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2016 Archive

May 2016:

AOC AGON AG271QX Gaming Display With FreeSync
NEC E245WMi with 24 Inch IPS Panel for Business Users
AOC Q2781PQ with 4-side Borderless IPS Panel
Dell P4317Q Ultra HD 43 Inch Monitor Announced
Dell Monitors Rumoured via Accidental Dell Information

March 2016:

Philips BDM4350UC 43 Inch IPS Ultra HD Monitor
Philips 276E6ADSS with Quantum Dot Technology
BenQ PV Series Video Post-Production Monitors
New Samsung Curved VA Displays Announced
VESA Publishes DisplayPort Standard Version 1.4
Eizo ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420 Announced

February 2016:

Lenovo Y27g Curved 27" with 144Hz VA Panel and G-sync
NEC PA322UHD Updated to v2 with Switchable Inputs
AOC U2879VF with Ultra HD and FreeSync

January 2016:

Dell U2717D  and U2717DA Infinity Edge Monitors
Dell U2417H and U2417HA Infinity Edge Information Released
LG 34UC98 with 1440p and FreeSync Support
Iiyama ProLite XUB3490WQSU 34" Ultra-wide Monitor
Update: New Panels Coming This Year
Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q 30" OLED Monitor Announced
ViewSonic Showcase XG Gaming Monitors at CES
Acer XR342CK Ultrawide 34" Gaming Monitor Showcased
Acer R1 and H7 Series Monitors Showcased at CES
Asus Showcase MG24UQ, MG28UQ and PG348Q  at CES
 

 


AOC AGON AG271QX Gaming Display With FreeSync
May 19th 2016

AOC have announced their new Premium line of gaming monitors, the AGON series. The first model to be released from this new range is the 27" AG271QX, powered by a 2560 x 1440 resolution TN Film panel with 1ms G2G response time and 144Hz refresh rate. The AG271QX is also compatible with AMD FreeSync (30 - 144Hz range). In other specs the screen offers 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and a standard sRGB gamut.

Derived from ancient Greek, AGON stands for competition, clash and antagonism. These are the strong characteristics that AOC, a market-leading display manufacturer claims for their upcoming gaming monitor line-up. The AGON series has been created to deliver the utmost gaming features and outstanding designs to the vast community of professional and hardcore gamers.

With a focus on the demands of gamers the screen also has a low input lag mode. The AOC Low Input Lag mode disables picture post-processing on the monitor’s electronics and, therefore, accelerates the command pass-through from mouse, keyboard and gamepad to result in immediate actions. Additionally the AOC Shadow Control enables gamers to quickly adjust contrast in overly dark or bright areas without sacrificing the quality of well-balanced areas across the rest of the screen similar to technologies we've seen before like BenQ's Black eQualizer for example.

Gamers would also want perfect ergonomics and to be able to rely on convenient features to adjust their monitor. The AOC AGON ergonomic base provides plenty of comfort when enabling adjustments of height, tilt and swivel, and is accurately marked by a scale, so gamers can always jump back to their preferred settings. What is more, the stand is equipped with a carry-handle for easy transportation of the monitor for example to and from eSports events. When not using the headset, there is a practical holder at the side of the display to hook it over. Even more comfort is delivered by the eye-protecting AOC Flicker-Free Technology and the AOC Low Blue Light mode, both reducing eye strain, discomfort and fatigue during long gaming sessions. Monitor settings are key features when it comes to individuality, and they need to be easily accessible. Adjustable gaming presets will grant gamers exactly that. AOC has not just implemented changeable Game Mode Presets, but also added the AOC QuickSwitch Controller, enabling the user to switch effortlessly between modes and adjust brightness, contrast and other gaming features. There are D-sub, DVI, 2x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort connections provided along with a 4 port USB 3.0 hub.

The AOC AGON AG271QX premium gaming monitor, clearly addressing competitive gamers, will be available in June 2016 for an MSRP of £479. 

We know that AOC will be offering other AGON series screens (10 in total initially) in sizes from 24" to 35" with a range of flat and curved models, refresh rates of 144Hz and above (presumably overclocked) and resolutions from Full HD up to Ultra HD 4k offered. There will be some with FreeSync support like the 27" model covered above, and others with G-sync. Some will be TN Film based while others are IPS, and so it seems AOC are making a concerted effort to release some interesting new displays to compete with the likes of Asus and Acer who have been pushing the boundaries in recent times.


NEC E245WMi with 24 Inch IPS Panel for Business Users
May 19th 2016

NEC recently announced their new E series screen, the 24 inch E245WMi, aimed primarily at business users. The screen features an AH-IPS panel with 1920 x 1200 resolution (fairly rare nowadays),6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a standard sRGB gamut.

The E245WMi offers a full range of DisplayPort, DVI-D and VGA connections and the stand has tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments also. There's an ambient light sensor also built in along with 2x 1W stereo speakers.

“More and more businesses tell us they want displays allowing for flexibility in their employees’ work spaces,” said Kevin Christopherson, Director of Product Marketing for Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions. “The E245WMi-BK display is an affordable, eco-friendly model built to enrich people’s work experience and position them to deliver greater results.”

The E245WMi-BK will be available in May 2016 at an estimated street price of $319 USD.

