Official News: BenQ FP241W 1:1 Pixel Mapping
November 19th 2006
reported a few days ago,
there has recently been word across the internet that there would be a
firmware update for the FP241W to fix the main gripe everyone seemed to have
with the screen, the lack of aspect ratio options and 1:1 pixel mapping. We
can confirm that UK management at BenQ have confirmed that this WILL
be happening, and while there is limited detail at this time, BenQ have
stated that the "24W series will have new firmware
to phase in new functions, such as display mode//Windows Vista-DDC/CI".
This confirmation only came on Friday, and more details will follow soon.
This upgrade will not be possible by the user directly, and I would imagine
screens would need to be sent to service centres for the update to be
applied. New stock after a certain point (expected December) will have this
updated firmware in place.
Samsung Announce 30" LCD, SyncMaster 305T
November 16th 2006
Samsung have announced the launch of their
impressive 305T monitor, boasting a 30" screen size and some impressive
specs. Designed for the commercial market, the 305T combines a 16:10
wide-screen design and high, 2560x1600 resolution, making it ideal for a
variety of professional applications, including medical, engineering,
control rooms, CAD, graphics and design, and desktop publishing. Other
specifications include 400cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178
degree viewing angle, a fast response time of 6ms (G2G), and a 0.25 pixel
pitch for clean, tight image reproduction.
The screen uses Samsungs own 6ms G2G S-PVA panel
(LTM300M1) and offers functionality in the form of height, tilt and swivel
adjustments. There is also an integrated USB hub. The screen is expected to
appear in the US this December at a retail price of $1999.
Samsung Press Release available
BenQ to Fix 1:1 Pixel Mapping on the FP241W?
November 16th 2006
There have recently been reports across the
internet of BenQ support telling customers that there is a firmware
update for the FP241W planned very soon which will fix the aspect ratio
issues which many have been widely discussed and criticised. This seems to
be the main complaint about the screen, and if this is true, then it could
well secure the FP241W its position as the 24" of choice for the LCD
enthusiast. It has been suggested that this update will be available in
December, but it is unclear how this will potentially affect existing
customers. New stock will likely incorporate this feature, if it is true,
but at what point, we don't know. Details are obviously sketchy, but reports
seem to be stemming from the US support teams. We should have confirmation
at TFT Central in the very near future so keep an eye on the news page!
More details about the FP241W are discussed in
BenQ Release First Windows Vista Certified Monitors
November 12th 2006
The BenQ FP93GX+ and
FP93GS are the first in the industry to receive the "Works with Windows
Vista" logo which ensures reliability, stability, security and proper
installation. “We are pleased to be the first monitors certified by
Microsoft to be ready for Windows Vista. BenQ monitors have always been
about providing enhanced usability with the latest technologies to our
users,” commented Conway Lee, BenQ Digital Media Business Group General
Manager. “Both monitors are designed to take advantage of the latest Windows
monitors are built with consumer’s usability in mind. The FP93GX+ is an
extension of the FP93GX offering again a 2ms TN Film panel and BenQ's
proprietary AMA technology. The FP93GS features BenQ’s Senseye Technology
which automatically and dynamically improves image quality. Further specs
are not released at this time. The FP93GX+ and FP93GS have been tested to
meet high-quality standards and deliver a superior end-user experience when
used with a PC running a Windows Vista operating system. Additionally,
BenQ’s FP241VW is expected to receive the Windows Vista Premium Logo later
this month that will certify it has the best in-class performance and
features that are designed to enable new Windows Vista experiences.
Samsung XL20 LED Backlit Monitor
November 6th 2006
announced the launch of their new SyncMaster XL20 monitor. At 20" in size,
the screen uses LED backlighting and can offer 114% of the NTSC colour
gamut. Designed for colour critical applications, desktop publishers, video
and photography editors and graphic designers, the XL20 supports users that
demand extremely accurate colour temperature, linearly colour tracking,
brightness uniformity and colour reproduction. Traditional LCD screens
typically cover only 82 percent of the NTSC standard colour gamut (CRT
covers 76 percent), while the new XL20 utilizes a unique light emitting
diode back light unit (LED BLU), increasing the colour gamut up to 114
percent of the NTSC colour gamut.
