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2012 Archive

August 2012:

LG Showcase 27" IPS EA83 Monitor at IFA 2012
Eizo Announce New Line-up of ColorEdge Monitors
LG Ultra-Wide EA93 21:9 Aspect Display
Asus Announce 27" Professional PB278Q
Samsung S24B350TL Announced in Europe
Philips to Showcase New Displays at IFA 2012
Exclusive Discount on the Dell U2713HM for TFT Central Readers!
LG IPS7 Ultra-Thin Bezel a Marketing Trick
AOC Release 27" e2752Vq Professional Line Display
Dell U2713HM UK Price and Release Date Announced
Philips to Showcase New Displays at IFA 2012
AOC i2757Fm Coming Soon with AH-IPS Panel
Dell U2713HM Official Information Released
Dell U2713HM Information Starts to Leak
Nixeus NX-VUE27 Another Low Cost 27" IPS Now in the US
Philips Launch Two New Blade 2 Displays for the Summer

July 2012:

Apple MacBook AH-IPS Retina Panel Identified
LG IPS7 Series Introduced with MHL Support
Asus VG278HE Released with 144Hz Refresh Rate
ViewSonic's New 27" VX2703mh-LED Released
LG Showcase Cinema 3D IPS Monitors

June 2012:

DGM IPS-2701WPH - Another Low Cost 27" IPS LED Alternative
Philips 241P4QPYKES - Web-cam Equipped AMVA Display
AOC Release 60ID Series of Screens
Samsung S27B970D Goes on Sale in US
ViewSonic's 31.5" 3840 x 2160 Resolution Prototype
NEC P232W Professional 23" IPS Display

May 2012:

Samsung SB970 27" PLS Display Follow Up
LG Set to Release IPS4 Series Screens Soon
HP 2311xi Monitor with LED Backlit IPS Panel
ViewSonic VX2460h-LED Ultra-Slim Monitor Released
AOC e2251Fwu Mobile USB Screen Announced
Iiyama G2773HS With 1ms Response Time and 120Hz
Philips Release Range of New 27" AMVA Screens

April 2012:

X-Rite Announce New i1 Pro 2 Spectrophotometer
Philips Release New ErgoSensor 241P4LRYES Monitor

NEC EA223WM Released for Office and Corporate Use
BenQ Launches GW Series VA LED Monitors
Samsung Electronics LCD Business Separates

March 2012:

Philips LightFrame 248X3LFHSB/00 Monitor
Low Cost 27" IPS Monitors From Korea Proving Popular
iPad 3 Retina Display Panel Identified
Asus PA248Q 24" IPS Monitor Announced
Philips 239C4QHSB "Blade 2" IPS Monitor
 

 


LG Showcase 27" IPS EA83 Monitor at IFA 2012
August 29th 2012

LG have been showcasing their new EA83 monitor at IFA 2012 this week. The new 27" screen offers a massive 2560 x 1440 resolution from its IPS panel. The screen can reportedly cover 99% of the AdobeRGB colour space and so this could mark the arrival of the eagerly anticipated latest generation of LM270WQ3 panel from LG.Display perhaps. The spec certainly seems to match and that would mean the screen falls into the so-called AH-IPS classification of the technology according to LG.Display.

The EA83 ships with software and hardware colour calibrators, enabling graphics professionals to ensure that the screen always displays the most accurate and natural colours. It is also reportedly factory calibrated. The screen offers a full range of tilt, height and pivot adjustments (no rotate) from its "slim height stand" and comes with DL-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections. There is a 3x USB 3.0 hub and a headphone out as well.

The screen offers the following spec:

Resolution and size

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

2560 x 1440
27"
5ms G2G "Mega" "Mega" 350 178/178 ? IPS
W-LED
Tilt, height, pivot DL-DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort


Visitors to IFA will be able to experience the EA83 IPS monitor first-hand at the LG Electronics stand in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin.

Source: LG
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Eizo Announce New Line-up of ColorEdge Monitors
August 29th 2012

Eizo have recently unveiled a new line-up of ColorEdge monitors to appeal to both its traditional core of high-end graphics professionals as well as to middle and entry level users requiring monitors that provide accurate colour for their creative endeavours.

The new line-up consists of three series and five models. The three series contain different feature sets, options, and price points for their intended audiences, but retain the hallmarks common to all ColorEdge monitors such as hardware calibration, brightness uniformity, and adjusting the gamma curve of each model on the EIZO factory line before shipping.

The three product series are as follows:

CG Series

The CG series is carried over from the current ColorEdge line-up and will continue to be targeted at professionals in photography, prepress, video editing, post production, and other graphics fields requiring the most advanced monitors available. Common features include easy maintenance with a built-in SelfCalibration sensor, a wide colour space, bundled calibration software and shading hood, and several preset modes for common broadcast standards. The new models are the 27-inch ColorEdge CG276 (pictured above) and 24.1-inch ColorEdge CG246.

CX Series

This new series is targeted at Mid-range series for professionals, pro-sumers and trade schools in photography and design. It comes with a new built-in SelfCorrection sensor that maintains the calibration results after the monitors have been calibrated by an external sensor. It covers most of the Adobe RGB colour space. Calibration software and shading hood are available as options. The first models in this series are the ColorEdge CX270 (27") and ColorEdge CX240 (24.1").

CS Series

This series is also new to the ColorEdge line-up and is targeted at entry level users in photography and design. Like the CX series, it comes with a built-in SelfCorrection sensor, but a narrower colour space covers most of sRGB. The first CS series model is the ColorEdge CS230 (23").

The built-in SelfCalibration sensor of the CG series is carried over from past ColorEdge monitors. Housed within the front bezel, it swings out and calibrates according to a user-determined schedule. It can calibrate after hours when the computer it is connected to has been turned off. The built-in SelfCorrection sensor of the CX and CS series is also housed within the cabinet. With the optional EIZO ColorNavigator software, the sensor offers easy maintenance by adjusting the monitor to a calibration result previously obtained by using ColorNavigator and an external sensor.

With the CG and CX series, EIZO has added two technological innovations to improve image stability. The first is a reduction of more than 75% from 30 minutes to just seven minutes in the time it takes for the brightness and chromaticity to stabilize after the monitor is powered on. The other is Eizo's DUE (digital uniformity equalizer) function which corrects uniformity errors in brightness like in previous ColorEdge monitors, but now also keeps the monitor’s colour temperature and brightness stable in an environment with fluctuating ambient temperature changes such as an outdoor photo shoot.

All ColorEdge monitors come with one DVI-I, HDMI, and DisplayPort terminal each for connecting to different types of graphics boards. HDMI offers the additional benefit of direct connection with digital cameras. A USB hub with two upstream and two downstream ports are also included.

Additional Features

  • 10-bit display (1.07b colours) via the DisplayPort input and valid 10-bit workflow.

  • Ergonomic stand on all models with tilt, swivel, portrait mode, and height adjustment.

  • 3D look-up table on all models for better additive colour mixture and device emulation on CG series models.

  • I/P (interlace/progressive) conversion on CG and CX series models.

  • Mercury-free LED backlight with CG246, CX240, and CS230.

  • Five-year manufacturer’s limited warranty including the LCD panel for all models and a 12-month pixel defect warranty for the CG series2.

See product pages for more details.

Availability

The new ColorEdge line-up begins shipping in August. Date of availability varies by country so please contact the EIZO subsidiary or distributor in your country for details. EIZO will unveil all new models at Photokina 2012 from September 18 – 23 in Cologne, Germany. The EIZO booth will be in hall 4.1, E31/E39.

