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May 2017:



Acer Predator Z35P with 35" VA Panel and 120Hz Refresh Rate
May 8th 2017

Acer have just announced their new Predator Z35P gaming screen with an 1800R curvature and 21:9 aspect ratio. This new model is 35" in size and unlike its predecessor, the Z35, this model boosts the resolution from 2560 x 1080 to 3440 x 1440. This model makes use of a VA technology panel, also featuring a native 100Hz refresh rate and combined with NVIDIA G-sync for variable refresh rate support. In other specs the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time, 2500:1 static contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. There are tilt, swivel and height adjustments offered from the stand, and DisplayPort and HDMI video connections are available along with some USB 3.0 ports. This model is direct competition from similar models from AOC and HP, namely their AG352UCG (which we have reviewed) and Omen X35 models respectively.

Interestingly an aspect not listed on the spec page (linked below) but reported by some early buyers is that there is an overclocking feature available in the OSD menu which allows you to boost the refresh rate up to 120Hz. Despite this higher refresh rate support, Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) is not available on this model.

Price is listed as $1099.99 and it appears to be available in some places already.

Source: Acer 


HP DreamColor Z31x and Z24x G2 Studio Displays
May 8th 2017

Designed in collaboration with top visual effects and animation studios, the new HP DreamColor Z31x Studio and HP DreamColor Z24x G2 displays are enabling artists, photographers and filmmakers to do what they do best – create – without having to worry about lacklustre display performance. The HP DreamColor Z31x Studio Display delivers abundant features designed for colour professionals, including an expansive colour gamut for remarkably vivid colours, innovation to deliver incredible blacks, a built-in colorimeter for self-calibration, and intuitive workflow and management tools. These features, along with HP product reliability, are critical for finishing editors, online editors, colourists, lighters, compositors, photographers, graphic artists and designers. The HP Z31x is crafted with a high-quality, custom panel and technology that allow users to see amazing colours, deep rich blacks, and professional level craftsmanship to withstand years of use.

DreamColor Z31x

HP has once again pushed the limits of innovation to bring users outstanding accuracy and consistent colour from displays, to the big screen and print. Each new feature of this 31-inch diagonal DreamColor Studio Display is a result of direct feedback from customers looking for new ways to transform the way they work. The key features include:

  • Precise image quality from any viewing angle.

  • Reliable and accurate colour with an advanced built-in colorimeter capable of measuring and adjusting on-screen performance automatically or at scheduled intervals or on demand.

  • Workflow accelerating features that allow users to create in Cinema 4K resolution, view in True 2K, and speed projects from concept to completion with onscreen markers and keyboard-based input switching between devices.

The HP Z31x image quality is delivered on a true 10-bit Real IPS panel with more than 1 billion colours, including consistent on- and off-axis black levels. HP improved on this IPS technology – inventing new processes that allow for incredible deep blacks, minimal black lift and rich shadow detail.   

The pop-up colorimeter of the HP Z31x automatically calibrates the display on demand or on a regular calibration schedule and can even be scheduled to run off hours so creative juices aren't interrupted. The built-in colorimeter can also be aligned with an in-house reference instrument for consistent, accurate colours facility-wide. The built-in colorimeter maintains perfect colour accuracy, and the display works in true 10-bit colour delivering HP’s widest colour gamut ever (99 percent of DCI-P3).

The HP Z31x is designed with the features demanded by industry-leading digital creators: an integrated KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch, True 2K viewing, markers and masks, and much more. The built-in KVM of the HP Z31x can switch between two computers with a quick keyboard shortcut, allowing the user to share one display, keyboard and mouse between two computers. Many artists have two computers, a Linux® box with their animation/compositing app and a Windows® box with Adobe® Photoshop or internet access. Users can minimize distractions with auto dimming front buttons and select between red lights for minimal impact to night vision, or turn off completely for a distraction free environment.

