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ViewSonic Unveils ’08 LCD Line, Home Theater Projector

ViewSonic introduced at International CES a range of new HDTVs and PC monitors including 1080p LCD TVs, desktop LCD and back-lit LED monitors and a high-end home theater projector.

Among the standouts of the line is ViewSonic’s LED221wm, (shipping in February at a $799 suggested retail), which is a 22-inch widescreen desktop LED-back-lit LCD monitor, producing a 12,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The display, which will target graphic designers, multimedia editors and gamers by offering high color precision and reproduction, is said to offer 118 percent of the NTSC color gamut. The backlighting also addresses an environmental concern by removing mercury that is used in conventional approaches from the waste stream.

ViewSonic also unveiled the first product in its new Precision series — the Pro8100 (available now at a $4,995 suggested retail) home theater projector. The unit includes a high performance video processing engine, and full HD 1080p resolution, 13,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,000 lumens of brightness, auto iris and full HD optics.

ViewSonic said it is distributing the projector through the custom installation and specialty A/V retail channels.

New in LCD TVs is the 90 series, which includes the 26-inch N2690w, 32-inch N3290w, 42-inch N4290w, 47-inch N4790w and 52-inch N5290w. No pricing has been announced yet for the models, which are slated to ship in May. All five include built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM TV tuner with precision 3-D comb filter, motion adaptive de-interlacing, HDMI v1.3 input and digital noise reduction. All 90-series models up to the 47-inch screen size feature a swivel base.

Models in the 30 series include the 15.6-inch N1630w, 19- inch N1930w (shipping in March at a price to be announced) and 22-inch N2230w (shipping in April at a price to be announced), each of which is designed to perform dual duty as HDTVs and PC monitors. ViewSonic is positioning the line for customers with smaller living spaces, such as kitchens, dorms and RVs. The 19-inch and 22-inch models in the series feature super HD panel resolution, delivering up to 68 percent more pixel performance than traditional high-definition LCD TV resolution, the company said. Also slated are the N1630w and N3290w, which are scheduled for April arrivals at prices to be announced.

The LCDs incorporate ATSC/NTSC/QAM TV tuning, and comprehensive inputs including component video, S-Video, composite video and a DVI-compatible HDMI port.

The company said it also addressed building demand for high-performance large-screen displays at “more affordable price points” with its 47-inch N4785p and 42-inch N4285p LCD HDTVs, both of which are currently available. The new 47-inch N4785p is priced at $1,599, and features 1,920 by 1080p resolution, and a 6.5ms response time. The N4285p carries a $1,399 suggested retail.

In addition to the LED221 LED back-lit monitor, ViewSonic introduced models in the three VP 50 series. The displays are said to reproduce 110 percent of the NTSC color gamut using ViewSonic’s OptiColor technology. Benefits include a high degree of picture accuracy and detail under a range of viewing environments. The dynamic contrast ratio on the monitors is listed at 3,000:1 and the wide tonal range and color gamut are designed to make the displays functional for both creative and business professionals, ViewSonic said.

Models include the 26-inch VP2650wb, which is shipping in January at $579. The 22-inch VP2250wb also ships this month at $449, the VP1950b which is available this month will carry a $379 suggested retail.

Models in the VX 62 series offer 6,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios and feature a new multi-use design for enhanced PC entertainment applications. These include the 22-inch VX2262 (shipping in April at $369) and the 19-inch CX1962 (shipping in February at $269).

The 26-inch VX2640w features 3ms video response time, 4,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1080p full HD native resolution and color saturation that is said to be “nearly 25 percent better than traditional displays.” The series targets multimedia users, gamers and graphic artists