Dell turns on its 17-inch LCD television

Dell turns on its 17-inch LCD television

As promised, Dell has introduced its first liquid crystal display (LCD) television, pitting the company against a group of unfamiliar consumer electronics foes.

The Dell W1700 is a 17-inch LCD display that could be used as either a television or a PC monitor, Dell said.

It will be available on October 28, and costs $US699.

Dell's new TV costs less than models from other consumer electronics vendors such as Sharp, Matsushita Industrial Electronics (better known as Panasonic) and Philips, an analyst with ARS, Christina Lawson, said.

Most 17-inch LCD TVs sell for about $US799 or $US899, because most consumer electronics vendors sell their wares through retail channels, Lawson said.

Dell sold its products directly through its website.

Dell's TV is a widescreen model capable of a 16:9 aspect ratio format. The display resolution is 1280 pixels by 768 pixels.

The unit's features were competitive with other 17-inch LCD TVs on the market, Lawson said. It measures 29.5cm x 55.4cm x 9.1cm, and weighs 7kg.

Dell, along with other PC vendors such as HP, has turned to the consumer electronics world to find alternative sources of revenue.

PC shipments are rising again after two years of stagnation, but the growth rates of devices such as LCD TVs, digital cameras and personal music players have captivated PC vendors.

The company announced its entrance into the LCD TV market last month, alongside the unveiling of a new personal music player, an online music store and two new Axim personal digital assistants.

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