A new form factor and a new technology.
In the last twelve months we’ve seen the 22in monitor establish itself as the affordable alternative to a 24 incher. Could 27 inches be about to do the same for 30in craving wannabes?
Slap bang in the middle of the 24in and 30in standards, the specifications of this latest SyncMaster are more closely tied to the smaller model than its grandiose big brother since it comes with a 1,920 x 1200 native resolution. This may disappoint those hoping to see a bump to the 30 inch’s 2,560 x 1,600 res but it is still good enough to support 1080p (Full HD) movie playback.
The 3,000:1 contrast ratio is also particularly nifty though HDMI is omitted in favour of an HDCP supporting DVI connection along with S-Video and Component ports. The ‘275T’ is hitting Korea right now for the equivalent of $1,449, expect a global launch within a few months.
Dropping down a size, but stepping up a technology Samsung has also announced it will soon ship power saving LED backlit 24in displays. Likewise these will have 1,920 x 1,200 native resolutions yet come with a remarkable 111 per cent high colour saturation level (NTSC standard). This compares with the typical 72 per cent on standard LCDs. Photographers slap yourselves.
In addition a super wide 180 degree viewing angle is heavily promoted and while the 250cd/m2 brightness and 1,000:1 contrast ratio figures are nothing new this is LED Land so they don’t bear direct comparison to traditional LCD
Expect to see these panels in early Q3. Expect saliva trails to start forming long before that.