updated 10:15 am EDT, Wed April 23, 2008
Samsung TOC LCDs
Applying the same visual effect to its computer displays that it has to its 6 series HDTVs, Samsung on Wednesday rolled out its Touch of Color LCDs for the desktop. All have the same blown glass effect with red accents at top and bottom but garner the most attention for their unprecedented contrast ratios: dynamic lighting lets every display output up to a 20,000:1 contrast ratio, putting them in competition with better HDTVs and not simply other monitors.
All of the displays also offer a virtual screen effect that lets users split multiple video sources across one display.
Versions are available in 19-inch (T190), 22-inch (T220), 24-inch (T240), and 26-inch (T260) screen sizes; the two smaller screens are Samsung's fastest with a 2ms average pixel response time, while the larger models output at 5ms in return for an HDMI input that lets them play video from Blu-ray players and similar devices at up to 1080p. The T190 and T220 are reportedly available today for $259 and $359, while the T240 and T260 are due in July for $499 and $599.