Over 1 Billion Colors

Yes, Hewlett-Packard and DreamWorks have collaborated on a monitor that provides over 1 billion colors — the HP DreamColor Display LP2480xz. A result of a 2-year collaboration between the 2 companies, this monitor has a 24″ diagonal, 1920 x 1200 resolution, and sells at only $3,499 — much less than other similar displays.

In a post on Gizmodo, you can see a comparison of this monitor will a normal LCD — you can definitely see the difference!

[from The Future of Things]


2 responses to “Over 1 Billion Colors

  1. waltcrawford November 10, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Just a quick comment: In fact, you definitely can’t see the difference. What you’re seeing are “differences” caused by brightness settings and probably color alignment.

    How do I know? Simple: Unless you’re viewing the comparison on the billion-color display, it is physically impossible for you to see the additional colors provided by the display. It would be like viewing the differences between black-and-white TV and color TV *on a black-and-white TV*–that’s simply not possible. In this case, the “billion colors” have to be sampled down to the palette of the display on which you’re viewing the picture.

    Is the HP display substantially better than a color-aligned regular display? The only way to tell would be “in person.” Otherwise, you’re inherently limited to the quality of the display on which you’re viewing the comparison.

  2. Christine Peterson November 10, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    This actually makes me feel better. Originally, I wondered if I should be able to see the difference. Then I saw the photograph and figured that I didn’t know enough to second guess them.

    Guess I should have! Thanks!


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