We're not sure if the same holds true in the U.S. market, but in Taiwan, Asus-branded LCD monitors are flying off the shelves, and at a rate faster than all the competition, DigiTimes' "industry sources" say.
More specifically, Asus nabbed 20 percent of the LCD monitor market in Taiwan in 2009. It was a tie for second place between Chimei and Acer, each of which nipped at Asus' heels with 18-19 percent of the market. Viewsonic came in third with 14-15 percent, and BenQ controlled 10 percent of the LCD monitor market.
Despite falling prices for larger screen monitors, 19-inch widescreen models continued to be the most popular in Asus' lineup. It probably helped that Asus slashed prices on 19-inch models before everyone else, marking them down to about $125.
If you thought Eyefinity with 3 monitor's was overkill, how about 6? If that caught your attention then you'll be pleased to know that an update to ATI's Eyefinity technology is going to enable gamers to take advantage of up to 6 display's.
Given the complexities involved in laying out that many monitors, ATI has teamed up with Samsung to offer an out of the box solution they plan to ship early this year called the SyncMaster MD230. The package can be ordered as either a six or three panel design, with a price of $3,099 and $1,899 respectively. The six monitor setup is capable of displaying a jaw dropping 6x 1080p, with each panel sporting a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080.
In an era when PC gaming seems to be under constant attack on all fronts, its pretty satisfying to be able to claim your rig is spitting out a resolution equivalent to over 12 Xbox 360's. Of course you may need to re-mortgage your house to be able to afford any of this, but hey, our hobby is all about sacrifice is it not? Either way its great to see out of the box three and six monitor packages that make getting Eyefinity up and running that much easier.
There's been a lot of fuss about LED backlighting the past year, but even so, LED-backlit LCD monitors won't make a major push into the mainstream until much later this year and into 2011, DigiTimes' "market sources" say.
Part of reason for this is because notebooks and LCD TVs are gobbling up most of the current LED inventory. There just hasn't been enough LED inventory to fulfill demand from monitor panel makers.
The other barrier comes down to price. Sources say the price gap between an 18.5-inch LED-backlit and CCFL-backlit monitor panel comes down to about $5, and while that doesn't sound like much, it translates into a retail price difference of about $30 to $50. That's enough to turn consumers' heads in a different direction.
I’ve got two monitors: a slightly older 24-inch Samsung SyncMaster 2443 BWX and a brand-new 22-inch Samsung SyncMaster 2233 RZ. I am attempting a dual-monitor setup for Illustrator/Photoshop purposes (as well as animation and other forms of graphic design) on a Radeon HD 4850 X2 with Catalyst 9.8 drivers. Out of the box the color representation couldn’t be worse. The new monitor is extremely blue and the old one looks better, but is still a tad red. Nothing I do can get these monitors to look even remotely close. I’ve fussed with the built-in controls on both for a good hour, and nothing. I even used the calibration tool in Windows 7 and still can’t get these monitors looking good. I’m sure that since they are different monitors, I can’t get them “perfect,” but they should at least have accurate enough colors for printing purposes.
Sources from panel makers say there's a shortage of LCD monitors, a problem they attribute to monitor makers and brand vendors having lower-than-usual panel inventory levels, news and rumor site DigiTimes reports.
The sources note that panel makers were expecting a low fourth quarter and took to reducing output, but are now being caught off guard by a flurry of orders now that panel prices have dropped below cost levels.
A panel shortage doesn't bode well for the mobile market, which is expected to ship a ton of notebooks going into 2010. This has notebook makers scrambling to secure LED supplies as they compete with LCD TV makers for inventory. LED-backlit LCD TV shipments are expected to increase six-fold to more than 30 million units in 2010, with LED-backlit notebooks expected to account for 80 percent of the 160 million notebooks (not counting netbooks) to be shipped next year.
Well what do you know, someone's finally gone and done it, and that someone is LG. What exactly are we talkinga bout? Releasing the world's first Full-HD 3D monitor.
We're told the display is already on store shelves, but details remain sparse. Here's what we do know: It's a 23-inch display suitable for both gamers and those who dabble in 3D broadcasts. The underlying technology is based on the "Shutter Glasses" technology, though seamless switching between 2D and 3D means you won't need to don a pair of goofy glasses every time you use the monitor, only when viewing 3D content.
And that's pretty much it, at least until LG divulges more info. Should they wait too long, though, they run the risk of being overshadowed of competitive models that are likely on the horizon, especially with CES just around the corner.
If you're hoping to score an LCD monitor upgrade in time for Christmas vacation, you may not want to procrastinate until the last minute. Citing anonymous industry sources, DigiTimes says LCD displays could go up a tick in price this month as retail channels start to restock their inventories.
The sources note that monitor panels have already dropped below costs, so there really isn't much room for any more price drops. This has caused vendors to replenish their stock.
There wasn't a lot of monitor growth in the third quarter, largely the result of rabid demand for notebooks and netbooks. Because of this, retailers ended up with high monitor inventories and lower prices. LCD makers responded by cutting their supply to the monitor segment.
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Want to know what's even better than Ostendo's 43-inch CRVD curved display? Having three of them side-by-side, that's what. It isn't cheap, and at $6,500 each, three of them will run almost $20,000. That's a lot of scratch, but then again, have you seen this video?
According to Ostendo, the curved monitor measures 43 inches and offers an ultra-wide 32:10 aspect ratio, which is 180 percent wider than 16:9 displays and 240 percent wider than 4:3 monitors. It works with existing videocards and doesn't require any special hardware, software, or drivers, other than a graphics card powerful enough to push gaming pixels at a 2880x900 resolution.
Almost as a side note, HP today announced its new Compaq L2105tm touchscreen monitor, dedicating just a few lines to promoting the display in a press release which covered several items.
The 21.5-inch, 1080p display sports a multitouch panel with one finger scrolling and two finger mousing capabilities.. But if you prefer to roll with a stylus, you'll find one jammed conveniently into the side of the monitor. You can even use a gloved finger, says DisplayBlog.com, who points out that the two cameras, infrared light, sensor, and reflective film create a rugged light field capable of detecting just about any type of object.
There was a little bit of marketing glitz on HP's part. According to the OEM, this is the world's first Windows 7 certified monitor, which you means you can plug it in groove to your newly acquired copy of the just-released OS.
I have an Acer L310 that runs Vista Home. Recently, I have only been able to start in Safe Mode. When I try to start in normal mode my monitor won’t work, but when I go with Safe Mode with Networking the monitor works. How can I get around this?
Read the answer to Terrence's question after the jump.