By Evan Ackerman
Desktop real estate is at a premium these days, what with multicore chips encouraging obscene amounts of multitasking. I’m currently using my laptop’s UXGA (1600×1200) plus an external SXGA (1280×1024) and it’s still not enough space. So, going on my [insert your favorite holiday here] list is a new WQUXGA monitor with a resolution of 3840×2400. That’s 9.2 megapixels. Toshiba’s “super Kousei small LCD monitor” manages to cram 200 DPI over 22″ to achieve WQUXGA resolution, but the contrast isn’t great and it costs something like $18,000, plus another few grand for a PCI card capable of outputing enough video bandwidth to run it.
After some poking around, though, it turns out that you can already get monitors like this. ViewSonic, for example, has a monster 22.2″ 3840×2400 resolution monitor sporting a 400:1 contrast ratio and a viewing angle of 170º. Weighing in at somewhere north of 40 pounds, it’s only about $6000.