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Samsung Unveils Widest Ever 23in Monitor

While the debate about 16:10 verses 16:9 monitors continues to rage Samsung has decided to spice things up ever further...

With the 16:9 23in (yes, another size to add to the list) '2342BWX' the giant-of-virtually-everything has produced a typical word first: the World's First QWXGA monitor.

Now for those struggling with their resolution acronyms (happens to me daily, even after all these years) QWXGA translates to 2048 x 1152 and for those with a typical 1680 x 1050 22in display I can sense you high fiving from here. Ideal for fitting two A4 pages side by side, giving Outlook some much needed breathing space or garnering that extra little bit of vertical height this is a resolution I could really get behind - apart from one thing: Samsung's reasoning behind it.

You see far from extolling these considerable virtues, the famous Korean family business is instead saying the 2342BWX was made with the inspiration that it would enable users to keep the Windows Vista sidebar in full view at all times. Yep, the same Windows Vista sidebar of which Microsoft has quickly backtracked and disabled by default from Windows 7. Oh dear.

That aside, we don't get any brightness, contrast ratio or response times for the 2342BWX and availability is initially only in Korea so the cautious among you may remain somewhat hesitant. For everyone else, the expected 399,000 won RRP (£192) shouldn't prove overly intimidating - though running Crysis Warhead might prove rather more of a challenge...


via Akihabara

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November 11, 2008, 5:17 am

I have to say, don't be too hasty about the sidebar disappearing in Windows 7. I like it, and there are plenty of others out there who don't want gadgets scattered all over their desktop where they can accidentally be clicked. However, there should be a better implementation than it's current state.


November 11, 2008, 7:38 am

Meh.. I think 2132x1200 would be better. There's no sense in having both the horizontal and the vertical resolution un-remember-able numbers.


November 11, 2008, 12:00 pm

i have a performance meter side bar on my pc that always gets covered by anything full screen, and will always also get in the way of i overlay it. and it's my favourite gadget, also...


November 11, 2008, 3:26 pm

&#163192 for 2048 x 1152! I'll take two.

Chris Beach

November 11, 2008, 3:28 pm

I thought the actual reasoning behind the res was to have two a4 vertical pages and still have space (for sidebar, or desktop icons or whatever)

Horace Coker

November 12, 2008, 12:05 am

Why say 16:10 and not 8:5?


November 12, 2008, 1:47 am

@Horace: because it is easier to visualise 16:10 to 16:9 than 8:5 to 16:9.

Horace Coker

November 13, 2008, 2:20 am

Joe: something in that!

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