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 received one.
We'll update our article as more information arrives.
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.
Fiona Landsberg, 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 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 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.
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 ergonomic adjustment.
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."
Following the 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 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 2408WFP models.
The 2009W is available now on Dell's website with price starting at $289
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 in 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.
Taiwanese panel 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.
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 the 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.
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 HZ24W and 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 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.
LG are soon to release their new L52 series of screens, with models in both 22" and 24" sizes. The new L2252TQ and L2452V will offer a 5ms response time, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 170/170 viewing angles. Both models are evidently TN Film based. The 22" model will obviously be a 1680 x 1050 res screen, while the larger 24" model will be 1920 x 1200. Both models will feature DVI-D interfaces with HDCP support, while the 24" model will also feature an HDMI interface and integrated 2x 3W speakers for an all-in-one multimedia solution.
The 22-inch L2252TQ will be available in March priced at € 299.00 (RRP) and the 24-inch L2452V will be available from April at an RRP of € 449.00 Euro.
Very little is known about this new model yet, other than that the 22" SM2263PW will be Samsung's first S-PVA based model in this size. It's likely that the screen will use Samsung's new LTM220M3 panel which would offer a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The footage of the screen also suggest there will be MPA (Motion Picture Accelerator) technology used with this model, similar to that seen in the 24" SM245T model.
Credit to BeHardware for the image above from CeBIT 08. They also have a video of the screen available online. Samsung are using the conference to showcase several new inovations, and also have high resolution displays on show including 1920 x 1200 res 22", 1680 x 1050 19" and even 2048 x 1152 23" models.
In an effort to challenge the mainstream status of the 19"WS sector of the monitor market, several key players in the panel production market are beginning to produce panels which are 18.5 inchs across the diagonal. The 19"WS market offers 16:10 aspect panels, and this sector is currently lead by Chi Mei Optoelectronics. AU Optronics, Chunghwa Picture Tubes and LG Display (formerlly LG.Philips) will all challenge this dominance by releasing 16:9 aspect 18.5"WS panels, which are set to begin production in Q3 of this year according to industry sources.
The sources commented that the 18.5-inch widescreen class is strategically positioned between the 19-inch widescreen and the 17-inch widescreen segments to squeeze the market for both. Apart from the trendy 16:9 aspect ratio, the 18.5-inch widescreen panels will be priced US$3-5 lower than the 19-inch widescreen ones, the sources said. Currently, 19-inch widescreen panels are priced at about US$124.
Following in the footsteps of the Samsung SM940UX which we discussed over a year ago, Asus are showcasing their latest USB connected monitor at CeBIT 08. You can connect up to 6 of the new Asus VW223B displays in a daisy chain via your PC's USB connection, and even run them at their full 1680 x 1050 resolution. The screen is 22"WS in size, and also offers a 5ms response time, 3000:1 DCR, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The spec even lists the screen as having aspect ratio control, and there are D-sub and USB 2.0 interfaces available. From the spec you can tell the screen will be TN Film based. Release date and pricing is not known at this stage.
At this year's CeBIT event Samsung are showcasing their new T series of screens, supposedly aimed at the business market. The main flagship models are 24" (T240) and 26" (T260) in size, both offering 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time and a massive 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It seems this last spec is becoming more and more important to the manufacturers as they race to offer the latest and greatest figure. In practice, it might not really reach anywhere near this, and some people actually find the technology annoying and never use it. Both models are TN Film based.
Both the 24" and 26" models offer DVI, D-sub and HDMI interfaces, and a DTV tuner option if you want it. The screens offer multiple colour accent choices to blend in with their environment a little more, and will be available worldwide in March. There are also smaller models available starting at 19", but it is surely the larger screens which will attract most interest.
Asus are set to launch their new MK range monitors at this years CEBIT event, including their first 24" model. The screens being released are the 22" MK221H and the 24" MK241H. Both feature a 1.3 MP integrated webcam, a directional microphone, and 2x 2W stereo speakers for an all in one video conferencing solution.
The MK221H will offer a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 brightness. The MK241H on the other hand will offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 450 cd/m2 brightness. Both screens will come with HDMI, DVI-D and D-sub interface options. Both models look to be TN Film based given the listed spec and giveaway 2ms G2G response time. Prices and release dates are not known at this stage, but the screens will be on display at CEBIT this year.
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