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Details as supplied by monitor vendors by deadlineApple Computer AustraliaApple offers three main monitors:

The 22in (diagonal) Apple Cinema Display offers a panoramic view -enough to see as much as two full A4-size pages of text, with room left over for menus, video clips, tool bars and palettes. The Apple Cinema Display has a resolution of 1600x1024 pixels.

The 17in (16in viewable) Apple Studio Display offers sharp, clear screen resolution and flicker-free refresh rates. The Apple Studio Display features CRT technology - the natural flat diamondtron has an ultra-fine aperture grille pitch, ensuring strong contrast and minimal distortion. Pricing: $3000. The new 15in flat panel Apple Studio Display combines a digital interface with an active-matrix LCD panel.

Its all-digital interface supports 1024x768 pixels for distortion-free viewing. .

Pricing: Cinema $8595 Studio $2700.

Contact: (02) 9641 8000

www.apple.com.au

Chips

ViewSonic professional monitors

ViewSonic PF775 is a 17in flat-screen monitor designed with PerfectFlat technology.

ViewSonic PF790 is a 19in monitor with PerfectFlat screen technology to eliminate curved surfaces.

ViewSonic P815, a 21in monitor features a fine dot pitch, a maximum resolution of 1800x1440 and superior refresh rates.

The flat Panel ViewSonic VP151 is a 15in multi-functional, flat-panel display incorporating digital, analog and composite video inputs into a single unit. The composite video input accepts DVD, VCR and video cameras. The VP151 also features two 2-watt speakers built into the base to deliver stereo sound for on-demand multi-media applications.

Pricing: from $855 to $3608

Contact: 1300 134 833

http://www.chips.com.au

Fujitsu

Fujitsu 15-in LCD TFT Multimedia Display TL528AThis is a slimline LCD with tilt base, auto tuning and full multimedia features with wide viewing angles and a resolution of 1024. Cheap to run and supported by a three-year on-site warranty (one year on the backlight) the Fujitsu TL528A is a low priced LCD display unit available now. The Fujitsu TL528A is a Tier one LCD display at a budget price.

Price: $1995

Contact: (02) 9776 4555

www.fujitsu.com.au

Hitachi Australia

Hitachi is releasing monitors like the 19in CM771 with a flat screen, for those wanting a hi-tech look and reflection-free screen. The CM771 is free of edge distortion and has the added benefit of saving on desk space. With the price of flat-panel TFT LCD monitors rapidly falling they are a viable alternative and are suitable where style and appearance are important and where there is call for ergonomic work practices. The 15in panel has up to 1024x768 resolution with good brightness and viewing angle.

Pricing: CM771 $1285, CML151XW $1995

Contact: 1800 789 799

www.hitachi.com.au

LG Electronics

LG Electronics is now offering two LCD monitors in its Flatron range. As CRT will soon be a thing of the past LG is also planning to extend its range in early 2001 to flat tube and LCD monitors in various shapes and sizes to suit different working environments.

Pricing: from $340 to an 18.1in LCD model at $8400Contact: (02) 9684 5566www.lge.com.auPanasonic AustraliaPanasonic currently offers three 15in LCD models and one 19in LCD model. A 23in will be available early next year. In addition, 15in and 19in AV-TV LCDs will be released at the end of the year.

All Panasonic 15in LCDs have a viewing angle of 140 degrees with a 400:1 contrast ratio making text easy to read. The pixel pitch is 0.297mm and resolution is 1024x768 at 75Hz. All units carry TCO99 and PC2000 support. Options include a USB hub and multimedia speakers as well as a charcoal black colour. A touch-screen or wall mount is also available. The LC90S is one of the largest LCD screens available with a viewable area of 19in which can be configured in different aspect ratios. It carries all the same features as the 15in LCD models as well as having dual VGA inputs, a 160 degree viewing angle and a six-hub USB base. The 19in LCD is capable of 1280x1024 resolution displaying 16.77 million colours.

Pricing: LC50 (15in); $2150 LC90S (19in); $8000Contact: 13 2600 www.panasonic.com.auPhilipsPhilips Brilliance 150PPhilips' 15in TFT LCD monitor features a slimline footprint, intelligent display features and a future-proof dual digital/analogue signal output.

Supporting digital and standard analogue input with an innovative dual input system, it offers the benefits of digital plus compatibility with legacy graphics cards.

The Brilliance 150P features the shortest depth in its class, with flicker-free performance. It offers a low emission screen and is suitable for laboratory and medical professionals.

Pricing: $2070

Contact: 1800 658 086

www.philips.com.au/pcperipherals

Tritton 17

Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding user, the Tritton 17 delivers outstanding sharpness and clarity. Macintosh-compatible, this 17in CRT monitor uses powerful image processing functions with a maximum non-interlaced resolution of 1600x1200 pixels at a 65Hz refresh rate and an amazing .25mm dot pitch FST (flat- square tube). The product's JOG shuttle with on screen display (OSD), for example, simplifies managing user controls; all user controls can be managed with just one button, including screen size, position and geometry.

Pricing: $435

Contact : (02) 9557 4182

www.tritton.com.au

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