Source: NEC


AOC Q2781PQ with 4-side Borderless IPS Panel
May 19th 2016

AOC have recently announced the launch of their new 27" Q2781PQ display, featuring an AH-IPS panel and a 4-side borderless design. Until now, most borderless style screens have still had a thicker bottom bezel, with the sides and top being a thin plastic edge and inner panel border. From AOC's description it sounds like this model will offer the thin frame design along all 4 edges, making it an interesting option for multi-screen setups and for those looking to cut down on borders as much as possible. According to the press release it has 5.7 mm black borders on the upper, left and right sides and a 6.25 mm border on the lower side so overall very similar along all sides. It also comes with an interestingly design asymmetric stand.

Spec wise the AH-IPS panel offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a standard sRGB gamut. The screen is flicker free also. There are D-sub, 1x DisplayPort and 2x HDMI connections provided and the stand has a basic tilt adjustment only.

The AOC Q2781PQ will be available in July 2016 at an MSRP of £279.

 


Dell P4317Q Ultra HD 43 Inch Monitor Announced
May 17th 2016

At the end of March we brought you news of the massive 43" sized Philips BDM4350UC which was being launched, pushing the size of desktop monitors beyond anything we've seen before and well into the realms of TV sizes. Dell are now set to join that sector with their very recently announced P4317Q display as part of their 'Professional' range of displays.

The P4317Q will be 42.51" in size, like the Philips equivalent, and offers an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution. "Multi-client capabilities" are offered, allowing you to connect up to four independent clients to a single monitor with customized views, all without bezel breaks, so you can take total command of your tasks. It is being marketed by Dell as if it were 4 monitors in one (4x 1920 x 1080 areas) which given the massive screen size is at least realistic.

The spec varies a little from the Philips offering although we anticipate it will likely use the same TP Vision IPS-type panel in this Dell model given the size. We will confirm once we can get hold of a sample for review. The P4317Q offers a 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (Philips model was 1200:1), 350 cd/m2 brightness (Philips was 300), 178/178 viewing angles, 1.06 billion colour depth and standard sRGB gamut W-LED backlight. The stand offers tilt adjustment only but with VESA 100 and VESA 200 mounting options available. There are a wide range of connectivity options with 1 x DP 1.2, 1 x mini DP 1.2, 2 x HDMI 1.4 (MHL), 1 x VGA available. There are also 4x USB 3.0 ports, an audio input and headphone output, as well as 1 x RS232 port. There are two 8W speakers built in as well.

The screen is listed on Dell's US website at $1349.99 USD at the moment, and we should have confirmation of a UK retail price in the very near future. We hope to review this screen in the coming weeks once it is available.

Source: Dell

 


Dell Monitors Rumoured via Accidental Dell Information
May 17th 2016

Dell often seem to "leak" information of new screens before they are officially announced or listed on their websites. An eagle-eyed reader has noticed several new model names crops up in a Dell discount coupon as shown below.

The models of particular note are shown below along with some logical speculation on our part. More info as we get it. Given the 2017 model dating, we expect to see these screens emerge during 2016 but some are likely to be later in the year.

  • S2417DG - this is likely to be a 24" gaming monitor with G-sync capabilities based on the model name. Similar to the S2716DG we have already reviewed. We expect a 1920 x 1080 TN Film model here with features aimed at gamers.
     

  • U2917W - looks to be a long overdue update to the U2913WM ultra-wide 29" model. There's not been many changes in the 29" panel market although LG.Display do now have a curved panel in this size, so it's possible the U2917W will feature that.
     

  • UP3017 - not to be confused with their 30" OLED UP3017Q model which is also listed. Given the absence of the Q on this model we expect a non-4k resolution, so quite likely to be 2560 x 1600 as with older 30" models like the U3014 for instance. The UP stands for UltraSharp Premium so we expect this model to feature a wide colour gamut and hardware calibration support.
     

  • U3417W - looks to be an update to the 34" ultra-wide U3415W model. There's been little development in the 34" panel market so it's tricky to know what will have changed with this update. Perhaps Dell will push the monitor refresh rate like Asus and Acer have with their PG348Q and X34 models? Although that doesn't feel a very "Dell" thing to do.
     

  • P4317Q - a new 43" ultra HD model, more information in this news piece.
     

  • UP3017Q / UP3017QA - the exciting new 30" OLED model from Dell which is very interesting indeed. The A model should represent a version with a mounting arm instead of the stand (like they've done with new 24" and 27" UltraSharp models). The inclusion of this model here is at least good news and suggests it hopefully won't end up as vapour-ware as some have been concerned about.


Philips BDM4350UC 43 Inch IPS Ultra HD Monitor
March 31st 2016

Marketed still as a monitor despite its massive 42.51" size, the new BDM4350UC is the successor to the very interesting 40" BDM4065UC we tested at the end of 2014. The design remains quite similar, being quite TV-like in appearance despite its target market as a desktop monitor. The stand has changed a little with a four legged metal design now being used. A glossy screen coating is kept though as before.

This time Philips have moved to using an IPS-type panel instead of the VA panel they used in the 40" model before. The massive 42.51" screen offers a 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1200:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 60Hz refresh rate and 10-bit (8-bit+FRC) colour depth support. The screen is factory calibrated with a dE of <3 offered and there's even a "SmartUniformity" digital uniformity compensation feature included bringing uniformity to 96 - 105% across the screen. This time the screen is flicker free which is pleasing as that was one of our gripes with the old model. A W-LED backlight unit is used with sRGB colour space coverage.

Connection wise there are 2x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI 2.0 (with MHL), VGA, 4x USB 3.0 an audio input and headphone jack. There are also 2 x 7W integrated speakers and 200 x 200mm VESA holes for mounting to an alternative stand or mount. PiP (Picture-in-Picture) and PbP (Picture-by-Picture) functionality are also included, including support for 4 connected devices (PbP).

