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New Samsung LCDs bring 20,000:1 contrast

updated 10:15 am EDT, Wed April 23, 2008

Samsung TOC LCDs

Applying the same visual effect to its computer displays that it has to its 6 series HDTVs, Samsung on Wednesday rolled out its Touch of Color LCDs for the desktop. All have the same blown glass effect with red accents at top and bottom but garner the most attention for their unprecedented contrast ratios: dynamic lighting lets every display output up to a 20,000:1 contrast ratio, putting them in competition with better HDTVs and not simply other monitors.

All of the displays also offer a virtual screen effect that lets users split multiple video sources across one display.

Versions are available in 19-inch (T190), 22-inch (T220), 24-inch (T240), and 26-inch (T260) screen sizes; the two smaller screens are Samsung's fastest with a 2ms average pixel response time, while the larger models output at 5ms in return for an HDMI input that lets them play video from Blu-ray players and similar devices at up to 1080p. The T190 and T220 are reportedly available today for $259 and $359, while the T240 and T260 are due in July for $499 and $599.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    critical photo work?

    are these LCDs suitable, then, for critical photography work??? I really need a GOOD monitor now for my large format printer but I am torn between getting the best for the job but an obsolete technology, a CRT, and getting the current technology but not the best tool for the job, an LCD.

  1. jameshays

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Competition

    These monitors are getting better and looking better. It's no secret that Apple's monitors are not the best in the industry, but with these other companies now creating monitors that look nice sitting on a desk as well, it's time for Apple to step up to the plate with high quality monitors appeal.

  1. Commodus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    climacs: on photo work

    I'd get the 24-inch or 26-inch panel if you're doing serious work, since either are the ones likely to have a full-color panel. The 22-inch one will certainly have a 6-bit color panel, and that's going to be terrible for photo work.

    Contrast can help you determine whether you're looking at a "real" black, but it's usually there for presentation.

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969


    info on dynamic contrast

    When in dynamic lightning mode these displays will underpower the backlight when displaying a dark scene and give it extra power when displaying sunny day.

    Huge contrast ratio comes from comparing the brightest dot at maximum backlight power with the darkest one in lower power setting. It is good for watching the movies and maybe for playing the games. But this mode is unacceptable for any graphics/video/design professional work.

    Only high STATIC contrast will give you consistent dynamic range of brightness. This thing is more like TV.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    thanks viktorcode

    good advice there. I'm still leaning CRT despite the fact that it's a dead technology. Unless one is willing to spend thousands of dollars on a top-of-the-line LCD (and I'm not), CRT is still the way to go for highest quality for critical work.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good info

    Thanks viktorcode!

    So, who makes a good LCD that's usable for professional work?

    I have an old 22" Mitsubishi CRT that's gradually failing and will need to upgrade sometime soon.

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