Commercial Desktops

Let’s start with the commercial desktops. Product Line Manager Christopher Parker explained how the big news in this area is widescreen – though this was hardly news to us. The other point was ‘the March of TN Technology’. Not all TFT monitors are the same. There are three main types of technology used and n order of increasing quality these are TN (Twisted Nematic),) VA (Vertical Alignment) and IPS (In-Plane Switching).

TN is popular because it’s the most affordable but typically, larger size monitors use the high quality VA or IPS, which offer improved colour accuracy and superior viewing angles. However, as TN continually improves, it moves into the larger sizes, bringing acceptable quality as more affordable prices.

While 20in widescreen were originally only VA or IPS, NEC now has a TN versions are available. This is the MultiSync LCD2070WNX. This offers a 1,680 x 1,050 resolution a 8ms response time, 300cd/m2 brightness and a reasonable 160 degree viewing angle. It will also have a height adjustable stand and DVI and VGA inputs. We were told to expect a 22in panel based on TN technology by the end of the year.

Also coming in July is a 1,600 x 1,200 4:3 monitor – the MultiSync LCD2070VX. Based on TN tech, it’ll offer an affordable migration path for 22in CRT owners. Specs include a 5ms response time, a 160 degree viewing angle, a height adjustable stand and a thin bezel.

5 Series

The new 5 series is an entirely new range that will complement the 70 series. It's essentially the affordable panels used in the AccuSync range in a chassis that’s similar to the 70s series – with softer edges and a height adjustable stand. A cool feature is the integrated speakers which are actually hidden behind the panel and pointing down. This is discrete and hides you from the full force of the 1 watt drivers.

The other news in this segment was upcoming Pro versions of the GX2 range for gamers, in particular the 20WGX2 Pro, available from October. However no details were given at this stage though my money is on further reductions of the response time from the current 6ms to 4 or even 2ms.

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