I Want My Plasma TV!
Forget about the fruit cake and scrap the sweater. High-definition televisions, flat-panel TVs and plasma TVs, are at the top of holiday wish lists this year, according to a new Web poll conducted by CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association. CompTIA is a 22-year-old global trade association representing the business interests of the information technology industry (http://www.comptia.org)
Nearly one-quarter of respondents (24 percent) said that a high-definition TV, flat-panel TV with LCD display, rear-projection TV or plasma TVs is the high-tech "toy" they'd most like to receive this year. The other most popular choices were digital cameras (15.6 percent), MP3 or other digital music players (11.8 percent) and wireless home networks (10.6 percent).
Other wish list products that made the holiday shopping list in the CompTIA Web poll included digital video recorders (8.1 percent), smart phones and personal digital assistants (7.9 percent), tablet PCs (7.7 percent), and portable media centers (2.2 percent).
The explosion of digital entertainment options and home network tools brings with it a new level of complexity when it comes to the installation, use and maintenance of these high-tech toys. While ease of use is a feature of some of these products, many others may require the assistance of a professional trained and certified in the installation, integration and troubleshooting of home technology systems. This is especially true for multi-room networked entertainment configurations and home control systems.
"Consumers interested in getting the most out of their investment in expensive consumer electronics and home networks would be wise to rely on a certified technician to turn their residence into a connected home," says John Venator, president and CEO of CompTIA.