BenQ introduced four new 16:9 'Full HD' LCD monitors yesterday in London and also made some interesting predictions for the monitor market.
BenQ yesterday announced the introduction of four new 16:9 'Full HD' displays and also made some interesting projections for the PC display market over the next several years.
The company introduced two 22-inch and two 24-inch monitors, the E2200HD, E2400HD, M2200HD and M2400HD. All of the displays feature 1,920 x 1,080 native resolutions, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios (that might actually work) and super-fast 2ms grey-to-grey response times.
Brightness is rated at 300cd/m² on all four, while viewing angles are a respectable 170° horizontal and 160° vertical, which indicates that these are TN+Film based screens.
All four also come with HDMI 1.3, DVI and D-sub inputs, and pack in a pair of 1W integrated speakers that may save some desk for some. The M2200HD and M2400HD also include a two megapixel webcam and USB ports as well – they're aimed more at the multimedia enthusiasts out there.
Interestingly though, BenQ said that it believes 16:9 displays will account for up to 30 percent of the LCD panel market (for PCs) in 2009 and expects that share to grow to over 50 percent the following year. The company's representatives said that the cost advantage of creating 16:9 panels is significant because all TV panels are manufactured with the same aspect ratio.
Pricing hasn't been fully confirmed, but we're hearing that the 22in models will retail for around £150, while the 24in models are likely to sell for around £220 including VAT. All of the displays come with BenQ's three year on-site warranty – another point that BenQ's reps were keen to highlight on more than one occasion.
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