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ASUS Unveils New Webcam-Equipped LCD Monitors

ASUS has outlined plans to bring in a new collection of built-in webcam LCD monitors in 19" W, 22" W, 24" W and bigger sizes. THe 24"W ASUS MK241H LCD monitor features native HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) support for Full HD 1080p video playback; and has a built-in 1.3 Mega-pixel webcam and array microphones. It also utilizes the exclusive Color Rich Technology for enhanced higher-color-gamut video performance with 130% extra color space.

The MK241H is equipped with 1920x1200 (WUXGA) 16:10 high-resolution panels and a HDMI connection and allows delivery of multi-channel audio and uncompressed digital video through a single cable for full HD 1080p video playback of PS3, XBOX360 and Blu-ray / HD DVD players.

The MK241H is claimed to be the world's first 24"W LCD monitor with built-in complete video-conference facilities that include a built-in rotatable 1.3 mega-pixel webcam, a MIC-Array device, stereo speakers and a earphone jack.

What's more, both the build-in webcam and the microphones are plug-and-play, and there isn't a need to install extra drivers. Also, the adoption of the MIC-Array Technology combines the functions of beam forming, ambient noise suppression and acoustic echo cancellation. The novelty is supplied with ASUS' bonus imaging software, LifeFrame2, to capture, store, edit and manage photos, videos, and voices with ease.

The MK241H adopts various ASUS exclusive technologies, which include: Color Rich Technology for higher-color-gamut video performance with 130% extra color space; the user-friendly Aspect Control function to allow users to select a preferred display mode among Full, 4:3 and 1:1(dot-to-dot) for true-to-life Full HD 1080p gaming or movie watching without any data loss or image distortion; Trace Free Technology that delivers 2ms Quick Response Time (gray-to-gray) for smooth video display without any ghosting; ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) Technology that automatically adjusts the luminance of the backlight for better displays according to the image contents, and improves the contrast ratio to 3000:1; and Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, which delivers optimized video performance with intelligent color, brightness, contrast and sharpness corrections, as well as 5 video preset modes and 3 skin-tone selections to suit the users' preferences.

ASUS also offers a 22"W variant in the form of the ASUS MK221H, which is also equipped with integrated video/audio conference facilities and a HDMI connection, and incorporates 5000:1 high contrast ratio (ASCR) to deliver clearer and sharper image displays.

Specifications:

Model Name MK241H MK221H/S
Display 24" 16:10 Wide-screen 22" 16:10 Wide-screen
Resolution 1920x1200 WUXGA 1680x1050 WSXGA+
Brightness(max.) 450nits 300 nits
Contrast Ratio(max.) 3000:1 (ASCR ON) 5000:1 (ASCR ON)
Viewing Angle 170°(H) /160°(V) Wide Viewing Angle 170°(H) /160°(V) Wide Viewing Angle
Response Time 2ms (gray-to-gray) 2ms (gray-to-gray)
Webcam(built-in) 1.3 Mega-pixel Webcam with MIC-Array (rotatable) 1.3 Mega-pixel Webcam with MIC-Array (rotatable)
Speakers 2W x 2 Stereo, RMS 2W x 2 Stereo, RMS
Inputs/ Outputs - HDMI, D-Sub, DVI-D
- Earphone Jack
- Audio-out Jack
- HDMI(MK221H), DVI-D(MK221H), D-Sub,
- Earphone Jack
- Audio-out Jack
Special Features - Color Rich Technology (130% extra color saturation)
- Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology
- HDCP support
- Aspect Ratio Control (Full/ 4:3/ 1:1)
- Cable Management Design
- Microsoft Windows Vista Compliance (Premium)
- Splendid™ Video Intelligence Technology
- HDCP support (MK221H)
- Aspect Ratio Control (Full/ 4:3)
- Cable Management Design
- Best Compatibility with Graphics Card
- Microsoft Windows Vista Compliance (Premium)

Source: ASUS

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