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Zero Bad Pixel Warrenty on LCDs

Zero Bad Pixel Warrenty on LCDs from Samsung

Samsung has announced a very welcome policy change: they will replace your LCD monitor for free if you find a single bad pixel within 6 months of purchase.

This is only applicable in South Korea at the moment but it looks like a test to see what the return rates and costs are, and hopefully they (and other manufacturers of quality LCDs) will extend this policy to other countries.

We are having a 3400sf house built, and as you know we love our technology and consumer electronics, our house is being built from the ground up with all the latest gadgets in mind, and the centerpeice of all this electronic wizardry is going to be a 37 or 45/46 inch LCD. I know I would be a lot happier thinking about that very expensive purchase if I knew that I could return it if there was a bad pixel in the middle of the screen.

Update: I ask the Samsung reps at CES Unveiled about this and they said it would be great if they could do this in the US but they hadn't heard anything about it.

(Forbes via DigitalMediaThoughts)

Apple 30 Inch LCD working with a PC

Apple 30 Inch LCD working with a PC

Ubergizmo reports that some guy has managed to get a 30 inch apple LCD ($3500) working with a PC via an PNY QuadroFX 3400 graphics card ($1500).

To back up the claim there are some nice screenshots of Doom3 running on the display at 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution (with low framerates).

It all looks very nice, but personally I can't wait to hook up a fast PC to a Sharp AQUOS 45" LCD and play Half-Life 2 for the 5 gazillionth time.

Post on Hardforum (via Ubergizmo)

Even Cheaper LCDs

Digitimes is reporting that 15 and 17 inch LCD prices are expected to fall even lower in the next month:

"Prices of LCD-monitor panels are expected to fall later this month, with prices for 17-inch and 15-inch models slumping to US$155-160 and US$135, respectively, according to sources at Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and the Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)."

More at Digitimes

Dell Accessories Deals

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

Dell Home has a bunch of coupons today:

Dell Axim X30 high Pocket PC: $379 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell Axim V50v VGA Pocket PC: $464 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Canon Powershot S500 5 megapixel digital camera: $324 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Canon Powershot S410 4 megapixel digital camera: $279 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell 2001fp 1600x1200 pixel 20 inch LCD monitor: $604 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)
Dell 2005fp 1680x1050 pixel widescreen 20 inch LCD monitor: $644 with free shipping (use $35 off $350 code)

$35 off $350 accessories purchase with code BPDHZ0CHM?ZBLZ (expires 11/11/04)

25% off $999 Inspiron laptops with code 2WL7WMLD3Q4G23 (expires 11/15/04)
25% off $1299 Dimension desktops with code M60LDQM2TH?N37 (expires 11/18/04)
30% off $1799 Dimension desktops with code 3TB6R405280WT1 (expires 11/18/04)

(above codes replace the 15% to 25% discounts shown for desktops and laptops)

Sharp 23 inch IT-TV LCD HDTV

Sharp 23 inch IT-TV LCD HDTV

Sharp has announced a new 23 inch High-Definition LCD TV that doesn't seen as fully featured as their Aquos line but is still high quality.

The Sharp IT-23M1U has a contrast ratio of 550:1 and a brightness of 500 nits, Sharp also claims a response time of "under 16ms".

The screen is a WXGA 1366 by 768 pixel widescreen format and it has built in 10 watt speakers.

Personally I am trying to decide between getting a monitor like this in the kitchen or going with a cheaper monitor like a 20" dell with DVI and S-Video connectors.

The Sharp IT-23M1U is available now and retails for $1499.

press release

Posted November 8, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell 2001fp 20" LCD: $604 Today Only

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

I originally recommended this LCD at $800, then at $750, then at $700 (when I bought another one), well now it is almost down to $600!

It is a great monitor, comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick.

It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Video or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote).

Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable.

2001FP 20" Monitor at Dell Home

COUPONS VALID TODAY (11/4) ONLY.

Here's what you do: click the above link which should show the monitor at 20% off, then apply coupon F8ZNN2TLLRBP0R (expires 11/4, or after 1500 uses) for $35 off $400, giving a price of $604 with free shipping.

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Posted November 4, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell 2001fp 20" LCD: $689 Today Only

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

I originally recommended this LCD at $800, then at $750, saying it may go as low as $700 this summer, well that time is now here.

It is a great monitor, comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick.

It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote.

Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable.

2001FP 20" Monitor at Dell Home

COUPONS VALID TODAY ONLY.

Here's what you do: click the above link which should show the monitor at 20% off, apply coupon 7KQRRQJDWN974M (expires 8/26 6AM CST) to get 20% off, then apply coupon RNNGH2X7W40V3V (expires 8/25, or after 1500 uses) for $30 off $300, giving a price of $689 with free shipping.

If you have an entertainment book card you can get 2 other coupons for $30 off if you miss todays $30 off $300 deal (you must already have the card and can use the coupon only once).

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Cheaper LCD monitors soon

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

There is going to be a large excess of LCD screens in the next 3 months according to research firm iSuppli.

They predict a 9.3% oversupply of 10 inch and larger LCDs.

What does that mean to us?, it will likely result in further discounts in 15" to 20" LCD monitors in September and October.

