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Dell’s Crystal LCD monitor revealed

Dell’s Crystal LCD monitor revealed

Dell's Crystal LCD monitor is one of the most beautiful PC displays we've ever seen, but its spec sheet isn't quite as impressive.

Dell has been flaunting a sleek and sexy concept LCD monitor for some time now, but it looks as if CES could be when Dell finally announces that it’s available for the public to buy, as the monitor’s specs have just been leaked.

The Crystal is a 22” widescreen with a 1680x1050 resolution and Dell’s documentation says that it’s “suitable for casual entertainment and general productivity.”

It features Dell’s TrueColor Technology, which includes a claimed typical colour gamut of 98 percent. The response time is set at just 2ms grey-to-grey, which suggests that this panel isn’t going to be anything particularly special, even though Dell says the panel has a high colour gamut.

Equally, we’ve never really been a fan of dynamic contrast ratios, so Dell’s 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio might sound impressive, but whether it’s any good or not will depend on how well it has been implemented. Based on every other monitor we’ve seen with this technology, we’d suggest leaving it turned off if there is the option to disable it. With it disabled, you’ll likely have a 1000:1 contrast ratio.

Brightness is quoted at 270cd/m², which is also a little disappointing, but given that the monitor appears to be more form over function, it’s the type of monitor that is more of a status symbol than something you’ll see graphic designers rushing out to buy.

This is cemented by the panel’s “premium grade” 4mm ultra-clear tempered glass frame, which includes touch-controlled ‘buttons’, a tiny 2.0 megapixel webcam and four speakers – all with subtly wired circuitry.

The stand is incredibly stylish, but even though there is a 2°-to-15° tilt, there is no height adjustment or swivel. Dell has finished the monitor off rather exquisitely with just a single cable coming out of the back, which features DVI and HDMI with HDCP, a subwoofer out, USB and a power connector.

Interestingly, even though Dell is one of the major supporters of DisplayPort, this device doesn’t use the new display interface, which is somewhat surprising in all honesty.

Overall then, Dell’s new Crystal LCD monitor is without doubt the sexiest monitor we’ve ever seen, but the question is whether it manages to punch above its weight based on what we’ve seen on the spec sheet – we’ll have to wait until we’ve had a closer look at the monitor before we can come to any solid conclusions.

The price, you ask? Well, Gizmodo says that the product will weigh in at an eye-watering US$1,199, which means it’ll probably cost almost £1,000 in the UK once you factor in VAT. I guess that’s the price you have to pay for what will be a limited-edition monitor in Rip-Off-Britain.

For now, you can discuss this interesting take on PC monitor design in the forums.

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BioSniper 3rd January 2008, 12:12 Quote
Am I missing something or from the last shot does it not just look like a regular monitor with a piece of glass strapped to the front and a funky stand?
Atomic 3rd January 2008, 12:13 Quote
I'd bet it's gonna end up on the Executives/Directors Desks...
Skill3d 3rd January 2008, 12:20 Quote
hell i'll just mod that glass panel myself in a cheaper lcd...
Bauul 3rd January 2008, 12:21 Quote
One black monitor, plus one pane of glass, plus some super glue.... voila, result!

Maybe it looks better in the flesh.
CanadianViking 3rd January 2008, 12:24 Quote
Looks more like a status symbol than anything.
DXR_13KE 3rd January 2008, 12:28 Quote
it makes your e-penis larger..... nothing more.....
chrisb2e9 3rd January 2008, 13:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BioSniper
Am I missing something or from the last shot does it not just look like a regular monitor with a piece of glass strapped to the front and a funky stand?

thats exactly what i throught when i first saw it. pretty expensive for a monitor with a sheet of glass glued to it.
Mary Jo 3rd January 2008, 13:34 Quote
That looks like a pretty hideous attempt at minimalist design.
DougEdey 3rd January 2008, 13:49 Quote
IIRC it's got display port, touch controls and the usual stuff. It'd be nice if they made it without inbuilt speakers.
Firehed 3rd January 2008, 13:54 Quote
$1199 for a 22" screen? I think not. Even Apple doesn't have the nerve to overcharge by that much. Not to mention the complete impracticality for dual-display systems.
naokaji 3rd January 2008, 13:54 Quote
at that price it better come with led backlight and be guaranteed TN Panel free.....
lepre 3rd January 2008, 14:16 Quote
agree with the standard monitor with piece of glass comments above
chrisb2e9 3rd January 2008, 14:56 Quote
it doesn't even look nice, the monitor could at least have some curves on it, instead of being just a box. and the glass instead of having corners could be rounded.
I would be tempted to take the stand off, dig out the wall beind my desk and mount it so that the monitor is in the wall and the glass is flush with the wall. that might not look so bad.
anyone with too much money in their pocket want to give that a try?
keir 3rd January 2008, 15:08 Quote
Looks nice, but viewing it may be hard in the light.
Tibby 3rd January 2008, 15:15 Quote
Umm, I quite like it.....

But I agree it is overpriced to hell.
Tyinsar 3rd January 2008, 15:40 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by BioSniper
Am I missing something or from the last shot does it not just look like a regular monitor with a piece of glass strapped to the front and a funky stand?
:) 4thed / 5thed / ...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Firehed
$1199 for a 22" screen? I think not. Even Apple doesn't have the nerve to overcharge by that much. Not to mention the complete impracticality for dual-display systems.
Quoted For Truth
naokaji 3rd January 2008, 16:54 Quote
who would buy a 22" TFT for 1000£?
i mean you can get 2x 24" TFT's from dell for less.. linky
Tomm 3rd January 2008, 17:15 Quote
Madness. It doesn't even look nice IMO.
Otto69 3rd January 2008, 17:35 Quote
But it's "“premium grade” 4mm ultra-clear tempered glass"!! :)
HourBeforeDawn 3rd January 2008, 18:42 Quote
huh it sure does look nice but your paining a lot for a lot of nothing.... there are better 22"monitors out there that are cheaper and you can always glue some acrylic to it...
Jipa 4th January 2008, 00:51 Quote
It has already been made http://metku.net/index.html?path=mods/transtft/index_eng4 But sure stealing ideas is cool when a manufacturer does it. T_T
Amon 4th January 2008, 04:58 Quote
Looks more like something LG would have made.
HourBeforeDawn 4th January 2008, 05:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amon
Looks more like something LG would have made.

I was thinking more like Sonys All in one computers.

http://www.sonystyle.com/wcsstore/SonyStyleStorefrontAssetStore/img/195x128/VGCLT18E.jpg
Tim S 4th January 2008, 08:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jipa
It has already been made http://metku.net/index.html?path=mods/transtft/index_eng4 But sure stealing ideas is cool when a manufacturer does it. T_T

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :)
Redbeaver 4th January 2008, 14:18 Quote
wait... the small in-article pic looks like the webcam is in the glass... and the bezel is much smaller... the blowout picture seems to have it on the bezel itself.... huh?

would definitely take the web-cam-in-glass one if i have money growing of my..... rear........

it does look nice.
acidfire 4th January 2008, 19:11 Quote
It's interesting, though definitely overpriced. If your going to do speakers like that, build em into the bottom so you can do multi display setup. I'm tempted to do this with the 3 24" Dells I've got coming.

am I the only one who can't see metku?
drtaadow 28th January 2008, 19:23 Quote
With 2ms response time, it looks like it's going to be another cheap low quality overpriced TN panel with horrible viewing angles. As far as I know, there are no 22" S-IPS/H-IPS panels. If Dell uses a TN panel in this thing, they'll have more returns than they know what to do with.
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