Source: Eizo
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LG Ultra-Wide EA93 21:9 Aspect Display
August 29th 2012

LG have unveiled their new ultra-wide EA93 monitor at IFA 2012 this week. Similar to the Philips models we discussed yesterday, the screen actually offers a 21:9 aspect ratio from its IPS panel, the same ratio used in real movie theatres. The EA83 lets consumers take advantage of Wide Quad High Definition (WQHD) resolution (2560×1440 pixels). WQHD offers ample screen real estate for power users looking to multitask. The monitor accurately reproduces 99 percent of the Adobe RGB colour palette as well, providing graphics experts with a superior level of imaging quality. It can therefore cover more than 100% of the sRGB reference. The only other spec listed at this time is a 300 cd/m2 brightness

“Through continuous innovation of our IPS monitors, we are raising the user experience to a whole new level for home entertainment and graphic professional use,” said J.J. Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit at the LG Home Entertainment Company. “The EA93’s immersive 21:9 cinematic screen and the EA83’s advantages when it comes to advanced graphics applications make these newest monitors compelling additions to our premium IPS monitor line-up.”

The 4-Screen Split feature can divide the display into four segments, transforming the monitor into an advanced multitasking tool. The additional Dual Link-up function allows two devices to connect to the monitor simultaneously. Sharing files from two devices at the same time — a PC and a smartphone — has never been easier.

Visitors to IFA will be able to experience the EA93 IPS monitor first-hand at the LG Electronics stand in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin.

Source: LG
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Asus Announce 27" Professional PB278Q
August 28th 2012

Asus have just announced a new 27” monitor in their range of professional grade screens. The PB278Q will offer a massive 2560 x 1440 resolution and a standard sRGB gamut coverage from its W-LED backlight. For some reason Asus list the spec with a “Panel Type : IPS Technology (PLS Panel)” so it’s unclear whether this is using an LG.Display IPS panel or a Samsung PLS panel at this stage. Given their use of IPS in the past it could well be used again here.

The screen offer a 5ms G2G response time, 80 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen offers HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, Dual-link DVI and D-sub ports for connectivity (HDCP supported). There are 2x 3W integrated stereo speakers and the stand offers tilt, swivel, height and rotate adjustments. Release is expected in September although price is not known at the moment.

Source: Asus
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Samsung S24B350TL Announced in Europe
August 28th 2012

A new model from Samsung has emerged on their German website. The 24” S24B350TL looks quite an interesting screen as Samsung seem to imply from the specs that it features a PLS technology panel. However, in their features list they also talk about a “WVA panel” which has cropped up occasionally in Samsung specs and could cause confusion with VA (Samsung PVA / S-PVA / cPVA) panels. It looks however like that is a simple abbreviation for “Wide Viewing Angles” but is a little misleading in its use. Samsung don’t have a 24” PLS panel listed in their current panel list with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and so if this new screen does indeed feature a PLS panel it will be a new module we haven’t heard of yet.

Panel confusion aside, the new screen offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness, ‘Mega DCR’ and 178/178 viewing angles. There are HDMI and D-sub connections available and the stand offers only a tilt function. Release date, availability in other countries and price are unknown at this time.

Source: Samsung (Germany)
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Philips to Showcase New Displays at IFA 2012 - Updates
August 28th 2012

We already recently brought you some news about displays Philips were planning to showcase at this years IFA 2012 event in Berlin, Germany. We have a little more new information about these interesting new screens now as well to share.

21:9 aspect 29" Display(s) -"Philips introduces the world’s first UltraWide 21:9 display with Multiview. Boasting a large 29” ultra-high resolution screen with 2560x1080 AH-IPS technology, this ultimate display is set to impress you with its crystal clear images and brilliant colors. Multiview increases your productivity with active dual screen, active dual source. Options like super speed USB 3.0 hub, stereo speakers make professional work or play, a breeze!" There actually seems to be two models according to the press images provided, labelled as the 298P4QJEB and 298X4QJAB and shown above.

AmbiGlow 27" 3D Display - "The new Philips GIOCO, boasting a big 27-inch screen promises to intensify your gaming experience. This iconic ultra narrow bezel display combines zero-flicker 3D viewing and employs the Philips’ innovative Ambiglow technology which creates an image-matching halo of light on rear wall and visually enlarges the screen that gives you a truly immersive 3D experience." This model seems to be the Philips 278G4DH according to the press photos, and is shown above.

23" IPS Display with MHL Connection - "23-inch screen with the latest mobile High Definition technology enables users to watch photos, play games or watch HD videos directly from Android smart phones – while recharging their mobile device at the same time." This model will be the Philips 237E4QHAD and is shown above.

27" Professional PLS Display - "professional 27” PLS display with crystal clear, ultra-high resolution 2560x1440 images.  It has a plethora of productivity boosting tools. Multiview technology allows you to simultaneously connect and view dual sources, while its’ in-built 2 megapixel webcam enables you to communicate freely. With super speed USB 3.0 hub you can now save time in data transfer while it rapidly charges your smart phone. Philip’s renowned PowerSensor helps you significantly decrease your energy costs." It looks like this model will be the 272P4QPJKEB and is pictured above.

IPS Glasses-free 3D Display - "whereby viewers can now experience full 3D quality without the use of special glasses. Called Autostereoscopic 3D, this technology brings real 3D into the living room and boardroom - great news not only for graphic enthusiasts but also for professionals working with CAD applications e.g. in interior  design or architecture. The IPS features full HD widescreen resolution with brilliant, flicker-free pictures. Its vibrant and sharp images provide an optimum viewing experience." This is pictured above and seems to have the model number of BDL2351VS according to the press photos, suggesting it is probably a 23" model.

 

Philips will be showcasing all these new Philips displays, at the Philips stand, Hall 22. Visitors will have plenty of opportunity to put all the monitors through their paces and see how they perform. The new Philips monitors will be available in major electronic stores later this year.

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Exclusive Discount on the Dell U2713HM for TFT Central Readers!
August 23rd 2012

We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with www.pcbuyit.co.uk, we have managed to arrange a discount off the retail price for the brand new Dell U2713HM in the UK!

Readers of TFT Central can receive a £12 (inc VAT) discount off their order at PCBuyIT simply by entering the following promotional code at checkout: TFTPROMO

The normal retail price for the U2713HM is £574.80 (inc VAT) at the moment. This discount code will give you £12 off this normal retail price. Please use the code TFTPROMO when you check out and purchase your item in the promotional code box on the site.

This offer is available until 31st October 2012

Source: PCBuyIT
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LG IPS7 Ultra-Thin Bezel a Marketing Trick
August 23rd 2012



Last month we brought you details of the new IPS7 series screens from LG. Part of their marketing included the promotion of a so-called ultra-thin or even "invisible" 1.2mm bezel. The images LG had provided of the screen looked very impressive (as shown above), and buyers were attracted by the thought of an almost bezel-less screen setup for their multi-monitor configurations. However, buyers have since exposed the rather too creative marketing by LG with these models. The bezel is not in fact 1.2mm as the advertising had lead everyone to believe, and in reality it is 11mm wide! There is a thin outer bezel of 1.2mm thickness but then an inner bezel which makes up the additional width. Ultimately the image does not go up to the edges as many of the LG press images and even the pictures on the box for the screen would have you believe.
 


The real view of the bezel. picture courtesy of TechCentury

A Youtube video shows the un-boxing of the IPS237 and exposure of the truth.


The bezel is 11 mm wide; nowhere near 1.2 mm, picture source: TechCentury

LG has since removed all marketing material from most of its web pages. However LG’s Australian website still shows pictures implying the ultra-thin bezel, and the promotional videos on YouTube are also still live. It is also unclear if LG has removed the slim-bezel pictures from the packaging.

Source: Techcentury
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AOC Release 27" e2752Vq Professional Line Display
August 23rd 2012

AOC have just launched a new 27" monitor in their professional line of displays. The e2752Vq offers a 27" screen size and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. The screen is W-LED backlit as you might expect and offers a 1200:1 contrast ratio, 20 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 2ms G2G response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles from its TN Film panel. The e2752Vq offers a tilt adjustment from the stand and comes with D-sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections.

