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DrinkTea:
Greetings Geekhackers!

As lovers of fine keyboards, many of you have high standards for your other peripherals as well. That’s why Sencha Electronics LLC. (really, I incorporated for this, it’s legit!) is proud to present the Minimax display!

What is Minimax?
Minimax is a 12.9 inch display for desktops and laptops
Minimax is minimal dot pitch for maximal clarity. Specifically, it’s a 2560 x 1700, 239 DPI, IPS display with a dot pitch of 0.1062 mm.  Standard displays have less than half the pixel density.

Why does high DPI matter?
On our computers We read, write, program, and troll Geekhack. The common theme is text. And when you’re looking at all that text you want it to be as clear as possible. Apple calls it “retina” but I just call it reasonable resolution (thanks, Linus Torvalds).

Are there any similar displays?
Many companies have recognized the benefit of such displays on phones, tablets, and occasionally laptops; but they’ve been slow to make their way into standalone monitors.
For desktops, your only options are expensive, non-portable and still lower DPI than the Minimax. If you want a portable display for your laptop your only options are low PPI.

So why do I want one?
These displays just “look” nice. The massive resolution in a small size looks incredible. Text is crystal clear. With a Pixels Per Inch count approaching print media everything is a joy to read.

How would I use this with a desktop/laptop?
We will either include a stand or you can bring your own(depending on feedback). If we include one, it will be like a tablet stand.  It will also work with most existing tablet stands.
You can use a standard VESA stand. Since they are light, we will have an adapter to mount 2-3 to a single VESA mount, Voltron Style.

OK, so how much?!?!?!
That depends on the final design. Our goal is under $450 $400. And I don't mean $399.99.
Edit: Looking at it, I think $450 was a bit high, even for an upper bound. It might be closer to that if we make a model with a machined aluminum case, though. But that would be v2.


Specs summary:
Screen size (diagonal): 12.9 inches.
Resolution: 2560 x 1700
PPI: 239
Inputs: Displayport
Power: Mini USB (Plug into a wall charger for 100% brightness).

So, who’s interested?
Are you interested in a kit or something fully assembled?
Would you like a stand built into the display or as an attachment?
Do you see yourself using this more with a laptop, desktop, or both?

Here’s a video made by the PCB designer!

If you’re interested or think you might be, please fill out this form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16AMzQO-NVlaIHiAg92IvwQ_uvJatXQLk1Fx11zRp9VA/viewform

Project status(updated frequently):
The PCB is done. The display works.
A case prototype will be ready within two weeks.
We hope to start production by the end of february
Currently, there are issues using the display on Apple computers running 10.8 and 10.9 that have ONLY Intel graphics. We are working to solve this and may offer a bounty. Please contact me if you think you can help.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, I'm all ears. This will be updated frequently. Thanks for reading!

Pacifist:
Dam thats a small size

Hak Foo:
It would be difficult to build a workstation around it.

DrinkTea:

--- Quote from: Hak Foo on Wed, 22 January 2014, 01:04:46 ---It would be difficult to build a workstation around it.

--- End quote ---

The aim is to use it as a second display with a laptop, a secondary display on a desktop, or use a lot of them together.
Personally, I like the idea of using it as a dedicated reading display, since I read a lot of academic papers.

Pacifist:

--- Quote from: DrinkTea on Wed, 22 January 2014, 01:06:14 ---
--- Quote from: Hak Foo on Wed, 22 January 2014, 01:04:46 ---It would be difficult to build a workstation around it.

--- End quote ---

The aim is to use it as a second display with a laptop, a secondary display on a desktop, or use a lot of them together.
Personally, I like the idea of using it as a dedicated reading display, since I read a lot of academic papers.

--- End quote ---

Its nice, but is it worth $450? Maybe at $200 I would consider it, but I can get IPS monitors for $300

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