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Roy Furchgott, has an eye for design. He writes an insightful piece in the NYTimes about Korean electronic maker Hannspree, and their latest design triumph: An LCD TV that looks great from the backside. Delicious, and useful for times when a TV doesn't sit against a wall.

In fact, he points out it looks like an Eames Lounge chair. Are Koreans the new bootleg master artists? Either way, it's in good taste. The chair is a design icon originally produced in 1956, and is crafted from rosewood plywood and leather. It's nice looking. So, the TV looks good, too. At least the backside.

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What about the front? You know, the part of the set you'll be staring at most of the time? Roy reports the screen as having a "1,366 by 1,786 pixels in all three sizes: 26-inch ($1,200), 32-inch ($1,500) and 37-inch ($1,900)." Whoa, looks like a type-o. The TV is actually 768 pixels wide tall. We can throw no stones with the spellings and type-os, so no biggie. You forgive, we forgive.

The bigger deal is recommending a TV set for a good looking backside, when historically, Hannspree LCDs don't look so hot. This one might look better than the older sets, but I place the odds against that.

UPDATE: Jon writes in: "Hannspree isn't Korean, it's Taiwanese." My bad: Hann reminds me of "Hanna" in Korean. Spree reminds me of those really tasty candies that will eat your teeth up and make your dentist rich. My point: Whatever, we all look the same.
Hannspree Wooden Butt TV [NYTimes]

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