LG Electronics has unveiled its largest TFT-LCD monitor to date prior to Christmas, measuring 22 inches (542mm width x 375mm height x 35.3mm depth) and weighing in at 11.3kg. Unlike conventional monitors, which use the 4:3 format, LG's new monitor allows widescreen 16:9 format for entertainment, Web sites and other applications. Designed as a dual-purpose device, the monitor has an AV input to allow for television and VCR connection as well as DVD input. With the PIP (Picture In Picture) function, you can have both PC and entertainment channels active at the same time. The unit has a wide viewing angle and supports A/V, TV and S-VHS input/output. Both analogue (D-Sub) and next-generation digital (DVI) inputs are also supported, allowing viewers to enjoy clearer and sharper images. Maximum resolution is 1600x1024 at 75Hz. The monitor can be located on the desktop or hung on the wall. It has two detachable speakers. It also has a USB port for convenient link-up to peripherals.
LG's 22-inch LCD widescreen monitor retails for $6999.
LG Electronics: (02) 9684 8000, www.lge.com.au.
Hitachi released three new LCD flat-panel displays towards the end of last year that are designed to cater to a range of users, from the cost-conscious small office user to the professional looking for high performance.
The CML153XW 15-inch (353mm width x 370mm height x 140mm depth) TFT flat panel weighs in at 3.8kg. It has a standard 15-pin input and features a 1024 x 768 XGA resolution, 200 cd/m2 brightness and 300:1 contrast. The CML155XW 15-inch provides a higher level of image quality - 500:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness level and a wide viewing angle of 130(H)x 110(V) degrees. It also connects to a range of multimedia devices, including DVDs, tuners and camcorders. It boasts in-built DVI-D digital and standard 15-pin analogue computer connectors, as well as composite and S-video inputs. The slick-looking unit is housed in a two-tone metallic blue and silver case and weighs 5.1kg.
Finally, the CML181SXW is an 18-inch multimedia model with SXGA resolution of 1280 x 1024 and a viewing area of 359mm x 287.2mm, designed for CAD and DTP professionals. It offers both DVI-D digital and standard 15-pin analogue computer connectors. The unit incorporates Hitachi's Super-IPS technology with its promise of vastly improved brightness, contrast and viewing angle. According to Hitachi, the CML181SXW's brightness rates at 235 cd/m2. It has 350:1 contrast with a 170 by 170 degree viewing angle and weighs in at 6.3 kg.
The CML153XW and CML155XW retail for $1195 and $1395 respectively, and the CML181SXW retails for $3695 (all prices include GST).
Hitachi: 1800 789 799, www.hitachi.com.au.
Benq is not releasing any new products until the brand transition from AcerCM to Benq is complete. This should see the new line-up of Benq LCD monitors arriving on the market around March 2002. The vendor says it will introduce a complete range to the channel, from 15-inch, 17-inch and 18-inch models during the first quarter, followed up by a 20-inch model later in the year. Benq also believes the 17-inch market is the next growth opportunity in LCD. As such, its new flagship FP781 17-inch model integrates circuitry components from both the monitor and panel side, making the unit slimmer and lighter, with a foldable base. The unit's maximum resolution is 1280 x 1024 with a pixel pitch of 0.264mm.
Pricing for the FP781 is yet to be determined.
Benq Australia: (02) 9714 6800, www.benq.com, www.acercm.com.au.
NEC's MultiSync LCD1850X monitor is the ultimate space saver with a slim bezel design and thin frame width compatible with both Mac and PC. The unit weighs 8.5kg with a slim stand and a native resolution of 1280 x 1024 at 75Hz. NEC claims the MultiSync's reduced power consumption and emissions conserve energy and lower the total cost of ownership. The unit has wall and arm-mounting capabilities and a 300:1 contrast ratio. It is available in black and white cabinet options and is backed by a three-year warranty, including the backlight. The MultiSync LCD1850X retails for $3995 (incl. GST).
NEC Australia: 131 632m www.necmitsubishi.com.