Flicker Free Backlight Database Launched
June 25th 2013
We get a lot of emails asking about which monitors do and
don't use without
Pulse Width Modulation, and there has certainly been a big increase in
interest over the last year or so on finding a flicker free display. We've
been testing backlight dimming in our reviews for over a year now and we
thought it might be useful to try and compile a table confirming the models we
know to be in existence without PWM (i.e. flicker free)
This table will be published and updated in a new
Flicker Free Monitor Database. We will include confirmation of the models we
have tested, and also try to capture others which have been confirmed by other
sources as being PWM.
If you know of any models missing, please send us an email or tweet with the
details and link to the tests confirming it to be PWM and we will add it to the
Asus VX9 Range - VX239H, VX279H and VX279Q
June 25th 2013
Asus have decided to refresh their popular MX9 series of
screens with the launch of the new Designo VX9 models. The design has remained
the same as the older models with the exception of the stand and brushed metal
bezel which have changed from silver to black in colour. They maintain the
ultra-thin bezel and 'sun dial inspired' base though. The screens feature
modern AH-IPS panels from LG.Display combined with an W-LED backlight unit.
The models being released are the 23" VX239H, and 27" VX279H and VX279Q.
All three models offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1
contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The connections
differ though. All models have VGA, HDMI (with MHL support) and audio
connections. The 'H' model has an extra HDMI port (with MHL support again),
while the Q model has DisplayPort instead. The stand provides only a basic tilt
function and there is no VESA mounting support on these models.
Unfortunately these models mark
the loss of the 3W Bang & Olufsen ICEpower speakers which are pretty decent as
far as built-in speakers go. These are being replaced by some more generic 1W
(23” models) or 1.5W (27” models) stereo speakers. No word on price or release
Asus Release AMVA Based VN279H and VN279Q
June 25th 2013
We've recently published a
full review of BenQ's latest flicker free GW2760HS monitor. Asus have also
recently released a couple of models in their range as a direct rival to the
BenQ screen. These feature a similar thin-bezel design, glossy black plastic
finish, and use the same AMVA panel technology from AU Optronics. Asus
actually dub this AMVA+ in their specs, but this is probably just a marketing
trick to signify the latest generation of AMVA panel, although we have seen
some improvements in terms of viewing angles with the GW2760HS tests.
The screen uses a W-LED backlight and it is unclear
whether it will be PWM-free or not as the backlight controller is independent
of the panel. The screen offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response
time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and
an 8-bit colour depth. The stand offers only a basic tilt function but the
screen is VESA 100 compliant if need be. The 'H' model offers 2x HDMI ports
(with MHL support), VGA and audio connections. The 'Q' model has 1x HDMI (with
MHL), 1x DisplayPort, VGA and audio connections. Both models are identical
apart from those connections, and will also feature integrated 2x 2W stereo
There is apparently a third model in production which
will be the VN279QLB which will have a fully adjustable stand (height, tilt,
pivot, rotate), all the connections of the 'Q' model, and an added USB 3.0
port. No word on price or release date yet.
Source: Asus (Q
BenQ BL2710PT with 2560 Res AHVA Panel
June 13th 2013
Back in December we brought you news about a new high res 27" panel in
Optronics. The new so-called "AHVA" (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) panel
would be the first VA matrix to offer the ultra high 2560 x 1440 res that has
become very common in the IPS and PLS market. The panel is actually an
"IPS-mode" type, designed to offer similar performance characteristics to
LG.Display's IPS, and also Samsung's PLS equivalent. You will notice as a
result that the usual high static contrast ratio for VA panels of 3000 -
5000:1 is not available and instead the panel offers a much more IPS-like
1000:1 figure. Expect wider viewing angles and freedom from the off-centre
contrast shift you see from traditional VA matrices.
