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Ikea Introduces HDTV, the Uppleva
Ikea is joining the home entertainment market with its first HDTV, the all-in-one Uppleva.
Ikea isn’t just inexpensive furniture, housewares, and Swedish food anymore. The company recently announced its first HDTV, an all-in-one device built directly into furniture. It’s called the Uppleva, and it follows Ikea’s style of simple design.
The Uppleva is an LED HDTV with a built-in Blu-ray player and 2.1 sound system. It has speakers and a player installed right in the entertainment center into which the HDTV itself is built. A wireless subwoofer lets users get stereo sound with notable bass without investing in a separate soundbar with a subwoofer. The attached entertainment center can hold additional devices like game systems and set-top boxes behind a cabinet door that lets remote control signals in, and all cables can thread up through the back of the entertainment center to stay hidden. It also has unspecified Smart TV functions, so Netflix and YouTube are a safe bet.
Customers can order the Uppleva in several different screen sizes and styles, and can customize everything from the color of the frame to the design of the home entertainment system into which the Uppleva is installed. It’s unknown if an allen wrench will be required to assemble your HDTV.
Swedish HDTV fans will be able to buy the Uppleva this fall from Ikea, with prices starting at 6,500 Swedish crowns ($960) according to Engadget. Availability in the United States hasn’t yet been confirmed, but if it does come out here, a lot of college graduates will be able to pick up their first TV at the same store they pick up their first futon. Plus, they’ll be able to stock up on frozen Swedish meatballs and lingonberry preserves, which are vital components for any first apartment.
For more HDTVs that aren’t built into furniture, see PCMag’s list of the 10 best HDTVs.
By Will Greenwald, PCMag