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LG E2360V LED Display Review

The new LG E2360V, the company would like us to believe, ticks not just one but three categories: it’s a Full HD panel, for entertainment, it’s fashionably slim, at just 12.9mm thick, and it’s also got some decent environmental credentials too. Still, at around $300 it’s not a cheap display, so how does the reality live up to the PR hype? Check out the SlashGear review after the cut.

Hardware

The LG E2360V has a 23-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD 16:9 panel using LED backlighting. LG quote a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio or 1,000:1 static contrast ratio and 5ms response time, while the inputs consist of D-SUB, DVI and HDMI; there’s also a 3.5mm headphones socket on the back. Unfortunately LG provide neither DVI or HDMI cables, only a regular VGA one.

Aesthetically, there’s a lot to like about the E2360V. LG is making a big fuss about the E60 Series’ thinness, and indeed it’s just 12.9mm thick. The matching stand is similarly waifish, though the glossy black plastic – which also forms the screen bezel – is a fingerprint magnet. You won’t be touching it that often, however, since there’s only minimal tilt adjustment available; LG has also missed off a VESA mount on the back, so there’s no wall-bracket option. That’s a shame, as it’s a very light display and seems ideal for hanging off the wall.

It’s also supposed to be reasonably Earth-friendly, meeting ENERGY STAR criteria (as, to be fair, most gadgets seem to these days) and LG claiming the E2360V uses around 45-percent less power than a “normal” 23-inch display.

Performance

First impressions of the E2360V are that it’s bright: too bright, in fact. Even if you work in an office with the harshest of overhead lighting, you shouldn’t have a problem ramping up the LG to compete. As for picture quality, there’s little to fault. Colors are bright, pleasantly saturated and vivid, and there’s a reasonable amount of adjustment available in the on-screen setup to tweak the settings to suit your preferences. We tested the E2360V with some fast-moving video, and found it to be blur-free, while it’s definitely one of the sharper, clearer displays we’ve used of late.

Wrap-Up

The LG E2360V is certainly stylish, and the screen quality is strong; it looks good, too, as long as you’re content to leave it on your desk. Our main complaints are in its flexibility: the trio of inputs are good, but the fixed desk stand lacks adjustment, there’s no rotation to flip the E2360V into portrait aspect, and the omission of a VESA mounting plate feels cheap considering the $300 sticker.

Around $90 less gets you a 23-inch HP display with the same Full HD resolution, but a significantly less appealing case design. If you’re going to be looking at a monitor all day then you may as well grant desk-space to a good looking one, and we’d expect the E2360V’s street price to come in lower once retail picks up.


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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 15 2010

Good morning everybody in technology land, welcome back to SlashGear’s Morning Wrap-up. Today there are several rumors including a possible Motorola Motopad being a 7inch Android 3.0 debut, a possible 20+ custom Adam applications for the Notion Ink, Froyo for Dell Streak by the end of November, and maybe even a couple of opening bats for Honeycomb? Then we’ve got a review of a US version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (T-Mobile version), a weeklong adventure with HTC HD7′s hardware, and a few words on why Don Reisinger can’t wait to get rid of his DVR. PLUS: Dual Core dreams in Galaxy 2. Now all we’ve got to do is plug our fingernails into our kneecaps as we wait and see if Android 2.3 Gingerbread is released today at this years Web 2.0 Summit. Hooray!

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SlashPhone
LG Vortex Heading To Verizon
Walmart Give Away $100 Giftcard For Purchasing a Smartphone

Android Community
Motorola MOTOPAD to be 7-inch Android 3.0 debut?
20+ custom Adam apps claim Notion Ink
Black Flyday helps you find shopping deals for holiday season
PC World yank Toshiba’s Folio 100 over poor buyer feedback?
Another Dual-Core Samsung Phone Confirmation (Plus More Anzu)
Gingerbread Comes Out Tomorrow(?) at Web 2.0 Summit
Dell Streak to get Froyo at end of November

SlashGear
Apple iTunes announcement “you’ll never forget” promised for Tuesday Nov 16 [FEATURED]
Android 3.0 MOTOPAD is Motorola & Google’s Honeycomb opener?
Nokia production line death sparks Indian investigation
Nokia E7 clears FCC, pentaband WCDMA intact
AMD join MeeGo project with Intel & Nokia: will use it with APUs
Rumor pegs Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 and X7 Mini inbound in Q1
Palm Pre 2 lands in UK
Stun Fone was a viral marketing campaign
HTC EVO Shift 4G trademark filing tips upcoming Android tablet?
Free MeeGo IdeaPad S10-3t for developers as Intel get open-source serious
T-Mobile Samsung Tab Review [REVIEW]
A Week with the HTC HD7: Hardware [FEATURED]
Verizon Ad Leaks Look at Pantech and LG LTE Modems
Jolicloud Jolibook Official Press Photos Now Available (2 Sizes?)
Why I can’t wait to get rid of my DVR [COLUMN]

To see more wrap-up posts, follow the following tags: [The Daily Slash] or [SlashGear Morning Wrap-up]


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Apple iTunes announcement “you’ll never forget” promised for Tuesday Nov 16

“Tomorrow,” claims Apple, “is just another day. That you’ll never forget.” That’s the teaser that’s just gone live on Apple’s homepage, tipping a 10am Eastern announcement about iTunes that will be launched online first, rather than at a special event.

The nature of the announcement is unknown, but there are plenty of recent rumors to choose from. Some form of streaming music service is perhaps the most persistent, perhaps the iTunes Live we’ve heard mutterings about so much in recent months, though it could also refer to the iOS 4.2 release which will be distributed through iTunes.