The e2752Vq is available now at the suggested retail price of £258 GBP

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Dell U2713HM UK Price and Release Date Announced
August 16th 2012

The eagerly anticipated Dell U2713HM may hit us a little earlier than we first expected. Some retailers in the UK expect stock to arrive as early as next week, on 22nd August 2012. A leading UK supplier of Dell screens, PCBuyIT has it listed at £574.80 (inc VAT) and expects them in on the 22nd. We will have a full review hopefully within the next couple of weeks as well so keep an eye on the site and on our Twitter feed.

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Philips to Showcase New Displays at IFA 2012
August 15th 2012

If you’re visiting IFA in Berlin this year from 31 August to 5 September, be sure not to miss the Philips stand, where MMD will be unveiling brand-new monitors by Philips.

"Making its debut appearance at the late-summer show is the world’s first AmbiGlow 3D monitor, a 27-inch full HD screen by Philips that combines 3D viewing with vibrant colour and contrast for an unprecedented viewing experience, bringing images and games to life. Also in the IFA line-up is the new Philips monitor with Smart MHL: the large 23-inch screen with the latest Mobile High Definition technology enables users to watch photos and videos and play games directly from Android Smartphones and tablets – and recharge their mobile device at the same time. Another highlight that MMD is presenting at the Philips stand is the world’s first 21:9 ultra-wide 29-inch monitor, with its extreme widescreen, which is set to take multimedia to a whole new level and bring a cinema experience to the home. And don’t miss the brand-new Philips ultra-high resolution monitor that features an ultra-sharp PLS panel for stunning picture quality."

These new displays sounds very interesting and we will bring you more information as we receive it. Of particular note is the new PLS based 27" model which could offer an interesting alternative to the Samsung SA850 / SB970 models.

You can find MMD at the Philips stand, Hall 22.

 


AOC i2757Fm Coming Soon with AH-IPS Panel
August 15th 2012

AOC are set to release a new 27" monitor in their 'Style' line of screens. The i2757Fm will reportedly feature a latest generation AH-IPS panel with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Much like the news that the Dell U2713HM will be classified as having an AH-IPS panel, it remains to be seen whether there's actually any real-life difference between that and the previous generations of H-IPS / e-IPS. The screen itself also offers a brushed affect silver stand and a fairly sleek and thin design, similar to that of LG's IP7 series screens.

The screen offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 20 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The i2757Fm comes with VGA and HDMI connections, and offers audio connections and integrated stereo speakers. There is only a tilt function available from the stand.

Release is expected during September in the UK and Europe at a RRP of £249.99 GBP. Availability in the United States and other regions has not yet been confirmed.

Source: AOC Spec
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Dell U2713HM Official Information Released
August 8th 2012

Only last week we talked about the leaked driver and early information for the U2713HM screen from Dell. As suspected, the official information on Dell's website was not far behind and the full spec and features are now listed on some of their international sites including their Taiwanese and Australian sites. Thankfully we now know a lot more about the screen and we can put to bed some of the early rumours on Chinese websites which now seem to have been proved wrong.

The U2713HM will apparently be released alongside the U2711 much like Dell did with the 24" U2412M release. It will offer a 27" 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS panel, featuring W-LED backlighting technology. Oddly Dell specifically talk about a colour gamut of "more than 99% sRGB" which is as you'd expect, but not something manufacturers normally mention so precisely. Surely they could have just quoted it as an sRGB gamut screen like everyone else would? The screen is also "carefully colour calibrated at the factory" which is promising news if it turns out to be accurate.

The stand offers a full range of tilt, height (115mm), pivot and rotate adjustments. There are interface connections for DisplayPort 1.2, DL-DVI and HDMI available, offering HDCP support as well. There is also an analogue VGA connection and the screen comes with 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2 of which are on the side of the screen as shown above. We now know that the screen will feature an anti-glare (AG) coating as opposed to any glossy solution which had been rumoured a while back.

The screen offers the following spec:

Resolution and size

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

2560 x 1440
27"
8ms G2G 1000:1 2 million:1 50 - 350 178/178 16.7m IPS
W-LED
Tilt, height, pivot, rotate DL-DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, D-sub

The Dell U2713HM is listed on the Australian site at $799 AUD at the moment which translates to approximately £540 GBP or $840 USD if the same price is maintained when it is released in the UK and USA. We expect the screen will appear very soon on other Dell web-pages anyway and full release can't be far behind. We will of course feature a full review as soon as it is available.

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Update: Dell talk about the panel being an "AH-IPS" (Advanced High Performance IPS) classification in their Japanese Press Release. This name is often used in the mobile market to identify high resolution (retina) type panels. In this case, the resolution remains unchanged from the older U2711. The use of this AH-IPS classification seems to be related to the use of W-LED backlighting in the press release, providing up to 37% power savings apparently compared to the U2711. That is more down to the W-LED backlighting though than the different panel type. It remains to be seen whether this AH-IPS panel brings any real change to pixel structure, or if it's just a new name to try and differentiate certain panels generations.

Update: PCBuyIt now have the U2713HM listed as "coming soon" in the UK with a provisional ETA of end of September and a provisional estimated price of £598.80 (inc VAT). More information to follow when we get it.
 

Source: Dell Australia
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Dell U2713HM Information Starts to Leak
August 4th 2012

It's about that time of year when we start to see new UltraSharp models emerge from the ever-popular Dell monitor range. The refreshes tend to happen every 2 years. Last year we saw the release of new models in 21.5", 23" and 24" sizes forming part of the U2x12 range. There were:

21.5" U2211H > U2212HM
23" U2311H > U2312HM
24" U2410 > U2412M

In fact while the 21.5" and 23" models were a direct replacement of their predecessors, the 24" version was an additional model released along side the popular U2410 screen which is still available. The newer U2412M was a trimmed down version of its predecessor and Dell decided to keep both to suit different users and different market sectors. We discussed all the differences between the two in our review of the U2412M last year.

We didn't see a refresh of the 27" or 30" models last year though as they were last refreshed in 2010 as the U2711 and U3011 respectively. It seems that this year we will at least see a new 27" model emerge from Dell and initial speculation is that it will run alongside the existing U2711 in a similar manner to the 24" release last year. Early information suggests this will be a lower cost model with potentially trimmed down features compared with the U2711. This would seem logical and allows Dell to offer two different versions for different users.

While there is very little official information yet, Dell have made the driver available online already as appears to be their habit. There is also a small resolution image as shown above which suggests the design will remain similar. This page confirms the existence of a new Dell U2713HM model at least. Usually within a few weeks we start to see information appear on their spec pages as well, and official release is normally not far behind. Examining the driver files confirms the screen should support a full 2560 x 1440 resolution and that it features D-sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces. More information as soon as we get it.

Source: Dell U2713HM Driver Page
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Nixeus NX-VUE27 Another Low Cost 27" IPS Now in the US
August 2nd 2012

While the wide range of low-cost Korean 27" IPS monitors continue to be popular in many countries, here in the UK some manufacturers already offer more "local" options in the form of the Hazro HZ27WA/C/D and DGM IPS-2701WPH. These are available from UK suppliers and stores, come with proper warranties and support and come without the need for shipping something in from Korea via eBay. In the USA though there has been a distinct lack of a local alternative. In has stepped Nixeus, a US company who normally specialise in media players and cabling. Their new Nixeus NX-VUE27 monitor is designed to offer a low cost alternative to the Korean models and looks interesting from the initial information available.

The reported spec includes a 27" IPS panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, a supposed 1500:1 contrast ratio (I suspect that's really 1000:1 static contrast ratio), 380 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. Apparently panels will be A grade according to sources and the screen will offer VGA, HDMI 1.4, DL-DVI and DisplayPort 1.2 connections. The screen will also feature integrated stereo speakers.

With a price of $430, it is sure to attract a number of users who have been on the fence about ordering one of the Korean monitors off eBay. The unit is slated to go up for pre-order on Comp-U-Plus within a few days in the US.

