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2016 Archive

December 2016:

LG 32UD99 with 32" Ultra HD Panel and HDR
BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 with 240Hz TN Film Panel
AOC AGON AG251FZ with 240Hz TN Film Panel
BenQ SW320 Flagship Photographer Monitor with HDR

November 2016:

Philips 328P6VJEB Display with 31.5" UltraHD Panel
LG UltraFine 4K and 5K Displays Designed for Mac Users
Eizo EV2780 with USB Type-C Connectivity
Eizo EV2456 and EV2451 Released for Business Users

October 2016:

LG.Display Panel Development Update October 2016
Sharp Showcase 27" Prototype with 8K Res, HDR, 120Hz
BenQ EX3200R with 144Hz VA Panel and FreeSync
ViewSonic XG2703-GS with 165Hz IPS Panel and G-sync
Dell U3417W and U2917W Appear on Dell.com

September 2016:

LG 34UC79G Ultra-wide 34" with 144Hz IPS Panel
LG 38UC99 Ultra-wide 37.5" Curved Monitor Announced
Acer Predator XB251HQT with 240Hz Refresh Rate
Acer Predator XB271HUT with Tobii Eye-tracking Sensor
Philips BDM4037UW With Curved 40" VA Panel

August 2016:

ViewSonic VP2468 for Budget Professional Uses
Acer Predator Z271 with 144Hz VA Panel and G-sync
AOC U3277PWQU with UltraHD 31.5" VA Panel
Samsung C24FG70 Curved Gaming Screen with VA Panel
Samsung CF791 Ultra-wide with 100Hz VA Panel and FreeSync
Dell U3417W Information Starts to Emerge
Dell SE2717H with IPS Panel and FreeSync Support
Dell S2417DG Gaming Screen with 165Hz and G-sync

 


LG 32UD99 with 32" Ultra HD Panel and HDR
December 15th 2016

LG are set to showcase a new 32" monitor at the CES 2017 event in Las Vegas next month. The 32UD99 will offer an ultra HD resolution and support HDR content which is starting to become more widely adopted in the desktop monitor market. The LG press release says:

"To stay one step ahead of the rapid proliferation of HDR content, LG’s 32-inch UHD 4K monitor (model 32UD99) with ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution supports the HDR10 standard, which delivers enhanced brightness levels and a wide colour gamut. Compatibility with the HDR10 standard increases the monitor’s peak brightness, enabling users to edit movies and photographs much more comfortably.

In addition, the 32UD99 is equipped with an IPS panel and displays over 95% of the DCI-P3 colour space, making it ideal for media content creators of all expertise who will appreciate features such as True Color Pro for colour reproduction accuracy unmatched in the industry. With the recent introduction of a new generation of HDR capable games consoles, the 32UD99 is well-equipped to meet the increasing demands of players world over as HDR gaming becomes the new standard in home entertainment.

Along with its elegant, stunning profile, the 32UD99 turns heads even when powered off. The monitor’s USB Type-C port minimizes the number of unsightly cables while its borderless edges and slim ArcLine stand complete its refined image. Requiring only a single cable to stream images to a 4K display, charge a connected laptop and execute data transfers simultaneously, the 32UD99 is able to reduce cable clutter, which adds to its streamlined appearance. And the monitor’s built-in speakers pack a punch with LG’s Rich Bass technology for a full-bodied audio experience."

Expect to see more information and specs during CES in January.
 

Additional Displays: There is also mention in the press release of a new 34" utlra-wide 34UM79M which is the world’s first Chromecast-enabled multimedia monitor, allowing users to seamlessly stream their favourite movies, music, games and more from mobile devices directly to the monitor. There's also a new 34" gaming ultra-wide which will be the 34UC99 apparently, equipped with AMD FreeSync technology, 1ms Motion Blur Reduction, Dynamic Action Sync, Black Stabilizer and other features to maximize the PC gaming experience.

Update 17/1/17 - The screen is expected to market in the first half of April at an expected retail price around £950 GBP.

