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2015 Archive

June 2015:

Asus MG278Q TN Film Gaming Screen with FreeSync
Asus ROG PG34Q 34" Ultra-Wide Curved G-Sync Monitor (updated)
Asus ROG Swift PG279Q Coming With 144Hz IPS Panel and G-sync  (updated)
AMD Demonstrate FreeSync over HDMI at Computex
Philips 276E6ADSW with Quantum Dot Technology

Asus ProArt PA329Q Ultra HD Monitor at Computex
ViewSonic VX2475SMHL-4K with Ultra HD Res PLS Panel
Intel Release Details of New Thunderbolt 3 Connection
BenQ XL2730Z Firmware Update Explained

May 2015:

LG 27MU67 Gaming Screen with 27" UltraHD Res and FreeSync
ViewSonic VG2860MHL-4K for Business Announced
AOC Q2577PWQ with 25" 2560 x 1440 IPS Panel

BenQ EW2755ZH with Low Blue Light Plus Technology
HP Spectre 32" Studio Display Announced with 4k VA Panel

BenQ Announce Curved 35" XR3501 with 144Hz VA Panel
Philips BDM3270QP 32" With QHD AMVA Panel

April 2015:

Acer XR341CK Gaming Monitor Official Information
HP Release 31.5" DreamColor Z32x Monitor
ViewSonic VP2780-4K Ultra HD Display Announced
Dell Sneaks Out P2416D Professional Series Monitor

Asus MG279Q IPS Screen Now Officially 144Hz and with FreeSync
LG.Display 144Hz IPS Panels and Others With A-TW Polarizer
Samsung to Launch Five New Curved Monitors
 

 


Asus MG278Q TN Film Gaming Screen with FreeSync
June 5th 2015

This new screen is not to be confused with the Asus MG279Q model which will be available imminently and which we are currently reviewing. The MG279Q is a 27" IPS-type panel with 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support. The MG278Q on the other hand will feature a TN Film panel, 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync instead. The new MG278Q is being showcased at this years Computex event.

Spec wise we know the 27" screen offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz maximum refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The supported FreeSync range is not listed yet. It will offer DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4, DL-DVI and 2x USB 3.0 connections. The stand has a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments as well and it comes with some of Asus' gaming features like their GamePlus settings and GameVisual preset modes.

No word on availability or price yet, but more info as we get it.

Source: Asus

 


Asus ROG PG34Q 34" Ultra-Wide Curved G-Sync Monitor
Updated June 5th
2015

Very little information is provided in the press release but  Asus have showcased a new 34" ultra-wide, curved, 21:9 aspect ratio display at this years Computex event. The model number is the PG34Q according to NVIDIA's press information, although it is not listed in the Asus press release for some reason - it could be subject to change. We do know that the new screen will carry the Republic of Gaming (ROG) branding and feature a 3800R curvature. It will offer a 3440 x 1440 resolution and support for NVIDIA's G-sync technology.

The screen is IPS based, much like the forthcoming Acer XR341CKA model. According to NVIDIA's press information the screen is limited to 60Hz refresh rate. We do know that it will offer extensive connectivity options including DisplayPort and HDMI. The Asus material also says the screen will feature an ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur) mode, presumably doubling the frequency up to 120Hz for the strobing as 60Hz strobing would produce noticeable flicker for the user. The screen has a frameless design as you can see from the images above and the stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments.

Asus's press release clarifies the thoughts behind the screen being 60Hz refresh rate only:

 What is the refresh rate?

At this time 60Hz, currently to reach beyond this refresh rate a panel needs to be developed in this aspect ratio and resolution as well as designed to operate at this high refresh rate. Beyond this due to the increased resolution there are bandwidth limitations with the current DP implementation. As the unit support G-SYNC the G-SYNC controller currently can not support the new DP 1.3 specification which would allow for near 4K or 4K+ resolutions at refresh rates higher than 60Hz.


Update 5/6/15 - The below photo was taken from the Computex event which shows the refresh rate for this screen listed as 75Hz. That would bring it in line with the Acer equivalent models which are expected to be 75Hz. The PG34Q is still in early prototype stage so expect the refresh rate to be updated to whatever Acer manage to achieve from their display.

At this time the monitor is still under design and development and a approximate release date has not been defined. The below photo comes from Asus' website from Computex showing the screen in the wild. More photos available here.

