A little bird just tipped us to this very hot news! SmallHD introduces the least expensive OLED-HDMI and OLED-SDI monitors on the planet and they'll be shipping in 2-3 weeks! There will be LCD and OLED versions of the AC7 – LCD start at $599 and the OLED versions start at $1099 (intro pricing).
OLED – what is it and why do I care?
Def (wikipedia): OLED:
An OLED (organic light-emitting diode) is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound which emits light in response to an electric current… An OLED display works without a backlight. Thus, it can display deep black levels and can be thinner and lighter than a liquid crystal display (LCD). In low ambient light conditions such as a dark room an OLED screen can achieve a higher contrast ratio than an LCD, whether the LCD uses cold cathode fluorescent lamps or LED backlight. Due to its low thermal conductivity, an OLED typically emits less light per area than an inorganic LED.
SmallHD has a large overview of the OLED technology – here's a small snippet:
OLED contrast vs LCD
Black point – OLED vs LCD
As you can see by some of the above, the OLED technology looks pretty amazing! Hope to have our hands on one.
Of course, we recommend you read the full OLED info at SmallHD!
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(cover photo credit: snap from the SmallHD AC7 OLED page)