Acer are set to release a screen with perhaps the longest and most complicated product name we've ever seen. We will refer to it here as the manageable B326HUL, but its full product name is the B326HUL ymiidphz. Goodness knows what all those letters are meant to represent, or perhaps someone accidentally spilt their coffee on the keyboard when they were typing up the spec pages?!
Anyway the B326HUL is a 32" sized screen sporting a 2560 x 1440 resolution AMVA panel, as already featured in the BenQ BL3200PT. It offers a 6ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It's W-LED backlight and so offers an sRGB standard gamut. The screen has DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI connections and some integrated USB ports included. There are also 2x 2W stereo speakers and tilt, height and swivel adjustments are offered by the stand.
The screen is listed on Acer's website at a price of $899.99 USD.
QNIX have recently launched a new 32" sized screen in their range. The QX320QHD offers a similar set of features and specs to the QX2710 we tested recently, although that may well mean some of the claims are a little "adventurous". Regardless the 32" screen offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution. Their spec sheets list the screen with an AUO A-HVA panel (IPS-type), but the other listed specs suggest it is more likely to be an AMVA panel, like that used in the BenQ BL3200PT. As far as we know, AUO aren't currently manufacturing a 32" AHVA panel, so it looks likely that it is in fact the same AMVA panel (M320DVN01.0) as the BenQ alternative.
Ignoring the panel type confusion for a moment the screen also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It is W-LED backlit with a standard sRGB gamut. Connectivity wise there are DL-DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI available and so being a multi-input monitor it is extremely unlikely that it can be overclocked very much if at all. The spec lists overclocking as a feature, but we saw from that QX2710 that while you can happily run the screen up to 120Hz refresh rate and display an image, frames are dropped making it all rather pointless. The spec also lists "virtual 4k" support, again a little pointless we thought in practice, a Low Blue Light mode (which didn't do anything on the QX2710) and a Flicker free backlight (which wasn't actually PWM-free on the QX2710!). There is a fully adjustable stand with tilt, height, swivel and rotate offered and it is also VESA compliant. There are integrated 2x 5W stereo speakers included and audio connections.
Seiki are well known in the US for offering low cost 4k resolution LCD TV sets (pictured is their SE39UY04 4K Television). Next year it looks like they are set to invade the monitor market in a similar fashion with the announcement of models in 28, 32 and 40" sizes! It is early days for these screens as they are not expected to be available until Q1 2015 but the specs currently listed certainly look impressive and interesting.
The monitors will come in three different sizes including a 28-in (28U4SEP-G02), 32-in (32U4SEP-G02) and 40-in (40U4SEP-G02) offering with the following specs:
The screens are expected to support 4k at 60Hz as well, something which has limited some of their current 4k TV's. Pricing is not known at this stage and they are still very early on in development so things may change of course over the next 6 - 9 months. More info when we get it.
Asus have recently shown off their new 27" PB279Q model at Computex in Taipei. This screen is the successor to the popular PB278Q but marks some changes to the spec and features. Of particular note is the use of a new 4k resolution (3840 x 2160) AHVA panel from AU Optronics (IPS-type). The screen thankfully supports a full 60Hz refresh rate still and uses a W-LED backlight offering an sRGB colour gamut coverage. In other specs there is a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour support (8-bit+FRC)
The design has remained very similar to the older model although the bezel has been trimmed down to 9mm. There is a full range of ergonomic adjustments from the stand including tilt, height, swivel and rotate still. There are DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and 4x HDMI (yes, 4!) connections provided. The HDMI also offer MHL support. PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture) are supported when multiple devices are connected to the screen as well.
According to the press release: "pricing is expected to be clearly under 1000 USD”. A mid to late Q3 release date is the current target, but this may of course change. Further information on price and availabilitywhen we have it.
Hot on the heels of their very interesting and impressive Foris FG2421 gaming screen, Eizo are set to release a new 23.8" gaming screen in the near future. The new FS2434 will this time feature an AH-IPS panel, instead of the MVA panel used in the FG2421. Before people get too excited about the new screen it's worth noting up front that this will only be a 60Hz refresh model, unlike the previous FG2421 which marked the first use of a 120Hz VA panel. It also won't offer the "Turbo 240" strobed backlight system that the FG2421 had.
The 23.8" FS2434 offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4.9ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC colour depth and sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight. The backlight will use a Hybrid dimming technique with flicker free DC control for most of the brightness adjustment range (normally down to 20% setting) and PWM then used for the lower adjustment range. The 6 mm frame (2 mm bezel and 4 mm border at the edges of the LCD panel) along the sides and top of the monitor create almost seamless viewing in a multi-monitor environment for a more immersive gaming experience.
Highlighting the gaming focus of this new model, there is apparently "0.05 frames of input lag" (~0.83ms) according to Eizo. There are also a series of "Smart" extras provided. First up is ‘Smart Insight 2’ which selectively enhances the visibility of dark areas to give players a competitive advantage at the expense of a somewhat unnatural looking image (akin to BenQ’s ‘Black eQualizer’ and certain low-end gamma enhancements seen on other monitors). Secondly there is ‘Smart Resolution’ which is a sharpness enhancement filter designed to specifically target ‘blurred’ areas of the image without enhancing ‘noise’ – so perhaps giving less of an artificial look to the image compared to other similar features. Last but not least is ‘Smart Detection’ which allows the other ‘Smart’ features to be applied only to game content rather than the rest of the screen if you’re not running the game full screen.
The screen offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments from the stand. The monitor can also be mounted on a VESA-compatible stand. A handle on the backside makes it simple to carry the monitor to a gaming event. There are DVI-D, 2x HDMI and 2x USB 3.0 connections provided.
Dual 0.5 watt internal speakers are included and there is also a line-out jack for connecting to external speakers and a headphone jack provides further functionality. Eizo has simplified adjusting of the screen settings by including both a remote control and its own G-Ignition utility(Windows 8, 7 and Vista compatible). G-Ignition software also lets users gaming presets created by professional gamers from gaming.eizo.com or export their own customized color modes to other gamers who also own the Foris FS2434. G-Ignition can be used to assign hot keys to turn the monitor's power and mute on/off, as well as adjust the color mode and aspect ratio. There is also an Auto EcoView brightness sensor that reads the ambient lighting and adjusts the screen's brightness to the ideal level
The FS2434 will be available in parts of Asia in late June and should appear globally shortly afterwards. Price is still to be confirmed.
