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August 2008:

Samsung Showcase New SM2243Hz and SM2233Hz Displays
Hyundai W241DG - Another New S-IPS 24"
Sony to Release 240Hz LCD TV's Very Soon!
ViewSonic Showcase Prototype 22" VX2265wm 120Hz Monitor
BenQ Release New 18.5" E900HD and G900HD Monitors
BenQ Release G200WT and G2400WT Monitors

July 2008:

Hazro Update Their S-IPS Monitor Range
Dell Finally Start Shipping A01 (Sort Of) Revisions of the 2408WFP
HP Release New LP2475w - A New S-IPS 24"?
HP LP2275w - 22" S-PVA Screen
Samsung Release New 24" 2443BW Monitor
CMO Release New Panel Specs
NEC Showcase EA261WM 26" Monitor at InfoComm 2008
BenQ Release E2200HD, E2400HD and M2400HD Screens
Acer Release World's Highest Contrast Ratio Gaming Monitor
Iiyama ProLite E2207WSV Released
Asus LS221H - The World's Thinnest 22" LCD Monitor
Samsung Release New Panel Specs
AU Optronics Release New Monitor Panels
Acer Release P244W 1080p Monitor
Dell Release New S2409W Monitor
Dell Release New SP2009W Monitor
ViewSonic VA2626WM Value 26" Screen Released

 

Samsung Showcase New SM2243Hz and SM2233Hz Displays
August 29th 2008 

At this years IFA event, Samsung have shown off two of their new 22" models in their popular SyncMaster range. The 2243Hz (right) and 2233Hz (left) both offer a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness and are TN Film based. Reports state that the models are using "Samsung's new Enhanced MPAII to drop Motion Picture Response time from 27ms to a mere 9ms". Whether that is a new generation of their Motion Picture Acceleration (MPA) technology which we have seen (and tested) in the Samsung SM245T, we do not know at this stage, but it sounds possible. The design varies between the two, but both feature USB hubs and HDCP supported DVI interfaces. No word on release date or price yet.

Source: Engadget (images courtesy of Engadget)

 


Hyundai W241DG - Another New S-IPS 24"
August 29th 2008 

Details are scarce so far, but the new W241DG screen has appeared on a few sites in Japan, including Hyundai's own spec page. The spec provided looks suspiciously like an S-IPS based screen, and so perhaps this will mark the appearance of another S-IPS panel into the 24" sector. Worldwide, there are only a few S-IPS based 24" models, namely the NEC 2490WUXi, Hazro HZ24W, Hazro HZ24Wi and the recent models from HP, the LP2475w (review coming very soon!) and the DreamColor LP2480zx.

The spec for the new Hyundai W241DG is 1920 x 1200 resolution, 12ms response time (presumably this is actually G2G), 800:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The spec matches that of LG.Display's LM240WU2 panel and so there is a strong possibility that this will be another S-IPS panel. No news yet on when it might reach other countries or expected prices, but one to look out for perhaps.

Source: Hyundai Japan

 


Sony to Release 240Hz LCD TV's Very Soon!
August 29th 2008 

Back in May we discussed Samsung's new Blue-Phase 240Hz LCD technology, but we knew that the technology would not be mass produced until around 2011. Sony have beaten them to the punch according to recent reports, and will release their new "BRAVIA W1 series" screens offering 240Hz LCD TV's. The new technology is referred to as MotionFlow 240Hz, and interestingly, these will apparently be available as soon as November 11th in Japan.

The new 46" KDL-46W1 and 40" KDL-40W1 sets offer 1080p resolution support, 3000:1 contrast ratios, 178/178 viewing angles, 24p support and BRAVIA Engine 2 image processing. The screens both feature Sony's new 240Hz technology, designed to improve image smoothness and reduce blurring even further than modern 120Hz sets can offer.

Both screens are apparently available in Japanese retail stores in November and will cost ¥400,000 ($3,652 USD) for the 46-inch or ¥290,0000 ($2,648 USD) for the 40-inch model.

Source: Sony

 


ViewSonic Showcase Prototype 22" VX2265wm 120Hz Monitor
August 26th 2008 

ViewSonic have shown off the first 120Hz desktop LCD monitor at this years NVIDIA NVISION 08 conference in San Jose, California. The prototype VX2265wm display "delivers rich, colorful, blur-free video performance on traditional gaming, entertainment and graphic applications, while also delivering eye-popping stereoscopic 3D when used with NVIDIA’s GeForce Stereoscopic 3D gaming technology."

