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What is the World’s Largest Multi-Touch?

December 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

What is the World’s Largest Multi-Touch?

Need ammo for your next trivia competition, formal or not? What if someone asks you “What’s the world’s largest multi-touch screen?”* The answer: a massive 4574 square-foot display at Nürburgring, known to Formula One enthusiasts as the venue for the German Grand Prix.

Drool-worthy specs follow:
The two-piece wall consists of a huge LED media facade (at the top), and a multitouch information-wall (at the bottom), and impresses by its physical size, as it totals a surface of about 425 square meters, equaling more than 6000 computer displays.
The interactive interface emerges out of 34 million pixels generated by 15 high definition projectors, …read more

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals from Dell

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals from Dell

Dell’s marketing is busy cranking out deals for the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday, perhaps inspired by the maker’s strong laptop reliability showing. So expect a constant stream of discounts and promos, starting today until November 30, 2009. American shoppers, take note of the following below, and their corresponding end dates! Discounts available during this period of the year are notoriously short-lived.

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Electronics Sales Event – Save up to $690 on select TVs and Electronics
Ongoing
11/26/09 11:59 PM CST

Sony BRAVIA 55″ KDL55V5100 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV $1769.10 after $529.90 instant off
Nokia N86 Unlocked Smartphone $369.99 after $130 off

Ultimate Value of the …read more

Sony Australia Giving Away 25,000 PS3s

October 22, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays, Gaming

Sony Australia Giving Away 25,000 PS3s

Through some clever use of time-scape photography and sound editing, Sony Australia makes a pretty compelling ad for their campaign to give away 25,000 PS3s. Slow-mo video of a PS3 crashing into a Sony BRAVIA HDTV is below:
Gizmag was on the scene during the production of this unique and cringe-inducing (for gadget lovers) video. Full details are available here.

Sub-$200 Twenty-Inch 1920 x 1080 Displays: Dell ST2210 and ST2310

September 21, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

Sub-$200 Twenty-Inch 1920 x 1080 Displays: Dell ST2210 and ST2310

Two Full HD 1080p displays, one very affordable price point. The Dell ST2310, a 1920 x 1080 23-inch display, supposedly starts at $229, but thanks to “instant savings” of $50, the price can go as low as $179, before shipping and taxes.

Compare that to the Dell ST2210, a monitor that features the same resolution, but a smaller panel size at 21.5″. The “starting price” is already below two-hundred dollars at $199, but $40 is “slashed off” immediately, leaving a total of $159.

Of course, extra charges may apply thanks to the aforementioned delivery- and IRS-related charges, but unless you purchase a …read more

First 21.5″ LED (Not LCD) Display is From BenQ

August 14, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

First 21.5″ LED (Not LCD) Display is From BenQ

BenQ recently announced the V2200 Eco and V2400 Eco, both LED displays, with the V2200 declared as the first in the 21.5″ category. So what’s the importance of changing the C to E in LCD? Well, compared to LCD technology, LED displays consume less power and last longer. The light-emitting diodes found on BenQ’s new displays are basically advanced tinier versions of those lights used to indicate on and off on your TV, remote control, and computer.
According to BenQ, the V2200 Eco and V2400 Eco feature 36% power savings, 14.6% less weight, and 21.2% less thickness compared to CCFL displays …read more

A Reason to Buy a Netbook With Standard Video-Out

A Reason to Buy a Netbook With Standard Video-Out

Simply put: You’ll have to rely on expensive “solutions” which create more problems than they solve.
A review of the Village Tronic ViBook mysteriously calls the USB graphics extender “a good option” for those who want to power a secondary display with their PC, laptop, or netbook. To the reviewer’s credit though, he realizes that there are ways to do this for less than the ViBook’s $129 price, including just getting a PCI or PCIe graphics card for a desktop.
It’s clear that the ViBook is perfect for owners of portable computers that don’t feature VGA-out, specifically netbooks like the HP Mini …read more

Dell S2409W Full HD Monitor = Drool Factory

July 1, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

Dell S2409W Full HD Monitor = Drool Factory

The Dell S2409W currently retails for $219. For that price, you get a 24″ wide display that features:
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Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
16:9 dynamic aspect ratio
Support for HDMI, DVI, and VGA
Compatibility with VESA mounts

As a point of comparison, my HP w2228h cost around $320. It’s a 22″ display that also supports HDMI, DVI, and VGA, with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 and a 16:10 aspect ratio.
The advantages that HP display has over Dell is its built-in cable management system, speakers, and USB hub. The Dell on the other hand is much cheaper, features more visual …read more

New Mimo USB Displays Perfect for Ops Center Dreams

February 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

New Mimo USB Displays Perfect for Ops Center Dreams

Today Mimo Monitors announced the US availability of two 7″ USB-driven displays, the Mimo UM-710 (top-left) and UM-740 (top-right).
From all appearances, the 740 ($200) seems like a better deal than the 710 ($130). The extra $70 gets you touchscreen capability, and a built-in webcam and microphone as well. Specs and purchasing info available to those who continue.

Deal of the Week: 21.5″ Asus 1920 x 1080 HDMI Display at $50 OFF

January 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Deals, Displays

Deal of the Week: 21.5″ Asus 1920 x 1080 HDMI Display at $50 OFF

If you’re on the market for an affordable HDMI-capable display, consider the Black ASUS VH226H currently available on NewEgg.com. With a max resolution of 1920 x 1080, this monitor also features built-in speakers, and also supports DVI-input. Out of the 222 reviews left by customers on the retail site, over 3/4 give the product a 5 out of 5.

More About What’s Hot (and What’s Not) About the HP w2228h

December 12, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Displays

More About What’s Hot (and What’s Not) About the HP w2228h

The HP w2228h is still a great 22″ HDMI-capable display (see HP w2228h: What’s Hot, What’s Not). But after a few months of use, I’ve realized that there are at least three more irritations with it:
Delayed Speaker Kick-in. Whenever the display detects something coming through its audio in or HDMI cable , you have to wait a second or so for the monitor to fade in the sound at full volume. This was probably done to protect the built-in speakers from damaging sudden noise, but it’s irritating to have to move back to the start of a song just to …read more

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