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Slimmer TVs actually weigh less than bulkier ones, study discovers

July 22, 2011 |  7:48 pm

Getprev Stop the presses: Flat-panel televisions are drastically lighter than their less-evolved ancestors.

The Consumer Electronics Assn. released a report this week about the "dramatic reduction" in weight and size of TVs and computer monitors after ditching the cathode-ray-tube technology and going to flat-panel.

If you're rolling your eyes and thinking "duh," you're not alone. But the curious can read the entire 12-page report online. It's titled "Materials Footprint Reduction of Televisions and Computer Monitors: 2004-2010."

Among the study's findings:

  • Flat-panel TVs are 82% lighter and take up 75% less space than their tube ancestors of a similar screen size.
  • Today's flat-panel TVs between 40 to 70 inches weigh 34% less than their hefty 13- to 36-inch predecessors.
  • Smaller TVs and computer monitors are better for the environment.

Good to know.

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Photo: Cathode ray tubes from used televisions in Hanoi in July. Credit: Kham / Reuters

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