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Dell U3818DW with 37.5" Ultra-wide IPS Panel
June 22nd 2017

Adding to the current line-up of monitors designed for multi-client and dual-monitor set ups like the Dell 43 Ultra HD 4K Multi-Client Monitor and Dell 34 UltraSharp Curved Monitors, Dell introduced the company’s first 37.5-inch ultrawide curved screen monitor. The Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor (U3818DW) is ideal for financial customers, engineering and other segments looking for a well-designed monitor and expansive screen to boost multitasking and productivity. With a panoramic WQHD screen that delivers approximately 25% more viewing content than a 34-inch WQHD 21:9 monitor, users see outstanding visual detail and vibrant, consistent colour. The screen supports a 3840 x 1600 resolution and has a 24:10 aspect ratio as a result, while the panel offers a 3-side borderless design and is based on an LG.Display IPS panel.

Users can view applications between two PCs simultaneously and manage content with a single keyboard and mouse with the convenient KVM feature. With Dell Display Manager, the monitor allows users to customise screen layout for viewing multiple applications side-by-side with Dell Easy Arrange or to work on multiple tasks simultaneously with Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture features. The monitor also features a convenient single cable with 100W USB Type-C connectivity that transmits power, audio and video between the laptop and monitor. Integrated dual 9W speakers power a full video editing experience or lifelike gameplay, while 99 percent sRGB factory calibration delivers accurate colours, right out of the box.

The specs are not really known at this time including the refresh rate. We have already reviewed the LG 38UC99 last September which is based on a 37.5" IPS panel and supported up to 75Hz from AMD cards. We know that LG.Display also have a 144Hz version of this panel on their roadmap but that's not expected to go in to production until Q4 2017, so the refresh rate of this Dell screen is likely to be 60Hz, 75Hz if you're lucky.

Dell UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor (U3818DW) will be available to purchase in the EMEA region from June 30. Pricing available at launch according to the press release but word is that it will be around $1500 USD over in USA market.

Source: Dell

 


Samsung C49HG90 with 49" 32:9 Aspect Ratio, 144Hz and FreeSync 2
June 22nd 2017

Samsung have recently announced the very interesting and unusual C49HG90 screen in their range. This is a mega-wide 32:9 aspect ratio panel which measures a whopping 49" diagonally, based on a Samsung VA panel that we discussed back in March 2017 when looking at their roadmaps. This huge screen has a 32:9 aspect ratio and is the equivalent of 2x 27" 16:9 displays side by side. It has a 3840 x 1080 resolution and the panel is also curved at 1800R.

As well as the large screen size and mega-wide aspect ratio the screen offers some pretty impressive specs and features. The panel technology is VA, so it will offer a strong static contrast ratio of 5000:1. The panel has a native 144Hz refresh rate and even supports AMD's FreeSync 2 technology for dynamic refresh rate support. Samsung also talk about a supposed 1ms MPRT response time and also a "four channel scanning technology" (Samsung's 'Impulsive Scanning' strone backlight) to reduce motion blur. The 1ms response time spec will presumably be based on using that blur reduction feature, however it might work and should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The panel is combined with Quantum Dot to form what Samsung are referring to as a QLED display, which gives you a boosted colour gamut equivalent to 125% sRGB, or 95% of the DCI-P3 space for HDR content. It looks like the screen will offer 'HDR10' support but not a fully fledged HDR solution as the brightness is not expected to be high enough to meet the Ultra HD Premium standards, and there is no FALD (Full Array Local Dimming) backlight being used here.

The monitor includes an ergonomically flexible stand, offering tilt, height and swivel adjustment. The stand attachment point also features a ring of blue LEDs that can be made to pulse according to any audio routed through the monitor. If it’s similar to other models with the feature, where they can be set to blink constantly or disabled if you'd rather. The ports of the monitor are located beneath a removable cover and include; 1x DisplayPort 1.2a, 1x Mini DP 1.2a, 2x HDMI ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm audio input. 2x USB 3.0 ports also feature.

The monitor is due to be released globally in the coming months, it’s currently up for pre-order in the US for ~$1500 with a 30th June 2017 ETA.

Samsung are also releasing the 27" C27HG70 and 31.5" C32HG70 models soon with similar specs and features. Those models used curved VA panels with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1440 resolution. They do offer the same 1ms MPRT, 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support and Quantum Dot extended colour gamut. More detail in the press release below on those models.