Never one for simple model names, the forthcoming 288P6LJEB is a new 28" sized monitor from Philips offering a 3840 x 2160 4k resolution. This lines the screen up in competition against similar 28" 4k models we've already started to see appear from the likes of Dell, Asus, Samsung and AOC.
The screen thankfully supports a full 60Hz refresh rate, and also has a 1ms G2G response time thanks to its TN Film panel. It can apparently support 1.07b colours as well (8-bit+FRC) although given it's a standard gamut (W-LED backlit) TN Film panel this might be largely meaningless. In other specs it offers a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. There are DVI, VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI (with MHL) connections provided along with 2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports.
To ease desk fatigue, the new display features a Smart ErgoBase, enabling it to be lowered almost to desk level for a comfortable viewing angle, and the low bezel-to-table height delivers a perfect viewing experience for people who use bifocals, trifocals or progressive lens glasses for screen work. There are also tilt, pivot and rotate adjustments offered by the stand. The base also manages cables neatly, reducing cable clutter on the desktop or – where it matters even more – in the living room.
The new Philips 288P6LJEB 4K UltraClear UHD display will be available in summer 2014 at a recommended retail price of 599 GBP (including VAT).
The world’s first virtually seamless Philips Two-in-One Monitor received the 2014 COMPUTEX d&i Gold Award for outstanding innovation. The Philips Two-in-One Monitor (model 19DP6QJNS) combines two 19-inch (48.3 cm) screens, providing a virtually seamless 32-inch (81.3 cm) display for increased productivity and a streamlined view. The combined screens offer a minimalist 3.5 mm narrow border and IPS display technology.
Supported by one space-saving stand and designed with maximum adjustability and viewing comfort in mind, both screens tilt forward and backward up to 22.5 degrees to accommodate preferred viewing angles. The screen offers DisplayPort, VGA and HDMI (MHL supported) connections along with 2x USB ports. The rest of the spec and features is not listed at the moment unfortunately.
The Philips 19-inch (48.3 cm) Two-in-One Monitor is currently not available in Europe. Launch is expected around the Autumn time. Price has yet to be confirmed.
Samsung have recently announced the release of two new SD850 series monitors "for the professional B2B and performance consumer markets. The SD850 combines rich functionality with superior picture quality, all exquisitely designed to deliver a deeper viewing experience. With the SD850, professional customers can be more productive and deliver higher quality work."
The new models come in sizes of 27" and 32". The 27" S27D850T model offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution from a Samsung PLS panel. Spec wise it also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 100% sRGB colour space, W-LED backlight and 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC). The 32" S32D850T model offers the same 2560 x 1440 resolution but features and AMVA panel like the recently tested BenQ BL3200PT we found impressive. This offers a 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 100% sRGB colour space, W-LED backlight and 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC).
Both models offer 4x USB 3.0 ports, PbP, PiP and an ECO ambient light sensor. The stands offer tilt, height, pivot and rotate functionality as well. Connectivity wise there are DL-DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI connections offered.
No word on pricing or release dates yet though.
Asus look set to launch a new 32” sized monitor in their ProArt series of screens later this year. Until now the 4k sector has been dominated by the 31.5” Sharp IGZO panels (as featured in the Dell UP3214Q) or the newer range of 28” TN film panels like the Dell P2815Q and Samsung U28D590D for instance (and a whole host of other similar options). The new Asus screen is a little different, being based on an AU Optronics AHVA (IPS-type) panel, expected to be the M320QAN01.0 by the look of the specs. This panel offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. Response time and contrast ratio specs aren’t listed but we expected them to be 5 – 6ms G2G and 1000:1 almost certainly.
The PA328Q comes factory pre-calibrated for color accuracy ∆E< 2, and offers 10-bit color depth (8-bit+FRC) and 100% sRGB coverage.
The design offers an ultra-thin bezel with some red trim along the bottom, touch-sensitive buttons and a 5-way navigational joystick for easy control. The stand offers a full range of adjustments as well. There are 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0/MHL3.0, 2 x HDMI 1.4 and 4 x USB 3.0 ports available. The screen also supports Picture In Picture (PiP) and Picture By Picture (PbP).
Release is expected around November time, but price has yet to be announced.
The new 28” model is expected to be the first to market offering a 4k 3840 x 2160 resolution and support for NVIDIA’s G-sync technology, designed to dynamically control refresh rate for optimum gaming performance. This is a TN Film based screen using a similar panel to the other 28” 4k models out there at the moment, but this will be the first to support G-sync as a technology. It should be noted that the screen only offers a maximum 60Hz refresh rate incidentally. Spec wise, Acer haven’t released much information but we expect something along the lines of a 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing angles. The screen is W-LED backlit we know, so will offer a standard sRGB gamut.
The screen will reportedly be flicker free as well, without PWM used for backlight dimming. There is also an ambient light sensor called “low Dimming” to control brightness of the screen depending on your working environment.
The stand offers tilt, rotation and height adjustments. There are 4x USB 3.0 ports as well as a DisplayPort video connection provided.
The Acer XB280HK starts shipping in Q2 in Pan America, EMEA, Japan, and Taiwan.
AOC are set to release what is expected to be a competitively priced 34” monitor compared with recent and forthcoming offerings from LG (34UM95) and Dell (U3415W). This new range of ultra-wide cinema style screens offer a huge 34” screen size, 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 resolution. The screen is AH-IPS technology based and offers a 5ms G2G response time 1000:1 contrast ratio, 320 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and an sRGB standard gamut backlight system. The backlight is reportedly controlled using a flicker free method, which suggests AOC may be focusing more on user eye-care in their coming models.
