Look for Lenovo to release new ThinkPad ultraportable laptops refreshed with Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. That includes the ThinkPad X220 laptop and X220 convertible tablet PC. In addition to Sandy Bridge, the ThinkPad X220 boasts an optional 12.5-inch IPS display (1366x768), up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory, and SSD options.
As expected, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook Color today at their event in New York. The device ditches the eInk monochrome screen used by the Amazon Kindle and regular Nook. In its place is a 7-inch IPS color touchscreen. The resolution is a very reasonable 1024x600, and it will come with a special anti-glare film. There is also Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, and no 3G right now.
This device is utilizing more elements of the underlying Android system, but it is thoroughly skinned. It is clear this is a reader first and foremost. But users will have access to music, the browser, social networking, and a few select apps like Pandora. Since this is significantly different from the stock Android platform, developers looking to get their apps on the platform will have to use a Barnes & Noble supplied SDK.
The Nook Color will sell for $249 when it comes out on November 19. The bookseller is looking to get people reading magazines and newspaper on this device, in addition to regular books. Barnes & Noble may be calling this part tablet and part reader, but they may find that it isn't good enough at being either. Do you think this device is going to succeed?
We're not hating on TN panels, but when price is not an object, we'll take an IPS over a TN screen 10 times out of 10 (or 11 times out of 10 now that gaming performance usually isn't an issue). Alas, for most people price is an issue, and LaCie's latest 24-inch IPS display commands a hefty premium.
Pricing starts out at $1,250, which doesn't include the optional hood and blue eye colorimeter. What it does include is a 10-bit P-IPS LCD panel with wide color gamuts. We're talking 102 percent NTSC and 98 percent RGB.
"For years, LaCie has designed monitors for digital artists who demand color precision," said Ahcene Tirane, LaCie Product Manager for Displays. "From concept to creation, LaCie developed the 324i with the highest level of color accuracy, and with a firm belief that when professionals have a tool that enhances their workflow, they can deliver their best work."
The display supports a native resolution of 1920x1200 (16:10). It comes equipped with an HDMI port, DisplayPort, DVI-D port, and Component connection. Other features include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 6ms response time (gray to gray), and audio inputs.
A senior analyst at Digitimes Research says Samsung has received a shipment of IPS panels for use in its upcoming 7-inch Galaxy Tab slate. The IPS panels, which are being supplied from Hydis, "are of comparable grade as those of Apple's iPad," senior analyst Mingchi Kuo claims.
Samsung just recently went official with the Galaxy Tab, announcing that device will ship with a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, and 512MB of RAM. All versions will boast both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, as well as Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.2.
Already sporting a sexy feature-set, the addition of an IPS panel makes the Galaxy Tab all the more intriguing. And if the Galaxy Tab gains traction as a legitimate iPad contender, it could pave the way for IPS-based tablets to follow.
There are cool 27-inch LCD monitors, and then there are super cool 27-inch LCD monitors. Apple’s 27-inch iMac has one. Now too does Dell with its newly released UltraSharp U2711.
The U2711 has an In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD, and a resolution of 2560 x 1400, which provides a more vivid and detailed image, with a wider viewing angle (178º on the vertical and horizontal). Its 12-bit internal processing can support 1.02 billion colors. The aspect ratio is 16 x 9, response time is 6ms, brightness is 350 cd/m-squared, and the contrast ratio is 1,000 to 1 (with a dynamic contrast ration of 80,000 to 1). Not too shabby.
And the U2711 has ports galore. There’s an HDMI port, two DVI-D ports, a DisplayPort, a VGA port, plug-ins for component and composite video, one USB 2.0 upstream port, four USB 2.0 downstream ports, and an 8-in-1 media card reader. In a world gone wireless, it's nice to know there's still a place to plug things in.
All this super cool doesn’t come cheap. Dell’s offering the U2711 for $1,099. But, for that price your monitor comes with a “certified color-calibration factory report.”
The performance of an LCD monitor ultimately depends on how its liquid crystals are manipulated to channel light. We’ll examine the three most common technologies: Twisted Nematic (TN), In-plane Switching (IPS), and Vertical Alignment (VA).
Each of these three technologies creates a pixel using a cell of liquid-crystal molecules controlled by a thin-film transistor. Liquid crystals are used because they’re capable of effecting light as though they’re a solid, while exhibiting the malleability of a fluid. In a color LCD, each pixel is subdivided into three cells, or subpixels, which are colored red, green, and blue, respectively, by additional filters. These cells are arranged in a matrix of rows and columns sandwiched between two panes of glass, with a polarizing film on the exterior side of each pane.
A light source, such as a cold cathode fluorescent lamp or an LED grid, is placed behind the first glass panel. Light waves from the backlight follow the alignment of the liquid-crystal molecules, but they must pass through the two polarizing filters before reaching the surface of the display. Light waves must be oriented perfectly parallel to the first filter to pass, but since the second filter is oriented perpendicular to the first, no light will pass unless it’s reoriented first.
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.