Source: Anandtech
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Philips Launch Two New Blade 2 Displays for the Summer
August 2nd 2012

MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces two new versions of the Philips Blade display. The Blade line-up will soon feature a 24-inch display (in addition to the 23-inch model) and a 23-inch version in brilliant glossy white – "for a stunning, cool look to complement a hopefully scorching summer."

At 12.9 mm in profile, the Blade has a slim silhouette that is all the more elegant in the larger 24-inch model. The clean lines are enhanced with touch controls integrated into the base, and cables are kept tidily out of view. And with the new colour choice – the 23-inch IPS monitor now comes in brilliant glossy white as well as black – users can pick just the right look to complement their interior.

The new 23" 239C4QHSW model is based on an e-IPS panel and will retail for £199.99 GBP (inc VAT), while the 24" 249C4QHSB model uses AMVA technology and will retail for £299.99 GBP (inc VAT). Full specs and details can be found on Philips website using the links below.

Source: Philips (24") and Philips (23")
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Apple MacBook AH-IPS Retina Panel Identified
July 31st 2012

Through a dismantling of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, ifixit have identified that the panel being used appears to be an LG.Display (aka LG.Phillips) LP154WT1 (SJ)(A1) GD panel. This AH-IPS panel offers a massive 2880 x 1440 resolution and is only 15.4" in size. Hopefully it is a sign of things to come in the desktop monitor market and maybe we will begin to see ultra-high resolution panels there as well in the future.

Source: 9to5mac
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LG IPS7 Series Introduced with MHL Support
July 25th 2012

LG have recently announced the release of their 7-series IPS range of screens, available in 23" and 27" sizes. The new IPS277L and IPS237L models offer LG's "Cinema Screen" design with an ultra-thin 1.2mm bezel and a thickness to the screen of only 14.1mm. There is a metal stand as well which is designed for stability.

The screens come with a full 1920 x 1080 resolution as you might expect, and offer a 5ms G2G response time from the W-LED backlit IPS panels. LG are even stating that the screens come factory calibrated which is positive if true. The spec also lists them as being hardware calibration ready which is again interesting. Users can connect the IPS7 monitors to a PC with the HDMI connection, or to a smartphone / tablet with MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link).

“By combining CINEMA SCREEN Design and MHL functionality with the industry’s leading IPS technology, the IPS7 series is able to offer stunning design and performance,” said J.J. Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the rapid growth in the number of mobile smart devices such as smartphones and tablets, the availability of content has greatly expanded. LG’s IPS7 expands the user experience, enabling viewers to take full advantage of this content-rich environment.”

LG IPS237L and IPS277L will be available soon. Pricing details have not been announced yet.

Source: LG
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Asus VG278HE Released with 144Hz Refresh Rate
July 25th 2012

Asus are now promoting their new 27" VG278HE monitor on their website. This screen is of particular interest as it is not only NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 ready, but it offers a 144 Hz refresh rate support, bumping the common 120Hz up by 24Hz! The screen supports NVIDIA 3D LightBoost for 3D content which is designed to improve 3D content. In 2D mode the 144Hz refresh rate can allow for improved frame rates and smoother motion, and the TN Film panel offers a 2ms G2G response time to ensure the pixels can keep up.

There is a good range of height, tilt and swivel adjustment available from the stand and the screen comes with HDMI v1.4, DL-DVI and D-sub connections. The 3D function is not integrated like on some other competing screens so you will need a 3D Vision kit as well.

No word on release date or price yet.

Source: Asus
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ViewSonic's New 27" VX2703mh-LED Released
July 25th 2012

ViewSonic have recently announced its latest high performance, energy efficient display – the VX2703mh-LED. Marketed as being ideal for consumers, SMB's and educational environments alike, the VX2703mh-LED is a 27” widescreen W-LED monitor with a contemporary thin bezel design. The screen offers a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, and offers HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs with HDCP support. The screen also offers a 3ms G2G response time, a 10M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio, integrated power, and built-in SRS Premium Sound® speakers. The screen is TN Film based as you might expect.

 

The VX2703mh-LED is also eco-friendly. In fact, this mercury-free display offers ViewSonic’s ECO-mode feature for extended display life, along with an energy savings of up to 40% when compared to a regular 27” monitor.

 

“The new VX2703mh-LED is the ideal display for home and office applications, as well as web surfing and multimedia entertainment with its multiple video inputs,” said Erik Willey, LCD monitor and PC product marketing director at ViewSonic. “If you’re looking for a versatile monitor with both low TCO and high performance, backed by a display heritage you can count on, the ViewSonic VX2703mh-LED is your solution."

 

The VX2703mh-LED will be available in North America in mid-July for an ESP of $299. No word on UK release or price yet

 

 

Source: ViewSonic
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LG Showcase Cinema 3D IPS Monitors
July 25th 2012

LG have announced the release of two new IPS based monitors in their range, this time supporting stereoscopic 3D content. The new additions to LG’s product line are the 27" D2743P-BN and 23" D2343P-BN. The specs for these screens are shown below but both offer 1920 x 1080 resolutions, 5ms G2G response times, 5 million:1 dynamic contrast ratios and 250 cd/m2 brightness. The screens come with VGA, DVI and HDMI connectivity, along with HDCP support.

The LG Cinema 3D D2343P-BN and 3D D2743P-BN are equipped with a 2D to 3D conversion software that enables you to easily convert 2D videos into 3D.

Source: LG Japan
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DGM IPS-2701WPH - Another Low Cost 27" IPS LED Alternative
June 29th 2012

Not to be outdone by the wide range of Korean models now available and seemingly being imported to the UK and USA by many consumers, DGM have released a new 27” low cost IPS monitor in their range. The IPS-2701WPH uses the same LG.Display LM270WQ1 panel as the Apple 27” Cinema Display and Hazro’s popular HZ27WA / C / D models.

The IPS-2701WPH offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and has a glossy screen coating. It uses W-LED backlighting and so offers a colour gamut covering approximately the sRGB colour space. There are HDMI, DVI-D, DisplayPort and VGA connections available so they haven’t held back on interface options here. The screen also feature integrated stereo speakers and is VESA compatible for wall mounting.

At the moment the screen seems to be available exclusively at Overclocker.co.uk for pre-order at a price of £319.99 inc VAT. It comes with a 3yr warranty with OcUK as well.

Source: OcUK
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Philips 241P4QPYKES - Web-cam Equipped AMVA Display
June 29th 2012

Philips have recently announced a new 24-inch monitor with a webcam for business users. Enriching and complementing the Philips P (Professional) monitor range, the latest Philips AMVA LCD monitor with W-LED backlighting features a webcam to connect remote teams, brilliant image quality to bring on-screen faces to life, and 24 inches of widescreen space for easy viewing.

Working with AMVA technology (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment), the display offers super-high static contrast ratios for extra vivid and bright images. The optimized pixel management technology provides a 178/178 degree extra-wide viewing angle, resulting in a superb viewing experience with sharp, clear images even in 90 degree pivot mode – perfect for group collaboration, since everyone can see what’s happening on the screen from whatever their viewing angle. The sound experience is also excellent, thanks to the built-in microphone and stereo speakers, which ensure optimal-quality voice reproduction in audio and video conferencing.

From a more local perspective, the new display features a three-port USB 2.0 hub, enabling users to connect USB memory devices, cameras, portable HDDs, PDAs, printers and other plug-and-play devices of their choice. There is a DisplayPort interface for video connection as well.

The screen is 24" in size and offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 5000:1 contrast ratio, 20 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. There are DisplayPort, DVI-D and VGA connections available. The stand also offers full height, pivot, tilt and swivel adjustments.

Thanks to Philips' PowerSensor technology, the display automatically dims whenever the user moves away, cutting energy consumption by up to 80%. To save even more power – down to zero if need be – users can simply flick the 0 watt switch conveniently located at the back of the display to cut off AC power altogether and reduce the carbon footprint even further.

The Philips AMVA LCD monitor with webcam will be available through reseller and distributor partners from mid-May at the recommended retail price of £192.00 (ex VAT). 

