CES 2008: Alienware curved display

January 16, 2008, 9:06 PM PST | Length: 87


If you've got the budget and the desk space, Alienware's new Curved Display will make you the envy of gamers everywhere. TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler saw it in action as CES 2008. This widescreen monitor provides a 90-degree horizontal field of view at 2880x900 resolution with .02ms response time. The Curved Display uses DLP technology from Texas Instruments to generate the image and OSRAM LEDs for back lighting. Alienware said this widescreen monster is scheduled for release in the second half of 2008. How much will it cost? "It's going to be less than a KIA, but more than a 17-inch LCD desktop display," the Alienware representative said.

28 comments
d_iral
d_iral

It will reign for about a year, probably. An innovation of LCD TVs will dominate it. The function of the monster will be obsolete.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

since the article was a year old before you revived it.

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idirisyare22

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dgurney
dgurney

It's time to stop posting crap-quality video for everything when, in most cases, a high-quality STILL PICTURE or two will do the job better.

jeffro in Berkshire
jeffro in Berkshire

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF05a/20491-156249-156249-156249-172197-12909220.html After having had a few screens in my time and the fact was quite late for going from the CRT to TFT market (except for those clients insisting), I managed to get my short arms to the bottom of my deep pockets and bought one of these! I can tell you with resolutions of 2560x 1600 (graphics card and cables permitting) I am SUPER chuffed. Seeing 4 remote machines at the same time or playing games like COD4 or Witcher at such high resolutions is fantastic. However it was an indulgence and a suitable write-off for my business!!! However if your interested - HP, Dell and Samsung get the same screen from the same factory in the same country! so wise to shop around. I can tell you I have proverbally "browned" myself at times with the likes of Doom3 being played on it. Large screens are fine but if you pay more attention - whats the point of having a larger screen with less resolution than the one your probably already using? And YES before anyone starts - it is not for everyone, but in my defence I can at times be spending 16 hours in front of my screen (like all Sysadmins/Consultants)- and my eyes are worth more than a couple of cheap screens!

kdaugharty5
kdaugharty5

I still use a pc table, but that new monitor is nice

PhilippeV
PhilippeV

This was the first article posted on the net apparently, and this was for the original model which was just rebranded here. Look at: http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/01/14/nec.42.inch.uw.monitor/ You'll immediately see that Alienware did not invent anything as they say in this video: "*we* chose to do this and that". No in fact they are just contracting with NEC to redistribute it under their brand, but if no price is given by them, it's simply because they still don"t have the contract signed with NEC. So this was just a demo for getting some presence at CES, because they had nothing to propose: they buy a large screen at NEC, change the sticker on it and announve prematurely that they will resell it. What a poor video! Please you at CNET, go investigating further before presenting us such FUD, just because you've just seen one demo in a small stand at some expo. Id there's no pricing defined, please don't speak about it, this could just not happen to the marketplace. NEC announced this 42-inch panel with the same terms in december, and all was known at the very first few days of January. The truth is that NEC will deliver its own model first on the market before relicencing it to another brand. Don't forget the caveat of this design: this is in fact TWO separate displys that are projected on the same surface. To get the correct superposition, you'll need very precise adjustment, but the full resolution will not be possible: at the center of the screen there will be incorrect superposition, making it unusable for displaying text. And the two outer edges will be very fuzzy. so even though it will have good response time and it will be good for gaming, it will be very poor for office applications. Such screen is not ready to replace two monitors side by side. This screen is also so weighted that two monitors would be easier to transport, much less fragile, and much less expensive. Who needs a 42-inch monitor except gamers in flight simulators? Who needs a 0.02 ms response time except players of shoot-m'up action games and MORPG? It's not even need for the cinema. Really, any display with a response time of about 9ms (or less) is enough (remember that the time between two frames in cinema is about 40 ms, including on HD-DVD/BlueRay/and HDTV broadcasts, so it' enough to have the image stable for at least 75% of time i.e. 30ms to avoid all moving artefacts because you won't notive the color rotation). We can also expect fragility in the future because of the mirror that this display will need to recalibrate the display: the mirror will deform over time, and so will be the rendered image on the curved surface. There will be also geometric aberrations on the central vertical line where the images will partially cover and will be difficult to adjust, and important geometric distortions on the two sides, making the design inappropriate for text display.

john_audi_tt_225
john_audi_tt_225

Just go to uspto.org someone else has had the patten for a cuved displey for a number of years just another big co. rip off. Not an original idea as usual.

