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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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Same as the Alienware?
By zombiexl on 1/14/2008 1:58:14 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe NEC is making the Alienware model. Does anyone know for sure?

RE: Same as the Alienware?
By zombiexl on 1/14/2008 1:59:57 PM , Rating: 2

I guess i should have not skipped that one part of the article :)

It really does look the same though..

RE: Same as the Alienware?
By ninjit on 1/14/2008 2:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
NEC's claim that they "have nothing to do with eachother", seems like bull.

As the article already mentioned, they're built with the same frame. use the same exact technology (even down to having the exact same resolution)...
why is it that spokespeople feel the need to blatantly lie all the time?

RE: Same as the Alienware?
By zombiexl on 1/14/2008 2:06:54 PM , Rating: 3
The only thing that looks different to me is the nameplate..

RE: Same as the Alienware?
By bravacentauri83 on 1/14/2008 2:58:47 PM , Rating: 2
I agree.

Out of curiosity, doesn't Dell's monitors come from Phillips? Makes me wonder if they would cut down on costs and use the same manufacturer to produce the monitors.

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