Sharp IT-23M1U combines TV, computer capabilities
Sharp Systems of America introduced on Monday the IT-23M1U. Dubbed an "IT-TV," the device is a Mac and PC-compatible 23-inch widescreen LCD display with native 1366 x 768 resolution that doubles as a television. It has built-in 10-watt stereo speakers and features "Virtual" Dolby Surround technology. The display features an analog 15-pin D-Sub and digital DVI-D input for connecting to a computer. It also sports two discrete AV input interfaces -- one with composite and S-Video video inputs and RCA stereo input, and another with composite video input, RCA stereo input, and Y/Pb/Pr component video input. A coaxial connector can also accept input from an antenna or cable television.
The display sports a 550:1 contrast ratio and high brightness of 500 nits. The display is HDTV-compatible, can operate without booting up a computer, and includes a remote control. Sharp touts the display's movement-adaptive digital noise reduction capabilities and color and luminance improvement technology. The display can also support a VESA-compatible wall mount. The new IT-23M1U costs US$1,499 and is shipping now.