We’ll be eagerly hitting refresh tomorrow at 10am Eastern or 7am Pacific (that’s 3pm London and midnight in Tokyo). Leave your guesses in the comments below!


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Marshall Major headphones & Minor earphones get official

After teasing us for the past few weeks, Marshall has finally outed its Marshall Major and Marshall Minor headphones and earphones. The affordably-priced pair cash in, unsurprisingly, on the near-legendary reputation of Marshall amps, but do seem to have a few abilities of their own; the Marshall Minor in-ear buds, for instance, have a special EarClick “lock” to increase stability, as well as an in-line microphone for hands-free use with your phone, while the Marshall Major earphones can fold down for easier transportation.

The Major headphones come with a 6.3mm adapter and a 1m extension cable, and are constructed from the same vinyl used in Marshall amplifiers complete with the “original Marshall texture.” They’re priced at $99/€99 and available now.

Meanwhile the Minor earphones come with a regular stereo adapter – for use with non-handsfree devices – a cable clip and four different sizes of earbud. They’re $59/€59 but currently sold-out.

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HP Mini 1103 netbook due December from $299

HP has pushed out a new netbook, the HP Mini 1103, targeted at businesses and mobile users and expected to drop this December for $299. Powered by Intel’s Atom N455 (1.66GHz) and N475 (1.83GHz) processors, the Mini 1103 has a 10.1-inch WSVGA display, up to 2GB of RAM, either 160GB or 320GB 7,200rpm hard-drives and GMA 3150 graphics.

There’s also three USB 2.0 ports, ethernet, VGA and audio in/out, as well as a media card reader, integrated stereo speakers and a microphone. A VGA webcam and WiFi b/g/n round out the standard specs, though Bluetooth, WiFi a/b/g/n and integrated 3G are all options.

HP reckons the Mini 1103 – which has a 93-percent full-sized keyboard – is good for a full day’s runtime, though they fall short of actually providing estimates. With so much of the focus on tablets these days, it seems strange to be writing about netbooks again, but if you’re looking for the Windows 7 experience and actually intend to create documents rather than read them, the Mini 1103 is probably a better option.

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Nokia production line death sparks Indian investigation

News of an employee death at a Nokia manufacturing facility in India has broken, with a 22 year old assembly line worker killed at the company’s Sriperumbudur plant near Chennai on October 31. Full details on the incident are unknown – according to the statement Nokia gave us, which you can read after the cut, an investigation is still ongoing with the local authorities – but there are unconfirmed reports that the female employee was trapped while repairing a machine that loads sheet metal onto a magazine rack.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and we offer our condolences and deepest sympathies to the family of our colleague in India. As a mark of respect, we closed our facility in Chennai on November 1st and members of our senior management have met with the family of our colleague.

We are investigating this tragic incident thoroughly and we are also collaborating with local authorities in India with full transparency. While it would inappropriate and insensitive to the family of our colleague to comment on the details of this accident until the full facts are known, we can say that the details being reported by some online media and tabloid publications are simply untrue.” Nokia statement

Speculation has already begun about the reaction of the plant management and the nature of the hardware the employee was using, though so far nothing has been conclusively discovered and reports on the incident are scant. Nokia has promised full disclosure on the incident, and we’ll be keeping an eye on reports as more information breaks.


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Nokia E7 clears FCC, pentaband WCDMA intact

Nokia’s E7 has cleared the FCC, ahead of its promised launch in December 2010. Announced back at Nokia World 2010 in September, the E7 is the Finn’s full QWERTY version of the N8, running Symbian^3 on a 4-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display.

Among the usual internal and external photos, the FCC filing also includes the E7′s user manual [pdf link], though there are no great surprises to be found inside. Still, the E7 alone may be interesting enough; as well as being pentaband UMTS/WCMDA – and so compatible with T-Mobile USA, AT&T and European 3G networks – it supports the same HDMI and USB On-The-Go connectivity as its N8 cousin.

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Android 3.0 MOTOPAD is Motorola & Google’s Honeycomb opener?

We’ve heard rumors about Google and Motorola having a priority relationship when it comes to developing Android tablets, and now there’s a little extra speculation to add to that murky picture. According to Mobile-Review, Google has picked Motorola’s MOTOPAD as the debut device for Android 3.0; more specifically, Motorola’s 7-inch version of the slate.

The exact nature of that tablet is unclear, however. Verizon are tipped to be preparing a Motorola-made slate for Q1 2011, codenamed Stingray, while the company has also been connected with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset. We’re guessing the reference to a 7-inch MOTOPAD implies there are other sizes on the cards, most likely a 10-inch iPad rival.

[via Android Community]


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Samsung Galaxy S Showcase Available Now at Cellular South

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While the Showcase name seems relegated to to Samsung’s website, the Galaxy S phone going by that name on regional carrier Cellular South is now available for purchase. The phone is $199.99 on-contract “after $50 reward card.” What you are getting is the spitting image of the Samsung Vibrant from T-Mobile, complete with 1GHz processor and 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. If memory serves, I think that just about covers all announced US carriers for Galaxy S devices. Now Samsung can focus on getting that Nexus S ready to go.

[thanks Eli!]

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Verizon Announces LG Vortex, Android 2.2 at $79.99

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Verizon has issued a press release announcing the availability of the LG Vortex, an entry-level Android 2.2 device. The phone will hit VZW’s shelves come November 18th and will be available at a price of of $79.99 on a two-year agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. It’s not as free as was rumored, but there is still a chance it will be on some holiday sale or another.

The LG Vortex features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3.2MP camera. Standard Verizon offerings are on board including Bing services, VZ Navigator, 3G Mobile HotSpot, and Skype. Not too shabby of a price for what you get: an Android 2.2 smartphone disguised in the draping of a feature phone.

[Press Release]

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