Multifunction monitors the next display trend?
With the growth of LCD monitor sales slowing down and profits narrowing, makers have been pushing products with more functionality to remain competitive, with Sony, Sharp and BenQ among the makers that are offering multifunction monitors (MFMs).
Sony’s 19-inch MFM (MFM-HT95) is a multimedia display launched earlier this month that features a bass speaker and two side-speakers. The product integrates functions of a TV and PC monitor, and allows users to watch TV while using the monitor via picture-in-picture (PIP) support. Also, a built-in light sensor can automatically adjust the brightness of the panel according to the ambient indoor lighting. Some specs: viewing angle: H/V 170/170 degrees, resolution: 1,280x1,024 SXGA, contrast ratio: 1,000:1, brightness: 450/cdm2, response time: 12ms, HD ready (480i / 480p / 1080i / 720p). The unit includes D-Sub, S-video, component, composite, HD15 and DVI-HDCP inputs and can tilt back 20 degrees. Price: $799.99.
BenQ FP72V: viewing angle: 178 degrees, resolution: 1,280x1,024 SXGA, contrast ratio: 1,000:1, can display up to 16.7 million colors. The unit includes D-Sub, digital DVI-D ports and three USB 2.0 connectors, as well as a webcam.
In addition, BenQ has launched its first 17-inch MFM (FP72V) in Europe. The MFM features a light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the monitor based on the ambient lighting in the room and a timer that automatically lowers the brightness and contrast after a prescribed period of time. There is also a durable built-in protective film that helps safeguard the screen from scrapes and scratches. The MFM was introduced at Computex 2005.
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