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Apple, Dell ramp up 20-inch LCD orders

updated 09:15 am EDT, Mon July 30, 2007

Apple and Dell 20-inch LCD

Apple and Dell are driving a resurgence in demand for 20-inch computer LCDs, according to claims made by Taiwan display market insiders. Although most computer monitor producers are now focusing almost exclusively on 19-inch and 22-inch widescreen displays, the two American firms have placed orders that are expanding the relatively small market for 20-inch models. The moves are expected to help AU Optronics, CPT, and LG-Philips LCD, as all three companies are the highest-volume suppliers of 20-inch LCDs while Samsung and other manufacturers only produce a small percentage of screens at that size.

None of the specific orders were mentioned, though Apple and Dell depend on the LCDs for multiple models. Apple requires 20-inch panels for both its iMac all-in-one computers and its 20-inch Cinema Display, while Dell offers multiple stand-alone screens in the form factor, such as the 2007WFP and the budget E207WFP. Neither company has announced expansion plans for their existing product lines.

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  1. danviento

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    So perhaps this is more verification that we'll see some new iMacs (or whatever new name Steve cooks up) at the October release of Leopard.

  1. chrisco

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    resolution happens

    It's a confusing marketplace for buying monitors because vendors tout size and not resolution. In looking for 17" and 19" widescreen monitors, I found that most are 1440x900, the same resolution as on a 15" MacBook Pro. Most non-widescreen 19" monitors are the same resolution as 17" (1280x1024), as are widescreen 20" and 22" (1680x1050).

    These larger sizes (bigger pixels) do have an advantage for older eyes, but I still prefer more pixels-per-inch over slightly larger screen size.

  1. Paul Huang

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    In October...

    When 10.5 comes out (it may take a while for other software vendors to catch up as they update), the larger pixel will be a hinderance than asset. Of course, unless you are a Windows user.

  1. bommai

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    imacs coming in August

    Many rumor sites are saying August 7th as the date for new iMacs.

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