The screen offers a 3ms G2G response time along with 1680 x 1050 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 300 cd/m2 brightness. The screen also features 2x 2W speakers and a dual-link DVI interface. While there is very little information available yet, the spec seems to suggest the screen will be TN Film based as with the majority of the 22" market. No details have been released yet regarding the 120Hz technology employed, but it is highly probable that the screen will feature some form of interpolation technique to work from 60 to 120Hz. More details to come as we have them.

“ViewSonic continues to deliver innovative technology that leads and supports the growing trends and demands in digital entertainment,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president of Global Brand and Emerging Technologies, ViewSonic. “The 120Hz technology will deliver superb front-of-screen performance and will drive new standards in desktop entertainment igniting the next evolution in digital viewing capabilities.”

The first displays with ViewSonic’s 120Hz technology are expected later in the year at select resellers, retailers and etailers. Pricing is not yet available.

Source: Viewsonic

 


BenQ Release New 18.5" E900HD and G900HD Monitors
August 8th 2008 

"With 16:9 aspect ratio fast becoming the new global standard among panel manufacturers, BenQ continues to distinguish its brand from the competition with innovation and industry-leading technologies that today include "ultra-green" 16:9 720p models for reduced environmental impact and enhanced cost-performance."

The company has released two new 18.5" sized models, the E900HD and the G900HD. The E900HD comes in an all glossy black finish, while the G900HD is a silver and black design. Both offer a 1366 x 768 resolution, a 5ms response time, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1000:1 static), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing angles. Obviously both are TN Film based, using the new 18.5" panel from AU Optronics. The models use only 30W total power and emissions of CO2 are drastically decreased by 25% while that of mercury is cut 50%. Both come with D-sub and DVI interfaces, with HDCP being supported on the latter. The E900HD further features headphone jack and integrated speakers. 

The new models are available in August in China, and select countries in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

Source: BenQ

 


BenQ Release G200WT and G2400WT Monitors
August 1st 2008 

BenQ have released two new models in their range, offering the 22" G2200WT and 24" G2400WT models. Both offer an impressive range of ergonomic adjustments including tilt, height, pivot and rotate functionality.

The G2200WT offers a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time 2500:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1000:1 static), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The screen offers D-sub and HDCP supported DVI interface options.

The G2400WT offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 4000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1000:1 static), 250 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. It comes equiped with D-sub, DVI and HDMI interfactions options, with HDCP being supported also. 

Both models are TN Film based as you can probably tell, and both are available from September at a RRP of 269 or 399 Euroes respectively.

Source: BenQ
Further: Testfreaks

 


Hazro Update Their S-IPS Monitor Range
July 25th 2008 

Hazro have recently provided us with details of new updates for their popular S-IPS based screens. The Hazro range consists of models in sizes of 23, 24, 26 and 30 inches. We have already reviewed the 24" HZ24W and 26" HZ26W screens, and the 30" HZ30W is due on the site very soon. The updates will add a few nice features to the 23, 24 and 26" screens, as well as addressing a couple of minor problems reported by various users. The updates will include:

  • HDCP support

  • True VISTA and MAC OS X compatibility

  • HDMI interface

  • Video In interface

  • Component Y-Pb-Pr interface including red/white audio out, and stereo in and out for HDMI audio chanelling (The previous RGB and DVI-D interfaces are retained as well)

  • The scaling chips have been updated and the screens now use more advanced chips from Genesis (who also supply Dell screens). This will allow better support and scaling to resolutions such as 1080 HD. This also goes hand in hand with support for a wider range of resolutions

  • HDMI cable included

  • Better quality DVI cable now included

  • OSD Sensitivity addressed - better to work with

  • Full and thorough instruction manual now included

  • Full printed carry case type box

  • Glossy screen coating / polarizer on the HZ24Wi at least (other models tbc)

  • Overall build quality addressed with minimal gaps in folds. Aluminum is very difficult to work with in that a clean and flush 90 degree 'bend' is not possible and therefore, all the folds have to be rounded off.

  • Quality control in selection of panels addressed to minimize Dead-on-Arrival [DOA] issues along with pixelation problems in the first 30 days of monitor purchase.