The u3477Pqu offers a fully adjustable stand and seems to offer an ultra-thin bezel design. There are DisplayPort, DL-DVI, HDMI (with MHL) and VGA connections available. There are also 2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports on the monitor along with some audio connections. Some simple 3W stereo speakers are included.
The u3477Pqu is expected to be released in July, price is yet to be confirmed but expected to be lower than the LG and Dell equivalents.
ViewSonic are set to release two new models in their VX range of displays, with an unusual all-white design and glossy glass fronted panels. The design includes a frameless edge-to-edge glass faceplate and slim bezel beneath the glass. The VX2263Smhl-W is a 21.5” sized model, while the VX2363Smhl-W is 23” in size. Both use AH-IPS technology panels and offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 14ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They use W-LED backlights and so offer a standard sRGB gamut colour space.
Of note also is the fact that these screens will be flicker free, using a DC backlight dimming method instead of PWM methods. They also feature a ViewSonic equivalent of a low blue light mode called “Blue Light Filter” for further eye comfort benefits as used recently by BenQ for instance.
There are 2x HDMI ports (with MHL) and VGA connections available for connectivity. There are 1.5W integrated stereo speakers as well as audio connections. The stand offers only a tilt adjustment but does have VESA 100mm compatibility.
The screens are due for release in July and with an MSRP of $169.99 (21.5”) and $179.99 (23”) USD.
Web-conferencing integration is the name of the game with Dell's latest 2015 range UltraSharp displays. Three new models have emerged on their website in sizes of 21.5, 23 and 27". The new UltraSharp models are marketed as "multimedia monitor that features a Full HD webcam and speakers optimized for Microsoft Lync. You get a complete multimedia configuration that makes it easy to collaborate with colleagues and improve productivity."
The new range has adopted a new "Z" in the product names, although it's not really clear what it stands for. The 21.5" sized UZ2215H, 23" UZ2315H and 27" U2715H are bound to attract some attention as the UltraSharp series is long-established and very popular. It's not clear if they will fully replace any of the older models although it's been a while since the U2312HM and U2212HM models were updated so they may well be phased out now. We expect the U2713HM and certainly the recent U2713H (which is really aimed at a different audience) to be available still along side the new 27" model though.
The new screens, including the 27" model, offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution but sticks with an IPS-type panel. The spec offers an 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness (except UZ2215H which is 250 cd/m2) and 178/178 viewing angles. They have a standard sRGB colour space from their W-LED backlight units. Connectivity is very good with VGA, 2x HDMI (with MHL), and DisplayPort provided. There are 2x USB 3.0 ports included as well and a headphone jack. The stand is more limited though which is unlike most recent Dell P and U series displays. Only a tilt adjustment is offered.
Of particular note for the new UZ models is the integrated Full HD Webcam (2.0 mega-pixel), Dual digital microphone (Omni-directional) and speakers (2 x 5.0W). The UZ2715H is listed on Dell.com at a price of $449.99 USD / £346.80 GBP (inc VAT), with the UZ2315H at $299.99 USD / £271.20 GBP (inc VAT) and the UZ2215H not yet listed on the US site but at £223.20 GBP (inc VAT) in the UK. We hope to feature a review of some of these new models when available in the UK.
The AOC g2460Pg is expected to be the first monitor to market featuring NVIDIA's G-sync technology built into the screen directly, as opposed to a retro-fitted kit. It was back in October that we brought you the news about this new variable refresh rate technology, designed to reduce stuttering and tearing in games, without needing to use V-sync.
The new 24" screen features a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen uses a TN Film panel and W-LED backlighting offering a standard gamut colour space. AOC have also included a ‘ULMB’ (Ultra Low Motion Blur’) strobe backlight operating mode which can be used instead of (but not at the same time as) G-SYNC if you want to eliminate motion blur for fast gaming. NVIDIA 3D Vision 1 and 2 (with LightBoost) is also fully supported by this model, as you might expect.
As is a current limitation with the technology, the only useable video port is a single DisplayPort input. There are also 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) that can be used as well. Scaling support may also be limited as there have been issues with using G-sync with aspect ratio control in early adopters.
The AOC g2460Pg is currently scheduled to go on sale in the UK and Europe at the end of June for around £350. AOC America, which is a separate arm to AOC Europe, have not yet announced a similar product.
BenQ are set to release something quite new in the desktop monitor market. The BL3200PT is a massive 32" sized screen, featuring a 2560 x 1440 resolution and an AU Optronics AMVA technology panel. While there are some similarly size models around now with 4k resolutions the 2560 x 1440 res here (the same as a 27" model) will likely provide a more comfortable font size and viewing experience for many users. Eye comfort is again at the front of BenQ's mind with the BL3200PT, with the screen being flicker free (now PWM used), featuring a Low Blue Light Mode, and even an ambient light sensor.
Spec wise the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time (12ms ISO), 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth and a standard sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight unit. It looks likely that the BL3200PT will use AU Optronics' new M320DVN01.0 panel which we talked about in February.
The screen comes with D-sub, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI connections along with cables for each. There are integrated 2x 5W stereo speakers, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB3.0 ports and a card reader built in. The stand is fully adjustable as well with tilt, height, swivel and rotate.
The monitor should be available in May for around £600 in the UK, or under $1000 in the US.
Despite not being formally announced yet, the AOC u2868Pqu is attracting some early interest as a 28" sized 4k resolution monitor. There seems to be fair few of these new lower cost TN Film based models on the market now, including offerings from Dell, Asus and Samsung.
The screen offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. Most importantly, and unlike some 28" 4k offerings out there the u2868Pqu supports a full 60Hz refresh rate. It is believed to use SST (Single-Stream Transport) rather than MST (Multi-Stream Transport) to achieve this. In other words the operating system sees it as one monitor which is more straightforward in terms of applications displaying things properly.
The stand offers tilt, height, pivot and rotate adjustments and there are D-sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections provided. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and integrated 3W stereo speakers. There is also a USB hub at the side featuring 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports.
This u2868Pqu is currently due for release in early June in the UK and Europe, priced at around £500 including VAT. AOC America and Asia-Pacific have not yet confirmed that the monitor will be released in their respective territories.
