New Google TVs, 21:9 ultra-wide sets do well in CR test labs (click for full article) Aug 17, 2012 3:00 PM "When you test as many new TVs as we do, you always get a bit excited when something new and different comes in through the door. That was the case when we finally got our hands on two much-awaited new LCD TVs: a new Google TV from LG, and Vizio's extra-wide 21:9 set. And in general, we liked what we saw. These new models are included in our latest TV Ratings. We previewed both of LG's G2-series Google TV and the Vizio CinemaWide TV earlier, and we've now completed full testing on both-picture quality, sound quality, ease of use, and so on. While neither TV was without its flaws, in general both performed well, with either very good or excellent high-definition picture quality and decent to very good 3D performance. LG's G2-series LCD TVs are notable for being the first TVs we've tested with the revamped Google TV software (Google TV 2.0), which provides a more streamlined interface, more comprehensive search capability, and access to Google Play, the Android apps market. We tested a 55-inch set ($1,700) that uses the company's passive 3D technology. It's loaded with features, including an edge LED backlight, built-in Wi-Fi, and of course a full Web browser (Chrome) and access to online content, including streaming movies and TV shows from several services."