Brighter and Better Desktop LCDs
They're all over the trade shows and on every desk on the prime time law and hospital dramas, but will LCD displays make it into home and small offices anytime soon. From a quality standpoint, flat panels are improving, and that goes a long way with the average consumer, some who still think of LCDs as being grainy and hard to look at. But newer models demonstrate less pixel defects, and more colors which mean better pictures.
The technology is maturing. "There's better filtering and better light distribution, " said Sam Miller, manager of ViewSonic Laboratories. "The panels themselves are getting brighter, and the luminance over the surface is more uniform, so this translates into a richer, more vibrant display," he said.
On the down side, there's the price issue, or more specifically, the price of the panels. With most technology, as it develops, it gets cheaper (inkjet printers for example), but, manufacturers of flat-panel displays are subject to the manufacturers of the LCD panels themselves, and according to Miller, the recent Asian economic crises has resulted in increases in panel prices. There simply aren't enough factories building the panels. So for the time being, LCDs will continue to ride the high end of the price spectrum.