So what does COMDEX have to do with trading? I'm getting to it... I've been looking for some good flat-panel displays and figured I'd check out the latest and greatest on the showroom floor and see if there was anything else a trader couldn't live without. First off, I gotta hand it to Samsung. Their LCD's and Plasma screens just blew away everything else at the show. For monitors, they had six of their 19-1T model flat panels mounted together. The picture was razor sharp, I could read text from more than 20 feet away. The most striking feature about these monitors are the bezels being less than an inch thick which makes them perfect for multi-monitor displays. Try as I might, I couldn't find one other seller that offered a thin product. Not to mention, the scrolling demo included a sample of a trading display complete with charts, quote monitors and excel sheets which made me laugh. These will probably be on my xmas list. They also had slim 17" monitors, the 17-1N model looked just as nice but I have to admit those extra couple of inches make a world of difference as any girl will tell you. Samsung is also coming out with what they claim is the largest LCD (46") in 2003 - price not yet set. For the ultimate in wow factor, they were also showing a 50" plasma screen ($15K) and a 63" ($19K). Supposedly the plasma screens produce a clearer image at these larger sizes. I don't know, I'm not an expert, but I do admit the pictures looked nice. The only thing comparable to Samsung's offerings was a 46" plasma being sold by Benq (which from what I understand is the company that emerged after Acer filed for bankruptcy and screwed all their existing customers.) There were nice looking Pioneer plasma screens that different vendors were using but Pioneer didn't show up to this year's COMDEX. This 46" bad boy from Benq has a great picture and runs about $6K, but before you scoff, think about it for a sec... six of the 19" Samsungs will run about $4,500-$5,500, then you gotta pay a few hundred more for the stands for a multi-monitor setup. Almost the same price. I tried to get some more info on whether a plasma display could be used as a viable option for a trading setup. They must've had thirty or forty people standing around and NO ONE could answer my question. Best I could do was grab a tech sheet. For all you gearheads, it contains RGB3 and RGB4 optional input connectors to go with their standard RGB1 (analog) and RGB2 (digital) connections. Of course that doesn't answer the question about how the picture compares to LCD screens. The only person who supposedly could answer my question kept deliberately avoiding me so this place gets my first COMDEX award for having the dumbest staff I've ever seen at any trade show. Like my review so far? Want more? Then read on... Don't like it? Click the 'back' button.