Samsung announces two monitors with embedded Windows XP OS

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Seoul (South Korea) - Samsung has released two new monitors that can display pictures, movies and documents without an additional computer. The 46" Syncmaster 460pxn and 40" Syncmaster 400pxn LCD monitors integrate an embedded version of the Windows XP operating system that can show JPGs, Adobe PDFs and play video files.

Using Samsung's MagicNet technology, up to four monitors can display the same or different pictures as well as video. After installing the MagicNet software on a network computer, media files can be pushed to the monitors. Videos, document, pictures and even music can be placed in a playlist and then transferred to the monitors at pre-determined times. The monitors come with a built-in Ethernet port and one server can send data to up to four monitors.

Samsung claims both displays offer an 8 ms response time along with a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. The picture can be viewed from 170 degrees horizontally and vertically. Brightness is measured at 500 cd/square meter; the contrast ratio is 800:1. Common video ports are offered, including HDMI, RGB (Analog and Digital), S-Video and Component.

The monitors are upgraded versions of the 460pn and 400pn released last year. Those monitors had a slightly less capable version of MagicNet, one without the integrated Windows XP OS.

No price was specified for these upgraded models, but last year's Syncmaster 460pn sold for $8950, while the 400pn went for $6750.