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Curved 48-inch Alienware monitor with 2880 x 900 pixels

If you’re looking for an Alienware monitor the company is now promoting what is probably the ultimate gaming display (or any other kind of display for that matter). This 48 inch diagonal monitor boasts a humongous 2880 horizontal pixel resolution and a refresh rate of 2 milliseconds.

Alienware Monitor

A curved Alienware monitor

Such a refresh rate cannot currently be achieved with LCD so this Alienware monitor employs rear-projection technology and this, unfortunately, results in a rather deep back to the device.

The monitor being demonstrated is a prototype at CES this week but expect the real thing to be available later this year.

Update

Yes this monitor really was launched for real under the NEC brand (albeit at a slightly reduced size of 43 inches) and you can read about it here:

NEC will start selling CRV-43 in July — that’s a 43-inch 2880 x 900 curved monitor!

Newer technologies

It is unlikely that this technology will now make much progress as more appropriate display methods are now available such as OLED which behaves a little like LCD for display purposes but does not require a back-light and lends itself to curved screens due to it’s as-yet unique ability to bend. LG have manufactured a curving home theatre screen that would seem to be a more likely precursor to curving computer monitors.

Concepts

You can also see a concept exercise for Apple’s iTV product which tentatively curves the screen around the viewer.

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16 Comments

  1. JD
    Posted Tuesday, 8th January, 2008 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    you SURE that refresh rate is 0.02 msec? Because 20 microseconds would be sweet (unnecessary for human vision, but sweet nonetheless)

    Reminds of grocery stores with sales like 10 (somethings) for 0.10¢

    I read somewhere else that this monitor has a few problems where the multiple projection units meet to cover the whole screen, but I’m sure those will be ironed out before release. Now for an in-home 3d imax….

  2. Nick
    Posted Tuesday, 8th January, 2008 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    Why couldn’t they have some sort of LCD cluster thing where the monitor itself splits up the work among controllers for individual stripes of the screen. That way, they would need neither special technology or curved LCDs to produce the effect, just a small videocard-like device.

  3. Poison3k
    Posted Thursday, 17th January, 2008 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Saw the video for this at CES, it’s not really curved, you can see where the montior panels are ‘connected’, even if I had the money to buy this screen I doubt I would.

  4. Posted Monday, 21st July, 2008 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    who needs a monitor that big, honestly!

  5. Allan
    Posted Wednesday, 3rd September, 2008 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Not Curved Ha…Why Don’t You Look At This Picture First… http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/Alienware-curve2.jpg

  6. lewi
    Posted Sunday, 21st September, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    I need the biggest monitor best speakers and a gaming chair. lol

  7. J23Z
    Posted Tuesday, 23rd September, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    i like it but it dsnt rlly look real but if it is HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Posted Tuesday, 23rd September, 2008 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    @J23Z

    This monitor was shows to a live audience at the Consumer Electronics Show in January so it definitely exists.

    HOLY SHIT indeed!

  9. bas
    Posted Thursday, 11th December, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    No it is not 0,02msec it is 2.

  10. Posted Thursday, 11th December, 2008 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    You’re right — it’s 2 milliseconds.

    Corrected 2008-12-11

  11. helloppls
    Posted Saturday, 10th January, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    @ Poison3k: Dell claimed that they would fix the visibility of the connected screens before release.

  12. anon
    Posted Tuesday, 8th December, 2009 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    $8000!?!?! For that? Why wouldn’t a much cheaper 60″ HDTV at 1920×1080 be better? 240hz, LED, and 2/3rds of the horizontal res plus more vertical. Make this thing a curved ~4000×1080 and sell it for 1/4th the price and I might buy. Windows probably sucks at maximizing on this thing too, unless they some how allow it to maximize to one 1/2 or the other (or 1/3rds).

  13. rgfdjd
    Posted Friday, 15th January, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Why go to that much trouble and make it only 900 high? Kind of like building the Golden Gate and only making it strong enough for motorbikes. Why not 1080 at least, or better still, 1200!?!? Someone wasn’t thinking.

  14. Kaushik Deka
    Posted Saturday, 25th June, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    it’s looking really amazing, hope it doesn’t unsatisfy the gamers. its more likely to be alienware after all it’s ALL POWERFUL. since its really humongous in size so it needs to curved. it will give a really nice effect to HD movies and 3D-HD games. Think of it pals that you are surrounded by an Alienware monitor armed with sophisticated stuffs which is curved with native res. of 2880 x 900 pi; and your whole face and body will be covered with this monitor with games flashing on your face.

    IT’S NOT JUST A MONITOR IT’S ALIENWARE-ALL POWERFUL !!

  15. April
    Posted Friday, 16th March, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    To be quite honest I would love on for my birthday or christmas and it would be the best thing since I was born. I would take extremely great care with it. OH AND ALSO ALIENWARE IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!

  16. Tomasz
    Posted Monday, 31st December, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Why do people think Alienware are good? They have never released a product that justifies the price tag they give it. Alienware is pure, overrated crap, this monitor is no different, I mean only 900 verticals pixels? Come on.

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