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Samsung set to ship SyncMaster XL20, 20" wide-gamut LCD monitor with LED backlight  
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 | by Eamon Hickey

Samsung will soon be shipping the new SyncMaster XL20, a 20", standard-format (1600 x 1200 pixels) LCD monitor aimed at color-critical applications such as photography.

The monitor uses an LED backlight and can display 114% of the NTSC color gamut as well as the full Adobe RGB gamut (which Samsung's press release calls the Adobe RGB "natural" gamut). Typical LCD monitors can only display about 82% of the NTSC gamut, according to Samsung.

Other promised benefits include strict brightness uniformity and extremely accurate color temperature control.

The SyncMaster XL20 will ship with a color management system comprising a "color calibrator probe" (presumably a colorimeter) and calibration/profiling software.

Suggested list price for the XL20 is US$1,999 in the U.S. A Samsung press release dated November 2, 2006 says the monitor is already available, but Samsung's U.S. PR firm informs us that it will not actually ship in the U.S. until next month.

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