Apple and ViewSonic Ready 17-inch Widescreen Monitors

LCD vendors such as ViewSonic and Apple are set to launch 17-inch widescreen LCD monitors by year-end or the first quarter of 2007, according to industry sources.

LCD monitor vendors expect 17-inch widescreen monitors to replace entry-level and middle-range 15-inch and 17-inch LCD monitors in the future. The prices for 17-inch widescreen monitors will not necessary be higher than 17-inch 4:3 models amid more efficient panel cutting by makers, according to the vendors.

Currently, LCD panel makers such as HannStar Display and China-based players have launched 17-inch widescreen panels in the market. A fifth-generation (5G) substrate from HannStar can be cut into fifteen 17-inch widescreen panels or fifteen 15-inch 4:3 conventional-sized panels, the sources said.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), widescreen LCD monitors will account for 34% of the overall monitor market in the fourth quarter of 2007 with 19-inch widescreen monitors being the largest segment among all widescreen monitors. The proportion of 19-inch and 17-inch widescreen monitors will increase to 15.2% and 11.4%, respectively, by the fourth quarter of next year, the research firm added.

News source: DigiTimes

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft XML Notepad 2007

Next Story

BlackBerry Pearl Available to Cingular Premier Customers

20 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Maybe EA will start supporting Widescreen in BF2142? Or not... I hate EA so much for making me use crappy settings just because I have a widescreen. I want to keep whining, but that's enough.

Heck I prefer widescreen now for editing documents and Excel spreadsheets. I find it more productive.

And am I the only one who likes the black bars when paying a movie? I find it gives that cinematic feel to it.

I've had a 19" LCD widescreen for almost two years, don't see how size makes it into the headline (did they think of anything new or are they playing catchup?).

When it comes to games I really enjoy my 22" LCD.

However when I'm working on documents and stuff I much prefer a 4:3 ratio screen. There is more vertical real estate. I’ve never tried turning the 16:10 90 degrees though.

bigger or wider monitor sometimes leads the manufacturer to make a 'real' keyboard.
i like the Acer 9800 series because of this. can't stand any other large laptops out there...

Apple hates it when you hook your new Mac mini to a Dell monitor. ;)

With that being said, they need to update their Cinema Displays. How about a 24-incher with HDMI 1.3, HDCP, a component input and PIP, all for $799?

Never understood the advantage of widescreen... I like 4:3 monitors. Any1 want to share why they love widescreen, any advantages ??

They are great for watching movies in their original format, and also good for working in applications that have toolbars on the sides, as they give you more horizontal room.

Quote - roadwarrior said @ #2.1
They are great for watching movies in their original format, and also good for working in applications that have toolbars on the sides, as they give you more horizontal room.

You still get the black bars on the top and bottom and on the 20" ws displays you only get a little more area on the sides than on the 20" 4:3 displays, but there is a lot more vertical room on the 20" 4:3 displays. However, the 19" ws displays have more screen area over the 19" 4:3 ones.

Indeed, I have never really understood the need for a widescreen monitor. I have a 19" and a 15" which do me just fine. And the 19" still has enough screen space for my liking :).

I like the widescreen display in a laptop because it gives it more of a notebook, elongated shape rather than being square and clunky. But for a desktop, I'd prefer the regular 4:3 display over a widescreen. Most documents, web pages, and such read better with more vertical room than horizontal.

Heh, I never used to get the point in a widescreen monitor until my friend got one. And it makes a hell of a difference, especially in gaming and watching movies (I now have a WPF2007, awesome monitor).

Quote - roadwarrior said @ #2.1
They are great for watching movies in their original format, and also good for working in applications that have toolbars on the sides, as they give you more horizontal room.

read above as photoshop, imovie, aftereffects...

Human vision isn't square, nor is it circular, in fact it's much wider than it's up and down. and your eyes and mind is able to focus on a lot more stuff in width than height. and and down you need to move yoru eyes a lot more to see stuff and you do to watch soemthign in width.. if that made any sense


So basically WS is more comfortable to watch and use, it gives a lot more ifnormation more easily accessible when viewing and using them. and you don't need to constantly move your eyes up and down when viewing websites because of unnatural near square screensizes.

and WTF is the guy above tlakign about, 20inch widescreens have less screen space than 4:3 but not 19 inch... all screens of the same size WS or not have the same square inch viewable space. only with WS it's far easier and better for you to actually make use of that space.

Widescreen is good for watching letterboxed movies. Its also good for most games as wide angle views are more important than ups and downs, for games that support widescreen format.

Standard 4:3 screens are better for surfing the web because most web pages are designed vertically long, so less scrolling is needed in a standard screen since it is vertically bigger than the widescreens.

So if you watch a lot of movies and game a lot, then widescreen is probably better for you. Personally, I prefer Standard screen for most apps including Photoshop and After Effects. Of course, dual monitors are the way to go.

Quote - HawkMan said @ #2.7

and WTF is the guy above tlakign about, 20inch widescreens have less screen space than 4:3 but not 19 inch... all screens of the same size WS or not have the same square inch viewable space.

WRONG.

A 20" diagonal 4:3 screen is 16 inches x 12 inches = 192 square inches

A 20" diagonal 16:9 screen is 17.4 inches x 9.8 inches = 171 square inches

Furthermore, widescreen often means fewer pixels.

Most better 20.1" 4:3 desktop monitors have 1600x1200 = 1.92 million pixels
Most 20.1" widescreens have 1680x1050 = 1.76 million pixels

I could see tall widescreen being desirable, as it more accurately resembles other reading materials which tend to tall, narrow pages, but wide widescreen, meh.

Quote - MaceX said @ #2.2

You still get the black bars on the top and bottom and on the 20" ws displays

Maybe very small ones, but no where near as bad as you do with a 4:3 monitor. Remember that most widescreen movies aren't exactly 16:9, but usually a little wider.

Quote - mayamaniac said @ #2.8
Standard 4:3 screens are better for surfing the web because most web pages are designed vertically long, so less scrolling is needed in a standard screen since it is vertically bigger than the widescreens.

Unless you have a WS monitor that can rotate 90 degrees like mine... 1050 x 1680 is really nice for things like that.