The screen is expected to be available late May/early June but pricing has not been confirmed yet.

Source: Philips

 


Philips 276E6ADSS with Quantum Dot Technology
March 31st 2016

Philips recently announced the world’s first monitor with Quantum Dot Colour technology. With colours that are more vivid, consistent and truer-to-life than ever, the new 27-inch E-Line display 276E6ADSS delivers professional colour quality with 100 % NTSC and 99 % Adobe RGB support, all at a consumer-friendly price. Quantum Dot Colour is an innovative nanomaterial technology that produces incredibly accurate, saturated colour – in fact, over 30 % more colour than traditional sRGB LEDs. Additionally, it costs a fraction of most colour-critical technologies and uses 25 % less energy, so saves on energy bills as well. The monitor itself features a glossy white finish and silver stand design.

Artem Khomenko, Product Manager Philips monitors Europe at MMD, explains what makes this technology so different: “With a typical LCD display, there is leakage between RGB channels that compromises how well the display can cover the colour gamut. This new LCD display with Quantum Dot Colour technology achieves much sharper channel distinctions, delivering consistent, vibrant colours across the entire gamut.”

The new 27-inch display is emblematic of the commitment of MMD to deliver better resolution and image quality to all users – because it isn't just professionals who benefit from fidelity in colour reproduction. The expansive colour palette is also ideal for movie lovers, amateur photographers and designers who want the confidence of consistent and true colour reproduction.

The new screen offers a 27" IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness,  178/178 viewing angles, 60Hz refresh rate and 16.7m colour depth. DVI, VGA and HDMI (with MHL) are provided for connectivity.

The new Philips 276E6ADSS display should be available now at an RRP of £239.99.

 


BenQ PV Series Video Post-Production Monitors
March 31st 2016

BenQ recently announced their new high-end PV series monitors for advanced cinematic and video post-production.  For editors and colourists that demand uncompromising colour accuracy and high resolution, the PV3200PT and PV270 commercial monitors fit the bill for video editing, visual effects, and colour correction and management.


The PV3200PT is BenQ’s first monitor designed specifically with video post-production engineers in mind.  Ideal for video production, this wide-angle 32” IPS monitor features high 4K UHD (3840x2160 pixel) resolution to scrutinize images to the finest details.  The PV3200PT’s colour gamut covers 100% Rec.709 and 100% sRGB.  This monitor includes hardware calibration support and includes the Palette Master Element calibration software to adjust the monitor’s colour gamut, white point, colour temperature and luminance, among other settings.  With hardware calibration and a 14-bit 3D LUT, an average Delta E≦1.5 is achieved to deliver high colour accuracy and reproduction for a true representation of the original storytelling images.  An optional Software Development Kit (SDK) allows studios or calibration software provider to be more involved in customizing colour calibration settings.  The brightness uniformity feature maintains the monitor’s display performance by ensuring even brightness throughout the display.  An included OSD controller provides user-friendly tactile control over the on-screen menu for additional convenience and efficiency.

The feature-rich PV270 is a 27” IPS professional monitor with QHD (2560 x 1440 pixel) resolution with expansive colour spaces covering 100% Rec.709, 96% DCI-P3 and 99% Adobe RGB required in digital cinematic video post-production and photo retouching.  With Technicolor Color Certified certification, the PV270’s display luminance, colour gamut, and gamma are Hollywood-ready.  Moreover, the X-Rite powered Palette Master calibration software assists hardware calibration for conformance to artists’ requirements, taking the suspense out of the final picture.  As with the PV3200PT, the PV270’s optional SDK allows further colour calibration customization.  Extreme colour accuracy with average Delta E≦1.5 should inspire confidence for colourists to produce the best pictures possible with precise colour consistency across the entire production workflow.  With 24P support, videos can be viewed with correct timing at their native cinematic frame rates.

Several features set the high quality PV270 apart from its competition allowing convenience and to increase work efficiency.  The built-in backlight sensor quickly stabilizes the monitor’s brightness while the brightness uniformity feature maintains consistent brightness across the viewing surface.  The GamutDuo function allows artists to simultaneously review images on-screen side-by-side from two sources using two different colour standards (e.g. Rec.709 and DCI-P3).  With film production expanding to worldwide collaborative efforts, the PV270’s Color Display Clone software can be used to detect differences in ambient light to automatically adjust the displayed colour temperature for consistent colour performance across remote offices and environments.  The PV270 also includes a monitor hood to reduce reflections on the screen’s surface and mitigate display contrast to improve conditions for image retouching and soft proofing.
 
The PV3200PT will be available in March 2016, while the PV270 will launch in April 2016.

Source: BenQ


New Samsung Curved VA Displays Announced
March 31st 2016

There's been a few new models announced from Samsung recently with quite highly curved VA panels (1800R) and AMD FreeSync support. We will try to summarise these new screens briefly here for you.

C27F591FD - this model comes in a silver and white colour design with a frameless design. The VA technology (expected Samsung SVA) screen is 27" in size and offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. 60Hz refresh rate is offered but the screen also supports AMD FreeSync over HDMI and we presume also over the DisplayPort interface. An additional VGA connection and audio jack are offered as well. Interestingly Samsung talk about their "active colour crystal technology" being used on this model, offering an extended colour gamut of 119.3% sRGB (81% NTSC). This is potentially a Quantum Dot type technology. Either way, users should be aware that this is a wide(r) gamut model and so need to think about their uses and any potential issues with their content. Flicker free backlighting is offered and there are 2x 5W speakers and a basic tilt adjustment stand only (VESA mounting supported).