As well as
the XL20's impressive colour quality characteristics, the screen offers an
8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness 178 / 178
viewing angles, and a 1600 x 1200 resolution as standard in the 20" market.
The screen has a height adjustable stand, pivot function and detachable hood
for colour sensitive work. RRP is $1999 (US)
press release available
Philips Release Digital Photo Frame
November 6th 2006
released a new 7" photo frame designed to allow the quick and easy display
of digital photos. Retailing at ~£150 in the UK, the frame doesn't come
cheap. However, it will allow you to easily show off your digital photo
collection in full screen browse, slideshow, and thumbnail modes straight
from the internal storage or from a memory card. At a size of 7 inches, the
screen utilises a small 720 x 480 resolution LCD display with 170 / 170
viewing angles, and an expected backlight lifetime of >20,000 hours.
frame can be connected up to a PC with the included USB cable, or you can
import photos directly from the built in memory card reader (SD, Compact
Flash I, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and Multimedia Card types
supported). Pictures are shown in JPEG format with allowed sizes of up to 12
Mega Pixels. There is a brightness adjustment feature to allow you to match
ambient light conditions, and an automatic timer function to switch the
photo frame on and off at times to suit. The frame can also be run from its
internal battery rather than plugging it in, but only with an expected life
time of 0.8 hours without a power charge.
Details on Philips Site available
Screens Taking Over!
November 5th 2006
Samsung, one of the largest panel manufacturers in
the world, has recently stated it has begun to concentrate its panel production
efforts on screens of 19", 22" and 24" size. They are leaving behind the 17"
market since it has long since reached its saturation point anyway. 22" is a new
diagonal, which some may find a little unusual. Other panel manufacturers are
bound to follow suit, and Meko (monitor market research company) have predicted
a large increase in models in this size. While offering another 2" worth of
screen real estate, the panels still only offer the same 1680 x 1050 resolution
of the 20"WS market. To many, this is off-putting, but in practice it is a
similar situation to when 19" models began to take over from the 17" market.
While the screens offer the same resolution as a 20"WS, the extra screen size is
nice for immersion in gaming and movies, and in addition to this, some users
also find the slightly larger pixel pitch and text to be a little easier to use.
PackardBell Maestro 220
At the moment, the 22" market is dominated by TN
Film technology, and much like the 19" market before it, this is being used to
help drive down prices and offer very competitive products but of a larger size.
Some models are as low as ~£230 and this is tempting people away from the
smaller 20"WS range, and into getting a larger screen. At some point, we may
well see 22" panels using other technology to TN Film. AU Optronics are
supposedly working on a P-MVA panel for instance. However, these technologies
may find it hard to make an impact since the prices of TN Film models are
incredibly low, and very hard to compete with on a price front.
Typically the 22" models offer specs with a 5ms or
lower response time, contrast ratios ranging from 700:1 to 1000:1 and come with
a variety of different designs, functionality and connectivity options. The
models available at time of writing are shown above.
Backlighting For The Masses? Acer AL1917L
November 2nd 2006
While other manufacturers are concentrating their
LED backlighting efforts on high end monitors, expected with a high price tag,
Acer are entering the market with what is expected to be a much more affordable
offering. The AL1917L is 19" in size, and while featuring this interesting
backlight method, features a TN Film panel. Interestingly the aim of LED
backlighting is to provide improved colour reproduction and a bright and evenly
lit image. However, it seems an odd coupling of this technology with a TN Film
panel, not known for offering a god colour depth or particularly reliable colour
accuracy as compared with other technologies. Still, this should offer an
affordable screen for the masses and so those looking to use this new technology
don't necessarily have to worry about the high prices LED backlighting was
expected to bring.
The Acer AL1917L offers a 5ms response time, 700:1
contrast ratio and 250 cd/m2 brightness. Retail price is unknown at this stage.
Screens? - The LG L245WP and NEC LCD2490
October 24th 2006
There has been some talk across the net about the
proposed new 24" models from LG and NEC. There is hope that the new 24" S-IPS
panel from LG.Philips can deliver the kind of excellent performance that
consumers have found from the popular LCD20WGX2 model from NEC. LG.Philips list
the spec of their 24" S-IPS panel as:
Above: Spec from
LG.Philips S-IPS panel and the LG L245WP
LG have released news of their new L245WP,
featuring this panel. Their specs differ a little, with 8ms G2G response time
and 1000:1 contrast ratio (although DFC is featured). Strangely, while the
screen does support HDCP and is set to include an HDMI connection, VGA and
Component, it won't have DVI. An odd feature to leave off a new model?! The
L245WP is rumoured for release in November 2006, but this is not confirmed yet.