BenQ will not surprisingly be the first to release a monitor using this new AHVA
panel and the BL2710PT has appeared on their website this week. The screen is
being marketed as the words first custom-built CAD/CAM monitor and aesthetically
it looks very similar to the BL2411PT already in their range.
Like the rest of BenQ's forthcoming range the screen will feature a flicker free
backlight, free from
PWM usage which is good news. The backlight itself is W-LED and offers a
colour gamut covering 100% sRGB according to the spec, but not a wide gamut like
some modern GB-LED backlights. The spec also offers a 4ms G2G (12ms ISO)
response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing
angles. The panel is listed with a 1.07b colour depth so the panel will be
either true 10-bit or 8-bit+FRC. The stand offers a full range of tilt, pivot,
height and rotation functions. There are D-sub, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI
connections available and also 2x USB 3.0 ports on the side. The screen also has
an ambient light sensor which is useful along with 2x 3W integrated speakers and
a headphone jack. There is a dedicated ‘CAD/CAM
Mode’ even which enhances contrast and colour saturation to make wire-frame
meshes more visible. There is also a so-called ‘Present Mode’ which simulates a
projector-like output on the screen so you can prepare for how your designs will
look when presented to an audience and modify them if necessary. It is tuned
specifically to the capabilities of the BenQ MX660 projector but will give a
decent representation of general projector output.
BenQ to Expand Flicker-Free Monitor Range
June 13th 2013
In what will no doubt be a popular move, BenQ have
decided to embrace flicker free backlighting across pretty much all of their
new range of screens as they are released throughout this year. They were the
first manufacturer to widely adopt 16:9 format, LED backlighting and AMVA +
LED across their range in the past and now they've decided to look out for
their customers again with this new technology. The backlights will not use
PWM for backlight dimming and instead use a Direct Current (DC) method to
avoid flicker. This forms part of BenQ's "EyeCare" initiative encompassing
flicker free, new preset modes for reading, ambient light sensors and a new
cabling supply to package digital cables (HDMI or DVI) with their new monitors
instead of older analogue D-sub cables.
The BenQ GW2760HS is one of the first models in their new
flicker free range which we have with us for review at the moment. Review
coming soon! Expect lots of new models across their range in all sizes from
21.5 - 27" to be launched throughout the year from BenQ with flicker free
Asus PQ321 with IGZO Display and 4k Resolution
May 30th 2013
Originally announced on Asus'
Nordic Facebook page, the PQ321 display is certainly something a little
different. This massive 31.5" screen features an IGZO (Indium
Gallium Zinc Oxide) panel instead of the normal a-Si (amorphous silicon) that
is traditionally used for TFT LCDs. This technology, developed by Sharp,
allows for much higher pixel density which is why the PQ321 offers a massive
4k 3840 x 2160 resolution (16:9 aspect ratio)!
The screen also offers a spec with 8ms G2G response time,
800:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 176/176 viewing angles, is LED
backlit and offers 10-bit colour support. There are DisplayPort, 2x HDMI and
an RS-232C interface provided (an old serial
connection used by some industrial devices). There are also audio input and
output connections along with 2W stereo speakers. The fully adjustable stand
offers tilt, height, swivel and pivot adjustments and the screen is also VESA
compliant for mounting options. Of course IGZO technology is largely untested
so it will be interesting to see how these perform as and when they become
The price is expected to be very high, especially when
you consider Sharp's own screen retails for ~£4000 GBP. The screen is
being showcased at Computex in June but the release date is not known yet.
Asus Nordic Facebook Page
Asus PA279Q Professional Display Announced
May 30th 2013
Asus have recently announced a new model in their ProArt
series of screens. The new 27" PA279Q will offer a wide colour gamut, covering
99% of the Adobe RGB colour space, thanks to the use of the latest GB-LED
backlighting technology. This has already appeared in the new Dell U screens
(U2413, U2713H and U3014). It can cover 103% NTSC, 99% Adobe RGB and 100% of
the sRGB references.