The screen is expected to be available in April and is currently available to pre-order in the USA at ~$350.

C24F390FH (23.5") and C27F390FH (27") are the two new CF390 series models. Their design differs from the CF591 model mentioned above with glossy black plastics used and a standard all-round bezel as opposed to the frameless design. They are very thin models though measuring only 11.9mm thickness. Both models feature a VA technology panel, expected to be some of the new Samsung SVA panels in production and offer 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 16.7m colour depth. Unlike the CF591 above, they are standard gamut (sRGB) models. The backlights are flicker free and there are basic tilt-only stands provided (VESA mounting also available). There are HDMI 1.4a (with Adaptive-Sync) and VGA connections offered along with a 3.5mm headphone port. No DP connections on these models.

Both new CF390 models are expected to be available in April Worldwide. The C24F390FH is available to pre-order in the US for ~$230.

Source: Samsung
Specs: Samsung Germany (C24F390FH and C27F390FH)


VESA Publishes DisplayPort Standard Version 1.4
March 2nd 2016

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) yesterday announced it has published version 1.4 of the DisplayPort (DP) audio/video standard. The first major update to DisplayPort since version 1.3 was released in September 2014, DP 1.4 is also the first DP standard to take advantage of VESA’s Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology. DSC version 1.2 transport enables up to 3:1 compression ratio and has been deemed, through VESA membership testing, to be visually lossless. Together with other new capabilities, this makes the latest version of DP ideally suited for implementation in high-end electronic products demanding premier sound and image quality.

DisplayPort is a packet-based, extensible protocol for transporting video and audio data. Initially introduced as a new external interface, its flexibility has enabled its adaptation to embedded displays and incorporation into other connectors like the new reversible USB Type-C interface and Thunderbolt. Its Multi-Stream Transport (MST) capability enables high-resolution support of multiple monitors on a single display interface.

In September 2014, VESA published DP 1.3, which has been the baseline for new system development.  DP 1.3 increased the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4 Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1 Gbps/lane, a 50-percent increase over the previous DP 1.2a specification. DP 1.3 added extra protocol flexibility to enable more seamless operation over the USB Type-C connector in the form of the DisplayPort Alt Mode. The increased link rate increased the uncompressed display resolution support up to 5K x 3K (5120×2880), and also upped the MST resolution, enabling simultaneous use of two 4K UHD monitors, each with a pixel resolution of 3840×2160, when using VESA Coordinated Video Timing. We have yet to see DP 1.3 utilised on any monitor though although it is expected to be used to potentially offer high resolution / high refresh rate panels during 2016.

DP 1.4 further builds on the capabilities of the standard’s prior incarnations. The use of video transport compression enhances the ability to take advantage of the USB Type-C connector, enabling both high-definition video and SuperSpeed USB, while also facilitating High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K video across the DisplayPort or USB-C connector. Examples of increased display resolution with the new standard include 8Kp60Hz HDR deep color and 4Kp120Hz HDR deep color. Other key new features include:

  • Forward Error Correction – FEC, which overlays the DSC 1.2 transport, addresses the transport error resiliency needed for compressed video transport to external displays.

  • HDR meta transport – HDR meta transport uses the “secondary data packet” transport inherent in the DisplayPort standard to provide support for the current CTA 861.3 standard, which is useful for DP to HDMI 2.0a protocol conversion, among other examples. It also offers a flexible metadata packet transport to support future dynamic HDR standards.

  • Expanded audio transport – This spec extension covers capabilities such as 32 audio channels, 1536kHz sample rate, and inclusion of all known audio formats.

“This significant update to the DisplayPort standard is vital to continued growth of adoption for both DP and DSC, particularly in such fast-growing markets as digital television and automotive infotainment,” said VESA Board Chair Alan Kobayashi, fellow and executive R&D management for Smart Connectivity Group at MegaChips Technology America. “New applications are demanding displays with better resolution, wider color gamut, and increased dynamic range. Consumers and others are also recognizing the value and ease-of-use associated with running multiple displays on one interface, which is another area we addressed in this new release with MST improvements. We believe the tools provided in this new DP standard release will enable a quantum leap forward in display quality, which leverage DSC compression along with transport of high-quality audio and video content.”

Source: VESA

 


Eizo ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420 Announced
March 2nd 2016

Eizo have recently announced the release of two new 24.1" monitors in their ColorEdge range, the CG2420 and CS2420. Both offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio format. They both offer a wide colour gamut backlight with 99% Adobe RGB coverage. The ColorEdge CG2420’s panel also covers 98% of the DCI-P3 colour space used in post-production. In addition, both models offer 10-bit colour depth and a 16-bit LUT with factory gamma correction. They feature DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI connections along with a 3 port USB hub. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments as well.

Both the monitors feature a sleek new cabinet design with slim bezels which are 39% smaller than their predecessors’. A carrying handle is built-in for easily moving the monitor between locations or within the studio. The flat design uses electrostatic switches on the front bezel in place of traditional buttons for seamless access to monitor settings. The switches light up using an LED for viewing in dimly-lit work environments. EIZO bundles its proprietary ColorNavigator 6 software with both monitors for users that require a wide variety of calibration functionality. Both models come with Eizo's Digital Uniformity Equalizer (DUE) correction feature as well to improve uniformity across the panel.

