Samsung 942BW: 19″ Wide LCD Monitor

Samsung 942BW

Size: 19″
Pixel Format: 1440 x 900 (16:10)
Response Time: 5ms Gray-to-Gray (GTG, MagicSpeed)
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Input: DVI with HDCP
Special Feature: Narrow bezel, MagicBright3 (automatic brightness, contrast, gamma optimization)
Price: MSRP US$249.99

The design is quite simple and boring. It is your typical 19″ wide LCD monitor with the regular 1440 x 900 pixel format. The 5ms response time isn’t that impressive. However there are some interesting features such as MagicBright3 that automatically optimizes brightness, contrast, and gamma. I wonder how it optimizes brightness unless it has some sort of light sensor. It probably doesn’t, so that means it changes the brightness based on the image content, which could end up simply annoying the user. Another “feature” is the narrow bezel. I guess it’s better than having a really thick bezel. Thin is in, whether it is the bezel or the depth. The price is decent at $250. Street prices according to PriceGrabber seems to be around $225 as of this writing.

Source: Business Wire, via Engadget

[tags]1440 x 900, 19″, DVI, HDCP, LCD Monitor, Samsung, Wide Monitor[/tags]

LG M228WD: 22″ LCD Monitor with Digital TV Tuner

LG Electronics M228WD Technical Specifications

  • Size: 22″
  • Pixel Format: 1680×1050
  • Contrast Ratio: 3000:1 (Digital Fine Contrast)
  • Response Time: 5ms
  • Brightness: 300 cd/m2
  • Viewing Angle: 170/170
  • Input: HDMI, VGA, Component, S-Video
  • Special Features: Digital TV Tuner
  • Availability: Late November, 2007.
  • Pricing: TBD

Yahoo! News UK & Ireland: The new M228WD is similar to LG’s M228WA in overall design except for the silver belly vs. the black belly in the M228WD (this might actually be a color option for both). However, the M228WD has a digital TV tuner built-in. So this new entrant from LG is one of those rare multi-function monitors that can be used as a monitor and as something else: in this case, a TV. I am sure normal HD TV programs will look decent enough, but without motion-blur reduction technologies like 120Hz frequencies or ultra-fast response times (5ms is not that bad) motion blur will be a problem when you’re watching fast moving video like sports. The HDMI input is welcome as those who want to connect a HD-DVD/Blu-ray player, PS3/Xbox 360, Apple TV, etc., can.

Samsung 19″ LCD Monitor Panel using Soda-Lime Glass Substrate

Instead of using the typical TFT LCD glass substrate, Samsung Electronics displayed a 19″ LCD monitor panel using a soda-lime glass substrate at the FPD International 2007 conference in Yokohama, Japan. The LCD monitor features a pixel format of 1280 x 1024. Normal TFT LCD glass substrates are sodium- and alkali-free. Soda-lime glass is not as transparent as regular TFT LCD glass substrates and may need a more powerful backlight or a more efficient optical film stack to compensate. In addition, soda-lime glass is difficult to make thin. Current TFT LCD glass substrates are just 0.5mm to 0.7mm thick. Although there is potential for a reduction of material cost going from normal LCD glass to soda-lime glass, there will be some difficulties to overcome. But Samsung seems to have everything under control at its G5 plant with the 19″ LCD monitor panel featuring a brightness of 300 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a color gamut of 72% NTSC. Samsung stated that volume production is imminent. I am not sure who supplies soda-lime glass, but this news might impact Corning. Corning is one of the largest suppliers of LCD glass.

Source: DigiTimes

[tags]Samsung, LCD Glass, Soda-Lime, LCD Monitor, FPD International 2007, 19″ Soda-Lime LCD Monitor, 19″, 1280 x 1024, Corning[/tags]

Hanns.G HG281D: 28″ LCD Monitor

Hanns.G HG281D

Size: 28″
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
Response Time: 3ms (X-Celerate Technology)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 72% NTSC
Input: VGA, HDMI with HDCP, Component

Hanns.G is a subsidiary of Hannspree, the name behind some very intriguing consumer electronics designs. Hanns.G’s HG281D is a fairly large 28″ LCD monitor that has the same pixel format (1920 x 1200) as that of much smaller ones. Recently, Lenovo announced a 22″ with the same 1920 x 1200 pixel format. So, what’s the big deal? Well, it’s big and that means fonts will be much easier on your eyes. Second, you can have this monster of a monitor for under $700! You have both VGA and HDMI inputs, so you can use this as a 1080p TV or a monitor. ExtremeTech seems to knock the HG281D because it doesn’t have any USB ports, but who the heck needs USB ports when you have wireless USB just around the corner or when a simple and cheap USB hub will do. They also think that there is an optimum color temperature when in fact color temperatures vary from brand to brand and from geographic region to geographic region. For instance, Sony tweaks the color temperature a bit cooler than average while LG Electronics does the opposite. Anyway, if you’re not a color snob, and you appreciate larger fonts, a great price and the flexibility to use it as a TV, the HG281D sounds like a good deal.

