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NEC Makes 43in 2880 x 900 Pixel Display

Gordon Kelly


NEC Makes 43in 2880 x 900 Pixel Display

For those of you wooed by the Philips 21:9 Cinema TV you might be interested to know there's something even crazier out there...

NEC is the perpetrator of a monster known as the 'CRV43', a 42.8in curved display with crazy Double WXGA+ 2880 x 900 native resolution for "unmatched viewing experience". I'll have to question that though since surely 1080 vertical pixels is far more practical? Hmmmmn.

Other key specs for the CRV43 include a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 200 cd.m2 brightness and rocket fast 0.02ms response time. The dynamic range is 12bit (4096 levels) while you'll get 100 per cent overage of the sRGB colour gamut. Inputs are via HDMI 1.3, a single DVI-D or USB 2.0 and it weighs less than I'd have expected at just 20kg.

Yes, in practical terms the CRV43 nestles somewhere between chocolate fire guards and Telfon shoe soles but it's also all kinds of impractical awesomeness.

NEC is selling this beautiful freak (Eels fans, see what I did there?) as we speak for $7,999 (circa £5,700) and in actual fact has been since May. Yep, it passed under our radar first time around but thanks to reader Jacek it now has our firm attention.

Would I buy one if I had the money? No, don't be ridiculous. Do I still love it against all rationale? Oh yes!


NEC CRV43 Product Page


June 20, 2009, 12:58 am

the 2nd pic looks like the massive radiator at my nan's



June 20, 2009, 3:12 am

I guess they just used two 22" panels with 1440x900 - why not two 24" panels with 1920x1200 (or 1080)?

What kind of a viewing experience is NEC talking about? The thing is absolutely useless for games, since they won't know the resolution and movies come in 2,39:1 max, this display has 3,2:1. And because of the curvature, I'd imagine watching a film from 10 feet away will make the picture look a little squeezed.

For serious usage like 3D or video editing it lacks height too.


June 20, 2009, 3:14 am

Nec are well known to have the best image quality ever.

im sure this TV's looks gorgeous.

the price is HUGE!


June 20, 2009, 3:22 am

OMG that looks freakin sweet. I will look at this next time I buy a monitor. Oh wait, they'll have 42" LED TVs by then (I have BenQ 24" and its amazing!)


June 20, 2009, 3:24 am

I wouldn't have thought it's any less practical than two 22" widescreens. Working out the numbers the screen should be about the same height as a 20" 4:3 display, a 23" 16:10 display and a 25" 16:9 display.

It's a shame it's so expensive, at £600-800 it would have been a real winner, at ten times that it's a joke - you could get three NEC 3090s side by side for that price (as well as the GTX 295s to drive them).

Mathew White

June 20, 2009, 4:09 am

I'm about to spend over £1k on an Apple 30" cinema display (I'm a web and graphics designer) But, man, would I love to have this or what?!


June 20, 2009, 5:53 am

it looks the perfect flight sim monitor except for the price, as mentioned above when you can get so many high quality displays for a lower price. as other people comment, I would like one. reckon this is the future for 3d viewing or something similar with more height.


June 21, 2009, 2:30 am

imagine this: a screen sphere, with dozens of these curved screen curved into a giant ball and a hole for you to poke your head through and actually be in the crysis world.


June 21, 2009, 2:18 pm

@ ilovethemonkeyhead - wouldn't it be easier (not to mention cheaper) to just use VR if you want the complete immersive gaming experience?

Francesco Mastellone

June 21, 2009, 5:52 pm

I'd rather wait for displays in glasses to get good, and fitted with an accelerometer that moves the rendering point of view to match yours, than wait for huge or spherical screens =p

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