Source: Samsung

 


Acer Predator X35 with 200Hz, G-sync and 512-zone FALD HDR
June 22nd 2017

As a direct alternative to the recently announced Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ display, Acer are also set to release their Predator X35 around the same kind of time, at some point during Q4 2017. Like the Asus model, the Predator X35 is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440 resolution) curved gaming monitor with High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. It features a VA-type panel from AU Optronics (AMVA) with a 200Hz refresh rate for stunning and smooth gaming experiences, while the HDR technology delivers a peak luminance of up to 1000cd/m² for brighter images that allow gamers to see even the darkest darks. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 512 zones (FALD - Full Array Local Dimming) to further highlight the subtle differences between white and black hues and offer optimal HDR performance. Quantum-dot technology provides a wider colour space and supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 colour gamut. It also features G-SYNC technology to eliminate screen tearing and to minimize display stutter. While G-sync is mentioned in the press release, there is no word on whether ULMB will feature, although given the high native refresh rate we expect to see it supported at some refresh rates if not the full 200Hz range.

The screen has an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect-ratio curved display that provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience. There isn't a full spec listed yet but the NVIDIA press release talks about the screen using DisplayPort 1.4 which will be needed to power 3440 x 1440 resolution at the very high 200Hz refresh rate.

Release is expected in Q4 2017 at the moment, no official word on price yet but expect it to be expensive. You will also need a very powerful graphics card and system to power this resolution and refresh rate.

 


Dell UP2718Q HDR Display with 384-zone Full Array Local Dimming
June 22nd 2017

We did bring you some basic news about this model back in April, but we now have more information to share. A new model in Dell's UltraSharp Premium (UP) range has been launched, offering a more robust HDR experience than some of their earlier "Dell HDR" models. The UP2718Q is 27" in size, features an IPS-type panel and offers a .384-zone Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight for optimal HDR experience. In fact, it's a similar panel to that being used in other recently announced HDR screens like the Asus ROG Swift PG279Q and Acer Predator X27, although this Dell equivalent does not feature the high refresh rate (it's 60Hz only) and gaming features that the Asus/Acer models do (no G-sync). Instead, Dell are focusing on a multimedia HDR experience as opposed to aggressively going after the gaming market. You would hope that the retail price will be lower than the gaming models Asus and Acer are launching as well.

With the 384-zone FALD backlight the UP2718Q is able to offer a 20,000:1 contrast ratio (1000:1 otherwise), and Dell advertise a typical luminance of 400 cd/m2 and maximum of 1000 cd/m2 which meets the Ultra HD Premium standards for HDR content. The screen also supports the required Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 along with 97.7% DCI-P3 coverage to again conform to the standard. The wider gamut supports equates to 76.9% of the Rec.2020 space, while covering 100% sRGB, 100% Adobe RGB and 100% Rec.709. The screen comes factory calibrated with specific preset modes for sRGB and Adobe RGB, calibrated with a dE <2. Furthermore the screen supports hardware calibration through compatible X-rite calibration devices and can also support 10-bit colour depth if you have a suitable graphics card and workflow. Other than that, a 6ms G2G response time is quoted along with the 60Hz refresh rate we mentioned earlier.

The UP2718Q offers DisplayPort 1.4, Mini DP 1.4, 2x HDMI 2.0 and 4x USB 3.0 ports. The stand offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments.

The UP2718Q is listed on Dell.com now at $1479.99 with a 1-2 week ETA on availability.

Source: Dell

 


Dell Alienware AW2518H/HF with 240Hz TN Film Panels
June 22nd 2017

Also hopping on the 240Hz gaming bandwagon recently are Dell with their "Alienware" branded AW2518H and AW2518HF models. While most manufacturers have backed either FreeSync or G-sync for variable refresh rate support from their 240Hz models, Dell are offering the buyer the option to choose as the AW2518H supports NVIDIA G-sync and the HF model supports AMD FreeSync. Nice.

Spec wise things are quite familiar if you've been following our news or reviews of other 240Hz gaming screens. These models offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel from AU Optronics, with a 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles and 6-bit+FRC colour depth. The refresh rate range is 30 - 240Hz for the G-sync H model and expected to be 48 - 240Hz for the FreeSync HF model.

There are three LED strips on the back of the screen as well as an Alienware logo towards the top right. These are independently controllable through the ‘AlienFX’ software included with the monitor. The stand itself offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments and there are connections for DisplayPort 1.2a, HDMI 1.4, 4x USB 3.0, headphone jack and audio input.

The H model (G-sync version) has a retail price of $699.99 while the HF (FreeSync model) has a price of $499.99. Availbility is expected soon.