[tags]Hanns.G, 28″, LCD Monitor, 1920 x 1200, HDMI, HDCP, Wide LCD Monitor[/tags]

Samsung 40″ LCD TV Panel: Just 10mm Thick

Samsung 40″ 1080p LCD Panel

Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Thickness: 10mm (0.3937″)
Bezel:  14.6mm (0.57″)
Backlight: LED
Color Gamut: 92% NTSC
Power Consumption: <=90 Watts

Samsung will introduce a 40″ Full HD LCD TV panel that is just 10.0mm (0.3937″) thick. The bezel was reduced too: from 30mm (1.18″) to a slender 14.6mm (0.57″). The panel is incorporates a LED backlight that generates a color gamut of 92% NTSC. Not only is Samsung’s 10mm-thick 40″ super slim, it also consumes very little power: 90 watts or less. Can’t wait to see the Samsung LCD TV that will use this panel!

Source: Akihabara News

[tags]Samsung, 40″, LCD TV, LED Backlight, 1080p, 1920 x 1080, Full HD[/tags]

Epson: Touch Integrated LCD

Touch Integrated LCD Specifications

  • Size: 3.1″, 7.0″ Wide
  • Pixel Format: 480×800 (3.1″), 800×480 (7.0″)
  • LCD Technology: Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS, 3.1″), Amorphous Silicon (a-Si, 7.0″)
  • Display Mode: Transmissive, Photo Fine Vistarich (both)
  • Viewing Angle: 160/160 (CR>=100)
  • Touch: Capacitive or Resistive

DigiTimes: On October 22, Epson Imaging Devices announced the development of an all-in-one touch-integrated LCD that has a built-in tempered glass or acrylic cover and a resistive or capacitive touch panel. The company applied its Photo Fine Vistarich wide viewing angle technology that enables 90-degree viewing angles from the top, bottom, left, or right.

The LCD module combines the panel, cover, and touch panel without an air gap leading to no brightness and contrast loss. An air gap reduces the brightness and contrast in typical touch enabled LCDs. Epson is planning to incorporate its Photo Fine Vistarich technology in LCDs geared for digital cameras, mobile phones and automotive applications such as satellite navigation. Epson will exhibit the touch LCDs this week at FPD International 2007, which will be held from October 24 to 26 at Pacifico Yokohama, Japan.

Hitachi WOOO UT42-HHV700, UT37-HV700, UT32-HV700

Hitachi WOOO Series LCD TVs


  • 32″: UT32-HV700, 720p
  • 37″: UT37-HV700, 1080p
  • 42″: UT42-HHV700, 1080p

Frequency: 120Hz
Input: HDMI

The most special feature of these three models is the thickness: a mere 35mm thick. For those who are more versed in inches, that is less than 1″ thick (0.9887″ to be exact). The UT42 and UT37 uses the company’s Twice Velocity Panel that doubles the frequency to 120Hz, which should substantially reduce motion blur for when you’re watching sports. Hitachi decided to use an external box for external connections like HDMI. These thin WOOO LCD TVs will be available in early 2008. I couldn’t find a decent picture to show off the LCD TV as a whole while focusing on the the thinness of them, but a ton of pictures are available at Akihabara News. By looking at the models carrying these WOOO LCD TVs, the TVs must not be too heavy at all.

[tags]Hitachi, 42″, 37″, 32″, 1366 x 768, 1080p, 1920 x 1080, Full HD, 120Hz, LCD TV, HDMI[/tags]

BenQ G2400W: 24″ LCD Monitor with HDMI

BenQ G2400W

Size: 24″
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1200
Brightness: 250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Input: DVI-D with HDCP, HDMI
Price: €360

I personally think the trend toward any external display that will ultimately be used by a consumer should have HDMI. You never know when you would want to connect your Apple TV, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 or other devices to a LCD. If you look at this BenQ G2400W from a different angle, it could be the 1080p LCD “TV” you were waiting for to hook up your game console and play at a visually stimulating 1080p or just watch some really cool Blu-ray or HD-DVD titles. But before rushing out or jumping onto an etailer site, bear in mind that unlike real LCD TVs, this LCD monitor will not have enough technology to reduce motion blur, a big problem when watching fast-moving video like sports. Now, if LCD monitors start to feature HDMI and 120Hz, that’s when I’ll be getting one myself.

