ProLite X2481HS and XB2481HS are Iiyama’s latest 24” class (23.6" in size) desktop monitors, featuring VA LCD panel technology. They are designed for Photography, Graphic and Web design uses, with a particular focus on the demanding business user who requires a multi-monitor configuration to manage and manipulate multiple applications. Additionally their slim bezel design, a critical element for a multi monitor setup.
Spec wise the new screens offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 16.7m colour depth. Both offer VGA, DVI and HDMI connections. The XB model (pictured) features a stand which rotates, tilts, has 13 cm in height adjustable and can also be rotated. The X model has tilt only adjustment although can be VESA mounted. Both, ProLite X2481HS and XB2481HS have integrated speakers.
The new ProLite XB2481HS and X2481HS are now available across Europe
We first brought you news of this unusual screen back in June 2014. 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. There is also a 100mm height adjustment range. The screen offers DisplayPort, VGA and HDMI (MHL supported) connections along with 2x USB 2.0 ports. Each half of the display offers a 1280 x 1024 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
"Ideal for designers using 3D graphics or requiring extremely detailed information for CAD-CAM solutions, the connected screens allow for more space to create and use multiple design tools," stated the company's press release. "Plus gamers can immerse themselves in the action with duel-screen comparisons, perfect for two players on one screen."
The Two-In-One IPS Monitor is still somewhat pricey at $499 (Newegg lists it for $417.99). UK price has yet to be confirmed.
Source: Tom's Hardware
LG are set to release a new curved monitor in their range, effectively a smaller version of their 34" 34UC97 display. The new ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio model is 29" in size and sports a smaller 2560 x 1080 resolution.
Spec wise the screens AH-IPS panel offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 60Hz refresh rate and 16.7m colour depth. The monitor uses a flicker free W-LED backlight and offers an sRGB colour gamut (100% coverage quoted). The monitor also comes factory and can be hardware-calibrated using a compatible colorimeter. There are DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 1.4, 2x ThunderBolt and 2x USB 3.0 ports provided on the display. There are also 2x 7W Maxx audio stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
No word on price or availability yet but the screen has begun to appear on some of LG's regional websites.
Source: LG Korea
ViewSonic have this week announced the VG2847Smh 28-inch Full HD monitor. The VG2847Smh sports a SuperClear MVA panel while an integrated virtual desktop infrastructure endpoint mount makes it an ideal desktop monitor solution for business, government and educational organizations deploying VDI solutions. The easy-to-use integrated endpoint mount allows client boxes to be installed on the back of the monitor, without interfering with the ergonomic design. For company’s investing in VDI-based desktop or need a high performance business monitor, the VG2847Smh comes with future-proof connectivity options including HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA inputs, and USB ports.
Spec wise the 28" MVA panel offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6.5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 176/176 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and a sRGB gamut W-LED backlight.
The screen is also Flicker-Free and has Blue Light Filter technology providing a more comfortable viewing experience. There are also 2x USB ports and 2x 2W stereo speakers built in. The stand offers tilt, height (135mm), swivel and rotate adjustments.
Shipping in April 2015, the VG2847Smh will be available for an MSRP of $491 (USD) according to the press release, although it's also listed at $399.99 on their main product page.
Eizo have recently announced that all ten models in its FlexScan EV series of monitors have been certified by TÜV Rheinland, a leading global certification body, as being flicker-free and having low blue light content. The FlexScan EV (EcoView) series combines visual ergonomics with ecological considerations for use in business environments such as trading rooms and back offices.
In awarding EIZO this certification, TÜV Rheinland commended EIZO for including features with its monitors that reduce eyestrain by allowing for wide-ranging adjustment of the brightness and colour temperature. In particular, TÜV Rheinland cited three longstanding eye-care technologies developed by EIZO: Fine Contrast, Paper Mode, and Auto EcoView.
Flicker free? - When LED became the predominant type of backlight used with LCD monitors, EIZO developed its own technology to counter the flicker that many peoples see with these backlights. According to the press release "since 2012, EIZO has equipped its FlexScan EV series with this technology to ensure flicker-free viewing even at the minimum brightness level which for some models is a mere1 cd/m2." This we feel is slightly misleading as we have not seen a fully flicker free backlight operation from EV models we have tested over the last couple of years. Eizo tend to use a "hybrid" system, where a DC backlight dimming method is used typically for brightness settings between 100 and 20%. That is a flicker free method. However, below 20% they tend to use a PWM method of some sort. For example the EV2736W used a 200Hz PWM frequency for brightness settings between 20 and 0%. More recent models like the EV2450 and EV2455 have not used a full PWM method for these brightness settings but a very high frequency oscillation is introduced instead. It is low amplitude so could still be considered flicker free to most users, but it's not the same method as using a DC adjustment as they do between 100 and 20% brightness. Anyway, the Eizo announcement does show their focus on providing "eye-care" monitors, so we are pleased to see this continues to be a focus of manufacturers.
Stefan Hartter, Head of Calibration and Maintenance at TÜV Rheinland Japan, commented, "We have measured EIZO FlexScan EV Series monitors with different brightness levels and display modes (blue-light strength, wavelength, etc.). We confirmed that the FlexScan EV Series is truly flicker-free and provides eye-pleasing images even in low-brightness environments."
ASUS have recently announced the new "Designo" MX27AQ, a WQHD monitor with embedded ICEpower, Bang & Olufsen technology for premium audio quality. The MX27AQ represents the new generation of ASUS Designo Series monitors, featuring an elegant iF Award-winning design with an edge-to-edge frameless panel, ultra-slim profile (just 1.25cm at its thinnest point), and sundial-inspired base. ASUS Eye Care technology, with ASUS Flicker-Free and Low Blue Light technologies, reduces instances of eye strain and other damaging effects for users who spend hours in front of a computer.
This 27-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution WQHD display is based on an AH-IPS panel offering 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a standard sRGB gamut (W-LED backlight). There are a variety of video input options including DisplayPort 1.2, dual HDMI ports and a HDMI / MHL 2.0 port. The latter lets users view content stored in MHL-compatible devices on the MX27AQ, and simultaneously charges the mobile device when connected. The stand offers only a tilt adjustment.
Apparently alternative colour combinations will also exist for the product, with the three colours including silver, gold and space grey. These are ‘subject to availability’ and may not be available in all regions. The monitor will be released in regions including the US and UK starting in March with an RRP of $499 USD equivalent in some regions. Final pricing TBC.
