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Flat Screens That Do Double Duty

Techstination feature for Thursday, November 10, 2005

Flat screens that do double duty. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It's not the kind of thing that works in every setting, but adding a flat LCD screen designed to work as both a computer monitor and a high definition TV screen can save money and space in a bedroom or home office. Gateway and Samsung are among the companies with new models that can be used that way. Gateway is selling a 21 inch widescreen high definition LCD display….with a variety of inputs… for under six hundred dollars. Convergence product planner John Schindler….

"It's a widescreen monitor so if you're playing DVD videos, you're watching TV or you're doing productivity applications like Excel spreadsheets or multiple presentations, you can actually fit two 8and a half by eleven sheets of paper within that monitor."

Samsung, in the meantime, is out with the 940 MW, a widescreen 19 inch high def LCD screen, with a built in TV tuner, speakers and an FM radio. Director of Display Marketing David Nichols….

"We certainly see a great deal of momentum towards a dual purpose display. Because people want to have a single display that can handle computer input as well as all of their television viewing needs."

The estimated street price is under 700 dollars. Still perhaps expensive, but high definition screens of all sizes are a lot more affordable than they were a year or two ago. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.