This new style of backlight is combined in the PA279Q
with a modern AH-IPS panel with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. There is a 6ms G2G
response time, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 10-bit colour support and 178/178 viewing
angles. The screen carries a factory calibration as well designed to offer a
6500k native white point and 2.2 gamma curve out of the box. Users can
calibrate the screen using a 6-axis adjustment system as well and the screen
supposedly comes with a hood as well. Initial reports don't seem to mention
hardware calibration but that's certainly a possibility as this does seem to
be a direct competitor to the Dell U2713H.
There are DL-DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and audio connections
available, along with 6x USB 3.0 ports (do we really need 6?) and support for
Daisy-chaining via a DisplayPort out. There is even an integrated 9-in-1 card
reader which is nice to see and a couple of integrated 3W stereo speakers. The
stand supports tilt, swivel, height and rotate adjustments and there is a VESA
mounting option as well.
The PA279Q is expected to
launch globally in early June following the Computex event in Taipei, although
pricing is currently unknown.
DGM to Release New 24 - 30" IPS Displays
May 3rd 2013
DGM are set to release a range of new IPS based displays
in the near future. We have some early information already and know that there
will be models in 24, 27 and 30" sizes.
The 24" IPS-2402WDH (pictured above) is already
listed on DGM's website. It offers a 16:10 aspect ratio with 1920 x 1200
resolution. The panel also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. There are HDMI, DVI and
VGA inputs available along with built-in stereo speakers.
The 27" IPS-2703WPH is a new 27" in their range, following on from the
IPS-2701WPH we reviewed back in July 2012. The new offering will apparently
have a "hard glass" front and offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 6ms G2G response
time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections are provided and again there are
built-in stereo speakers. It is unclear whether this is a standard or wide gamut
Finally the 30" IPS-3004WPH comes with a full 16:10 aspect 2560 x 1600
resolution. It also has a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 370
cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort are
provided again along with stereo speakers. This model is expected to be a wide
gamut display, and so may well feature the same panel used in the Dell U3014
with GB-LED backlighting.
More info along with reviews soon.
Philips 272P4 and 272C4 New 27" PLS Screens
May 3rd 2013
Philips has recently released two new 27" screens in
their range, sporting the latest PLS panel technology. First is the 272P4
(full name 272P4QPJKEB) with integrated webcam and microphone for desktop
conferencing was showcased at this years CEBIT event as well. The screen
offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 8 bit colour depth, W-LED backlight with
standard colour gamut, 6ms G2G response time, 20 million:1 dynamic contrast
ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The screen has 2x HDMI, 1x DVI and 1x DisplayPort interfaces, with
daisy-chaining and PiP / PbP functions as well. There is also a 3 port USB 3.0
hub integrated into the screen. The stand offers tilt, swivel, height and
rotation functions as well and a human sensor ("PowerSensor") helps save energy
when the user moves away from the screen. The 272P4 is available now with a RRP
of £520 GBP (inc VAT).
Secondly there is the 272C4 (full name
which comes with an integrated webcam and
microphone, designed for social networking apparently. The specs are the same as
the 272P4 above, as are the connection options. The stand only offers a basic
tilt adjustment though so it is more limited in that area. The
available now at £505 GBP (inc VAT)
AOC g2460Pqu Gaming Screen with 144Hz Refresh Rate
May 3rd 2013
Although various AOC models
enjoyed considerable success and popularity throughout the gaming community,
none of them had initially been designed specifically for gaming – until
recently. Backed up by mother company TPV, the world’s largest display
manufacturer, AOC has made use of its access to the latest display
technologies and high-grade materials to create what they claim to be "the
ultimate gaming monitor".
AOC has come up with the
brand-new g2460Pqu, designed to fulfil even the highest expectations. This
claim is reflected by the “g” for “gaming” in the 61 cm (24”) model’s name.
