The Q1 Ultra isn't the only thing kicking up a storm over at Sammy's booth this week. The Korean giant is showing some good lovin' to LCD too...
Star attraction is the 'XL30', a 30in LCD with LED Backlights and a stunning 2,560 x 1,600 native resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio and rocket 2ms response time. Brightness is more typical at 300cd/m2 but there's a wide 178 degree viewing angle. Dual DVI ports with support for HCDP mean playback of HD content won't be an issue and a USB hub also makes it onboard.
Sammy was marketing the XL30 at professionals and photo enthusiasts (hence the bundled 'hood') but I say 'Screw That!' this thing is built to game! In fact, footage of multimedia playback on the booth looked smoother and sharper than any 'gaming' monitor I've seen.
No pricing or release information was revealed for this monster but we hope it's out sooner rather than later so it can start depreciating faster than a Lidl sandwich.
Determined not to be left entirely in the shade of the XL30 (though physically that's quite difficult) is the 'World's First USB-Connected monitor', the USB SyncMaster '940UX' – which we got wind of last week. I managed to dig up some specs this time and, as suspected, it is no great shakes: 19 inches and 1,280 x 1,024 native res, though DVI and D-Sub do make an appearance when we believed everything would be foregone for USB.
Interestingly, Samsung claims up to six monitors can be daisy chained this way using just a single PC USB port between them. Budget buyers will love this, graphics card manufacturers... not so much. Likewise, no RRP or release on this one but it doesn't have anything to suggest we won't be seeing it before the end of Q2.
Lastly came the '961BG' and '961GW', two dull 19 inchers. They may have 3000:1 contrast ratios and 2ms response times but one look at the 4:3 aspect ratio and both I and my camera lost interest.
Update: Samsung has just confirmed a 20in version of its USB monitor will be following this summer. No specs were listed for the range but it appears to step up to 1,600 x 1,200 and follows the same daisy chain principle. A Sammy rep also revealed a 22in version is in the pipeline should the other models prove a success.