Further to the recent article about the new Dell 2xx7WFP range, A few users on Widescreengamingforum based in Malaysia and Australia reported that they recently received the AO1 revision of the 2407WFP:
yyeoh: " Just got my 2407 today after a 2 week wait. I'm happy to say that it's Made in China Rev A01. The firmware is V1B15 and panel is SAMWUXGA LTM240L2. Seems to be missing an 'm' in the panel number. Text is crisp and no obvious banding(lcds seem to always have banding when I look too closely). Looks like an excellent monitor and I'm happy with it."
thuanz: "...Showing banding and no text blurring. This is on desktop mode over DVI. The other modes show no blurring either. Banding seems to be less pronounced over VGA. (A01 revision)"
It looks like Dell are at least acknowledging the early reported problems and are working towards a fix for this. This appears to have been handled in a few ways, firstly with the LTM240ML2 panel update which some people have received with improved performance. Now it looks like the official A01 version has been released incorporating these fixes. Again, it is unclear which version the US and UK markets will receive, more news as it's available.
This has been reported across the net, but it doesn't hurt to have one more mention. The Dell 2007WFP has been plagued by some pretty bad banding problems on colour gradients since its release in the US and other foreign regions a month or so ago. This has lead to a lot of complaints and the banding can be pretty bad in many cases. We reported this issue as part of the recent article about changing trends in colour depth and it seems that many users have been effected by this problem.
However, Dell have recently announced on their US support forums that there will be a new firmware released to address the issue:
"Dell has a firmware update that adjusts the ACC (Adaptive Color and Contrast) & ACM (Active Color Management) features, eliminating the banding issue when using the Desktop mode. All of these monitors have three display modes: Desktop, Multimedia and Gaming. The firmware turns off Faroudja video processing in Desktop mode. It remains enabled in the other two modes. Essentially, the updated firmware allows users to choose whether they want the Faroudja video processing feature on or off."
More info available on Dell's forums including this thread.
Dell have finally released the 2407WFP in the UK after the long wait since Japanese and US markets received these screens. Specs have been updated, and the design has been changed in line with Dell's 3007WFP. However, there have been some mixed reports in the US and Japan about colour banding issues on both this and more notably on the 2007WFP. It looks likely that it could be down to poor DVI firmware, but some users have reported some obvious banding on colour gradients, especially on the 2007WFP. Don't be too concerned with this, but I did feel it was worth noting. Hopefully once there have been some main stream reviews from the likes of BeHardware and THG, we will see some further information about both screens. If they are anything like their predecessors, they are bound to be popular!
Taken from Viewsonic Europe (April 2006):
Bright Dot: Improved provision for pixel errors
Above is Viewsonic's press release about this new policy. At the moment, this only covers their VP series (including the VP930, VP2030B etc) and not only covers fully dead pixels (black / white) but also any dead sub pixels (red/green/blue). This is excellent news and hopefully the other models in their range (VX-- models for example) will follow soon. Other manufacturers will surely have to release a similar policy to keep up, but there has always been caution over policies like this for obvious reasons. Viewsonic fail to mention in their release that nearly all pixel defects are caused during the manufacturing stage and are quite rare if they develop over time with normal use. As such, you have a couple of weeks to use the TFT and check for pixel defects to ensure it arrived to you in perfect condition.
Points of interest from these new models include the 5ms quoted response time for the new Samsung 204B. This is rated as the fastest panel so far in the 20" market. However, the screen is based on TN Film technology, something that not everyone is happy with. In practice, the 5ms TN panel doesn't really offer any real performance improvement compared with the 8ms TN models (BenQ FP202W for instance) and actually remains a little behind the responsiveness of the 8ms P-MVA models (Viewsonic VX2025WM, Belinea 102035W for example). - source, Hardware.fr
The Viewsonic VP2030B is the big brother of the very popular and well established VP930. Offering a 4:3 aspect ratio, but with the eagerly anticipated P-MVA panel from AU Optronics. This offers comparable performance to it's 19" and 20"WS counterparts, so for those looking for a normal aspect screen, this might be a very good choice. Finally there is the eagerly anticipated Dell 2007WFP, already available in the USA, soon to hit the UK shores.