Eizo are set to release a new 23.8" sized model in their ColorEdge range of screens in April (in Japan at least). The new CG248-4K will feature a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution and 185 ppi pixel density. Being part of their high end ColorEdge range the screen offers a wide gamut backlight covering 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space. It also has a built-in calibration sensor which can be set to check the display at certain time intervals. There is also a uniformity correction feature included, 10-bit colour depth support and a 16-bit programmable 3D LUT. The screen is calibrated in the factory
Spec wise the IPS panel offers 3840 x 2160 resolution, 14ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
There are 2x DisplayPort 1.2 and 2x HDMI connections provided (HDMI only supports native res at 30Hz max). There is also a 3 port USB hub integrated, one with battery charging support. The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
Source: Eizo Japan
Philips have recently released a new 34" ultra-wide screen in their range of displays, the BDM3470UP. Spec wise the IPS panel offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 320 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It has a 1.07b colour depth and a W-LED backlight offering sRGB gamut.
The screen also features Philips' SmartUniformity mode: with dedicated metrics to assess colour accuracy, the mode is calibrated to deliver at least 95% average luminance uniformity. There are connections for HDMI (MHL), DisplayPort, DVI and VGA along with 2x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports also. There are also 2x 3W stereo speakers and PiP/PbP support offered. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate (at this size?!) functions according to the spec sheet.
The BDM3470UP is available now at a retail price
of £749 GBP.
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) recently (9th Feb) published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) Standard version 1.4a. Replacing eDP v1.4, published in February 2013, eDP 1.4a enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution, greater color depth and higher refresh rates. It also incorporates the VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard v1.1, and includes a new segmented panel architecture that enables higher panel integration. These and other refinements were made to the eDP 1.4a standard to take advantage of higher GPU video performance and newer display technologies, while also enabling reduced system power and form factor.
The eDP v1.4a standard leverages the VESA DisplayPort (DP) Standard v1.3, published in September 2014, as a base specification. That standard’s new higher HBR3 link rate, which operates at 8.1 Gbps per lane, is now also part of eDP v1.4a. With both HBR3 and the DSC v1.1 standard included, the latest eDP standard can support embedded panels with up to 8K resolution. For embedded display applications, DSC is most often used to decrease video interface data rate or wire count, as well as reduce display frame buffer size, thereby reducing system power usage to extend battery life. It also enables reductions in system complexity and form factor.
An entirely new feature in eDP v1.4a is “Multi-SST Operation,” or MSO, which supports a new type of display architecture that VESA calls “Segmented Panel Display.” Segmented Panel Display is designed to enable thinner, lighter and lower-cost panels that use less power. In operation, MSO allows the four high-speed eDP data lanes within the eDP interface to be divided up between either two or four independent panel segments. For lower resolutions, two lanes can be used to support two panel segments. This panel segmentation enables a higher level of integration on high-resolution displays; each segment can contain a separate timing controller with integrated source drivers.
According to Vice President Bong-Hyun You of Samsung Display Co., Ltd., “The Multi-SST Architecture enables greater design flexibility and power savings in new LCD panel technologies for embedded high resolution displays. Samsung proposed this feature in order to permit panel makers to make even broader usage of the eDP interface in advanced panels, as well as reduce panel thickness, reduce power draw, and reduce cost.”
eDP 1.4a also includes refinements to the partial update capability for Panel Self Refresh (PSR) that was introduced in eDP 1.4. Partial update enables the system video processor, or GPU, to update only the portion of the display that has changed since the video frame update, further saving system power.
According to Craig Wiley, senior director of marketing at Parade Technologies, VESA board member, and editor for eDP 1.4a, “The adoption of eDP for embedded displays is now positioned for growth as eDP 1.4a has become highly optimized, especially at resolutions above quad HD. Compared to other embedded interfaces, it has the richest feature set along with the lowest power, wire count and EMI radiation, particularly when used with high-resolution panels. It will continue to evolve, along with DisplayPort, but with its own unique features specifically optimized for embedded applications such as all-in-one PCs, notebooks, tablets and smart phones.”
It is anticipated that eDP 1.4a will be used within systems by 2016.
Samsung are set to release a new 27" sized curved model in their range. The S27E510C offers a subtle curve, designed to improve viewing experience and alter your field of view. It's a method already introduced on 34" ultra-wide screens and we've yet to see how it will feel on a smaller 27" model.
Spec wise the panel technology is listed as MVA on Samsung's Chinese website, but we believe Samsung (the panel manufacturer) to be referring to their modern generation of VA technology as "SVA" when studying their product roadmap. Semantics aside we do know the panel offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, actually fairly small for a 27" panel nowadays. There is also a 4ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 3000:1 static contrast ratio (a strength of VA panels), 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It uses a W-LED backlight and offers a standard gamut with a 16.7m colour depth provided by the panel also.
Samsung also promote the fact that this screen is flicker free (no PWM) and has an "Eye Saver Mode" which is a blue light filter. There are only HDMI and VGA inputs on this model and a tilt-only stand.
No word on release date or price yet.
Source: Samsung (China)
AOC are set to enter the 27" 1440p gaming space with their new q2778Vqe display. This model will offer a TN Film panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 1ms G2G response time. Unlike some of the other gaming panels emerging in this size, this model will only offer a 60Hz refresh rate and does not support dynamic refresh rate (either G-sync or FreeSync).
The screen offers a 350 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. It has a W-LED backlight offering a standard sRGB gamut. DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and D-sub connections are available. The stand has a basic tilt adjustment only, but the screen is VESA compliant for mounting as well.
The AOC Q2778VQE is available now at a suggested retail price of £299 GBP.
Not to be confused with the XB270HU display, Acer are soon to release a new XG270HU model as well. This time the Acer Press release confirms the screen will feature a 27" screen with a 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel. This should be more like the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q display, offering a 1ms G2G response time and 144Hz refresh rate as well. This model does not offer NVIDIA G-sync support though but is still an interesting option as a 1440p resolution gaming screen, particularly if you don't want to pay the premium associated with G-sync.
Built with post-consumer recycled ABS plastic, this monitor adorns the characteristic Acer gaming identity with a bold orange strip along the bottom horizontal frame and also outlines the base stand. For easy connectivity, the XG270HU includes HDMI 2.0, DVI, and DisplayPort 1.2. To reduce eye strain and potential long-term damage to eye health by heavy users such as gamers and programmers, the XG270HU is built with Acer EyeProtect technologies. This includes flicker-less technology that eliminates screen flicker through a stable supply of power; ComfyView which reduces reflection from light sources on the non-glare panel, low-dimming technology that adjusts screen brightness when working in non-optimal lighting conditions, and a blue light filter to reduce blue light exposure.
Release date is scheduled for March 2015, other specs and price are yet to be confirmed.
Update 21/1/15: We can confirm more of the spec now. 2560 x 1440 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz max refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth (6-bit+FRC), sRGB gamut, W-LED backlight. There are also 2x 2W stereo speakers integrated and an audio out connection. A basic tilt adjustment is offered by the stand, and the screen is not VESA compliant. The screen is also a "zeroframe" design with ultra-thin bezels.