AOC announces a new set of 23.8" (60.5 cm) IPS monitors with powerful ONKYO speakers for an impressive all-in-one entertainment experience. Both the i2473Pwm and the i2473Pwy boast a stylish Razor Concept design. Built in the stand of these monitors are two 7 watt speakers from ONKYO which offer a superior sound quality when playing games and watching movies compared with most integrated speakers. In addition the models also feature the latest connectivity options with D-sub and HDMI available. The i2473Pwm supports MHL and the i2473Pwy also supports wireless Miracast.
Both models are built around IPS panel technology offering 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They are W-LED backlit and so offer a standard colour gamut. A basic tilt adjustment is all that is offered from the stand.
The new 73 Series models are available as of now. The MSRP lies at GBP 159 for the i2473Pwm; for the Miracast model i2473Pwy a price of GBP 189 is suggested.
AOC have just announced the release of two new 28" monitors in their range, the m2870Vhe and m2870Vq. These new models boast a large screen size and a nice low retail price. They are based on MVA panel technology, offering 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They are W-LED backlit and so offer a standard colour gamut.
Both models come equipped with D-Sub, DVI and HDMI connectors, allowing for both analogue and digital input. The m2870Vq boasts an additional DisplayPort connector and stereo speakers. A number of clever software tools improve the user experience even further. While “e-Saver” and “Eco Mode” use intelligent picture modes to decrease energy consumption, i-Menu allows for the monitor settings to be conveniently changed with the mouse. The programme “Screen+” lets the user take full advantage of the large 28″ screen real estate by dividing it into up to four individual panes, accessible through keyboard shortcuts. Tilt is the only option offered by the stands on both models.
The new models are available as of now. The MSRP lies at GBP 179.99 for the m2870Vhe; for the m2870Vq, a price of GBP 189.99 is suggested.
ViewSonic have recently announced the new VG33Smh series 22’’ and 23.6’’ displays (VG2233Smh and VG2433Smh respectively) aimed primarily at corporations and SMBs, as well as educational and government institutions. With the new VG33SMH monitors, users are able to experience multiple outstanding features, including true-to-life colours via exclusive "SuperClear" Image Enhancement Technology, an energy-saving ECO-Mode, customizable ergonomic design and a versatile connectivity with HDMI.
Both models offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They are W-LED backlit and offer a standard colour gamut.
The fully ergonomic stands of the VG2233SMH and VG2433SMH displays are designed for people who work long hours in the office. It allows users to optimize their viewing experiences and increase their productivity via a combination of swivel, pivot, height, and tilt adjustments. They also feature integrated stereo speakers (2x 2W) and both feature D-sub, DVI and HDMI connections.
The VG2233SMH and VG2433SMH displays will be available in May 2014 for a respective RRP of 119GBP / 129EUR and 139GBP / 159EUR excluding VAT.
HP have announced the
release of two new models in their range, aimed firmly at colour professional
users. These “DreamColor” range monitors come in 24” and 27” sizes and have a
wide range of features designed to offer high end professional performance and
Correction: despite the press release talking about 4k support from the Z27x model, it is actually a 2560 x 1440 resolution model. It can support 4k inputs but they will be scaled by the panel. It isn't a full 4k res panel sadly.
Both support 1.07b colours and a backlight which produces 100 percent of sRGB, 100 percent of AdobeRGB and 99 percent of DCI-P3 colour spaces. Furthermore, with the press of a single button, you can switch between several presets, like sRGB D65, sRGB D50, Adobe RGB, BT.709, BT.2020 and DCI-P3.
The 24” Z24x offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. There are 1 DVI-D; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort 1.2 in and 1 DisplayPort 1.2 out connections available, all supporting HDCP. There are tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions available from the stand as well. This model is AH-IPS based, featuring a GB-r-LED backlight.
The 27" Z27x offers a 2560 x 1440 panel resolution but supports 4k input content. It has a 12ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. There are 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DisplayPort 1.1 and 1x HDMI 1.4 connections available, all with HDCP support. There are tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions available from the stand as well.
The DreamColor Z27x (27-inch, priced at $1,499 / €1,499) and the DreamColor Z24x (24-inch, $599 / €599). According to HP, these tags are a fourth of what the price of the original DreamColor display was.
Eizo have just announced the release of two new 24” models in their ColorEdge range, further to what we announced last month for their 27” sector. These are both IPS models, featuring the latest GB-r-LED backlighting technology to offer a wide colour gamut, covering 99% Adobe RGB. Both are 24” in size and offer a 16:10 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1200 resolution. They also offer a 7.7ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The ColorEdge CG247 comes with a built-in calibration sensor for self-calibration and is targeted at professionals in photography, prepress, and post production. The ColorEdge CX241 houses an internal correction sensor that maintains the calibration results after the monitor has been calibrated with an external calibration sensor and is ideal for professionals and prosumers.
ColorEdge CG247 and CX241 Shared Features
The ColorEdge CG247 and CX241 are now shipping.
Asus are set to release a couple of unusual new 28" sized screens featuring VA (vertical alignment) panel technology. These new screens look to be using CMO's S-MVA panel technology (M280HKJ-L30) and are specifically promoted as part of Asus' "Eye-Care" range, meaning they should not use PWM for backlight dimming and should be flicker free. The screens also reportedly feature a glossy screen surface with a light 3.4% haze anti-glare layer added.
Spec wise the 28" panel offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth, sRGB gamut and W-LED backlight.
The screens feature only a basic tilt adjustment from the stand. There is a specific ‘Low Blue Light’ setting mentioned – ASUS clearly jumping on board BenQ’s bandwagon with that one. The ports on the H model are; VGA, 2 HDMI (MHL capable) ports, 3.5mm audio input and output and 2W stereo speakers. The Q model has only 1 HDMI port (also MHL capable) but features the same inputs aside from that plus DVI and DisplayPort. 100mm VESA mounting is also supported on both models. Further information on the VN289H and VN289Q can be found on ASUS’ website. Global availability is expected shortly with limited retail stock currently available in the UK for around £280.