144 Hz refresh rate support and a pixel response time of 1ms G2G, this
Full HD model with its no-nonsense design offers numerous benefits that have
been specifically tailored to gamers, such as an integrated USB hub (with fast
charge function), a special on-screen display and an ergonomically flexible
yet durable housing. The panel offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 350 cd/m2
brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 170/160 viewing angles. The backlight is
W-LED and so it features a standard colour gamut as you might expect. The
panel is TN Film based.
The monitor is mounted to a
fully adjustable stand which allows tilt, height, swivel and pivot adjustment.
If preferred you can also mount the monitor using 100 x 100mm VESA. According
to current information the ports on the monitor include; VGA, HDMI, Dual-link
DVI-D, DisplayPort and 4 USB 2.0 ports. There is also a headphone jack and
some simple built-in speakers.
“We are proud to present the
g2460Pqu. This top-notch display has been developed for gamers by gamers, so
to speak. We have gained a lot of knowledge through our cooperation with Team
Infused and look forward to further intensifying our partnership”,
states AOC Product Manager PM van Til.
Aimed at competitive and casual
gamers alike, the g2460Pqu was first presented at this year’s CeBIT. It will
be available in Q2/2013. No word on pricing yet
Philips 298P4QJEB and 298X4QJAB Ultra-Wide
May 3rd 2013
From its debut at CeBIT
2013, the Philips 298P4QJEB professional display is now on sale. This model
offers an ultra-wide 29", 21:9 aspect ratio with 2560 x 1080 resolution. The
AH-IPS panel offers a 5ms G2G response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles and an 8-bit colour depth. The backlight is W-LED and so the
screen has a standard colour gamut. Philips talk about its ultra-thin bezel as
well in their press release and promote the PiP and PbP functionality of their
"MultiView" capability. The stand for the screen offers a full range of tilt,
height, swivel and rotate adjustments and there are DisplayPort, DL-DVI and 2x
HDMI connections available. The
Philips 298P4QJEB monitor is available in stores as of now, at a recommended
retail price of £449 GBP including VAT.
There is also the new 29"
298X4QJAB screen which seems
to be aimed more at multimedia and movie users. The spec and features remain
largely the same but the stand only offers a basic tilt function.
The Philips 298X4QJAB monitor is in stores
now, at a recommended retail price of £ 429.
NEC P242W Emerges with 16:10 IPS Panel
April 11th 2013
NEC have quietly released a 24" version of their
P232W screen. The P242W is described by NEC as being an "IPS entry level
professional desktop monitor". The reasoning behind the "entry level"
statement seems to be the standard gamut colour space offered, through the use
of a W-LED backlight system. This is contrary to many of their other
professional range models which feature wide gamut backlights (e.g. NEC
The P242W features the latest generation of AH-IPS panel technology and comes in
a 16:10 aspect ratio with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. NEC's website lists a 76%
NTSC colour space which should be approximately equal to sRGB. NEC haven't
scrimped on some of the high end features though which is good news, and the
P242W offers a programmable 14-bit 3D LUT, an ambient light sensor, ColorComp
uniformity correction and an integrated USB hub,
Spec wise the screen offers an 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350
cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The panel seems to be a standard
8-bit (tbc whether that's 6-bit+FRC) with a 16.7m colour depth. DisplayPort,
VGA, HDMI and DVI-D inputs are offered and the stand has a full range of tilt,
height, swivel and rotate features.
