Samsung Outs New Line of LCD Monitors with HDTV Tuners

If something walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then it's probably a duck. But what if it also barks like a dog - what would you call it then? Figure that one out and you'll know what to call Samsung's new 90 and 30 series LED-backlit LCD displays, which you can use as a PC monitor or an HDTV.

"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 Young Bae, director of display marketing Samsung Enterprise Business Division. "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."

Ranging in size from 21.5 to 24 inches, these multi-purpose whatchamacallits beam images in Full HD 1920x1080 with a 5ms response time. For what it's worth, the 90 series ups the ante by jacking up the dynamic contrast ratio from 70,000:1 (found on the 30 series) to 5,000,000:1 and trading in the 3W built-in speakers for a pair of 5W speakers.

Otherwise, both series come with HDMI connectivity, a remote control, and Picture in Picture (PiP). Look for the 90 series to ship next month for $420 (FX2490HD - 24-inch), while the 30 series is available now ranging in price from $270 to $330.