- The HCE Video Series
I got an email this evening from a company who’s newsletter I subscribe to and in it was an alert about flat panel manufacturer, Seiki Digital, and their newly released UltraHD/4K display. What sets Seiki’s UltraHD display apart from say Sony’s recently announced 50 and 60-inch models is its price of $1,299. That’s right, today the price of UltraHD/4K at the consumer level just hit below the belt at $1,299 for a 50-inch, edge-lit LED display.
The Seiki SE50UY04 is a 50-inch, UltraHD/4K native display featuring 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and a reported contrast ratio of 5,000:1, a refresh rate of 120Hz and a response time of 6.5ms all for $1,299. It even comes with free shipping from retailer Tiger Direct, whom is an authorized Seiki retailer. The SE50UY04 has 3 HDMI inputs along with inputs for VGA (15-pin, D-Sub), component (x1), composite video and analog audio. Outputs include a digital coaxial out as well as headphone jack (3.5mm mini jack). The SE50UY04 has two built-in speakers though no Wattage information was given. Dimension of the SE50UY04 are 44.8 inches wide by 26.65 inches tall and 2.09 inches deep without its included stand. Taking its table stand into consideration increases the display’s depth to 9.84 inches. Weight is listed at 52.9 pounds.
Not much else is known about this display (or frankly the company Seiki), suffice to say the barrier to entry for UltraHD/4K now rests at just under $1,300. Quite a drop considering that less than six months ago the only UltraHD/4K set on the market cost $25,000! I’ve always maintained that regardless of the differences between UltraHD/4K and HD, one surefire way to get folks to adapt to a new technology or format is make it easy and affordable for them to do so. Say what you will about Seiki, but there are plenty of people who might pop for UltraHD/4K out of curiosity if it only costs them as much as a Vizio.
I’ve already reached out to Seiki to see if I can’t procure a review sample. Stay tuned…