Friday, August 8th 2008

BenQ Launches 18.5-inch 16:9 720p LCD Monitors

Monitor manufacturer BenQ marked the end of this week with two new 16:9 aspect ratio PC monitors. BenQ's E900HD/HDA and G900HD/HDA both utilize 18.5-inch panel that boasts 1366x768 16:9 wide resolution, exactly the same as the one used in modern 720p-capable HDTVs. These monitors are better-suited for watching HD content, because they remove the black bars you see on other non 16:9 monitors when watching high definition video files. BenQ reports that both monitors have 2-lamp backlight design, 5ms response time, a 300-nit brightness, 10,000:1 DCR (dynamic contrast ratio) and 170/160 (L/R;U/D) viewing angles. BenQ’s exclusive Senseye+Photo Image Technology which delivers five pre-set modes for your everyday needs is also incorporated in both models. Also BenQ G900HD adds stereo speakers and a headphone jack in the mix. Finally both monitors allow DVI (with HDCP) and VGA connections.

Source: BenQ
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6 Comments on BenQ Launches 18.5-inch 16:9 720p LCD Monitors

#1
Wile E
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I think I'd rather just buy a 720p TV set. Judging by the specs, these are using TN-Film panels. No thanks, I'll pass.
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RickyG512
monitor makers are soo dumb, wats da point of 1366x768, wen runing 720p it wont be native is pic quality wil be bad, same with 1920x1200 y not make it 1920x1080
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Wile E
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by: RickyG512
monitor makers are soo dumb, wats da point of 1366x768, wen runing 720p it wont be native is pic quality wil be bad, same with 1920x1200 y not make it 1920x1080
LCD and Plasma 720p HDTVs are 1366x768, and they look just fine. And the pic quality with a movie on a 1920x1200 monitor is identical to a 1920x1080 monitor. The only difference is that there will be a small black bar at the top and bottom of the screen on a 1920x1200 monitor. It still displays every single pixel of a 1080p image without scaling at all.
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Mussels
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by: Wile E
LCD and Plasma 720p HDTVs are 1366x768, and they look just fine. And the pic quality with a movie on a 1920x1200 monitor is identical to a 1920x1080 monitor. The only difference is that there will be a small black bar at the top and bottom of the screen on a 1920x1200 monitor. It still displays every single pixel of a 1080p image without scaling at all.
yes and no, technically its a 768p screen that just scales/stretches the image.

NATIVE 720p screens are more compatible (my screen has two useless HDMI ports that only work at 720p and the image looks nasty for everything thats not video)


to be honest, unless its for PC use i reccomend everyone to get a NATIVE 720p or 1080P screen and AVOID these in-between screens.
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Wile E
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by: Mussels
yes and no, technically its a 768p screen that just scales/stretches the image.

NATIVE 720p screens are more compatible (my screen has two useless HDMI ports that only work at 720p and the image looks nasty for everything thats not video)


to be honest, unless its for PC use i reccomend everyone to get a NATIVE 720p or 1080P screen and AVOID these in-between screens.
The problem is, there aren't any native 720p LCD or Plasma screens (afaik). True 720p is limited to crt and dlp.
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Mussels
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by: Wile E
The problem is, there aren't any native 720p LCD or Plasma screens (afaik). True 720p is limited to crt and dlp.
plasmas fail horribly, i keep seeing them on sale here with 1024x768 res and rectangular pixels... they look nasty

LCD *do* come in native 720p. its just that at some point they decided to go 1366x768 (aka 1360x768 in PC res's) because it was cheaper/more cost effective. The problem is that it relies on scaling for 720P devices, so i find my TV Looks like ass when connecting native 720p devices into it (upscaling DVD players. HDDVD/BR players etc) and only a PC with the support for the proper resolution looks right.
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