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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 for $1,699.99. Samsung is also anticipated to launch a 30" consumer display later this year.

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This monitor... is -nice-...
By Deathspawner on 10/5/2007 12:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
I saw this monitor last week at DigitalLife and have to say that it's easily one of the best monitors I've ever seen. I've been using Dell's 30" HC monitor for the past two months, and though it costs less than Gateway's latest offering, there is no comparison between the two.

The upscaling of the XHD3000 was simply incredible. I admit I am not a monitor guru, but the quality of the upscaler was undeniable. When Bioshock was run in 1920x1200... I had a hard time telling the difference when compared to 2560x1600. Even the fonts were still perfectly rendered. At lower resolutions, the differences are even more meaningful. It's almost a GPU upgrade, though I assume that people who own a $1700 LCD likely have better than a mid-range GPU anyway.

Add all the connectivity possibilities and the brightness (this is far brighter than Dell's), and this is one killer monitor. Just for the record, I am not a Gateway rep, but I did cover the monitor briefly in this article:

RE: This monitor... is -nice-...
By P4blo on 10/5/2007 7:56:41 AM , Rating: 2
That's a serious bit of kit! When you think about it... there's no reason why when you upscale a 1920 image to a 2560 why you cant have a form of natural anti-aliasing when you have twice the pixels available than the GFX is using.

Good job Gateway, now if only I hadn't bought this Dell 30" (which till now I've been utterly thrilled with).

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