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Published on April 21st, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Would you buy an IKEA all-in-one smart TV?





Jochen sent me a link to this video and I wondered, “is this for real?” I thought someone uploaded a late April Fool’s joke. But no, it’s legit.

Well, tadaa… it’s the IKEA UPPLEVA. An all-in-one smart TV with speakers, blue ray and DVD player all built into the furniture. How’s that for thinking within the box? It looks promising, and I love that it seems to have banished the bane of cables once and for all.

As you would expect from IKEA, the UPPLEVA is customisable, meaning you can fit it into other IKEA furniture systems like the BESTA. That’s important because I don’t think its boring squarish looks will fly. That also means we hackers have more to play with!

Trimmings aside, the real test of the pudding would be the TV itself, don’t you think? Seriously, would you buy a made by IKEA TV? That remains to be seen. On HD.

The UPPLEVA will be rolling out in Stockholm, Milan, Paris, Gdansk and Berlin in June 2012. Then the rest of the stores in Sweden, Italy, France, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Norway and Portugal in Autumn 2012. Poor me will have to wait till Spring 2013.

Let me know in the comments what you think of an IKEA TV? Would you buy it?

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21 Responses to Would you buy an IKEA all-in-one smart TV?

  1. Christian says:

    Basically, i like the idea of that all-in-one media center with pretty neat capabilities, but i think i wouldn’t buy it. Although being pretty fond of the clean and quite timeless design, it misses important things for me: my good ol’ unbeatable Technics stereo amplifier and my good ol’ self-built speakers with those 30cm woofers.

  2. Hans says:

    No. I thinks its fun however that she pronounces IKEA the swedish way while the rest is in english :D

    • Noel says:

      I moved to the US from Sweden (not Swedish but lived there for 9 years) and when I say IKEA the same way in the US store, they look at me like I came from Mars but look, thats the correct way and she is SO SO Swedish.

    • Kitty says:

      I’ve been in Sweden nearly two and a half years now, and I had noticed this comment but left the video to watch..er today instead. I wanted to mention how very very Swedish she was too. Nice accent. Not a bad thing, I think a Swedish English accent is cute :D So of course she says Ikea the Swedish way.

  3. bilelz says:

    too expensive, but good idea

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why not ?

  5. jo says:

    my sister told me about the ikea tv some days ago. i thought it was an ikea tv, i mean in a (box) flat pack and with ikea instructions and everything and you have to build it and screw and drill all by yourself.
    and fix it the correct way to the wall.
    but, by chance, i just checked the internet some minute before coming here, and it’s not like that.
    it’s only like going to ikea, buying your kitchen with an oven and a refrigerator and whatever you’ll need and it’s rex-ariston-miele-smeg-lg branded, covered with ikea logo.

    so booooooring.

    no fun.

  6. why not? i wouldn’t buy it soon because i’d like to know people’s opinion, who tests it. and then i’d decide.
    but i’d like an ikea tv

  7. Anonymous says:

    It looks great, but never. Brand matters when buying televisions…..Samsung for me.

  8. djfred says:

    DVD, MP3 Player, FM? I would have loved it ten years ago, but now it seems kind of outdated. Especially since it’s not going to hit US shores until 2013. I’m not sure what Apple is going to come up with but I guarantee that FM is not going to be part of the package.

  9. Lars says:

    I Think this is a great thing. It´s cable free, nice design and wife friendly as well :) . Im looking forward to see what brand they have chosen for the electrics.

    I don´t think it´s outdated, since its a smart TV inside. I just hope the software is up for the task, since there are alot of smart tvs out there that have outdated software.

    This would defently be piece i would like to try out .. 5 years of warranty is neat.

  10. Noel says:

    I will have to see detailed specs and how SMART is this TV but I liked the concept. If the TV offers more that what the competitors offer, then I am going for it.
    This TV will be made by Chinese manufacturer TCL and good that they are offering 5 years warranty but I will look into that too. If I am paying ~$900 then I better do thorough homework..

  11. Molly H says:

    Never buying an all-in-one again. I bought a TV with a built-in DVD player and the DVD player broke. Something’s going to break, and you’ll end up hooking up external devices, or you’re going to have to replace the whole darn thing.

  12. Jules says:

    Seen this? http://teamcoco.com/video/ikea-television Too funny. Thanks, Susannah of Teamcoco.com.

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