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Stand-alone flat-panel screens on way

Sceptre Technologies will introduce stand-alone LCD flat-panel displays.

Sceptre Technologies plans to introduce in June a new line of portable but expensive alternatives to traditional CRT monitors with stand-alone LCD flat-panel displays.

Less than 2 inches thick and weighing 2.6 pounds, the screens are free of flicker, static, and radiation and offer a larger viewing area than standard CRT monitors. For example, a 15-inch CRT offers only about 13.5 inches of viewing area, while a 15-inch LCD provides the full 15 inches.

The company will show off the screens for the first time at the PC Expo convention in New York next month.

The 12.1-inch models have active matrix, SVGA displays and a high resolution of 800 by 600 pixels. The 14-, 15-, and 17-inch models have resolutions of up to 1,280 by 1,024 pixels.

Portability does not come cheap, however. Prices range from $1,999 for the 12.1-inch proprietary model to $9,995 for the 17-inch direct-drive version.

Sceptre has also just released a new multimedia notebook computer, the Soundx 4000, which features a 12.1-inch screen, SVGA display, 133-MHz Pentium processor, and 6x CD-ROM. The price for the notebook ranges from $5,200 to $5,500.