ViewSonic OptiQuest Monitors - Designed For Value
June 13th 2008
ViewSonic have a line of screens within their extensive range which are designed to offer "solid performance for users on a budget". The OptiQuest line are listed on their website and range in size from 17" to 24". All the models available are TN Film based as you might expect, but offer some pretty decent specs, but at a low cost. There are four 22"WS models (Q2161wb, Q2162wb, Q2201wb and Q2202wb) all offering the standard 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 brightness you might expect from this sector.
The largest model available is the Q241wb (picturered above) which offers the user a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio and 400 cd/m2 brightness. The screen even offers both VGA and DVI-D interfaces along with integrated 2x 2w speakers. A little while ago the spec was listed differently on Viewsonic's site for this model, with the spec suggesting it was using a 6ms G2G S-PVA panel from Samsung. Unfortunately it seems that all current models are now TN Film based, but it is thought that serial numbers can indicate which version you are buying. There may still be some v1 of this screen available which would obviously set it apart from the current TN Film version 2.
S/N: QY807450xxxx = Samsung S-PVA panel
LG W2252TE - The World's Most Energy Efficient 22" LCD
June 13th 2008
LG have released details of their new monitor, being touted as the world's most energy efficient 22" LCD. It consumes only 40W, which is 45% less than the average 22" display. The screen offers the usual 1680 x 1050 resolution, along with a 2ms G2G response time, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (DFC), 250 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing angles. The screen is of course TN Film based as one might expect from the 22" market.
Fiona Landsberg, marketing manager, LG Electronics, says, "The W2252TE gives consumers the chance to work, play games, watch movies or surf the internet, safe in the knowledge that they are doing as much as possible to help reduce their impact on the environment".
The LG W2252TE will be available in the UK from August 2008.
HP have today announced the release of a new model in their range, designed to offer an affordable solution for those looking for a screen for colour critical work. The LP2480zx features a 30-bit LED backlit display, with a range of more than 1 billion colours. The screen was designed in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation and comes bundled with the HP DreamColor engine software and calibration kit.
“With the new DreamColor display, HP has broken through barriers that have existed in display technology for the past decade,” said Ed Leonard, chief technology officer, DreamWorks Animation. “The new DreamColor display packs a list of significant advances into one amazingly powerful display, enabling an unprecedented level of color management and fidelity in our production process. It’s a digital filmmaker’s dream.”
Don't confuse this as a 30" display which is what some places are reporting accidentally. The LP2480zx is 24" in size (signified by the 2480 numbering as well), and offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time (12ms ISO), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The panel is IPS based, and HP have even specified the black depth at minimum white level (which is 40 cd/m2 apparently) of 0.05 cd/m2. The LED backlighting used covers 100% of the Adobe RGB space, which is 133% of the NTSC colour gamut. The screen will offer a DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x DVI-I, VGA, component, S-Video and composite interface options. There are tilt, swivel, pivot and height adjustments along with an integrated USB hub. There's perhaps some slight confusion over the model number, since the latest press release makes a single reference to the 2480xz (xz), whereas the datasheet and info from events lists it as the zx.
The LP2480zx was shown at this years Connecting Your World event in Berlin, and is set to retail for $3,499 USD
June 4th 2008
We only discussed it yesterday, but CNET look like they were right over the rumoured release of Dell's new 2709W monitor, the successor to the 2707WFP. The images above comes direct from Dell's website, where the manual has been released online. We can confirm now that the screen offers the following:
The panel itself will offer the usual 1920 x 1200 resolution, along with a 6ms G2G response time (16ms ISO), 1300:1 static contrast ratio (3000:1 DCR), 400 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen uses an 8-CCFL backlighting system and covers 102% of the NTSC colour gamut, the same as its smaller brother, the 2408WFP. Looks like it will be using a Samsung S-PVA panel as the 2707WFP did, albeit with a few updates like DCR and enhanced backlighting.
As we discussed yesterday, the 2709W will also feature a new OSD menu from Dell, with a new look and a wealth of options. The screen shot above shows various options available, including aspect ratio controls ('wide mode' section).
Source: Dell Manual
June 3rd 2008
It's been a rumour for quite a while, but CNET have now released a review of the supposed new 2709W screen from Dell. The new screen is an update of the 2707WFP 27" display, and will reportedly offer several new features. The 2709W will reportedly feature an updated design along with a few nice features including 3x 3.5mm jacks for 5.1 audio via HDMI and a DisplayPort interface.
