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Samsung €3,600 6-Screen Eyefinity6 Kit

Samsung €3,600 6-Screen Eyefinity6 Kit

The kit uses thin-bezel screens and makes it easy to set up six screens with no gaps between them.

In a corner of the demo room for AMD’s new Vision laptops was an Eyefinity6 setup based around six Samsung screens with thin bezels. The screens had clamps and connectors to attach them together and an AMD representative told us that the screens and the stand would be sold as a kit for around €3,600.

This may seem a lot, but considering that the unwieldy scaffold that we used for our Eyefinity6 preview was a pain to use and yet cost around €600, it’s not too excessive. The screens used top-notch IPS 24in panels, so €500 a piece is merely pricey rather than exorbitant.

Unlike the kit we used for our preview, we saw hinges to keep the screens together while tilting and moving the screens, and the same AMD representative that helped us with our setup said that working with the Samsung kit was a lot less hassle.

This is hardly a surprise, as our initial demo kit used two uprights with two beams. Each beam held three screens via a ball-and-socket joint. This meant that there were issues when aligning the two beams to have no gap between the two rows of screen, and also that the screens on a row often had gaps. It was usually a case of knocking the screen a bit this way and that to minimse the gaps, but we never got the screens aligned perfectly.

Samsung €3,600 6-Screen Eyefinity6 Kit Samsung €3,600 6-Screen Eyefinity6 Kit
The Samsung Eyefinity6 kit has bolts and hinges for the thin-bezel screens, which means no gaps between screens and easy setup.

The Samsung kit, with its hinges and connectors doesn't suffer from this issue. The thin bezels of the screen also ensure that much less of the image is 'lost' if you apply bezel correction. However, the gaming demo that AMD/ATI had set up used a three-screen Eyefinity setup, while the Eyefinity6 demo showed Google Earth - possibly a tacit admission that Eyefinty6 isn't really for gaming.

Samsung €3,600 6-Screen Eyefinity6 Kit
Eyefinity6 certainly makes an impression.

Unfortunately we have no idea when the kit will be on sale, or any details about pricing in the UK or US. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the Eyefinty6 kit in the forums.

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TWeaK 17th May 2010, 10:55 Quote
Until they can get rid of those bezels it's all moot. I don't see why it's taking them so long to do that tbh - didn't Alienware have a monitor not long ago that used multiple panels, and all you could see was a faint seam between them?

Wake me up when the manufacturers get their act together. Either that, or a modder with a fat wallet decides to take apart a few LCD panels :D
[USRF]Obiwan 17th May 2010, 10:59 Quote
Why not a 50" 5040x2400 pix screen. that will probably more expensive then 6 500 dollar monitors but hey who cares when you are running on this scale.
rickysio 17th May 2010, 11:18 Quote
Need LESS bezels.
mclean007 17th May 2010, 11:22 Quote
@Obiwan - surely you mean 5760 x 2400/2160 (i.e. 3 x 2 monitors, each 1920 x 1200/1080)?
cjoyce1980 17th May 2010, 11:23 Quote
I know its only 1080p, but this has to be a better option

http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/cinema-21-9/30849/cat/gb/
AshT 17th May 2010, 11:52 Quote
bezels :(
impar 17th May 2010, 12:01 Quote
Greetings!

Am wondering when will the comments pass from "Bezels! Bah!" to "Price! Bah!".
Unknownsock 17th May 2010, 12:03 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TWeaK
Until they can get rid of those bezels it's all moot. I don't see why it's taking them so long to do that tbh - didn't Alienware have a monitor not long ago that used multiple panels, and all you could see was a faint seam between them?

Wake me up when the manufacturers get their act together. Either that, or a modder with a fat wallet decides to take apart a few LCD panels :D

Theres already modders who have done this, there are a few on WSGF.
The alienware monitor cost a tonne, alo the resolution was not impressive at all.

With 6 monitors i can see bezels being a problem but when its only 3, you have to experience it to realise it just doesn't make a difference as you never notice them.
LJF 17th May 2010, 12:13 Quote
Doesn't the final photo clearly demonstrate how preposterous the idea truly is?!

It's all well and good having google earth spread over 6 screens but does the 3600euros include a pair of binoculars so you can read the text?
shadow19935 17th May 2010, 12:29 Quote
Is it all REALLY needed?
Grimloon 17th May 2010, 12:47 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unknownsock
The alienware monitor cost a tonne, alo the resolution was not impressive at all.

IIRC this was a dual screen setup using rear projection. At the time it was impressive but resolutions have increased a touch since then :p
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unknownsock
With 6 monitors i can see bezels being a problem but when its only 3, you have to experience it to realise it just doesn't make a difference as you never notice them.

Agreed but I'd love to see if Samsung are going to do variants of this as 3 screens in portrait with this sort of stand and clamp arrangement would be very sweet! ;)
smc8788 17th May 2010, 12:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by LJF
It's all well and good having google earth spread over 6 screens but does the 3600euros include a pair of binoculars so you can read the text?