Source: Philips
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AOC Release 60ID Series of Screens
June 29th 2012

With the 60ID series, AOC introduces a display product family designed for standard applications in the office and at home. The displays feature W-LED backlighting technology and offer screen sizes ranging from 48.1 cm (19”) up to 60.9 cm (24”). The models with a classic matte black finish also feature different aspect ratios: Beside the standard 16:9 wide screen format, a 16:10 format brings benefits in size that come in handy especially in the office. Thanks to the modern W-LED technology, the models are not only very slim, but also extremely energy efficient in standard operation: Depending on their size, they only use between 26 and 42 watts. Intelligent operation modes help to further reduce energy consumption: In stand-by mode, it even drops to less than half a watt. The 60ID models meet the requirements of strict environmental certificates, such as EPEAT Gold or TCO 5.0.

The screens offer a response time of between 2 and 5ms G2G, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 20 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 250 cd/m2 brightness. They all come with tilt function and some offer height, swivel and pivot as well. The resolutions range from 1440 x 990 pixels for office use up to Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) for a native presentation of high resolution picture or video signals. Some types are equipped with USB hubs with four USB 2.0 ports each, allowing an easy connection to flash drives, hard drives and digital cameras. Digital DVI-D and HDMI ports complete the connectivity options of selected models.

Every 60ID display is HDCP compatible, fulfils VESA wall mount standards and is supplied with integrated speakers and a safety slot for Kensington locks. The clever i-Care software increases viewing comfort and saves energy at the same time: A sensor measures the ambient light and adjusts the intensity of the LED backlight automatically. With Ionic Breeze, AOC furthermore presents an integrated high-voltage ioniser for purifying the air at the workplace.

The 60ID monitors are expected to be available from June 2012. Recommended retail prices will start from £111.

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Samsung S27B970D Goes on Sale in US
June 27th 2012

The eagerly anticipated Samsung S27B970D (or SB970 as it's commonly known) has now appeared on Samsung's US website, and is also available from some e-tailers. Priced at $1199.99 from Newegg, the screen is available to pre-order, with release date listed as 29/6/12 at the moment.

Samsung's US website highlights the "hour-long" factory adjustment process that each unit apparently goes through before being shipped and talks about its built-in calibration engine for ongoing reliability. The screen is based on Samsung's latest generation of Plane to Line Switching (PLS) panel technology and offers W-LED backlighting, a slim profile, 2560 x 1440 resolution, a glossy panel coating and 10-bit colour support. It sounds an impressive screen and we will feature a full review as soon as it's available in the UK.

Source: Samsung
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ViewSonic's 31.5" 3840 x 2160 Resolution Prototype
June 27th 2012

ViewSonic have been showing off their new prototype VP3280-LED display recently and its attracting some attention because of its ultra-high resolution panel. The screen is 31.5" in size but offers a whopping 3840 x 2160 resolution! That gives you 150 pixels per inch (ppi) which will give you a very sharp image. The display is also capable of 10-bit colour and a colour palette of 1.07 billion.

There are a couple of catches of course. The first is that you need two Dual-link DVI or two DisplayPort connections to power the resolution. Secondly, ViewSonic reps say the VP3280, which will be marketed towards film studios, broadcasters, photographers and any other professionals in need of a compact 4K display, could ship by the end of the year, costing "about the price of a car." So it's not going to come cheap.

Source: Engadget
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NEC P232W Professional 23" IPS Display
June 27th 2012

NEC have recently released two new 23" displays in their Professional line-up of monitors. The P232W is available as a "regular" version, or the SpectraView "SV" version in Europe. They are aimed at web designers, online video and photography professionals and enthusiasts. Both are the same screen, but the SV edition carries support for hardware calibration in Europe. This is a similar pattern that NEC followed with their other screens such as the PA271W-SV. They offer an IPS panel combined with W-LED backlighting and come with DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI and VGA interfaces. Spec wise the screen offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.

The regular P232W retails for ~$569 while the P232W-SV is ~$819.

Source: NEC
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Samsung SB970 27" PLS Display Follow Up
May 15th 2012

When we first brought you the news of this new screen back in January there was some confusion with Samsung around the name of it, and whether it would be called the SB970 or the SA970. At the time there was mixed information on Samsung's international websites but we have now been told Samsung have opted to stick with the 'SB970' name for their new display. The full model number is the S27B970DS.

New information about this very interesting screen has emerged now on their Swedish website. The SB970 will be a 27" screen based on their own PLS panel technology, and offering a full 2560 x 1440 resolution. The panel will offer 10-bit colour support with a 1.07 billion colour palette. It is not clear at this stage whether the panel is a true 10-bit module or 8-bit with an additional Frame Rate Control stage added. Apparently each unit will be individually factory calibrated as well with their website stating that: "Samsung's specialists fine-tune the displays color for optimum picture quality. Best in class color control technology provides high quality color reproduction with very high precision. Factory calibration ensures smooth gradations, rich and natural colors - outstanding image quality, pure and simple." The screen also apparently offers a hardware calibration engine with a 16-bit programmable LUT.

The design of the new screen is also a key selling point, with an LED backlight allowing for a thin profile and a height adjustable stand offering a good range of adjustment. This narrow scope and Crystal Clear Glass display panel screen (glossy coating) gives a sleek look and metal frame provides a sophisticated look. There are dual-link DVI, DisplayPort v1.1 and HDMI v1.4 connections available and there are even integrated 2x 7W stereo speakers and a 2 port USB 2.0 hub.

The screen offers the following spec:

Resolution and size

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

2560 x 1440
27"
5ms G2G 1000:1 "Mega DCR" 220 - 285 178/178 1.07 billion PLS
W-LED
Tilt and height DL-DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

The recommended retail price will reportedly be $1199.99 USD (with a UK price TBC) although expect that to come down a bit when it finally hits stores. Release date is not reliably known at the moment and given the delays we saw with the S27A850D release before, I expect this might take a little while to appear properly in the market.

Source: Samsung Sweden (Google Translated)
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LG Set to Release IPS4 Series Screens Soon
May 15th 2012

LG have recently announced the forthcoming release of their new IPS4 screens, planned for release in Asia this month apparently and then with Europe and the US to follow soon. These new screens will be IPS based as the name suggests. The main model will reportedly be the IPS234 which will be 23" in size and offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, a 'Mega' dynamic contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen will also offer DVI, VGA and HDMI interfaces along with a headphone output.

Source: LG
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HP 2311xi Monitor with LED Backlit IPS Panel
May 15th 2012

HP have recently announced the release of a new monitor in their range, designed to meet the needs of home users of all types. The 2311xi will feature a W-LED backlit IPS panel which is 23" in size. It will offer VGA, DVI-D and HDMI connections (with HDCP support) for connection of multiple devices. HP seem to be promoting the "IPS differences" in their collateral as well as this is a step away from the wide range of TN Film based home and office models they've offered in the past. The screen also offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 7ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (3 million:1 DCR), 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.

The HP 2311xi will launch late June in Asia and should reach North America ($239.99 RRP) and Europe shortly afterwards.

 


ViewSonic VX2460h-LED Ultra-Slim Monitor Released
May 4th 2012

ViewSonic this week announced its latest LED backlit monitor solution – the  VX2460h-LED – offering the thinnest profile available for its size and class category. "Ideal for consumers, gamers, enthusiasts and discerning buyers alike, the VX2460h-LED is a sleek and stylish 24” (61cm)/23.6” (60cm) viewable ultra-slim widescreen display that pairs a 1/4” (6.8mm) ultra-slim thickness with advanced imaging technologies to reduce eye fatigue after extended viewing." The screen is TN Film based with LED backlighting technology allowing for the ultra-thin profile.

