We’ve seen some incredible TVs at CES this year: Stunning screens that practically melt your eyeballs. But the real stars of the show haven’t been the displays. Instead, the TVs are remarkable for their designs. The coolest TVs of CES 2017 pulled all the guts of the TV out of the display hardware, and in the process effectively completed the modern television’s transition to a giant ass computer monitor.
The television has been trending towards being an enormous desktop PC-type gadget for a while, ever since TV makers embraced “smart” TVs and had to learn how to be software makers—providing their customers with apps and operating systems just like a computer maker like Dell or Lenovo or Microsoft might.
But taking the guts out of the TV display and putting them in a box has completed the evolution. The line between TV and traditional computer is now virtually non-existent. The only difference between a new TV and my desktop PC and monitor is price and quality.