Update 16/2/15: The XG270HU is expected to be available to purchase mid April, but more exciting is the news that this model will also feature AMD FreeSync support. A nice additional extra there we didn't know about before!
Acer are set to release a couple of new gaming screens later this year in a large curved 34" size, and 21:9 ultra-wide format. There are apparently going to be two versions offered although we've not got the full spec or clarification of the differences yet. We know one model will be the XR341CK which we believe to have a 3440 x 1440 resolution. There is apparently going to be a 144Hz + G-sync and a non-G-sync option available although we're not sure of the product name differences. We haven't got confirmation of the panel technology being used either yet and product specs are still being finalised. There is suggestion from the information that we've seen that there will be a lower res 2560 x 1080 version as well, but again we're not sure of the details yet. More on these as we get them, but we're sure the thought of a 34" curved ultra-wide screen with 3440 x 1440, 144Hz refresh rate and G-sync is bound to be of interest to a lot of readers. Let's hope that's all true and works out.
These screens are expected to go in to mass production in Q2 2015 so availability is yet to be confirmed. No word on price yet either.
Acer are set to release two new 24"-class screens with IPS panels and 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolutions. The CB240HYK (pictured) is 23.8" in size and offers a 60Hz refresh rate, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 310 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight. There are DL-DVI, HDMI 2.0 (with MHL 2.0) and DisplayPort interfaces offered. The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments and there are also 2x 2W stereo speakers featured.
The K242HQK is 23.6" in size and offers a 60Hz refresh rate, 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth (8-bit) and sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight. There are DL-DVI, HDMI 2.0 (with MHL) and DisplayPort interfaces offered. The stand offers a basic tilt adjustment only, and there are also 2x 2W stereo speakers featured.
Both screens are expected to go in to mass production in February so are likely to be available around April. No word on price yet.
Acer are soon to release a new 25" sized display in their range. The G257HU is based on an IPS panel, offering a 2560 x 1440 resolution and a zero-frame design. The screen also offers a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth (8-bit) and sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight. A basic tilt adjustment is the only thing offered from the stand, but there are DL-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections offered. 2x 1.5W stereo speakers and an audio output connection are also offered.
The display will also feature Low Blue Light mode and flickerless backlight regulation (PWM-free).
The screen is expected to go in to mass production this month, so should be available around March time. No word on price yet.
In November we brought you the news about the forthcoming Acer XB270HU display. According to the information we were given at the time by Acer, this was expected to be a new TN Film based screen offering a 27" screen size, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz refresh rate and G-sync support. This would have made it very similar to the extremely popular and unique Asus ROG Swift PG278Q display.
According to a new CES 2015 press release the XB270HU looks like it will instead be the World's first 144Hz IPS display with G-sync support! This is quite a change in the spec and we are currently verifying the details with Acer. The press release suggests that the screen will still be 27" in size, offering 2560 x 1440 resolution. What makes this very interesting is that it is labelled as an IPS screen, and offers support for 144Hz refresh rate and support for NVIDIA's G-sync refresh rate technology. This would be the first display featuring an IPS panel with native 144Hz refresh rate and is bound to attract a lot of interest. While the press release mentions IPS as the panel technology, we expect this to be based on the AU Optronics AHVA panel (IPS-type) we discussed back in September. Not to be confused with their similarly named AMVA technology (VA-type), this panel technology is for all intents and purposes the same as LG.Display's IPS technology, in all but the name.
The press release confirms the new model will offer tilt, height and swivel stand adjustments. We believe the screen to feature only a DisplayPort video connection as reported before. It also lists a release date of March 2015. No word on price or other details yet. The 1ms G2G response time spec expected before will no longer apply, and Acer don't currently list that spec in the press release. Nor do they confirm whether the screen will feature NVIDIA's Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) mode as well. More info as we get it.
Update 21/1/15: The recommended street price for this model is 699 Euro (inc VAT). We are still confirming on ULMB support and whether there will be any additional interfaces other than DisplayPort as some sources suggest there will be. Mass production starts in February, meaning it should be available around April 2015. The screen is available for pre-order in the UK now, although the price is not final and is likely to change before launch.
Update: 22/1/15: Confirmed with Acer that the XB270HU will feature the ULMB (Ultra-Low Motion Blur) mode which is good news. Still waiting on confirmation of interface options.
Update: 27/2/15: our full detailed review of the
XB270HU is online now:
Seiki this week announced its entry into the desktop monitor segment with a 32- and 40-inch 4K Ultra HD displays. The new Seiki 4K displays will be branded ‘Seiki Pro’, the company's innovation brand for advanced products, and designed for today's 4K Ultra HD early-adopter users ready for the ultimate desktop computing and gaming experience.
"To take advantage of the more widespread 4K-readiness of the PC market, Seiki has leveraged its 4K expertise to introduce Seiki Pro branded 4K displays," said Sung Choi, vice president of sales and marketing at Seiki. "Seiki Pro 4K displays are designed to deliver the ultimate desktop computing experience for intensive computer graphics, photo and video editing, and programming applications, as well as fast-paced 4K PC gaming at up to 60 frames per second."
Seiki will demonstrate its new high-performance Seiki Pro 4K Displays at the 2015 International CES (Jan. 6-9). Seiki will introduce two displays sizes including a 32- (SM32UNP) and 40-inch (SM40UNP) models. Current specification known are:
The Seiki Pro 4K Ultra HD displays will be available in Q1 2015. Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to product availability although Seiki have indicated a price around $1000 USD for the 40” model is expected. It looks like there will be two versions of each screen during the year, as they update the video interfaces.
Over the last couple of months manufacturers have been announcing a new range of 5k resolution displays in 27” sizes. The likes of Dell, Apple and HP are all releasing models with 5120 x 2880 resolution. At the moment, the main panel with this resolution and size being offered is an LG.Display LM270QQ1 panel. Samsung are also working on a PLS (IPS-type) equivalent in the 27” space (LTM270RL01) as we understand it coming soon, and Sharp also have an IGZO IPS-type panel in production (LQ270D1JG01). As far as we know, the Dell, HP and Apple 5k models announced so far will be based on LG.Display's IPS module.
LG.Display are also now working on a larger 31.5” sized panel, offering the same 5120 x 2880 resolution and based on their ever-popular AH-IPS panel technology. At the moment the full panel part number is not known, only that it will start with “LM315”. LG.Display list this panel as “Oxide” as well, suggesting this could possibly be an IGZO (Indium gallium zinc oxide) type technology they are working on. A few specs have been provided including a 14ms G2G response time (could be improved by monitor manufacturers with overdrive circuits), 1000:1 contrast ratio and 178/178 viewing angles.