Eizo have recently released two new Flasghip 27" screens in their ColorEdge series, the CG277 and CX271.
The ColorEdge CG277 is targeted at professionals in digital photography, prepress, video editing, post production, and other fields that require the most predictable color in their workflow. It features a sensor that is housed inside the monitor and swings up onto the screen for self-calibration. This negates the need for third party calibration devices and can be scheduled by the user as well, even when the monitor is switched off.
The ColorEdge CX271 is ideal for professionals and prosumers in photography and design. It houses an internal correction sensor that maintains the calibration results after the monitor has been calibrated with an external sensor.
During the development of the ColorEdge CG277, photographer Carl De Keyzer of Magnum Photos, tested the monitor and commented, “The calibration system is astonishing – for the first time I can calibrate my screen without professional help. The colors are entirely in line with what comes out of my large printers, so no guessing anymore; just true what you see is what you get.”
Both models feature AH-IPS panels with wide gamut coverage / 99% Adobe RGB coverage, which looks like they will use the same GB-r-LED backlighting and LM270WQ3 panels as models like the Dell U2713H, ViewSonic VP2772 and NEC PA272W. Interestingly the Eizo press release also says "In addition, dark tones retain their depth, even when the screen is viewed at an angle in a dimly lit photographic or post production studio." This could imply the use of an A-TW polarizer perhaps, although we don't know of that as an option on this panel. Oddly in their spec pages they say "To counteract the flicker that is noticeable by some users at low brightness settings, EIZO uses PWM (pulse width modulation) technology. This helps prevent eye fatigue for a more comfortable work environment." - which is a bit of a muddle. We suspect they mean they are either not using PWM at all, or maybe using a hybrid solution like some of their other recent screens where they are PWM free down to 20% brightness, then use a "Hi-PWM" with high frequency below that.
For brightness and color uniformity, EIZO uses its own Digital Uniformity Equalizer (DUE) technology. DUE ensures a Delta-E difference of three or less across the screen. It also counterbalances the influences that a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on color temperature and brightness.
EIZO’s proprietary ColorNavigator calibration software comes bundled with both monitors. ColorNavigator is used for setting the target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generating an ICC profile. ColorNavigator has a scheduling function that activates the self-calibration and self-correction functions of the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 respectively. The software offers several advanced functions such as emulating the color characteristics of smart phones, tablets, and other devices, and profile validation for verifying calibration results.
For video editing and post production, the ColorEdge CG277 has a 3D LUT (look-up table) that adjusts color individually on an RGB cubic table. With ColorNavigator software’s emulation function, the 3D LUT applies a film look to the image so creators can preview how the image will be seen by their audience. The ColorEdge CG277 comes with several media-standard preset color modes: Rec709, EBU, SMPTE-C, and DCI. It also accepts 4K x 2K signals and downscales them to its native resolution of 2560 x 1440.
The ColorEdge CG277 is recognized by Fogra as a Class A FograCert Softproof Monitor. Using the CG277 in a FograCert Softproofing System ensures designers, print specifiers, and print producers can rely on the soft proof for predictable and consistent results.
Both models have DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI connections. They have a factory calibrated gamma curve, 10-bit support (8-bit +FRC), USB hub and a fully adjustable stand with tilt, height, rotate and swivel. Spec wise they offer 2560 x 1440 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 are now shipping.
AU Optronics are set to produce some interesting new panels during 2014 and we thought readers might like to hear about some of the highlights.
In large screen format sizes of 32" there are the M320QAN01.0 and M320QAN01.1 panels. Both offer a 3840 x 2160 UHD 4k resolution and are 16:9 aspect ratio. The former goes into production in March and is an AHVA panel (IPS type) with sRGB colour space, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 10-bit colour depth support. The latter is scheduled to go into production later in the year in Q3, and is similar, but with an Adobe RGB colour space being offered. There is also a 32" module with a lower 2560 x 1440 resolution already in mass production, which is the M320DVN01.0. This is listed as being AMVA technology, with 3000:1 contrast ratio, 12ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, sRGB colour gamut and 10-bit colour depth.
In the 27" sector are the 3840 x 2160 UHD 4k modules, again AHVA panel technology (IPS type), these are the M270QAN01.0 and M270QAN01.1. The former is expected to go into production in March and offers an sRGB gamut, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 10-bit colour depth. The latter is similar in spec but has an Adobe RGB gamut, and isn't expected to go into production until Q3 2014.
Again in 27" sizes are a couple of lower resolution 2560 x 1440 AHVA panels (IPS type). The M270DAN01.0 we have already seen used in the BenQ BL2710PT screen. There is a similarly spec'd M270DAN01.1 module going into production during February which offers an Adobe RGB gamut instead.
Several 27" TN Film panels continue to be in the production schedule from last year. This includes the M270HW01 V2, M270HTN01.0 and M270HTN01.1 which we have listed in our panel parts database already. Of note is the M270HTN01.0 which can support 144Hz maximum refresh rate. There is a new M270DTN01.1 TN Film part planned for around May 2014 offering 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and a W-LED backlight with 72% NTSC gamut.
The 27" AMVA M270HVN02.0 and M270HVN02.1 panels also continue to be produced in the 27" sector, offering 3000:1 contrast ratios amongst other specs already listed in our database. Likewise the 24" M240HVN02.0 and M240HVN02.1 AMVA panels remain in production, along with the M240HVN03.0 which we hadn't seen listed before but was already in production from 2013 (AMVA, 1920 x 1080, 3000:1 contrast ratio, W-LED). The 24" TN Film M240HTN01.2 and M240HW01 V8 remain in production also, with the latter being a 120Hz compatible module.
Of interest are a new batch of 23.8" sized panels planned for later in 2014. LG.Display have had some success with the uptake of their IPS panels in this size already, and AUO are set to follow suit with a series of AHVA (IPS-type) modules. There are the M238DAN01.0 and M238HAN01.0 parts. The former is scheduled to go into production around May and offers a 1920 x 1080 res, 14ms G2G response time, 1000:1 CR, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 72% NTSC gamut. The latter is scheduled for March offering a similar spec but with a 250 cdm2 brightness.