Source: LG

 


BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 with 240Hz TN Film Panel
December 15th 2016

We've seen a few screens announced so far featuring the new generation of 240Hz native refresh rate TN Film panels from AU Optronics. There was the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q and the Acer Predator XB251HQT talked about briefly earlier this year, but official press releases and sample availability have still yet to emerge. What we did know was that these screens were 24.5" in size and offered a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel, supporting a native refresh rate of 240Hz and a 1ms G2G response time. Those two models from Asus and Acer were paired with NVIDIA G-sync support as well. We've also recently seen the AOC AGON AG251FZ announced with FreeSync support instead.

Not to be out-done, BenQ have also announced their competing model, the ZOWIE XL2540. This offers the same 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel with 1ms G2G response time and 240Hz native refresh rate specs. It also offers 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles. Connections are provided for VGA, DL-DVI, 2x HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2. A headphone and mic jack are also provided. There's no mention in the spec of G-sync or FreeSync support on this model.

As you can see from the picture above, the XL2540 comes with BenQ's new Shield. The adjustable angle and removable design allows Shield to adopt various environments according to preference, blocking out distractions and helping the user focus on the game they are playing. Additionally BenQ's Black eQualizer and Color Vibrance features are included for tweaking the screens appearance and optimising the gaming experience. A fully adjustable stand with measurements is provided and also BenQ's S-switch add on for helping quickly switch settings and presets.

No mention of price or availability yet.

Source: BenQ

 


AOC AGON AG251FZ with 240Hz TN Film Panel
December 15th 2016

We've seen a few screens announced so far featuring the new generation of 240Hz native refresh rate TN Film panels from AU Optronics. There was the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q and the Acer Predator XB251HQT talked about briefly earlier this year, but official press releases and sample availability have still yet to emerge. What we did know was that these screens were 24.5" in size and offered a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel, supporting a native refresh rate of 240Hz and a 1ms G2G response time. Those two models from Asus and Acer were paired with NVIDIA G-sync support as well.

AOC have now announced their own version of this screen (note they classify this as 25" in size, although technically the panel is 24.5"), offering the same 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time and 240Hz native refresh rate. Their offering supports AMD FreeSync though instead of NVIDIA G-sync. In other specs there is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. Connections include VGA, DVI, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2a and 4x USB 3.0. There is also an audio in/out connection and a microphone connection.

AOC also talk about a specific Low Input Lag mode on this screen which might be an effective way of minimising lag. There's also a Shadow Control function that helps improve dark areas in games. In addition, the QuickSwitch keypad allows players to quickly switch between presets tailored to the demands of FPS, racing or RTS games.

For a comfortable user’s posture, the Ergo Dial ergonomic stand provides several ways of changing the monitor position to perfection, with height adjustment accompanied by a scale to mark the preferred placement. The monitor can also be tilted, swivelled or pivoted from landscape to portrait mode. What is more, the stand comes with a handle, making it easy to carry the monitor to and from LAN parties, for example. Over hours-long gaming sessions, users’ eyes are protected by advanced technologies: the Flicker-free technology diminishes unpleasant flickering to a minimum and the Low Blue Light mode reduces harmful blue light, whilst ensuring that just the right amount of blue light is emitted for accurate colour reproduction.

The AG251FZ will hit the stores in January 2017 for an MSRP of £449. We will see if we can get hold of a sample for review in the very near future.

Source: AOC

 


BenQ SW320 Flagship Photographer Monitor with HDR
December 15th 2016

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 enthusiasts.”

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 1.4 connectivity. 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 DisplayPort inputs.

  • 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.

Source: BenQ (screen spec)

 


Philips 328P6VJEB Display with 31.5" UltraHD Panel
November 3rd 2016

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. UltraColor 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 328P6VJEB display, with an RRP of £ 599.00 GBP, will be available at the end of October.

Source: Philips

 


LG UltraFine 4K and 5K Displays Designed for Mac Users
November 3rd 2016

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 display.

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 enhanced ergonomics.

“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.”

The 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.

Source: LG

 


Eizo EV2780 with USB Type-C Connectivity
November 3rd 2016

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 offices.

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.

Source: Eizo

 


Eizo EV2456 and EV2451 Released for Business Users
November 3rd 2016

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.

