18.5″ LCD Monitor Panels

Do you we need more sizes in the LCD monitor market? Well, yes, according to AU Optronics (AUO) and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), two Taiwan-based LCD manufacturers. This is in light of consumers just getting used to 17″ wide LCD monitors. We saw 19″ wide LCD monitors grab quite a bit of attention in 2007. CPT is slated to introduce 18.5″ panels in 2H’08.

Why are they doing this? Well, they want to, sort of, fool the customer. And they should be very careful about this. With a 18.5″ panel, you can technically go about stating that it is a 19″ LCD monitor and in tiny letters say that the actual visible diagonal length is 18.5″.

Monitor set manufacturers have tried to pass a 15″ monitor as a 17″ monitor in the past, in the days of CRT monitors.  But the courts decided that that was a big no-no and slapped them hard. That’s why, if you remember, most CRT monitor boxes had two sizes on them: one for the diagonal size and another for the diagonal size that you can actually see.

There is a saying, “History repeats itself .” This is largely the result of us not being able to learn from our mistakes. And if CPT and AUO go with this plan, history certainly will repeat itself.

Source: DigiTimes

[tags]AU Optronics, AUO, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, CPT, LCD Monitor, 18.5″, 17″, 19″[/tags]

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