2WiReD
2WiReD

Sounds like you really know your stuff on this subject. when do you see technology reaching the stage when such issues will be effictivly eliminated, or do you see such flaws as being inherent in the over all technology being used?

psychospath
psychospath

just to have one of these id have to buy my self a new computer table. coz, it obviously wont fit.

andy
andy

Methinks when you add three of em to a Matrox threeheadtogo it may not be less than a Kia after all

Htalk
Htalk

the main problem I have with most games is the limited field of view.. it's like trying to live your life wearing a diving mask.

tracey
tracey

That is true, but what does this do to increase field of view? Unless the game has been written to allow it to output a wider field of view, the screen won't really add anything.

yhdtytd
yhdtytd

Another piece of electronics that I can afford, but will not buy. Why? because we do not need something like this. it is just one more THING to take us away from each other personally and to the screen. Mindless self indulgence. Just one more thing to take the person out of people. And one more thing to make you spend more time at work to afford it and not be with your family. If you all want it cheep and have the will power. Wait a while and watch their prices drop from the lack of sales and then you may be able to afford it. make them drop the ridicules price that it will be. screw the corporate world. Thanks once more. Peace

jkumin
jkumin

... there are still many useful purposes such as video and photo editing that could benefit from the extended dynamic range and gamut of colors offered by such a monitor that have nothing to do with "mindless self indulgence" and pulling us away from meaningful social interaction. Come to think of it, why are you here responding to articles? Go out. Find a mate... just teasing, but not every whizbang gadget applies only to gamers. This one has benefits for professional users as well.

obFuscAted
obFuscAted

No way?! I was with Akia last night and she only charged me $250. So, that's sweet news about this monitor being priced less then her.

yip
yip

It's the next big thing in display. Everyone will want one.

2WiReD
2WiReD

youre into your Apple products, eh? "Its new and expensive and I want one even though I wont really be doing anything that would warrent the expenditure..." lol, sorry, couldnt resist... i'd say it would be pretty savage just for watchin movies on too though...

Spiritusindomit
Spiritusindomit

That will all depend on the execution. DLP monitors are a bit of a rarity. If they do it right, it should be awesome, especially using OLEDs. Though really, I'd much prefer a nice big flat screen monitor with this technology.

yip
yip

It's the next big thing in display. Everyone will want one.

yobtaf
yobtaf

If it's DLP technology, it must use projection, so I guess the projection is from the back. If my assumption is correct, the question has to be asked: is it one chip or three? My experience is, that while DLPs have better contract, single chip versions have a terrible color breakup on fast moving objects that I find unbearable to watch.

jknowles
jknowles

With the newer LED illuminated DLP projection systems the color modulation is provided by the LEDs. This eliminates the color wheel and the motion artifacts and "rainbowing" effects caused by it. I would like to see the form factor in side view. The required projection path (even with a mirror) will probably make it a sizable chunk.

golncor
golncor

if you listen to the article enough, you see that they profess a 0.02ms response time which would virtually eliminate any of those artifacts.

BlazingEagle
BlazingEagle

While there's always surprises in life, The cost will initially be quite high I'm sure. This screen will also be great for Real Time Strategy games as long as developers allow their games to take advantage of it. I also wonder how heavy or light it is?

formbot
formbot

I expect it will be near 25 pounds - NEC has presented a 42", 2880 x 900 display and that weighs 25 pounds, without the stand.

Spiritusindomit
Spiritusindomit

It's the same monitor. Alienware just rebrands other people's hardware.

kdaugharty5
kdaugharty5

Yeah I know about that rebrand, but when you think about it, doesnt everybody.

BrewBaker
BrewBaker

Probably less than a Kia but more than a 17" LCD. Not helpful but neither was cost info they provided.