The P242W is listed on NEC's website at a retail price of $749 USD
Lenovo ThinkVision LT3053p 30" Professional
April 11th 2013
Hot on the heels of the recent
Dell U3014, Lenovo seem to be the first manufacturer to follow suit and
release a new 30" display with the latest generation of GB-LED backlit AH-IPS
panel. The ThinkVision LT3053p offers a massive 2560 x 1600 resolution (16:10
aspect ratio) and it's GB-LED backlight allows a colour space coverage of 99%
Adobe RGB / 103.7% NTSC. The screen boasts additional productivity features
that provide a distinct user experience; its ThinkVision PIP Anywhere solution
(a software solution which enables quick access to LT3053p’s
picture-in-picture (PIP) / picture-by-picture (PBP) display modes from the
desktop), and keyboard & mouse one switch toggle allow users to simultaneously
work between two PC systems seamlessly and effectively. ThinkVision LT3053p
also comes bundled with a professional shading hood and supports optional
colour calibrators to further enhance the user’s viewing experience. A 5 port
USB hub is included with USB 3.0 support and the screen offers DisplayPort,
HDMI, D-sub and DVI connections. It can also support daisy-chaining like the
Dell U3014 can.
The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions. Spec
wise the 30" panel offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300
cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It has a 14-bit LUT and the panel
can support 1.07 billion colours.
The monitor is priced at $1,599 USD and will be released
later this month, with an expected ship date being April 18th
NEC EA294WMi Ultra-Wide 21:9 Aspect Screen
April 4th 2013
Hot on the heals of many other manufacturers like Dell,
LG and AOC, NEC have now announced their new 21:9 aspect ratio 29" widescreen
monitor. The EA294WMi offers a large screen format with a 2560 x 1080
resolution. The AH-IPS panel offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The W-LED backlighting
unit offers a standard sRGB gamut.
There are height, tilt, swivel and pivot options available form the stand and
the screen also offers DisplayPort, HDMI / MHL, 2x DVI (one dual-link, one
single link for some reason) and 2x D-sub connections.
The new Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) enables you to connect your smartphone
directly to the display. Integrated speakers, headphone jack and USB Hub
complete the feature set, providing excellent options for office communication.
An integrated human sensor and ambient light sensor add to the energy
saving measures for the screen as well. The screen also offers a 4 port USB hub.
NEC EA294WMi comes in black or white and is
available in USA now for $800 USD. It will also be available in Europe soon.
Eizo ColorEdge CG276 to Support 4k Resolutions,
April 4th 2013
Eizo Corporation today announced that its ColorEdge CG276
LCD monitor will offer input support for 4K x 2K resolutions through a
downscaling function. All ColorEdge CG276 monitors manufactured as of this
month (April 2013) come with downscaling capabilities. Don't get too excited,
this isn't a true native 4k support from the monitor sadly, but the ColorEdge
CG276 will accept 4K x 2K resolutions of 4096 x 2160 and 3840 x 2160 at up to
30 frames/second via its DisplayPort input then downscale them to its native
panel resolution of 2560 x 1440.
Eizo is adding this functionality to the ColorEdge CG276 in response to the
growing use of 4K x 2K resolutions in digital television and digital
cinematography. Ultra high-definition televisions with a resolution of 3840 x
2160 are becoming widely available, and the Digital Cinema Initiatives
consortium of major Hollywood motion picture studios has established a
resolution of 4096 x 2160 for 4K film projection.
Eizo will exhibit the ColorEdge CG276 with 4K x 2 K input support at the NAB
(National Association of Broadcasters) Show 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
from April 8-11. ColorEdge CG276 monitors with input support for 4K x 2K are
now shipping. Availability differs by country.
BenQ Release IPS Based BL2411PT Display
March 28th 2013
Usually a big investor in TN Film and AMVA because of
their links with AU Optronics, BenQ have decided to now venture into the
popular IPS panel market for a slice of the pie. They are about to release the
new BL2411PT which is a 24" model sporting a 1920 x 1200 resolution. The
screen also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The W-LED backlight unit delivers a
standard sRGB gamut and although we know the screen has an
AG coating, we do not know at this stage whether it is a light or heavy
The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, pivot and rotate adjustments.
There are DVI, D-sub and DisplayPort connections available. There are also touch
sensitive OSD buttons, a human motion sensor (ECO Sensor), an ambient light
sensor (Automatic Eye Protect) and integrated 2x 1W stereo speakers. BenQ also
actually market this new screen as being flicker free, so this hopefully means
that Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is not being used for backlight dimming.
