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Gateway intros its first 30-inch LCD with HDMI

updated 09:15 am EDT, Thu October 4, 2007

Gateway XHD3000

Gateway on Thursday hoped to make its late entry into the 30-inch computer display field a unique one with the XHD3000. The LCD is aimed simultaneously at creative pros who can use the greater-than-HD 2560x1600 resolution as well as home theater enthusiasts and gamers. For the latter, the screen not only includes HDMI, component, RCA, and S-video jacks to plug in a Blu-Ray player or a game console but is also powered by a Realta HQV upscaler similar to what might be found on an HDTV. The processor can adapt most any video feed to the display's full resolution without much of the blurring or other artifacts that come with non-native input, Gateway says. All six video connections can work simultaneously and even HD feeds will display in a picture-in-picture window.

Further reinforcing the home theater focus, the XHD3000 also reportedly offers far more powerful built-in sound than most all-in-one LCDs with a chin-mounted, flat-panel DXP speaker system with eight separate transducers. A bundled universal IR remote controls both the display itself and most attached devices that accept the wireless signals. Audio from the speaker bar can reroute to two headphone jacks or an SPDIF port for co-axial or optical audio output. Computers attach to the XHD3000 through DVI and VGA inputs and have access to a six-port USB hub for attaching peripherals, the company notes.

The display reaches its full resolution with any Mac or Windows PC with a dual-link DVI connector and is slated to ship within the next two to three business days for $1,700.



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  1. zaghahzag

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    uh

    how exactly do you upscale the resolution of an image without having blurring? Magic?

  1. danviento

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    And why would you

    WANT to have a denser resolution on a screen of that size? You'd have to get closer to see the same detail, making the perspective distortion of such a large display even more pronounced. Not to mention the industrial designer did not do an even passable job with the proportions of this thing's pieces, and ugly colors to boot.

    The best we can hope for is that this may encourage Apple to drop their display prices $100 to match gateway. What's up with gateway posing as an Apple competitor these days?

  1. OzarkMtn

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    A Little Bias?

    It appears someone is being a little bias here.

    "...includes HDMI, component, RCA, and S-video jacks to plug in a Blu-Ray player ..."

    So the use of a HD-DVD player can not be used on this display?

  1. bobolicious

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    I think it's great...

    ...we are starting to move beyond 1080p...

    Heck most video stores barely differentiate between 720 & 1080 - and I can assure you the differences in still images between a 2mp 1080p image & a 4mp 2560x1600 image are profound on my screen...

  1. mytdave

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    this is good

    I think it's just great that Gateway is making a 30" screen. Why not? Competition is good. This screen is "ugly" in comparision to Apple's, but beats it hands down in features.

    Maybe Apple will wake up and realize that form over function is not always (not ususally) the best way to go. I for one would love to have the HDMI and VGA inputs on the screen. I would not use the speakers, but they appear to be detachable.

    A little lesson on pixels, most of you know this but some don't: 720 and 1080 are not magical. Those are simply the vertical pixel resolutions chosen by the industry to include in the HD spec (among others). Computers have the ability to display any number of pixels in any ratio (provided you have a capable GPU and software driver support). Here at work we are running a data wall at 5760 x 2400 pixels (~3x higher than full HD). No big deal. Not to mention that 2x and 4x HD specs already exist and are being used. It will take a while for mfg to catch up and create average, non-super-special displays to show resolutions that high (right now it takes special equipment or multiple displays).

  1. oceans777

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    Good riddance Dell !

    FINALLY!!! More than just a stinking DVI port on a 30". My Dell 3007 is beautiful but the single port is absolutely ridiculous. Watch the price dive on Dells 3007 now that they try to unload stock before nobody buys it anymore.

    Lets see - buy Dell's single port for $1600 or the loaded HP with remote and SPDIF for $1700? Hmmm. No contest.

    At last we can use our hi-def video cameras, etc etc with the benefits of a big screen. WAY overdue.

  1. oceans777

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    Apple crapple

    I don't understand why anyone would buy the Apple display other than to say "look at my Apple display on the desk." It's dim, slow and in every way inferior to even the Dell. Just grossly overpriced aluminum with the Apple logo on it.

    The only serious competition here is to Dell and HP. And thats not going to be much or long if this monitor matches clarity and image quality.

  1. danviento

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    but then

    There's also color settings and white balance. I can't stand having to adjust Dell monitors time and again to get a true-to-print color settings. Not to mention the white balance is far too cool. If anything else, that is the on performance area where apple beats the majority hands down. For people like myself who work with products for print media output, that is a must have. It's good to be able to trust what you see is what you get.

  1. csimon2

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    Re: why would you

    Technically speaking, for HDTV, BD, and HD DVD, there really wouldn't be an advantage to the higher resolution this display offers. But, if you're going to watch 1920x1080 content on a 2560x1600 display, it is extremely nice that Gateway decided to throw in the HQV chip for scaling purposes. I currently watch 720p and 1080i HDTV from my EyeTV 500 on my Dell 3007, and while watching it full screen looks very good, it would have been even sweeter if Dell (or Apple) had included an HDMI (or second Single Link DVI) port for HDTV purposes. Throw in the fact that they use a HQV (they engineer some of the best video processing chips in the business) chip for scaling instead of some throw-away brand, this display makes me really envious for one of them.

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