NEC's new LCD2090UXi features an 8ms G2G rated A-TW-IPS panel. The panel also has 700:1 contrast ratio, 280 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles (full spec sheet here). Perhaps most interesting of all is that the OSD for this model has an option in which the user can specify to turn the overdrive application on or off manually!
This option isn't obvious be default in the OSD. In fact you need to access a hidden menu by turning the screen off, then holding the 'input' button while you turn the screen back on. You can then let go of the button and go into the OSD where the selections are more comprehensive. As you can see from the picture above, the overdrive can supposedly be turned on or off at the owners discretion. In practice on this particular screen, it actually shows no real difference in terms of responsiveness or in other areas like noise in movies. I would be inclined to think that this is a new feature that NEC are testing, but is more a function available in their OSD software, and not actually functional at present in this model at least.
The presence of this is interesting however, as it would suggest that perhaps in some models this will become usable, or rather functional. In theory this could help the user adjust their screen if they want to 'turn down' the overdrive to offer a more rounded screen performance, including most notably (hopefully) the reduction of noise and artefacts in movie playback which tend to be accentuated by this RTC technology, especially when poorly controlled.
NEC have introduced their "CableComp" technology which automatically compensates for signal quality differences caused by long cables and weak signals. The technology allows you to use cables of up to 20m and still support the 1600 x 1200 resolution over DVI. This is as compared with normal operation of about 7m. For 1280 x 1024 resolution on DVI you can use cables up to 30m in length, and for VGA / Analogue connections, up to 100m! This is achieved through the use of a booster and intermediate replicater, and does not lead to any delay either.
As reported by TFT Central back in February, the Dell 2407WFP spec has been a topic of hot discussion. Finally, Dell have released their official spec which is exactly as we reported before. You can view the Dell spec for the 2407WFP here on Dell's site. The updated panel offers 6ms response time G2G, which is really the only major change to the spec sheet. Whether this is down to a more heavily applied overdrive by Samsung or a case of exaggerated specs, we do not know yet. Samsung look to have updated their panel (PVA - LTM240M1) and Dell have often liked to quote slightly different specs to the panel manufacturers based on their own measurements.
There was speculation before it's release that the S Video or composite inputs might be absent, or perhaps even the USB ports. However, this looks not to be the case which is good news for fans of versatile monitors like the 2405FPW before it. The DVI input is also HDCP certified. Reports are that this monitor will be released along with the 2007WFP on May 3rd 2006.
NEC have announced their new '90' range TFT's as showcased at CEBIT 2006. This is taken from their press release:
"Munich, CeBIT 2006 – With the new NEC MultiSync® LCD2190UXi, NEC Display Solutions is launching the flagship of its new high-end 90s range. This monitor – the successor to the legendary NEC MultiSync® LCD2180UX – is an absolutely top class product with an array of technical characteristics and advanced features, which are unique as a whole. Not only does it have an SA-SFT (SuperAdvanced SuperFine Technology) TFT-IPS panel guaranteeing brilliant picture quality, but also technical features including a rapid response time of 10ms (Grey to Grey) with overdrive technology and Advanced Non-Touch-Auto-Adjustment (A-NTAA). Thanks to new ambix3 technology (VGA, DVI-I, DVI-D) it is possible to connect the monitor, in the most widely varied combinations, to three different signal sources at the same time. A completely new feature is the scheduler with a real-time clock integrated into the monitor, with which the operating times for the monitor for each day of the week can be individually programmed. The ErgoDesign® of the monitors has also been improved and with the new 90s range, NEC Display Solutions offers height adjustability of up to 150mm! Thanks to an extremely slender housing surround of just 14.9 mm, the display is perfect for multi-monitor applications, including for process controls, for example. The NEC MultiSync® LCD2190UXi has been developed for use with CAD/CAM and DTP applications and document management as well as for the banking and insurance sectors. Thanks to a screen diagonal of 21.3 inches and a high resolution of 1600x1200, the monitor can display two A4 pages alongside each other, including menu bars: more space for more details, even for high-end office or broadcasting applications."
