Gone are the days when ghastly looking CRT monitors cluttered your desk with a chunky footprint and all the grace of a sloth. Some of today's displays actually quality for design awards, like Acer's S235HL monitor, winner of a 2012 iF product design award and one of five new ultra-slim, LED-backlit S Series LCD panels unveiled to the U.S. market place today.
Acer today unveiled its new S271HL S1 series monitor, an ultra-slim LED display with a scant 24mm profile and a rounded glossy porcelain-like foot stand. It has a 27-inch panel with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080 @ 60Hz) resolution, but its real claim to fame is its 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic, of course), along with a super fast 2ms response time.
Big screen monitors with Full HD 1080p resolutions are all the rage these days, and the market just grew by one with the release of AOC's e2752Vh, a 27-inch LED display with a 1920x1080 resolution and 2ms response time (GTG). AOC's monitor also houses a pair of 2.5 watt speakers that supposedly deliver SRS-quality sound, though if you're a gamer looking take advantage of the fast refresh rate, you'll undoubtedly be better served by sticking with your 5.1 headset or old school Klipsch 5.1 ProMedia Ultras you bought back in the day.
Whether you're into widescreen gaming, day trading, multitasking, or just stretching windows until they're really, really big, a multiple monitor setup is the only way to fly. Us geeks have been keen to the secret for a while now (Eyefinity, anyone?) but sales numbers from 2011 seem to indicate that dual-screen madness may be starting to take the world by storm -- and that most buyers think bigger is better.
NEC today introduced a new addition to AccuSync Series of value-driven desktop monitors, the 24-inch AS241W. The new panel joins the AS171, AS192, AS191WM, and AS221WM displays and shares some similar traits with its brethren, but it's the only one in the line to sport a 16:9 aspect ratio. NEC's other AccuSync models are split between square screens and 16:10 displays.
We prefer to turn on our monitors than to be turned on by them, but hey, to each their own. If a head-turning display is what you're after, ViewSonic says its latest LED has a "seductively curved frame with piano-black mirrored surface." Sounds delightful, but what really excites us is the 23-inch IPS panel ViewSonic equipped its new VX2336s-LED monitor with.
AOC sent us a note informing us of its newly released e2352Phz, a slim HD 23-inch monitor that delivers flicker-free 3D. It uses Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology intended to deliver brighter, crisper images with less eye-fatiguing funkiness, like flickering and ghosting. It's a plug-and-play panel that also includes an HDMI 1.4a input for your Blu-ray player, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3 console.
Samsung, like almost everyone else, is tipping its hand ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, or at least is willing to show some of the cards it's holding. Revealed today is the company's high-end SA27A950 monitor, the newest entry to its Series 9 LED-backlit LCD display line and featuring Plane Line Switching (PLS) technology.
If you though the Consumer Electronics Show would be mostly about Ultrabooks and tablets, well, you're probably right. That doesn't mean there won't be other nifty products on display. AOC tells us it's going to unveil a 22-inch USB monitor (e2251Fwu) with LED backlight and simple plug-and-play connectivity, making dual- and multi-monitor setups an attainable goal for the masses.
NEC is getting ready to drop its second MultiSync EA Series monitor on the U.S. market this month, the EA243WM. It's a 24-inch Full HD (1920x1200) TN panel with LED backlighting that takes aim at high-performance enterprise users with a slim profile, lightweight design, and increased power savings compared to previous models. There's a Customize Setting that allows IT admins to set and restore specific monitor settings with a single touch.