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BenQ commits to 16:9

New LCD line-up features 16:9 aspect ratio, full HD capability.

Computer hardware vendor BenQ reckons the 16:9 aspect ratio will become the mainstream ratio used by most LCD screens by the year 2010. In line with this, the company has launched a number of new LCD screens that adhere to this aspect ratio.

"With the release of these next generation, 16:9, full HD LCD monitors, BenQ is staying ahead of the game by taking HD technology beyond just high-end TVs," said Manish Bakshi, BenQ's general manager for the Middle East and Africa.

At a press conference held in Dubai, the firm unveiled a number of 16:9 models including the E2200HD, M2200HD, M2400HD and T2200HD LCD screens alongside a new line of DLP-based projectors.

The company claims the E2200HD is the world's first 21.5" Full HD 16:9 LCD monitor and features a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 10,000:1. The screen is equipped with BenQ's own Senseye photo capabilities, which is designed to optimise the LCD's display for home and office use. The screen features D-Sub/DVI and HDMI 1.3 input ports the last of which makes it possible to connect the LCD directly to Blu-ray or other HD sources.

BenQ also showcased its 'Short Throw' line of projectors at the event. Projectors of this type are designed to produce large display sizes despite being placed a short distance away from the target surface. The MP512ST, M522ST and MP771 were shown.