“Sharp” Monitors

Three new displays from, err, Sharp.

It’s been a little quiet on the monitor side of things for a few weeks, but Sharp has decided to shake things up by refreshing its product lines.


Three new models have been unveiled, of which the largest is the LL-193A (above), a 19in SXGA (1280 x 1024) display which bright 500:1 contrast ratio and fast 8ms response rate, meaning it should be ideal for gaming and video apps.

Surprisingly input is limited to an analogue connection, but this helps to keep the price down to a reasonable $429 (UK pricing to follow), while three viewing profiles: “Office” (reduced power consumption), “VIVID” (dynamic primary colours) and “Standard” (I refuse to explain that one) add some flexibility.

Sharp says you’ll get 50,000 hours out of the backlight so this is a model for the long haul and it’s out now.


Dropping a size are the LL-173G and LL-173C (above) to 17 inches. These SXGA TFTs have 450:1 and 500:1 contrast ratios respectively and feature 12ms response times (still quick enough for video and gaming), analogue and digital outputs, and built in power supplies to reduce desktop clutter. The 173G also comes with stereo speakers.

Both models are installed with the same three display profiles as the LL-193A and are tailored to fit users on a budget. Available towards the end of this month, the 173G will sell for £244.69 including VAT with the cost of the 173C as yet unknown (but with a blood sworn declaration to be “competitive”).

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