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NEC CRVD-42DWX+ curved display  (Source: NEC)
NEC and Alienware seem to be pulling form the same playbook

At CES 2008 last week Alienware announced a curved computer display geared for gamers and making people more productive through more screen space while working on a computer.

NEC must feel that the market for long, curved displays is a up and coming category as it announced its own curved display called the NEC CRVD-42DWX+. The NEC display has a screen resolution of 2880 x 900 with a response time of under 0.02 milliseconds. The NTSC color gamut the display is capable of is 170% and the dynamic range is 12-bit. In all the display can reproduce 68.7 billion colors.

NEC spokeswomen emphasized that the Alienware prototype and the NEC CRVD-42DWX+ "have nothing to do with each other."

While NEC claims the two displays share no common manufacturer, both displays are built with the same bezel and housing. Both displays use two LED-backlit DLP images to "stitch" the 2880 pixel-wide image across the curved display as well.  The likelihood that these two displays are not made in the same place would be an unusually odd coincidence.

The display has a typical brightness of 350 nits with a contrast ratio greater than 10,000:1. The screen has an aspect ratio of 3.2:1 and weighs 25 pounds without a stand. The overall dimensions of the screen are 40.4-inches wide x 12.6-inches high.

NEC declined to comment on pricing or availability of the display at this time.  However, given the high-markup nature of Alienware proprietary technology, NEC could be sitting on a goldmine if it markets the CRVD-42DWX+ just right. 

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RE: cool
By OPR8R on 1/14/2008 1:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
It would be awesome to game on a monitor that simulates peripheral vision but how is this monitor going to be practical? At 2880x900, no current game supports it and some companies, like EA for example, have said they won't support widescreen. I've hacked EA games to run at 1920x1200 but then you get field of view issues.

I'd be curious to know how this monitor, and Alienware's, addresses those issues before shellin' out the big bux... Maybe these screens can scale like a mofo...

RE: cool
By Omega215D on 1/14/2008 7:15:29 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine playing flight simulators on that thing. Beats the multi monitor config with those display borders getting in the way.

RE: cool
By jjabrams on 1/15/2008 7:22:39 AM , Rating: 2
yeah - EA not supporting widescreen is like microsoft not supporting dvd. WTF.

RE: cool
By TomZ on 1/15/2008 9:19:22 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft supports DVD in Vista.

RE: cool
By TITAN1080 on 1/15/08, Rating: 0
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith

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