The text is the same size it would be on a single screen.
LJF 17th May 2010, 13:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
Quote:
Originally Posted by LJF
It's all well and good having google earth spread over 6 screens but does the 3600euros include a pair of binoculars so you can read the text?

The text is the same size it would be on a single screen.

Yes, but in order to see the whole array you'll need to sit further away!
DeathAwaitsU 17th May 2010, 14:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TWeaK
Until they can get rid of those bezels it's all moot. I don't see why it's taking them so long to do that tbh - didn't Alienware have a monitor not long ago that used multiple panels, and all you could see was a faint seam between them?

Wake me up when the manufacturers get their act together. Either that, or a modder with a fat wallet decides to take apart a few LCD panels :D

+1
general22 17th May 2010, 15:33 Quote
Is there anything technical that stops them from removing the bezels entirely?
Claave 17th May 2010, 15:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by general22
Is there anything technical that stops them from removing the bezels entirely?

I think there might be for a totally bezel-less screen. The panel itself needs to have some control circuitry at the end of it, which you can bend back on the panel, but not without some of the control gubbins still showing at the front. It's been a while since I saw inside a screen though, so maybe things have changed a bit. Or possibly you could connect the control circuits to the rear of the panel at a right-angle if you had a mind to.
Sebbo 17th May 2010, 16:12 Quote
I get that the kit is still 6 seperate screens, and the bezels are needed to hold the LCD to some extent, but what about transparent bezels (such that the bezel actually is covering part of the LCD). Granted, it's harder to do this and still be able to unhook each screen and use them seperately, but it gets you the bezelless solution without sacrificing structural integrity

Take heed Samsung
RichCreedy 17th May 2010, 16:12 Quote
the problem is screens are made up of 5-6 layers , i'll upload a photo later.

the actual screens have a 5mm metal frame all around the edges, to keep the 5-6 layers together.

so even if you got rid of the bezel, you would still have 1cm between each screen.

the bezels are needed to hide the metal bit, and make them all pretty
Farfalho 17th May 2010, 17:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I know its only 1080p, but this has to be a better option

http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/cinema-21-9/30849/cat/gb/

I'm going up with this option x)
RichCreedy 17th May 2010, 18:06 Quote
pic of different layers of a screen, about 7, plus the 2 parts of frame

Clicky
mrbens 17th May 2010, 18:38 Quote
I should imagine huge curved monitors will be being researched so it's just one big screen which'd be a load better (but probably a few years away)
October 18th May 2010, 00:39 Quote
I recently saw a 63 inch tv in Currys for £2000. Waaaay sharper than one of the 60" models they had up, thinking this is the way to go for now.

Would definitely like to try 3-screen Eyefinity though, if I had the money. Especially for editing on!
Elton 18th May 2010, 00:55 Quote
They could find new ways to keep that screen together, and then make it possible to have NEAR bezeless screens.

Or they could magically make a bigger screen with 3x the input, 1 for each 1/3 of a screen, which is insanely superfluous.

Or just a larger screen at an insane resolution which does require more DVI/Dps.
Von Lazuli 18th May 2010, 13:44 Quote
Well... if you are concerned about bezels, you could always get 6 of these. That is 5760x2400 bezel less love... Only comes out to a cool $25k too. (Well I suppose that you might need to buy Display Port cables, but if you ask Dell nicely they might throw them in for free...)
JamButty 18th May 2010, 13:45 Quote
I think I'm missing the point with all this?? I find a couple of hours of gaming on a 22" screen intense enough, a full wall of screens may tip you over the edge after a few minutes....
Addie 19th May 2010, 02:09 Quote
I guess you'd want that for the high res but I'd rather just have a 1080p projector.
AshT 19th May 2010, 07:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by Addie
I guess you'd want that for the high res but I'd rather just have a 1080p projector.

(1920 x 1080) vs (6 x 1920 x 1200) ...
Unknownsock 19th May 2010, 09:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I know its only 1080p, but this has to be a better option

http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/cinema-21-9/30849/cat/gb/

Better option with half the horizontal pixels? No thanks!
the_kille4 22nd August 2010, 08:40 Quote
although i did find that monitors on an ad for a car mag... each of the monitors are about the same price as a Dell U2410...only slightly more and were advertised as being sold at a set of three or a set of six...
Cthippo 22nd August 2010, 11:07 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I know its only 1080p, but this has to be a better option

http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/cinema-21-9/30849/cat/gb/

Just out of curiosity, what are they getting for those? The UK site choked on my US zip code.

Also, do you need three graphics cards to feed 6 screens?
AshT 23rd August 2010, 08:52 Quote
If it (that Philips TV link) is 2560x1080 ... how does it display 1920x1080? Is the Sky HD signal and Blu Ray discs limited to 1920x1080 or will they fill that extra width?
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