Samsung CX305T: Fastest 30″ LCD Monitor

Samsung’s CX305T sports a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (just like the 30″ models from Apple and Dell). Specifications include a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a response time of 6ms (making it the fastest of the bunch). The design is simple and black with height adjustment.

Having a large monitor like the CX305T with lots and lots of pixels is simply wonderful, I think. I don’t have one, yet, but imagine the possibilities of having 2560 x 1600 pixels to do whatever you want. A split-window view would give you two windows with 1280 x 1600 each. Nice.

Source: Gizmodo, Akihabara News

BenQ W9000: 1080p Projector

BenQ’s W9000 is a 1080p front projector that is compatible with SDTV (480i, 480p, 576i) and HDTV (576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p). The chip is TI’s Dark Chip 3 DLP. Contrast ratio ranges from 4,400:1 to 10,000:1 (in High Contrast mode). The W9000 uses a 8-segment color wheel that is a bit better than the usual 6-segment. The DLP has a refresh rate of 300Hz that is plenty fast for flicker-free video. There are a lot of inputs: component, S-video, composite, HDMI, RGB-HD.

I hope BenQ priced the W9000 at a reasonable price, somewhere under $3000. For those that like very large pictures (80″+) and have a fairly dark environment to setup a 1080p front projector, a device like the W9000 that puts out 1080p is the way to go.

Source: BenQ W9000 User Manual, Engadget

Viewsonic VX1935wm VX2035wm VX2235wm: Wide Monitors in 19″ 20″ 22″ Sizes

Viewsonic has announced three new wide LCD monitors: VX1935wm, VX2035wm, VX2235wm. Here are the specs:

VX1935wm: 19″, 1440 x 900, 5ms response time, 700:1 CR, 300 cd/m2
VX2035wm: 20″, 1680 x 1050, 5ms, 800:1 CR, 300 cd/m2
VX2235wm: 22″, 1680 x 1050, 5ms, 700:1 CR, 280 cd/m2

And the prices:

VX1935wm: $199
VX2035wm: $349
VX2235wm: $399

All three have stereo speaker options, have fairly thin bezels and integrated power supplies. All three have both DVI and VGA connections. But I’m not quite understanding what Viewsonic’s product strategy is here with these three new wide LCD monitors, especially with the 20″ and 22″ versions. They have the same resolution with 1680 x 1050. The 20″ wide has a better contrast ratio and higher brightness. Would you pay $50 more money for two more inches of less contrast and brightness? I sure wouldn’t!

It wasn’t mentioned in Engadget, but I would like these new monitors to have height adjustment. One of the best ways to work in a correct posture is to have displays at the correct eye-level.

Source: Engadget, Viewsonic

Philips 47PF9441D: 47″ LCD TV

Philips 47PF9441D
Size: 47″
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Response Time: 8ms
Viewing Angle: 176/176
Input: HDMI (2), Component (3), VGA, S-Video (2), Composite (2)

Philips‘ 47PF9441D is a 47″ LCD TV with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This unit has two HDMI ports and uses Philips’ Pixel Plus 3HD technology that enhances the images by processing pixels to match surrounding pixels for a more natural picture. The 47PF9441D is not cheap and will require a stiff $2,999 price. It will be available in December. The 47″ LCD TV was unveiled at the Electronic Home Expo in Long Beach, CA on November 15.

Update 2008.05.28
The price of Philips’ 47PF9441D 47″ LCD TV has come way way down and can be had for around $1150! This is true for all high-tech gadgets, and especially true for LCD TVs: if you can wait a few months, you can get a great price.

Source: Twice, Gizmodo

[tags]Philips, 47PF9441D, 47″, LCD TV, 1920 x 1080, HDMI, Pixel Plus 3HD, 1080p, Full HD[/tags]

Samsung SDI Chooses MKS Instruments LIQUOZON

Conventional cleaning methods used in the semiconductor industry pose major economical and environmental problems for manufacturers such as costly toxic chemical storage, handling, consumption and disposal. MKS Instruments’ LIQUOZON Single system uses ozonated water as the cleaning agent that offers a clean, safe alternative with no compromise in process performance or reliability. The system also significantly reduces waste disposal costs for wet wafer cleaning, contaminant removal and surface conditioning for semiconductor and flat panel applications.

Billions of flat panel displays (~800 million just for mobile phones) and chips are manufactured each year posing a major threat to the environment as toxic chemicals are dumped into rivers and oceans. Since most of the manufacturing is shifting to places that have very lax environmental regulations (e.g. China, Taiwan) it is good to see companies like MKS Instruments that make the transition to better solutions less difficult.