More information as we get it along with news of any monitors we hear about which make use of this new panel. At the moment the production of this panel isn’t scheduled until Q3 2015 so we don’t expect any monitors to be available until the tail end of the year.
Our panel parts database is also up to date.
Hot on the heels of the recently updated Acer XB270HU, Asus are also set to release a high refresh rate IPS panel. The new MG279Q is 27" in size and offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS-type panel. We suspect this will be an AUO AHVA panel given their development of IPS-type high refresh rate technology. It supports refresh rates up to 120Hz, but this model does not list G-sync or Adaptive-sync as supported features. Spec wise there is a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The screen offers a narrow bezel design, and a full range of ergonomic adjustments from the stand. DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, 2x HDMI and 1x MHL connections are provided. There is also a 2 port USB 3.0 hub included.
No word on pricing or availability yet.
Update 8/1/15 – according to sources at Pcper.com, the MG279Q will apparently support Adaptive Sync variable refresh rate (VRR). The screen supports Adaptive Sync and DisplayPort 1.2a+ (needed for VRR to function), but doesn’t actually have an affiliation with either branded variable refresh rate technology. After talking with AMD's Robert Hallock at CES, PCper confirmed with him that “AMD will not have a whitelist/blacklist policy for FreeSync displays and that as long as a monitor adheres to the standards of DP 1.2a+ then they will operate in the variable refresh rate window as defined by the display's EDID.” According to the Asus rep they spoke to, the screen will have a minimum refresh rate around 40Hz, and maximum of 120Hz. We will report more as this develops.
In addition, Asus have reportedly said at CES that the screen will ship late in Q1 and at a retail price of $599 USD. Asus UK told us that they expect the screen to be available around Q2 based on current estimates, but plans could change and we all know what happened with the delays of the ROG Swift PG278Q model.
We first brought you the news about Samsung’s forthcoming 27” and 34” curved displays back in September. Samsung are showcasing these new screens this week at CES so we thought we’d take another look at them.
The 34” S34E790C display offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution and uses a Samsung “SVA” panel (we’re not sure what this stands for but it’s a modern version of their PVA technology it seems). This allows them to offer a high 3000:1 contrast ratio which surpasses what it possible from the range of 34” curved IPS screens on the market (Dell U3415W etc). Samsung are also promoting the fact that this is an “industry leading 3000R curvature”, supposedly “a natural fit for your eyes delivering a wider field of view that’s easy on the eyes for the most comfortable viewing experience ever.”
The screen offers a slim depth and thin bezel, which support a seamless multi-display environment. The ability to easily connect several monitors makes the SE790C perfect for gamers, entertainment enthusiasts and professionals looking to be more productive across multiple screens. A 21:9 aspect ratio and wide viewing angles (178°/178°) make it possible to fit even more content on the screen, and view it from anywhere in the room. The monitor is equipped with Samsung Game Boost technology, which optimizes the picture to make games come alive. This seems to be similar to other technologies we’ve seen in the past like BenQ’s Black eQualizer for instance. Game Boost’s dynamic gamma setting adjusts colour and contrast image-by-image, based on the scene’s brightness for a richer experience. It improves brightness and contrast in dark scenes by stretching the gamma, allowing gamers to see all of the action. This makes players more effective by enabling them to see greater detail in dark scenes.
The SE790C features 7W stereo speakers and the stand offers tilt and height adjustments. There are PiP and PbP options available for split screen action. It is also advertised as being flicker free which is a good thing. Spec wise the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and a standard sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight. 2x HDMI 1.4 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2 connections are provided.
The S34E790C curved monitor will be available beginning January 6, 2015 for an MSRP of $1,199.99 USD. It is also already available to pre-order in the UK at a price of £799.99 GBP (estimated to be available later this month).
ViewSonic are showcasing a wide range of new monitors at CES this week.
Firstly they have three new 4k monitors soon to be launched. Their flagship 27” VP2780-4K has an IPS panel with 60Hz refresh rate, and has HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort connections. The 28” VG2860Smhl-4K offers DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, MHL and DVI inputs, and 4 USB ports for commercial-grade computing. Both the VP2780-4K and VG2860Smh-4K feature MultiPicture mode which supports up to 4 different screen inputs for increased productivity. For a price competitive 4K monitor, the VX2475Smhl-4K is ViewSonic’s entry-level 24-inch Ultra HD display featuring 3820 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz with HDMI2.0 Display Port that is positioned to be one of the best valued 4K monitors in the market with an ESP of $449.99 (USD).
ViewSonic are also unveiling their new 34” sized ultra-wide curved display. The VX3473Smhl offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio.
There is also their new 27” 5k resolution (5120 x 2880) VP2785-5K monitor. This model offers a wide gamut backlight covering the Adobe RGB space.
The 27” VX2701 is a gaming orientated monitor offering a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz refresh rate and support for AMD’s FreeSync adaptive sync technology.
Other details, specs, prices and availability are not known at the moment.
DisplayLink, the leading provider of USB graphics technology, will demonstrate the very latest commercially available Dell UltraSharp 5K monitors connected over a single, standard universal USB cable providing 5120x2880 resolution. The new solution to future-proof notebook expansion is being showcased at CES this week.
“DisplayLink is proud to demonstrate the scalability of its solutions with the highest commercially available monitor again at CES,” said John Cummins, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. “5K monitors with 5120x2880 resolutions were just released in Q4. DisplayLink is demonstrating dramatically simplified 5K connectivity to any PC, Notebook, or tablet using a single, completely standard, USB 3.0 cable, in comparison to dual DisplayPort cables currently required.”
DisplayLink both solves the 5K connectivity problem and equally enables non-5K PC, notebooks, and tablets to connect to 5K displays over a standard universal “Plug-and-Display” USB 3.0 cable connection. DisplayLink uses a standard off-the shelf Microsoft Surface Pro III, connected over a standard USB 3.0 cable to a DisplayLink-based docking station, to Dell’s new 5K UltraSharp UP2715K, 27” Monitor, enabled by DisplayLink’s latest 5K chipset.
For more information regarding DisplayLink, please visit the DisplayLink website or drop by the DisplayLink booth for a personal demo at CES 2015 in south hall 4, booth #36258.
Two of the world’s leading computer monitor brands, Philips and AOC, have adopted QD Vision's Color IQ™ quantum dot technology to deliver industry-leading colour performance for their new 27” high-performance LCD monitors. The quantum dot displays achieve 99% Adobe RGB colour at a highly competitive price. The vibrant colours and life-like images enhance consumer entertainment and gaming, as well as professional photography and design. The Philips and AOC monitors will be launched in China and available in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2015. Enabling Adobe RGB colour at an aggressive price point, these monitors set a new standard for delivering premium colour quality and unmatched value to consumers.