Source: Dell H model, HF model

 


ViewSonic XG2530 with 240Hz Refresh Rate and FreeSync
June 22nd 2017

ViewSonic have recently released their option in the growing range of 24.5" gaming monitors with 240Hz refresh rate. We've already reviewed the AOC AGON AG251FZ with FreeSync and the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q with G-sync in recent months. BenQ and Acer also have their own equivalents available. ViewSonic are now releasing the XG2530 screen which they have decided to pair with FreeSync support. The 24.5" sized screen will feature a TN Film panel with a 1ms G2G response time and 240Hz native refresh rate. The XG2530 is "engineered with an exclusive ColorX gaming mode that delivers optimum speed and visual effects, making it ideal for First Person Shooter [FPS] games, such as Overwatch" according to the press release. The “ColorX” option delivers the optimal refresh rate, response time, and color for FPS games. A “Game Mode” hotkey opens pre-calibrated settings that deliver the best combination of color and technology for specific gaming scenarios. In addition, the XG2530 has two customizable “Gamer” settings that allows individuals to create and save preferences for specific games.

The screen also offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 170/160 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC colour depth and sRGB gamut. The XG2530 comes with versatile connectivity options such as DisplayPort® 1.2, HDMI® 1.4 and 2.0, as well as USB 3.0 A/B ports. Two integrated built-in speakers and audio-out provides a complete multimedia experience.

The ViewSonic XG2530 should be available now for an MSRP of $587.00 (USD)

Source: ViewSonic

 


Asus ROG Swift PG35VQ Ultrawide with 200Hz, G-sync and HDR
May 31st 2017

Asus have recently showcased a very interesting new model in their popular ROG Swift gaming range at this years Computex event. The ROG Swift PG35VQ is a 35-inch UWQHD (3440 x 1440 resolution) curved gaming monitor with High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. It features a VA-type panel from AU Optronics (AMVA) with a 200Hz refresh rate for stunning and smooth gaming experiences, while the HDR technology delivers a peak luminance of up to 1000cd/m² for brighter images that allow gamers to see even the darkest darks. The LED backlight is dynamically controlled across 512 zones to further highlight the subtle differences between white and black hues and offer optimal HDR performance. Quantum-dot technology provides a wider colour space and supports the cinema-standard DCI-P3 colour gamut. It also features G-SYNC technology to eliminate screen tearing and to minimize display stutter. While G-sync is mentioned in the press release, there is no word on whether ULMB will feature, although given the high native refresh rate we expect to see it supported at some refresh rates if not the full 200Hz range.

The ROG Swift PG35VQ has an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect-ratio curved display that provides an immersive panoramic gaming experience. It also takes gaming aesthetics to a new level, with ASUS Aura Sync lighting on the back cover to synchronize with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice. There isn't a full spec listed yet but the NVIDIA press release talks about the screen using DisplayPort 1.4 which will be needed to power 3440 x 1440 resolution at the very high 200Hz refresh rate.

Release is expected in Q4 2017 at the moment, no official word on price yet but expect it to be expensive. You will also need a very powerful graphics card and system to power this resolution and refresh rate. Acer are also releasing an equivalent model with their X35 monitor around the same time although details of that model are limited so far.

Source: Asus

 


Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ, XG27VQ and XG258Q Gaming Monitors
May 31st 2017

Asus have recently announced their new ROG Strix lineup of monitors, an all-new gaming monitor series designed for intermediate gamers — and with a great variety of screen sizes on offer.

ROG Strix XG32VQ is a 31.5-inch 2K 2560 x 1440 resolution curved (1800R) monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio for panoramic gaming and a 144HZ refresh rate for incredibly smooth gameplay. It features ASUS Aura Sync lighting on the back panel, and light effects can be synchronized with in-game audio, or with Aura Sync-enabled PC components, keyboards and mice — allowing for limitless customization possibilities.

The 27-inch ROG Strix XG27VQ gaming monitor also has a curved panel to provide an immersive and panoramic gaming. It features a 1920 x 1080 resolution wide-view panel with a super-narrow bezel, which makes it perfect for multi display surround setups. The display’s curvature ensures every point is equidistant to the player’s eyes. Strix XG27VQ also has a 144Hz refresh rate to provide super-smooth gaming visuals, and a gaming-inspired design that features ASUS Aura RGB lighting on the back to add ambience to any gaming setup.

ROG Strix XG258Q (pictured) is a 24.5inch Full HD gaming monitor that has an incredibly fast 240Hz native refresh rate without overclocking, making it twice as fast as conventional 120Hz monitors. This results in amazingly-fluid gaming visuals with no frustrating lag or motion blur, giving gamers the upper hand in first-person shooters, racing, real-time strategy and sports titles. ROG Strix XG Series gaming monitors feature ASUS-exclusive Extreme Low Motion Blur technology to make objects in motion look sharper, so gameplay is more fluid and responsive. This series also features Adaptive-Sync (FreeSync) technology, which eliminates screen tearing and choppy frame rates to give seamless visuals and smooth gameplay.

No word on prices or release dates yet

Source: Asus

 


AOC AGON AG251FG Gaming Display with 240Hz and G-sync
May 31st 2017

Following on from the AGON AG251FZ model we reviewed in January, AOC are set to release a G-sync version of this screen now (compared with FreeSync on the other model). The AG251FG will feature the same 24.5" sized TN Film panel, sporting a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms G2G response time and 240Hz native refresh rate. NVIDIA G-sync is provided along with ULMB (ultra low motion blur) support.