The monitor is expected to launch in Europe at an
RRP of €299 and the UK at an RRP of £255 in April.
Iiyama Showcase Ultra-High Res XB2776QS
March 28th 2013
At this years CEBIT event Iiyama showcased their new
XB2776QS monitor, sporting a 27" IPS pane with 2560 x 1440 resolution. The
screen signifies a move away from many of Iiyama's TN Film based 1920 x 1080
res 27" monitors and offers something to compete with the other ultra-high
resolution displays on the market. The screen also offers a 5ms G2G response
time, 1000:1 contrast ratio 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing
angles. There are DVI, D-sub, HDMI and DisplayPort connections available and
the screen offers tilt, pivot and height adjustments as well.
The screen should retail for ~499 Euros.
Samsung S24C570HL Launched with AD-PLS Panel
March 28th 2013
Some information has recently appeared on Samsung's
Korean website about a new smaller, lower-end screen in their monitor range
featuring their modern PLS (Plane to Line Switching) panel technology. To
date, this PLS tech has largely been reserved for ultra-high resolution 27"
models from Samsung themselves (S27A850D, S27B970D for instance) and from a
few other manufacturers who have decided to embrace the new technology in
place of the popular IPS panels (ViewSonic VP2770-LED, Asus PB278Q for
instance). Now Samsung seem to be branching out into the smaller panel sectors
which have yet to be really explored with PLS.
The S24C570HL (SC570) has emerged as a new 23.6" sized screen sporting a
so-called "AD-PLS" panel. Presumably this is Samsung's answer to the latest
naming scheme in the IPS market, where AH-IPS panels (Advanced High Performance
IPS) have started to appear. The "AD" probably stands for Advanced as well, but
we expect the same performance characteristics really as the PLS panels we've
seen to date. The screen offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angle. There is
a W-LED backlight unit and Samsung are keen to promote the thin side profile,
crystal neck and flat square stand in their marketing. There are connections for
D-sub and HDMI available along with an audio out connection. Oddly there's no
DVI here. The stand is also simple with only a tilt function.
BenQ Release 27" XL2720T Gaming Monitor
March 28th 2013
BenQ have recently released what is essentially a larger
version of their popular
24" XL2420T screen. The new XL2720T is 27" in size this time, but is based
on the same 1920 x 1080 resolution as many other gaming panels in this size.
Like its smaller brother the XL2720T will feature a 120Hz refresh rate, but
this time the TN Film panel offers a 1ms G2G quoted response time. It's even
possible that the screen will natively support 144Hz refresh rates like BenQ's
recent XL2411T model did (although not advertised on either). Regardless the
screen will support NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 for stereoscopic 3D gaming, and also
features a LightBoost backlight system. This can hopefully be used to produce
quality motion blur reduction in 2D applications as well as we explored in our
recent article about
Motion Blur Reduction Backlights.
The XL2720T has the same design and features as the
XL2420T, including the magnetic S-switch add-on, red trims on the stand and
Black eQualizer function. In terms of other specs the screen has a 1920 x 1080
resolution as we've already mentioned, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 static
contrast ratio and 170/160 viewing angles. It features a standard gamut W-LED
backlighting unit and there are connections available for D-sub, DVI, HDMI and
DispalyPort. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments as well.
The screen is available now in the UK at a price of
Dell U3014 Official Information Released
February 28th 2013
Information, features and specs for the new 30" U3014
from Dell have finally emerged on Dell.com this week. Dell Australia now gives
us a lot more information about the new screen, and the full pages on the USA
and UK sites can't be far behind. The screen as expected is specifically aimed
at "Designers, CGI animators, engineers, programmers,
photographers and power users across many industries" according to the spec
The U3014 is much like the recent
U2413 of course. It comes factory calibrated in the sRGB and Adobe RGB
preset modes with dE <2. The GB-LED backlight unit offers coverage of 99%
Adobe RGB and 103% NTSC for reference. There is a 1.07 billion colour depth
with 12-bit internal processing and a 14-bit programmable LUT. The hardware
calibration like on the smaller models requires the use of Dell's calibration
software and an X-rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter (sold separately).
