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    i can get a 14" TFT LCD for $188 but a 10" one costs $400??? and a 30" one goes for $4000? can someone let me know how the pricing scheme goes for LCD's? as i understand it, the smaller the LCD, the cheaper it is to make thus the cheaper it is to buy... larger LCD's cost more due to the cost of motherglass...read this c-net article http://news.com.com/2100-1040-843455.html

    I just need a 10" size desktop LCD for around the same price as you can buy a 15", is that too much to ask? i'm thinking of getting the 14" and mounting it in my dash if i cant find a smaller one...i have a legacy 7.2" but that thing sucks ....you know.

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    I think it has more to do with production volume than material cost in this case. Think of it this way: it probably costs about the same to design and tool up for production of a 10" LCD as it does for a 14" LCD. Since the cost of the tooling and the research and development must be factored into the price of the LCD screen, each screen must pay for its portion of the total tooling and R&D cost (based on how many the marketing guys expect to sell.) Since there is a much bigger market for 14" screens (they're big enough for your parents to read email without squinting too much) than for 10" screens, the 10" LCDs each have a much bigger share of the total cost to pay- at least our parents all want to run PCs in their cars.

    The solution- Get more people to install LCD monitors in their dashes.

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    • #3
      i doubt that would help, seems companies just want to screw us any way they can! as for production cost/demand, im not sure...i see atleast 10 SUV's a day with LCD monitors in them...seeing as SUV's are 60% of the cars on the road now i don't see the arguement, i see it the other way around... read this cnet article...

      http://news.com.com/2100-1040-843455.html

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      • #4
        OK, as far as my solution goes- that was a joke.

        I was just explaining what could make a high-volume product such as a 14" LCD used in low end desktop monitors and notebooks by the gazillions cost half as much as a niche market product like a 10" LCD which will sell in much smaller numbers. That was what I thought you were asking.

        As far as the article goes, I read it, but I didn't think it was that relevant since the rising cost of motherglass will affect the price of all LCDs as the article says for "notebooks, handheld devices and cell phones," not just large screens. The larger LCDs will cost more overall, since they use more materials, but the high volume ones will give the best value.

        You are right, though. They ARE trying to screw us.

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        • #5
          also you need to remember the lcd controller cost
          prety much the same for whatever size you buy
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          • #6
            well, I always wondered why a .5L bottle of Coke cost $1 and a 2L bottle - 79 cents???

            Maybe we're all better off installing 15" LCDs in our rides?
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            • #7
              A 15" LCD would be a *****-and-a-half to install into my dash.. I think my 7.3" will work a LOT better.

              And with coKe, you always buy 2L's, and drink fast! 4 2L's in 4hr, you keep going a long time
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              • #8
                Originally posted by SiGmA_X
                A 15" LCD would be a *****-and-a-half to install into my dash.. I think my 7.3" will work a LOT better.

                And with coKe, you always buy 2L's, and drink fast! 4 2L's in 4hr, you keep going a long time
                yes it may be a *****, but i may have to do it...i'll do it just to spite the people who sell 7" LCD's for $400!

                frodobaggins - true! but how much of the cost should the controller contribute? 50% ? in my looking around i have found that it basically consists of around 70 to 90% of the total cost of the LCD !!! you can buy replacement laptop LCD's for a couple bucks up to a couple hundred, mostly they run around $50....but an LCD WITH a controller is like $400, translate that into mobile LCD's, small desktop LCD's...it's basically the same thing only they have integrated a circuit board, so now it's worth $400... i'm telling you a 15" desktop LCD is the way to go, brainstorm on a location to place it...anything...maybe make it easily mountable and removable (thwart thieves) on a small, strong metal stand of some kind...i dont f'n know.

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                • #9
                  ...very bored...

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                  • #10
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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        You also have to remember that the pixel density of a smaller screen is alot higher than a standard 15in screen.

                        I guess its mainly to do with demands. Why would a VGA monitor cost alot more than a composite video monitor? Same screen, same size. I dont think the VGA controller is so much more complicated than the composite controller.

                        Ill say the small video monitor is more common and much more in demand and therfore more competitions, lower price, more sales.

                        With the bigger monitor, again thats low in demand but also they are harder to make as you need a bigger piece of silicon in one piece.

                        Try and buy a big piece of wood in one piece and compare the price of the smaller piece joint together to make a big one. Not easy to get a tree that big, thats the reason for the high price...off cuts are cheap.

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