  • S-IPS panel technology retained in all models

As you can see, there are quite a few positive changes there to the range and new stock should be emerging very soon. In the UK, the sole provider of these screens is Overclockers.co.uk, and new stock will appear at some point soon. Thankfully Hazro have opted to help avoid any conclusion, and have added a letter "i" to the end of each screen name. We now have the HZ23Wi, HZ24Wi, HZ26Wi. The 30" HZ30W will remain as it is for now.

 


Dell Finally Start Shipping A01 (Sort Of) Revisions of the 2408WFP
July 25th 2008 

It's been a long time coming, but Dell have finally started shipping the new revision of their 24" 2408WFP screen. It won't actually be tagged as A01 by the sounds of things, but there will be a new firmware introduced. Jimmy P of the Dell Community Forums has said: "I have news, as of yesterday [22 July 2008] all 2408's shipping as refurbished have the new firmware, as of Monday new monitors started coming off the production line with it. If you are ordering a new monitor you should wait about two weeks to make sure that they have a chance to get through the distribution network.

Due to a Dell internal process change many of the 2408's that will ship new with the revised firmware will have a different part number and not a different revision number. The only way you will be able to tell if it's the revised firmware is to check the sharpness setting, if the setting is in multiples of 10 then it is the revised firmware if it's in multiples of 25 then it's not. The part number has nothing to do with the revision but someone decided since we are changing the part number anyway the firmware will be A00 on that part number."

He went on later to explain that: "You can not upgrade the frimware yourself. We do not send out replacements just because of a revision, you have to actually have a technical problem. This firmware update features greater control over sharpness settings, improved power save recovery, and less input lag."

So it looks like all refurb models will already be shipping with the new firmware, but it would be best to wait a couple of weeks for the new stock to hit the supply chains. Bear in mind this is based on the US website, so no word as to whether the UK has the same pattern. It surely won't be far behind though. It will be interesting to see which "issues" have been addressed and updated when reviews starts to appear.

 


HP Release New LP2475w - A New S-IPS 24"?
July 18th 2008 

HP have recently released details of a new 24" screen in their range, and already it has picked up a fair bit of interest due to it's listed S-IPS panel. HP have the details on their official website as follows: 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 92% NTSC gamut.

While the screen is labelled as S-IPS technology, there are a few issues with this and their listed spec which seem to contradict one another. There aren't any S-IPS panels which match that listed spec and it certainly looks more like one of Samsung's S-PVA panels than S-IPS technology with it's 6ms G2G / 12ms ISO response time and 92% NTSC gamut. We will wait and see, but it's hard to judge at the moment. Let's hope the listing of "S-IPS" is accurate.

Apart from that, the LP2475w offers 2x DVI-I interfaces, HDMI, DisplayPort, Component, S-Video and Composite interfaces. There are also height, tilt, swivel and pivot adjustments available.

Source: HP
Further: Panel Part Database | Testfreaks

 


HP LP2275w - 22" S-PVA Screen
July 18th 2008 

HP have released details of a new 22" screen on their official website. The LP2275w utilises an S-PVA technology panel and offers something a little different in the TN Film dominated 22" sector. The screen will offer a 1680 x 1050 resolution along with a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The panel will also offer a 92% NTSC colour gamut.

Along with the S-PVA panel, the LP2275w also comes with an integrated USB hub along with DVI, VGA and DisplayPort interfaces (HDCP is supported). There artese also tilt, height, swivel and pivot functions from the stand.

Source: HP
Further: Testfreaks

 


Samsung Release New 24" 2443BW Monitor
July 18th 2008 

Samsung have released details of a new 24" montior in their range. The 2443BW offers the usual 1920 x 1200 resolution you might expect, and its TN Film technology panel also offers a 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The only noteworthy specification is the quoted 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, but these figures are to be taken with a pinch of salt really given the current trend of quoting DCR specs.

The screen offers both VGA and DVI interfaces, the latter being HDCP certified as well. The stand offers height, tilt, swivel and rotate functionality.

Source: Samsung
Further: Testfreaks

 


CMO Release New Panel Specs
July 9th 2008 

Chi Mei Optoelectronics have just released details for some of their new monitor panel modules. The details and specs are all available on their website, and have also been added to our full panel parts database.

Of particular note are some new 18.5"WS panels, following in the footsteps of recent modules from Samsung and AUO. There are also some updated high resolution 19"WS panels (with 1680 x 1050 resolution) and a new 1920 x 1080 resolution 21.6"WS module. One 19" module even boasts a 3ms response time and 1200:1  contrast ratio (non DCR). For more information, please see our panel database.

