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NEC preps ultra-wide 42-inch monitor

updated 03:15 pm EST, Mon January 14, 2008

NEC 42-inch UW Monitor

NEC has unveiled a new display it says will help both for widescreen entertainment as well as for video editors and others who need a large amount of continuous screen space. Officially referred to as the CRVD-42DWX+, the screen switches from LCD to the normally TV-oriented DLP (Digital Light Projection) to allow an extra-long, curved image without bezels; two displays combine to create a single 2880x900 area. Using the technology also has the side-benefit of very intense color accuracy and performance, NEC says: where LCDs often miss colors or exhibit lag, the 42DWX+ displays as much as 170 percent of the NTSC color range with a 12-bit range (versus 8-bit for most LCDs) and draws pixels in just 0.02 milliseconds. The display also generates a much higher than usual 10,000:1 contrast ratio.

While much thicker than two LCDs, the DLP screen is relatively thin versus CRTs and weighs about 25 pounds, considerably less than dedicated DLP TVs and most similarly-sized flat-panels. NEC has formally announced the screen as a product but says it remains too early to provide a release date, price, or most other details; the use of two distinct displays is believed to require two separate DVI video connectors.

Alienware also used the Consumer Electronics Show last week to demonstrate a similar 42-inch display, but has not announced its own production details.

by MacNN Staff



  1. joshua305

    Joined: Dec 1969


    170% REally

    How do you display 170% of a range?

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: 170%

    It's 2 screens, duh. 85% each. ;)

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    don't think that is it

    there are literally infinite combinations of colors. Within the NTSC spectrum there may be x discrete colors. This is a rather old spectrum. This monitor shows 1.7*x number of discrete colors.

    A better number would be the Adobe sRGB (or Adobe color space), which is a larger number.

  1. himself

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I imagine the gamers will jump all over this.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DLP monitors

    I had (before some jacka**es stole it) a DLP television, and I wouldn't if anybody would ever make a DLP monitor. Well, here we go. I never expected it to look like this!

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