It’s good to know that major electronics makers have realized that it makes more sense to “go green” than to avoid it. BenQ, for example, has recently created two new V Series monitors that are meant to be eco-friendly. The 24-inch V2400 Eco and 21.5-inch V2200 Eco have dynamic contrast ratios of 5,000,000:1, and are LED-backlit 1080p panels. The monitors are made from 28 percent recycled plastic. They also reduce power by 30 percent in eco mode, and 36 percent overall. These displays are available in China in a week, but we expect them to arrive stateside soon enough.
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LG’s new W53 Monitors certainly have earned the distinction of being named SMART. Each features Auto Brightness which automatically optimizes that and other picture settings, Cinema Mode, which blacks out everything except the video clip, and even a timer that reminds the user to take a break. A proximity sensor knows when a hand is near and activates lights to make it easier to find the buttons and turns them off when it is gone. The displays will be available from 18.5 to 27-inches, with those larger than 21.5 in HD. Look for them to come out this month.
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Mitsubishi debuted their 3D Touch Panel at the recent Tokyo Interaction 2009. Based on a 5.7-inch 640x480 touchscreen, the panel recognizes both direct contact and finger proximity up to 20mm from the screen, in case you like to snack while you play. The company believes that their device would be great for mobile devices, with the proximity used for bringing up a menu or to control a mouse pointer. They also say that their modifications should not cost a bundle for manufacturers who want to use it.
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Asus debuted a series of LCD monitors at the recent CeBit 2009. The VH192C and VH196 are energy-saving and have an advanced optical film for better images. The Aspect Control switches between full screen and 4:3 aspect ratio. The Asus VH192C LCD monitor also features a Color Shine panel for better clarity, image color, density and saturation, and best of all can be connected via WHCI or wireless USB host wireless adapter.
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While you cannot judge a monitor by its photo, we have to give kudos to this one. The Korean company BTC has launched its 22-inch full HD LCD TV monitor. The ZEUS5000 220HD Premium display supports a 25,000:1 contrast ratio, a 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and 300 cd/m² brightness. The display also has a HDMI DVI and D-SUB ports. Contact BTC for more details, pricing and availability.
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We figure this is either a blessing or a curse, depending on your feelings about arachnids. The Itsy Bitsy Spider Cleaner attaches by its belly to your computer monitor. When your screen needs cleaning, pull the little bugger’s retractable cord to do the job. The spider’s tummy is velvet and can be cleaned for future usage. At a size of 2-inches and with a 24-inch cord, you can pre-order the spider for $10.00 and expect a 2 to 4 week delivery date.
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Japan’s Eizo’s new 24-inch LCD monitor uses the DisplayPort video standard. With a 1920x1200 resolution and a contrast ratio of 1000:1, the FlexScan S2432W-H has both an HDCP compatible DVI-D and a VGA port. EcoView automatically adjusts the monitor’s brightness according to ambient light. The display has built-in speakers, 2 USB jacks, and can turn left, right, tilt and rise 3.2 inches while the viewing angle remains 178º. The FlexScan’s release date is December 5 in Japan with a $960.00 price.
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This is another example of getting rid of 2 devices when just one will do. Mitsubishi has come out with an Viseo HD LCD screen with a built-in digital tuner, supposedly the first of its kind in Japan. The MDT221WTF has a 21.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a contrast ration of 2000:1. The HDTV also features Diatone sound, 2 HDMI inputs and an analog D-SUB 15 pin input. Look for the price of ¥80,000 (~$800.00) and a November release.
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ViewSonic’s N2201w LCD has PC monitor capabilities and a built-in DVD player. With 1080i HD and a resolution of 1680x1050, the 22-inch screen has a response time of 5ms and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Compatible with ATSC/NTSC/QAM digital TV, it has HDMI 1.3 and composite inputs. The N2201w is available for $429.00. While we like the idea of combining components, we know from experience that if you buy something that combines them, half of it will break down before the other and getting it fixed will be expensive and a pain.
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The Watch Anywhere Monitoring Camera can catch your mate or kids in the act of doing something that they would rather you not know. About the size of a webcam, it installs in a room or car. When the motion sensor detects something, it sends a 3 second video to the owner’s cell phone. Users can also dial to receive images, listen with its built-in mic, or set it up at night with infrared mode. Launched last week at the Melbourne at Home Exhibition, it comes with a price of $495.00. We are thinking this is a bit too much Big Brother for us.
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