Here's the first desktop display based on quantum dots

Philips claims to have the world's first desktop monitor based on quantum dot technology. The display was created in cooperation with QD Vision, an MIT spin-off that's been working on quantum dots for years. It takes advantage of the technology's purer colors to deliver an impressive 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum.

The quantum dots are part of an IPS-type panel with wide 178° viewing angles. Unfortunately, the E-Series 276E6ADS is otherwise unremarkable. Its 27" screen has a relatively low 1080p resolution, and there's no variable refresh magic.

Apart from promising a wide gamut, the spec sheet looks pretty typical. The brightness and contrast ratios are comparable to conventional LCDs, and the 14-ms gray-to-gray response time is actually a tad sluggish. Good thing there's a SmartResponse mode that's supposed to cut response times to a more reasonable 5 ms.

The display debuted in China today, and it's slated to be available in the US, Europe, and Korea "before mid-2015." Let's hope there's a higher-resolution version in the works.

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