Spec wise this 31" sized screen uses an IPS-type panel which offers a 4096 x 2160 resolution,  20ms on/off response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, true 10-bit colour depth and a colour gamut covering 100% sRGB, 100% BT.709, 100% Adobe RGB, 99% DCI-P3 and 80% BT.2020. Tilt, height and swivel adjustments are offered from the stand and there are 2x HDMI 2.0, 2x DisplayPort 1.2 and 1x USB Type-C connections available. There is also an integrated 4 port USB 3.0 hub.

DreamColor Z24x G2

The HP Z24x G2 DreamColor Display delivers the colour accuracy and consistency that has become synonymous with the HP DreamColor brand. This DreamColor display’s affordable price allows every artist to have a professional colour accurate display on their desks. The HP Z24x, HP’s most affordable colour-critical display, offers:

  • A 24-inch diagonal DreamColor panel that produces up to 1 billion colours from a massive colour gamut covering 99 percent of Adobe® RGB.

  • Pure, consistent colour accuracy from design to production with colour calibration on the amazingly affordable display.

  • Push-button colour space selection.

  • Calibration software for both Windows® and macOS supporting both the X-Rite i1Display Pro and the Klein Instruments K10-A colorimeters

Spec wise this 24" sized display uses an IPS technology panel and offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit+FRC colour depth, and a colour gamut covering 100% sRGB, 100% BT.709, 99% Adobe RGB and 96% DCI-P3. Tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments are offered from the stand and there are 1x HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort in, DisplayPort out and DVI-D connections available. There is also an integrated 4 port USB 3.0 hub.

The HP DreamColor Z24x G2 Display is scheduled to be available in early July for $559.00. The HP Z31x DreamColor Studio Display is scheduled to be available later this year for $3,999.00.

Source: HP (and specs available here)

Acer ProDesigner BM320 for Graphics Professionals
May 8th 2017

Acer have just announced the release of their new 32" screen aimed at professional colour users - the ProDesigner BM320. Outfitted with the Acer ColorPlus technology suite, the Acer ProDesigner BM320 ensures consistent colour output in addition to sharper and clearer visuals. These technologies include built-in 100 percent Adobe RGB and 100 percent sRGB coverage for storing, producing and presenting a wide and accurate range of hues required for colour matching across applications and print output. Providing the ability to adjust hue and saturation, 6-axis colour adjustment lets professionals obtain the exact shade they prefer. In addition, super sharpness technology optimizes the quality of even low resolution images by slightly enhancing the edges.

Video editors and directors can work with confidence with 100 percent of Rec. 709 and 90 percent DCI-P3 colour coverage, the standard format for HDTVs. It ensures that every hue is authentically represented, critical for video editors during post-production work and animators dealing with colour-critical projects. With support for 10-bit colour, the Acer ProDesigner BM320 provides significantly more color depth than conventional 8-bit monitors. It’s also factory pre-tuned and tested to ensure a Delta E<1 colour accuracy with hues so precise, it’s the smallest difference the eye can see. In addition, integrated uniformity compensation helps maintain colour and brightness consistency across the screen.

Featuring a sleek ZeroFrame design, the Acer ProDesigner BM320 provides maximum viewing area and virtually eliminates the screen’s bezel for a seamless visual experience in multiple display setups. Adjustable, Acer’s ErgoStand lets users easily swivel (+/- 45 degrees), tilt (-5 to 25 degrees), pivot (+/- 90 degrees) and alter the height (up to 5.9 inches) to find the optimum viewing position and it also comes with a VESA mount for hanging it on the wall to save space. Integrated AcerVisionCare includes Acer Flicker-less, BlueLightShield, Low Dimming and ComfyView technologies, which can reduce screen glare, flicker and blue light, for more comfortable viewing, critical during long work days.

Spec wise the 32" sized screen offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth. The panel is IPS technology.

Excellent connectivity includes DVI, HDMI v2.0, DisplayPort v1.2, Mini DisplayPort and USB 3.0 hub (1 up/ 4 down). The monitor also comes with two 2W speakers.

