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Gateway XHD3000 30-inch LCD  (Source: Gateway)
Dell and HP have competition in the 30" LCD territory

Gateway today announced a new LCD PC display today, the 30" XHD3000.

The Gateway XHD3000 promises some features that are not found on other 30-inch displays from Dell and HP. One of the features Gateway promotes on the XHD3000 is the 1600p HD resolution. All 30-inch LCD displays for PC use share the same resolution of 2560 x 1600, so Gateway has nothing new to add here.

However, what Gateway is adding with its new display is a wealth of connectivity options allowing for the connection of up to six devices and the ability to upscale 1080p content from HD DVD or Blu-ray players to the 1600p resolution and an IR remote that controls up to six devices in line-of-sight.

Gateway claims the XHD3000 sports a 5 millisecond response time, though nothing in product guidances suggests the new display uses a different panel than the one found in Dell's 30" desktop offerings.  Like most high-end 30" panels on the market today, the XHD3000 sports a Samsung S-PVA panel.

Connectivity options include HDMI with HDCP, analog VGA, DVI, composite video, S-Video, component YPrPb and six USB ports. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the screen brightness is 400 Cd/m2.

The Gateway XHD3000 LCD is listed as available for purchase now at Gateway.com for $1,699.99. Samsung is also anticipated to launch a 30" consumer display later this year.



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RE: 1600P Upscaling
By paulpod on 10/4/2007 9:35:44 PM , Rating: 0
Anything that can scale from 1920x1080 to 2560x1600 can just as easily scale to 2560x1440 and preserve the aspect ratio. Not providing both options is a total rip-off. In fact, a third option of 1920x1080, pixel-for-pixel inset should be offered.

I have a cheap 16:10 LCD TV and watching 16:9 material stretched out is completely unacceptable. For any lengthy viewing, I drive that TV from a PC and let the ATI/AMD display driver format the display properly with thin bars above and below.

OK for a cheap TV, but any expensive device should display material from component or HDMI inputs as the authors intended.


RE: 1600P Upscaling
By gramboh on 10/4/2007 9:45:23 PM , Rating: 3
I'd be shocked if it doesn't offer 1:1 pixel mapping and an aspect ratio preserving scaling option. I'd assume it scales up 1080p with 16:9 and small black bars on the top/bottom. My 2407WFP has these options.


RE: 1600P Upscaling
By dubldwn on 10/5/2007 2:19:35 AM , Rating: 3
oh, this thing should totally be 16:9 native. Wait, what's the line again? You can view two documents side-by-side in 16:10? Who the hell cares?


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