Color IQ is an advanced light emitting semiconductor technology developed by QD Vision, Inc. Color IQ is made of a material called quantum dots, which provide the red and green light that you see when you watch TV or use a monitor. Quantum dots are a solid state semiconductor material (like Silicon, or LEDs) with unique light emitting properties that provide the excellent colour purity that you enjoy with Color IQ.
By integrating QD Vision’s Color IQ optical component with our customers’ display technologies, TVs and monitors achieve full-gamut colour, providing a far more natural and vivid viewing experience. Color IQ emits very pure, very saturated, narrow bandwidth red, green and blue light that is optimized for LCD TVs, and now for desktop monitors. With Color IQ optics, LCD TVs can achieve full-gamut colour – 100% of the NTSC standard. For desktop monitors it means they can deliver the full Adobe RGB gamut as well.
The new high-performance desktop monitors use QD Vision’s Color IQ optics to deliver professional-grade colour performance at the cost structure of mainstream desktop monitors. With the launch of these desktop monitors, Color IQ optic technology is now available to consumers everywhere from the living room to the office.
“The colour we achieved on the new Philips 27” – (276E6A) monitors is truly ground breaking, and represents a superior value for our customers,” said Chris Brown, Global Product Marketing TPV (MMD/Philips monitors). “This is a premium product without the premium price tag.”
“For the AOC 27” (I2771F9),Color IQ quantum dot technology provides a significant price performance advantage compared to other wide-gamut colour technologies, with colour that is equal to – or better than – comparable alternatives,” said Sapling Chen, Global Product Planning, TPV (AOC Monitors).
“QD Vision’s ColorIQ technology delivers the world’s best colour,” said Matt Mazzuchi, Vice president, Market and Business Development at QD Vision. “Our Color IQ optics enable Philips and AOC to deliver what consumers have been asking for – a superior visual experience at a cost-effective price.”
More details on the monitors themselves to follow at some point.
BenQ are set to release a new 27" model in their well-regarded XL series of gaming monitors. This new model will be a bit different though, being the first in their range to offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel. The other key selling point is the support for 'Adaptive-Sync' variable refresh rate technology. Similar to NVIDIA's G-sync offering, this solution requires an AMD graphics card with 'FreeSync' support instead. It will dynamically control the refresh rate up to the maximum 144Hz supported, helping reduce issues associated with running traditional V-sync options, either when on or off.
Spec wise the 27" panel offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 1 ms G2G response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen offers a true 8-bit colour depth and the W-LED backlighting provides a standard sRGB gamut. The screen is also flicker free as with all BenQ monitors now, and features their Low Blue Light modes as well. In other positive news, the Blur Reduction feature (now v2.0) is also provided (not compatible when using Adaptive-Sync) and now offers built in options to control the strobe position and duration. The stand offers a full range of adjustments and the familiar S-switch is included again as an accessory. Connectivity is not listed yet although DisplayPort will be needed for Adaptive-sync to work.
No word on price or availability yet.
The original Asus ROG Swift PG278Q has been incredibly popular and was the first monitor on the market to offer a 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel, with 144Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-sync support. Asus have now announced a follow up ROG Swift branded screen, the PG27AQ. The design remains the same as the old model, with ultra-thin bezels, 'Light in motion' red ring on the base and the same adjustments from the stand.
What has changed is the technology inside the screen. The new model is based on a 27" sized IPS-type panel (we suspect an AU Optronics AHVA panel here), offering an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution. This model only supports up to 60Hz refresh rate but still offers support for NVIDIA G-sync. Even though the maximum refresh rate is lower, this could still be very useful for gamers given the demands of running a 4k resolution at 60Hz normally. The screen will not support 'Adaptive-sync' for AMD FreeSync though.
Other gaming features like their 'game mode' presets and 'Black eQualizer' return, andthere is now also an ‘Auto Game Mode’ setting which intelligently detects the genre of game you’re playing and adjusts to an ‘appropriate’ game mode setting (FPS, RTS etc).
In other specs the screen offers 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a standard gamut sRGB coverage from its W-LED backlight. A single DisplayPort 1.2 connection is provided which is required to offer G-sync support. Given that the maximum refresh rate is 60Hz on this model it is unlikely that the PG27AQ will offer support for Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) or NVIDIA 3D Vision since those really require higher refresh rates to operate.
No word on price or availability yet. With the long delays surrounding the ROG Swift PG278Q launch we expect it to be a few months away at least.
Philips are showing off their new 34" curved BDM3490UC display at CES this week. The screen offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution IPS panel and an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Spec wise the IPS panel offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and standard sRGB gamut. There are DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, 2x HDMI 1.4 (one with MHL), and 4x USB 3.0 ports offered for connectivity. There is a basic tilt adjustment offered from the stand and there are also 2x 7W stereo speakers integrated. This model also features MultiView technology which enables two active connections to be used simultaneously, allowing multiple devices to share the screen.
No word on pricing or availability just yet.
FreeSync is an AMD technology designed to reduce or eliminate screen tears in games and videos by allowing the monitor's refresh rate to be controlled by and synchronized to the Radeon R-series graphics card or APU Radeon R-series graphics. Requires DisplayPort 1.2a compliant monitors that support DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync and an AMD desktop 2014 A-series APU with Radeon R-series graphics, with forthcoming FreeSync-enabled driver. Support for use with multiple monitors planned. Confirm supported technologies with system manufacturer before purchase.
Adaptive Sync Similar to NVIDIA's G-sync offering. It will dynamically control the refresh rate up to the maximum 144Hz supported currently (depending on the monitor support), helping reduce issues associated with running traditional V-sync options, either when on or off.
This week AMD announced the expansion of the FreeSync
ecosystem as technology partners including BenQ,
"The broad adoption of FreeSync technology from our
partners shows how the industry strongly values the same open ecosystem and
quality that AMD strives for," said
List of Announced Displays
More details about the BenQ XL2730Z available here
HP have announced a big list of new monitors at CES this year in a range of sizes and formats. Let's run through the range here:
LG are set to showcase their new ultra-wide 21:9 aspect monitor at CES 2015, starting next week in Las Vegas (6 - 9th). The new 34UM67 offers a massive 34" sized display and will be the first of its kind of feature support for AMD's new FreeSync adaptive refresh rate technology, similar to NVIDIA's G-sync tech.
“AMD FreeSync technology is an innovative monitor technology, based on free and open industry standards, to eliminate the tearing and stuttering that has plagued PC gaming for 30 years,” said Roy Taylor, corporate vice president of ISV/IHV Partner Group, AMD. “We are pleased that LG Electronics stands with us with truly exciting AMD FreeSync-ready displays like the LG UltraWide Gaming Monitor.”