Estimated selling prices begin at $1,299

Source: Acer (and spec page)


Philips 328E8QJAB5 with 31.5" Curved VA Panel
May 8th 2017

Philips have announced the release of a new 31.5" sized curved monitor in their E line of displays for home users. The 328E8QJAB5 offers a 1800R curvature and a VA panel, delivering a 1920 x 1080 resolution and wide gamut colour technology. On a screen this size, the relatively low resolution might look a bit chunky for some users and seems an odd choice, but for general lower end office use with larger font sizes, and multi-media uses the large screen size and full HD resolution might be adequate. The screen offers a wide gamut covering 103% of the NTSC space and 126% sRGB (CIE 1931) which is again a little odd, as this kind of wide gamut support is usually reserved for higher end graphics displays where people want and need to work with wider gamut content. It might give a vibrancy boost for casual gaming and movies but may be somewhat problematic for any colour work. The screen offers FreeSync support for adaptive refresh rates in games although only a maximum 60Hz refresh rate.

In other specs the screen offers a 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 16.7m colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI connections are available along with audio in and a headphone out. The stand offers only a basic tilt function. The screen features a curved stand to match the curving screen and the whole display is finished in glossy black and gun metal colours.

The display is available in May at an RRP of £279.

Source: Philips


BenQ PD2500Q Professional Designer Monitor
May 8th 2017

BenQ have now introduced the PD2500Q designer monitor, the first of its displays to be individually calibrated by factory engineers to produce 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 colour precision. It even offers Technicolor Color Certification to meet Hollywood and the entertainment industry’s exacting color standards. Furthermore, BenQ announced that all PD Series designer monitors will be professionally factory-calibrated going forward. PD2500Q offers an abundance of smart tools specifically developed for designers, including the following specialized modes:

  • CAD/CAM Mode activates superior contrast for lines and shapes in technical illustrations, accentuating the finest details in Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CATIA, or other design software.

  • Animation Mode enhances the brightness of dark areas without overexposing bright regions, to overcome often-challenging design work with intricate details in dark images.

  • Darkroom Mode creates the optimal image brightness and contrast for work in darkened post-processing environments for superb clarity and detail sharpness.

The screen features a 25" size IPS technology panel with 2560 x 1440 resolution. There is a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth offered. The stand offers tilt, swivel and height adjustments and there are DisplayPort, Mini DP, HDMI, headphone and audio in/out connections available.

Source: BenQ (and spec page)


ViewSonic VX4380-4K with 42.5" Ultra HD IPS Panel
May 8th 2017

It seems several manufacturers are going to be releasing new 42.5" sized screens, as we've also just seen the announcement of LG's equivalent - the 43UD79. It's a similar story with ViewSonic's latest VX4380-4K model which uses an IPS panel with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution. Given the large screen size this is useable without the need for scaling, providing a large desktop area for work and multi-tasking. The panel offers a 12ms G2G response time, 1100:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth support and standard sRGB gamut.

ViewSonic MultiPicture features include Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture functionality. Connectivity wise there are DisplayPort® 1.2, DisplayPort Out, HDMI® 2.0 and 3x USB 3.0 ports offered. Built-in 7 watt speakers offer stereo sound for a complete multimedia experience. Only a basic tilt function is offered from the stand.

The ViewSonic V4380-4K should now be available for an MSRP of $1,038.00 (USD).

Source: ViewSonic (and spec page)


LG 43UD79 with 42.5" Ultra HD IPS Panel and FreeSync
May 8th 2017

LG have recently announced the release of their new 42.5" sized 43UD79 monitor. This massive new screen uses an IPS technology panel with 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution which is useable without scaling on a screen as large as this, giving you a great desktop area to work in for multi-taskingg. It offers an 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and sRGB gamut. FreeSync is supported on this model but it only offers a native 60Hz refresh rate still. There is a 4-side borderless design and there are even 10Wx2 Harmon Kardon Speakers integrated in to the screen.

The screen carries a factory calibration and offers a decent range of connectivity options including USB Type-C, Display Port 1.2, HDMI 2.0a x 2, HDMI 1.4 x 2, USB 3.0 Downstream x 2.

The 43UD79 is available for pre-order in the UK at an expected retail price of £649.99. The US retail price is expected to be around $697 and should be available imminently over there.




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