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Asus slates sleek TV-monitor combos for Europe

Asus announces three monitors that think they're TVs...for Europe.

The pattern on the bottom of the bezel tells a long-forgotten tale. I'm possibly wrong on that, though. Asus

The line between HDTVs and computer monitors continued to thin out Monday as Asus announced a new line of what are either small TVs or normal-size monitors.

Asus unveiled its new TV Monitor T1 series, which comes in 21.5-, 23-, and 27-inch models. All support a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 1920x1080 resolution. Other specs include a 300 cd/m2 brightness, 20,000 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, a 5ms response time, and two 7W stereo speakers.

Connections options include two HDMIs, VGA, Component, S-Video, and Composite inputs. No DVI is included, though, according to the spec list.

I have good news and bad news about the TV tuners included in the monitors. The good news is that each supports DVB-T and PAL/SECAM. The bad news is that those are European standards, as the monitors have not been announced for the U.S. market as of yet--only for Europe.

With any luck, when the U.S. versions are announced, decent TV Tuner support will be announced along with them. In the meantime, check out our latest Asus monitor review and other monitor reviews.