The new screen is IPS based and supports 60Hz refresh rate maximum. It remains to be seen how FreeSync will perform and how widely it is adopted instead of G-sync. EDIT: Given the 34Ux9x models are 3440 x 1440 resolution, but the 34Ux6x models are 2560 x 1080 resolution, it is expected that this new model will be the latter (2560 x 1080). Official specs have not been released yet.
Visitors are encouraged to stop by LG’s booth at CES 2015 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from Jan. 6-9 to see LG’s innovative monitor line-up up close and personal.
Update 6/1/15 - The AMD press release talking about compatible FreeSync monitors lists the resolution of this model as 2560 x 1080 as expected. It interestingly lists a maximum refresh rate of 75Hz although support remains to be seen.
BenQ’s latest addition to its creative design monitor series combines a selection of high-end features for incredibly reliable colour accuracy, fidelity consistency, and seamless compatibility with today’s DSLR cameras. Designed to facilitate the way photographers work with colour, the SW2401PT also enables easy hardware calibration, 14-bit 3D LUT, Delta E < 2 calibration in Adobe RGB and sRGB modes, a Black-and-White mode, and more.
The screen is 24" (listed as 24" in press release but we believe it to be 23.8" in fact) in size and features a 2560 x 1440 resolution. It's AHVA panel (IPS-type) offers a wide gamut backlight covering 99% Adobe RGB. Other specs are not listed at the moment but we do know that the screen is flicker free as with all new BenQ models which is good news.
“BenQ is proud to introduce the world’s first monitor specifically engineered for today’s professional photographers and enthusiasts,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Loaded with advanced features to support the color editing process, our latest RevolutionEyes monitor displays a larger spectrum of color reproduction while hardware calibration allows users to adjust the monitor’s image-processing chip without changing the graphics card output data. Powerful, intuitive, and extremely advanced, the SW2401PT lets photographers blend colors with incredible accuracy to bring more creative integrity to their work.”
The BenQ’s SW2401PT is available now and retails at $499.
AOC are set to release two new models in their range, a 21.5" E2276VWM6 and a 23.6" E2476VWM6. The key selling points for these two models is their flicker free backlights and AOC's new Anit-Blue Light filter modes. AOC’s new models are based on a special LED technology, which shifts the wavelength peak from harmful 450 nm to a safer 460 nm, which reduces harmful blue light by over 90 %, whilst ensuring that just the right amount of blue light is emitted for accurate colour reproduction.
User health is a challenge that display manufacturer AOC takes seriously. Therefore, alongside their innovative Anti-Blue Light technology, AOC’s new models E2276VWM6 and E2476VWM6 also come with a feature that ensures a zero flickering viewing experience (i.e. PWM is not used).
The E2476 offers a TN Film panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. D-sub, HDMI and MHL connectivity is provided and the stand offers a basic tilt function only.
The E2276 offers a TN Film panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. D-sub and HDMI connectivity is provided and the stand offers a basic tilt function only.
The E2276VWM6 and E2476VWM6 with Anti-blue Light and Flicker-free are available in stores now at a recommended retail price of £109 GBP and £129 GBP respectively.
Philips have recently introduced a new 27-inch IPS display that combines stunning visuals in the glossy-white Moda design with expansive sound from integrated 7-watt speakers as well as Bluetooth connectivity to stream music.
“Looks really matter when people choose a display for their living space,” says Thomas Schade, Vice President EMEA at MMD. “We’re confident that the new display will attract attention for all the right reasons. Not only does it offer great 360-degree looks with the Moda 2 design, people can also look forward to a captivating viewing and listening experience combined in a single device, with surround sound from the integrated speakers and Bluetooth connectivity to reduce cable clutter.”
The 275C5QHAW is based on an ultra-thin bezel design with a 2.5mm bezel and additional 3.5mm panel edge. It is based on an AH-IPS panel offering a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and an sRGB colour space from the W-LED backlight. There are VGA, 2x HDMI and MHL-HDMI connections provided along with audio input/output. The stand offers only a basic tilt adjustment.
The display’s integrated 7-watt speakers are powered by a sound system which is tuned with SRS WOW HD™ technology for enhanced audio. The result is surround sound with virtual 5.1 channels for an immersive audio experience. Since the 275C5QHAW display features Bluetooth technology, users can wirelessly stream music from compatible devices, and enjoy their content in stunning audio quality. The display’s Bluetooth speaker system is also a convenient way to make and take hands-free speakerphone calls.
The new Philips Brilliance 275C5QHAW display will be available in December 2014 at a suggested retail price of GBP £279.
Acer have begun to adopt various measures in their recent line up of displays to help improve user comfort and reduce eye-related issues. This includes models with low blue light modes ('Blue Light Filter'), low dimming capability, 'Eye Protect' preset modes and most important some models now feature flicker-free backlights as well now. Great news certainly that another manufacturer is paying attention to the needs of their consumers.
In their 4k (3840 x 2160) resolution line up their S7 and XB models will feature flicker-less backlights. The new S277HK is a 27" IPS technology model with 4k resolution and the World's First zero-frame design for this panel type. We brought you some further information about Acer's new frameless screens back in September. Then there is also the new XB280HK - a 28" 4k resolution gaming monitor with G-sync, the World's first 4k G-sync model in fact. This supports 60Hz max refresh rate, but does offer a 1ms G2G response time TN Film panel which we discussed first back in June.
In their QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution line-up, the premium end H7 and more mainstream G7 series feature flicker-less backlights now as well. This includes the H257HU, G247HYU, G257HU and G277HU models. Their 'essential line' K272HULA and K272HULB also offer this new flicker-less backlight.
Then in their gaming line up their XB series with sizes from 24 - 28" (XB280HK, XB270H, XB270HA, XB270HU, XB240H, XB240HA) will be flicker-less, as will their 27" XG270HU and 24" GN246HLB models. Some of those XB series screens include G-sync support as well.
For an up to date list of all known flicker-free displays, please see our database.
Eizo have just released information about their new ColorEdge range screen, the massive 31.1" sized CG318-4K. This new model features a full 4k resolution of 4096 x 2160, more than 4 times the size of full HD 1920 x 1080 resolutions. This is also more than most current "4k" screens which are offering ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolutions. Whether you are creating, editing, or checking your work, this screen offers ample space to focus on 4K content. At a dense 149 ppi, it’s suited for not only video but also photo retouching and printing.
This wide-gamut monitor faithfully reproduces almost the entire DCI-P3 standard used in digital cinema. It also covers 100% of the Rec. 709, EBU, and SMPTE-C standards and 99% of Adobe RGB. You can automate your calibration with the SelfCalibration sensor that is housed within the monitor's top bezel and swings down onto the screen only when calibrating. This sensor eliminates the need for a third-party calibration device and works with EIZO’s ColorNavigator 6 and ColorNavigator NX software. The screen features a 10-bit panel with a 16-bit programmable 3D LUT. EIZO also adjusts the RGB color characteristics of each monitor at its factory to eliminate variation and ensure smooth tonal display.
