Back in December, we reviewed LG’s E2350v—a serviceable display that featured a two-way stand and energy-efficient design as well as some poor quality blacks and a frustrating menu experience—so it was with a skeptical eye that we tackled its big brother, the E2370v. An IPS display with a slim brushed aluminum bezel, the E2370v shows that it’s nothing like its little brother.
Those of you rocking and rolling over in Europe have six new LED monitors to choose from today, all from Acer and all sporting slim profiles that measure just 13mm (barely more than half an inch, for the anti metric system crowd). These are TN panels ranging in size from 19 inches to 24 inches with contrast ratios of up to 100,000,000:1 (dynamic, of course).
The Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 is a steel-construction, full-tower chassis, 22.4 inches high by 9.3 inches wide by 22.9 inches deep and weighing 27 pounds. Sitting mean and green (or red, or blue, depending on your fan LED settings), MK-1 combines striking looks with state-of-the-art features, all bundled into an affordable $160 package.
ViewSonic tells us its new 24-inch LED monitor (VX2451MHP-LED) is designed to compliment an Apple Mac environment, but is also appropriate "for those who appreciate good design and want something different." What's different about this display is its all white frame and stand complimented by an ultra-slim body that measures just a hair over 1.4 inches (3.6 centimeters if you want to be all metric about it).
Probably every beginning guitar player who’s ever struggled with a chord diagram has looked down at his instrument and thought, “Man, it would be so much easier if those little diagram dots could appear on my fretboard instead.”
The Fretlight does exactly that, putting an end to the madness by making those diagram dots part of the fretboard itself, via a grid of embedded LEDs.
Sharks with lasers are admittedly awesome, but of little practical value. Automobile headlamps, on the other hand, make for a much more worthwhile application, and it looks like BMW will be the first to answer the call. These will ultimately replace LED lighting and bring about several advantages over today's best and brightest headlights.
AOC’s e2243Fw made a strong first impression on us: A glossy, piano-black frame houses this remarkably thin, 21.5-inch LCD monitor. In addition to being only 1/2-inch from front to back, it’s also extremely lightweight and flexible—and has a budget price, too. But unfortunately this display is super-thin in more than just profile and price.
The thickness of a phone gets a lot of attention due to its fundamental nature as a pocketable device. For a monitor to wow us with its svelte lines, it really has to be eye-catchingly thin. The new Dell S2330MX certainly is that kind of sleek and slender.
Hewlett Packard's targeting display hunters short on real estate with a couple of new HP Compaq branded monitors, the LA2206xc and LE2002x. The 21.5-inch LA2206xc is a thin form factor monitor with LED backlight and built-in 720p HD webcam that, along with HP's MyRoom software, is supposed to make videoconferencing a snap. Also an LED monitor, HP says the 20-inch LE2002x sports a small footprint with a slim profile.
If you listen to environmentalists and home building experts, the future of lighting lies in LEDs (Sorry to break it to you, CFL bulbs). But could LEDs also hold the key to the future of wireless home networking? Yeah, it sounds weird, but scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications in Berlin got the bright idea to try and create a WLAN using nothing more than standard LED bulbs and "a few additional components." And you know what? It worked, and it worked well.