Source: Asus and Asus

 


Asus ROG Swift PG279Q Coming With 144Hz IPS Panel and G-sync
Updated June 5th 2015


Update: now with a proper image of the new screen above

NVIDIA are reporting new G-sync capable models will be coming later this year. Most of them you will be familiar with, but one new models catches the eye. There is very little actual information available for the new screen yet, but if it is accurate we would expect to see the screen showcased at the Computex event this week. it has been showcased at this years Computex event.

This new screen should not be confused with the MG279Q (27" 144Hz IPS with FreeSync - review coming very soon!) or the forthcoming PG27AQ (27" 3840 x 2160 res with G-sync, but 60Hz max). The new PG279Q is 27" in size and features a 144Hz capable IPS-type panel and NVIDIA G-sync support. This puts it in direct competition with the excellent Acer XB270HU and allows Asus to offer both a FreeSync (MG279Q) and G-sync gaming screen with a 144Hz IPS panel. According to the Asus press release it has "extensive connectivity" options including (but seemingly not limited to?) DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity.

No other info about specs, features, price or availability are available yet. According to the press release the screen will be part of the Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand.

More info as we get it.

Update 5/6/15 - A few pictures of the screen in the wild from Computex are available here. We also have an official product image which is now shown above.

Source: Asus

 


AMD Demonstrate FreeSync over HDMI at Computex
June 5th 2015

At Computex 2015 AMD have been showcasing a proof-of-concept system running their FreeSync adaptive Sync technology over an HDMI interface. Currently both NVIDIA G-sync and AMD FreeSync need a DisplayPort connection to run their adaptive refresh rate variants, but AMD have obviously been experimenting with bringing this technology to HDMI as well.

A custom prototype monitor is being used to demonstrate this working. The monitor in question is running a Realtek TCON, with AMD and Realtek developing the prototype together. The TCON itself is by all indications a bog-standard TCON (i.e. not custom hardware), with the only difference being that Realtek has developed a custom firmware for it to support variable refresh operation and the FreeSync-over-HDMI technology. On the signaling side, AMD tells us that they're running a custom protocol over HDMI 1.4a.

The end result should be the same as running FreeSync over DisplayPort. AMD want to introduce variable refresh rate support into the HDMI standard, making it standardized and common for HDMI connections. This would allow AMD to extend their coverage of FreeSync support to monitors which don't feature DP connections, particularly at the lower end of the base.

More info when it starts to emerge but we suspect it will be a while before we see any displays or graphics cards with FreeSync support over HDMI in the wild.

Source: Anandtech

 


Philips 276E6ADSW with Quantum Dot Technology
June 5th 2015

Back in January we brought you some detail about a new technology helping manufacturers deliver industry-leading colour performance at a highly competitive price. QD Vision have developed their Quantum Dot technology which delivers wide colour gamuts (99% Adobe RGB) without the expense of current wide gamut backlight systems.

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 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 Philips 276E6ADSW is the first model we've seen launched with this new Quantum Dot technology. The 27" screen is built around an IPS-type panel and offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Philips talk about it being an "IPS-ADS" panel which is expected to mean it will feature a panel from BOE who make ADSDS panels (Advanced Super Dimension Switch), their version of In Plane Switching (IPS).

The panel offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 16.7m colour depth. VGA, DVI and MHL-HDMI are provided for connectivity and the stand features a basic tilt adjustment only. The spec sheet mentions that it has a "superb glossy finish" but we are not clear if that is the plastics only, or the panel coating as well.

Source: Philips

 


Asus ProArt PA329Q Ultra HD Monitor at Computex
June 3rd 2015

Asus have been showcasing their new 32" sized ProArt line-up screen at this years Computex event. The PA329Q offers a 3840 x 2160 ultra HD Resolution and a wide gamut (100% Adobe RGB) backlight. It is designed for professional users and carries a feature set (and price) to reflect that.