Uniformity is also compensated for on this model. EIZO's patented digital uniformity equalizer (DUE) technology ensures a Delta-E difference of 3 or less across the screen when the monitor leaves the factory. DUE also counterbalances the influences that a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on color temperature and brightness to ensure stable image display.
With a single cable, the DCI 4K resolution at 60 Hz is supported by both DisplayPort 1.2 inputs and at 30 Hz by both HDMI inputs. Of note also is the fact that this screen is advertised as flicker free at all brightness settings, unusual for Eizo who often go for a hybrid dimming system instead. A 3 port USB hub is also included
Spec wise the screen looks interesting. Eizo list the panel as IPS technology, although it could well be Sharp's IGZO tech looking at the rest of the spec (TBC). It offers a 4096 x 2160 resolution, 9ms G2G response time, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
"Ideal for use in office environments, libraries and computer labs" according to the Acer web page, the new B326HK screen offers a large 32" screen size and ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution. This looks to be using the same panel as the new BenQ BL3201PT, one of AU Optronics' new AHVA panels (IPS-type).
Spec wise the new screen offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth. The W-LED backlight offers a standard sRGB gamut colour space. There are DVI, HDMI (with MHL), DisplayPort and USB 3.0 ports provided. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments as well.
The B326HK is listed on Acer's website at a retail price of $999.99 USD.
Hot off the press we bring you some news about a new screen from Acer, their 27" XB270HU model. What makes this so interesting? It offers the same features and specs which have made the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q so massively popular in recent months. Finally a rival 2560 x 1440 resolution gaming screen, we expect this one to be popular if it can offer anything near the performance of the Asus. It even looks a bit like the Asus in design!
The XB270HU is 27" in size and will be only the second monitor on the market with a 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel. From the spec it looks like it will be the same, or at least very similar, to the AU Optronics panel used in the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q display. This offers a 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz refresh rate and support for NVIDIA's G-sync technology. It also supports 3D Vision and NVIDIA's Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) mode which is part of the G-sync feature. In other specs it also offers a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth (16.7m colours) and a W-LED backlight offering sRGB colour gamut.
Acer are also promoting their new Eye Care initiatives with their new screens. The XB270HU includes a flicker-free backlight. There is only a DisplayPort 1.2 connection provided due to G-sync limitations, and as featured on the Asus ROG Swift. There are also 4 USB 3.0 ports available. The stand offers a full range of tilt, 150mm height, swivel and rotate adjustments and is also VESA mountable.
The new screen is set to be released
Update 20/11/14 - apologies, there has been a bit of confusion with Acer around the release date. It is their XB270H model which is being released within the next few days. That is a 1920 x 1080 res model with 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms G2G response time. A G-sync version of the same is also expected which will be the XB270HA. The model talked about in this article, is the XB270HU which is scheduled for release in Q1 and has 2560 x 1440 res, 144Hz and G-sync. We are expecting a sample to review before then though so we will keep you posted on Twitter.
A few weeks ago we brought you the news of an expected new 25" model from Dell, dubbed the U2515H. Information about this screen had appeared on EnergyStar's website and we were able to speculate on the expected spec, based on the panel we believe it to use. Now the screen is more official, as the user guide and some other documentation have appeared on Dell.com. EnergyStar also have an image of the screen (above) and an expected MSRP listed at $499.99 USD.
We now know from the user guide that the U2515H will feature an ultra-thin bezel design like recent U2414H and U2415 models for example. The stand offers a full range of tilt, swivel, rotate and height adjustments. There are DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort out, HDMI (MHL) and USB 3.0 connections available.
Spec wise the screen offers an unusual 25" size with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. The IPS panel offers a 6ms G2G response time (fast mode) and 8ms G2G (normal mode), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 50 - 350 cd/m2 brightness range, 178/178 viewing angles and 16.778m colour depth. The screen comes factory calibrated with an sRGB mode offering deltaE < 3. The backlight is W-LED and so offers a standard gamut covering 99% sRGB.
We are not sure on release date yet, but expect it to be available Dec/Jan time. If EnergyStar are correct, it will have a retail price around $499.99 USD.
Source: Dell user guide
Eizo have just announced their new FlexScan EV2730Q, a 26.5-inch square monitor with an unnusual 1920 × 1920 resolution (1:1 aspect ratio). The monitor is the newest addition to EIZO’s FlexScan EcoView Series which combines both ergonomic and environmental features for an economical result.
The FlexScan EV2730Q is wide all around – the unique 1920 × 1920 resolution provides users with 78% more pixels compared with a standard widescreen 1920 × 1080 monitor. The extended vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, reducing the need for excess scrolling and providing a more efficient view of data. This makes the monitor ideal for displaying information such as CAD or program development data with a more complete overall view on screen.
The EV2730Q features LG.Display's new LM265SQ1 panel which we discussed back in September. Spec wise this offers a 1920 x 1920 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and a standard gamut W-LED backlight. There are DisplayPort and DVI-D connections available along with a 2 port USB 2.0 hub and 2x 1W stereo speakers.
The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments. Rotation is obviously left off as it's pointless considering the screen is square! Eizo's press release states that "to lower eyestrain, the monitor utilizes an EIZO-developed solution that regulates brightness to make flicker unperceivable. In addition, the wide dimming range allows the monitor to be adjusted to just 1% of maximum brightness for higher comfort in dimly-lit work environments." We expect this to mean it uses either a hybrid dimming system where it is flicker free between 100 - 20% brightness, with a high frequency PWM below that, or perhaps that a high frequency PWM is used across the range. Five preset modes are included – sRGB, Movie, Paper, and two modes with user-adjustable settings. Paper mode reduces the amount of blue light to help prevent eye fatigue.
The monitor includes EIZO’s own EcoView technologies such as EcoView Optimizer 2, which saves power by reducing the backlight brightness and increasing the gain when displaying mostly dark content. In addition, Auto EcoView automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness in accordance with changes in ambient lighting to trim power usage while reducing eye fatigue. A presence sensor called EcoView Sense 2 detects when the user leaves the desk and automatically switches to power save mode. When the user returns, EcoView Sense 2 powers the monitor on again. It detects both the user’s movements and body heat for increased accuracy.
The FlexScan EV2730Q will be available from the first quarter of 2015. Date of availability varies by country. Price is not known at the moment.
Back in September we brought you the news that Dell's eagerly anticipated 34" sized display would actually be a curved model, similar to LG's recent 34UC97 offering. The U3415W has now finally appeared on Dell's website. It's listed on their Hong Kong page now, although it's not yet emerged on the US or UK sites in full although there are user guides and dimensions listed on Dell US.