There's been very little information about this updated screen really, but the review lists pros including good black depth, a wealth of audio inputs, an improved OSD menu system. On the flip side, the review mentions difficult touch-sensitive menu controls, poorly configured default colour accuracy, noticeable input lag and possible darkening towards the edges of the screen. We will have to wait for more information before understanding the screens performance and changes really.
The 2709W will apparently be available in Australia on 20th June for ~$1,200 AU (about £1,150 USD)
Update 4/6/08 - The manual for the new 2709W is available online from Dell, confirming that this new model will appear very soon. I've also corrected the model number from 2709WFP to 2709W as it appears to be.
May 28th 2008
Back in March we reported that BenQ were showing off their new V2400W 24" display at CeBIT 08. The time is now here when the model has been released to buy, and thanks to its impressive spec and design, and competitive price, it is already attracting a lot of attention.
The V2400W is a 24" display featuring a TN Film panel. The screen offers 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 4000:1 DCR (1000:1 static), 250 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The screen features an extremely thin design and offers D-sub, DVI-D and HDMI interface options. The screen features BenQ's proprietry Senseye technology and is 1080p compliant. There are options available via the OSD for aspect ratio control as well, something which initially caused issues when it was left off the original release of the FP241W model.
The spec of the screen is impressive, but remember that the screen ultimately remains TN Film based. This screen is obviously aimed at the gamers out there, and if the input lag and responsiveness are tested as being low, it could become popular. The screen currently retails for ~£300 GBP, putting it in direct competition with other well established TN Film models like the Samsung SM245B.
There has finally been some official word from Dell this week about the forthcoming A01 release of the 2408WFP. As with the 2xx7WFP series, it seems Dell have listened to the user feedback and have decided to do something about all the issues people were reporting. In a post on the Dell Community Forums, Jimmy_P stated:
"While the currently shipping Dell 2408WFP monitor meets both Dell and industry standard specifications, we have been closely listening to your feedback on the Dell Community Forum. Based on your comments, Dell is working to incorporate a number of improvements into the 2408WFP as a firmware update for new monitors scheduled to ship in mid-July. This firmware update features greater control over sharpness settings, improved power save recovery, and less input lag. Current 2408WFP owners whose specific usage scenario may benefit from the firmware update should contact Dell Technical Support after Mid July to receive the firmware update. If you have any questions please feel free to post them here or contact Dell Technical Support."
The update will need to be arranged through an exchange, and will not be something the user can carry out themselves. It's promising to see that Dell have taken measures to eliminate the reported problems, and it will certainly be interesting to see the results later in the year.
Eizo, a manufacturer normally known for their high end colour critical screens, has this time expanded their range with a 24" monitor aimed apparently at the gamers market. The HD2452W will offer the normal 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time (16ms ISO), 1000:1 contrast ratio and 450 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles you might see as fairly standard in the sector right now. The screen utilises a VA based panel with overdrive. The HD2452W also offers 2x HDMI, DVI-D (HDCP supported), D4-video, S-video, D-sub and component interfaces, and also offers a true 24p cinema mode. The screen is set to retail for the equivalent of $1250 USD when it is released in Japan sometime next month.
Source: Eizo Spec (translated)
Japanese manufacturer Iiyama are set to release new models in their Hard Glass coated range of screens. The first two models will appear in June and will offer updates to their current P1704S and P1904S models, now featuring a height adjustable stand, along with the all black design. The two new updated models will be the PB1704S and PB1904S.
Iiyama are also about to release Ivory (i.e. white) colour versions of their PLT series of Touch Screen monitors, targetted at education sectors. The new models coming are the T1503R-W, T1730SR-W and T1930SR-W. By using five-wire resistive technology these Touch Screens deliver the accuracy, durability, and performance necessary in today’s environment and can even be operated while wearing gloves. The T1930SR-W is shown in the image above, and offers a 19" sreen size, 5ms response timeee, 800:1 contrast ratio, 240 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The 3 new touchscreens are all TN Film based. Further specs and details can be found below:
It was this time last year pretty much that we reported about CMO's new Hyper Chameleon technology. The new technologies will now also be on display at this year's SID event, taking place from May 20th - 22nd. LED backlighting, thin panel technologies and power saving seem to be of particular focus this year, and CMO are set to show off their new developments.
