Sharp Debuts LCD Monitors for HD/Multi-purpose Use
Sharp has taken the LCD to the next level with several new products, the foremost being the LC-28HM2 ultra-thin monitor. Sleek, lightweight, and fit to incorporate a pair of side-mounted Bose loudspeakers, the LC-28HM2 is said to be capable of true HDTV resolution. It can also display NTSC video signals from DVD or other sources, as well as displaying computer-generated images in VGA, SVGA and XGA formats. Video images are "scan doubled" to 500 lines.
The 28"-diagonal screen has a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, weighs only 24 lbs., and is only 2.4" deep, making it ideal for wall mounting. Inputs include component video, S-video and composite video. Sharp claims the screen's fluorescent backlight is good for 60,000 hours. Unlike CRT-based monitors, the LC-28HM2 uses only a few watts of energy and has low emission of electromagnetic radiation. Suggested price is $16,995, or $18,690 with optional speakers.
Sharp has also introduced some non-high-definition LCD monitors, designated the Aquos series. Available in 13, 15, and 20-inch models, the name is intended to "invokes images of the fluidity of liquid crystal and serves to emphasize the elegant design and superior performance of Sharp products," according to a new product announcement. Aquos monitors have a "Black TFT" low-reflection coating that allows a bright picture even in strong-light conditions by dramatically reducing glare, thereby fulfilling Sharp's mandate to provide television "where you want it." Colors are said to be especially vivid with Aquos technology.
Off-axis viewing with traditional LCDs has always been problematic at best. Aquos monitors offer high brightness, a 300:1 contrast ratio, and 160-degree viewing angle. Inputs include S-video, composite and component video, and the potential of a built-in NTSC tuner with V-Chip. Remote control is standard equipment. Sharp boasts that Aquos units use 60% less power than comparably sized CRT direct-view televisions.