Dell Leaks 27" Display on Website
December 30, 2006 1:18 PM
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Dell's upcoming 27" display as leaked on the Dell.com website
An inconspicuous typo reveals one of the most anticipated Dell displays to date
Earlier this year Dell was
expected to release a 27" enthusiast display
even though no manufacturer had announced plans to build on 27" LCD substrates. However, with
Samsung's announcement earlier this month
, it looks as though Dell's 27" plans are finally a go.
Yet late last week, the product page for the
was updated with a "new" image of the product. Much to the confusion of enthusiasts everywhere, this was not the image for the 20" Dell display announced last year, but the image of a 27" display that has not been announced yet.
In a conversation to
, a Dell representative explained that the image came from a training manual for the upcoming W2707C display. This was later
confirmed by a forum post from a Dell employee
on the same day. As far as Dell displays go, the "C" suffix denotes a consumer LCD TV. Dell's
, for example, is a 26" LCD TV.
Typically Dell announces its new displays and roadmaps at the Consumer Electronics Show: the 3007WFP, 2407WFP and 2007WFP were all highlights of CES 2006. CES 2007 is scheduled to take place the second week of January.
Interestingly, Dell's other LCD TV models do not have USB inputs, even though those inputs are clearly visible in the leaked image. The Samsung
claim a 1920x1200 resolution, which is a resolution typically reserved for desktop displays rather than LCD TVs. Furthermore, this display lacks a coaxial input -- something most other Dell LCD TVs have. Given just the specifications and ignoring Dell's comments, we would be apt to say this is a desktop display rather than a consumer LCD TV.
Whether or not the Dell representatives have misspoke seems moot: we will have a 27" high end display for 2007, and it will most certainly be introduced at CES next week.
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RE: TV or Moniter
1/1/2007 10:10:55 AM
I would not mind the 27". Most user interfaces are designed for 72ppi, and my understanding is that 100ppi is the upper comfortable limit for most people. This is because it just makes text too small. Once resolution independent UIs are in more common use I would expect to see denser desktop monitors. I want sharper text and images, not just smaller text and images. Notebook computers have denser displays because that's what they need to remain portable.
I don't turn my head to use a 30" monitor. I would love to have this 27" so I can watch HD video at my desk while doing work on the 30".
Anyway, there is a trend for less dense computer displays, because that's what people are more comfortable with, i.e. the non-enthusiast. I've seen an SXGA+ 21" LCD, and the 22" displays are the same resolution offered on 20" widescreens.
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