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VIZIO preps hybrid PC/TV display, Eco HDTV

updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon July 28, 2008


VIZIO today provided early details of three new display lines, including the company's first true hybrid display. Known so far as the VMM Monitor, the 26-inch LCD will have dual HDMI inputs but also DVI and VGA as well as RCA audio inputs for built-in 3W speakers. The TV maker promises a more desktop-capable design with a relatively thin bezel, a glass front panel, and the option of tilting or swiveling the image. VIZIO expects the VMM to appear in August for $450, or less than many stand-alone HDTVs at the same size.

In its more familiar business, VIZIO also plans to launch an environmentally friendly 32-inch set. The ECO is capped to 720p but consumes about 65 watts less than a typical 32-inch model, or about 40 to 50 percent less than average sets. It also contains less toxic materials than full sets and even comes in thinner, recyclable packaging. The TV maker gives the screen a 2,500:1 contrast ratio as well as three HDMI inputs, dual RCA, and one each of component, S-video and VGA inputs. Shipments should start in October at an undetermined price.

A third introduction will see VIZIO debut the Java FHD line, which will give the company's smaller TVs a more upscale copper-and-black look as well as 1080p at sizes as small as 32 and 37 inches. Both sizes produce a 6,500:1 dynamic contrast ratio as well as three HDMI connections, dual component and RCA video inputs and one VGA input. The 37-inch Java FHD ships in September for $850, while the smaller panel ships on October 1st for $650.

VMM Monitor


Java FHD

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    might be worth to add to my desktop (and could put some pain in other monitor makers).

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    As a monitor..

    It would be fine if you are sitting across the room, but even at 1080p it pales in pixel resolution to even some smaller computer screens, it isn't something you can sit in front of you on a desk.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: as a monitor

    What are you talking about? The iMac 24" is 1920x1200, as is the 23" Apple cinema display, so while this might be slightly less (assuming it is only 1080p resolution), it certainly isn't so much larger to make it unusable (and not everyone wants 1920x1080 on a 20" monitor).

    And its half the price of that 23" cinema display (not that Apple's displays have been known to be cheap).

    And certainly not so large that it would only work 'across the room' (which is a joke. I've got 60 inches hooked up to a mini running 1080i, and it sucks across the room - can't read a damn thing on that screen unless I zoom in).

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