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Planar Expands LCD Monitor Line

Bolstering its best-selling product line, Planar Systems Inc. has added three new models to its PL series of office LCD monitors. The new 17-, 19-, and 20-inch displays feature desktop-space-saving, 2-watt TrueMedia speakers, built-in power supplies, and VESA mounting interfaces for multimonitor or flush-to-the-wall installations.

The 17-inch PL1700M ($469) and speakerless PL1700 ($459) combine fast 16-millisecond response time with 450:1 contrast ratios; they’re 1,280 by 1,024-pixel displays with analog inputs and 260 nits of brightness. The 19-inch PL1910M ($679) offers the same resolution with both analog and digital inputs and a brilliant 700:1 contrast ratio, while the 20-inch PL2010M ($999) combines 600:1 contrast with 1,600 by 1,200 resolution. The new monitors will ship in January.