BenQ SW320 Flagship Photographer Monitor with HDR
BenQ have recently announced their new flagship SW320
photographer monitor, a 31.5-inch ultra HD display with class-leading colour
performance and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability. Spanning a wide colour
gamut covering 99% of Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB, Rec. 709, and the digital
cinema industry’s DCI-P3 colour space, SW320’s true 10-bit IPS panel and
advanced 14-bit lookup table (LUT) deliver spectacular colour quality with
precise ≤2 Delta E values.
“SW320 represents the pinnacle of BenQ colour-critical
display technology,” said Conway Lee, President of BenQ Corporation.
“This wide colour gamut HDR monitor takes professional imaging to new heights,
fulfilling the demanding and exacting requirements of photography
Spec wise the screen supports a 3840 x 2160 resolution,
5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth. The screen uses an IPS-type panel. It
offers tilt, swivel, rotate and height adjustments from the stand and there is
also an integrated card reader and 2x USB 3.0 ports.
Finished in a minimalist bezel and adjustable stand
design engineered to reduce reflection, SW320 provides comprehensive
connectivity, including a media card reader, USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0a, and
DisplayPort / mini DisplayPort 1.4 supporting Mac Thunderbolt output.
Interestingly this seems to be the first screen launched featuring DisplayPort
The refresh rate is listed as 60Hz only before anyone gets excited about the
additional bandwidth capability of DP 1.4. PiP and PbP are supported as well.
Some key features discussed in the press release:
The SW320 supports HDR signals through both its HDMI and
The SW320 can be hardware calibrated with a colorimeter
and Palette Master Element calibration software for professional work.
For an authentic and consistent viewing experience, SW320
achieves immaculate brightness uniformity through an additional uniformity
correction feature which works across the entire screen via a meticulous
fine-tuning process of hundreds of sub-regions with high-precision apparatus.
GamutDuo Mode allows simultaneous side-by-side display of content in two
different colour spaces, such as Adobe RGB and sRGB. Photos can also be viewed
in a black and white film effect, with three presets for photo previews prior
to post-processing adjustments.
The unique “Hotkey Puck” remote control enables instant switching between
colour modes and image settings, and the included detachable shading hood
works in both portrait and landscape orientations to block ambient light and
glare for superb colour accuracy.
No word on release date or price but expect this to be
expensive given its target market.
Philips 328P6VJEB Display with 31.5" UltraHD
Philips have announced
a new display that combines 'UltraClear' 4K
(3840 x 2160) resolution with the extra-wide colour gamut of 'UltraColor'
technology and advanced Vertical Alignment (VA) technology for super-high
contrast. The expansive 31.5-inch 328P6VJEB display gives users plenty of room
to spread out and enjoy vivid, detailed reproduction in Ultra High Definition.
With versatile connectivity and MHL support, it’s also designed to be
supremely easy to connect and enjoy.
“This new Philips Monitors display was
developed with professional users such as graphics designers, CAD engineers
and finance experts in mind,” comments Artem Khomenko, Product Manager
Philips monitors Europe at MMD. “These are people for whom accurate and
vivid on-screen reproduction of fine detail is key to staying productive and
effective at work. The combination of advanced colour and resolution
technologies makes this display a great fit for professional users looking for
extra colour accuracy and resolution at a highly affordable price point.”
The screen is 31.5" in size and offers a
3840 x 2160 resolution VA technology panel. In other specs it offers 4ms G2G
response time, 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth.
technology offers support for wide gamut content, covering 95% of the NTSC
gamut as opposed to the typical 72% that sRGB backlights deliver. There are
built in 2x 3W stereo speakers, an audio input, headphone jack, PiP and PbP
support and a 4 port USB 3.0 hub. Connectivity wise there are VGA, DL-DVI,
DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 (with MHL) offered. The stand supports tilt, height,
swivel and pivot adjustments.
The new Philips
display, with an RRP of
£ 599.00 GBP, will be available at the end of October.
LG UltraFine 4K and 5K Displays Designed for Mac
LG Electronics (LG) is introducing two new displays
designed specifically to integrate seamlessly with the newest MacBook and
MacBook Pro models. The new UltraFine 27-inch 5K display and its 21.5-inch 4K
display from LG are ideal for creating an expanded work space in the home or
office and the perfect complement for MacBook and MacBook Pro users who desire
expansive, high-quality resolution at all times.
