Gateway Claims First ‘Quad HD’ LCD

Launches its first 30in monitor, wraps it in marketing garbage.

I’ve heard some dubious ‘World’s First…” claims in my time, but this one takes the biscuit.

This week Gateway has announced the ‘world’s first Quad HD display’ (ie 2560 x 1600 = 4x 720p), the 30in ‘XHD3000’ LCD – a monitor which arrives a whole 30 months behind the industry’s first such model, the Apple Cinema Display which we tested in early 2005!. Besides this, we have also seen 30in 2560 x 1600ers from Dell, HP and Samsung – many of which are on their third or fourth generation. World’s first indeed…

This nonsensical statement aside however the XHD3000 looks a reasonable match for the models already out there with the aforementioned 2560 x 1600 native resolution plus an defacto 1,000:1 contrast ratio, average 400cd/m2 brightness, zippy 6ms response time and wide 178 degree viewing angle.

Equally competent are the numerous connectivity options with HDMI, DVI, Component, Composite, S-Video and VGA all present along with a remarkable ”six” USB ports and plethora of audio options. An IR remote is also bundled.

For a company which prides itself on price, the XHD3000 isn’t perhaps as cheap as we might expect coming in at $1,699 (Dell’s 3007WFP is currently $1,499) but it is being made immediately available.

Welcome to party Gateway, better late than never…

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