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NEC's 43-inch Curved Monitor On Sale July (Drool)

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NEC’s curved 43-inch monitor made a pretty big splash when the company first announced it. Now this beautiful monitor has a price and a release date and we find ourselves shying away.

We don’t need to tell you how amazingly wonderful this display would be for gaming (or pretty much anything, really) but the price is kind of scary. NEC announced via press release that this bad boy is going to set you back just under $8,000. Don't get us wrong, we knew it wouldn't be cheap but it's always a little disappointing to learn that you can't afford something you've been drooling over for ages.

Specs, straight from the release:

The NEC CRV43 curved display includes the following features:
* Seamless curved screen, which eliminates bezel and screen gap issues for increased productivity and decreased frustration (according to Center for Human-Computer Interaction - Shupp et al, presented at Graphics Interface 2006)
* 2880 x 900 double WXGA native resolution
* 200 cd/m² brightness
* 0.02ms Rapid Response
* 10,000:1 contrast ratio
* Wide color gamut with 100% coverage of sRGB and 99.3% coverage of Adobe RGB
* Single link DVI-D and HDMI 1.3 input connectors
* USB 2.0 connectivity for easy use of peripherals
* Front panel controls
* On Screen Display (OSD®) and software-based GUI, which enables advanced display control options

If you have eight grand to throw around, you can pick one up in July. We’re willing to bet anyone who buys one of these will say it was worth every penny.

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    Tindytim , June 4, 2009 11:29 PM
    So low res for something this large?

    I'll stick with my dual 1920x1200 24" monitors. I could get 4 monitors, with higher resolution, for a sixth of that price.
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    anamaniac , June 4, 2009 11:36 PM
    That thing is a beautiful beast, it really is.

    However I think I'd rather spend $4,000 on a 2600x1560 30" and another $4,000 on a i7/295x2 setup.
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    aznguy0028 , June 4, 2009 11:28 PM
    that...is so sexi >_>
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    Tindytim , June 4, 2009 11:29 PM
    So low res for something this large?

    I'll stick with my dual 1920x1200 24" monitors. I could get 4 monitors, with higher resolution, for a sixth of that price.
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    anamaniac , June 4, 2009 11:36 PM
    That thing is a beautiful beast, it really is.

    However I think I'd rather spend $4,000 on a 2600x1560 30" and another $4,000 on a i7/295x2 setup.
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    Spanky Deluxe , June 4, 2009 11:48 PM
    How useless. That's so low res for what it is. A single 2560x1600 display has nearly double the number of pixels. $8000?? I'd rather buy three 30" Displays and a Triple-SLI or Quad-Crossfire solution. It'd be far cheaper and far nicer.
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    zerapio , June 4, 2009 11:52 PM
    I concur with the two posters above. It'd be nice if it was at least 1080 vertical lines.
    Quote:
    Single link DVI-D
    I'm rusty with the spec but is that enough to drive all the pixels?
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    paranoidmage , June 5, 2009 12:02 AM
    It's too bad current games don't support that resolution.
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    bin1127 , June 5, 2009 12:45 AM
    ^ good point. can't play games full screen with this.

    guess it's not made for HD either. so it's not for games and not for movies. might make minesweeper more challenging though.
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    Anonymous , June 5, 2009 12:46 AM
    @Tindytim
    You could also get 32 15" CRTs, but thats not the point, is it now...

    This is a stepping point...and I like the direction its going in :-)
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    ocpmture , June 5, 2009 12:49 AM
    Abomination. only 900 vertical for $8000.
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    spectrewind , June 5, 2009 12:53 AM
    I'm fairly certaint this thing is NOT designed for gaming. I'm thinking arts and development? At $8K, it would be business expense for a graphics/development seat. Not something a gamer would invest in.
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    Tindytim , June 5, 2009 12:54 AM
    strobo@TindytimYou could also get 32 15" CRTs, but thats not the point, is it now

    Why would I want 32 CRTs? I'm talking about useful visual real estate.

    bin1127^ good point. can't play games full screen with this.

    Yes, you can. Now, some games idiotically define the resolutions they play at, but there is nothing preventing a game from being rendered at any resolution (sans a few examples that need specific aspect ratios). Jedi Knight 2 and 3 will play at any resolution.
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    mlcloud , June 5, 2009 1:02 AM
    0.02ms response? That has to be 2ms, right?
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    mrubermonkey , June 5, 2009 2:20 AM
    At least for $8000 there is no seam where they screwed the two 1440x900 monitors together.
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    themike , June 5, 2009 2:35 AM
    Classic, first curved monitor isint really great and very expensive, in 15 years, you'll have to be damn door to buy a flat monitor!
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    megamanx00 , June 5, 2009 3:45 AM
    I'd rather buy a really big plasma (58" Panasonic) to use as an eyeball melting monitor.
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    my_name_is_earl , June 5, 2009 3:49 AM
    Don't think it fit quite well in the gaming section because the resolution is unsupported. Good for workstation other wise, meh.
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    okibrian , June 5, 2009 4:38 AM
    Wow, now I can feel at one with my porn. :-)
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    starryman , June 5, 2009 4:45 AM
    4 panels would be much cooler, higher resolution and cheaper. The curved screen is pretty gimmicky.
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    archange , June 5, 2009 7:14 AM
    For that kind of doh, I expected at least 3360x2100 pixels, on dual DVI-D... bummer...

    Besides, 900 vertical pixels aren't nearly enough for modern use.

    I expect to see the curved format becoming popular in the near future though... Makes sense at least for single user scenarios. As for Home Cinema, it'll have to be REALLY large to comfortably accommodate multiple viewers.
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    eddieroolz , June 5, 2009 8:04 AM
    Damn, this thing better have its stands made of gold for the $8k price.
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