In the 21.5" sector is the T215HVN01.0 module. This remains in production from last year although we haven't seen it listed before. It's a 1920 x 1080 res AMVA module with 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 18ms response time and 72% NTSC gamut from its W-LED backlight system. The TN Film based M215HTN01.1 and M215HTN01.3 modules remain in production also in this size bracket from last year. Several smaller modules in sizes of 19.5, 19, 18.5 and 17" also remain in production.
All the specs we know so far for all these new panels are now in our panel parts database
LG are set to release a new ultra-wide screen in their range, this time a huge 34" sized display, the 34UM95 (also known as 34UM95-P). The AH-IPS panel offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio, an aspect we've seen before from the 29" panels on the market. The display uses a W-LED backlight offering an sRGB colour gamut and LG also supports user-based hardware calibration of the monitor using their ‘True Color Finder’ software and a compatible calibration device.
The spec offers also a 5ms G2G response time, 320 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen will form part of LG's new "Flicker Safe" range which offers a PWM-free backlight dimming system which is great news. Thereare also a number of low blue light ‘Reading Modes’ designed to further reduce eye fatigue.
The stand is tilt-only rather than fully adjustable on this model and uses the company’s new ‘Crystal Float’ design – in other words uses a transparent acrylic rather than matte black plastic for its neck. The bezels use the ‘Cinema’ design with a very thin outer component (visible in the picture below) and a fairly thin panel border that is pretty much invisible when the monitor is switched off. It has a JOG button (joystick) for intuitive navigation through its menu system. Connectivity wise there are 2x HDMI ports, 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports, 1x DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.0 port (plus upstream), 2x USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There are also integrated 7W stereo speakers.
There is no official information on price or release date for the LG 34UM95 yet. LG’s Korean website has some information including various pictures and specifications. The monitor has also appeared for pre-order on some European retailer websites for around €1000 (£824) but it isn’t clear if that will drop down somewhat come launch time.
Source: LG Korea
Samsung are set to release a couple of new models in their SD590 range featuring their AD-PLS (Advanced Plane to Line Switching) panel technology, which is designed to be an alternative to the popular IPS technology manufactured by LG.Display. The models are the 23.6" S24D590PL and the 27" S27D590P. A thin bezel design is featured which seems to be a current market trend.
Both feature 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time (with adjustment option), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC colour depth and a standard sRGB gamut W-LED backlight system. The 23.6" model has a 250 cd/m2 brightness while the 27" model has a 300 cd/m2 brightness). There are only 2x HDMI and 1x VGA inputs on both models, and the stand offers only a basic tilt adjustment (no VESA mount).
We thought it would be interesting for readers to hear about some of the new developments planned by LG.Display this year, and give you some details about some exciting new IPS panels in a range of sizes.
Of particular note is the massive new 34" 21:9 aspect ratio IPS panel (LM340WW1) which apparently offers a 3432 x 1440 resolution, 14ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and sRGB colour gamut. This module is already in mass production so could well be used in monitors soon. The resolution seems a bit odd and perhaps the spec sheet we have for the panel is not right. The 24" screens from LG (34UM95) and Dell (U3415W) coming soon feature a 3440 x 1440 resolution so perhaps that will be the correct spec as 3432 seems an odd horizontal number. There is also a 2560 x 1080 option for this panel part already in mass production which has already been used in the LG 34UM65-P screen as it happens.
In the 31" sector we already brought you the news about the 4k IPS panel in production, the LM310UH1 IPS panel which offers a 4096 x 2160 resolution and Adobe RGB gamut. It is expected to go into production towards the end of 2014 in Q4 so it will likely be a while before we see this adopted by monitor manufacturers.
In the 27" sector they have a couple of interesting IPS modules in development (part numbers not known) with high resolutions. There is a 3840 x 2160 (quad HD) version with Adobe RGB colour gamut which is expected to go into product in the second half of 2014 in September, and also a 5120 x 2880 ("5k3k") panel planned at some point, although the production date for the latter is not known at the moment.
In the summer, around July time there will also be a "Neo Blade" 27" 2560 x 1440 IPS panel produced, which is LG.Display's ultra-thin bezel design (LM270WQ - with the final part to be confirmed). Presumably we will start to see some 27" monitors emerge with very narrow bezels like the recently reviewed 24" Dell U2414H. There is also already the LM270WF7 IPS panel in production which is a Neo Blade module but with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
In a rather random size, there is the rather random 26.5" 1:1 (square aspect ratio panel being produced in the second half of the year. The LM265SQ1 offers a 1920 x 1920 resolution IPS panel and sRGB colour space.
In the 25" sector there is a new 21:9 aspect ratio IPS panel being produced already which is the LM250WW1. This offers a 2560 x 1080 resolution. Other specs are not available at this time. There is also a new Neo blade (thin bezel) 2560 x 1440 res IPS module planned for September which will be the LM250WQ-?? (with the final part TBC).
In the 24" space there is a forthcoming 1920 x 1200 IPS module (good to see this aspect ratio is still in their plans) which will be the LM240WU-?? (last part TBC). This will again be a Neo Blade ultra-thin bezel design
In the smaller sized panels there is a new 23.8" sized IPS panel in production already (LM238WR1) which offers a 4k 3840 x 2160 resolution, and Adobe RGB gamut via its GB-r-LED backlight system. This looks very likely to be the panel used in the recently released Dell UP2414Q screen in fact. There is a standard gamut (sRGB) version being released around August 2014 as well apparently.
There is also the 23" LM230WF7 coming in Q3 2014 which offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Other specs aren't known at the moment. The LM238WF2 we have already seen used in the Dell U2414H screen with its thin bezel design, but interestingly the spec sheet lists an A-TW Polarizer option for this part (along with 300cd/m2 brightness) which could be very welcome we're sure if monitor manufacturers star to use that! This is the first time we've seen A-TW mentioned for a long time, which is a film added to the panel service designed to improve off-angle viewing of dark/black content.
