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April - May

A01 Version of Dell's 2407WFP Shipped
Firmware Patch for Dell 2007WFP Banding Issue
Dell 2407WFP Released in the UK!
Viewsonic Announce Full Zero Dead Pixel Policy on VP Series
New 20" TFT's Coming Soon

NEC Screens Allow You To Manually Turn Off Overdrive!
CableComp Technology

Feb - March

Spec for Dell 2407WFP Finally Released Officially
NEC's New '90' Range - LCD2190UXi
CEBIT Conference 2006 Information
Spec for Dell 2007WFP Finally Released Officially

News about, and Specs for the Dell 2407WFP, 2707WFP and 2007WFP
Dell 2407WFP Spec Released
LG.Philips Manage a 1600:1 Contrast Ratio!
New Widescreen Monitors On Their Way for 2006!

2005 Archive:

Xerox to Launch 8ms G2G 20" and 23" screens

 

 

A01 Version of Dell's 2407WFP Shipped
May 27th 2006

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.

 


Firmware Patch for Dell 2007WFP Banding Issue
May 27th 2006

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 2407WFP Released in the UK!
May 14th 2006

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!

Dell 2407WFP available for ~£705 online at Overclockers UK
Official Dell Information


 


Viewsonic Announce Full Zero Dead Pixel Policy on VP Series
April 22nd 2006

Taken from Viewsonic Europe (April 2006):

Zero Bright Dot: Improved provision for pixel errors

"Anyone purchasing a 17”, 19”, 20” or 21” model from the ViewSonic Professional series will now also benefit from an improved regulation for dealing with pixel errors. Purchasers can return the product up to 15 days after purchase – even if only a single sub-pixel is constantly bright on a dark background. The limited timeframe for return is calculated on the basis of the fact that 99% of such types of sub-pixel errors result after a single normal thermo cycle (i.e. after the display has been on for a period, then off for a period and then on again - hot, cold, hot)."

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.

 


New 20" TFT's Coming Soon
April 22nd 2006

Samsung 204B

Panel Technology: TN Film (Samsung
LTM201UX)
Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Response Time: 5ms G2G
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Colours: 16.7 million
Viewing Angles: 160/160
Availability: Soon

ViewSonic VP2030B

Panel Tech: P-MVA (AU Optronics
M201UN02 V5)
Resolution: 1600 x 1200
Response Time: 8ms G2G
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Colours: 16.7 million
Viewing Angles: 176/176
UK Price: £470 - 530
Availability: Now

Dell 2007WFP

Panel Technology: S-IPS (LG.Philips
LM201W01)
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 16ms
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Colours: 16.7 million
Viewing Angles: 178/178
Availability: Soon, available in USA already (~$450)

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 Screens Allow You To Manually Turn Off Overdrive!
April 22nd 2006

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.

 


CableComp Technology
April 22nd 2006

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.

 


Spec for Dell 2407WFP Finally Released Officially
March 24th 2006

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's New '90' Range - LCD2190UXi
March 21st 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

 


CEBIT Conference 2006 Information
March 11th 2006

< Details here >
 


Spec for Dell 2007WFP Finally Released Officially
March 11th 2006

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:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/monitors/2007WFP/en/about.htm

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).
 


News about, and Specs for the Dell 2407WFP, 2707WFP and 2007WFP
March 5th, 2006

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:



This looks like it will be the panel for the 2407WFP. Basically just an improvement on the panel used in the 2405FPW. You can match it up with the specs and features listed already for the 2407 below. Samsung list the new panel at 8ms G2G response time, which is an improvement over the older version listed at 12ms G2G. However, early reports are that Dell will be marketing the 2407 as a 6ms G2G screen and so this could well be a case of Dell using their own measurements and specs. Either way, it looks like it is essentially the same screen, but with a heavier dose of overdrive applied. Let's hope that this translates into some real performance improvements rather than just on paper.



Information about the 2707WFP (27" Dell model) is sketchy really, but it is quite likely that it will be based on the Samsung S-PVA panel listed above. The 2707 uses the same native resolution as the 2407, but is a nice stop gap for those looking for a slightly larger screen, without the desire to go to the massive Dell 3007WFP (30"). Again, specs may be slightly different once Dell release them, and I would speculate that if they market the 2407 at 6ms G2G, they are likely to do the same with the 2707.



The 2007WFP (updated version of the 2005FPW) is a tricky one. On the one hand, the 2005 used an S-IPS panel from LG.Philips and so logic might suggest Dell stick with another IPS panel. On the other hand, Dell have used Samsung panels for a long time as well maybe implying a PVA panel like the 2407 and 2707 are likely to be...but there isn't any information on a Samsung PVA panel at this size and suggested spec. Finally, the spec looks very much like a P-MVA panel, possibly like that used in other 20"WS models like the Belinea 102035W and Viewsonic VX2025WM. Details are a bit mixed at the moment and the above spec list is slightly edited compared to some you may see floating around on the net. It looks like the contrast ratio has been improved, and viewing angles certainly suggest an IPS panel. We may be in the same position as with the Philips 200W6CS at the moment (discussed here) which is said to be an IPS panel, but looks more like the spec of a P-MVA panel. I'd be inclined to think that both the Philips and the Dell are IPS technology, but until there is more information available from LG.Philips, we can't be 100% sure. Many places also list the above spec sheet without any improvement in response time. However, I would think that there is likely to be a new G2G response time promoted for this screen, and is likely to be 8ms as with the Philips 200W6CS. These two models are quite likely to be using a new updated version of the LM201W01 panel already used in the 2005 model before it.

