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Exclusive : Viewsonic To Launch 27-inch 2560 x1440 Monitor With USB 3.0

We have received confirmation from a source at Viewsonic that the US-based technology company will release a 27-inch monitor with USB 3.0 and Displayport connectors as well as (possibly) HDMI, D-Sub and DVI ports. USB 3.0 won't power the screen.

The monitor - which is called the VP2770-LED - will have a QHD resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 pixels and will be launched towards the end of Q3. The only other titbit we've managed to gather is that it will cost less than the competition (ed : that's fairly easy). As a comparison, the Viewsonic VX2753mh can be had for around £250 with a full HD resolution and no USB ports.

Expect the VP2770-LED to come with integrated speakers as well as a three year warranty. Competition is thin at the very top end of the 27-inch qHD monitor market. The Dell U2711 costs more than £500 while you cannot pick the Fujitsu Technology Solutions P27T-6 or the ZR2740W for less than £600.

As for Apple's Thunderbolt LCD display, you're be lucky to find one for less than £900. As the majority of devices under the sun offer full HD resolution and prices tumble down, manufacturers are likely to look for the next big jump in pixel count with 4K (2,560 by 1,600) being the logical follow up.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.