June 5, 2009 NEC’s CRV43 ultra-widescreen curved monitor is one of those bits of tech that's definitely drool-worthy and likely to put some real wow into the workplace. The 43-inch curved display is essentially four digital light processing (DLP) monitors stitched together with LED backlighting to deliver an impressive set of numbers - 2880x900 double WXGA native resolution, 0.02 second response time, 200 cd/m2 brightness and 10,000:1 contrast ratio. First unveiled at CES in January 2008, the monitor will go on the market next month. All you need is a cool USD$8000 and it's yours to drool over.

While you may be imagining the immersive gaming experience to be enjoyed with such a monitor, the uncommon resolution and 32:10 aspect ratio means you’ll be hard pressed to find a game that the monitor will support. Rather, NEC is targeting high-end users in the simulation, digital imaging as well as the command and control industries, which require lightning-fast response times, a broad field of view, greater dynamic range, wide color gamut and employ multiple monitor set-ups.

The user’s taskbar is extended natively across the length of the seamless curved screen, which according to NEC increases productivity and lowers frustration by eliminating the bezel and screen gap issues that occur with multiple monitor setups.

Since DLP is a projection technology, the CRV43 is actually a little bulkier than it appears front on. Side views give a better idea. The monitor is no featherweight either, tipping the scales at 52.5lbs (23.9 kg) with the stand. Since reaching around the back might be a bit of a stretch, NEC has provided front panel controls.

One input setup is possible due to single link DVI-D and HDMI 1.3 input connectors. The CRV43 also includes USB 2.0 connectivity. The LED backlighting provides for a wide color gamut with 100 percent coverage of sRGB and 99.3% coverage of Adobe RGB.

For your eight grand – $7,999 to be precise – you receive a three-year parts and labor warranty, including the backlight.

You may now commence drooling.

Darren Quick

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