Dell to Release A01 Revision of 2408WFP Soon
April 30th 2008
A Dell representative
has recently hinted on the
Dell US support forums,
that the A01 revision of the 2408WFP monitor would hopefully be available
soon. ChrisM told everyone to
"Quit getting exchanges until I give the
word....I would wait until at least the 20th of May."
This could mean that the new revision is available before the end fo May, and
many users are hoping Dell will have addressed some of the early reported
issues with the screen.
We remember back to the
release of the 2xx7WFP models, where Dell addressed the colour banding issues
which users were reporting, and hopefully the new reports of colour tinting,
text blur and uniformity issues will now be fixed on the 2408WFP. We will of
course not know which aspects have been addressed until details of the A01
revision are available, or until users start to receive the new version. Some
users outside of the US have been told by their respective technical support
teams that their replacement models would be A01, but as yet, noone has
We'll update our article
as more information arrives.
Dell 2408WFP - Updates, Changes and Issues?
LG Release New W2242S Display With 8000:1 DCR
April 22nd 2008
LG have released details
of their new 22" monitor, the W2242S. The screen offers a 1680 x 1050
resolution, 5ms response time, 8000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (using LG's
F-engine 'Movie' mode), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing angles. The
screen is TN Film based and features only a standard 72% NTSC colour gamut
coverage, and a single D-sub VGA interface for connectivity. The screen offers
swivel and tilt adjustments so again could be considered pretty basic.
marketing manager, LG Electronics, says,
“We’re committed to providing greater
choice to users who are deciding on a monitor that’s right for them. This
latest addition to our monitor range offering great widescreen viewing with
exceptional image clarity and style.”
The screen is available
now and retails in the UK for ~£170 GBP.
NEC Produce Full HD 22.5 Inch LCD Module
April 14th 2008
LCD Technologies, together with its sales and marketing channels in the
Americas and Europe, NEC Electronics America and NEC Electronics (Europe), has
introduced a new 22.5-inch amorphous-silicon WUXGA TFT LCD module. The
new panel offers a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, 12ms response time,
800:1 contrast ratio, 460 cd/m2 brightness, a colour gamut covering 97% of the
NTSC colour space, and 176/176 viewing angles. The panel is part of NEC's own
UA-SFT technology range, and will also offer a double frame rate of 120Hz to
improve motion picture performance. Using this double frame rate, the LCD
module can be used by customers in equipment such as high-performance motion
picture monitors to improve motion picture performance using black frame rate
insertion, or interframe interpolation NEC added.
In addition, a 10-bit
source driver enables the module to provide 1,024 grayscale steps per each of
the primary colors (RGB), thus realizing 1,073 million colors per pixel. The
module attains a higher color resolution than specified by the European
Broadcasting Union (EBU) standard, the de-facto standard for broadcast
applications, and hence produces higher-quality images, noted the company.
The panel part reference
for the new 22" module is NL192120AC25-02.
LG Release New W3000H 30" Monitor
April 14th 2008
LG have released details
of their new 30"WS monitor, the W3000H. The new model will offer a 2560 x 1600
resolution along with a 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio,
115% NTSC colour gamut and 178/178 viewing angles. The W3000H offers tilt,
rotate and swivel ergonomic adjustments from the stand, comes with an
integrated 2 port USB hub, and features with a dual-link DVI interface (HDCP
supported). The W3000H should be available at the end of April and is expected
to retail for €1699 (Euroes) or around £1154 GBP.
Iiyama Hard Glass Coated ProLite P1904S
March 23rd 2008
Available this month at
a retail price of £149, Iiyama are releasing a new glass coated screen in
their range, the ProLite P1904S. The new screen should be on sale from 24th
March and offers the usual 1280 x 1024 resolution, along with a 5ms response
time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles.
The screen is TN Film based as you might expect.
The P1904S will offer
both analogue (D-sub) and digital (DVI) interfaces. The selling point will be
it's 8H rated glass coating to the screen, similar to that offered on some of
Xerox's range of screens. The casing will be all black and there will also
be intergrated stereo speakers for some light multimedia use and a tilt
Iiyama's blurb states:
"The ProLite P1904S fits the growing need
for Protected LCD’s within Education, Retail and Industrial applications. The
toughened safety glass fitted behind the bezel offers 8H hardness rating
capable of resisting above normal pressure or impact to the display."
Samsung's New 53 Series Released
March 18th 2008
recent news article about the T Series of screens shown off at CeBIT this
year, Samsung have released details of their new 53 series. There are three
new models, the 19 inch 953BW, the 20 inch 2053BW (pictured) and the 22 inch
2253LW. As you might expect, the 953BW offers a 1440 x 900 resolution, while
the other two models offer 1680 x 1050. Other specs being reported are 2ms G2G
response times, 8000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and HDCP support over DVI. The
retail prices are expected to be $239, $299 and $349 respectively for the
three sizes, but release date is not yet known.
