NEC-Mitsubishi may have wowed the Comdex Fall crowd with its 30 inch LCD monitor, but the company is backing up that display with a line of more practical 15- 17- 18- and 20-inch models along with an extended warranty program.

The LCD 3000 was definitely a “”showstopper”” for NEC-Mitsubishi at

Comdex Fall in Las Vegas, said Bruno Pupo, area manager-Canada for NEC-Mitsubishi of Markham, Ont. He added that the company is offering more than just the 30-inch display.

The company released a new line of 15-inch product under its MultiSync line for multimedia applications and for the value customer.

The new line, called 1560M, 1560V, and 1560 NX, features USB 2.0 hub built into the stand. “”It is good for home use, schools and data entry. This makes it easy to plug in the display instead of having a box hidden underneath where kids can play a screw up the system,”” Pupo said.

In comparison, the 30-inch LCD 3000 is a public display solution for the most part, Pupo added.

It can also be used in financial market and in airports and hotels.

The other difference is the letter box format for the LCD 3000. “”Letter box is ideal for public displays and competes well with plasma displays for signage content with a 15 x 9 aspect ratio,”” Pupo said.

According to Kirt Yanke, product development manager for NEC-Mitsubishi, the advantage with LCD over plasma is life. LCD displays have between 50,000 to 60,000 hours of life. “”That is 7.5 years, which is a long time. Plasma has under 20,000 hours of life,”” Yanke said.

NEC- Mitsubishi also unveiled an extended warranty program for its LCD and CRT monitors called Premium Protect Plan. The new program offers corporate customers a two-year extended service plan that takes effect at the end of the standard three-year warranty and covers all parts and labour including lightning and power surge protection.

In one case, this plan for a 21-inch LCD monitor can be worth $220 per unit.

Rounding out the monitor releases are the 17-inch 1760 line, which is ideal for multi-headed displays; the 18-inch 1880 line, which is target at desktop publishing professionals; and finally the 2080UX that features a built-in headphone jack and an optional soundbar without AC adapter.

NEC-Mitsubishi also has partnered with Apple Computer and will supply its Web-site with CRT monitors. Apple recently announced they would no longer carry CRT monitors under the Apple brand.

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