Sean Portnoy


Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as an online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

Sean Portnoy is a freelance technology journalist; currently, all work that Sean does is on a contractural basis. Sean has also written corporate communications documents for CA.Sean does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Soundbar speaker systems

Holiday Gift Guide 2008: Soundbar speaker systems

Some enthusiasts want the accuracy of a full surround-sound speaker setup handling their home theater audio output, but judging from the number of soundbar solutions that have been hitting the marketplace, many people are willing to trade fidelity for a single speaker (and often a subwoofer) that doesn't require you strewing cables all around your living room. They provide a sleek look and adequate audio for those you don't mind their virtual surround sound technology.

December 16, 2008 by in Hardware

Toshiba announces its first LED-backlit LCD HDTVs

Toshiba announces its first LED-backlit LCD HDTVs

Readers of this blog know that LCDs using LEDs instead of fluorescent tubes for backlighting are the wave of the future for the HDTV industry. Their superior contrast ratio and lower power requirements are the perfect answer to plasma's image quality advantage and energy-slurping tendencies.

June 10, 2009 by in Hardware