Source: Eizo

 


LG.Display Panel Development Update October 2016
October 20th 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 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 panel sizes.

  • 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.
     

  • HDR development - 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.
     

  • High refresh 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!

Unfortunately it 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, HDR, 120Hz
October 20th 2016

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!

Source: PCwatch

 


BenQ EX3200R with 144Hz VA Panel and FreeSync
October 3rd 2016

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 - 144Hz.

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.

Source: BenQ

 


ViewSonic XG2703-GS with 165Hz IPS Panel and G-sync
October 3rd 2016

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.

Source: ViewSonic

 


Dell U3417W and U2917W Appear on Dell.com
October 3rd 2016

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 model now.

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 point soon.

Source: Dell U3417W and U2917W (will need translation for the 29")

 


LG 34UC79G Ultra-wide 34" with 144Hz IPS Panel
September 1st 2016

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.

Source: LG

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: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/reviews/lg_38uc99.htm

 


LG 38UC99 Ultra-wide 37.5" Curved Monitor Announced
September 1st 2016

Targeted as the "perfect workstation monitor for visual content creators, data crunchers and other multitasking professionals", LG are set to showcase their massive 37.5" curved screen at this years IFA event in Berlin. LG refer to it as a 38" model, although technically the panel is 37.5" in size. The 38UC99 offers a 3840 x 1600 resolution with a 2:4:1 aspect ratio, and uses an IPS panel from LG.Display. In other specs, there is a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 99% sRGB gamut, 10-bit colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. It looks like this will be a rival to the Acer XR382CQK which was announced back in June with similar specs and features.

The press release talks also about a "one millisecond Motion Blur Reduction feature (which) streamlines game play by minimizing afterimages that often occur in fast-paced games". This seems to imply it will have some kind of blur reduction backlight perhaps, although the refresh rate of this model is limited to 75Hz so it remains to be seen how that might function if it is available. AMD FreeSync (52 - 75Hz range) is supported on this model, so it must be some built in blur reduction feature if it is indeed offered on this model.

As the first Ultra-Wide monitor to feature a USB Type-C port, the 38UC99 offers a peek at the future of connectivity. The advanced port allows users to transmit content and data as well as charge another device such as a smartphone or laptop at the same time, all with single code helping eliminate clutter. The monitor also includes capabilities to customize display options with just a few clicks of the mouse and store customized colour settings with the easy-to-use Onscreen Control software and My Display Preset.

And the 38UC99 is just as suitable for entertainment as it is for workplace efficiency. With two 10W built-in Bluetooth compatible speakers, the 38UC99 offers Rich Bass audio output in the 85Hz bass range. This impressive audio system improves the entire user experience with its deep, rich sound. 2x HDMI and DisplayPort inputs are offered as well as the previously mentioned USB Type-C port. DP and USB Type-C can support the full native res and refresh rate, but DP is needed for adaptive sync usage from a compatible graphics card. Tilt and height adjustments are offered from the stand. There are also 2x USB 3.0 ports available with fast-charging support. The screen is flicker free also.

No word on price or availability yet but the screen is being showcased at IFA 2016 in Berlin starting 2nd Sept. Visitors to the LG booth (Hall 18) at IFA 2016 will be able to experience LG’s new 21:9 Ultra-Wide monitors for themselves from September 2-7.

Source: LG

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. The 38UC99 will be available to buy exclusively from Overclockers.co.uk in the UK initially. They are expecting stock end of Sept/early October although initial shipment is likely to be only 100 units so will be snapped up quickly no doubt. It's available to pre-order now at £989.99 GBP (inc VAT) here.

 


Acer Predator XB251HQT with 240Hz Refresh Rate
September 1st 2016

There's very little information about this screen in the Acer press release, which is more about the fact that this will be one of their new models to feature Tobii eye-tracking sensor technology (also see the new XB271HUT and Z271T detailed below). We can make some assumptions though from the spec we know, and the fact that this will likely be a direct rival to the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q which we do know more about already.

The Acer press release does confirm this new XB251HQT will feature a 24.5" sized screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA G-sync support. From our knowledge of the new panels in production from the various manufacturers, we know this to be a TN Film panel from AU Optronics, and will also be used by Asus for their equivalent PG258Q screen. This is a native 240Hz refresh rate which will be interesting to see in action once these screens start to appear.