Like all AGON monitors, the AG251FG comes with a range of premium features to boost players’ comfort and performance. These include the AOC Ergo Dial Base, with tilt, swivel and height adjustment (and a convenient height scale), a retractable headset holder and a carrying handle. To prevent eye fatigue during extended gaming sessions, AOC Flicker Free technology also minimises flickering, and AOC Low Blue Light mode reduces potentially harmful short-wavelength blue light. For an extra advantage in dark game environments, the AOC Shadow Control option empowers gamers to brighten extremely dark areas without affecting the rest of the screen. HDMI, DisplayPort and 4x USB 3.0 connections are offered along with audio out and mic in/out

The AOC AGON AG251FG is expected to be available in August 2017. The MSRP is £519

 


Asus ProArt PA32UC and PA27AC Monitors Announced
May 31st 2017

Asus have recently showcased a couple of new ProArt series screens at this years Computex event. They come in 32" and 27" sizes. The flagship model is the PA32UC, which is 32" in size and sports a 3840 x 2160 ultra HD resolution IPS panel. This model offers a 384-zone backlight system along with 1000 cd/m2 peak brightness for HDR operation.  The ProArt PA32UC features a wide colour gamut of 85 percent Rec.2020, 99.5 percent Adobe RGB, 95 percent DCI-P3 and 100 percent sRGB colour spaces for exceptional colour fidelity. The monitor is factory-calibrated for a colour accuracy value of dE < 2, with ASUS ProArt calibration technology ensuring professional-grade colour accuracy. The PA32UC has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI port and a USB 3.0 hub. 

There is also then the 27" PA27AC (pictured) which features a 2560 x 1440 IPS panel and a four-sided frameless design. It provides a 100% sRGB colour space coverage with a standard gamut backlight, and HDR 10 support. This is a lower grade HDR implementation as explained in our HDR article, and a full-array backlight is not offered here as it is on the PA32UC. The monitor is still factory-calibrated for a colour accuracy value of dE < 2, with ASUS ProArt calibration technology ensuring professional-grade colour accuracy. The PA27AC has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI port and a USB 3.0 hub.

No word on pricing or release dates

Source: Asus

 


Acer ProDesigner PE320QK for Content Creators
May 31st 2017



Acer have recently announced their new 31.5" ProDesigner range screen with ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and aimed at content creators. Photographers, video editors and others working in creative industries will appreciate the new PE320QK's "HDR Xpert technology", which enhances brightness for a vivid contrast between lights and darks, while covering a wider gamut for truly vibrant colours. This is achieved with an edge-type LED dimming HDR panel. The press release does confirm that it supports 130% of the sRGB and 95% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut and the spec we have been given also confirms 10-bit colour depth support (8-bit+FRC) along with HDMI 2.0 interfaces (x2) so it does conform to some of the defined Ultra HD Premium HDR standards.

The monitor’s sleek ZeroFrame designs virtually eliminate the screen bezel for a seamless visual experience, with an added style benefit by adding a touch of modernity to the office. It includes a reversible USB-C port for easily connecting and charging devices to reduce desktop clutter, supporting power delivery of up to 85W. Additionally 2x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2 connections are provided. The ProDesigner PE320QK monitor produces accurate colours with a low Delta E < 1 out of the box.  The monitor also sports Acer VisionCare technology to reduce eye strain and fatigue during long editing sessions.

In other specs the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. There are tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments available from the stand. PiP and PbP are also supported and there are 2x 2W speakers built in.

Release is scheduled for July but no word on price yet.

Source: Acer


 


Acer XF250Q / XF250QA with 240Hz and FreeSync Support
May 31st 2017



Acer are soon to announce the launch of two new 24.5" models in their ever-expanding gaming range of the screens - the XF250Q and XF250QA. Both models are very similar, with the A model featuring a borderless design, added motion blur reduction mode, an additional added HDMI 2.0 connection and an integrated 4 port USB 3.0 hub. Apart from that, the specs and features are largely the same between the two screens.

The key highlights of these two new models are their gaming features. They feature a 1920 x 1080 resolution TN Film panel with a native 240Hz refresh rate supported. They are both paired with AMD FreeSync support and offer a 1ms G2G response time. In other specs the screens offer a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles, 16.7m colour depth and standard sRGB gamut. Both offer DL-DVI, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2a connections, with the A model also offering an additional HDMI 2.0 connection and 4 port USB 3.0 hub. There are a full range of tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustments provided by the stand and also integrated 2x 2W stereo speakers.

Release is expected around July.


 

 

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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