What's new from ... IBM, Tritton, KDS, Philips,


With the release of the 19-inch P96 and 21-inch P260 monitors IBM is clearly attempting to corner part of the emerging style market.

As well as the standard features, the monitors are available in either "stealth black" or "pearl white" colours.

The 19-inch P96 features an anti-reflective surface designed to eliminate glare, VESA DDC Plug and Play capability, compliance with standards for front-of-screen ergonomics and low emissions.

The P96 also offers compatibility with major video standards and provides dual video inputs, allowing two systems to share a single monitor for multi-application work.

A microprocesor-based multi-language on-screen display provides control over picture, allowing users to manipulate position, size, shape, alignment, brightness and contrast, colour tint control, tilt and degauss.

IBM's VESA DDC Plug and Play capability provides automatic display mode optimisation when the monitor is attached to a DDC-enabled system.

Like the 17-inch P96, the 21-inch P260 is available in "stealth black" and incorporates Trinitron CRT technology designed for flat screen images.

The P260 features FD Trinitron technology designed to minimise glare and image distortion. Colour rendering is made by a very fine aperture grille pitch and a high-contrast CRT.

Twin video inputs allow the P260 colour monitors to be connected to two computer systems at once, and a switch on the front bezel selects the active video input.

The 21-inch FD Trinitron CRT inside the P260 colour monitors have a 19.8-inch (503mm) viewable image size and a 0.24mm aperture grille pitch. A maximum horizontal frequency of 121kHz delivers an optimum 1600 x 1200 pels at 85Hz and higher refresh rates. These monitors are also capable of a maximum 1920 x 1440 pels at up to a 75Hz refresh rate.

The P260 colour monitors are capable of Eneregy Star and Nutek power management via DPMS, monitor Plug and Play via DDC, ISO 9241-3 image quality, and are fitted with a universal voltage power supply for worldwide operation.

The P260 12-inch and P96 19-inch are both available in Australia. The P260 retails from $2299 and the P96 $1299.

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The Tritton 17 is a Macintosh-compatible 17-inch monitor using image processing functions with a maximum non-interlaced resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels at a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 0.26mm dot pitch FST.

The product's JOG shuttle with on-screen display (OSD) makes managing user controls simple, according to the company. This feature is designed to allow users to manage all controls with just one button, including the size, position and geometry of your screen.

Other features of the Tritton 17 include a specially coated anti-glare, anti-reflection, anti-static 0.26 mm dot pitch tube and a viewable image size (VIS) of 16.1 inches with a flat square tube (FST).

As with all Tritton monitors, the Tritton 17 has been subjected to a pre-sale testing process. After completing a four-phase testing procedure in the company's off-shore manufacturing plant, each unit is put through a rigorous testing procedure at Tritton's Sydney headquarters.

The Tritton 17 is covered by the three-year "Hot-Swap" guarantee - if there is a fault with the monitor within the first 30 days of purchase, Tritton will replace free of charge.

For faults encountered after this period, Tritton offers an on-site service guarantee which provides a replacement loan monitor with free delivery while the original is being serviced.

The Tritton 17 is currently available throughout Australia and retails for $445.

Tritton: (02) 9557 4182


KDS is one of the world's largest monitor-producing manufacturers, providing much of the monitor components for other vendors as well as portable computers and consumer electronics.

In the 17-inch and over range, KDS' flagship products include the 17-inch AV7TF, the 19-inch AV-195TF and the 21-inch AV-21TF.

All these monitors are covered by a customer support service called KDS Advanced Replacement Express Service, or KARES. This provides advanced product replacement within Australia directly from the manufacturer for Visual Senations, @VIEW and Avitron monitors requiring service.

The KARES program is designed to reduce the user's system downtime by providing a replacement unit in days, not weeks. The KARES service is offered free of charge.

The AV7TF employs FD Trinitron technology and is designed for high-end graphics use. The new AV-7TF offers 16.0 viewable inches of flat screen viewing space coupled with the use of FD Trinitron tube technology, which is designed to provide a crisp picture without the curvature of a standard CRT monitor.

The AV-7TF is fully protected under KDS' exclusive KARES program.

The AV-195TF also employs FD Trinitron technology that provides the visual requirements for high-end graphics use. The new AV-195TF offers 18.0 viewable inches of flat-screen viewing space. A 0.24 mm aperture grille pitch along with a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200dpi enhances the display.

The AV-195TF is fully protected under KDS' exclusive KARES program.

Like its counterparts, the 21-inch AV-21TF employs FD Trinitron technology designed for high-end graphics use.

The AV-21TF offers 19.8 viewable inches of flat-screen viewing space. A 0.24 mm aperture grille pitch along with a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536dpi complements the display.

The AV-7FT, AV-195TF and AV-21TF are currently available throughout Australia at a recommended retail of $649, $949 and $1699 respectively.

KDS: (03) 9866 6800


The Philips 107S 17-inch monitor is designed for the cost-conscious SOHO space. It is designed for everyday applications such as spreadsheets and word processing.

With a 16-inch visible image size, the 107S offers optional multimedia functionality. Designed to capture an increasingly style-conscious public, the monitor features a contemporary design and dramatically reduced footprint. Philips is promoting the 107S as the world's shortest 17-inch conventional monitor with a front-to-back space requirement of only 408 mm or 16.1 inches.

The Philips 107S features include 17-inch colour monitor MAC and PC compatibility, an autoscan feature that covers horizontal frequencies of up to 70KHz, offering a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 dpi with a flicker-free display of 1024 x 768 pixels at up to 88Hz.

The 107S also provides flat, square high-contrast CRT with a high-resolution of 0.27 mm dot pitch (0.23 mm hdp) and a multimedia base option.

Like its smaller companion, the 109S compact monitor is aimed at the SOHO market, however, it also offers a range of features and the added size makes it a good option for gaming.

The 109S offers a 18-inch visible image size with a front-to-back space requirement of only 440mm or 17.3 inches - about the same as a traditional 17-inch display device.

The Philips 109S features include Mac and PC compatibility, and autoscan covering horizontal frequencies up to 92KHz offering a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1440dpi with flicker-free display of 1280 x 1024 pixels up to 86Hz.

The monitor is TCO99, E2000, NUTEK, EPA, FCC, CE and ISO9241 certified, offers flat, square high-contrast CRT with 0.27mm dot pitch (0.23 mm hdp) and a multimedia base option.

Both the Philips 107S and 109S now feature Phillips LightFrame, a new technology that allows Web users to view the Internet with improved brightness and clarity.

LightFrame consists of a hardware/software package working in tandem to boost the brightness and sharpness of a monitor's video signal, for when a user requires better performance for viewing movies or photos.

LightFrame is designed to allow viewers to enjoy great movies and lively, lifelike photos without sacrificing monitor performance for pure computing and text applications.

According to the company, LightFrame will become a standard feature in most new Philips 2000/2001 monitors.

Using a proprietary process, the software transmits coordinates of the selected screen area to the monitor by writing instructions on the last line of the video signal.

The software blanks the instruction line, making it invisible to the user. A proprietary integrated circuit in the monitor translates the instructions and boosts sharpness and brightness in the selected area. Non-selected portions of the screen are unaffected by the process.

LightFrame is designed to work with Windows 95/98/NT4.0/2000 and Mac OS 8/9 operating systems and comes with a disk providing installation software. The disc also contains the monitor's electronic user's manual and a demonstration program.

The 107S and 109S monitors are currently available throughout Australia, retailing for $469 and $929 respectively.

The range of Philips LightFrame monitors are available now across Australia.

Philips: 1800 658 086