 

 


Dell 2407WFP Spec Released
February 19th, 2006

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 Manage a 1600:1 Contrast Ratio!
February 19th, 2006

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:

  • Auto Contents Recognition (ACR) - detects the type of content being viewed and decides how to use the contrast adjustment engine to make the most of it. This is dependent on the mode selection in the monitor's OSD, choosing between settings like 'Movie', 'Text', 'Games' etc. For example, in 'Movie' mode, the DFC is enhanced for a maximum brightness and in 'Picture' mode colours are deepened.

  • Digital Contrast Enhancer (DCE) - which reduces black luminance.

  • Digital Contrast Mapper (DCM) - Displays the image while ensuring that the enhanced contrast is optimised.

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.

 


New Widescreen Monitors On Their Way for 2006!
February 14th, 2006

 

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!

 

Acer 19” AL1916W

Panel Technology: TN Film (Samsung)
Resolution: 1440 x 900
Response Time: 8ms
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £180 - 200
Availability: Now
Asus 19” PW191

Panel Tech: TN Film
Resolution: 1440 x 900
Response Time: 8ms
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Brightness: 330cd/m2
UK Price: ~ £275 EST
Availability: Unknown
Fujitsu-Siemens 19” Scaleoview W19-1

Panel Technology: TN Film (Samsung)
Resolution: 1440 x 900
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £215
Availability: Now
Viewsonic VA1912W
Panel Technology: TN Film (Samsung)
Resolution: 1440 x 900
Response Time: 8ms
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £220
Availability: Now
 
Acer 20” AL2016W

Panel Technology: TN Film (CPT)
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 8ms
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £275
Availability: Now
Acer 20” AL2032W

Panel Tech: S-IPS
Resolution: 1680 x1050
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £400 – 450
Availability: Now
Acer 20” AL2051W

Panel Technology: TN
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 8ms
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 400cd/m2
UK Price: £340 EST
Availability: February/March 2006
Acer 20” F20 Ferrari

Panel Tech: S-IPS
Resolution: 1680 x1050
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £510 - 625
Availability: Now
BenQ 20” FP202W

Panel Technology: TN Film (CPT)
Resolution: 1680×1024
Response Time: 8ms
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Brightness: 350cd/m2
UK Price: £400
Availability: Now
  Fujitsu-Siemens 20" S20-1W

Panel Tech: S-IPS?
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £399
Availability: Unknown
HP 21” F2105

Panel Tech: S-PVA (Samsung)
Resolution: 1680 x1050
Response Time: 12ms
Contrast Ratio: 900:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £520 - 550
Availability: Now
NEC 20” 20WGX2

Panel Tech: S-IPS
Resolution: 1680 x1050
Response Time: 6ms (G2G)
Contrast Ratio: 700:1 (1600:1 with advanced DV mode)
Brightness: 470cd/m2
UK Price: ~ £500 EST
Availability: February 2006
Philips 20” 200W6CS

Panel Tech: S-IPS
(LG Philips)
Resolution: 1680 x1050
Response Time: 8ms (G2G)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £350
Availability: Now
Viewsonic VA2012W

Panel Tech: TN Film (CPT)
Resolution: 1680 x1050
Response Time: 8ms
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £350
Availability: Now
  Viewsonic 20” VX2022W
Panel Tech: unknown
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 3ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1 / 700:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: ~ £375 EST
Availability: Early March 2006
Viewsonic 20” VX2025WM
Panel Tech: P-MVA (AUO)
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: ~ £411
Availability: Now
Xerox 20” XM9-20W

Panel Tech: P-MVA (AUO)
Resolution: 1680 x 1050
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: Unknown
Availability: Early 2006
   
Dell 30” 3007WFP

Panel Technology: PVA (Samsung)
Resolution: 2560 x 1600
Response Time: 14ms
Contrast Ratio: 700:1
Brightness: 400cd/m2
UK Price: £1050 - 1500
Availability: Now
Acer 24” AL2416W

Panel Technology: PVA (Samsung)
Resolution: 1920 x1200
Response Time: 6ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
UK Price: £600
Availability: Now
BenQ 23” FP231W

Panel Tech: S-IPS
(LG Philips)
Resolution: 1920 x1200
Response Time: 16ms
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Brightness: 250cd/m2
UK Price: £899 - 999
Availability: Now
Viewsonic VP2330W

Panel Tech: P-MVA (AUO)
Resolution: 1920 x1200
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Brightness: 250cd/m2
UK Price: ~ £999 EST
Availability: Unknown
Xerox 23” XM9-23W

Panel Technology: P-MVA (AUO)
Resolution: 1920 x1200
Response Time: 8ms (GTG)
Contrast Ratio: 800:1
Brightness: 250cd/m2
UK Price: Unknown
Availability: Early 2006


With thanks to PFK from Overclockers for originally compiling this information

 


Xerox to Launch 8ms G2G 20" and 23" screens
September 24th, 2005

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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