updated 08:25 am EDT, Fri July 17, 2009
CinemaView 24 and 47
Collins America today revamped its yet-to-be-released CinemaView displays built for newer Macs with Mini DisplayPort connectors as well as a TV add-on. The new display line is overall larger and will start with the 24-inch model; as before, the CinemaView 24 will bear similarity to Apple's LED Cinema Display but produce a 1080p resolution. The new screen moves from three to four USB ports and now has a 2ms pixel response time and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio. Its pricing hasn't changed at $499, but its launch has been moved back two months to October.
Completely new to the display lineup is the CinemaView 47, a crossover TV and PC display. It produces the same resolution as the dedicated computer display but at its namesake larger size while still using just Mini DisplayPort for input. Four USB ports are also built in to the set, which has a slightly slower 4ms pixel response but a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. It won't ship until January and should cost $1,499 when it arrives.
The tuner, known as the CinemaView TV, carries dual cable HDTV tuners and outputs to HDMI and Mini DisplayPort to provide either Apple or Collins displays with TV, including picture-in-picture. It also takes in video from as many as four separate HDMI sources, Mini DisplayPort, component or RCA. It will come with an RF remote and is scheduled to appear in January for $399.
When contacted by Electronista regarding the sudden change in its lineup, Collins said that it was dropping the 19-inch model as 80 percent of its pre-orders were for the larger computer display and that it was too small to afford a low-selling display and also focus on its January launches at the same time. It added that the CinemaView 24's delay was due to a number of design adjustments, such as improving the ease of swapping in the optional VESA mount.