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Alienware widescreen monitors go curvy

Alienware widescreen monitors go curvy

Super-duper-wide-screen from Alienware! Photo courtesy of Engadget

Proper wrap-around immersive gaming is no longer a fantasy as Alienware demonstrates a prototype of a monitor at CES. It's not a traditional LCD but a DLP display instead, although it still comes with an LED backlight.

The DLP means that it has (or at least the specs state) a .02ms response time which is about 100x faster than the fastest current LCD screen. The single pane screen has a resolution of 2880x900 - basically two 19" 1440x900 screens strapped together although this has four panels that make up the display.

Engadget reports that currently you can see the dividers between the panels, although Alienware insist that it will be almost invisible on final release.

Furthermore, the display is not that bright. To be honest though, we don't really care. The concept alone means proper widescreen gaming without having to resort to a few inches of bezel right down the middle, depending on the output. Hopefully it's just a single DVI cable which should also allow the benefits of SLI or CrossFire, but it's also dependent on game and driver support for this strange resolution as well.

In addition, because it's such a niche product it'll likely cost a pretty penny too - the exact detail of this was unconfirmed by Alienware who is cited to launch this product as soon as the second half of this year.

Seriously cool or concept only? Check Engadget or Gizmodo for more pics. Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

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will. 8th January 2008, 09:32 Quote
Is it a curve, or just 4 screens with no edges?
The_Pope 8th January 2008, 09:33 Quote
It's curved. Look at the photo :)
Angleus 8th January 2008, 09:43 Quote
Its cool, but I find it very wierd looking, and the resolutions not that great either, why not go for the equivalent of two 20" rather than 2 19"?
_DTM2000_ 8th January 2008, 09:46 Quote
Mmmmm, very nice. Lets hope the price isn't too high and lots of people buy it. This is just the type of thing I'd like to see developed further and eventually becoming widespread. No pun intended :D
Jordan Wise 8th January 2008, 09:58 Quote
3840x1200 would be a dream come true, i don't think 900 is enough vertical resolution to be honest, beats the triple head 2 go though
cjoyce1980 8th January 2008, 10:00 Quote
its just 4 screens that have been curved
Bauul 8th January 2008, 10:06 Quote
Well, 4 screens bolted together into a single, nearly seemless construct, that display crazy widescreen resolutions and actually gives you peripheral vision in games.

Personally, I think that's wicked, and as I play with 1440x900 anyway, the relatively low res doesn't bother me at all.
Veles 8th January 2008, 10:07 Quote
0.02ms is just taking the millisecond myth too far. I really don't like how companies try to turn something like response time into a number that says how good the screen is.

TBH they would have been better off pioneering a OLED screen in co-operation with someone, they could have made that an entire panel instead of four stuck together.
Darkedge 8th January 2008, 10:15 Quote
isn't high enough - 900 pixels high? thats rubbish.
Major 8th January 2008, 11:04 Quote
I thought we were suppose to be going "smaller" in fatness, now this huge peice of crap is going to be released, heh.
DXR_13KE 8th January 2008, 11:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles
0.02ms is just taking the millisecond myth too far. I really don't like how companies try to turn something like response time into a number that says how good the screen is.

TBH they would have been better off pioneering a OLED screen in co-operation with someone, they could have made that an entire panel instead of four stuck together.

i agree with Veles....
mmorgue 8th January 2008, 11:45 Quote
Looks good. Now, if they could incorp multi touch.... :)
C-Sniper 8th January 2008, 11:55 Quote
the human eye cannot differentiate things between 7ms and below (or something like that i can't remember the number), why not just make it LCD?
Major 8th January 2008, 11:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by C-Sniper
the human eye cannot differentiate things between 7ms and below (or something like that i can't remember the number), why not just make it LCD?

The response time is for ghosting, i got ghosting on my 5ms Samsung when i had it...
samkiller42 8th January 2008, 12:07 Quote
So we could see this for an extreme extortionate price from Alienware, and a not so extortionate price from Dell

Sam
Veles 8th January 2008, 12:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Major
The response time is for ghosting, i got ghosting on my 5ms Samsung when i had it...

Yet I get no ghosting at all on my 8ms Samsung. That's the problem with it, it's not really a measure of whether you will get ghosting or not. A 16ms screen should theoretically get no ghosting since the signal is 60Hz, good quality 16ms screens like Dells don't get ghosting, but you can get 4ms screens that get ghosting because it just has a poor quality panel. I think there's more to ghosting than just the response time of the panel.

The main reason I said they should have made it OLED is because OLEDs are better than LCDs, better contrast ratio, better colours. They can also don't mind being curved, LCDs don't like it, that's why this is made up of four panels. This is going to be an enthusiast product, you may as well go the whole hog. Only problem is OLED is a relatively new technology, but Alienware could have pioneered it in tandem with another manufacturer.