The CG2420 (pictured) is the higher end professional-level model for use in photography, design, print, and post production. It features a built-in self-calibration sensor for hassle-free monitor maintenance that ensures optimal colour reproduction and image consistency throughout the creative workflow. The ColorEdge CS2420 includes many of the advanced features of EIZO’s ColorEdge line-up while meeting the varying needs and budgets of hobbyists and prosumers that want to create, edit, and enjoy photography, illustration, and more. This model offers a 10ms G2G response time, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It even comes bundled with a shading hood (which is optional on the CS2420 as an extra). The panel technology is listed as IPS although with the spec shown it seems to be an unusual panel with that contrast ratio and not one we are aware of at the moment.

The CS2420 has a different spec with 15ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. Again it is listed as an IPS panel. Some of the features of the CG model are not offered. See the full specs pages linked for more information.

The ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420 will be shipping from February. Date of availability varies by country.

Source: Eizo

 


Lenovo Y27g Curved 27" with 144Hz VA Panel and G-sync
February 12th 2016

Quietly announced at CES this year was a new screen from Lenovo. The Y27g is 27" in sized and is of particular interest since it feature a 27" curved VA panel, with 144Hz refresh rate also. It looks like it will be based on the Samsung SVA panel detailed in our panel parts database which is scheduled to go in to production during Q1.

We know from the Lenovo information that the screen has an 1800R curvature, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 8ms G2G response times, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It also includes NVIDIA G-sync support to go along with the high 144Hz refresh rate.

There are 4x USB 3.0 ports included along with a headphone port and headphone hanger. Tilt, height and swivel adjustments are offered by the stand. Given G-sync is used there is certainly a DisplayPort connection offered, although we can't see confirmation as to whether HDMI will also be included or not.

The Y27g is expected to be available around June time at $549 USD. There is also apparently a special "Razer-branded" version at $599 which has a lighting system integrated to match your Razer Chroma keyboard or mouse.

 


NEC PA322UHD Updated to v2 with Switchable Inputs
February 10th 2016

NEC have just announced the PA322UHD-2 display, which includes all the features of the existing PA322UHD model and now updates the option slot with support for 4K UHD inputs, including an installed, switchable DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 option. The Open Pluggable Specification (OPS)-compliant option slot gives videographers, photographers, print production specialists and others added flexibility to use the PA322UHD-2 in an even wider range of existing workflows. In addition to the installed OPS, the NEC Display Solutions 3G/SD/HD-SDI input card (SB-04HC) and the HD-SDI input card (SB-01HC) also are compatible with the PA322UHD-2.

The display uses a wide gamut white LED backlight and an IGZO technology IPS-type LCD panel that delivers excellent image quality with lower power consumption than comparable LCD displays while delivering 99.2 percent coverage of the Adobe RGB colour space. There is a 14-bit 3D internal programmable lookup tables (LUTs) for calibration as well.

Among the PA322UHD-2 display’s other benefits are 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth. The screen carries NEC's high end color and white Digital Uniformity Correction with 93 percent more correction points than previous MultiSync PA Series displays

There is support for a multitude of refresh rates, including 24, 30, 50, 60, 85, 100, and 120 Hz modes depending on the resolution. There is an integrated USB 3.0 hub (two up, three down) with DisplaySync Pro, a high resolution keyboard / video / mouse (KVM) switch that can control two computers with only one keyboard and mouse. 2x DisplayPort 1.2 inputs, one HDMI 2.0 input and the option of either two DVI-D or four HDMI 1.4 inputs.

The MultiSync PA322UHD-BK-2 ships with a four-year limited 48-hour advanced exchange parts and labour warranty, and will be available in February 2016 at a minimum advertised price of $2,999. 

Source: NEC


AOC U2879VF with Ultra HD and FreeSync
February 10th 2016

The AOC U2879VF comes in an ultra-slim design that combines a slick glossy bezel with an elegant silver stand. The screen is based on a 28" TN Film panel and it is primarily aimed at gamers with a fast 1ms G2G response time and AMD FreeSync support to go along with the high DPI resolution.

Spec wise the panel offers 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and a standard sRGB gamut W-LED backlight. The screen has only a 60Hz refresh rate because of the Ultra HD resolution and current DP interface bandwidth limitations.

Users will benefit from the monitor’s various inputs, making it possible to connect it to a variety of devices. Alongside DisplayPort 1.2a+, DVI and VGA inputs, the AOC U2879VF features an ultra-fast HDMI 2.0 connector that increases the bandwidth significantly to up to 18 Gb/s, making it possible to play 60fps 4K UHD video without any problems. This port also boasts MHL functionality which allows users to display content from a smartphone or tablet device while charging its battery at the same time.

The integrated Picture by Picture (PBP) function makes it possible to view content from two input sources at the same time. Thanks to the monitor’s 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, both of the two virtual screens are displayed with a high pixel density (138 PPI). To improve user’s comfort while using the monitor, the AOC U2879VF includes Flicker-Free technology also.

The AOC U2879VF will be available in March 2016 for an MSRP of £279.99.

Source: AOC

 


Dell U2717D  and U2717DA Infinity Edge Monitors
January 29th 2016

Following on from the early information released about the 24" U2417H (and U2417HA with monitor arm), Dell have now released information about their new 27" UltraSharp models. The U2717D (and U2717DA with monitor arm instead of stand) will replace the existing U2715H model which was launched in late 2014. The new model will be an "Infinity Edge" screen like the smaller 24" models, with a 7.3mm edge top and sides and 8.4mm along the bottom. The regular model (non-A) will offer a stand with full ergonomic adjustments for tilt, height, swivel and rotate. The A model replaces the stand with an arm as we discussed when looking at the 24" versions.