The VX2460h-LED offers the following spec:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1920 x 1080
23.6"
2ms G2G 1000:1 40 million:1 250 170/160 16.7m TN Film
W-LED
Tilt only D-sub, HDMI x2

The VX2460h-LED comes standard with a 3-year warranty, and the industry’s best pixel performance policy. The VX2460h-LED will be available in Europe mid May for an RRP £159 / €199 (inclusive of VAT).

Source: ViewSonic
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AOC e2251Fwu Mobile USB Screen Announced
May 4th 2012

With the e2251Fwu, which is available in stores across Europe now, AOC introduces an unusual product concept: the Full HD monitor receives both its power and signal via a single USB cable, with a minimal energy consumption of just 8 watts. The lightweight and thus very portable 54.7 cm (21.5″) model is an interesting option for users who are looking to expand the viewing area of their display, netbook, MacBook, laptop or tablet PC.

What makes the e2251Fwu special, is that it not only receives its data but also the required electricity via a single USB 2.0 cable. Thanks to the adaptor-free USB feature the display offers numerous connectivity options. Whether it is a laptop, MacBook, notebook, netbooks or tablet PCs, either can be easily connected without the usual cumbersome tangle of cables. The super-slim 16:9 model with LED-backlights offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The removable foot is another smart feature: removed, the monitor transforms within seconds into an oversized and stylish digital picture frame or a presentation area. Without the foot the display area of the e2251Fwu is roughly level with the laptop or notebook display, which allows an ergonomic/comfortable working posture.

The specs for the new screen are listed below:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1920 x 1080
21.5"
5ms 800:1 n/a 150 170/160 16.7m TN Film
W-LED
Tilt only USB only

The e2251Fwu is compatible with both PC and Mac and is available immediately for a RRP of £122.99

Source: AOC
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Iiyama G2773HS With 1ms Response Time and 120Hz
May 4th 2012

Iiyama have just released an interesting new 27" display in their range which is aimed primarily at gamers. The G2773HS offers a 1ms G2G response time and supports 120Hz refresh rates for optimum gaming performance. The screen is TN Film based with a W-LED backlight unit. Their press information says "Iiyama has supported the Pro Gamer industry for over 5 years now and support gaming teams such as Team Dignitas (UK) and Low Land Lions (Holland), and are the monitor of choice for any discerning Gamer. Iiyama continues to focus and support the vitally important competitive gaming industry , which is rapidly becoming one of the largest industries in the world, and gaming in general now out performs Hollywood in world wide revenue."

The specs for the new screen are listed below:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1920 x 1080
27"
1ms G2G
+120Hz
1000:1 5 million:1 300 170/160 16.7m TN Film
W-LED
Tilt only DVI, VGA, HDMI

The screen comes equipped with stereo speakers and a headphone socket as well as HDMI, VGA and Dual Link DVI connections. The screen is available in the UK now for pre-order at £319.99 (inc VAT)

Source: Iiyama
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Philips Release Range of New 27" AMVA Screens
May 4th 2012

Philips have recently released a range of several 27" displays in their range, using AMVA panel technology and LED backlighting. There are two models in their E-line, the 273E3QHSS/00 and the 273E3QHSB/00 and one in their P-line which is the 273P3QPYES/00. Philips aren't one for simple product names it seems which is a pain when trying to describe these models.

All 3 offer a 27" AMVA panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution. They use W-LED backlighting and offer a 6ms G2G response time, 5000:1 static contrast ratio, 20 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The E-line models offer VGA, DVI and HDMI connections while the P-line model offers DisplayPort in place of the HDMI.

Full information on each is available from Philips.co.uk. The 273E3QHSB/00 is pictured above.

Source: Philips
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X-Rite Announce New i1 Pro 2 Spectrophotometer
April 13th 2012

 

X-Rite, the world leader in colour management, measurement and communication technologies, this week announced its new portfolio of i1 Professional Colour Management Solutions which now include a newly redesigned i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer.

Built upon the success of X-Rite’s i1Pro spectrophotometer as the de facto industry standard for more than a decade, the newly enhanced i1Pro 2 device has been redesigned to provide an even higher level of accuracy, versatility, ergonomics, functionality and value. Combined with the recently released i1Profiler software v1.3, which accommodates all levels of proficiency and expertise, the new i1Pro 2 portfolio of four different products is specifically targeted to meet the unique needs of photo, pre-press, digital print and publishing professionals, providing exceptional value at very attractive price points.
 
This new portfolio, comprised of X-Rite’s i1Basic Pro 2, i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2 and i1Publish products feature groundbreaking new technology and applications. Each Pro solution includes the new i1Pro 2 second generation spectrophotometer – the most accurate and forward thinking device available today accommodating three measurement modes in one single device. These modes include the most commonly used M0 (Standard Illuminant A), the emerging M1 (illuminant D50) and M2 (known as UV-cut). Also included are i1Profiler, X-Rite’s entirely new next generation colour profiling software, PANTONE Color Manager colour swatch bridging software and ColorChecker Camera Calibration software.

“Exceptionally accurate colour measurement and calibration remain basic building blocks for professional-level workflow,” commented Vic Stalam, X-Rite’s Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing.  “Nowhere is repeatable, predictive colour management more critical than in the highly connected and forward-looking graphic arts, publishing, digital printing and photography markets that make up the core Imaging market customer base for X-Rite. With the introduction of these new products, X-Rite once again delivers to colour professionals around the world the products they need that incorporate important emerging colour standards.”
 

New i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer highlights:

  • New illuminant design allows for 3 standard measurement conditions  (ISO 13655 M0: Tungsten; ISO 13655 M1: D50; ISO 13655 M2: UV Cut) plus Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) without changing filters or needing a second instrument.
     

  • Enhanced Optical Brightener Compensation allows for the most accurate profiling (both Tungsten and UV/LED mode) for today’s enhanced range of substrates. Now users can predict what colours printed on optically brightened paper will look like under different light conditions using a single hand-held device.
     

  • Positioning Detection with Zebra Sensor provides a more robust scanning experience even on special substrates and low-resolution printers. It allows for the measurement of smaller patch sizes (as low as 7mm) in manual mode and enables dual measurement workflows for OBC, M1 and M2.
     

  • New Wizard-driven interface with status LED leads users through the profiling and calibration process while providing all the options and control desired, regardless of expertise.
     

  • New Design Ergonomics throughout allows for greater usability, flexibility, cleaning, protection, and storage of the precision i1Pro 2 device.
     

  • Improved Emissive Measurement allows for better temperature stability and higher brightness levels resulting in the best possible calibration and profiling of monitors ever.
     

  • All new diagnostics and self-correction features. Wavelength calibration LED allows for self diagnosis of optical grating in relation to sensor during white calibration (with automatic correction and notifications)
     

  • Maintaining and protecting the device (and investment) is easier than ever. Self-cleanable aperture protection glass and calibration white tile cover provides additional built-in protection from dust and dirt.

Support for the new i1 Pro 2 device has been added to the latest v1.3 of X-rite's own i1 Profiler software. I suspect that like the i1 Display Pro the support from third party software will follow slowly, but may be limited depending on whether you purchase the OEM or Retail version of the device. From the specs we can tell that the scanning measurement speed is still 200 Hz which is the same as the Rev B - D of the original i1 Pro. While the maximum luminance range has been improved up to 1200 cd/m2, the lower level limit is still listed at 0.2 cd/m2. This is still not adequate to measure black point of many modern monitors and so a colorimeter device would be required as well.

The new i1Pro 2 Professional Colour Management Solutions are immediately available from X-Rite’s online store (North America), and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers. i1Publish Pro 2 will also be offered with two upgrade options based on original solution purchased.
 

Source: X-rite
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Philips Release New ErgoSensor 241P4LRYES Monitor
April 13th 2012

Announced this week and available from mid-April 2012 apparently, Philips introduces their unique "ErgoSensor" 241P4LRYES/00 Monitor.  A 24" LED ‘intelligent’ display that takes a snapshot of the user and then, through icons on the screen, advises the best posture (or advises on taking practical intervals) while using the monitor and also makes recommendations throughout the day. The aim is to reduce common problems of computer usage such as bad posture, RSI and fatigue as per HSE Requirements.