Source: CMO

 


NEC Showcase EA261WM 26" Monitor at InfoComm 2008
July 9th 2008 

NEC have shown off their new 26"WS monitor at this years InfoComm 2008 event in Las Vegas. The screen will offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 160/160 viewing angles and 92% colour gamut. The EA261WS looks to be TN Film based from the listed spec. The screen will offer tilt, height, swivel and pivot functionality from the stand and offers a DVI-D interface (HDCP supported) and 4x USB hub.

The EA261WM is reported to retail for $679.99 USD and will be available in August.

Source: NEC
Further: Testfreaks

 


BenQ Release E2200HD, E2400HD and M2400HD Screens
July 9th 2008 

BenQ are hopping on the 16:9 aspect ratio band-wagon and releasing three new monitors of their own. Their new models offer 21.5" (E2200HD) or 24" (E2400HD and M2400HD) sizes and both feature a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

The E2200HD (pictured here above and below) model come in an attractive piano black design, and sport a 2ms G2G response time and a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The new screen will also offer both HDMI and DVI interfaces, along with HDCP support and integrated stereo speakers.

The E2400HD again comes in a piano black colour, while the M2400HD comes in a glossy white finish. Features remain identical to the 22" model, except the M2400HD also features an integrated 2.0 MP webcam.

Pricing and availability is not yet known, although looks like all 3 models will be TN Film based.

Source: BenQ
Further: Testfreaks E2400HD | Testfreaks E2200HD

 


Acer Release World's Highest Contrast Ratio Gaming Monitor
July 9th 2008 

Acer are the first monitor manufacturer to take the current contrast ratio 'war' to the next step, and are touting a hefty 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio from their latest G24 monitor. The Acer press release states:

"The eye-catching exterior of the G24 with solid angled surfaces makes an immediate impression, while satisfying PC gamers' needs and imagination. For a complete gaming package, the G24 and the Aspire Predator desktop PC are both painted with uncompromising metallic copper and feature deeply carved line design elements."

The G24 is a 24" sized screen offering the usual 1920 x 1200 resolution along with a 2ms G2G response time, 400 cd/m2 brightness and viewing angles which are currently unspecified. However, it's almost certainly TN Film based with those specs, so expect something in the region of 160/160. The 50,000:1 contrast ratio is made possible using Acer's Adaptive Contrast Management (ACM) technology, basically their own name for a dynamic control of the backlight. There are already LCD TV's on the market offering similar specs, and potential buyers should perhaps be wary that this is only a dynamic contrast ratio, and not something that everyone even favours or uses.

There is currently no release date or price.

Source: Acer

 


Iiyama ProLite E2207WSV Released
July 8th 2008 

With an updated design, Iiyama are pushing their new 22" E2207WSV display into the market this month offering a fairly moderate spec, but with a new sleek semi-gloss casing. The E2207WSV will offer the usual 1680 x 1050 resolution you would expect from a screen this size, with a 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen offers only an analogue VGA interface and is TN Film based, but does feature 2x 2W integrated stereo speakers. The spec and design are modest, as many of Iiyama's range often are, but this does allow a fairly reasonable retail price of £159 GBP. The E2207WSV is available now from dealers.

 


Asus LS221H - The World's Thinnest 22" LCD Monitor
July 8th 2008 

This ultra-slim 22" widescreen LCD monitor combines pleasing glossy black aesthetics with leather material across the bottom of the bezel, and features a 9H-hardness glass panel for scratch resistant protection. The LS221H is only 282 mm thick (0.97") and features a glass coating to the screen, which provides a 96% transmission rate and a reflective rate of less than 2% - allowing users to view clearer images and more vibrant colors. Additionally, the Light-in-Motion II dynamic lighting effects from LEDs built into the base add to the ambience; and an embedded HDMI input does away with cable clutter and provides HD multimedia enjoyment with the best quality.

The LS221H offers a 22"WS screen size, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 4000:1 DCR, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen is clearly TN Film based. The display offers HDMI and D-sub interfaces, and also comes with a 1-year zero bright dot pixel policy from the manufacturer.

Source: Asus

 


Samsung Release New Panel Specs
July 6th 2008 

Samsung have recently released specs for some of their new monitor application LCD panels. Included in these new panels are sizes from 18.5", all the way up to 27". As with AUO's recent panel production, some are HD resolutions as opposed to traditional desktop resolutions. All but one are TN Film based and all are widescreen aspect ratio:

  • LTM270CS01 - 27"WS S-PVA, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. Interestingly the spec lists the screen as being 8-bit colour depth but also using Frame Rate Control (FRC) to boost the colour palette to 1.074 billion colours!
     