Dell Release New 2009W Monitor
March 14th 2008
Dell have released
details of a new 20" monitor in their ever-popular range of screens. The new
2009W will offer a 20"WS size, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time,
2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing
angles. The screen will offer an extended colour gamut which is based on
CIE1976 (102% coverage) and CIE1931 (92% coverage) test standards of the NTSC
colour space. So basically it's a 92% colour gamut extension! The screen also
offers interface options for DVI-D (HDCP supported) and VGA, and comes with
swivel, height, tilt and pivot adjustments. There are 4x USB 2.0 ports
featured along with the usual cable ties and VESA compatibility. The design
and features remain the same as the previous 2007WFP model, but the panel is
now obviously TN Film based. Interestingly Dell have skipped having a 2008WFP
model for some reason, even though they have recently released the 3008WFP and
The 2009W is available
Dell's website with price starting at $289
Acer Release 19" and 22" LED Backlit Monitors
March 11th 2008
At CeBIT 2008 Acer have
shown off two new models in their range, this time offering LED backlighting!
First shown back at last years event, the 19" AL1917L was discussed way back
November 2006. Sadly the screen never made it to market due to the high
prices of LED backlight units. Now, with the decrease in costs, Acer are
giving the AL1917L another try, offering a 1280 x 1024 resolution, 5ms
response time, 700:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing
angles. The 19" model is expected to retail for
€369 and is available now.
The 22" model is the
AL2216WLsd, and will offer a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 900:1
contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The 22" model
will retail for €469 and is again available now. Obviously the specs of both
models are quite modest by todays standards, and are characteristically TN
Film based. However, the LED backlighting offers a colour gamut covering 104%
of the NTSC colour space and also should offer improved illumination
homogeneity across the panel.
Acer LED Backlighting Whitepaper
AU Optronics Release New 16:9 Format 24" Panel
March 11th 2008
manufacturer AU Optronics (AUO) have today announced the release of a new 16:9
format LCD panel for use in the monitor sector of the market. The new panel
will offer a 1080 HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 rather than the normal 16:10
resolution of 1920 x 1200. AUO's press release states:
"The 24-inch LCD
panel is AUO’s first 16:9 product for MoniTV application aimed at the combined
usage of high definition videos and desktop computers. The resolution of Full
HD 1080p is supported by traditional monitors and high definition contents.
The 1080p display capability provides excellent image quality for Blu-Ray DVD
playback or High Definition TV broadcasting and solves the problem of
distorted image when playing such high definition contents on LCDs with
conventional 16:10 1680x1050 WSXGA+ or 1920x1200 WUXGA resolutions. It can
further provide solutions to the problem of memory buffer allocation on
desktop computers and enable users to view perfect high definition contents."
The new panel will also
be approximately 50% thinner than conventional panels, at only 14mm (instead
of the usual 35mm). They have also reduced the power consumption by around 50%
by reducing the number of CCFL backlighting units used. The screen will still
be able to offer a brightness of 300 cd/m2 and contrast ratio of 1000:1.
Taking the average 50,000 hours life of a typical LCD monitor for example, the
new technology can save consumers 2,500 watts of power which are equal to 1.6
tons of carbon emission reduction.
AUO will also be
producing 16:9 format panels in other sizes including 15, 18.5, 21.5, 24, 27
and 32 inches. Mass production is set to begin in Q2 08, with the 27" panel
coming later in Q4. Further details and specs will be reported when available.
Spyder3Pro Package Now Available From DataColor
March 11th 2008
DataColor have today
announced the release of the new Spyder3Pro package in their monitor
calibration range of devices, extending the products available since the
relese of the
'Elite' package last year. The Spyder3Pro fits in the range above the
Spyder2Express ($79 / £67.98), but below the Spyder3Elite ($279 / £174.95).
The Pro will retail at a price of $169 USD / £104.90 GPB.
We have already reviewed
Spyder3Elite package recently, but the Pro package is lacking in a few of
the advanced features such as the 'expert console', custom black/white
luminance control, gamma curve editing and some other calibration functions.
You can compare the features of the 3 packages available
here, but the Pro will hopefully fit some people's requirements where cost
is more of an issue.
Spyder3Elite package Review
Hazro Monitor UK Availability
March 10th 2008
We have had several enquiries recently related to the
availbility of Hazro's monitor range in the UK. It seems their previous
suppliers are experiencing some difficulties and for the time being, you
cannot order through the same channels as you once could. We have featured
reviews of their impressive S-IPS based
HZ26W models in recent months, and have now received an update direct
from Hazro about their availability:
purchasing enquiries can be made via the temporary online contact form
www.hazro.co.uk and marked for the attention of Dan Nuttfield. An
update on the status of Hazro resellers will be announced on 24.03.2008."
BenQ V2400W To Be Released Soon
March 10th 2008
BenQ have shown off
their new V2400W display at CeBIT last week in Germany. The very unique design
certainly offers something different! The screen is expected to replace
the popular FP241W model, but this time looks to be TN Film based. The screen
will offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 1000:1 static
contrast ratio and 160/160 viewing angles. The screen offers VGA, DVI and HDMI
interface options and is expected to retail for around 549 Euroes, with a
March release date at some point.