HP Pavilion dv7t: Updated…

HP Pavilion dv7t Specifications

Display: 17.3″ TN TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1600 x 900
GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530 with 512MB or HD 4650 with 1GB
Webcam: Yes
CPU: Up to 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000
RAM: Up to 8GB DDR2 
HDD: Up to 640GB 7200RPM (320GB x2)
Optical: Up to Lightscribe Blu-ray ROM with Super-Multi DVD+/-R/RW DL
Connectivity: WiFi N with Bluetooth,  Integrated Hybrid HDTV Tuner, 56K Modem, 5-in-1 Media Reader, USB 2.0 (4), FireWire, HDMI, Fast Ethernet, ExpressCard/54
Battery: 8-cell Lithium Ion 
Dimensions: 16.2 x 10.9 x 1.37-1.70″ 
Weight: 7.74lbs
Pricing: Starts at US$799.99

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HP‘s Pavilion dv7t is a gaming notebook PC. The updates are many but regarding the display it went from a 17″ with a 1680 x 1050 pixel format to a 17.3″ with a 1600 x 900. It is an update, but is it an improvement? Continue reading →

Amazon Kindle 2: Better, But Not Yet

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Engadget posted up a thoughtful review of Amazon’s new Kindle 2. I am sure nearly everyone reading this post has already read many articles regarding the improvements over the original Kindle, so I’ll make it brief: the EPD (Electronic Paper Display) using E Ink technology has been improved in two ways. One, instead of 4 levels of grey, the new Kindle 2 uses 16 levels, which leads to better quality text and graphics. Second, the refresh on the new EPD is 20% faster. Those are the two main improvements in the display of the Kindle 2. Other hardware improvements are many but you can read Engadget’s longer post for the nitty gritty (sourced at the end of this post). Now, you might be wondering why the title reads “But Not Yet”. Continue reading →

LG W2261VG: 21.5″ 1080p LCD Monitor

LG W2261VG Specifications

Display: 21.5″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Response Time: 2ms (GTG: Gray to Gray)
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Connectivity: VGA, DVI-D with HDCP, HDMI
Price: JPY22,000 (About US$225)

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LG‘s W2261VG is a 21.5″ LCD monitor sporting a 1920 x 1080 pixel format. LCD monitors posing as LCD TVs are all the rage these days. The W2261VG is one of them. Check out the features: ultra-fast 2ms response time, decent 1000:1 contrast ratio and a industry standard 300 cd/m2 brightness. The 21.5″ LCD monitor also has all of the requisite connections: VGA, DVI-D with HDCP and HDMI. Although this is a personal preference I am not sure I like the extra flesh-like thing hanging down and posing as a power button. The “Touch of Color”-esque design probably looks much better in real life than in this picture but I think LG could have done a bit better. All in all the W2261VG seems to be a decent LCD monitor that can actually work fairly well as a LCD TV. With the current exchange rate the W2261VG is about US$225–a bargain.

Source: Akihabara News

Samsung LapFit D190S: 18.5″ LCD Monitor

Samsung LapFit D190S Specifications

Display: 18.5″ TN (Twisted Nematic) TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio:  16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static), 20,000:1 (dynamic)
Connectivity: VGA 
Power Consumption: 22W (max)
Pricing: £99.99 

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Samsung’s LapFit LCD monitors come in two sizes: 18.5″ and 21.5″. I’ll focus on the smaller 18.5″ in this post. I’ve covered the 21.5″ version in another post. The D190S connects using a VGA connection. The D190SU adds the ability to connect via USB or in Samsung speak UbiSync, a DisplayLink implementation. There is another version, the LD190X, that adds a wireless video connection. Trusted Reviews scrutinized the D190S and came away less than impressed. The simple design, touch-sensitive controls especially the power button, and an easy-to-use OSD were liked by TR.

There were some things Ardjuna Seghers, the author of the review, didn’t like: noticeable banding of color gradiants, very poor greyscale performance, lost tones, less-than-sharp text probably due to the analog connection. Viewing angles were standard fair for a TN panel while the anti-glare coating was effective in reducing reflections. For folks that require high color fidelity the D190S will not be a good solution but for average office work it gets the job done, especially if you have a netbook or notebook PC. And for just £99.99 it is worth trying out.

Source: Trusted Reviews

LG Display 27″ 1080p LCD Monitor Panel

LG Display 27″ 1080p LCD Monitor Panel Specifications

Display: 27″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Response Time: 8ms (MPRT: Motion Picture Response Time)
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Viewing Angles: 170/160
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 

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LG Display just announced that it has started volume production of its 27″ LCD monitor panel sporting a 1920 x 1080 pixel format and an ultra-fast response time of just 8ms MPRT. LG Display claims that the 27″ LCD panel’s 8ms MPRT response time is equivalent to a 120Hz LCD TV panel. That means that 27″ LCD TV/monitors incorporating this panel will provide enough speed to watch fast moving images like sports without motion blur. Speaking of blur, the line between monitor and TV has been blurred a bit more with this 27″ LCD monitor panel.

