Irvine (CA) – Gateway today joined the high-end desktop LCD party with a 30” display that allows users to connect up to six video sources at the same time.
There is nothing special about Gateway’s new 30-incher XHD3000 at first sight. It matches the size of previously introduced high-end LCDs from Apple and Dell (HP has stopped offering its 30” LCD) as well as their maximum resolution of 2560x1600 pixels, which Gateway calls Quad HD, as it is four times the resolution of 720p (1280x720). Even from a cost perspective, there are no surprises, the Gateway display is positioned with a price of $1700 right between the $1800 Apple Cinema display and Dell’s $1500 30” LCD.
But look closer, and the Gateway reveals some very unique features. Where both the Apple and the Dell have very limited connectivity (DVI, 2x USB 2.0, 2X Firewire 400 for the Apple and DVI-D with HDCP for the Dell), the XHD3000 provides what, to our knowledge, may be the most comprehensive array interfaces on any LCD on the market today. The display integrates one HDMI, one analog VGA, DVI-D with HDCP, composite video, S-video and component Y Pb Pr as well as four USB 2.0 ports. If needed, users can connect up to six video sources, including desktop and notebook computers, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PlayStation 3, Nintendo’s Wii, or HD players and set-top boxes to the devices.
Only the HDMI and the DVI-D ports support 1080p resolution access, but Gateway claims that video from all six sources can be up-sampled to 1600p.
Other features of the XHD3000 include a 6 ms refresh rate, 176-dregree viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a brightness of 400 cd/m2. All specs either match or slightly outpace its rivals. Apple’s 30” LCD is rated at a refresh rate of 16 ms, 170-degree viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 700:1 and a brightness of 400 cd/m2; Dell’s LCD has a refresh rate of 12 ms, 178-dregree viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a brightness of 300 cd/m2.