Spec-wise the screen offers a 2560 x 1600 resolution
(16:10 aspect ratio), 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 50 - 350
cd/m2 brightness range and 178/178 viewing angles. It features an AH-IPS panel
from LG.Display, a version of the LM300WQ6 we expect.
The stand offers a full range of height, tilt and swivel
adjustments, but rotation has been left off due to the size of the panel. It
is also wall-mountable if required. There are DisplayPort 1.2,
mini-DisplayPort, HDMI and Dual link DVI-D available for video connections
along with the 4-port USB 3.0 hub and integrated card reader.
Dell.co.uk already has the price listed at £1245.60 (inc VAT) although
expect that to be a bit lower once it hits more retailers. Don't confuse the
price listed on
Dell's Australian site ($1799) as US dollars though, we've yet to see the
official Dell RRP there. We will report back in this news piece with updates
as and when we get confirmation of any further pricing. A full review is
Dell U3014 Images Revealed by Dell.com
February 10th 2013
As we reported
back in December 2012, the new 30" model from Dell's UltraSharp range will
be called the U3014. Readers have been eagerly awaiting news of its imminent
release and associated price. Normally with the release of a new Dell model we
see some information leaked initially on Dell.com, followed by a full spec /
features page and then finally a price and release timeline announced. It
seems this trend is set to continue with the U3014 as Dell have just released
some early images of the screen
on their website (pictured above).
No further information seems to be available yet, but you
can read some of our assumptions and the information we do know
here. We still expect the screen to emerge within the next few weeks and
we will report back via our Twitter feed as soon as we know anything else.
HP Announce New 2013 Monitor Line-up
February 10th 2013
At this years CES event HP are set to showcase some new
models in their 2013 line-up. First of all there is a 23" model in their ZR
range which will be known as the ZR233W. This screen will be based on an IPS
panel with LED backlighting and offers DisplayPort, DVI and D-sub connections.
There are also tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments available from the
stand. It is expected to retail for ~$259 USD and is supposed to offer
business-class performance at a budget price according to the press release.
There is also a new 27" model (pictured) which is being
touted as the "first monitor with Beats Audio" which offers upward angle
speakers and a sub-woofer integrated into the screen, developed in
collaboration with Beats by Dr Dre for apparently studio-quality sound. The
"HP Envy 27-inch" this will be an IPS and LED backlit model and also features
an edge-to-edge glass fronted design, aluminium base and ultra-thin profile
(13.95mm at the top). Headphone and digital audio out connectivity are also
available. It should be available Worldwide at a price equivalent to ~$499
AOC q2963Pm Ultra-Wide 21:9 Aspect Display
February 10th 2013
AOC are set to release their new ultra-wide 21:9 aspect
ratio display, the q2963Pm. Like the Dell U2913WM which we
reviewed recently the new model offers a pretty unique visual experience
with a 2560 x 1080 resolution and 29" screen size. The screen is based on an
IPS panel with W-LED backlighting. It offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1
contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It offers
DVI, HDMI and D-sub connections (with HDCP), integrated speakers and a basic
tilt stand adjustment only.
No word on release date or price yet.
Asus PA249Q ProArt Monitor with Wide Gamut LED
January 10th 2013
Following the recent news of the forthcoming Dell U2413
24" monitor, Asus have updated their ProArt (PA) series monitor as well. The
new PA249Q will signal the move to the new GB-LED backlighting which has been
used in the Dell model as well, offering a wide colour gamut. It is likely to
be the same panel as used in the Dell offering in fact, being a 24" AH-IPS
panel with 103% NTSC coverage, 99% Adobe RGB and 100%+ sRGB.
