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Flat LCD Monitors Take Over

Techstination feature for Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Flat LCD monitors take over. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Not so long ago... flat screen, TFT, LCD monitors were a luxury item. Now...

"Currently in the U.S., it's about 60 percent of all displays are TFT Vs. CRT."

Samsung displays product manager Monica Islas. Computer systems... even at the low end... are now starting to include LCD monitors. Makers like Samsung have been adding features to distinguish themselves from competitors. Islas says there are widescreen formats, models that can double as TVs... and high definition TVs. One of the newest is the Syncmaster 173P...

"It actually allows you to do landscape, portrait mode, it allows height adjustment both in landscape and portrait mode. It will allow you to tilt back 90 degrees. It'll collapse down. It will wall mount."

The street price is about 550 dollars. A 17 inch LCD 65 series from NEC Mitsubishi sells for about the same price. VP Jason Topel says it also has some unique design features... including an acrylic shield...

The acrylic itself acts as a barrier of protection. We have received some love letters about the product from some consumers out there who have said they finally don't have to worry about their 18 month old putting their dirty hands on the monitor."

Demand has been growing so fast there are some part shortages. That means prices for LCD displays may not be going down much more for a while.