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Al Griffin Posted: Mar 09, 2003 0 comments
Illustration by Turnstyle Imaging There was a time during television's black-and-white era when Andy Griffith's wholesome face dominated the airwaves, entire families dined in front of the tube with TV dinners balanced on their laps, and commercials hawked tasty, refreshing cigarettes. Hooking up your TV back then was easy.
Al Griffin Posted: Feb 10, 2003 0 comments
Competition in the computer business has heated up over the past few years, with companies slashing prices to the bone in order to move product. You can now get a PC with a speedy processor and huge hard drive for only $399, and they'll undoubtedly cost less than that by this time next year. What's a forward-thinking computer company to do?
Al Griffin Posted: Jan 20, 2003 0 comments
(Photos by Tony Cordoza) Sometimes just watching TV isn't enough. There I am, sunk deep into the couch, remote in hand, when a Happy Days episode comes on. Suddenly, I'm seized by a fierce desire to know as many details as possible about Pat Morita, the actor who plays Arnold, owner of the drive-in restaurant where Potsy and his posse hang out.
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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 11, 2003 0 comments
Roaming the packed halls of CES 2003, I'm not surprised to see a continuation of many of last year's video trends. Flat-panel plasma and LCD TVs are everywhere. Tube-type HDTVs, though upstaged by their slim, wall-hanging cousins, are still around and selling at increasingly attractive prices.
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Al Griffin Posted: Nov 18, 2002 0 comments
Photo by Tony Cordoza

When Apple introduced its lower-priced line of iMacs in 1998, it made a big step toward its goal of getting Macintosh computers in the hands of a wider range of users. The line has undergone a number of changes since then, with new iMacs sporting everything from psychedelic candy-color cases to powerful built-in video editing capabilities.

Al Griffin Posted: Oct 07, 2002 0 comments
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Al Griffin Posted: Sep 22, 2002 0 comments
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Check it out: In the Lab Features Checklist
At the height of the stock-market bubble a few years back, I'd occasionally field a call from a rich guy - or his assistant - seeking advice on the cool, new flat-panel plasma TVs he'd been hearing about.
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Al Griffin Posted: Jun 25, 2002 0 comments

Al Griffin Posted: May 15, 2002 0 comments

You know your life is out of balance when the best looking thing around you is the TV - and it's not even turned on! That was the predicament I found myself in when reviewing the Loewe (pronounced "Loo-va") Aconda widescreen HDTV monitor. Maybe the set looks so good because Europeans (Loewe is based in Germany) have an evolved design sense.

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Al Griffin Posted: May 15, 2002 0 comments

Compared with the "in the lab" box for one of our test reports on, say, an A/V receiver, the lab data for a TV review may seem skimpy. While there aren't a lot of numbers, the ones we do generate can give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the set - particularly its color reproduction, which is arguably the most important aspect of a TV's performance.

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