NEC-Mitsubishi Unveils Its Thinnest Flat Panels Yet

The LCD manufacturers introduced two new 15-inch flat-panel displays at Comdex here this week that feature a new space-saving design that measures only 20mm.

LAS VEGAS--NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America Inc., one of the worlds largest LCD manufacturers, introduced two new 15-inch flat-panel displays at Comdex here this week that feature a new space-saving design.

Targeted at both commercial and consumer users, the LCD1550X and LCD1550M, priced at $549 and $499, respectively, are built with the thinnest frames yet offered by the company, measuring only about 20mm. As a result, the monitors are about 12 percent smaller than previous models, and multiply screens pushed flush against one another provide a more cohesive multi-monitor image.

The thin-frame monitors could help NEC-Mitsubishi win over customers who are becoming increasingly savvy and selective about flat-panel monitors, according to one industry analyst.

"Faced with an extensive choice of competitively priced flat-panel monitors, corporate and mainstream consumers are taking advantage of the flat-panel markets increasing popularity by becoming more selective in their LCD purchasing decisions," said Eric Haruki, an analyst with International Data Corp., based in Framingham, Mass. "Flat-panel monitor vendors that offer greater diversification through advanced capabilities and a functional design will expose themselves to greater market opportunities."

Both monitors feature 1,024-by-728 native resolution, the companys "No Touch Auto Adjust" that provides optimal display settings upon initial power-on, and LiquidView software that provides large font, icon, tool and task bar sizes at native resolution to make them easier to ready.

The LCD1550M features front-end speakers and utilizes an analog VGA connector.

The more expensive LCD1550X is capable of accepting digital or analog inputs, and features XtraView Wide Angle Viewing technology that enables the monitor to be clearly viewed up to 85 degrees from the center of the screen.

"These monitors were designed to offer customers a wider range of high-end 15-inch LCD monitor capabilities--still at affordable prices," said Scott Hoaglund, product manager for NEC-Mitsubishi.

NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display is the No. 1 supplier worldwide of LCD monitors, according to a recent study by DisplaySearch, as well as the No. 1 vendor of branded flat-panel monitors in North America, according to Stanford Resources iSuppli Flat Panel MonitrakR second-quarter 2001 report.

NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America is based in Itasca, Ill., and is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based NEC-Mitsubishi Electric Visual Systems Corp., a joint-venture company established by NEC Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.