27-Inch UltraFine 5K Monitor with Thunderbolt 3
Designed and optimized for the new MacBook Pro with
Thunderbolt 3 running macOS 10.12 and later, the stunning 27-inch UltraFine 5K
display appeals to a range of creatives, including video and photography
professionals. With a breathtaking resolution of 5120 x 2880 and 218 pixels
per inch (ppi), the colour reproduction capabilities of the UltraFine 5K
display allow it to cover 99 percent of the P3 colour space. What’s more, the
monitor’s advanced IPS display technology minimizes colour shift and colour
loss from any viewing angle, ensuring that users see the original content as
it was meant to be seen.
As the world’s first 5K display with Thunderbolt 3, LG’s
UltraFine 5K display has the capability to receive and transfer 5K video,
audio and data from the new MacBook Pro while simultaneously charging it
through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. The UltraFine 5K display features three
downstream USB Type-C ports for additional connectivity and power with
compatible accessories. Seamless macOS integration enables brightness and
volume control like built-in display without the need for physical buttons on
The front-facing camera and microphone works with
FaceTime and high fidelity integrated speakers enhanced by LG’s Rich Bass
feature completes the multimedia experience while a height and tilt-adjustable
stand maximizes user comfort.
21.5-Inch UltraFine 4K Monitor
With a density of 219ppi that gives this display the
ability to present sharp 4K resolution (4096 x 2304) image quality, the
UltraFine 4K display is the perfect companion for the MacBook while also
supporting the new MacBook Pro. The 21.5-inch model covers 99 percent of the
P3 spectrum, boasting vibrant brightness levels and an IPS panel capable of
providing more uniform colour expression. Featuring USB Type-C connectivity
for video, data and power over a single cable and Mac OS integration for
display control, the LG UltraFine 4K display offers three downstream USB
Type-C slots, a high-quality Rich Bass Speaker and an adjustable stand for
“We are excited to be introducing two highly advanced
displays capable of meeting the needs of even the most demanding Mac users,”
said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company “Not only do these
UltraFine displays offer stunning picture quality, they will usher in a new
age of connectivity, helping creative users achieve optimal efficiency in
their homes, studios or offices.”
LG 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K display will be available starting in November
and is listed on Apple's website at $699.99. The
LG 27-inch UltraFine 5K model will be available in early December
starting in the United States and is listed at $1299.95. Please visit
www.apple.com for more information on LG UltraFine displays and
details on pre-ordering the 21.5-inch 4K monitor.
Eizo EV2780 with USB Type-C Connectivity
Eizo have recently announced the release of the 27-inch
FlexScan EV2780, its first monitor with a USB Type-C terminal. With USB
Type-C, a single cable transmits video, audio, and USB signals and supports a
super speed transfer rate of up to 5 Gbps between the FlexScan EV2780 and
connected devices. In addition, the FlexScan EV2780 can supply up to 30 watts
of power for recharging notebook PCs and other devices via one USB Type-C
cable, eliminating the need for separate power cables.
The flexibility of a USB Type-C terminal makes the
FlexScan EV2780 versatile for both conventional offices as well as the
increasing number of “free address” offices where employees move around –
usually with their notebook PCs – to collaborate with other employees as
needed rather than work from an assigned space. The cabinet is essentially
bezel-less with a frame that is just 1 mm in width (with additional black
inner panel border). This minimalist design combined with a fully-flat surface
makes for seamless viewing. The cabinet is available in black or white with
cable colours to match. The FlexScan EV2780 features picture-by-picture
capability and numerous ergonomic and energy-saving features that make it
ideal for business environments such as trading rooms, control rooms, and back
The screen offers a 27" size with 2560 x 1440 resolution
IPS panel. It also offers 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and sRGB gamut. A built-in sensor
called Auto EcoView automatically adjusts the screen’s brightness in
accordance with the ambient brightness to trim power usage while reducing eye
fatigue. A preset mode called “Paper” mode reduces blue light for more
comfortable viewing. DisplayPort and HDMI inputs are offered and there are
also 2x 1W stereo speakers and a headphone jack provided. The stand offers a
full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
Newly-developed EIZO proprietary software called Screen
InStyle lets users assign a preset mode to applications and adjust the
circadian dimming and power settings. The settings can be applied to all
monitors in a multi-monitor setup eliminating the need to adjust each monitor
manually. A server app for Screen InStyle allows an administrator to control
the settings of all EV2780 units in an installation from a central location.
This is especially helpful for enterprises that want to ensure all units are
adjusted properly and the power-save settings are activated.