Each PA329Q is factory pre-calibrated to prove the best colour accuracy (Delta≦2). As well as support for 100% of the Adobe RGB colour space, it also features BT2020 / DCI-P3 colour space support for video production and editing. PA329Q offers 10-bit display colour for over 1.07 billion onscreen colours and supports a 16-bit internal lookup table (LUT), which gives smoother gradations and more transitions between hues. The PA329Q incorporates ASUS ProArt Calibration Technology – a professional hardware calibration application with a 16-bit lookup table (LUT) and uniformity compensation capability. Compared with the conventional way of colour calibration, it controls the hardware of the monitor directly and saves all colour parameters profile on the monitor IC chips rather than in the PC, so users can recalibrate monitor on their own to ensure the colour consistency. It also has the highest compatibility with major hardware calibrators, such as X-rite & Datacolor.

The rest of the spec doesn't seem to be available yet. Connectivity wise we do know the new screen offers 1x DisplayPort, 1x Mini DP, 1x HDMI 2.0, 2x HDMI 1.4 and 4x USB 3.0 ports.

No word on price or release date yet.

Source: Asus

 


ViewSonic VX2475SMHL-4K with Ultra HD Res PLS Panel
June 3rd 2015

According to research conducted by DisplayCast, demand for 4K monitors in Europe is forecasted to achieve 60% growth in 2015 and another 31% in 2016. “With the rise of video games, DSLR and sports cameras supporting 4K, UHD content is now widely available.  People show more interest in using Ultra HD displays at work and at home.  Seeing such demand, ViewSonic has introduced a complete portfolio of Ultra HD monitors,” said Claire Chuang LCD Monitor Product Manager at ViewSonic Europe Ltd. “The VX2475Smhl-4K has already shown it’s pedigree. We were proud to partner with Intel to showcase the VX2475Smhl-4K at Intel’s gaming booth during the CES show this year. Our sponsored eSports team, Epsilon will start using the VX2475Smhl-4K for training. ViewSonic is confident this display will deliver a whole new viewing experience for our customers.”

The new screen is 23.6" in size and boasts a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution. The screen is based on a Samsung PLS panel, specifically mentioned in the ViewSonic information which is refreshing to see. Spec wise one ViewSonic site lists a 4ms G2G response time, while another (including our press release we were sent) mentions 2ms G2G. Given this is a PLS panel, the 4ms G2G figure is likely to be more accurate certainly. Other than that the screen has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth (8-bit) and 100% sRGB gamut. DisplayPort, MHL and HDMI 2.0 connections are provided, with HDMI 2.0 being able to support the full native resolution at 60Hz as well as the DisplayPort.

The stand offers a basic tilt adjustment only and there are 2x 3W stereo speakers built in also. he VX2475SMHL-4K also comes with Flicker Free and Blue Light Filter for a more comfortable viewing experience.

The VX2475SMHL-4K will be available from June at an SRP of £329 / €449 / US$499 inc. VAT

Source: ViewSonic

 


Intel Release Details of New Thunderbolt 3 Connection
June 3rd 2015

Intel have just announced the latest version of the Thunderbolt connection standard. Thunderbolt 3 uses the reversible USB-C connector but enables much faster speeds, even supporting two 4k 4196 x 2160, 30-bit colour monitors via a single cable at 60Hz! It can also support 5k monitors at 60Hz over a single cable.  It can support 40 Gbps speeds and is aimed at professional users or demanding consumers. It can also charge a notebook, delivering up to 100W on a single cable. It even lets you connect two devices peer-to-peer via one cable.

Thunderbolt 3 will allow you to connect monitors and TVs that use DVI, HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort via adapters. Thunderbolt 3 is also backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via an adaptor.  Naturally, you'll be able to still daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices on a single connection. Within the daisy chaining, as many as two devices will support the same protocols as the host, meaning that the device you plug into the PC will also be able to host USB, PCI-Express and DisplayPort. After the second device, the chaining is limited to Thunderbolt.

Intel says that the first products with Thunderbolt 3 will begin shipping this year. The cable and port will look exactly like an USB cable so look for the small thunderbolt logo. Apple have been a big supported of Thunderbolt for a while but have not yet announced their plans to take up the new connection version.

More information at Tom's Hardware

 


BenQ XL2730Z Firmware Update Explained
June 1st 2015

BenQ have confirmed that the FreeSync/AMA issue which affected their XL2730Z display has now been fixed. This issue caused the overdrive (AMA) feature to not function when the screen was connected to a FreeSync capable system. As a result, users could not make use of the AMA feature and benefit from the improved response times that the 'normal' AMA mode offered, as compared with AMA Off. See our review for more information.

