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IKEA's Uppleva TV Hits Europe, Receives First Review

Back in April, IKEA made a splash when it announced plans to enter the electronics market with a new piece of furniture. Dubbed the Uppleva, the entertainment center came with an integrated television as well as a Blu-ray player and other essential gadgets for your living room. Today, the Uppleva is finally available to buy. At least, it is in some countries.

 

IKEA has since revealed that the Uppleva debuted at its Stockholme store on June 14, and GigaOm reports that the set will go on sale at the company’s Berlin Lichtenberg store hand a handful of stores across Europe on July 2nd. For those that missed it when it was announced a couple of months back. The Uppleva is essentially a TV stand with an integrated HDTV, Blu-ray/DVD/CD players and MP3 and iPod player (courtesy of Chinese electronics company TCL) Because everything is built into the unit, IKEA has been able to hide away the things you won't want to see, like cables, and design a very minimalist entertainment system. With several designs and configurations, the Uppleva is fully customizable and customers have the option of adding extra compartments for storage or for additional electronic equipment. The entire thing is controlled with a single remote and the TV screens are available in four sizes, ranging from 24 inches to 46 inches.

Of course, with something like this, you'll want to know how the integrated electronics perform, right? The bad news is that Swedish tech site M3 has conducted an in-depth review of the Uppleva, covering everything from the assembly of the unit itself to the picture quality on the HDTV, and the news is ... not good. According to M3 (via Gizmodo), the TV's smart features are slow, with some features not working altogether, and the interface is below par. The picture doesn't fare much better with muddy colors, poor black levels and a noisy picture. The bottom line from M3 seems to be that you can get a much better TV for the same money ($1000) -- one that you won't be embarrassed to use in front of your friends.

The Uppleva is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. in 2013. Let's hope IKEA can sort out the electronic components of this entertainment system before it arrives.

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  • xxyyzz
    oh god! save us all..
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  • zzz_b
    Maybe it's time for Samsung to enter the furniture business :))
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  • ewood
    cool idea, too bad the execution appears is somewhat poor
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  • TheDane
    46" ? Bah! Too small :-)
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  • freggo
    Ikea furniture and home decor stuff is not bad, if you are on a budget; but guys... stick to pine trees and leave the electronics to those who know a bit more about them than you do.
    You don't see Nokia offering a self-assemble phone with a wooden case, do you ?

    Then again, Nokia may be working on just that of course :-)
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  • monkeysweat
    The 1000 bux only gets you the 24 incher that is the starting price

    46 will probably be 5-700 more,,, honestly my home system doesn't show off any wires (components in the basement while tv and speakers hang on wall in livingroom above) - only cost me a fraction of that.

    even at most furniture stores you can find an entertainment stand that can hide all the wires for like 600, add a home theater in a box at 400 dollars (this would be a 5.1 solution, not the 2.1 IKEA gives you) and a tv of your liking (even up to 60 inches or more) will be a better solution.

    the only difference will be is the 2 speakers sitting behind/beside your couch for the surround sound
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  • monkeysweat
    PS if you buy a stereo brand that matches the TV, chances are you can control it all with 1 remote through CEC
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  • freggo
    Come to think of it, Nokia will offer the Nokia-Pine as the entry level model and the high end Polished Brazilian Hardwood version with Ivory buttons for those who like to impress and don't care about the rain forest being chopped up a bit more ;-)
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  • aracheb
    freggoCome to think of it, Nokia will offer the Nokia-Pine as the entry level model and the high end Polished Brazilian Hardwood version with Ivory buttons for those who like to impress and don't care about the rain forest being chopped up a bit more ;-)lol
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  • RADIO_ACTIVE
    People just need to organize their cords lol horrible idea and epic failure.
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