4:30 p.m.: First up is some corporate overview info. Interesting stuff actually: currently over 150 models of
HANNSpree sets, 900 retail locations in 2005.
4:35 p.m.: Hey, they have a new licensing deal with Warner
Brothers. The move will bring four new sets in the "Fantasy" line by June, including a fairly detailed Batman
Batman surrounds the 15-inch LCD.
We're really wondering how those apple-TVs would taste.
4:37 p.m.:HANNStar is the LCD panel production
company in Taiwan that the HANNS-lines are built from. Wow, they have the production capability to pump out 1.5 million
LCD panels a month!
4:39 p.m.: HANNS-G line is introduced. This sister brand is going to bring style to the
Information Technology monitor space. Are they saying IT folks have no style? Anyway, the HANNS-G family is already in
Asia and hits the U.S. shores in the first quarter. Looks like 15- to 23-inch wide monitors for workstations, some of
the displays will be in the 2 to 8 ms range which isn't bad for gaming. Yeah, we'll only use these in the IT
environment....right. This line will compete with ViewSonic, Acer and BenQ.
monitor can twist from landscape to portrait.
Another stylish monitor for the Information
Technology space, the HW-1910.
4:41 p.m.: Even bigger news announced: HANNSpree is going large, as in larger
screens up to 50-inches. This is a real departure from the current product offerings but the design and style factor is
still apparent. HDMI and ATSC tuners will be included, as will various memory card slots.
Several style lines in different sizes will available.
4:45 p.m.: The 360-degree design concept
explained. Design is a factor all around the sets; but you knew that, right?
4:48 p.m.: The
HANNSvibe 32-inch set is announced; more details later because they have something even more intriguing coming up.
4:49 p.m.: Welcome to the HANNSmobi; a portable 7-inch LCD with DVD, NTSC tuner and integrated MP3 player. Will
list for $399 but we didn't get to see it.
4:51 p.m.: Speaking of mobile, the HANNSvidilink is on the way so
we can wirelessly transmit our television signal through 802.11a up to 300-feet. We're thinking that distance would be
a stretch, but it's not our press event, so we'll keep quiet.
4:55 p.m.: That's a wrap so we grabbed a quick
water and took a last look around the booth. Thanks for the invite, HANNSpree. It's clear that HANNSpree is expanding
out from the smaller LCDs, but it's also clear that design will be a primary brand-recognition factor.