A driver update from AMD is already available and should be downloaded from their website. In addition BenQ will be releasing a firmware update for the monitor itself to fix this issue. Current stocks in distribution are being recalled and updated with retailers so future purchases should already carry this new firmware. This is expected to apply for stock purchased AFTER 1st July, as V002 firmware screens should be shipped by BenQ to distributors in late June.

For those who already have an XL2730Z if you want to, you can return it to BenQ for them to carry out the firmware update for you. This only applies if the user is experiencing issues with the performance of the screen. There is no simple way for the end user to update the firmware themselves and it is not encouraged. Users should contact BenQ support through their relevant country website for more information on how to return their screen for the update.

This only applies in Europe and we do not have any information about how this update will be handled in other countries unfortunately. We would suggest contacting BenQ support for additional help if you need more information, now that a V002 firmware is in circulation.

You should be able to identify the firmware version you have by accessing the factory OSD menu (hold menu button while powering the screen on, then press menu). The Firmware version (F/W) should start with V001 or V002 and then a date. You are looking for V002 for the updated firmware.

 


LG 27MU67 Gaming Screen with 27" UltraHD Res and FreeSync
May 26th 2015

LG are set to release a new 27" screen in their gaming range of monitors. The 27MU67 is interesting though as it's an IPS-type panel with UltraHD 3840 x 21600 resolution, and support for AMD FreeSync dynamic refresh rate. The spec for the screen is not currently listed beyond that, but we expect something in the region of 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles and a 60Hz refresh rate. We do know that the screen offers a 99% sRGB gamut and 10-bit colour depth. There are connections for HDMI x2, DisplayPort, Mini DP and audio out.

The webpage talks about a couple of other features included here, like the 4-screen split for mulit-tasking (PiP) and game mode with Black Stabiliser.

The screen is listed on LG's Australian website with a retail price of $799 AU dollars.

Source: LG

 


ViewSonic VG2860MHL-4K for Business Announced
May 26th 2015

ViewSonic have just announced their new VG2860MHL-4K Ultra HD monitor designed specifically with business professionals in mind. “Business users tend to use multiple monitors in their current setups, in finance trading, and even editorial sectors. UHD monitors negate the needs for complicated and often expensive setups by allowing them to be replaced with a single UHD monitor.  With PC and monitor life cycles of 3 to 4 years, switching to a UHD monitor is a future proof choice that allows companies to save money for assets refresh.  ViewSonic is harnessing two decades as a leader and innovator in displays to deliver a complete portfolio of Ultra HD monitors which focus on the needs of business users, such as comfort or the ability to multitask,” said Claire Chuang, Product Marketing Manager at ViewSonic Europe Ltd.

The new display offers a 3840 x 2160 UltraHD resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth and 96% sRGB gamut. It is based on a TN Film panel as you may notice from the spec.

The VG2860MHL-4K’s MultiPicture function supports Picture-in-picture (PIP), Picture-by-picture (PBP) and equally split horizontal and vertical images up to 4 video input sources which is ideal for multi-tasking, financial trading, and surveillance.  It comes with a mini PC mountable stand that keeps your desk tidy.  The VESA standard holes provide the flexibility for installation on bracket and wall mount. The stand is also fully ergonomic supporting tilt, swivel, height adjustment and pivot, which boost the productivity and provide a more comfortable viewing experience. 

In terms of connectivity, the VG2860MHL-4K comes with DisplayPort 1.2 and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 both supporting 4K resolution at 60Hz. The HDMI and MHL ports expand the connectivity to Blu-ray DVD, DSLR camera and mobile devices. It also has 4 USB ports and dual speakers built in. The VG2860MHL-4K also features a Blue Light Filter setting that allows users to adjust the amount of blue light emitted from the screen for a more comfortable viewing experience.  ViewSonic’s flicker-free technology completely removes flickers to reduce computer vision syndrome.  

The VG2860MHL-4K is available now with an MSRP of US$599, £369, €499 excluding VAT.

Source: ViewSonic

 


AOC Q2577PWQ with 25" 2560 x 1440 IPS Panel
May 26th 2015

AOC have recently announced the release of their new 25" Q2577PWQ display, an IPS based screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution and with a thin bezel design. The screen is aimed at photography, graphics design, movie production, CAD/CAM engineering, medical, and security applications according to the press release. The panel offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, sRGB gamut and 16.7m colour depth.

