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ViewSonic bows 3D monitors, photo frames

updated 02:05 pm EST, Sat January 10, 2009

ViewSonic FuHzion

Besides its first computers, ViewSonic has also used CES to introduce its first 3D-capable displays and a round of photo frames. Heading up the line is the VX2265wm FuHzion. The 22-inch panel can output a stereoscopic 3D image viewable with NVIDIA's GeForce 3D Vision and uses its extra refresh to generate a 120Hz 2D picture that restores some of the detail lost in fast-moving images.

The 1680x1050 display manages a 2ms pixel response time and 1,000:1 contrast ratio. It uses dual-link DVI and VGA for input and carries its own 4W speaker system for audio. ViewSonic expects the FuHzion to reach shelves later this month for $399.

Home theater owners or those who prefer front projectors have also been given the PJD6220-3D, an upgrade of the stock PJD6220 DLP unit that adds stereoscopic 3D as well as 120Hz response. Its native resolution is a computer-friendly 1024x768 and comes along with a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and a 10W speaker system that fills in for when external speakers aren't options. Shipments start in February at a $1,499 price point.

Nine photo frames accompany the displays. Most of the SwifTouch series holds two slide-out touch panels that provide more intuitive control than buttons. Each model carries both 2GB of internal flash as well as a USB port and a CF/MMC/SD card reader. These models come in 7-, 8- and 10-inch models at prices between $129 and $189 and are accompanied by the VFM1036w-52M, a 10-inch model that swaps the touch panels for a true touchscreen. It sheds the 2GB memory for an expanded card reader for Memory Stick and xD formats.

Two all-in-one models are also joining the line and come with AM/FM radios and alarm clocks in addition to the 2GB storage and card readers. They also come with Wi-Fi and use Microsoft's Windows Live FrameIt to not only pull photos from multiple image sites but also to collect news through RSS feeds. Sizes and differentiation of the frames aren't available, though ViewSonic lists the VFP350 as one of them and ships both in the spring for $99.

At the end, three basic wood-frame models are launching in 7-, 8- and 10-inch sizes with the same memory options. They launch before the end of March and are priced between $99 and $169.

by MacNN Staff



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