10 LCD Monitors That Think Outside the Bezel
Odds are your computer's monitor looks a lot like everyone else's. Well, we here at Switched like to break out of the status quo, and we've found 10 screens that do the same.
1) The Versatile One: EVGA InterView
Lots of people sport two monitors. But this $650 setup integrates them on one stand to enable cool tricks, such as flipping one 17-inch LCD around so it faces the person across the desk from you, or folding the screens together for easy transport.
2) The Green One: Philips 22-inch Brilliance
They don't get much greener than this $250 monitor, which includes a motion sensor that can determine if someone is sitting in front of it. When you walk away, it reduces brightness to cut power consumption by up to 50 percent.
Plenty of monitors have embedded Webcams, but the Scopia's snaps five-megapixel photos and shoots high-definition video. The 24-inch screen gives you lots of room for video-chat windows. Bad news: It'll cost $2,000 when it comes out this fall.
4) The Multimedia One: Alienware OptX AW2210
It might look like a run-of-the-mill monitor, but this 21.5-inch, 1920-by-1080-pixel screen is very connected. In addition to a four-port USB hub and a DVI input, the OptX features two HDMI ports for attaching sources such as Blu-ray players, HD cable boxes, and some game consoles. All that for $299.
5) The Curvy One: NEC CRV43
Need a really big screen? This 43-inch curved LCD, with 2880-by-900 resolution, should fit the bill. Oh, speaking of that bill, the suggested price is a whopping $8,000. But how cool would "Flight Simulator" look on it?
6) The Water-Resistant One: Stealth Computer TT-840
Spilled coffee or cola could ruin most monitors, but not this water-resistant, 8.4-inch touchscreen. Priced at nearly $2,300, it could be worth the price for boaters, outdoorsmen, and the especially clumsy.
7) The Bang-for-Your-Buck One: HP 2709m
Getting a name-brand 27-inch monitor for $500 is already a bargain. And this one comes loaded with two HDMI ports, built-in speakers, and a fast screen-refresh time for less blur while showing movies and video games.
8) The Mobile One: Mimo 710-S Mobile Slider
No free outlets? No problem! The seven-inch Mobile Slider is fueled by the USB port on a PC. (But sadly, it doesn't work with Macs.) That makes it handy as a portable second screen when you're working from a laptop. Not bad for $150.
9) The Car One: Roadview RHR-7.0 Headrest Monitor
Replace your car's original headrest with this one and presto! you have a second, seven-inch screen for watching videos from a portable DVD player or a laptop (connected via USB). Available for under $200, it provides a good way to distract rowdy kids or backseat drivers
10) The Couch Potato One: Athena Sofa
If that office chair is too stiff, lounge on the Athena Sofa from Artanova. With LCD screens mounted on each armrest, it merges couch and Web surfing -- for people with $15,000 to spare.