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Acer

LED backlights for all?

Just a short time ago, Acer proudly displayed a 19-inch monitor from the Value range that featured an LED backlight. This LCD was also exhibited at CeBIT with the inconspicuous product description AL1917L. The image quality was convincing and the colours were significantly more intense than on the monitor that stood beside it for comparison. However, unfortunately, the AL1917L will never do on sale.

"Too expensive, too good for the Value line", explained product manager Martin Sasse when we talked to him. The additional charge is around 150,00 Euro, which would not suit the Value line, since it is presented as an inexpensive range of monitors.

Left: 19-inch model with conventional backlight, right: the Acer AL1917L with LEDs.

Acer would like to make the LED backlight standard for the expensive Performance from 20-inch widescreen format upwards in the future. This would allow the company to finally enter the end-user market, although only expensive graphics monitors such as the NEC SpectraView Reference 21 have featured LEDs to date.

More widespread HDCP support and 26-inch LCD for less than 1.000 Euro

In the next few months, Acer intents to implement HDCP support in all its new monitors. In addition, HDMI ports will become an increasingly more common feature in Acer monitors.

The new Acer AL2616wsd should be of interest to all who want to get the largest possible screen for as little money as possible. With a recommended retail price of 999,00 Euro, the monitor is currently the cheapest model in this size category and features a HDCP-enabled DVI connection.

Also new: the Acer AL2416wsd with MVA panel.

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Philips

Fully wired: Ambilight for desktop monitors

When some users previously reported in the Prad forum that Philips’ Ambilight technology was also being introduced into desktop monitors, we imagined this somewhat differently to the actual solution presented at the Philips CeBIT stand.

Those using amBX should have a lot of space on their desk surfaces.

The solution consisted of using six speakers in all which produced lighting effects (on the top of each speaker) depending on the image quality in a rather unmotivated manner. We found this rather unconvincing. It would be much more interesting to integrate the Ambilight into the monitor itself, as was done with the LCD TVs.

Instead, there was a tangle of cables and very little atmosphere. However, the very bright stand at the trade fair also contributed to the disappointing performance, since the "amBX" lighting effects could hardly be seen in the bright surroundings.

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