Rather than speculate, we will update this news piece when we get any more info on this display. No word on price or release yet.

Source: Acer

 


Acer Predator XB271HUT with Tobii Eye-tracking Sensor
September 1st 2016

It's been quite some time since the Acer Predator XB271HU was released. This was an update to the very good and popular XB270HU we reviewed back in February 2015. It had a few updates including a new design, a slightly boosted refresh rate overclock to 165Hz and a move to a G-sync v2 module which now offered HDMI input as well as DisplayPort. Acer have now announced a modified version of the XB271HU, which will be called the XB271HUT. The 'T' stands for "Tobii eye-tracking" as the new version will include a sensor which allows the user to interact with games and other applications that support this technology (such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided) by using eye movement.

The rest of the spec and features we expect to be the same as the existing XB271Hu, although this isn't confirmed in the press release yet. We do know it will feature a 2560 x 1440 resolution IPS-type panel with 165Hz overclocked refresh rate and NVIDIA G-sync support. Have a look at the spec for the XB271HU which should give you a good idea of what to expect from this revised T model.

The XB271HUT version is expected to be available around December and will no doubt carry a slightly higher price tag than the XB271HU regular version and suggested retail price of 899 Euro.

Source: Acer

 


Philips BDM4037UW With Curved 40" VA Panel
September 1st 2016

Featuring a fairly subtle 3000R curvature, the new Philips BDM4037UW will offer users a large 40" screen based on a VA technology panel. The screen offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution along with a 4ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 1.07 billion colour depth (8-bit +FRC), 85% NTSC gamut (slightly extending beyond the normal 72% coverage of sRGB) and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen is flicker free also.

The stand offers only a tilt adjustment and there are VGA, 2x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 1.4 and 1x HDMI 2.0 ports offered. Both HDMI ports also support MHL. 4x USB 3.0 ports are included, one with fast charging support. Integrated 2x 5W speakers and audio in/headphone out are also featured. Various Picture by Picture (PbP) and Picture in Picture (PiP) configurations can be used which are useful on a screen this size.

The screen is being showcased at IFA 2016 from 2nd Sept in Berlin.

Update 25/1/17: The new Philips BDM4037UW display, with an RRP of £589, is available now.

Source: Philips

 


ViewSonic VP2468 for Budget Professional Uses
August 24th 2016

ViewSonic have recently announced their new VP2468 display, positioned for the pro-sumer/ budget professional section for photography, design and content creation applications. The screen is 23.8" in size and features a 4 side zero-bezel design. The focus of this screen has been on providing colour accuracy and reliability and has been co-developed with X-rite in fact. Key features include a factory calibration to DeltaE < 2,  hardware calibration support (or "Colorbration" as ViewSonic have called it!), preset colour modes with EBU and REC709, pre-calibrated uniformity correction, a 14-bit and 3D LUT, 5 Gamma setting and 6-axis colour adjustment. The hardware calibration function works with X-rite CS-XRi1, I1 Display pro, i1 Pro 2 calibrator tools. The uniformity correction feature helps improve uniformity to within 5%.

The screen is based on an IPS panel with a standard sRGB gamut (99% coverage). Spec wise there is a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.

The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments and there are HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DP and 4x USB 3.0 connections offered. The backlight is flicker free and low blue light modes are also included for additional eye care.

The screen has an MSRP of only $326 which is very reasonable for a model with these features.

Source: ViewSonic

 


Acer Predator Z271 with 144Hz VA Panel and G-sync
August 24th 2016

This isn't a model we've seen listed before, but the 27" Z271 (full name Z271 bmiphz) has appeared on Acer's website and looks to be an interesting option for gamers in their Predator range. The screen is based on a 1920 x 1080 resolution VA panel, which offers a refresh rate of 144Hz and is paired with NVIDIA G-sync for dynamic refresh rates. The panel is curved with an 1800R curvature and offers a 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio (we believe, although their website oddly states 1000:1), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. This looks like it will be using a Samsung VA panel which matches the spec.

