Giz Explains: Quick Guide to Samsung's CES Goodies

Samsung just dropped almost 20 items on us at CES, but not all of em are worth your time. Here's a quick and dirty guide to some of the stuff worth knowing about, but not quite worth shoving down your throat with a full post.

• TVs: Series 7 high end plasma. Improved video processing makes this monster, available in 50, 58 and 63-inches, as well as with four HDMI ports, the cream of Samsungs HDTV offerings. Series 4 and 5 are the entry level plasma varieties, but are worthy of your attention thanks to their 3D displaying abilities, not to mention HDMI and USB 2.0 inputs. LCD-wise, Series 4 and 5 LCDs will also be dropping in various sizes, which will be capable of full 1080p, but given some of the smaller screen sizes, we aren't so sure that is a big deal. If you are looking to save a pretty penny, but still want a large screen, the Series 6 and 7 rear projection models should do just the trick.

• Blu-ray and HDTV: The BP-U5500 combines the best of both HD DVD and Blu-ray, with its dual playback capabilities. At under $600, it may be promising for diehard HD DVD fans that see the imminent demise of their format on the horizon.

• Complete Theater Systems and Standard DVD. Samsung are launching a new Home Theater in a Box (HTIB) range, the 2.1-channel HT-X710 and 5.1-channel HT-X715, will offer wireless speaker systems, polished styling and 1080p upconversion. The more compact, Soundbar HT-X810 will be a smaller package with Bluetooth for streaming audio. The big daddy will be the HT-BD2, with 7.1 speakers and Blu-ray 1080p playback.

• The best of the rest. Samsung will be adding Bluetooth functionality to their P2 and T10 MP3 players. They also have a HD camcorder in the pipes, the SC-HMX20C will shoot 1080p straight onto its 8GB flash memory.