Here's something we don't see very often. According to a report in Chinese-language Liberty Times, the Taipei Court is holding Dell responsible for mis-priced monitors that appeared on the company's website and is forcing the OEM to fulfill orders already placed.
These weren't minor pricing mistakes either, but a major blunder on Dell's part. The OEM advertised a monitor worth NT$8,700 (US$285) for NT$1,700 ($55), and another worth NT$7,999 (US$262) for NT$999 (US$33).
On the bright side for Dell, the flub-up shouldn't cost the company too much cabbage. Only around 31 customers in Taiwan have so far have filed a suit, and the decision applies specifically to this case and not others like it.
LG is laying claim to the world's narrowest bezel for an LCD display panel. The as-yet un-named display coughs up 37 inches of screen real estate but sports a gap between panels measuring just 4mm at its widest point and 1.5 mm at its slimmest.
The super thin bezels come in handy when plopping multiple displays next to and on top of each other to create a larger screen. LG plans to showcase the new display in a 3x3, 111-inch arrangement at the FPD International Japan 2010 convention, OLED-Display.net reports.
No word yet on how much these panels will cost or then LG plans to release them.
With all the ballyhooing over 3D, Consumer Reports set out to find which displays do the technology justice. What they found in their sampling of 14 3D TVs is that plasma does a better job at beaming 3D images than LCD sets, mostly because the plasma sets exhibited far less ghosting.
"It remains to be seen whether 3D TV is just a novelty or a new product category in the consumer electronics space," said Paul Reynolds, electronics editor fo Consumer Reports. "But, our tests show that there are some fine 3D TV sets out there for those consumers eager for a new experience."
To conduct its tests, Consumer Reports used both exclusive 3D test patterns developed in-house and a collection of 3D blu-ray movies and recorded 3D sports broadcasts.
The Panasonic-brand plasma sets showed the least amount of ghosting, which "plays a big part in 3D quality."
ViewSonic's UK division announced a new low price camcorder capable of shooting videos in 3D, the 3DV5. The thing runs around $240 and includes a 2.4-inch 'autosterescopic' display somewhat similar to the Nintendo 3DS. That means you can watch your 3D videos on the device without having to wear any special glasses.
Alternately, videos can be uploaded to YouTube's 3D channel and watched in 3D using the supplied 'anaglyph' glasses, which works even on a 2D display. Otherwise, the camera comes ready to beam 3D (and 2D) content to your 3D HDTV using the included HDMI cable.
"Everyone has watched 3D movies at the cinema, and lots of people are considering purchasing a 3D compatible display, whether a TV, monitor or projector. However, there is a lack of available 3D content, and people want to create 3D content that they will be able to watch for years to come," says James Coulson, European product marketing manager, ViewSonic. "The ViewSonic 3DV5 makes it easy for anyone to create future-proof, high quality 3D home movies and also shoot in standard 2D. As well as being easy to use, the camcorder is also excellent value for money, and will make a great gift this Christmas."
Other features include 720p recording, 10MB of internal memory, SD card slot, and a Li-Ion battery that's rechargeable via USB.
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies, has never been one to mince words when it comes to holding display maker's feet to the fire. He's made a name for himself by shattering myths perpetuated by those whose jobs it is to hype and market LCD panels of all shapes and sizes, an attitude that meshes well with our "Minimum BS" motto. So when Dr. Soneira told us he wrote a lengthy piece on why existing brightness controls and light sensors in today's displays are effectively useless -- particularly on the iPhone, Android devices, and HDTVs -- we took a coffee break to read what he had to say.
"Although consumers currently don't pay much attention to them, the Automatic Brightness control and LIght Sensor on smartphones and HDTVs has a major impact on displayed image quality, screen viewability, and readability, as well as preventing eye strain and headaches when the screen is too bright or too dim for the current level of ambient lighting, which varies considerably," Dr. Soneira explains.
According to Dr. Soneira, "most smartphones and HDTVs run with the screen considerably brighter than it should be, which wastes a lot of power in addition to causing eyestrain." Throwing some hard numbers into the mix, Dr. Soneira points out that HDTVs use as much as 75 percent of the total TV power, which oftentimes translates to over 200 watts. With 330 million TVs in the U.S. alone beaming content 600 billion hours per year, "that adds up to a considerable amount of wasted energy, money, and oil."
Because of this, one would think smartphone and HDTV makers would pay particular attention to automatic brightness schemes, but according to Dr. Soneira's extensive lab testing, that isn't the case. Not by a long shot.
Hit the jump to learn more about what Dr. Soneira has dubbed "brightnessgate."
The development of PC display technologies over the last 30 years has taken us through many chapters: from IBM, the creator of the IBM PC, pioneering color display technologies (and ceding development to third-parties ATI, 3dfx, and nVidia); to the quest to provide both sharp text and colorful graphics; through the ever-increasing size of displays; to LCD flat panels overtaking TV-type CRTs; the move to 3D graphics rendering and, currently, to 3D viewing. Here's a brief history of these and other milestones in PC graphics history.
Do your friends point and call you "six eyes" when you invite them over for a 3D movie on your new 3DTV and slip on a pair of 3D specs over your corrective lenses? Sounds like you need new friends. Otherwise, Samsung's prescription 3D glasses might be just what you've been waiting for.
So far they're only available in Korea, though we imagine it won't be long before you see all kinds of 3D prescription options stateside. The special glasses are custom made by an optometrist and take about 7 days to make.
For those of you who wear glasses, would you find 3D technology more appealing if you could order prescription 3D specs?
Long gone are the days of bulky CRT monitors in mainstream use, a point which is underscored by the introduction of NEC's new 23-inch MultiSync EX231W LED-backlit monitor.
The EX231W sports a slim bezel measuring just 14.6mm wide and is comparatively light at 9.3 pounds, including stand. Specs include a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 250 cd/m2 brightness, and 25,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic).
There are a couple of features not found on most monitors, such as a USB pass-through on top of the monitor, and a human sensor on the front that detects activity. This latter feature, NEC says, reduces power consumption by up to 95 percent.
NEC says the EX231W will sell for around $340 in November. Full press release after the jump.
Touchscreen devices are everywhere, from GPS units to smartphones and MP3 players. Want to know what they all have in common (other than touch displays)? Germs.
"If you're sharing the device, then you're sharing your influenza with someone else who touches it," said Timoty Julian, a Stanford University doctoral student who co-authored a study on the spread of viruses.
Julian, and those like him, spend their time worrying about all those touchscreen devices harboring germs and viruses. But do they have reason to worry?
"If you put a virus on a surface, like an iPhone, about 30 percent of it will get on your fingertips," Julian said. "A fair amount of it may go from your fingers to your eyes, mouth, or nose."
What do you think, Maximum PC readers -- is this a legitimate concern, or much ado about nothing?
ViewSonic today announced the launch of its first 24” 3D-LED Monitor. The V3D241wm-LED is AMD-certified for compatibility with Radeon graphics cards and ships with a pair of active shutter glasses. This is where things get weird, or shall we say wired, as the company has opted for wired 3D glasses in an age in which we are beginning to dream about wireless electricity with some conviction.
Coming back to the ViewSonic V3D241wm-LED, it boasts a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 120Hz frame rate, 2ms response time, 300 nits brightness and a contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1. The monitor is priced £330 (or about $525) in the UK. No word on a possible North American launch.