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It's a Mirror, It's a TV! It Takes a Little Work To Get Things Right at the Marlin Hotel

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May 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM | by | ()

If you've done some hotel hopping lately, you would have noticed the size wars underway.

No, not the size of the bed--or your WiFi bandwith (we wish). We're talking about TVs. The size of flatscreens keeps ballooning--but none we've seen have been as impressive as the TVs at South Beach's revamped Marlin Hotel.

When you first walk into your room, it looks like a mirror. But as you'll soon find once you play around with your in-room iPad, there is a 60-inch LED screen hidden behind the mirror, in service of the also-concealed AppleTV system.

A nice piece of design in theory, but how does it work in the wild? We gave it a test spin during a recent stay...

Here it is showing The Office, with the room lights off, but the artwork above the bed still illuminated and reflecting in the screen. Oops!

And here it is with the artwork dimmed but some of the room lights on... (We'll get it right eventually!)

As you can see, it takes some fiddling around with the iPad to get the ideal viewing experience. But we imagine playing with an iPad is half the fun for some guests.

More on what else the Marlin's iPad can do soon!

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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