Source: Akihabara News

[tags]1920 x 1200, 24″, BenQ, HDMI, LCD Monitor, Wide Monitor[/tags]

Toshiba Matsushita Display Circular LCD

TechOn: Toshiba Matsushita Display (TMDisplay) has developed a circular LCD. The LCD has an outer diameter of 75mm and a screen size of 62mm (2.44″) in diameter and is geared for vehicle instrument panels. The company is stating that the shape is not limited to just circles but can be formed into any shape. The LCD uses a low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) technology that incorporates electronics right on the glass that allows for the flexibility in shape.

The circular LCD has a pixel format of 240×240 along the longest lines with a brightness of 500 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 600:1. Similar to a notebook PC, the circular LCD is edge-lit by a LED that is mounted on the bottom of the display. The LCD is not too thick at just 11mm. TMD will be showcasing this LCD at FPD International 2007, from Oct 24 at Pacifico Yokohama.

Samsung 16:9 Notebook PC LCD and Active LED Backlight LCD

16:9 LCDs

Size: 18.4″, 16.0″
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080 (18.4″), 1366 x 768 (16.0″)
Colors: 262,144 for both (6-bit)
Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (18.4″), 220 cd/m2 (16.0″)
Color Gamut: 90% NTSC (18.4″), 60% NTSC (16.0″)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1 for both
Response Time: 8ms for both
Viewing Angle: 140/135 for both
Availability: 1H’08

Active White LED Backlight LCD

Size: 15.4″
Pixel Format: 1440 x 900 (same as one in 15.4″ MacBook Pro)
Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1 or more (dynamic contrast ratio)
Viewing Angle: 120/120 (not very good)
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 45% NTSC (just average)
Power Consumption: 2.0W or less
Availability: 2H’08

More pictures at Akihabara News

On October 17, 2007, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., (SEC) announced the development of new LCDs for notebook PCs. Two offers a 16:9 aspect ratio, just like a HD TV, and the third features an active white LED backlight that increases picture clarity and reduces power consumption. SEC will unveil these LCDs at FPD International being held in Yokohama, Japan, October 24-26. Mass production is scheduled to commence in 1H’08 for the 16:9 LCDs and in 2H’08 for the white LED backlight LCD. I’m not as excited about the 16:9 LCDs as I am with the “active” LED backlight panel, but it is quite a long ways from now, unfortunately.

The two 16:9 LCDs are 16″ and 18.4″ in size. The color gamut is 60% for the 16″ and 90% for the 18.4″. Quite high considering typical notebooks have about 45% NTSC. Since these two are using CCFL backlights, I will assume that the phosphors have been improved to generate an improved color gamut. The wide color gamut CCFL (WCG-CCFL) can be nice for general movie watching but color matching can be a problem for those serious about color. Contrast ratio for the 16:9 panels is a pretty good 800:1 but the response time isn’t going to be fast enough (8ms) to replace your TV for video viewing. The number of colors (262,144) tell you that these are 6-bit panels. It seems the 18.4″ will have a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, 1080p). I have a 17″ Dell with a pixel format of 1920 x 1200 and it is pretty large. I wonder if consumers will buy into a 18.4″ notebook PC. It might be just a tad bit too big in my opinion. Of course, if it was slimmer, lighter, sexier and lasted many more hours, I wouldn’t mind the extra 1.4″. But please don’t put the keyboard to the left since I have no use for a numeric keypad. By the way, the 1366 x 768 pixel format for a large 16.0″ LCD sounds a bit on the low side.

SEC’s 15.4″ active white LED backlight LCD sounds pretty cool as the company states that it will consume 40% less power than a typical LED backlight. That would mean that it will consume even less than a typical CCFL backlight. I certainly appreciate the improvements in backlight technology as it seems the battery industry is not going to be providing much useful advances soon with batteries exploding and even battery factories catching on fire. The active part of the LED backlight involves illuminated areas of the display with varying degrees of brightness. To make dark areas dark the LEDs for that portion of the display are turned off. When dark becomes more dark and bright areas become more bright, contrast ratio is improved and SEC states that the contrast ratio is 10,000:1. Wow. But other features are just normal: viewing angle (120/120), color gamut (45%) and brightness (300 cd/m2).

Source: Akihabara News

[tags]1080p, 16″, 16:9, 1920 x 1080, Display Manufacturer, Full HD, Notebook PC, Samsung[/tags]