CES 2011: TVs at CES 2011 LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader
LG’s ST600 Smart TV upgrader provides LG Smart TV functionality so you can surf the web, access files from your computer and download LG applications whatever the brand of your telly.
Of course, LG would love you to buy one of their brand new TVs, but if you’ve recently bought a new set, LG still want you to be able to access Smart TV, which is where the ST600 comes in.
The concept is similar to Apple TV. This tiny box, with its equally tiny remote control, has an HDMI output, so you can attach it to any brand of TV with an HDMI input, be it an LG, Panasonic, Samsung, or any other.
We got a peak at LG's Smart TV upgrader box at CES – see our video review
Web browsing and accessing media
The box has four main features; access to premium content – such as access to YouTube that’s built-in - access to the LG App Store, Smart Share and a fully functioning web browser.
The LG App Store will be equipped with around 200 applications when the box launches – the early apps are expected to be free.
The ST600 can communicate wirelessly with other DLNA equipment. The Smart Share functionality enables you to access content from other devices in your home via wi-fi – so you can listen to music or watch movies stored on your home PC on the TV.
Web browsing by phone
The web browser is very much as it would be on your PC and you can navigate around the web using the remote control or an iPhone or Android phone. The remote control doesn’t include alphanumeric keys so connecting your phone wirelessly to the TV means you can use the keyboard on your phone to type in web addresses – much easier and it saves time.
The buttons on the remote are small, but navigating around the screen is fairly intuitive – of course the demonstration TV screen at CES was enormous, so it’s difficult to say whether the experience on a smaller screen-size would prove similarly simple.
The ST600 Smart TV Upgrader box also includes 1GB of flash memory and a USB port, so you can increase storage memory or connect up a mouse.
It’s due to launch in the US in the Spring and will retail at around $150. There’s no news yet of when we can expect to see it in the UK.