The ErgoSensor takes care of wellbeing in three key ways. It does this using a processor connected to a CMOS sensor. There is no need install any software on your computer since the technology is completely embedded in the monitor. Sophisticated algorithms for human-envi­ronment interaction analyses the pictures and displays a message on the screen. The customised alerts for optimal comfort include:

  • Distance from the screen: The ErgoSensor measures the distance between your eyes and the monitor, and gives suggestions for correcting how far you’re sitting from the screen.

  • Correct posture: The ErgoSensor detects the angle of your head and offers advice improving your posture if your position is incorrect for an extended period of time.

  • Suggesting breaks: The ErgoSensor reminds you to take breaks by calculating the amount of time you spend working in front of the display

Alongside this innovative technology the display features a full ergonomic menu for comfort including 130mm height adjust, -5/20° Tilt, -65/+65° Swivel and Pivot function.  Connectivity features include a 4 port USB hub, VGA, DVI-D and DisplayPort. Eco-friendly, the ErgoSensor is EPEAT Gold and TCO Edge rated, lead and mercury free and uses typical power usage of less than 0.1W in standby mode.

Intrigued as to how it works?  Take a minute to view the video demo:

www.ergosensormonitor.com/intro_en.html

The specs for the new screen are listed below:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1920 x 1080
24"
5ms 1000:1 20 million:1 250 170/160 16.7m TN Film
W-LED
Tilt, height, pivot, rotate DVI-D, DisplayPort, D-sub

The Philips ErgoSensor will be immediately available through reseller and distributor partners at the recommended retail price of £191.00 (ex VAT). 

Spec sheet: Philips
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NEC EA223WM Released for Office and Corporate Use
April 13th 2012

NEC have just announced the release of their new 22" EA223WM monitor, "designed to meet the demands of Corporate and Government offices for future ready design, extended input options and rich features". The screen is W-LED backlit as you'd probably expect by now with a 16:10 aspect ratio, 1680 x 1050 resolution. There is a fully adjustable stand with height, swivel, tilt and pivot available. Cable management has been carefully thought of as well and there are integrated speakers and a USB hub available also. All common office connectivity is also assured with DisplayPort, D-sub and DVI-D ports available.

Drawing less than 0.5W in power saving mode and only 12W in Eco Mode, power consumption of the MultiSync® EA223WM is kept to a minimum. In keeping with NEC’s Green Vision, the entire EA Series delivers performance with less material and packaging consumed, less harmful substances and less energy required for transportation.

As with its counterparts, integrated features of the MultiSync EA223WM include a human sensor, which detects user activity in front of the monitor and reduces its power down when the user steps away from their desk. Similarly, the monitor’s brightness can be automatically adjusted by a built-in ambient light sensor – which detects external light conditions – and an auto brightness function – which checks the display content and adjusts the brightness accordingly. A new ControlSync function is an innovative control and setting solution for your multiple display installations that enables multi-monitor OSD adjustment synchronisation: when the master monitor setting is adjusted, the setting is automatically sent to all slave monitors and individual customised settings can be restored at the touch of a button.

"As part of the new EA Series, the EA223WM delivers a new perspective on productivity by delivering new levels of form and function,” said Birgit Sommerer, Product Line Manager for Commercial Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe. "The Sync features, the sleek design and the improved cable management are some key innovations that are tailored to the office user who wants a modern PC component for the daily use and to increase the productivity."

The specs for the new screen are listed below:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1680 x 1050
22"
5ms 1000:1 25,000:1 250 170/160 16.7m TN Film
W-LED
Tilt, height, pivot, rotate DVI-D, DisplayPort, D-sub

The NEC MultiSync EA223WM comes in black or white and will be available from April 2012 with a recommended retail price of £165 excl VAT.
 

Source: NEC
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BenQ Launches GW Series VA LED Monitors
April 5th 2012

BenQ have recently announced the expansion of their GW line of monitors, part of their "essential line for home and work". BenQ's press release states: "The new models are BenQ's latest VA LED creation since the launch of the world’s first VA LED monitors in summer 2010. The vertical integration of BenQ Group in the display industry, which resulted in long-term investments in developing core display technology and manufacturing crystal component, gained BenQ a fierce partner: AUO, a world-leading manufacturer of TFT-LCD panels, integrated solution provider of 3D, touch, e-paper, OLED and solar solution innovation and owner of more than 9,021 international patents. The company generated NT$379.7 billion in sales revenue in 2011 (US$12.5 billion) and houses more than 43,000 staff members throughout its global operations across Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, the U.S. and Europe. With AUO's full support, BenQ expanded its VA LED display leadership in 2011 with a continually evolving line of award-winning VA LED monitors – from the EW Series, home entertainment enjoyment monitors featuring full multimedia connectivity, to the BL Series, corporate monitors designed to provide ergo solutions. Now, with the 2012 launch of the GW Series completing the VA LED monitor line-up, BenQ aims to become the first-class visual enjoyment provider for everyone."

The GW series boast a 5000:1 static contrast ratio, true 8-bit panels, wide 178/178 viewing angles and a W-LED backlight system. Models will be available in sizes of 21.5", 24" and 27". The new line includes three different models with different connectors: GW (D-Sub; DVI-D); GW/M (D-Sub; DVI-D; Line-In; Headphone Jack); GW/HM (D-Sub; DVI-D; Line-In; Headphone Jack; HDMI). The GW/M and GW/HM models are also equipped with built-in speakers (21.5"W with 1Wx2; 24"W/ 27”W with 2Wx2) to perfect your audiovisual enjoyment without the hassle of connecting to additional audio devices. Oddly BenQ.co.uk have the new models listed but when delving into the specs for each they have the wrong specs listed and are instead TN Film based models. Expect that to be updated soon so you can view the full specs if you need to.

Available for purchase in Pacific Asia and China in early April, the 2012 GW Series will visit your local stores around the world soon after.

Source: BenQ
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Samsung Electronics LCD Business Separates
April 5th 2012

Earlier this year Samsung Electronics decided it would be in their best interest to separate its liquid crystal display business from the fold and the idea was that they would start independently on their own path. They have managed to keep to their schedule as well and the new "Samsung Display Co., Ltd" was inaugurated on April 1st 2012.

“We will make Samsung Display a well-respected company through continuous efforts to supply a wide variety of customized products that provide great value to our customers.” said newly elected CEO Donggun Park. He was executive vice president and head of the former Samsung Electronics’ LCD Business. “By continually staying one step ahead of our competitors, we can make our company the very best in the display market.”

We will continue to see the investment in LCD panel production from Samsung which can only be a good thing, and they will now be known as Samsung Display moving forward.

Source: Samsung
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Philips LightFrame 248X3LFHSB/00 Monitor
March 23rd 2012

Philips have just announced a fairly interesting looking new monitor, with something a little different. The 23.6" size 248X3LFHSB/00 (please get some easier names Philips!) has a frame which lights up a blue colour! Their press release claims: "The blue light emitted by the display’s frame is proven to reduce eye fatigue, improve concentration and boost well-being. And if that wasn’t inspiring enough, the new LightFrame also features the elegance of the Philips Moda design. With its two-tone glossy finish – cool, blue lighted bezel at the front and black at the rear – the LightFrame Moda has the looks to complement any office or living room."

Designed for people who spend hours in front of their displays, the new Philips LightFrame  display is surrounded by diodes which emit blue light at a specific wavelength proven to reduce eye fatigue – keeping you energised during marathon front-of-screen sessions or on gloomy winter days. The new LightFrame sports the innovative Philips Moda look. The Moda design – which has reaped the Philips monitors a prestigious iF design award for 2012 – features a slim body and stable, die-cast aluminium base, plus a high-gloss dual-tone finish. This blends well with the elegance of the LightFrame’s ice-blue light surround.