More information at EarthTimes.org

Pantech Curitel PN-S280

Pantech Curitel’s PN-S280 aka PT-K2800 has a 1.3 mp digicam, a 240 x 320 QVGA LCD and has touch controls. LG’s Chocolate phone’s touch controls started it all. The phones don’t look too bad, but from where I am sitting, the phones seem to be on the chubby side. Of course, as usual, the Koreans have yet again garnered the help from a beautiful women to market their techno-gadgets. BTW, there must be some magic involved because it would be very difficult to stand a slider on your hands as shown in the picture!

Source: Engadget Mobile

Vizio VP42HDTV: 42″ HD Plasma TV

What’s in a brand? I say, I lot! Vizio. That name just doesn’t do it for me. But for some, the price might be very tempting. But before we get to the price, let’s look at the specifications: 1024 x 768 resolution, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, a HDMI port, an ATSC tuner. All is good except for that resolution. What do these plasma folks think we are? Stupid? If a 720p HD video source is format at 16:9 the resulting resolution required to view that uncropped/unscaled is 1280 x 720. Clearly, 1024 x 768 isn’t going to do it. So scratch the HD from the name. The price? Under $1000. Right now it’s $1199.99, so Vizio will probably drop the price by $200. Anyhow, even $1000 is a lot to spend on a pseudo-HD plasma TV.

Maybe we should get some lawyers to sue these plasma folks that are mislabeling the units so customers think they are getting a HD set but really are not. I definitely wouldn’t get it if I was in the market for a HD set. The minimum resolution you should consider is 1280 x 720; most have a resolution of 1366 x 768. I highly recommend sets that have 1920 x 1080 resolutions!

Source: Engadget HD, Vizio

[tags]Vizio, 42″, Plasma TV, VP42HDTV, Plasma Display Panel, PDP, 1024 x 768[/tags]

A Living Picture’s Momento: Wireless Photo Frame

The process of taking a picture, developing a picture and then framing that picture is of course interesting but tedious, especially if you want to change the picture from time to time. What if you had something that took out the last two steps and replaced it with a software program that did them automatically. I think the folks over at A Living Picture, a British company, found a way to do it. The Momento photo frame comes in 7″ and 10″ sizes and you upload photos via a WiFi connection. Of course, this assumes a few things. You’ll need a WiFi network and a WiFi-capable computer (if you don’t want to go back to your office every time you download pictures from your digital camera). The design of the Momento looks clean and if it works simply and easily, I think they might be onto something.

Unfortunately, the Momento is only Windows-compatible. I would have loved to see a Momento-like device that works well with iPhoto. Now, wouldn’t that be great? The 7″ is $200 and will be available on December 1, 2006. Source: New York Times

[tags]A Living Picture, 7″, 10″, Digital Photo Frame, WiFi[/tags]

Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC: 30″ LCD Monitor with 92% NTSC Color Gamut

Dell just improved its 30″ LCD monitor. The UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC has a color gamut of 92% NTSC, way more than your typical 72%. Dell didn’t go with a LED backlight but instead used a Wide Cold-Cathode Fluorescent Lighting (W-CCFL) backlight. For people that appreciate better color fidelity the improved color should receive a warm welcome. The 3007WFP-HC has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, a response time of 8ms, four USB 2.0 ports, an integrated 9-in-2 media card reader and is height adjustable with tilt and swivel capabilities. As far as I know, the 30″ TFT LCD panel comes from LG.Philips LCD and maybe we will see Apple’s 30″ get the bump in color gamut as well. What I would have liked to have seen is an LED-backlight on the 3007WFP. Maybe it’s on Dell’s future roadmap.

Source: Dell

Sony G-type Notebook PC

Sony will start selling its G-type VAIO notebook PCs in December. It will be available only in Japan. Sony claims that it will be the world’s lightest notebook PC with a weight of only 898 grams. The G-type comes with a 12.1″ LCD and will run for about 12.5 hours. The downside is that it will not come with an internal optical drive and will still cost about $1900. Sony has no plans to offer it outside of Japan.

The problem I have with ultra-light notebook PCs is that they are sometimes very fragile, or at least fragile to the touch. Another point that I do not like is the cramped keyboard although a case that has a 12.1″ LCD should allow for enough space for a decent keyboard. If you travel a lot and need your notebook PC to run for many hours, the G-type from Sony should fit your needs since it will last a cool 12.5 hours. Just make sure the battery is top quality and check that the cell in addition to where it was modularized is not from China.

Source: Reuters