The screen is also advertised as flicker free and has 2x 3W stereo speakers built in. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions. There are D-sub, DVI, HDMI (with MHL) and DP inputs offered for versatile connectivity.

The AOC Q2577PWQ will be available in June 2015 at a suggested retail price of £329 GBP.

Source: AOC spec sheet

 


BenQ EW2755ZH with Low Blue Light Plus Technology
May 7th 2015

BenQ have just announced the launch of their new 27" EW2755ZH LCD monitor, which is their first model featuring "Low Blue Light Plus" advanced eye-care technology, which is upgrade from BenQ’s original Low Blue Light Technology. According to the press release Low Blue Light Plus "utilizes exclusive panel expertise to filter out only the hazardous blue light emissions, keeping the eye safe while ensuring a true-to-life display colour performance. What’s more, there are four new user scenario modes for the best eye protection."

BenQ is the first monitor brand to receive formal certification from TÜV Rheinland, one of the world’s leading provider of technical, safety and certification services. Currently, EW2755ZH has been certified by TÜV Rheinland for its eye-friendly features. It is also flicker free of course, as per all BenQ's models now.

The screen is 27" in size and offers a borderless design. It is based on an AMVA panel offering 3000:1 contrast ratio. The rest of the spec is not listed yet, although we anticipate a 1920 x 1080 resolution as opposed to anything higher.

The BenQ EW2755ZH 27” LCD monitor will be available in China and Taiwan in May 2015, followed by the launch of the new 23.8” model, the EW2445ZH, which will be available by June 2015. No word yet on US or UK release dates or prices.

Source: BenQ

 


HP Spectre 32" Studio Display Announced with 4k VA Panel
May 7th 2015

HP have just announced a new 32" sized screen dubbed the "Spectre 32 Studio Display". It comes in a "Blizzard White" design and looks like a cross between a desktop display and a TV. It's designed to "Stimulate your senses and experience digital cinematography at home". The screen uses a VA panel with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, and offering a 3000:1 static contrast ratio. Other specs are not listed at this time. This will be the first VA type panel we've seen with 4k resolution at this size.

There are DisplayPort, MHL, HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4 connections available along with PiP support. There are also 2x 6W "studio sound" DTS audio speakers integrated into the display, also with audio in and headphone out connections. The stand offers only a basic tilt adjustment. It even comes with a remote control

HP Spectre 32 Studio Display is expected in the summer in Europe at a price of 1199 Euro apparently.

Source: HP

 


BenQ Announce Curved 35" XR3501 with 144Hz VA Panel
May 1st 2015

BenQ have just announced the forthcoming release of an interesting new monitor in their gaming range. The XR3501 is 35" in size, has a 21:9 aspect ratio and curved screen format. It utilises a VA panel and will support refresh rates up to 144Hz. It is marketed as being ideal for racing sims according to their press release, and is currently the most curved LCD monitor with a curve radius of just 2000R. Their press release goes on to say "Racing gamers want a real driving experience, and that is exactly what the XR3501 delivers in a high-speed feast for the senses that will have players living every heart-pounding moment of the race. " The press release even has a 3 screen setup shown, which is surely going to be restrictive given the 35" screen size!

There is no mention in the press release about FreeSync or Gsync support, although the whole thing is very light on specs anyway at this time. We do know that the resolution is relatively low, only offering 2560 x 1080 maximum, as opposed to the 3440 x 1440 we've seen from some 34" ultra-wide screens. However, the much higher refresh rate makes up for this somewhat and firmly positions this as a gaming screen. We suspect (not confirmed) spec wise the screen will offer a 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 172/178 viewing angles and 100% sRGB coverage from a W-LED backlight.

The XR3501’s Color Vibrance feature allows you to easily adjust colour and detail settings based on your personal preferences, and their Black eQualizer feature, for boosting gamma in dark content makes an appearance as well. The screen will be flicker free as well, and we suspect Low Blue Light modes will be provided.

The XR3501 is expected to retail in the second quarter of 2015. No word on final specs or pricing yet.

Source: BenQ

 


Philips BDM3270QP 32" With QHD AMVA Panel
May 1st 2015

Philips have just announced the release of a new 32" model in their range. The BDM3270QP is based on a 2560 x 1440 resolution AMVA panel, similar to that we've seen in other displays in the past (e.g. BenQ BL3200PT). Spec wise the screen offers 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth and an sRGB gamut. The product spec sheet talks about brightness uniformity of 93% ~ 105% and a DeltaE of 3, so this might suggest the screen carries a factory calibration as well.