  • LTM185 - 18.5"WS TN Film (BTN III range), 1366 x 768 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, brightness to be confirmed, 160/160 viewing angles.
     

  • LTM200TT01 - 20"WS TN Film (BTN III), 1600 x 900 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 160/160 viewing angles.
     

  • LTM230HT01 - 23"WS TN Film (BTN III), 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 160/160 viewing angles
     

  • LTM270TT01 - 27"WS TN Film (BTN III), 2048 x 1152 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 160/160 viewing angles

Source: Samsung

 


AU Optronics Release New Monitor Panels
July 6th 2008 

Taiwanese panel manufacturer, AU Optronics have released specs for some new panels in their monitor application range. We first reported their development back in March, and the module details are now available on their official website. There are new panels in sizes of 18.5", a new area of production which we discussed again back in March.

here are also new panels in sizes of 21.5" and 24". All are offering resolutions usually incorporated in LCD TV panels, and are all widescreen aspect ratio. The panels detailed are:

  • M185XW01 V0 - TN Film, at 18.5" diagonal. 1366 x 768 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 72% NTSC gamut
     

  • M215HW01 V0 - TN Film, at 21.5" diagonal. 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 72% NTSC gamut
     

  • M240HW01 V0 - TN Film, at 24" diagonal. 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 2ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 72% NTSC gamut.

All the new panels are in a 16:9 aspect ratio as you can see from the specs, and are all TN Film based. This trend is a move towards more combined multimedia screens, crossing desktop monitors with LCD TV's. The resolutions are either classic 720p ready resolutions, or in the case of the 21.5 and 24" panels, are 1080p ready.

Source: AU Optronics

 


Acer Release P244W 1080p Monitor
July 6th 2008 

Acer have recently released the details for their new 24"WS monitor, offering a full 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Designed for those who require exceptional multimedia performance with intense graphics and superb video, the P244W is the ideal second display to accompany 1080p mobile PCs for maximum productivity and visual enhancement. Target users include gamers, designers and home-theater enthusiasts.

The P244W will offer a 2ms G2G response time along with a massive 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (using Acer's Adaptive Contrast Management (ACM) technology). The screen will offer an HDMI interface, but we have no further detail at the moment for the rest of the spec and features but the screen certainly looks to be TN Film based.

The P244W carries a striking, shiny black bezel with a polished black base and gleaming silver arm. Convenient touch-sensitive OSD (onscreen display) further maintains the clean, streamlined look.

No word on release date or price yet I'm afraid.

 


Dell Release New S2409W Monitor
July 6th 2008 

Dell have released details of their new 24"WS panel on their official website over the last week. The new S2409W looks to be a more basic and budget version of the 2408WFP screen, this time using TN Film panel technology and interestingly moving to a new 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p). The screen also offers a 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (no DCR), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen even only uses standard CCFL backlighting offering 72% coverage of the NTSC colour space. The screen looks to be the first using the new 24"WS HD panel from AU Optronics.

The screen offers VGA, DVI and HDMI interface options (HDCP supported), along with a tilt ergonomic adjustment. The design is new as well, with an all black colour and only basic features. The manual for the new S2409W can be found online here.

Source: Dell

 


Dell Release New SP2009W Monitor
July 6th 2008 

Dell have released details of their new SP2009W monitor on their official website. The new 20"WS monitor offers the usual 1680 x 1050 resolution, along with a 2ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300cd/m2 brightness, and 160/160 viewing angles.

The screen is again TN  Film based, and also offers a tilt ergonomic adjustment, VGA / DVI interfaces and an integrated 2.0 MP webcam. The design is similar to that of their new 24" model, the S2409W, and is an all black colour with a glossy type bezel.

The SP2009W is available now for $269 USD

Source: Dell

 


ViewSonic VA2626WM Value 26" Screen Released
July 6th 2008 

Viewsonic have released a new 26" model in their VA range of value screens. The screen offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The model will even offer D-sub, DVI and HDMI interface options with HDCP support. Again, this model is TN Film based as you might expect from the price and specs.

The VA2626WM is available now at a price of $695

Source: Viewsonic
Further: Testfreaks

 

 

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