The other model which is due to feature this 24"
S-IPS panel is the NEC LCD2490 (remaining lettering tbc). There's less
information available about this model other than its use of this panel. NEC
have informed me that this model is not due to be released in Europe, instead
they have opted to market the
LCD2690WUXi. It should be released in the US at some point however.
Press Release about the L245WP (Translated - Oct 2006)
LE4073BD - The First 100Hz LCD TV!
October 24th 2006
BeHardware have reported this week that Samsung have announced their first
LCD TV to utilise their new 100Hz technology. This is designed to improve image
fluidity and reduce the human eye's perception of afterglow and blurring. Unlike
Black Frame Insertion (BFI) method of removing this perceived blur, Samsung
have opted to develop their own so called 'MPA technology'. This was originally
CEBIT 2006 and is based around the principal of image prediction. Extra
images are calculated by an image processing chip and inserted into the image
between frames to increase the number of frames the display will show. This
prediction method looks very promising and BeHardware were certainly impressed
with the initial testing. In gaming and fast TV, users observed reduced blurring
and improved motion. However, in movie playback (due to frame rate of movies)
this didn't perform as well.
full article, please see the first look at BeHardware
Samsung Ultra Thin AMOLED TV Showcased
October 19th 2006
The Samsung AMOLED TV was showcased for the first
time at this years KES 2006 event as reported by
Aving.net. The 17" TV set has a panel which is only 1.8mm think, with the TV
itself being only 12mm in thickness! The screen features a spec of 400cd/m2
brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, viewing angles over 170/170 and most
impressively a response time of apparently less than 0.01ms! The screen also
offers a 1600 x 1200 resolution which is a new venture into the 17" diagonal.
Colour depth is one area particularly lacking however with only 262,144 colours
being produced, and no sign even of FRC or technologies to offer a wider colour
Various pictures courtesy of
Aving.net, as well as the spec sheet from Samsung
Confirmed Operation of BFI on the FP241WZ
October 17th 2006
The manual for the BenQ FP241W has been released
by BenQ across some of their European sites (link
here) and it confirms the settings and
operation of the
BFI technology from within the OSD. The following is taken from the manual:
As you can see there are 4 settings for the BFI
technology ranging from:
0 - off, BFI not used, to be used in
normal office work to avoid flickering and unnecessary insertion of black frames
on non moving images
1 to 3 - controls the rate and frequency at
which black frames are inserted into the frames displayed. The higher settings
should be used for more fast moving scenes and gaming, especially where ghosting
and blurring really has to be brought to a minimum. Lower settings are probably
perfectly adequate for movie viewing, although BFI may not really be needed at
all in most cases for this use.
LCD2690WUXi - Gaming In High Definition Colour?
October 14th 2006, Igor
It may sound confusing to you, but after we
received the information from NEC about the upcoming LCD2690WUXi 26" WS LCD
monitor, this was the first thought that came to my mind. As far as we can tell
from the the specification itself, the LCD2690WUXi does look rather interesting!
It does keep the 90 series legacy - evolved into the 26" bezel, and LG.Philips
LM260WU1 A-TW-IPS (Advanced True White) IPS panel. Specifically, that legacy
ColorComp™, Internal 12-bit lookup Table (LUT), Gamma selection,
AmbiBright™ and SpectraviewII support. You may find more information about
them at the following pages:
was also kind enough to provide us with the preliminary
Surprisingly enough, NEC introduced few additional
features too! 92% of the NTSC colour space ( 93.4% of the Adobe Gamut), better
overdrive resulting in much lower G2G response time (7ms) and adjustable
backlight. Such improvement in colour gamut may suggest that new type of the
CCFL backlight is in place. According to the early reports, you can also adjust
the backlight luminance and store this as preset next time when the monitor is
powered on. So, for example, if you would like to work with 200 cd/m2, you will
be able to adjust the monitor permanently to such luminance. In my opinion, any
monitor or LCD TV with the ability to adjust the backlight, even if that's part
of the power management, is a great advantage. Such feature may sound
irrelevant, but in some situations it can even improve the picture quality and
especially black depth. Reduced luminance is also nice option for the long
desktop sessions. Apart from that, 7ms G2G and Overdrive Off/On are also in
We already featured the Overdrive Off/On existence
previously in the LCD2090UXi. It would be interesting to see if this option
is actually properly implemented this time as it may help reduce the video noise
and other overdrive side effects. In essence, you can have the best of both
worlds and use the overdrive whenever you feel like it. Interestingly enough,
the LCD2690WUXi is the first 26" size panel - it's not an everyday sight and the
question is: "is this panel size a proper middle ground between the 24" and 30"?
