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Sony Announces 17- and 25-inch OLED Monitors

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OLED monitors aren’t exactly on every desk in every office just yet, not even close, but for those who like staying ahead of the curve, Sony has just revealed two OLED panels for us to drool over.

Available in 17- and 25-inch flavors, the displays represent new additions to the company’s Trimaster EL line and will be dubbed the BVM-E series. Anyone who’s got a phone with an OLED display will be familiar with the rich colors, deep blacks and power-efficiency offered by OLED technology, however, Sony claims the BVM-E series are the first monitors to deliver full HD resolution OLED panels with RGB 10-bit drivers. You’ve got the usual 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and a DisplayPort, along with a panel resolution of 1920x1080. Standard luminance is 100 cd/m2.

“These new monitors are the next step in professional displays, providing end users with extremely high picture quality,” said Gary Mandle, senior product manager at Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America group. “This is breakthrough technology for applications where visual performance and accuracy are paramount, offering an unbeatable combination of image reproduction, color accuracy, reliability and stability.”

The BVM-E250 is set for availability sometime in the middle of April, while the 17-inch BVM-E170 will be out in June. Of course, pricing is a bit scary (they are OLED panels, after all), and unless you’re in the fortunate position of being able to convince your boss you actually really, really do need one, it’s going to cost you ¥1.3 million ($15,710) for the 17-inch BVM-E170 or ¥2.4 million ($28,910) for the 25-inch BVM-E250.

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    wribbs , February 18, 2011 8:00 AM
    Kinda looks like a dishwasher and a microwave, why are they so thick and ugly? It's nice of Sony to use there standard pricing though.
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    goodguy713 , February 18, 2011 8:01 AM
    lol its huge ! and super exspensive .. umm i dont think i would ever buy something like that.. not even just to say i have one..
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    curiousgeorgieo , February 18, 2011 8:05 AM
    Chump change
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    gti88 , February 18, 2011 8:15 AM
    I remember that 5 years ago it was sayd that OLED displays would replace LCDs, because former are better and cheaper in production.
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    xrodney , February 18, 2011 8:16 AM
    $28,910 - could have 20+ 30" dells for that price.
    OLED looks good, but not that much for this price premium.
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    tomate2 , February 18, 2011 8:21 AM
    will it blend??
    anyone?? lol
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    scrumworks , February 18, 2011 8:38 AM
    CRTs are back.
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    nebun , February 18, 2011 8:48 AM
    scrumworksCRTs are back.

    true that
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    alidan , February 18, 2011 9:22 AM
    and here i am, wanting an oled monitor. at this rate with how much they cost, they may as well release sed monitors. a MASSIVE step above lcds, and at only twice the cost.

    the company that wanted to go ahead with seds didn't because they would cost twice the amount as on lcd, and oled which should only cost 1-5$ to produce a scree, cost WAY the f@#% to much to buy.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 18, 2011 9:40 AM
    All of a sudden my Dell u3011 doesn't seem so expensiv anymore.
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    Noworldorder , February 18, 2011 10:15 AM
    And they still have not fixed the blue fading problem.
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    mlopinto2k1 , February 18, 2011 10:48 AM
    Don't you worry gentleman, these will eventually come down in price and be mainstream. They will also be extremely thin and versatile.
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    bhaberle , February 18, 2011 10:56 AM
    10bits huh? Typical sony prices too? I dont think so. lol
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    sudeshc , February 18, 2011 11:11 AM
    My employer would rather have 100's of more workers like me than that monitor..............
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    Drag0nR1der , February 18, 2011 11:17 AM
    I would guess the main reason these things cost so much isn't the cost of the technology per se, but the scale of manufacture. Economies of scale play a massive part in how efficient/costly it is to produce each unit.
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    hardcore_gamer , February 18, 2011 11:34 AM
    I think toms put the wrong picture..OLEDS are ultra thin ffs :o 
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    tevarian , February 18, 2011 11:35 AM
    BVM are Sony's broadcast monitors, that is why they have HD-SDI inputs. They are not at all intended for desktop use, but for high end production and broadcast facilities. We used to pay $1500 for a 9" CRT. Not everything is intended for home use.
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    jdamon113 , February 18, 2011 11:56 AM
    Great, I'll Just trade in My car for a monitor.
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    escogid0 , February 18, 2011 12:30 PM
    PPL!! These are true OLEDs! NOT OLED backlits, which are being sold at Best Buy. I.e. an OLED backlit display is still an LCD display. These however have every pixel as OLED!! Do your research!
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    Anonymous , February 18, 2011 12:42 PM
    escogid0PPL!! These are true OLEDs! NOT OLED backlits, which are being sold at Best Buy. I.e. an OLED backlit display is still an LCD display. These however have every pixel as OLED!! Do your research! seem to be the one confused. Nothing is oled backlit, they are led backlit. I don't understand what you think people are thinking but you are interpreting it wrong.

    Once more oled =/= led.
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