Thomas Schade, Vice President EMEA at MMD, says, “This 32-inch display is great for users who are up-sizing from smaller screens and lower resolutions. Users can look forward to a real sense of space, combined with the sharp, brilliant resolution of QHD. And it’s not just graphic designers, CAD designers and architects who appreciate the difference: people who routinely work with standard office applications are increasingly looking for more room to spread out when they have multiple windows open at the same time, but with the finer resolution to make that extra space work effectively.”

DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL), VGA and DL-DVI connections are provided with support for MultiView included (PiP / PbP). There are also integrated speakers and 2x USB 2.0 plus 2x USB 3.0 ports offered. Tilt, height, pivot and swivel adjustments are offered from the stand. The screen is flicker free as well.

The new Philips 32-inch BDM3270QP/00 QHD display is now available at a RRP of £ 499.

Source: Spec Sheet

 


Acer XR341CK Gaming Monitor Official Information
April 15th 2015

We first brought you some news about the exciting new 34" gaming monitors from Acer in January, and now we have more official information and specs to share with you. There are actually going to be two versions of this screen, the XR341CK with AMD FreeSync support and the XR341CKA with NVIDIA G-sync support. Both come in a silver and black design with a "zero-frame" panel (i.e. ultra thin bezel).

Spec wise both versions offer a 34" ultra-wide screen size with 21:9 aspect ratio and a curved screen format. They are based on IPS panel technology and given we are only aware of LG.Display producing IPS-type panels in this sector, they are likely to be AH-IPS from LG.Display. The screens have a 3440 x 1440 resolution and support refresh rates up to 75Hz. Some people may be disappointed that there is not support for 120 - 144Hz but that is not possible at the moment from current IPS-type panels of this size and format. At least there is a bit of a boost beyond 60Hz potentially here which is something. The support for dynamic refresh rates via the G-sync or FreeSync technologies will help users cope with the demand of the high resolution as well here and are certainly welcome.

In other specs there is a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (100 million:1 DCR), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 172/178 viewing angles (owing to the curved nature). They are listed as having an 8-bit+FRC panel which implies a 1.07b colour depth, although elsewhere in the spec it also lists 16.7m. A standard gamut W-LED backlight offers a 72% NTSC coverage / sRGB gamut.

The XR341CK (FreeSync version) will offer HDMI 2.0 (MHL), DisplayPort, Mini DP and DP out connections, along with a 4 port USB 3.0 hub. It will support daisy chaining via the DP out port and also PiP and PbP functions.

The XR341CKA (G-sync model) will apparently offer DisplayPort, but also an additional HDMI 1.4 video connection. That would mark the first G-sync screen we've seen with more than one connection, so we will be interested to see how this works. Acer mentioned the screen was G-sync v2, so perhaps they have made adjustments to allow more than one video input. With the G-sync module being used, the XR341CKA will also support ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur). The XR341CKA also has a 4 port USB 3.0 hub as with the other model.

Integrated 2x 7W stereo speakers with DTS sound are offered on both models, and the stand offers tilt and 130mm height adjustments from the stand. The screen is also VESA 100m compliant. There are no swivel or pivot adjustments offered. Cables are provided for HDMI, DP and USB with both versions of the screen. Both are also part of Acer's flickerless (PWM-free) focus and have additional low blue light modes as well.
 

Production of the new screens has actually been brought forward somewhat and are expected to be available within retail channels in early July. Overclockers.co.uk have indicated an expected retail price of around £899 for the FreeSync XR341CK version, and £999 for the G-sync XR341CKA version. We will be reviewing one version as soon as possible, hopefully before launch.
 

Update 24/4/15: According to the Acer press release "The Acer XR341CKA monitor will be available in North America in September with prices starting at US $1,299, in EMEA in August with prices starting at €1,399, and in China in September with prices starting at ¥8,999."

 

 


HP Release 31.5" DreamColor Z32x Monitor
April 14th 2015

HP have just released their largest DreamColor display to date, the massive 31.5" sized Z32x. Offering a 3840 x 2160 ultra HD resolution and an IPS-type panel. In other specs there is an 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd.m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.