Eizo EV2456 and EV2451 Released for Business
EIZO recently announced the release of The 24.1-inch
FlexScan EV2456 and 23.8-inch FlexScan EV2451 monitors for business
environments such as trading rooms, back offices and control rooms. These
monitors feature a frameless design around all four sides. In addition, they
come with Eizo’s newest and most advanced ergonomic stand to maximize viewing
comfort offering tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments. The bezel sizes
are 1 mm on the sides and top and 4.6 mm on the bottom for both models,
although keep in mind there will be some black inner panel border too. The
surface is flat from edge to edge for virtually borderless viewing in dual or
multi-screen environments. Even with this slim bottom bezel the monitors
include electrostatic switches on the front of the screen for navigating the
on-screen display menu.
The EV2456 is a 24" 1920 x 1200 model while the EV2451 is
23.8" with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. Both have IPS panels. The specs also
offer a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, sRGB gamut, 178/178
viewing angles. The EV2456 has a 350 cd/m2 max brightness while the EV2451 has
250 cd/m2. Both offer DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D and VGA connections along with
a 2 port USB 3.0 hub. 2x 1W stereo speakers and a headphone jack are also
available. The screens are available in white and black colours.
Eizo's EcoView technologies are offered including an
ambient light sensor which can be handy for office environments with changing
ambient light. Newly-developed EIZO proprietary software called Screen InStyle
lets users adjust the colour, circadian dimming, and power settings of the
FlexScan EV2456 and EV2451. The settings can be applied to all monitors in a
multi-monitor setup eliminating the need to adjust each monitor manually. A
server application for Screen InStyle allows an administrator to control the
settings of compatible monitors in an installation from a central location.
This is especially helpful for enterprises that want to ensure all units are
adjusted properly and the power-save settings are activated.
LG.Display Panel Development Update October
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 in the future.
LG.Display are focusing some of their panel development efforts on high end
requirements, investing in large panels which support 8K resolutions and also
HDR as a new development. There are also continued developments in the
ultra-wide market, with high refresh rates for gaming. They are also interested
in expanding their borderless "neo-blade" panels, reducing the panel borders
even further and introducing 3 and 4-side borderless designs in a wide range of
8K panel -
We already knew about their 31.5" sized IPS panel which showed up on roadmaps
back in June. As a re-cap, and with a bit of new information, this will
offer a massive 7680 x 4320 ("8K") resolution, delivering 280 PPI. It also
provides a 4-side borderless design and the spec boasts a 1300:1 contrast ratio,
400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth and 100% Adobe
RGB gamut coverage. This panel is expected to go in to production in March 2017.
- We are now starting to see HDR (High Dynamic Range) appear in panel
roadmaps, which is something that's been around a little while now in the TV
space. LG.Display are planning a commercial panel which is 27" in size and Ultra
HD Premium certified. This will offer a 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS panel (163
PPI), 400 (typ) - 1000 cd/m2 (peak) brightness, Adobe RGB gamut and 10-bit
colour depth. This 27" commercial panel is expected to go in to production in
May 2017. In the consumer market there is also a planned 31.5" sized panel with
HDR. This is a 3840 x 2160 resolution IPS panel (140 PPI) with 4-side borderless
design, 350 - 550 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit+FRC colour depth and sRGB gamut. This
31.5" consumer panel is expected to go in to production in February 2017.
rate Ultra-wides - Away from those high end requirements LG.Display are also
investing further in curved ultra-wide IPS panels. Of note is the planned 37.5"
sized panel following on from those already available today, such as that used
in the impressive
LG 38UC99 display. These 37.5" panels offer a 3840 x 1600 resolution and
24:10 aspect ratio. While current panels are limited to 75Hz maximum refresh
rate, a 144Hz compatible version is planned for Q4 2017 (so a long way
away yet). This is expected to offer a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness, 8-bit+FRC colour depth, sRGB gamut and 2300R curvature. 3840 x 1600
@ 144Hz will require bandwidth support beyond current DisplayPort 1.2 interfaces
which will be a large reason for the delay in production for another year. At
least it is planned!
also appears from the latest roadmap that the planned 34" IPS panel at 3440 x
1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate may be delayed a little. We originally
had this down for production in Q1 2017 but it looks like it might have been
pushed back to Q3 2017 now. Again this delay is likely due to complications with
utilising more modern DisplayPort interfaces than 1.2. As a reminder, this panel
will offer 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit+FRC colour depth,
sRGB gamut and 1900R curvature. It has a 3-side borderless design as well. Lower
refresh rate versions are of course already available and widely used in the 34"
market. The delay is with the hotly anticipated 144Hz refresh rate version.
