users search on-air, archives, and future programs—shows are shown as thumbnails, with other shows circling it based on perceived relevancy: more relevant shows are closer, while others orbit further away. Users can search on keyword, actors’ names, genre, title, and more. There’s also a multi-thumbnail mode that can handle up to 40 time-divided thumbnails of a program, making it simple for users to find the point they want in a program.

The Regza 55X1 will also support broadband content, with integrated support for YouTube video, a built-in version of the Opera Web browser, and (amazingly enough) will also handle displaying JPEG photos. The 55X1 is also DLNA compatible, so it can integrate with media capabilities on a home network.

Toshiba says the 55X1 will be available in Japan in December 2009; no pricing information has been released, but reports have the suggested price near ¥1 million, which translates to over $11,000 USD. There’s no word on when, or if, Toshiba plans to market the Regza 55X1 outside the Japanese market.

However, Toshiba has talked about future plans for Cell-based televisions, including tapping the Cell processor to offer 3D technology, and a set that upconverts 1080p signals to 3840 by 1260 resolution. Other possibilities include a integrated home media server. Time will tell.

Product Review

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it: Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 builds on a winning formula

Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1 aims for excellence by copying many treats that made the normal XPS 13 stand out, but have users moved on to newer, better designs?
Home Theater

Need more contrast in your life? Here’s what you need to know about HDR TVs

So what is HDR TV? In a nutshell, it’s the best thing to happen to TV since the arrival of 4K. Here's everything you need to know about the technology, what it can do, and why it’s a must-have.
Home Theater

The 7 best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2018.

Do it in ‘Dubly’: Dolby Vision HDR comes to Xbox One S and Xbox One X

The latest Preview system update for Xbox Insiders is rolling out now, and it adds support for Dolby Vision HDR. The feature is limited to streaming at the moment, and HDR10 will still be needed for games.
Home Theater

Dish Network or DirecTV: Which is the better choice for you?

So, you’ve chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what both Dish Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing, and why you might choose them over streaming services.
Product Review

With surreal speed and battery life, the 13-inch Surface Book 2 is hard to beat

Microsoft took what was best about its Surface Book 2-in-1 and made it even better. Our Microsoft Surface Book 2 13 review looks at an incredibly well-built machine that’s both fast and enjoyed awesome battery life.
Product Review

The ZenBook S doesn't like to show off, but it's one of the best PCs you can buy

Asus has designed a little jewel of a notebook. It looks great, feels solid in the hand, and incorporates several thoughtful design touches that elevate it from pedestrian to premier.
Movies & TV

Do you have questions about Hulu and Hulu with Live TV? We've got answers

Not sure which Hulu subscription is right for you? We're here to help. This is your complete guide to Hulu and Hulu with Live TV, including content offerings for each service, pricing, internet requirements, and more.

Time to upgrade! Here are the best 4K TV deals for July 2018

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level so you can enjoy all of your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Movies & TV

Close that torrent! Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Sling TV, Hulu, or Amazon.

These are the best portable chargers for quickly juicing your device

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks of the best portable chargers.

The 2018 MacBook Pro just launched. How does it compare to last year's model?

An all-new MacBook Pro 13-inch has finally arrived, bringing with it Intel's powerful quad-core processor. But should you buy the 2018 model or save some cash and get last year's version instead?
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Roll-up solar panels, dream controllers, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Lost without Print Screen? Here's a few ways to take a screenshot on your Mac

Whether you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts or applications such as Grab and Preview, this guide will teach you how to take a screenshot on a Mac. Once you know how, you'll be able to capture images within seconds.

Apple's third iOS 12 beta may help you save a lot of data

At this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled its latest operating system, iOS 12. From app updates to group FaceTime, ARKit 2.0, and more, here are all the new features in iOS 12.

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. If you're looking for the absolute highest-end in image quality, these are the best HDR monitors you can buy…
Home Theater

Samsung’s 34-foot Onyx LED TV looks to change movie theaters forever

Samsung’s new Onyx Cinema LED screen is a massive LED display designed to power the movie theater of the future. Could this 34-foot big-screen make projectors obsolete?
Movies & TV

Dave Bautista speaks out against firing of James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director and writer James Gunn has been fired by Disney after pundits unearthed several offensive tweets posted by the director almost a decade ago.
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: ‘Dark Tourist,’ ‘Sharp Objects,’ and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: Netflix's eerie travel series Dark Tourist, HBO's gloomy thriller Sharp Objects, and more.
Movies & TV

First trailer for 'Star Trek: Discovery' season 2 debuts during Comic-Con

The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery will return for more adventures on CBS All Access in the near future. Here's everything we know about Star Trek: Discovery season 2, from the cast and themes to the season premiere.
Movies & TV

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' needs a new director

Marvel Studios will bring Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the rest of its team of reluctant cosmic heroes back to the big screen in 2020 for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, so here's everything we know about the sequel so far.
Home Theater

HDMI 2.0b is a whole lot more than just a connection to your TV

HDMI 2.0b is the backbone for many of the latest updates in 4K UHD technology. And while a new cable standard can often involve a bunch of changes for consumers, that is not the case this time around.
Home Theater

PlayStation Vue: The master guide to Sony’s internet TV service

PlayStation Vue is Sony's answer to live TV without the need for a cable or satellite TV subscription. To help you understand the service, its plans, and numerous features, we've created this handy guide.