CES 2010 has certainly changed how we view TVs, as there was a major advancement in 3D TV technology. We had assumed that this year was going to be all about the tablet, but as only Apple has one the attention turned to 3D. The technology has been around for a while, but has only been allowed into the home, with a range of 3D TVs – already on the market. Some come with those strange looking glasses, while others do not, which takes me to my question – Should Glasses Be Free With All 3D TVs?
The reason why I ask this, I decided that I might consider purchasing a new 3D TV – once I read all the health risks associated with it first. I was shocked to learn that not all models come with the 3D glasses, so I decided to see how much I would expect to pay for a pair – $100 to $200 that’s how much.
That’s like purchasing a new car, only to find that you have to pay extra for the steering wheel, sorry for the analogy but that’s the first thing that entered my mind. Do not misunderstand me, there are certainly a number of 3D TVs on the market that come with the glasses to make it happen – although Jamie Pert mentioned the fact that Toshiba is all set to release their Non-Glasses 3D TV later this year.
Looking on the Panasonic website I can see that the TX-P50VT20B 3D Plasma TV comes complete with two pairs of 3D Eyewear Included, as does the TX-P65VT20B. Those two pairs of EW3D10 glasses do not look cheap either, and can be adjusted for those who wear normal glasses.
While looking on the Sony website for BRAVIA 3D TVS, I was shocked to learn that you have to pay extra for Active Shutter glasses. This is just another example of this huge issue – it’s like these companies what 3D to fail.
Another example of this is the LG 3D Infinia TV; they also fail to include a set of these glasses. You will need to pay an extra $99 for the privilege to use a feature on a TV.
Well that’s my little rant over, now its your turn.