OLED has been around for years now, I know some phones have been using it for a long time now, it's a technology that can produce very thin screens, relatively cheaply, that are comparable in quality to a CRT. LCDs are a pretty awful technology really, the only good thing about them was they were a hell of a lot smaller than a CRT, they are a stop gap that has lasted too long.
Arkanrais 8th January 2008, 12:44 Quote
I say, make modular screens like this. maybe even have verticle modularity for those who dont like the small resolution, but then, you'll need something that can handle the resolution (graphics card and connection wise)
Major 8th January 2008, 12:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Veles

OLED has been around for years now, I know some phones have been using it for a long time now, it's a technology that can produce very thin screens, relatively cheaply, that are comparable in quality to a CRT. LCDs are a pretty awful technology really, the only good thing about them was they were a hell of a lot smaller than a CRT, they are a stop gap that has lasted too long.

If that's the case, why are the prices for OLED TV's stupidly high?
Whalemeister 8th January 2008, 13:11 Quote
Putting all the technical stuff aside, this is awesome!!!

The concept of a curved monitor is something I've always wanted to really enhance the feeling of immersion by making you use you peripheral vision or even need to turn your head to see what's going on at the edges of the screen.

I do agree that it doesn't really look tall enough for my liking and you know that Alienware (aka Dell) will make sure it isn't cheap!

Awesome concept, I know it's not new but this might actually be the first one that I could afford, if I didn't eat for a year, or heat the house, or make the mortgage payments...
keir 8th January 2008, 13:24 Quote
I would pay good money if this was like 2 of the 24" dells.
Ryu_ookami 8th January 2008, 13:24 Quote
can you imagine multiple monitors using this set up say 3 of these and all of a sudden you have a true 180 degree field of vision in ut2k4
Veles 8th January 2008, 13:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Major
If that's the case, why are the prices for OLED TV's stupidly high?

Basic business, it's a new technology, cost of development needs to be recovered. Production of OLEDs can be very efficient, the design and development of them (and the manufacturing process) is the expensive bit. That's the main reason why prices of a new technology drop after time, remember when DVD players used to cost thousands of pounds? A child could buy one now with a month or twos worth of pocket money. It looks like it's going to take a few more years yet before we see decent sized OLED displays on the mass market.
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Originally Posted by keir
I would pay good money if this was like 2 of the 24" dells.

It couldn't be curved it it were two widescreen panels though.
samkiller42 8th January 2008, 14:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Arkanrais
I say, make modular screens like this. maybe even have verticle modularity for those who dont like the small resolution, but then, you'll need something that can handle the resolution (graphics card and connection wise)

Well, we do have 8800's and HD38xx cards, dual link dvi cables, as well as the new Display Port, i don't think there would be a problem with the cards or connections for these resolutions. Also, bear in mind, people who buy these have more money than sence and would therefore have 8800's or HD38xx cards.

Sam
Veles 8th January 2008, 14:08 Quote
The only problem is actually getting games to run at those resolutions, not framerate I mean.
Drexial 8th January 2008, 14:23 Quote
few points here....

OLEDs are not with us yet for anything practical. There are prototypes and one VERY expensive model from sony. But for the msot part they havent refined the manufacture of them well enough for a viable MTBF yet. They are close no doubt . But not there yet. I could see this as a possibility in about 3-4 yeard for a GOOD OLED monitor like this.

Second point. It is true you cant curve an existing LCD. But there is nothing stopping anyone from manufacturing a curved LCD. Maybe the cost was too high so they skipped out on it.

I think there are a few factors stopping me from being interest. 1. I love some DLPs and the Sony projectors are amazing. But not like this. the brightness and detail just don't look like they would be as good. 2. The resolution sucks. I haven't had anything under 1024 tall since i had windows 3.1. 3. the fact that its 4 displays would annoy me.

my 24 cents or so
xion 8th January 2008, 14:35 Quote
this... is... cool! Realy, just a concept atm but it would be awsome to pair this with the Wiimote head tracking concept for true 3D Virtual desktop, now that would be cheesecake - with extra cheese!!! :P
Veles 8th January 2008, 14:37 Quote
I don't think it's 4 displays, just 4 panels. I think they've made it so it act's like one display.
haggisathome 8th January 2008, 16:16 Quote
i don't know or care but that is one sick looking screen .............. i want one
Thacrudd 8th January 2008, 17:17 Quote
It looks good but the technology behind it is too ahead of it's time. Something like that falls into the "If you're gonna do it, do it right" catagory and I think they should delve further into the concept. Plus 900 is too crappy, and the .02ms has to be exaggerated. Close, but no cigar IMO.
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