CMO's latest generation HyperChameleon technology using RGB LED backlighting is expected to attract attention. HyperChameleon, with RGB local dimming, has the combined features of high contrast ratios (DCR up to 100,000:1), hyper-color (160% NTSC gamut) and wide viewing angles. Panels using the latest HyperChameleon imaging technology use 40% or less of the energy required for most CCFL backlights, are thinner, and when combined with 'Clear Motion' technology (RTC), can achieve an even faster response time of 6ms.
At the SID show, CMO is also exhibiting its ultra slim display technologies currently being used in its panels, including its 42" ultra-slim display TV module (claimed to be the world's slimmest 42-inch commercial model ), which is slated to go into mass production in the second half of this year. The module in question is the V420H1-LH4 and has all the features of the current 42-inch TV panels with high-end specifications (500 cd/m2 brightness, 4000:1 DCR, 120Hz technology, 10-bit colour depth, 4ms response time, 92% NTSC gamut), but also has an ultra slim display design (10mm slim bezel width and 19.8mm thickness). This panel will be used for high-end TV models and public display systems.
AOC have released details for a couple of new monitors in their range. The new 24" and 26" screens offer a fairly basic design, but some modern up to date specs at least:
Planned for release initially in India, it is possible that the strangely sized 16"WS monitor could make it's way to Europe and the US at some point if it proves successful. The new VA1616w offers a 16:10 format screen with 1366 x 768 resolution (the same as many 720p HD TV sets). The VA1616w will also offer a 2ms G2G response time, 3500:1 DCR, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
Viewsonic's press release states: "The new model has been designed by ViewSonic to cater to the growing demands of SOHO and value end users who have a constraint of space and yet want to enjoy highest quality display in a widescreen format. VA1616w with an optimum screen size and widescreen not only offers ease of functioning for simultaneous office applications but also helps reduce distortion while watching DVD or HD content."
The ViewSonic 16” Series displays will be available in India from May onwards through authorized ViewSonic distributors.
Samsung have just announced the development of their first "Blue-Phase" LCD panel, capable of running at a massive 240Hz, four times that of standard 60Hz screens. Samsung will showcase a 15″ Blue Phase LCD panel at the 2008 Society for Information Display 2008 show, which will be held in Los Angeles from May 18 to 23. Samsung’s Blue Phase mode does not require liquid crystal alignment layers like common panel technologies today, and can make its own alignment layers, eliminating the need for any mechanical alignment or rubbing processes. This reduces the number of required fabrication processes and increases manufacturing throughput that results in considerable production cost savings. Brightness uniformity on Blue Phase panels should be excellent since there is little possibility of bruising the LCD panel interface due to pressure on the screen.
Overdrive circuits are currently applied to each LCD panel to improve the video image quality in premium LCD TVs, which are driven at 120Hz. The Blue Phase mode features a superior response rate, allowing images to be reproduced at 240Hz or higher without the need for any overdrive circuit. The term “Blue Phase” was coined when the technology’s developers observed bluish hues while watching their new liquid crystal mode in operation.
Executive Vice President Souk Jun-hyung, the head of LCD Business’ Display R&D Center, said that “Our Blue Phase mode is a major evolutionary development beyond conventional liquid crystal modes. Samsung’s development of the technology provides a tremendous opportunity to move image quality of LCD screens much closer to that of a real moving image.”
Samsung expects to begin mass producing its Blue Phase LCD in 2011. The LCD panels will be mainly used in TVs that require high-speed video reproduction.
Viewsonic have launched 3 new monitors in their VP range, featuring the normal wide range of ergonomic adjustments, but this time all featuring TN Film panels. The base can be adjusted by 120 mm in height and can also be tilted and rotated by 120 degrees horizontally. In addition, all monitors come with a pivot function which allows them to be turned 90 degrees into portrait format. We discussed these models briefly back in January. The models being released are:
All 3 models offer a VGA and DVI-D interface (HDCP supported). The models are available from the second quarter and cost 299.00 Euro (VP950b), 379.00 Euro (VP2250wb) and 619.00 Euro (VP2650wb) respectively.
Korean manufacturer Hyundai have released 4 new models in their N range of screens, ranging in size from 19 to 24 inches. The models include:
All these models will feature 2x integrated 3W stereo speakers and are TN Film based. The range will also be rounded off later in the year, with the addition of a 26" model, the N260W.
Samsung have released a new model in their range of more basic monitors. The 2243NWX offers a 22"WS size, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (8000:1 DCR), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen is TN Film based as you might expect. The screen offers only basic ergonomic adjustments in the form of tilt and swivel functions, and only offers a VGA connection with no DVI / HDMI options available.
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