Potentially bad news for summer shoppers looking to upgrade their LCD display, whether it be a TV, computer monitor, or a new notebook purchase. According to DisplaySearch, LCD panel prices for the first half of July have increased significantly, a result of panel suppliers intentionally tightening up supply in order to increase Q3 profits.
On the plus side, we're only talking about $3 to $7 more for LCD monitors, $3 to $5 for notebooks, and $5 to $15 for television displays, but that could be just the beginning. According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, some panel suppliers plan to raise prices for the monitor segment even more in July.
On the flip side, we've seen some 24-inch LCD displays selling for less than $200, such as the Asus VH242H and other models. So what gives? One reason is that some vendors are reducing prices to clear inventory as a way to maintain market share. In addition, low-cost models are becoming increasingly attractive for the same reason (gaining market share).
There's been a major push this past year in being more energy conscious when it comes to computing, and one way Philips plans to do that is by making sure your LCD monitor doesn't consume more power than it needs to.
Called the Brilliance LCD, the upcoming display will feature a built-in sensor capable of detecting whether or not you're sitting in front of your monitor. Get up to grab a cup of coffee or go powder your nose and the monitor will dim its display, a move Philips says will cut power consumption by half. Once you return, the display lights back up and all is as you left it.
Because not everyone sits the same distance from their monitor, the sensor comes configurable for anywhere between 30cm and 120cm, and is completely independent of the host system's software or operating system.
Alienware, a boutique OEM vendor who made a name for itself building high end gaming PCs offered in distinct looking cases, has just released its first monitor, the OptX AW2210, and it doesn't have any tentacles or other alienesque features protruding from the side.
"The ultimate gaming experience requires more than just a great PC," explained Frank Azor, Dell Gaming. "Alienware is building an ecosystem around our machines to give gamers the complete gaming experience."
It's not too surprising to see Alienware release a monitor, considering that Dell, an active player in the LCD display market, now owns the OEM.
The 21.5-inch widescreen TN panel boasts 1920x1080 full HD resolution, a 2ms response time, 16.7 million colors, an 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, two HDMi ports, four USB ports, and a titl/swivel/height adjustable stand.
Citing those ever-elusive "market sources," news and rumor site DigiTimes says 3D notebook displays are just around the corner. More specifically, Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) just finished developing an 18.4-inch 3D notebook display, which will ultimately end up in the hands of Hewlett Packard.
According to DigiTimes' sources, HP plans on releasing notebooks using the 3D panel sometime in the second half of 2009, perhaps as early as next month. In addition to 3D capabilities, the panels will also boast full HD resolution and a 120Hz frame rate.
The sources also added that CMO is churning out ultra-thin displays for use on 11.6-, 14-, and 15.6-inch CULV notebooks, though it's unclear whether these will also feature 3D capabilities.
Forget about those wimpy TN panels, NEC has instead decided to shoot straight for the high end with its two latest 24-inch LCD displays, the LCD2490WUXi2 and LCD2490W2. Both monitors sport IPS (In Plane Switching) panels for better color accuracy, a wider viewing angle, and higher credit card bills.
On the spec sheet, NEC rates both models at a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, 320cd/m2 brightness, 8ms response time, and 1920x1200 native resolution. Both also come with DVI and VGA inputs. Other similarities include about a 96.7 percent coverage of the sRGB color spectrum, 12-bit color lookup tables, and ambient light sensors. Where the LCD2490W2 separates itself from the base model is with the inclusion of a SpectraView color calibrator.
No word yet on availability, which gives you a bit of time to save up the $1,100(LCD2490WUXi2) and $1,300 (LCD2490W2) these two models command.
This week NEC announced a 43-inch, curved monitor that will sport a 2ms response time.
The CRV43 “ultra-widescreen” display will pack a native resolution of 2880x900, and thanks to LED backlighting, feature a response time of just 2ms. For those of you that are looking to get one of these for yourself, start saving now – it’ll cost you $7,999.
Though, for those of you that have gaming running through your blood, no length is too great in order to have the baddest rig on the net. And, adding this to your setup will without a doubt put you near the top of the stack.
Samsung today announces three new LCD displays as part of its 70 Series family, the P2070, P3270, and P2370HD. The first two rock a 30mm (1.18-inch) slim form factor, while the HD model checks in a little thicker at 65.5mm (2.58 inches.).
"The 70 Series offers our customers a sophisticated-looking LCD monitor with the performance capability of our televisions," said J.H. Kim, President of Samsung Electronics America's Information Technology Division. "The 70 Series is the new standard as more people upgrade their monitors for additional uses, like watching television programs and playing video games."
Power users will be most interested in the P2370HD, which boasts full 1080p HD (1920x1080) and comes with a built-in HDTV tuner, integrated speakers with SRS TruSurround, and a remote control. Other specs include a 5ms GTG response time, 50,000:1 contrast ration, and HDMI and component inputs.
There's no escaping it - expect to see lots of buzz, hype, new products, and media coverage revolving around the recent push towards 3D. But what you may be able to avoid is having to wear goofy looking glasses as 3D becomes more commonplace, thanks to a new display technology NEC plans to introduce next year.
The technology manipulates the way light moves in each LCD pixel in such a way that the left and right eye will always see a different image without the aid of 3D glasses. NEC already plans to produce several new displays based on the new technology, starting with a 12.1-inch model. Smaller screens are also being planned for portable use, all of which promise to offer similar resolution to a standard 2D LCD monitor.
Outside of gaming and movies, NEC says its technology will benefit those in the medical and industrial design fields. One of the main selling points will be the lack of headaches and eye strain typically associated with current 3D technology.
Ultra-thins are proving to be ultra-popular, or at least more popular than panel makers might have anticipated. As a result, Acer's new Timeline ultra-thin notebook product line will see a short delay due to a panel shortage, Acer chairman JT Wang said.
Not wasting any time, Wang also indicated the company has already found a new panel supplier, which it anticipates will solve the shortage problem. Delays will be limited to just three of the ten new models being released, but Acer says it won't have a significant affect on shipment volumes, as it only expects to fall behind schedule by about eight days.
The Timeline ultraportabe range includes 13.3, 14.1, and 15.6-inch models built around Intel's Core 2 Duo ultra low voltage (ULV) SU9400 processor or Core 2 Solo ULV SU3500 processor. Other specs include up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 320GB HDD, integrated Intel GMA4500MHD graphics, 8X DVD burner, and the typical assortment of ports and extras.
Some folks that have (clearly) been hard at work at the New University of Lisbon have developed a breakthrough by creating a transistor that can change the color of almost any surface.
The team, which is responsible for most of the technology currently employed by Samsung displays, has so far been able to change the color of paper, glass, plastics, ceramics and metals. And, with the help of some friends at the University of Texas at Austin, they’ve filed for some patents right here in the US.
If you want to check out a video of the color change in progress (in Portuguese), be sure to peep a video here.