We'll start off our CES coverage with none other than Dell and their handful of new products and announcements.

Dell Takes on Apple with 30" LCD Display

We all knew it was coming, but at this year's CES Dell finally announced and started shipments of their first 30" WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display: the Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP.

Available immediately from Dell's online store, the 3007WFP uses a newer panel than what is used in the Apple 30" Cinema HD display, and thus Dell promises a higher contrast ratio and lower response time. The brightness of the panel appears to be at least on par with the Apple 30" Cinema HD display but it is possible that the contrast ratio is noticeably higher on the Dell.

Priced at $2199 (or $1999 if purchased with a Dell computer), the 3007WFP weighs in a full $300 cheaper than the Apple solution. While it lacks the simple and elegant design of the Apple display it does have a few features the Cinema HD display lacks.

The 3007WFP features a height adjustable stand as well as an integrated SM/SD/MS/MMC/CF card reader. In addition to the two card slots there are four USB 2.0 ports on the display, two on the side and two on the back. The other important feature that the 3007WFP comes with is HDCP support, meaning you should be able to view DRM protected HD-DVD content at full resolution in Vista on this display.

Dell's Quad SLI , 4.26GHz, Dual Core XPS Renegade System
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  • Aerows - Saturday, February 4, 2006 - link

    This design has a lot going for it. As one user suggested, kids going to college. BUT, I think that a strong argument could be made for it with small business owners.


    Considering that I went through Hurricane Katrina, and literally everything (including both of my cars, my father's brand new Avalanche, both PC's) was underwater, the one thing that saved all of our records was my mother's laptop.

    No one expected it to be quite the monster that it was, and even though the PC's were put up high, and bagged, they were swamped. My mom's laptop of course, went home with her.

    Had we had two of these mobile PC's, I *guarantee* they would have been taken out of the building and away from the storm, and we wouldn't have to deal with waiting for insurance to settle, the inevitable depreciation involved (even though the two PC's involved in the storm were perfectly okay for our needs), and lost productivity. Backups are great and all, but let's face it, they are fallible and it can take a lot of effort to recover from two lost PCs.

    Personally, if these units were available in "value" flavors without the souped up video cards, I know several folks I would recommend them to right now.

    Of course, I'd want a decked out screamer for my own personal use :)! ::drool::

  • estbear - Monday, January 9, 2006 - link

    I think this is a verry intresting thing, but can it realy work like houres whit solar power. I mean thers almoust light everywhaer when this can work let's say 10 h I be impressed.

    Sry for bad englis :P
  • PeteRoy - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    http://news.com.com/1606-2_3-6020675.html">Watch the video
  • dev0lution - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    Funny that everyone thinks of dell for low price/cheap computers and now that profit margins have slowed they drop a 30" LCD for 2 grand that takes a "limited edition" overclocked (Overclocked by Dell...hell must be cold!) quad GPU XPS just to eke out playable framerates on the newest games. What's next?!?! Water cooling and AMD brought to you by the dell duuuude? =X
  • AnonymouseUser - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    Who'd a thunk it?
  • hoppa - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    Does the flaming skull graphic on the Dell machine automatically change to a rusty snail over the next 3 years?
  • ohnnyj - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    Very true. Plop down an estimated 10 grand on a system like this today and it will be outdated next year or even by the end of this year (there is no way nVidia will leave Quad SLI as a Dell exclusive). People will stick them in an overclocked FX-57 (perhaps watercooled) they build themselves and save themselves a few thousand dollars (and have a higher performing system to boot).
  • Griswold - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    We'll leave you today with a picture of Toshiba's HD-DVD player that was sitting in Intel's booth. The player crashed when we took this picture, but other than that there was nothing particularly interesting to see here.

    Aww poor DVD player is shy. Dont take pictures please! Move along, give this DVD player some breathing roomm!
  • yuchai - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    I don't think it's a good idea. I quote the article "Internally it's basically a notebook with discrete graphics and support for up to two 2.5" hard drives running in RAID."

    It offers nothing over a Desktop Replacement Laptop imo.
  • Nick5324 - Friday, January 6, 2006 - link

    I was thinking the same thing, however I think it has potential. Assuming it's priced competitively, and we could dump the discrete graphics, I'd be interested.

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