updated 09:15 am EDT, Thu October 4, 2007
Gateway on Thursday hoped to make its late entry into the 30-inch computer display field a unique one with the XHD3000. The LCD is aimed simultaneously at creative pros who can use the greater-than-HD 2560x1600 resolution as well as home theater enthusiasts and gamers. For the latter, the screen not only includes HDMI, component, RCA, and S-video jacks to plug in a Blu-Ray player or a game console but is also powered by a Realta HQV upscaler similar to what might be found on an HDTV. The processor can adapt most any video feed to the display's full resolution without much of the blurring or other artifacts that come with non-native input, Gateway says. All six video connections can work simultaneously and even HD feeds will display in a picture-in-picture window.
Further reinforcing the home theater focus, the XHD3000 also reportedly offers far more powerful built-in sound than most all-in-one LCDs with a chin-mounted, flat-panel DXP speaker system with eight separate transducers. A bundled universal IR remote controls both the display itself and most attached devices that accept the wireless signals. Audio from the speaker bar can reroute to two headphone jacks or an SPDIF port for co-axial or optical audio output. Computers attach to the XHD3000 through DVI and VGA inputs and have access to a six-port USB hub for attaching peripherals, the company notes.
The display reaches its full resolution with any Mac or Windows PC with a dual-link DVI connector and is slated to ship within the next two to three business days for $1,700.