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Sceptre, California-based maker of premium TV and monitor displays, has launched a product line of Full HD 24-inch monitors on the market. Outstanding feature of the models, which are made for the American market, is their surface design: Contrary to the long-known anthracite or silver-grey look of competition models, the mirror effect of this display series is generated by its chrome colours. So far, the monitor manufacturer had restricted himself to tints like red, pink, black, marble, blue and white.
"We design our television monitors to not only perform exceptionally, but to also look exceptional in any home," Cathy Chou, vice president of operations, substantiated the choice. "When it comes to form and function, we, at Sceptre, like to push the industry envelope."
The X240CC-FHD series' 24-inch panel is a so-called "Crystal Clear" type, thus showing an appropriate, mirroring surface, which is well suited to the chrome look of the slim bezel. In terms of inner qualities, Spectre boasts a dynamic contrast ratio of 4,000:1, while the static contrast ratio is at decent 1,000:1. Considering that the monitor actually is a TV set, it provides a very good response time of two milliseconds. On the other hand, the brightness value of 300 cd/m2, as well as the built-in three-watt-ton technics provided by "SRS TruSurround HD Sound" are just averagely done.
A hybrid monitor with an extraordinary chrome finish: X240CC-FHD. (Photo: Spectre)
The maximum viewing angle is 170 degrees horizontally, whereas the vertical line is at 160 degrees only. Besides full screen, the 16:9 format wide screen monitor also recognizes the 4:3 format, and is equipped with a digital comb filter as well as four picture modes. For interfaces, the new Sceptre X240CC-FHD television alongside with a variety of analog connection possibilities provides dual HDMI, VGA and a USB port, through which MP3 and JPEG files in the FAT file system can be loaded.
Despite being on a power consumption level of 65 watt, which at first glance seems to be quite much, the TV set got awarded with the Energy Star 3.0 badge. Due to a VESA appliance because of which the model is suited for wall installation, its foot can completely be disassembled
The new Sceptre X240CC-FHD-Fernseher will be available in stores at a price of about 399 US dollars (approximately 324 Euros).