Acer Predator Z35P with 35" VA Panel and
120Hz Refresh Rate
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.
HP DreamColor Z31x and Z24x G2 Studio
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Calibration software for
both Windows® and macOS supporting both the X-Rite i1Display
Pro and the Klein Instruments K10-A colorimeters
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.
HP (and specs available
Acer ProDesigner BM320 for Graphics
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
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
Philips 328E8QJAB5 with 31.5" Curved VA Panel
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
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
BenQ PD2500Q Professional Designer Monitor
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:
activates superior contrast for lines and shapes in technical
illustrations, accentuating the finest details in Pro/E,
SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, CATIA, or other design software.
enhances the brightness of dark areas without overexposing
bright regions, to overcome often-challenging design work with
intricate details in dark images.
creates the optimal image brightness and contrast for work in
darkened post-processing environments for superb clarity and
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.
ViewSonic VX4380-4K with 42.5" Ultra HD IPS
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
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
Built-in 7 watt speakers offer stereo sound for a
complete multimedia experience. Only a basic tilt function is offered from the
The ViewSonic V4380-4K should now be
available for an MSRP of $1,038.00 (USD).
LG 43UD79 with 42.5" Ultra HD IPS Panel and FreeSync
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