All the specs we know so far for all these new panels are now in our panel parts database
Samsung have just announced the release of a new 4k resolution display in their range, the UD590 (full product name is U28D590D). This is a 28" screen with 3840 x 2160 resolution and designed to compete with recent low cost offerings from Dell (P2815Q) and Asus (PB287Q). The screen offers a 1ms G2G response time and is based on a TN Film panel as are the other low cost 4k displays mentioned. There is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen can apparently support 3840 x 2160 res at 60Hz over DisplayPort according to the press release which is good news. The press release also talks about the screen being able to support 1 billion colours, which seems odd given the use of a TN Film panel. Perhaps there is 10-bit processing but it would seem odd to have a 10-bit (or 8-bit+FRC) TN Film panel available.
The UD590 features advanced multitasking technology, with Samsung Picture in Picture (PIP) 2.0 which supports native sources resolution of up to FHD, as well as Picture by Picture (PBP) which connects two different PCs to one monitor screen with native resolutions. It has a game mode option that easily makes a dark and blurry picture bright and clear, and provides a Display port and two HDMI inputs to connect PCs and various AV devices. The UD590 can also display UHD content from game consoles such as Xbox one, PlayStaion4 using HDMI port 1.4version.
The UD590 is expected to be available around April and reportedly will be priced around 600 Euro.
Back in December we brought you the news of a new 28" 4k resolution display from Dell, set to be very interesting thanks to its anticipated low retail price. Official information about the Dell P2815Q has now appeared on dell.com.
The screen is part of Dell's Professional (P-series) range of screens as opposed to their higher end "UltraSharp" range. It's 28" in size and features a 3840 x 2160 resolution. What makes this screen so interesting is its retail price of only $699.99 (USD). However, there are some drawbacks to the screen as we had expected. It's based on a TN Film panel and so will be more limited than IPS type panels which they've used in most of their recent P and U series screens. However, on the plus side it should be fairly responsive for gaming needs.
The other issue is that the screen is limited to 30Hz refresh rate max when using the full 3840 x 2160 native resolution, you can't use 60Hz even over DisplayPort sadly (confirmed if you refer to the user guide and resolution guide here). On the UP3214Q we tested recently we found running at 30Hz produced a choppy and jumpy image and it also limits your frame rates in games quite considerably. The screen can support 60Hz at 1920 x 1080 which is probably a more sensible res for gaming anyway for most users. So perhaps the 4k res should be used for general desktop use, but 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz for gaming.
The spec offers a 5ms response time suggesting that perhaps overdrive is not being used here (no G2G figure mentioned). There is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The Dell.com spec currently lists a colour depth of 1.073b colours, but we suspect that's a mistake given the TN Film panel, and in fact it's a 16.7m depth, almost certainly using a 6-bit+FRC panel.
The screen is W-LED backlit and offers a standard gamut colour space. There is a tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustment available from the stand and there are HDMI (with MHL), DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort connections available. There are also 4x USB 3.0 ports provided.
The screen is available now in the US at $699.99, no word on final UK price or release date yet.
LG have recently announced the launch of their new MP76 (full name 24MP76HM-S) IPS monitor. What is particularly interesting about the press release is talk about the screen featuring their "Flicker-Safe" technology, which suggests LG have hopped on the bandwagon with other manufacturers like BenQ and are now promoting screens with flicker-free backlights. That's certainly good news and we hope they consider the technology for all their future releases, as well as possibly refreshing some of their current range.
“The MP76 strikes the perfect balance between modern design, superb picture quality and comfort-enhancing functionality,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics. “LG will continue to create premium monitors to meet the changing needs of consumers in the home and in the office.”
The MP76 comes in a sleek metallic finish and features the transparent Crystal Float Stand, which makes the monitor appear to float in darkened surroundings. It can easily be wall mounted and the upgraded CINEMA SCREEN Design, 24-inch Full HD IPS display and thinner bezel allows the MP76 to deliver an incredibly immersive viewing experience.
The screen features an AH-IPS panel and is 23.8" in size. It offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It is W-LED backlit and so offers a standard colour gamut. There is a tilt function only from the stand and there are VGA and 2x HDMI connections provided. The screen is expected to start shipping late January, but no word on price yet.
Philips have recently launched a new 28" monitor in their range, the 284E5QHAD. The screen is promoted as having 14W stereo speakers as well for the "finest stereo sound". The screen features an S-MVA panel from CMO as well offering a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6.5ms response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 176/176 viewing angles. It is W-LED backlit providing a standard gamut colour space, and there are 2x HDMI (one with MHL) and 1x VGA inputs available. The stand offers only a tilt adjustment so is fairly limited.
Asus have just announced an exciting new gaming monitor in their range, the ROG (Republic of Gamers) Swift PG278Q. What is particularly interesting is that this is the first 27” gaming model announced with 120Hz+ refresh rate support AND a super high 2560 x 1440 resolution. Before people start getting too excited given the domination of IPS panels of this resolution, this will actually be the first TN Film panel offering this high resolution in the market. Previously TN Film models had been limited to 1920 x 1080 resolutions, so this marks the first move into something more. Asus’s Q&A talks about why they’ve opted for a TN Film panel and talk about it being a high quality panel at that. Although that could well be just marketing speak, we will wait and see.
Asus have pulled out all the stops with the PG278Q as well. Not only does it offer 2560 x 1440 res and 120Hz+ refresh rate support, but the screen boasts a 1ms G2G response time, NVIDIA G-sync support and also apparently supports LightBoost so should be able to offer the motion blur reduction benefits we’ve seen from other LightBoost monitors in the past. All in all this looks like it could be a very interesting gamers screen.
The screen also offers a 350 cd/m2 brightness in the official spec and we assume it will have a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 170/160 viewing angles given it’s a TN Film based model. There is only a DisplayPort connection provided on this model since it’s the only option to support G-sync at the moment, so connectivity is a little limited. There are 3x USB 3.0 ports available and a stand which offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
The screen should be available within the next few months and is expected to retail for $799 USD.