The screen offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments and there are DisplayPort and HDMI inputs offered. Integrated speakers are included and the backlight is flicker free.

The Z271 is available now for ~$599 USD

Update 1/9/16: This new Acer press release confirms this screen will also be available as the Z271T around October at a price of 799 Euro. This T model will feature Tobii eye-tracking sensor technology as well.

Source: Acer

 


AOC U3277PWQU with UltraHD 31.5" VA Panel
August 24th 2016

AOC are set to release a new 31.5 inch sized screen in their range aimed at CAD/CAM, photography and website design primarily. The U3277PWQU features a VA panel with Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and a spec more aimed at semi professional users. For instance, the backlight offers a wide colour gamut with 95% NTSC coverage (a typical backlight would be ~72% NTSC for reference), 100% sRGB and support for 1.07 billion colours. In other specs there is a 4ms G2G response time, 3000:1 static contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. We are not aware of any VA panel production in this size from the likes of Samsung or AUO, so it looks like the screen is based on an Innolux panel most likely.

Connectivity wise D-sub, DVI-D, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort are offered with the HDMI and DP supporting the full resolution at 60Hz. Integrated speakers are also included and the stand offers tilt, swivel, 180mm height and pivot functions. The screen is also advertised as flicker free.

The screen is expected to be released in September for a very reasonable MSRP of £549 GBP

Source: AOC

 


Samsung C24FG70 Curved Gaming Screen with VA Panel
August 19th 2016

Samsung are showcasing an interesting new monitor at this years Gamescom event in Germany. This is the first of their CFG70 series and is a 24" sized model.

The CFG70 is 24" in size (well actually, we believe it to be 23.6" strictly) with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and has a so-called 'super arena' design with a 1800R curvature. The screen is based on a VA panel and therefore offers the performance characteristics of that technology including a 3000:1 contrast ratio and 178/178 viewing angles spec. However, rather unusually (and perhaps bravely) for this technology Samsung are touting a 1ms MPRT response time along with a 144Hz refresh rate. We suspect that the true response times won't reach down to that level without some very severe overshoot but we will wait and see. AMD FreeSync is also supported over HDMI and DisplayPort on this screen. It looks like it will be based on the 23.6" VA panel we brought you news about in June (LSM236HP02).

Flicker free backlighting and low blue light mode options are included. Interestingly a 125% sRGB colour gamut coverage is also reported thanks to Quantum Dot technology, giving a boost in vibrancy that some people may like. An unusually designed stand and arm provides tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.

The screen has integrated sound and also an interactive LED lighting system which works in sync with the game sound according to the press release. For added game management convenience, Samsung has equipped the CFG70 monitor with its user-friendly Gaming UX OSD interface. During competition, gamers can view and adjust all essential settings through a single-source on-screen dashboard. A series of easily-accessible shortcut hot keys located on the front and back of the monitor give gamers even more options to quickly update frequently-used gameplay parameters. This is combined with a joystick control for easy use.

The C24FG70 is expected to be released in October at a retail price of 449 Euro.

Samsung are also releasing a 27" model (assume this will be the C27FG70) which offers similar features, specs and design. That model will have NVIDIA G-sync support as opposed to AMD FreeSync that the 24" model has.

Source: Samsung and video

 


Samsung CF791 Ultra-wide with 100Hz VA Panel and FreeSync
August 19th 2016

The CF791 is a premium curved monitor expected to arrive in the second half of 2016. It is 34" in size with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio and VA panel. The panel offers a 4ms G2G response time and a 100Hz refresh rate which is bound to interest gamers, providing a decent alternative to the 100Hz IPS models currently available. We expect this is the first showing of the LTM340YP03 panel we brought you news about in June. AMD FreeSync is also supported for dynamic refresh rates over both DisplayPort and HDMI.

It is the World's most curved monitor apparently with 1800R curvature and comes in a white and silver design and has a 3-side frameless design. The Quantum Dot technology used offers a 125% sRGB gamut coverage for more vivid colours, although we have our reservations about whether this will really be a good thing. It will depend on your uses, but wider gamut than sRGB is often problematic and carries with it colour management complications.

