It's been a busy week in the world of giant displays. Samsung finally released the SUR40, HP countered with the 132-inch VantagePoint, and now Ideum's launching the MT65 Presenter. While this 65-inch display is only about half the size of HP's screen, it has a few distinct advantages. First of all, it's made up of a single panel, instead of the six that comprise the VantagePoint; it also includes 3D and a webcam with a Carl Zeiss lens and stereo mic input. All of the hardware is built right into the display: the Presenter is powered by a quad-core, hyperthreaded i7 processor running at 2.2GHz with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a GeForce GTX 460 GPU. The screen runs at 1080p, so the VantagePoint has it beat there with its combined 4098 x 1536 resolution.
As for software, it currently runs 64-bit Windows 7 Professional, though a Linux version is coming in March. There's also a lifetime license for GestureWorks 3 onboard for building your own touch-based apps. The last, and possibly biggest advantage for the MT65 Presenter could be its price: it's available for $17,450, making it a much more cost-effective option than HP's $125,000 VantagePoint. All of these new multitouch panels have their own pluses and minuses, so there's never been a better time to be in the market for a huge screen.