Should you buy LG's new 105-inch curved 4K TV? That depends on whether or not you have $69,999 to spare.
You read that correctly. On Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG finally announced the cost of its highly anticipated model 105UC9. That nearly $70,000 price tag will get you a TV that is able to display four times the picture resolution of the current 1080p HD standard, while the curved screen promises a more cinematic, glare-free experience. All that for just $20,000 more than the median U.S. household income.
Today's value-driven millionaire, however, might be reluctant to buy a TV set that will only be able to display a few shows in 4K, including the second season of Netflix's "House of Cards" and whatever YouTube thinks is worth streaming in Ultra HD.
So, just in case you decide against being an early-adopter, here are some other things you can buy with that $70,000:
- A 507-pound bluefin tuna from Tokyo's Tsukiji market.
- A shiny new Tesla Model S electric car.
- A shuttlecraft prop from the original "Star Trek" series.
- A three-bedroom house in Syracuse, N.Y.
- Seven-hundred vibrating HAPIforks, to help you know when to stop eating caviar.
One word of warning: If 4K takes off, you're going to look like a sucker when someone buys a similar TV for less next year. Someone, somewhere, is currently looking at their 80-inch Samsung plasma TV — which retailed for $70,000 in 2004 — with regret, while another person is smiling in the shuttlecraft in their mom's basement, happily tearing off a chunk of bluefin tuna with a HAPIfork.