January 17, 2012, 7:00 AM — Proud of that 24-inch monitor you got yourself over theholidays? Swelled with pride over your shiny new 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt 2560-by-1440-resolution window on your own awesomeness?
Drooling over an HP Omni 27, an all-in-one with a 27-inch diagonal-panel HD monitor?
Of course, if big displays are what you're into, most LCD TVs can work as computer monitors in addition to their usual task – boob-tube emulation.
So you could always hook up your new iPhone 4S or Intel Core I7 laptop to this 70-inch Sharp LCD to properly display your iPhone action shots from CES, which seem to get blurrier and less artfully composed as the time sig on the files gets later. (An obvious bug in the camera firmware; if it hasn't shown up since you left the show, it just shows how many things that happen in Vegas stay there. )
There's just no way to compete with massive multiscreen video walls.
They may not be practical for home gaming setup, but it's fun to think about. What would CODMW3 or Portal2 look like on the 100-monitor video wall you may have walked past at McCarran Airport on the way out of Las Vegas? How would you like to drive a display like that using just your iPad2?
Actually it's only the C-n-C that's on the Ipad; the graphics are driven by hardware from Cinemassive, which will build you one with anything from two displays to 100.
It's not the largest video wall in the world, of course. AT&T claims the biggest is the 12-foot-high, 250-foot-wide video wall it uses to manage 928,000 miles of fiber, 129,000 WiFi hotspots, 87 million wireless customers and hundreds of millions of dropped iPhone calls from its ultra-cool-looking Global Network Operations Center.
The endless AT&T video wall may be the biggest, but it doesn't have the right touch for HP, which just introduced a multi-touchscreen display system that is 11 feet wide, 7 feet high and can take input from 32 different fingers touching it simultaneously.