LG preps a 30” LCD, Sharp pitches LCD TVs for desktop PC
Chicago (IL) – There is another 30-incher coming your way as LG follows Apple, Dell and Gateway with an expensive LCD for the desktop. If that is too small, you could try a 32” desktop LCD TV for your PC.
The W-3000H popped up on the FCC website today, providing some details about the display which is likely to become available in the U.S. within a few weeks. The device is not quite as complete in its feature set as Gateway’s recently introduced XHD3000 and fits more what is offered by Apple’s 30” Cinema display.
While details such as brightness, contrast ratio and viewing angles were withheld in the FCC filing, we know that the display supports a resolution of 2560x1600 pixels via a DVI-D port, which we suppose includes HDCP capability to support playback from HD DVD and Blu-ray media.
Additional connectors are limited to four USB 2.0 ports. As other displays in this class, the W-3000H comes with a stand that allows the LCD to swivel in this case 350 degrees horizontally and 25 degrees vertically. LG will offer a wall-mount plate as an option for the LCD.
It will be interesting to see how LG will price the display. The manufacturer tries to play in the premium segment, but the feature set clearly positions the LCD below the $1700 Gateway and the company may not be able to price the W-3000H against the $1800 Apple model. Our guess is that the display will surface around $1500 to compete with Dell’s 30-incher.
If you are looking to replace your desktop monitor with a new LCD, it may also be worth waiting for Sharp’s latest offering. The company today introduced the Aquos P-series of LCD TVs which the company says can be used as displays and TVs for desktop PC. The 1080p models will hit the market with panel sizes of 22”, 26” and 32”.
The new Aquos displays, which are only available in Japan at this time, come with a full range of interfaces, including HDMI, DVI-D, analog PC, digital audio out, as well as two Firewire ports, an analog telephone jack and an Ethernet 10/100 interface. Contrast ratios are 1200:1 for the 22” model, 1500:1 for the 26” version and 2000:1 for the 32” display. The viewing angle is 176 degrees vertically and horizontally.
Pricing of the Aquos P-series has not been announced.