Cowon S9: 3.3″ AMOLED PMP

Cowon S9 Specifications

Display: 3.3″ Touch AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED)
Pixel Format: 480 x 272
CPU: 500MHz Dual Core
Storage: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
Connectivity: Bluetooth, DMB, DAB, FM, TV Out, USB 2.0
Video: AVI, WMV, MP4/H.264 (480 x 272 at 30fps)
Audio: MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis
Picture: JPG, GIF, PNG, SMI
Sensors: Accelerometer (G-Sensor)
Battery: 55 hours (music playback), 11 hours (video playback), 350 hours (standby)
Dimensions: 105.75 x 57.08 x 12.7mm (4.16 x 2.25 x 0.5″)

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AMOLED combined with touch: my fingers tingle just thinking about it. The S9 has been around a bit but I’m just getting around to posting about it. Actually I wrote about it back in September of 2008 but I am revisiting this cool little PMP with a nice AMOLED. The S9 sports a capacitive touch-enabled 3.3″ AMOLED display featuring a 480 x 272 pixel format. The design is very simple and elegant–even more so than an iPhone. The DMB feature won’t be too useful in the US but the S9 supports a variety of video and audio playback formats. You can listen to FM radio and record it too. One of the coolest feature of the S9 is the built-in Adobe Flash Player that lets you play Flash games and web-based Flash content. I wonder if you can play Hulu video content on this? Pictures of GUI after the jump. Continue reading →

11.6″ Netbooks Coming Our Way

netbookNetbooks have started to blur the line and the line will get even more blurry by the end of this year. Before netbooks we had sub-notebook PCs that were generally between 10″ and 12″. Nobody mentions sub-notebooks anymore. Netbooks started small at just 7″ but the size has grown and now the most popular size is around 10″. According to an article on DigiTimes netbooks will get bigger soon, by about 2″: 11.6″ netbooks are on the way. Acer and Asustek are just two PC makers that are planning to launch 11.6″ netbooks later in 2009. The 11.6″ TFT LCD panel will sport a pixel format of 1366 x 768. That would be a 16:9 pixel format. But why? I have a hard time believing that these netbooks will be capable of playing flicker-free HD content. I hope I’m wrong. Ah, yes, there’s Hulu. The news item also pointed to LCD panel manufacturers getting ready to volume manufacture these LCD panels in Q3’09 on their G5 TFT LCD plants.

Tramontana R: High Tech LCD Instrument Panel

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The Tramontana Group is an independent automaker located on the Costa Brava in Spain. The manufacturer of exclusive tailor-made unveiled its Tramontana R Edition open-wheel two-seater that gets people who are bored with regular supercars excited again. The Tramontana R is powered by two versions of the Mercedes 5.5-liter V12 engine: naturally aspirated good for 550hp or twin-turbocharged for an insane 760hp. The 760hp version pumps out 811 lb-ft of torque! The Tramontana Group mated this engine to a 2777 chassis and got blistering acceleration: 0-to-100mph takes just 3.6 seconds; 0-to-200mph in only 10.15 seconds according to Tramontana. This is ridiculously fast! Although I’m tempted to go on about the automotive side of this supercar, what caught my interest and subsequently led to this post is the Tramontana R’s instrument cluster: it is a LCD (I think) and a cool-looking one. Picture after the break. Continue reading →

Samsung LD220G: 21.5″ LCD Monitor

Samsung LD220G Specifications

Display: 21.5″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (static), 30,000:1 (dynamic)
Response Time: 5ms (GTG)
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Connectivity: USB (UbiSync)
Adjustability: Tilt (10-30 degrees)
Power Consumption: 22W
Availability: March 2009
Price: KRW299,000 

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Samsung is quite innovative and the LD220G is a case in point. The LD220G is an LCD monitor but built so that it fits beside a notebook PC. I have often used an external monitor connected to a notebook PC and it takes some time to find the perfect position for it. The LD220G makes it simple: put it right next to your notebook PC. Your neck will thank you since you won’t need to look up and down to view the monitor.

The LD220G sports a 21.5″ TFT LCD and allows you to tilt it so the angle is the same as your notebook PC. The connection is via Samsung’s UbiSync technology that connects via the USB port. Simple. The only caveat might be that you’ll need to push back the notebook PC a bit to bring in both LCDs in view without having to swing your head back and forth. And to do that you’ll probably need an external keyboard and mouse.

Source: Samsung (Korean)

Dell Studio 1555: 15.6″ Notebook PC

Dell Studio 1555 Specifications

Display: 15.6″ TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1366 x 768
GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 with 512MB RAM
CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
RAM: 3GB
HDD: 250GB
Price: About US$1000 

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Dell’s Studio 15 series of notebook PCs look quite nice for a Dell. Take another look at the picture and you’ll see simple purposeful lines without the “let’s add another button for this” type of design that you typically see on Dell products. The Dell Studio 1555 is available in Singapore and the price is quite nice at about US$1000. There is much to like but what I do not like is the pisant 15.6″ LCD panel: has a limited 1366 x 768 pixel format. Engadget’s Nilay Patel states that you can “actually watch some of that high-def media at an appropriate res.” I don’t know if the 1555 comes with a Blu-ray drive but most likely not for that price. 1366 x 768 will only allow you watch 720p HD. Scaled at that. To me this isn’t an appropriate res for watching HD content. I’ll pay $100 extra for a 1920 x 1080 LCD, if the option exists. And that’s the res I want to watch HD on.