The 34" 2560 x 1080
resolution IPS panel at 144Hz refresh rate is already in production now
thankfully, supporting FreeSync, and we believe already used in the LG 34UC79G
(review coming soon when we receive a unit). LG.Display are also planning to
combine this panel with G-sync for 144Hz support which will apparently go in to
development in January 2017. These 34" IPS panels offer a 1000:1 contrast ratio,
250 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit colour depth, sRGB gamut and 3800R curvature. They
also have a 3-side borderless design as well.
Just to make the distinction as well, we are talking about LG.Display as a
panel manufacturers here, not LG as a monitor manufacturer. Once panels go
in to mass production it's usually 2 - 3 months before we see them picked
up by any monitor manufacturer, and then another couple of months usually
before those monitors are widely available to buy.
We have updated our
panel parts database with all this new information as well where possible
although part numbers are not known in many cases.
Sharp Showcase 27" Prototype with 8K Res,
At this years CEATEC event in Japan, Sharp showcased a
new prototype display with some very impressive specs. The screen is based on
Sharp's own IGZO technology (IPS-type) and offers a 27" screen size with 7680
x 4320 ("8K") resolution which delivers 326 PPI (pixels per inch). 8K has 4
times as many pixels as 4K and 16 times more than Full HD. This screen also
supports 120Hz refresh rate at 8K resolution and has support for 10-bit colour
depth, wide colour gamut and HDR (High Dynamic Range), including a 1000 cd/m2
peak brightness capability.
Photos from the event suggest that the screen is being
powered via 8x DisplayPort cables, which goes to show the kind of bandwidth
required to run this resolution, refresh rate and with HDR. The screen was
also showcased at IFA 2016 earlier this year but with a black chassis colour,
where it was confirmed 16z HDMI ports were being used instead. We're not sure
which is required, but that's pretty irrelevant anyway.
Being a prototype, it's probably more about experimenting
with what might be possible in the future. Don't expect to see this kind of
screen appear for retail any time soon, if ever. If it did, no doubt the price
tag would be very high!
BenQ EX3200R with 144Hz VA Panel and FreeSync
BenQ are about to release an interesting new display, their EX3200R. This screen
is 31.5" in size and features a VA (believed to be a Samsung SVA) panel offering
a high refresh rate of 144Hz. Despite the large screen size, the EX3200R only
has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, which will look very big on a screen that size.
It's probably going to be well suited to gaming needs, where the 1080p
resolution is easier to power at 144Hz, but we are a bit concerned about the
text size and picture quality for other uses given such a low resolution. It is
marketed as an "entertainment monitor" so that will be its primary use, and even
supports 24P, 25P and 30P movie playback specifically.
The panel has a 1800R curve and offers a 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 static
contrast ratio (a strength of VA technology), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles, 8-bit colour depth and sRGB colour gamut. A flicker free
backlight and low blue light mode options are offered as normal with BenQ
monitors nowadays. FreeSync support is offered with a dynamic range of 45 -
The stand offers tilt and height adjustments and there are DisplayPort 1.2a,
Mini DP, HDMI 1.4 and a headphone jack provided for connectivity. PiP and PbP
are also supported.
ViewSonic XG2703-GS with 165Hz IPS Panel and
This display was shown off
back in January at CES 2016 and was part of ViewSonic's new XG gaming
series. Only recently has ViewSonic announced it has started to ship this
display. The XG2703-GS is a 27" screen featuring a 2560 x 1440 IPS-type panel,
overclocked 165Hz refresh rate (144Hz native) and NVIDIA G-sync support.
NVIDIA ULMB is also provided for blur reduction benefits and the screen is
firmly aimed at hardcore gamers. In other specs the screen offers a 4ms G2G
response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing
angles, 16.7m colour depth, sRGB gamut.
ViewSonic’s XG2703-GS has a number of features for gamers
to go the next level, including adaptive contrast control, dark boost and
customizable “game mode” settings. Adaptive contrast control allows the
XG2703-GS to dynamically adjust the contrast for an optimal contrast level in
any gaming situation. Dark Boost adjusts the monitor’s gamma curve to enrich
the dark tones in a scene, revealing enemies lurking in the dark. ViewSonic’s
Game Mode hotkey provides pre-calibrated settings that deliver an amazing
blend of colours and technology for specific gaming scenarios.
