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New Line Of Bamboo Monitors Hits The Market

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By David Ponce

The nice thing about bamboo is that it’s a grass, rather than a tree. As such, it grows like crazy and doesn’t face the same problems that massive deforestation does. So, if you’re going to try and make an environmentally friendly product, incorporating bamboo is not a bad choice. Especially when the particular bamboo chosen is one that’s so hard that Pandas won’t even miss it.

That’s why I’m totally feeling this new line of LCD monitors sold at UK company PlayEngine. Not only are they low-plastic and lead free, but the use of bamboo adds a nice sort of warmth I wouldn’t mind having on my desk. They come in 15″, 17″ and 19″ sizes and the specs are pretty good. The 19″ has a native resolution of 1280 x 1024, a contrast ratio of 700:1 and an 8ms response time.

It goes without saying that the bamboo has been treated so that it’s as durable and as solid as plastic, so no worries there. The 15″ model sells for ?239, while the 19″ goes for ?323. The company is currently waiting for the first production batch to arrive, in the next couple weeks, and will then be able to give next-day delivery.

[PlayEngine’s Bamboo Monitors]

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  • Anonymous

    didn’t know that bamboo was a grass.

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  • belg4mit

    As great as bamboo is, it’s not de facto guilt-free. It’s possible to harvest anything unsustainably, in this case erosion is a possible issue.

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  • tailboom

    of course it goes without saying that the process of treating the bamboo to last forever is just as caustic to the environment as making plastic, but gosh it looks nice!

  • David Sterry

    Bamboo is really quite beautiful and I do see that people will be more concerned about beauty than technical features once lcd monitors are commoditized.

  • alan

    One of the first computer items that can be sanded and refinished if you scratch it 🙂

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  • Micah

    Mass deforestation is a myth.. We have more trees now than we did in 1850.. (in the US at least, I know other countries suffer different fates)

    However, that being said, bamboo is still a better choice for the same reasons.

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  • sam

    how can I purchase from USA? what is cost in US dollars, include shipping/handling, any tax or customs? It looks great.