At the moment you can get a basic 17" screen for under $350 but personally I am looking for a good 17" screen with DVI input for under $450 and a 20" with DVI (such as the Dell 2001fp) for around $650.

Hi-Res Screen for Pocket PC and Phones

samsung VGA 640x480 screen 2.6 inch

Samsung have released a picture of their new 2.6 inch, 300 dot per inch, 640 by 480 pixel VGA screen (by comparison a PC screen usually has 72 dots per inch, which means this screen can display a lot more in a small space, or make the same amount of information a lot clearer/smoother).

The screen also has a 200:1 contrast ratio and 150cd/m2 brightness which means it should look better than current small screens in direct sunlight.

This will be going into full production in December of this year and should show up next year in small Pocket PCs (current VGA Pocket PCs have a much larger and poorer quality 4 inch screen), smart phones, and high end mobile phones.

Also interesting but not announced yet is that the same 300 dots per inch would allow a 4.2 inch 1024x768 screen on a larger pocket pc or a 7.3" Wide-XGA 1080p HDTV screen combined with the new 60gb 1.8" hard drive for an uber personal video player or portable DVD player.

press release

Dell 2001fp 20" LCD: $709 (or $659)

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

I originally recommended this LCD at $800, then at $750, saying it may go as low as $700 this summer, well that time is now here.

It is a great monitor, comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick.

It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote.

Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable.

2001FP 20" Monitor at Dell Home

COUPON VALID TODAY ONLY.

Here's what you do: click the above link which should show the monitor at 20% off, apply coupon 9TQTSRPK$JCDST (expires 7/30) to get 25% off instead of 20%, apply coupon ?322?H2ST5?V4V (expires 7/26, or after 1500 uses) for $40 off $400, giving a price of $709 with free shipping.

If you have an entertainment book card you can get an additional coupon for $50 off (you must already have the card and can use the coupon only once).

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Free 17" LCD Monitor from Dell

dell 17 inch LCD monitor deal from Dell

Dell's latest deal looks like a good one: A Free 17" Flat Panel Monitor Upgrade with most new Dell Home Dimension desktops. Offer expires 6/30.

Click here for more info

Posted June 25, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

That's what I call an LCD!

Samsung 46 inch LCD TV

Samgung has announced a 46" widescreen LCD TV, 1920x1080 resolution, 800:1 contrast and 12 millisecond response time.


Should be available in August for $10,000. Guess I should start saving (or hoping for a lottery win).

(thanks Gizmodo and Engadget)

Posted May 20, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

17" LCD Monitor for $325

cheap 17 inch lcd monitor

NewEgg has a basic 17" LCD Monitor for $325 with free Fedex shipping. Full Specs Below.

Click here to view/order

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Posted April 23, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell 20" LCD Monitor $749 again

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

I recommended this LCD at $800 a couple of weeks ago: comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick.

It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote.

Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable.

Dell Small Business has this at 25% off: $749.25 (plus tax/shipping).

UPDATE: ENDS TODAY.

Best price so far this year, may go another $50 lower by the summer.

No coupon code needed, should be on the left of the page when you click the above link.

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Posted April 14, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Future of Flat Panels

Extremetech has a report from the DisplaySearch Conference: 50" LCD screens and OLEDs... very interesting.

I cant wait until a 50" LCD is a reasonable price.

(Thanks Gizmodo)

Posted April 6, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

Dell 20" LCD Monitor $749

Dell 20 inch LCD monitor

Update: Last day for this deal!

I recommended this LCD at $800 last week: comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick.

It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote.

Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable.

Dell Small Business has this at 25% off: $749.25 (plus tax/shipping. Click the lin, search for "320-1578" and apply coupon code $4BZVGFGL15L2C ).

Deal expires 3/31.

Best price so far this year, may go another $50 lower by the summer.

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Posted March 31, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

TigerDirect Sale

tigerdirect sale

TigerDirect has a 48-hr sale ending today, some good deals are:

emachines 2.5ghz 256MB 40GB PC for $329.99
HP 2.66mhz 512mb 40gb 15.4" screen Laptop for $1199.99
DVD-RW burner for $49.99
Samsung 17" LCD monitor for $389.99

Click here for all the sale bargains (ends 3/19)

20" Dell LCD Monitor $800

I use the older version of this monitor as my primary monitor and I love it!, comparable to a 23" CRT monitor but only a few inches thick.

It has both analog and DVI (digital) connectors for your computer and you can connect your cable/satellive tv box via S-Vodeo or composite connectors (no built in tuner, but works with your cable box's built in tuner and remote.

Max resolution is 1600x1200 which is easily readable.

Dell Small Business has this at 20% off: $799.20 (plus tax/shipping).

Deal expires 3/24.

Best price so far this year, may go another $100 lower by the summer.

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Posted March 18, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)

17" LCD Monitor - Under $300

I love LCD monitors, they take up so little space. I would be lost without my 20"/17" combo, email in one screen, web browser in the other.

Here is a 17" monitor for less than the usual price of a 15" monitor! Kogi L7CH, $298.99 at Amazon.com after $60 rebate (regularly $549.99).

Rebate Form Link

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Posted March 14, 2004 in Monitors | TrackBack (0) | Comments (0)
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