The XG2703-GS monitor also comes with versatile
connectivity options including DisplayPort and HDMI inputs along with a 4 port
USB hub. The screen is flicker free and has low blue light modes as well. The
display also features fully adjustable ergonomic stand capabilities with
swivel, pivot, tilt and height adjustment, as well as an integrated headphone
hook and cable management ring to help reduce clutter and keep gaming space
free from extraneous cords.
Beginning October, major e-tailers will carry the
XG2703-GS for an MSRP of $913.00 (USD). Our friends over at
Pcmonitors.info already have a review of this screen as well.
Dell U3417W and U2917W Appear on Dell.com
The updated 29" and 34" models from Dell have been on the cards for several
months, with early information
leaked back in May and then some further detail on the 34" model
appearing in August. The new screens have now finally appeared on several
regional Dell.com websites, so we have firm and official information on each
The 34" U3417W will replace the U3415W from 2014 and offers some very similar
specs and features. The curved (1900R, twice as much as the old model which was
3800R) ultra-wide screen offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, IPS
technology panel, 5ms G2G response time (fast mode), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 99% sRGB gamut and 1.07b colour depth.
Connectivity wise the screen offers 1x DisplayPort, 1x Mini DP, 1x DP out (for
daisy chaining), 2x HDMI 2.0m, a 4 port USB 3.0 hub (2 with fast charging
support) and a headphone jack. There are PiP and PbP functions available, 2x 9W
stereo speakers and a stand with tilt, height and swivel adjustments. Dell even
specifically mention the screen is flicker free (as was the U3415W by the way,
although not promoted by Dell), and has low blue light modes so looks like
they've finally jumped on the band-wagon with other manufacturers and are
focusing on eye care. There is also a factory calibration with dE <3 offered.
The 29" U2917W will replace the U2913WM from 2012 and offers a flat screen with
2560 x 1080 resolution but most of the rest of the spec and features are the
same as the 34" model. There is an 8-bit colour depth with 16.7m colour support
and it is factory calibrated this time with a dE of <2. There are no speakers on
this model either.
No word on UK release or price yet but we will update this news piece and our
Twitter feed when we hear more. We are planning to review the 34" U3417W at some
U2917W (will need translation for the 29")
LG 34UC79G Ultra-wide 34" with 144Hz IPS Panel
The LG34UC79G is set to be the World's first 34" Ultrawide with a 144Hz refresh
rate IPS panel. Before you get too exciting, this isn't the first screen to
offer 3440 x 1440 at 144Hz sadly, but instead sticks to a smaller 2560 x 1080
resolution. The screen does mark the arrival of the first high refresh rate IPS
panel from LG.Display though which should be interesting, as previous screens
(ignoring the overclocked IPS LG.Display panels up to 100Hz) with native high
refresh rates have come from AU Optronics and their rival AHVA technology. We
knew about this LG.Display 144Hz IPS panel production
back in June, and this 1080p resolution panel went in to production in
August. The 1440p version isn't expected to go in to production until Q1 2017 so
there's still a fair wait before we will see 3440 x 1440 @ 144Hz IPS panels
we're afraid. Those will also require DP 1.3 / 1.4 interfaces to function as
well which have yet to be incorporated in any announced monitor.
The screen is curved, with a 3800R curvature and offers a 4ms G2G response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit colour depth and 178/178
viewing angles. AMD FreeSync support is available and LG also talk about their
"one millisecond blur reduction feature" which we gather will be a
strobing blur reduction backlight integrated in to the screen (not available at
the same time as FreeSync).
There are also a couple of other gaming extras added.
There is DAS (Dynamic Action Sync), which
apparently minimises input lag, and the ‘Black Stabilizer’ which artificially
boosts dark shades so they appear lighter and more detail is available in dark
areas. The monitor also offers a crosshair option which adds a fixed
target to the centre of the screen to increase accuracy during FPS games and a
mouse line hook to prevent drag resistance caused by the mouse’s cable.
Tilt and height adjustments are offered from the stand. There are DisplayPort,
2x HDMI and 2x USB 3.0 ports offered (one with fast charging support). The
screen is flicker free also.
Visitors to the LG booth (Hall 18) at IFA 2016 will be able to experience LG’s
new 21:9 UltraWide monitors for themselves from September 2-7. No word on price
or availability yet.
Update 9/9/16: We are expecting to receive a
review unit of this screen very soon. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for
updates and an ETA on the review.
Update 2/10/16: Our full review is now live:
LG 38UC99 Ultra-wide 37.5" Curved Monitor Announced