There is tilt and height adjustment available from the stand and the screen can also be VESA mounted if needed. There are integrated 7W speakers as well on this model. Picture By Picture and Picture In Picture are also offered.

Samsung talk in the press video about some of the advantages of VA technology, including the 3000:1 static contrast ratio offered, delivering great black depth and details in darker content. They also talk about how the VA panel tech has less 'light leakage' (as they put it) than IPS panels, which suffer from the well-known IPS-glow on dark content. It's true a lot of the early curved ultra-wide IPS models have also had issues with backlight bleed as well as this glow, and it seems Samsung are aware of this and hopefully looking at ways to offer better quality control.

Additionally Samsung are releasing the CF591 and CF581 are also being released in a 27" size, again with a 1800R curvature and 3-side bezel-less design and ultra-thin profile. The 27" models support 4ms G2G response time, AMD FreeSync and 119% sRGB gamut coverage. HDMI, D-sub and DisplayPort connections are offered.

Source: Samsung

 


Dell U3417W Information Starts to Emerge
August 3rd 2016

Back in May we brought you some early information about forthcoming Dell monitors which was leaked accidentally by Dell at the time. Amongst those new screens was a planned refresh of the popular U3415W (reviewed back in March 2015) display, this time carrying the U3417W product code.

Some more information has started to emerge about this new screen, although it has yet to officially appear on Dell.com it seems. The information available at the moment confirms the following:

  • It is a 34" ultra-wide screen with a curved format like the old model it replaces. No surprises there

  • It maintains the same 3440 x 1440 resolution, but only has a 60Hz refresh rate and not any overclocked refresh rate. That's not really surprising given this is part of Dell's UltraSharp range, and not aimed at gaming specifically, but some people will no doubt be disappointed it doesn't offer something higher.

  • There are a wide range of connections with HDMI 2.0, MHL, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and 4x USB 3.0 ports offered along with an audio out.

  • There are also 18W integrated speakers (is that 2x 9W like the U3415W?)

  • The stand offers tilt, 115mm height and swivel adjustments

  • The design does seem to be a little different to the old model as shown in the images here.

We will report back when we see more firm information and specs from Dell which is likely to be quite soon we expect. No word on pricing or availability yet either.

 


Dell SE2717H with IPS Panel and FreeSync Support
August 3rd 2016

Dell's new SE2717H is something a little different to their wide range of UltraSharp screens which seem to dominate their monitor sector. This new 27" sized model sports a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS panel and adds FreeSync support for a gaming audience. This is Dell's first screen to support FreeSync and the advertised refresh rate range is listed as 48 - 75Hz, actually giving it a little boost beyond the usual 60Hz limit of most monitors. Being IPS technology, the panel offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 6-bit+FRC colour depth. Dell even specifically list the screen as flicker free which is something we've been calling out for from them for a while. Thanks for listening Dell!

The stand and connections are somewhat limited. There is only HDMI 1.4a (with adaptive sync) and VGA offered here, and the stand only has a tilt function (and no VESA mounting support either).

More info on price and availability when we get it, but the screen has started to appear on some of Dell.com's regional websites now.

Source: Dell

 


Dell S2417DG Gaming Screen with 165Hz and G-sync
August 3rd 2016

Following in the footsteps of the popular 27" S2716DG display, Dell are set to release the smaller 23.8" sized S2417DG in the near future. Despite its fairly small size, the screen still boasts a 2560 x 1440 resolution which delivers 123.41 PPI (pixels per inch). This might be pushing it for many users at native resolution without scaling being needed by the operating system perhaps, so keep that in mind. The TN Film panel offers a 1ms G2G response time along with a boosted 165Hz refresh rate, and a range from 30 - 165Hz is supported using NVIDIA G-sync technology.

In other specs the screen offers a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and standard sRGB gamut. The screen is flicker free apparently and offers DisplayPort and HDMI inputs along with 4x USB 3.0 ports. Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) is supported as well for blur reducing benefits, and NVIDIA 3D vision is specifically listed as a feature on this model too. The stand offers a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions.

It is expected to be available in Q3 at a price under $570 USD. More info as we get it.

Source: Dell


 

 

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