You can get exceptional, consistent 10-bit colour precision, out-of-the-box colour calibration, and sRGB, BT709, and Adobe® RGB coverage from HP DreamColor technology. In fact, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored John Frederick, Bob Myers, Karl Rasche, and Tom Lianza with a Scientific and Engineering Award for developing the HP DreamColor Professional Display. Now the standard color-critical display at most of the major animation and VFX studios worldwide, the HP DreamColor Professional Display powered the creation of four of the five Best Visual Effects nominees at this year’s Academy Awards. The product page also suggests you can hardware calibrate the screen using either the separately provided DreamColor calibration kit, or your own device.

2x HDMI, mini-DP, DisplayPort, MHL, and USB 3.0 ports are provided for connectivity. You can also view simultaneous feeds in Full HD with picture-in-picture or picture-by-picture options. There is a fully adjustable stand as well.

The HP Z32x is listed on HP's website already and is planned to be available this summer.  The price has yet to be finalised and is "available on request" according to the press release.

In addition HP have also released several new narrow bezels screens in various sizes and resolutions. In the absence of a full news piece about them, a bit of information can be found here on HP.com. These HP Z Displays are color-calibrated from the very first time the display is powered on, and offer flexible connectivity to daisy-chain up to four displays, and offer picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functionality. All models provide an adjustable swivel, tilt, height, and pivot stand. The displays can be used side-by-side either in landscape or portrait mode. The ultra-narrow bezel display planned availability begins in June and pricing is as follows: HP Z24n - $379, HP Z25n - $429, Z27n - $649, Z24nf - $299 and the Z24nq - $379.

Source: HP Z32x (spec sheet) and also press release

 

 


ViewSonic VP2780-4K Ultra HD Display Announced
April 14th 2015

Aimed at professional uses ViewSonic have just updated their popular VP line-up of displays with the new 27" VP2780-4K monitor. The new screen sports a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution and an IPS-type panel. With more UHD content now available, Ultra HD displays become more and more important for professionals to develop and to display UHD contents. ViewSonic is harnessing two decades as a leader and innovator in displays to deliver a complete portfolio of Ultra HD monitors,” said Claire Chuang, Product Marketing Manager at ViewSonic Europe Ltd.

The panel provides a 10-bit colour depth support (1.07b colours) along with a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table. The screen is factory calibrated with a dE of < 2 provided. In terms of colour gamut the spec states a 100% sRGB and 80% Adobe RGB coverage, so the screen can still be considered a standard gamut monitor (wide gamut screens typically around 99% Adobe RGB coverage). 99% EBU and 75% NTSC high industry standard makes the VP2780-4K perfect for video editing and broadcasting.  Equipped with adjustable 5 gamma setting and 2.35 EBU gamma setting, the VP2780-4K delivers optimized colour performance and contrast ratio for graphic design, video editing and photography production.

The VP2780-4K’s MultiPicture function supports Picture-in-picture (PIP), Picture-by-picture (PBP) and equally split horizontal and vertical images up to 4 video input sources which is ideal for multi-tasking, financial trading, and surveillance.  This is also one of the first Ultra HD monitors to feature future-proof HDMI 2.0 to support 4K content at 60hz, along with DisplayPort 1.2a, dual MHL connectivity, and 4-port USB 3.0 with power in stand-by mode for versatile connectivity to computing and entertainment devices. The VP2780-4K comes with a fully ergonomic stand (inc VESA mounting support). Flicker Free technology and a Low Blue Light filter mode provide a more comfortable viewing experience. 

Spec wise the panel offers a 4.6ms G2G response time (14ms ISO), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.

The VP2780-4K is available now with an MSRP of US$899, £599, €749 excluding VAT.

Source: ViewSonic

 

 


Dell Sneaks Out P2416D Professional Series Monitor
April 14th 2015

We hadn't heard much about this screen until recently when it appeared on some of Dell's regional websites. The new P2416D is part of their professional series of screens, 23.8" in size and sporting a 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution.

The IPS-type panel (very likely an AU Optronics AHVA version) offers a 6 - 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The W-LED backlight offers a 99% sRGB colour gamut. The stand has a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions and there are VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI connections provided along with a 2 port USB 2.0 hub.

No official word on UK or US release date or price yet.

