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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

July 25 - HD Summer Lineup

The Monitor


The BenQ 24in FP241W HDMI Monitor is what BenQ claims the World's first PC Monitor with an HDMI port. The screen's native resolution being 1920 x 1200 operating in 24-bit colour, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a brightness of 500cdpm looks very impress coupled with the two built in USB ports. We expect the FP241W monitor to ship in mid September costing around £680. This is over £150 cheaper than our previous favourite 24" monitor, the Samsung SyncMaster 244T.



HDMI Graphics Card


The TUL Power-Color branded ATI Radeon X1600 Pro HDMI has a single 500Mhz core, 256MB of GDDR3 running at 450Mhz (950Mhz effective), 12 pixel shader pipe-lines and five vertex-shader engines. Brilliant picture, though not as good as others (X1900 series for example). It does the job alright, but we're waiting till we see products with HDMI ports that can rival the Radeon X1900XTX. Till then, this'll have to do.



HD Photo Playback Connector


The Panasonic DMW-SDP1 can take any SDHC, SD or MMC and display the contents at 1080i. Great your thinking, but it's not till you try it that you see how great this really is. It can also print direct to your printer using the PictBridge system. The DMW-SDP1 goes on sale in Japan on the 22nd September. The price is currently unkown. But we'd be willing to spend anywhere between £80 - £150 on this little gadget.

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