Like the U2715H it will replace, the new model is a 27" IPS based screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution. It will offer a 6ms G2G response time (fast mode), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and 99% sRGB coverage from its W-LED backlight. It will come factory calibrated with dE < 3 and there are 2x HDMI 1.4 (with MHL), Mini DisplayPort, DisplayPort, DP out (for daisy chaining) and 4x USB 3.0 ports available for connectivity.

No word on release date or pricing yet although they were originally expected to be available late Feb so that date still looks likely.

Source: Dell (China)

 


Dell U2417H and U2417HA Infinity Edge Information Released
January 26th 2016

In August last year we brought you some advanced news about some updated UltraSharp models from Dell expected in early 2016. We now have more information about their new U2417H, expected to be the replacement for the excellent and very popular U2414H. Dell have reduced the total border size on the new screen and given it a new 'InfinityEdge' name. The side and top border is now only 5.3mm (down from 6.05mm) with the bottom border being only 8.33mm (down from 18.8mm).

The screen remains 23.8" in size with a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS-type panel. In other specs the screen offers 6/8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a standard sRGB gamut backlight (W-LED). The monitor comes factory calibrated (report included) with an average DeltaE of < 2 which is an improvement over the < 4 specified for the previous model.

The stand on the U2417H offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions and there are DP 1.2, DP 1.2 output (for MST Daisy Chaining), Mini DP 1.2, HDMI 1.4 (with MHL 2.0) and 4x USB 3.0 ports provided for connectivity. A 3.5mm audio output port is also included, but there are no integrated speakers on this model.

There is also the U2417HA model being launched at the same time. While there isn't a full product page on Dell.com that we've seen, we can tell from the user guide for the screen which is available that this seems to be the same screen but with a different stand option. In fact rather than a traditional stand, the U2417HA will come with an "arm" option, hence the "A" in the product name. There's lots of images in the user guide showing how this would work and attach, but it's basically a desk mount option as opposed to a normal stand. We've included an image above to give you an idea of how it would look.

We still expect both screens to be released in February sometime although pricing has not been announced in the US or UK regions yet.

Source: Dell (Hong Kong)

 


LG 34UC98 with 1440p and FreeSync Support
January 26th 2016

LG are set to release a new 34" screen in their range, this time with 3440 x 1440 resolution and AMD FreeSync support. The 34UC98 has a 21:9 ultra-wide IPS technology panel with a 3800R curvature. Spec-wise the screen offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit+FRC colour depth (1.07b) and 178/178 viewing angles.

The specification says that the FreeSync range is 55 - 75Hz so it can push beyond the native 60Hz refresh rate of the panel here, much like Acer's Predator XR341CK can. A flicker free backlight is used and low blue light modes are also included. It also includes a factory calibration. The stand offers tilt and height adjustments and can also be removed for VESA 100 mounting if you want. There are DisplayPort 1.2a, 2x Thunderbolt 2, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports included for connectivity. At least one of these USB 3.0 ports is Type-C with quick charging functionality. DP 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and Thunderbolt 2 support 3440 x 1440 @ 60Hz, with DP 1.2a being required to use AMD FreeSync with this model. 2 x 7W Maxx Audio speakers are also included along with a headphone port.

The screen is expected to be available shortly with a suggested retail price of $1199.99 in the US.

Source: LG (Korea)

 


Iiyama ProLite XUB3490WQSU 34" Ultra-wide Monitor
January 26th 2016

Iiyama are set to enter the popular 34" ultra-wide space with their new XUB3490WQSU display. The screen offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio. It's based on an IPS panel so offers the wide viewing angles and image stability we have come to expect from other models in this size. In other specs there is a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 320 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, sRGB colour space and 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC). Unlike some other screens in this size which are aimed at gamers, Iiyama have not focused on providing any overclocked refresh rate or support for G-sync/FreeSync here, helping to keep the cost down and aiming the screen more at general all-round use. There are 2x 3W integrated speakers, a headphone connection, PiP/PbP support and a low blue light filter mode.

There are DisplayPort, 3x HDMI (one is V2.0, one with MHL) and a 4 port USB hub (2x v2., 2x v3) included for connectivity and the stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments. The XUB3490WQSU will be launched across Europe and is now available at a retail price of €799 incl. VAT.

Source: Iiyama

 


Update: New Panels Coming This Year
January 19th 2016

Periodically we try to bring you news on the panels in production or planning from the key panel manufacturers. Knowing what panels they are working on can give us some early insight into the type of monitors we might expect to see later on once they are adopted by the manufacturers. The dates provided below are the expected dates for production of the panels themselves, so there's normally a good few months before we then see news of any monitors making use of them, and then a few more months lag before any screens are actually available. Still, it gives us a nice indication of developments we might see this year:

LG.Display continue to invest in their borderless neo-blade panels in varying sizes including 23.8", 27" and even 31.5" it seems. The main panel of note from LG.Display is the forthcoming LM375UW1 panels. This is 37.5" in size and will offer an unusual 3840 x 1600 resolution, giving it a perfect 2:4:1 aspect ratio. This is basically the same as 21:9 ultra-wide format but it is the exact aspect ratio of Blu-ray content so perhaps this has something to do with the developments in 4K Blu-ray this year. On a screen this size the pixel pitch should be very similar to the 40" 3840 x 2160 16:9 aspect ratio panels we've seen so far. The new panel is based on LG.Display's IPS technology with specs listed as 14ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 178/178 viewing angles. It is expected to go into production in Q3 2016.