Combining a lot of similar features from the recently announced XL2420Z model, the 24” XL2420G and 27” XL2720ZG from BenQ mark the first models in their gaming range to support NVIDIA’s G-sync, designed to reduce tearing, stuttering and latency in games. These come in 24” and 27” sizes, both with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time and 144Hz refresh rate. A lot of the other features from the older models remain so we won’t go into them in detail here.
Like the Z models announced recently, these new G models also feature the reduced motion blur mode as well if required. They add three new G-Sync gaming modes to further augment the gaming experience: the G-Sync Mode for smooth, low-latency gaming; Low Motion Blur Mode for CRT-like sharpness of moving objects; and a full-featured 3D Vision Mode to create more lifelike on-screen action. There are three distinct modes which cannot be combined, so you have to choose which one you want to use for your gaming.
The new models are flicker free as part of BenQ’s newly named “ZeroFlicker” range, and as part of their “RevolutionEyes” initiative. Only DisplayPort connection will be available as it is the only one which can support G-sync at the moment.
The new models should be available during Q1 apparently. Pricing is to be confirmed.
Asus have just announced a new 28” widescreen monitor in their range, the PB287Q. This screen offers a 4k resolution (3840 x 2160) and is aimed at gamers with a 1ms G2G response time and a TN Film panel. Asus are driving down the price of these new 4k screens and the PB287Q will apparently retail for $799 USD, putting it in direct competition with Dell’s equivalent P2815Q monitor we discussed recently. Both should be using the same panel as well.
The stand offers tilt, swivel, height and rotate adjustments. There are HDMI (with MHL) and DisplayPort connections available, and the screen has PiP and PbP support and integrated 2W stereo speakers.
The PB287Q is expected to be available in late Q2.
Mirroring what Dell and Asus have recently announced, Lenovo are showing off their 28" 4k display at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this week. According to the press release: "Designed with CAD/CAM, data analysis or purely for high definition entertainment, the ThinkVision Pro2840m is a feature packed 28 inch UltraHD premium display for the discerning professional who requires an uncompromised visual experience. With a 3840x2160 panel, the latest premium ThinkVision monitor reproduces a stunning image that is vibrant, sharp and detailed and color reproduction is second to none."
This might be a slight exaggeration as given the price, and what we know about the 28" 4k sector already, this looks like it will be a TN Film based model like Dell and Asus have used.
Users will enjoy the clean and ergonomic infinity glass design featuring touch sensitive buttons and dual speakers and the monitor is mounted on a full function stand that allows tilt, swivel and rotate for maximum productivity. An array of ports (DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort) complete the picture for connection to multiple external devices. There's also 3x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports available.
The ThinkVision Pro2840m will be available from April 2014 and is expected to start at $799.
AMD has been relatively silent on the topic of NVIDIA’s variable refresh rate G-Sync technology since its announcement last year. At this year’s CES however, using two Toshiba Satellite Click notebooks purchased at retail, without any hardware modifications, AMD demonstrated variable refresh rate technology to Anandtech.
According to AMD, there’s been a push to bring variable refresh rate display panels to mobile for a while now in hopes of reducing power consumption (refreshing a display before new content is available wastes power, sort of the same reason we have panel self refresh displays). There’s apparently already a VESA standard for controlling VBLANK intervals. The GPU’s display engine needs to support it, as do the panel and display hardware itself. If all of the components support this spec however, then you can get what appears to be the equivalent of G-Sync without any extra hardware.
AMD doesn’t want to charge for this technology since it’s already a part of a spec that it has implemented (and shouldn’t require a hardware change to those panels that support the spec), hence the current working name “FreeSync”.
More info and videos in the link below.
LG have announced a whole range of new models which they plan to exhibit at this years CES event in Las Vegas, 7 - 10 January. Perhaps top of the list of interesting releases is their 34UM95 model which will be a 34 inch 21:9 aspect ratio, widescreen model with 3440 x 1440 resolution. This is very likely to feature the same panel as the rumoured Dell U3415W model and represent LG's alternative to that screen. There is also a 29 inch version (29UM95) in the same series available according to the press release.
“LG IPS 21:9 UltraWide series was originally developed as user-centric PC monitors toenhance the computing experience, for both work and play,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics. “Our 21:9 aspect ratio monitors has proven to be a critical and commercial success and we forecast this market will continue to grow.”
The UM95 supports a variety of advanced connectivity options, including Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 is a revolutionary connectivity technology that simultaneously supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. With Thunderbolt 2 technology, users can take advantage of transfer speeds up to 20Gbps, enabling viewing and editing of original 4K video, while backing up the same file simultaneously. Higher-resolution and multi-monitor viewing is also possible with DisplayPort 1.2 support. Thunderbolt 2 uses the same cables and connectors and works with existing Thunderbolt PCs and devices. Multiple UM95 monitors can also be daisy-chained together and linked with servers and other hardware.
The monitor also comes with True Color Finder calibration software to ensure optimal color expression. The UM95 is also capable of reproducing 99 percent of the sRGB color palette. In terms of design, LG’s UM95 incorporates a sleek metallic finish and the transparent Crystal Float stand, which makes the screen appear to float in darkened rooms.
LG will also be showcasing the new UM65 models available in 25, 29 and 34 inch varieties. There's also the UB65 which is ergonomically designed for the workplace apparently.
Also of interest are the 31MU95 which is a 31" sized screen. The press release confirms this is a full 4k model, and so could mark the appearance of LG.Display's 31" 4k IPS panel we talked about back in September - with 4096 x 2160 resolution. It is also hardware calibration ready.
There's also the latest 'Color Prime' model, the 27MB85 which will feature a 99% Adobe RGB colour gamut (wide gamut model) and is aimed at colour enthusiasts.
AOC's latest Style series monitor has been formally announced now. The q2770Pqu screen offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution from its Samsung PLS panel. It features a W-LED backlight with standard sRGB gamut being offered. The screen also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
There are tilt, height,
swivel and rotate functions available from the stand. There are VGA, HDMI 1.4,
DL-DVI and DisplayPort 1.2 interfaces available along with audio input and a
headphone jack. There are also 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports provided along
with 2x 2W integrated stereo speakers.
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