The site confirms the screen will be curved and will allow you to "enter a new dimension of multitasking with a curved monitor that delivers an immersive, panoramic screen that surrounds your senses with amazingly detailed edge-to-edge WQHD (3440x1440) imagery and crystal-clear sound."
You can easily display content from two different PCs at the same time with the Picture-by-picture or Picture-in-picture features, via the USB 3.0 upstream ports. Plus enjoy the convenience of using just one keyboard and mouse to navigate content from both PCs. You can also connect your smartphone or tablet to your monitor using Mini DisplayPort, or use HDMI 2.0 to get the best of the Internet and your favourite apps by displaying in full 21:9 aspect ratio.
Spec wise the screen offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution with 60Hz support. The IPS panel offers 8ms G2G response time (normal mode), boosted to 5ms G2G (fast mode). There is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth. The screen is standard gamut with a 99% sRGB coverage. The screen also has factory calibration with a deltaE < 3 offered. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments but no rotation given the size/shape of the screen.
Connectivity wise there are 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x MHL, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DisplayPort out and 4x USB 3.0 ports (with 2x USB 3.0 upstream to connect back to 2 PC's). There are also integrated 2x 9W stereo speakers.
The U3415W is expected to retail for under $1200 USD when it is released towards the end of this year, or possibly early 2015.
Source: Dell Hong Kong
Back in September we brought you the news of Dell's forthcoming 27" 5k (5120 x 2880) resolution display. New reports suggest that despite the initial expected retail price of $2499, and what is currently listed on Dell.com, the UP2715K is now expected to retail for under $2000 USD and should be available in December.
The Dell.com page for the UP2715K has also now emerged so we now know more about the screen and the full spec. The 27" screen offers a 5120 x 2880 resolution, 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The panel is IPS technology with GB-r-LED backlighting.
An interesting element to the new screen is the coating. Optical bonding and an anti-reflective coating eliminate reflection from two surfaces — the LCD panel itself and the protective glass layer in front of it — allowing more light to be transmitted and dramatically improving clarity, vividness and contrast. An anti-smudge coating allows you to easily clean away fingerprints.
The screen has a wide colour gamut supporting 99% Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB coverage. The screen is factory calibrated for reliable grey scale and a colour deltaE of <2. The screen has 12-bit internal processing and the panel supports true 10-bit content (1.07b colours). The 12-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT) allows for hardware calibration using Dell's / X-rite's Color Calibration software package. The website suggests you need an optional i1 Display Pro but we believe the software should also support the i1 Pro and i1 Pro 2 devices.
There are integrated speakers by Harman Kardon for high quality dual 16W sound output. The stand supports tilt, swivel, height and rotate adjustments and the screen is also VESA compliant for wall/arm-mounting. There are 6 USB 3.0 ports in total, 1 of which has fast charging support on the back of the screen. There are 2x DisplayPort (for 5k support), 1x Mini DisplayPort (4k max only) and a media card reader provided.
See our previous news piece for more information about the UP2715K as well. The screen is not yet listed on Dell.co.uk so we do not have an expected UK retail price or release date yet.
We're not sure why Philips can't just stick with simple and logical model names for their screens! Anyway, they are set to release their new 27" sized 272P4APJKHB in the near future.
The new model makes use of an AU Optronics AHVA panel (IPS-type) with wide gamut backlighting. The panel offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The RG-LED backlight offers coverage of 99% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB spaces which come with "PerfectKolor" pre-calibration. Moreover, with six-axis adjustment, PerfectKolor enables the display colours to be fine-tuned to precise requirements. The backlight dimming is certified as flicker free which is good news. The screen has an 8-bit+FRC (10-bit support) panel and a 12-bit internal processing. The display also comes factory calibrated including sRGB and Adobe RGB modes.
The screen has a human motion sensor, built in 2.0 megapixel webcam and microphone. PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture) modes are also included. One of the ‘SmartImage’ presets of particular interest is the ‘SmartUniformity’ mode which uses factory-calibrated digital uniformity compensation to ensure 95% display uniformity. In other words – all measured points lie within 5% brightness of the brightest point.
There are DL-DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI and 3x USB connections provided, along with audio input and a headphone jack. There are also 2x 2W stereo speakers included. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
Update: 15/1/15: The screen is also advertised as flicker free which is positive news. It should be available now at a suggested retail price of £649 GBP.
Dell have leaked the user guide online for a couple of forthcoming P-series displays. The P2415Q and P2715Q are part of their "Professional" series of screens and come in sizes of 23.8" and 27" respectively. Both offer 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD ("4k") resolutions and 60Hz refresh rate support. This is an improvement from their original P-series 4k screen, the P2815Q which was criticised for only supporting a maximum 30Hz refresh rate. Another improvement is the move from a TN Film panel used on the P2815Q to IPS technology panels for the new models.
Spec wise the 27" P2715Q offers an 8.6ms G2G response time (6ms G2G fast mode), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth and W-LED backlight with 99% sRGB gamut coverage. The 23.8" P2415Q offers the same, but with an 8ms G2G response time (6ms G2G fast mode) and 300 cd/m2 brightness spec instead.
The stands offer tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments and there are DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI (with MHL), DisplayPort out and USB 3.0 connections provided.
No word on price or availability yet but expect the spec pages to appear on Dell.com soon. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for more info as we get it.
We recently brought you the news of the forthcoming BenQ BL2420PT, which was the first model we'd seen which was 23.8" in size, but offered a high 2560 x 1440 resolution, something usually reserved for 27" sized displays. Now it looks like Acer will be releasing their own equivalent in the near future, the G247HYU.
Like the BenQ model, the G247HYU is 23.8" in size and offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution from an AHVA panel by the look of things. It also offers 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It is W-LED backlit and offers an sRGB gamut and 16.7m colour depth. There are DisplayPort, DVI and HDMI connections offered.
Acer's website is very limited in information at the moment but we will try and bring you more details when they are known.
BenQ are set to release a new 27" screen in their BL series, this time making use of a "4k" UHD AHVA (IPS-type) panel from AU Optronics. The BL2711U offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate, and a range of specs and features you might expect from a high end BL series screen. It is aimed primarily at CAD/CAM users.
Spec wise the panel offers a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightmess, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth (10-bit) and standard sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight. The screen is flicker free as with all BenQ monitors now which is good news. There is also BenQ's Low Blue Light mode, and PiP (Picture in Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture) functionality is included. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments and the screen is VESA mountable if required.
Connectivity wise both the DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 ports can support the 3840 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz refresh rate. There is also DL-DVI and HDMI 1.4 offered along with 4x USB 3.0 ports. There are also 2x 3W stereo speakers built in to the screen.
No word on pricing or availability yet.
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