The Samsung roadmaps are annoying as there’s no part numbers and limited specs listed, so it’s hard to try and decipher what panels are what. Looks like they will have a 31.5” panel with 2560 x 1440 res (QHD) with curved format and 144Hz refresh rate in Q3 2016. This is likely to be SVA technology based on the information we've seen in the past. Of interesting note also are two very large and unusual panels again planned for possible Q3 2016 production. These are 41" and 49" in size and a very, very wide 32:9 aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution as it is listed in the spec (not sure what that actually is although possibly 3840 x 1080)! Whether they will be used as monitor panels or not is questionable given the format but they were listed in the roadmap with other monitor modules. They have an 1800R curvature according to the preliminary specs. Finally Samsung have a 31.5" sized panel coming in Q3 also with a whopping 8K4K (7680 x 4320) resolution and Adobe RGB colour space coverage which clearly positions it as a premium professional grade panel.


Example appearance of the curve of the 49" 32:9 aspect ratio panels with 1800R curvature from 65cm viewing distance

AU Optronics have some limited information available as well. There are 30” and 35” ultra-wide curved panels coming in Q3 and Q2 respectively. These will be VA panel technology with 3440 x 1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate which would be a first at that resolution. In fact, this would push things beyond DP 1.2 bandwidth limitations as we understand it, so this might require the forthcoming DP 1.3 interface to be practical. In other specs they panels also offer 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 172/178 viewing angles and 2000R curvature.

Our detailed panel parts database has been updated as best we can with the new information.

 


Dell UltraSharp UP3017Q 30" OLED Monitor Announced
January 7th 2016

At CES yesterday Dell showcased their new flagship monitor, the first monitor in their range (and really the first mainstream-brand monitor on the market) to used and OLED display! The 30" sized UP3017Q offers some amazing specs and is aimed primarily at professional users. It's part of their UltraSharp Premium (UP) range of displays. The UP3017Q offers an UltraHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 and offers a wide colour gamut covering 100% of the Adobe RGB reference space and 97.8% of the DCI-P3 reference space. The colour depth is also 1.07b as well through what we assume will be a native 10-bit colour depth given the cost and specs. Black depth is a key benefit of OLED as well, and this screen can offer a typical contrast ratio of 400,000:1. The response time is also an amazing 0.1ms. One source is stating it has a 120Hz refresh rate although we have not seen that confirmed anywhere else, including the Dell press release so we remain sceptical on that part. Especially considering the target audience and bandwidth requirements at Ultra HD resolution.

Apparently it is provided with either a monitor arm or traditional stand. Connectivity wise we know it will; have a USB Type-C connection enabling single cable power, video and data connectivity with compatible systems. There also appears to be Thunderbolt featured.


Image courtesy of techradar.com

To prevent image burn-in, which can affect OLED, Dell has “incorporated a pixel shifting algorithm to prevent image burn-in.” Given the shorter life-time of OLED as well, a human motion sensor is incorporated to help turn off the display when not being used.

There's plenty of pics from CES at Engadget as well if you want to take a further look.

The Dell UltraSharp 30 OLED monitor will be available March 31, 2016 on Dell.com in the United States starting at $4,999. More information and detail when we get it in this article.

Source: Dell

 


ViewSonic Showcase XG Gaming Monitors at CES
January 6th 2016

With CES 2016 starting today in Las Vegas we are starting to see an influx of news pieces from the various monitor manufacturers. ViewSonic are showing off an interesting new range of gaming monitors at this years event. The XG Series promise ultra-fast response times, low input lag, and critical colour depth. he XG Series is specially engineered to meet the demanding needs of gamers and is loaded with the premium features needed to dominate and defeat any and all opponents. From gamer-inspired ergonomic design features like an integrated headphone hook and cable management, to Flicker-Free technology and Blue Light Filter for eye comfort, everything about ViewSonic’s XG Series has been considered with the gamer in mind to help.

XG2703-GS

ViewSonic’s XG2703-GS puts players right in the middle of the action with Quad HD 2560 x 1440 resolution and 165Hz capable IPS-type panel technology. This 27-inch flagship monitor provides exceptional colour and critical detail with ultra-wide viewing angles. For seamless gaming performance, the monitor is built with NVIDIA G-Sync technology that eliminates screen-tearing and stuttering for the smoothest game play. This looks to be a direct competitor to models like the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q and Acer XB271HU. The XG2703-GS will be available for a MSRP of $1,217.00 (USD) and starts shipping March

XG2401

The XG2401 is a 24-inch Full HD monitor packed with features like a 144Hz refresh rate, and AMD’s FreeSync variable refresh rate technology that eliminate screen tearing and stuttering for fluid gameplay during fast-paced action scenes. A blazing-fast 1ms response time (TN Film panel on this one) and low input lag provides smooth screen performance - even in the most graphic-intense sequences. For optimum speed and performance, SmartSync technology automatically selects the best refresh rate, response time, and lowest input lag needed in FPS games. A black stabilization function helps players spot enemies lurking in the dark, while maintaining brilliant rich colours and contrast. The XG2401 will be available for a MSRP of $404.00 (USD) and starts shipping late January.

