Sean Portnoy

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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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Samsung, LG unveil cool new LED-backlit HDTVs

Samsung, LG unveil cool new LED-backlit HDTVs

By now, we all know that LED-backlit LCDs are at least the short-term future for HDTVs, until (and if) OLED sets become commercially viable. Yes, they're priced too high for most consumers, but so were LCDs with 120Hz refresh rates a couple of years ago.

August 2, 2009 by in Samsung

Sony giving up on OLED TVs? Panasonic, Samsung push on.

Sony giving up on OLED TVs? Panasonic, Samsung push on.

Everyone who's seen Sony's 11-inch XEL-1 TV based on OLED technology has fallen in love with it, but that's apparently not enough for the company to keep working to develop bigger sets. In fact, a Sony spokesman bluntly admitted that "We really made the XEL-1 just to prove that we could make it.

April 30, 2009 by in Samsung

CES 2009: Samsung's new plasma and LCD HDTV lineup

CES 2009: Samsung's new plasma and LCD HDTV lineup

Though it's given up the rear-projection market, Samsung is still hanging in there with plasma, as evidenced by its new lineup of sets announced this afternoon. They share a number of features with the new LCDs the company also introduced today—including those I didn't cover in my previous post.

January 7, 2009 by in Samsung

Pricing for 2009 HDTV sets leaks before Samsung's official announcement

Pricing for 2009 HDTV sets leaks before Samsung's official announcement

Leave it to the HD Guru to dig up some good info a little early. While Samsung may make its official announcement on the pricing of all its new TVs in a few days, he found it out a couple of days ago, and since then, some of the new models have been featured in this weekend's Best Buy circular ad and prices are listed for some sets on the Samsung Web site.

March 28, 2009 by in Samsung

Samsung working on a 480Hz HDTV?

Samsung working on a 480Hz HDTV?

Some people question the value of 120Hz refresh rates for LCD HDTVs, and even more wonder if 240Hz is worth the extra expense. But it's a spec with buzz, so it shouldn't be entirely surprising that Samsung is supposedly working on 480Hz sets that it may reveal at the IFA electronics expo in Germany next month.

August 26, 2009 by in Samsung

Circuit City Black Friday ad finally leaks. More yawns.

Circuit City Black Friday ad finally leaks. More yawns.

After Best Buy's Black Friday ad leaked online the other day, bargain hunters were waiting for someone at Circuit City to slip up and its ad to reach the Internet, which has finally happened. And as with other ads already unearthed, the deals aren't so hot considering the economy and—in this case—the bankruptcy filing earlier in the week.

November 16, 2008 by in Samsung