The screen is also W-LED backlit and comes with 2x HDMI interfaces as well.

The specs for the new screen are listed below:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1920 x 1080
23.6"
2ms G2G ? 20 million:1 300 170/160 16.7m TN Film
W-LED
Tilt only 2x HDMI, VGA

The Philips LightFrame Moda 248X3LFHSB/00 will be available in major electronics stores end of March at the recommended retail price of £222.00 inc VAT

Source: Philips
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Low Cost 27" IPS Monitors From Korea Proving Popular
March 23rd 2012

A few new monitors have recently emerged in Korea which are attracting a fair amount of interest over there, and also in other regions. These screens are offering a very low cost 27” screen, with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, IPS panel and glossy screen coating. They are very similar in fact to the low-cost Hazro HZ27WA/C/D models we have over in the UK and are being manufactured by several companies, mainly Achieva and Yamakasi.

There are some similarities across all these screens as they are all offer the very high resolution and a W-LED backlit IPS panel from LG.Display (differing revisions of the LM270WQ1 panel as used in the Apple 27” Cinema Display and Hazro HZ27WA/C/D). Being W-LED backlit they offer a standard ~sRGB colour gamut. There are some obvious similarities between these screens and the Hazro offerings and many aspects appear identical. Those which offer an OSD menu available are using the same OSD software as the Hazro for instance. Some have 2x 2W stereo speakers and the designs are very similar in some cases.

We won’t go into all the ins and outs of each model here but we will try to cover a few common questions. We do know that no 240V/120V step down transformer or EU adapter is needed to power the screen. All you need is a generic PSU cablehttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=overclockdotnet-20&l=ur2&o=1. They are VESA compatible if you want to do away with the fairly basic tilt-only stand although you may need to remove a plastic section on the back apparently. Some have OSD menus, some don’t. Some offer aspect ratio control and scaling options and some don’t. If the monitor does not offer this you would need to rely on scaling and aspect ratio control from your graphics card. Some have 2x 2W integrated speakers and some don’t. Some users have even managed to run these screens up to a refresh rate of 97Hz and seemingly without frames being dropped which is very impressive. The recommended refresh rate is 60Hz though as these are not 120Hz compatible models. Forcing higher refresh rates and messing around with timings may lead to problems so be careful if you try it.

It seems some versions have the tempered glass front and some do not, a very similar set up to the Hazro models again  Those with a glass front could be subject to some trapped dust, and indeed there have already been reports of such issues from people who have taken the plunge. Without the tempered glass, the panels are still glossy but the glass is added for an extra layer of protection.

The screens are generally being purchased on eBay and being shipped internationally from Korea to other locations in the US. Pricing seems to be ranging between ~$360 - 400 for the lower end models which is very good, and reportedly these screens retail for around $250 USD (or the equivalent at least) in Korea. There are of course question marks around warranty, dead pixels, build quality, dust issues and after sale support which I suppose is a consideration. It may be a risk given the international shipping and relatively unknown providers and sellers, but at this low cost many have decided to give them a try.

Here is a brief summary of some of the specs and models available:

  • Achieva Shimian – their QH270 range appears to come in 6 varieties with some slight variations between each. Main specs of all the models are a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 1 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles.

    Of particular note is that the QH270-IPST, –IPSM, -IPSTDP and -IPSMDP have reported 10-bit panels with a 1.07 billion colour palette (8-bit + FRC panels). The –IPSBS and IPSB have 8-bit panels with 16.7m colour palette. There are varying sets of features such as connection types, PbP support, glass fronts etc between each.

     

  • Yamakasi Catleap Q270 – Again there appear to be 5 versions of this screen available. Main specs are a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 380 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. This model has an 8-bit panel with 16.7m colour palette. The specs remain the same between all the versions of the Q270 but there are versions with and without speakers and with and without glass fronts it seems. All have a single DL-DVI connection except one variant which also offers an HDMI connection.

For some further information and reading please see:

Achieva Shimian QH270-IPSM and IPSTDP Review
Yamakasi Catleap Q270 Review

Although these reviews are not in English can gain some information from the measurements and pictures

Achieva Monitor Club thread at Overclock.net
Catleap Monitor Club thread at Overclock.net
Hardforum discussion thread

Lots of useful information, discussion and pictures from users.

There are also other Korean manufactured models available with similar panels and specs from Crossover and PCBank 3View and many aspects are similar to the other models discussed here.

 


iPad 3 Retina Display Panel Identified
March 16th 2012

The new iPad 3 (officially just called the New iPad with Retina Display) was released this week and with it comes the addition of a high resolution Retina Display, much like that added a while back to the iPhone 4. We don't normally cover news outside of the desktop monitor market but thought this was an interesting note anyway.

Thanks to a product "tear down" by ifixit.com, we have learned that the panel part being used in the new Apple iPad Retina Display (aka iPad 3) is a Samsung LTN097QL01-A02 as shown in the photo below.

The panel offers a 2048 x 1536 resolution which is massive for a screen which only measures 9.7" diagonally. We also know that the screen is LED backlit and on Apple's website it is listed as IPS technology. Apple's website also talks about a process used to separate the sub-pixels "onto a different plane to separate them from the signals" which tell them when to light up. There is also a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating applied to the glossy glass coating of the screen.

Of interest though is the fact that the screen uses a Samsung panel, who aren't a manufacturer of IPS technology. Instead, it looks as if the panel is probably a PLS module which is very similar to IPS in operation, but is Samsung's competing technology to LG.Display's IPS. Samsung's latest product selection guide (Feb 2012) lists some other tablet panels which are in production which are both PLS tech. This would seem to support the thought that perhaps this isn't really IPS, but is very close. I suspect Apple have just retained the name for simplicity.

Source: ifixit.com
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Asus PA248Q 24" IPS Monitor Announced
March 16th 2012

Asus have recently announced the forthcoming release of a new 24" IPS monitor in their range. They already have the PA246Q model which is very similar to the popular Dell U2410. This new model looks to be a competitor to the Dell U2412M as it looks to be offering a standard sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlighting unit.

The press release states: "Designed for graphics professionals, the PA248Q features a pre-calibrated IPS panel that provides 100% coverage of the sRGB color space to deliver precise color reproduction and uniformity even with the widest viewing angles. Six-axis independent color adjustments along with Delta E <5 color accuracy ensure exceptional color fidelity. To further increase user productivity, ASUS exclusive QuickFit Virtual Scale provides real-size artwork previews on-screen through photos, documents, and grid modes."

The specs known so far for the new screen are listed below:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1920 x 1200 6ms G2G ? ? 400 178/178 16.7m IPS
W-LED
Tilt, height, pivot, rotate D-sub, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort

The PA248Q will also offer a 4 port USB 3.0 hub along with a full set of ergonomic adjustments. The current expected retail price is ~$594 USD.

Source: Asus
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Philips 239C4QHSB "Blade 2" IPS Monitor
March 16th 2012

Not one for easy to remember model names, Philips have recently announced their new 239C4QHSB monitor, better known as the "Blade 2". It is apparently one of the slimmest monitors on the market at only 12.5mm thickness. The screen is 23" in size and uses an IPS panel with W-LED backlighting.

"The Philips Blade 2 demonstrates the company's ability to deliver versatile monitors that combines cutting-edge design with excellent performance," said Mayank Christian, director of global product management, MMD. "The enhancements of the Philips Blade 2 over the original Blade monitor also showcase our desire to push boundaries and develop better products for consumers."

The specs known so far for the new screen are listed below:

Resolution

Response Time

Contrast Ratio

Dynamic CR

Bright
ness
(cd/m2)

Viewing Angles

Colour
Depth

Panel and backlight
Tech

Ergo-nomics

Interfaces

1920 x 1080 6ms G2G 1000:1 20 million:1 250 178/178 16.7m IPS
W-LED
Tilt, height, pivot, rotate D-sub,
2x HDMI

The screen is expected to be available during late March at ~£230 USD.

Source: Philips
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