Samsung 90 and 30 Series Blend LCD Monitor and HDTV

Samsung is looking to tap into that going-back-to-school dorm room crowd (or maybe that “cramped in a spare bedroom after graduation” crowd) with its new 90 series and 30 series of LCD monitors that serve as both HDTVs and LCD computer displays. Ranging from 21.5 to 24 inches, the 30 and 90 display series boast full 1080p resolution, HDMI input, and HDTV tuners—and they’re perfectly happy supplying TV as a picture-in-picture display while folks work on their computer desktops.

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“People are looking to do more in smaller areas and multi-function monitors are a great way to maximize the functionality of a single device,” said Samsung Enterprise Business Division director of display marketing Young Bae, in a statement. “Samsung continues to expand our multi-function offerings and these two new lines—the 30 and 90 series—provide a new range of options and value for our customers.”

The 90-series display measures 24 inches and features Samsung’s Touch of Color Mystic Brown finish; it also boasts a full HD 1,920 by 1,080 pixel resolution, two HDMI inputs (along with D-sub, DVI, component, CVBS, and TV input), a 5 ms response time, a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250 cd/m&exp2; of brightness, and two built-in speakers with 5 watt amps. The unit also sports optical audio output, audio in, and headphone output. Meanwhile, the 30 series ranges from 21.5 inches to 24 inches, has a 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, built-in speakers with a 3 watt amp, 300 cd/m&exp2; of brightness, and those same two HDMI inputs, plus component, TV tuner, and VGA input. Both series ship with remote controls.

Samsung says 30 series will be available in September, ranging from $269.99 to $329.99 depending on size; the 90 series will land in September for a suggested price of $419.99.