Source: Dell Hong Kong

 

 


Asus MG279Q IPS Screen Now Officially 144Hz and with FreeSync
April 8th 2015

The eagerly anticipated Asus MG279Q monitor is gathering some momentum now ahead of its launch. With the very successful 144Hz IPS-type Acer XB270HU now making its way slowly into the mainstream, this new Asus offering will be the first equivalent offered by any manufacturer. Rather than pairing the screen with NVIDIA's G-sync technology like Acer did, the Asus MG279Q has now been officially certified by AMD as supporting their FreeSync adaptive refresh rate technology. It makes it a good alternative for AMD graphics users as a result.

Spec wise there is a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The panel is almost certainly the same AUO AHVA panel we saw in the Acer XB270HU. We now know as well that the refresh rate spec has been boosted from the originally expected 120Hz to a full 144Hz.

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. The above image also mentions an ultra low blue light mode.

No word on final pricing or availability yet. 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. More info and a full review as we get it.

Source: AMD Twitter

 

 


LG.Display 144Hz IPS Panels and Others With A-TW Polarizer
April 8th 2015

The following provides some updates on LG.Display's panel development, with a focus as ever on their IPS technology.

Of particular note is the new 27 " LM270WF8 panel going in to production in Q3 2015. This will be LG.Display's first high refresh rate IPS panel, following on from the success we've seen from AU Optronics' recent AHVA (IPS-type) offering. This panel will offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 14ms G2G response time (to be improved with overdrive circuits), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, sRGB gamut and 178/178 viewing angles. It has a target 144Hz refresh rate.

We also have some updates on the 31.5" sized 5k resolution IPS panel we discussed back in January. We now know the panel part will be the LM315QQ1 and the specs have been updated as follows - 5120 x 2880 resolution, 16ms G2G response time (may be improved with overdrive circuits), 1300:1 contrast ratio (high for an IPS panel!), 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, Adobe RGB colour space. It's not due to go into production until Q3 so don't expect to see any monitors with it for a while, probably not until the end of the year at best. Likely to be very high end and expensive given the specs of the panel.

In the 31.5" size LG.Display also now have a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS panel in production already, the LM315WF1. This panel offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1400:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles.

It is interesting that LG.Display are now offering higher contrast ratios than the traditional 1000:1 figure we've seen for many years. If they've actually managed to improve contrast ratio in practice that will be good news.

In the 27" space they continue to produce the LM270WQ3 IPS panel which we've seen for a while now. However, interestingly they now list an "A-TW Pol" option for this panel. It might be that we begin to see some 27" IPS displays at some point featuring low-glow panels which would be great news.

There is also a new LM270WR3 IPS panel going in to production in Q3 which will offer a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 14ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, sRGB gamut and 178/178 viewing angles. This will be a borderless "neoblade" design panel.

In the 23.8" space a new LM238WQ1 IPS panel has gone in to production as of March this year. This offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 14ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, sRGB gamut and 178/178 viewing angles. There is also a LM238WQ2 version coming in Q2, but the specs listed are the same so it remains to be seen if it will differ.

 

 


Samsung to Launch Five New Curved Monitors
April 8th 2015

Ranging in size from 23.5 to 31.5", Samsung are set to release five new curved monitors to their lineup. These include the new SE790C, SE590C and SE591C series. The SE790C and the SE590C have a 3000R radius curvature, and the SE591C and the two SE510C panels sport a 4000R radius curvature. The SE510C panels are considered the entry level offerings of the group, while the SE790C is the flagship panel.

The SE790C is 29" in size and ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. It sports a 2560 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. Black and silver versions are offered. A height adjustable stand and VESA mounting options are offered. There is also PbP and PiP functionality and 2x 7W speakers built in.

The SE590C is the largest model offered, with a 31.5" screen size and 16:9 aspect ratio. There is a lower 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 5000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. Like the SE790C, black and silver models are offered. This model has 2x 5W stereo speakers also.

The SE591C is again 16:9 aspect ratio and 27" in size. There is a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. This model comes in a glossy white design.

Finally the SE510C comes in 23.5 and 27" sizes, offering 16:9 aspect ratios again.  They have a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. Both models are black in colour.

The screens are reported to be flicker free and also feature additional low blue light modes for user comfort. No word on price or availability yet.

Source: Samsung

 

 

 

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