The screen will come factory calibrated with dE < 5 and offers 10-bit colour
depth support through an 8-bit + FRC panel. There is full 6-axis colour
adjustment as well for advanced control. The screen will offer a 1920 x 1200
resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness
and 178/178 viewing angles. There is a 4 port USB 3.0 hub built in and the
screen provides DVI, D0sub, HDMI and DisplayPort connections. The stand offers a
full range of tilt, height, pivot and rotate adjustments as you might hope.
The ASUS PA249Q will be available globally from
March 2013. Price is not known at the moment.
Samsung SB971 27" Monitor Coming Soon
January 10th 2013
Samsung are reportedly set to release an updated version
S27B970D (SB970 screen) in the near future. It doesn't look like much has
changed from the info available so far. The SB971 seems to retain the same
design, specs and features of the existing SB970 but presumably Samsung have
made changes of some sort. We do know that the factory calibration will be
kept, along with hardware calibration support from Samsung's NCE software
solution. It will be a 27" screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution PLS panel. We
don't know yet whether this will be a move to any kind of new backlight system
(for wide gamut) or what the main changes are.
According to the
manufacturer the Samsung SB971 should be available from February 2013 in Europe
at a price of about 1,000 euros. More info to follow soon when we have it
Samsung SC770 Touch Screen Monitor for Win 8
January 10th 2013
The Series 7 SC770 (full model name S27C770) Touch
Monitor is Samsung's first multi-touch display that's been optimised for
Windows 8 and has been showcased at CES 2013. With the ability to support up
to 10 points of simultaneous multi-touch, the Series 7 SC770 allows users to
pinch, flick, and scroll their way through Microsoft's new operating system.
The screen has an edge to edge glass front and a polished metal stand for a
The SC770 is a 27" screen featuring a 1920 x 1080
resolution and an MVA panel. This offers a 5ms G2G response time, 5000:1
static contrast ratio which is a strong point of VA technology today, 250
cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It features W-LED backlighting
and so offers a standard sRGB colour gamut.
The stand offers a 60 degree tilt adjustment, and the
screen offers 2x HDMI connectivity, an integrated 1 port USB hub for allowing
the touch screen feature to work when connected to a PC, and built in 3W
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Samsung have confirmed a 24" model (S24C770) will also be available at some
point. The 27" model is expected to retail for ~$1000 USD according to Samsung
Further Dell U3014 Information Available
January 9th 2013
We brought you
the news in December that Dell's new UltraSharp 30" monitor will be called
the U3014 and that it should be available in the first quarter of 2013. We now
know a few more details about the screen which we will share with our readers.
Like the existing U3011 model, the U3014 will be a 30" screen with 2560 x 1600
resolution (16:10 aspect ratio). We also know that like the recently released
U2413 and U2713H models the screen will use a GB-LED backlight system offering
a wide gamut and coverage of 99% of the Adobe RGB reference space. This
equates to ~103% NTSC and covers 100%+ of the sRGB space. Interface wise the
U3014 will offer DisplayPort, HDMI and Dual-link DVI (HDCP supported). It will
also have a 4 port USB 3.0 hub, full height adjustable stand (tilt, swivel,
rotate and height) and an integrated card reader.
While the above information is confirmed, we can also
speculate on a few likely features. We expect the screen to be AH-IPS based
and using LG.Display's newest LM300WQ6 panel. The spec is therefore likely to
have a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (2 million:1 DCR
expected), 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The panel offers a
1.07 billion colour depth and according to the spec sheet for the LM300WQ6
panel this appears to be a 10-bit module without the use of Frame Rate
The U3011 will be replaced by this new model and so is
going end of line (EOL) now. The U3014 is still anticipated to be released in
February and we will keep you up to date via our Twitter feed as we know more.