XG2701

The 27-inch XG2701 Full HD monitor features an incredible 144Hz refresh rate and, AMD FreeSync technology, to help blow away the competition in fast action gaming. The monitor’s variable refresh rate capabilities eliminates screen tearing while a super-fast 1ms response time (TN Film panel) and low input lag provides smooth screen performance. SmartSync technology automatically selects the best refresh rate and response time, and also delivers ultra-low input lag needed in first person shooting games. The XG2701 comes with Game Mode features and a black stabilization function that helps with dark-on-dark images. The XG2701 will be available for a MSRP of $529.00 (USD) and starts shipping late January

XG2700-4K

The ViewSonic XG2700-4K Ultra HD LED gaming monitor delivers stunning visual definition and colour for highly immersive gameplay. The 27-inch monitor delivers 4K UHD (3840x2160) resolution and SuperClear IPS panel technology with over 8 million pixels of sharp and refined colour so players have an unmatched level of detail. In combination with AMD’s FreeSync Technology, the VX2700-4K delivers a consistent tear-free picture-perfect front of screen experience, while the fast 5ms response time and low input lag provide smooth performance. The Game Mode feature optimizes AAA visuals, while a black stabilization function helps target enemies hiding in the dark. This monitor includes future-proof connectivity including DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 so it can reach the maximum potential of any extreme graphics card and support 4K UHD resolution at 60Hz. The XG2700-4K will be available for a MSRP of $913.00 (USD) and starts shipping late January

Expect some additional information to emerge over the coming weeks and during CES and hopefully more detailed specs.

Source: ViewSonic

 


Acer XR342CK Ultrawide 34" Gaming Monitor Showcased
January 6th 2016

With CES 2016 starting today in Las Vegas we are starting to see an influx of news pieces from the various monitor manufacturers. Acer’s next generation XR series, the XR342CK monitor with an UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution and a 34-inch 21:9 panel with a 1900R curvature will be showcased at this years event. This looks to be an updated model to the XR341CK we reviewed back in July, which has only more recently been released to retail. Although expect there to be a fairly long time before this new model appears anywhere of course as it's only just being displayed at the CES event.

According to the info available in the press release many of the features appear to be similar to the old model, with and IPS panel, sRGB gamut, DTS sound speakers, AMD FreeSync, ambient light system, PiP/PbP and daisy chaining support are all provided as before. The press release does talk about a swivel function on the stand which would be a new and welcome feature enhancement to go along with the tilt and height adjustments that the old model also offered. The OSD controls have been reworked and now includes buttons at the rear of the screen as well as a joystick (JOG button) for more intuitive control.

Apparently in EMEA the XR342CK will be available in March with prices starting at €1,099. The new monitors will be gradually rolled out to other regions. Expect some additional information to emerge over the coming weeks and during CES and hopefully more detailed specs.

Source: Acer

 


Acer R1 and H7 Series Monitors Showcased at CES
January 6th 2016

With CES 2016 starting today in Las Vegas we are starting to see an influx of news pieces from the various monitor manufacturers. Acer yesterday announced the latest additions to its monitor line-up – the R1 series and H7 series. From Acer's press release:

Acer R1 Series – World’s Thinnest Monitor Enclosure Under 7mm, Perfect for Everyday Computing
The Acer R1 series monitors with ultra-thin enclosures under 7mm are ideal for everyday computing in any space. The stylish ZeroFrame design maximizes the view and minimizes visual clutter with a bezel so thin you barely notice it, providing a seamless viewing experience for multi-monitor setups.

Combining Acer Flicker-less and Blue Light Filter technologies with 5 to 15 degree adjustable tilt, the R1 series is easy on the eyes, providing a comfortable viewing experience. Green credentials feature EcoDisplay and ENERGY STAR 6.0 certification as well as mercury-free construction. The R1 series boasts Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and will be available in 21.5-, 23-, 23.8-, 25- and 27-inch screen sizes.


Acer H7 Series – World’s First USB Type-C Monitors
The Acer H7 series (pictured) monitors are the world’s first to support USB Type-C, so that users can conveniently transfer data and display content from notebooks or smartphones, while charging them at the same time through just one cable. With a premium ZeroFrame design, diamond-cut and brushed-metal stand, the Acer H7 series models are offered in 25-inch and 27-inch options. They also boast WQHD (2560 x 1440) display resolution, superior audio with Acer TrueHarmony and DTS™ Sound and come outfitted with super-fast USB Type-C and HDMI 2.0 ports. These features immerse the user in beautifully portrayed high-resolution content for the home or office.

The H7 series supports 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, delivering the color space reproduction desired by design professionals and visual enthusiasts for accurate color matching across applications and print output.
 

Source: Acer

 


Asus Showcase MG24UQ, MG28UQ and PG348Q  at CES
January 6th 2016

With CES 2016 starting today in Las Vegas we are starting to see an influx of news pieces from the various monitor manufacturers. Displayed for the first time will be the MG 4K Series gaming monitors. There are two models in sizes of 28" and 24", both sporting an Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution. The 28" MG28UQ features a TN Film panel with 1ms G2G response time, while the 24" MG24UQ (pictured) uses an IPS panel which we expect to have a response time spec around 4ms G2G on paper. Both offer VESA adaptive-sync support so should be FreeSync ready. Both monitors feature ASUS GamePlus in-game enhancements, ASUS GameVisual technology for optimized gaming visuals, and ASUS Ultra-Low Blue Light filter technology for comfortable viewing. No pricing or release dates listed yet.

Additionally Asus are also showcasing the long-awaited PG348Q, a 34" ultra-wide screen for gamers which we first heard about last June and provided more information on in September. The latest press release confirms the monitor will offer 3440 x 1440 resolution, a 100Hz overclocked refresh rate, NVIDIA G-sync support and a frameless panel design. Again, no word on pricing or release dates yet.

Expect some additional information to emerge on all 3 screens over the coming weeks and during CES.

Source: Asus

 

 

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