Source: NEC Displays
The spec for the eagerly anticipated Dell 2007WFP
has been released on Dell's US support site. You can find the information about
it here in depth:
As TFT Central reported on 5/3/06 the spec was as we thought. 16ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness. Looks like it is just using a slightly updated version of the 16ms S-IPS panel that the 2005FPW before it used. I have not had full clarification of this, but it looks to be the case. The design has changed in line with Dell's 3007WFP which some people may like, others may not. Personally I am not convinced by the new stand, but it is all down to personal taste really.
They have also released the spec for the 4:3
format version, the 2007FP
here (same spec, but non WS version of the panel).
The date of release for these screens is still not official, but there are reports that information will be released by Dell over the next couple of weeks, quite possibly during CEBIT 2006 (9 - 15th March). Regardless, the specs are likely to be very similar to those available for the panels expected in these models. Dell do like to sometimes change these specs a little bit, for instance the 2405FPW being rated at 16ms response time by Dell, but more generously at 12ms by Samsung. However, these are the details available from Samsung for their new panels, which are likely to carry over into the Dell models:
The eagerly anticipated successor to the Dell 2405FPW has been announced for some time, but with limited information available from Dell themselves. Here is an anticipated spec sheet for the new model. This was updated as of 17/2/06, but final spec may possibly vary:
LG.Philips have recently introduced a new electronic control on their panel technologies which is marketed as being able to improve the contrast ratio from a typical level of 700:1 to a massive 1600:1! It is supposed to help colours look more vivid and bright, text look sharper and enhance the extremes ends of the colour scale, making blacks deeper and whites brighter. This is a great benefit to gamers who have issues seeing enemies lurking in the shadows and for photo / cinema users who want to improve colour quality. This technology is called the Digital Fine Contrast engine (DFC) and consists of 3 elements:
There are a few new models emerging soon with this technology. The NEC LCD20WGX2 is one of the first to feature this, and offers an enhanced contrast ratio of 1600:1. LG also have some models on their way, including the new 80 series due April which are the LG 1780Q and LG 1790Q updates. Also the LG 1770H, 1970H, 1732P and 1932P are due the same time.
There are several exciting new monitors on their way this year, as manufacturers start to really push the 20" range in particular. This year sees the emergence of TN Film panels in the 20" market, hopefully a sign of faster, more responsive panels for the gamers out there, as well as a war on prices helping to drive down overall costs as the 19" range has already seen over the last 2 years. There is also the production of overdriven PVA and MVA panels similar to those in the 19" market, let's hope this sector becomes as successful!
TFT Central has received some exclusive news regarding the release of two very interesting large monitors, both expected towards the end of 2005 - beginning of 2006. These will include:
XM9-20W - offering 8ms G2G response time, 800:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing angles. This looks to be using the new overdriven P-MVA panel from AU Optronics. The M201EQ01 V0 is also due for release in the new BenQ FP202W. The Xerox display looks to follow on from the success of the XA7-192i which used the established AUO 19" panel (Viewsonic VP191B also). The 20" panel is supposed to be very close to the 19" version, but obviously with a larger matrix, offering 1680 x 1050 resolution. The 20" market it the hottest area for improvement right now, and hopefully AUO will produce the goods again.
XM9-23W - with similar specs to the 20" version, this is an 8ms G2G, 800:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness panel. Again, this looks to be the new AUO P-MVA M230UW01 V1 panel which is another size up from the 20" version. The 23" market has been pretty stagnant for some time, with very little variety in the panels used. Hopefully AUO will open this area up as the 23" range also offers the same 1920 x 1200 resolution that owners of the Dell 2405FPW (24") have been enjoying.
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