Every now and then I actually like getting excited about things I'll never have. Probably something carried over from my teenage years, watching MTV and all the beautiful people with their fancy cars, perfect bodies, and clothes that somehow just fit right. Hmmm, is it possible I still haven't worked through these issues?
Anyway. Speaking of things I'll never have (but honestly am not that excited about), this week Viewsonic announced what it refers to as an "ultra-thin bezel commercial LCD", the CD4230 and a "multimedia-capable LCD HDTV", the VTMS2431.
The bezel of the CD4230--which is being positioned as a digital signage solution--measures 0.5 inches thick, which is very small for a 42-inch display. It has a high 500 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) brightness and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio. The display is also RS-232 daisy-chain capable, includes DVI and VGA ports, is VESA-mount compliant with carrying handles, and can facilitate ddc/ci communication between a PC and monitor for management, diagnostics, and remote control.
The 24-inch VTMS2431 is Viewsonic's first LCD HDTV with "multimedia capabilities," and by "multimedia capabilities" Viewsonic means full-HD resolutions up to 1,080p, an integrated ATSC / NTSC / QAM tuner, and an internal media player and USB port to support pictures and videos. Like the CD4230, the VTMS2431 also has a RS-232 port that enables users to control it remotely, allowing the product to truly transform from a TV into a signage display.
Both the CD4230 and VTMS2431 will be available in Q2, 2009. The CD4230 comes in at $1,999 MSRP and the VTMS2431 for $449 MSRP.