- especially because you are still keeping the 1920x1200 resolution and that
means less costs for the upgrade and no particular stress to the GPU. 30" is
sometimes just too demanding and overwhelming. On the other hand, I'm slightly
worried that keeping the same 24" resolution and adding the 2" more will
introduce the 'chunky' pixels (and screen door effect) - but we can't tell for
sure until first hand experience. With this screen size, keeping the optimal and
ergonomic viewing distance is really important and with some clever adjustment
you can probably keep the screen door and eye strain side effects on bare
Is this monitor capable to combine the colour
critical work with the great gaming sessions on 26" screen estate in high colour
fidelity? Well, we will tell you in November when we receive LCD2690WUXi sample
from the NEC evaluation stock, as TFTcentral will feature the review of this
monitor. We may have really superb all around high-end screen, perfectly capable
for any task - ranging from gaming and movies playback to critical colour work.
Unfortunately, this may come with the price as early estimation is in the range
of $1750 (US), with prices hopefully being reduced after release. Release date
is early November, although monitor will not be available for sale until
October 12th 2006
LG have released their new
19"WS monitor to compete with the other emerging models in this growing
sector. The screen offers the usual 1440 x 900 resolution, but the rest of
the specs are certainly impressive. The screen offers a 5ms G2G response
time from it's TN Film panel as well as a 2000:1 contrast ratio thanks to
the implementation of LG's
DFC (Digital Fine Contrast). The 19"WS market is becoming increasingly
popular with some nice screens offered at low prices. The L194WT is
retailing for $249 in the US with a UK price tag of £160 - 170.
Full specs for the L194WT
can be found
E207WFP Budget Monitor
October 12th 2006
While information is at this stage quite patchy,
Dell have announced a new budget model which will be the little brother of the
2007WFP. This trimmed down version looks to be based on a 5ms TN Film
20"WS panel. It is expected to retail for around £200 in the UK ($299 in the US)
and as well as the cut back in panel choice, Dell have apparently done away with
the extra connectivity interfaces like S-Video and Composite. More details as
they become available.
BenQ FP241W Release Slightly Delayed
October 6th 2006
eagerly anticipated release of the BenQ FP241W has been slightly delayed,
with initial UK stocks expected now towards the end of October. The monitor
has begun to emerge in the US market however, with some users now receiving
the screen from the first stocks. BenQ have informed us that they don't
expect any further delays, and the FP241WZ will still follow soon after the
release of the regular (sometimes labelled FP241VW) edition.
FP241W is expected to retail in the UK at ~£640 - 650
Optronics Merge With Quanta Display Inc
October 6th 2006
have taken over their former rival panel manufacturing company Quanta
Display Inc further strengthening their position in the TFT market place.
Post-merger, AUO will rank as the world’s No. 1 maker of large-sized TFT-LCD
panels with an estimated market share of approximately 20.9%. The following
is taken from AU Optronics'
"AU Optronics Corp.
("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced the
completion of its merger with Quanta Display Inc. (QDI). Following the
signing of a merger agreement on April 7, 2006, the merger has been
approved by the Fair Trade Commission, Executive Yuan, and by the
shareholders of each of AUO and QDI. With approximately 20.9%(a) of the
large-sized TFT-LCD market share, the post-merger AUO will be able to
leverage its competitive power to not only integrate Taiwan’s TFT-LCD
industry resources but also provide worldwide customers better products,
technology and service."
Further information available