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Thin is in, again

This week at the 2006 Korea Electronics Show, Samsung showed off a 17-inch AMOLED that was only 12mm thick -- the panel itself is only 1.8mm thick. Being one of the thinnest in the world, the display is based on organic LED technology and produces brightness and image quality to LCD displays available today. This display is able to run at 1600x1200 resolution, which is the sweet spot for many of today's larger format displays. At 17-inches however, 1600x1200 may be a bit too much for some.

Performance for the new AMOLED screen also appears to be excellent. Pixel response time is rated at an extremely fast 0.01ms. The screen has a constrat ratio of 1000:1 and a brightness rating at 400cd/m2. In terms of specifications, both constrat and brightness appear to be on par with most of today's popular LCD panels, which indicates that AMOLED technology definitely has room for maturity. Full specifications are as follows:
  • Screen size: 345.6 x 259.2mm
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Viewing angle: >170 degrees
  • Resolution: 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
  • Pixel pitch: 216um
  • Response time: 0.01ms
  • Colors: 262,144
  • Brightness: 400cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio: 1000:1
One of the current limitations appear to be the color support of the screen, supporting only 262K colors instead of the millions of colors of today's LCDs. The other issue is that most consumers expect screens to be produced in a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio these days. The 4:3 aspect ratio is definitely on the way out.

Despite a few needed improvemnts, it's clear that AMOLED technology holds a great deal of promise. Thin products are becoming the norm and TVs and displays being thin are no exception.

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By Etsp on 10/23/2006 1:16:46 AM , Rating: 2
I'd be running it at a higher resolution (2560 x 1600, maybe) if the monitor could output it clearly enough, but sadly it can't.

When you say clearly enough, do you mean like the static images have one or more erm, "Fuzzy copies" of itself next to it? On my 21" CRT from IBM, I had to use lower resolutions and lower refresh rates because of that problem.

but, I found a solution, it turns out, standard VGA cables arent shielded enough for (some) large CRT's at high resolutions. If what you're experiencing is fuzzyness or the ghosting I described, spend some money on a high quality VGA cable, you will be completely satisfied. I think I spent $20-$40 on mine, and the problem dissapeared completely at all useable resolutions and refresh rates. Try it!

and as far as resolutions are concerned, Evermore is half right. for gaming, yeah I want resolution. When I'm browsing the web or just using a non full screen program, the menus and the text for everything get too small for most people at high resolutions, and you cannot simply lower the resolution in windows to solve this, as it causes some visual distortion on LCD's... your only choice is to tell windows to use a larger DPI, which I've found causes bugs on certain web things (My sister wanted to play this slot machine game that was made in java with a non resizable window, and the DPI settings made it too large for its own preset window, rendering it unplayable) I use 1600x1200, but my monitor is 4 inches bigger than that one, If I had a choice, I would use 1280x960 on a monitor that size because sadly, my eyes arent perfect.

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