Sky Glass leads the way for smart TV designs

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Sky Glass has arrived, and it brings the potential for a revolution in smart TV design.

The all-in-one smart TV is fascinating hardware for many reasons, mainly because it offers an antenna-less Sky TV experience without a set-top box, as well as built-in Dolby Atmos speakers, providing a confined home theater setup without the need. . for additional accessories like a Sky Q box or plug-in soundbar.

This simplicity is a great strength for Sky, and other manufacturers could take heed. We have seen many smart TVs with awesome sound, like the Philips OLED + 935 or the Panasonic JZ2000.

But seeing Sky pull its own set-top box hardware out of the equation is a shocking and exciting move to turn it into an internet-connected television, and an exciting move for the company.

However, it is worth focusing on choosing multiple colors for Sky Glass smart TVs. Although there are only three sizes of 43-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch TVs, you can choose each of them in a variety of five colors, from ceramic white to dark pink, race green, ocean blue, and anthracite black.

Even the remotes match the color of your TV screen (Image credit: Avenir)

It’s an exciting mix of shades to choose from, shaking up the drab exteriors of so many TV screens, locked into the black-gray-silver palette typically expected of screens.

Sometimes you can get a TV screen with slight variations, which is usually due to a different TV stand, or a silver model replacing black at some retailers. But there’s really no sense of color customization in most of the TV market, some designer TVs like Samsung The Frame, which have a slew of different colored bezels you can accessorize with, aside from.

The apple does not fall far from the tree

Colors are more consistent with the new Apple iMac unveiled earlier this year than with all of the TV lines available today. The iMac 2021 line of desktops comes in seven colors: green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver (though you’re limited to green, pink, blue, and silver for the entry-level model). ).

The new iMac is truly a return to form for Apple, given that the MacBooks of the ’90s and early 2000s tended to be a lot more colorful before the consistency creep (read: gray) took over. on the design philosophy of the company.

The 2021 Apple iMac, in a seductive blue (Image credit: Avenir)

And it’s just a lot more interesting for consumers, both to think of their devices as more personalized and individual products, and to enjoy more of the screen they may have to watch for most of their day. of work.

It’s astounding that Sky Glass feels like an outlier in the TV market, where any sense of customization is typically limited to sizing alone, or based on certain specs, like the audio capability of the OLED TV lineup from Panasonic, which varies enormously between its sets. , even if the panel and the quality of treatment remain generally the same.

There’s more to a TV than its exterior, of course, the world’s most beautiful bezel won’t stop a budget processor from ruining on-screen images, something we found when reviewing Samsungs. The Frame last year. However, manufacturers are starting to want more fun and color in consumer purchases, and we can only hope Sky finds a few imitators in the years to come.

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