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CES 2008: Dell debuts monster 30” WQXGA display with DisplayPort

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Oh gawd. Just when you think that everyone’s agreed on a set of connectors, you find they’ve been off agreeing something new behind your back. I’ve only just noticed that most PC monitors are connected using DVI now and sort of expected that might shift to HDMI once Blu-ray and HD DVD started appearing on more PCs. Not so apparently. DisplayPort is the future now and has been endorsed by Video Electronics Standards Association as the next standard of digital display interface for broad adoption in PCs, monitors, and projectors.

Why do we need it then? Computer displays, much like HDTVs, are destined to keep on growing. Dell is showing off a 30” monitor that uses DisplayPort – which is a plug little larger than a normal USB connector. This gigantic screen offers 2560 x 1600 resolution with 100% colour gamut. DisplayPort is necessary because it can offer double the scalable performance of DVI. The Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFB has an 8ms response time and a pretty weak sounding 3000:1 contrast ratio. More interestingly, there’s a 9-in-2 card reader and four USB 2.0 sockets.

Along with its DisplayPort connector, the display comes with DVI, HDMI, VGA, S-Video, Component and Composite connection options. See – we absolutely need a new standard.


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