Hannspree have recently showcased their new monitor designs in South Korea. The metal finished "New York" model, and the wooden finnished "Boston" model certainly offer some unique aesthetics. Both screens are 19"WS models, offering a 1440 x 900 resolution, 5ms response time, 700:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 150/130 viewing angles. Both screens are obviously TN Film based, and also feature integrated stereo speakers and an HDMI interface.
Philips is well known for its Ambilight technology enhanced LCD TV range, which expands color from the video you are watching to outside of the TV border using additional lighting systems. The new AUREA series from Philips expands Ambilight screens, and is dubbed 'Ambilight Spectra'. An 'Active Frame' and a sensorial halo is added generating a soft kaleidoscope of colors similar to what you are watching. This is designed to enhance the immersion effect and is achieved by using 126 LEDs around the frame of the screen.
The 42" model being showcased is the 42PFL9900D, offering some impressive specifications. These include a full 1080p capable resolution (1920 x 1080), 3ms response time, 1200:1 contrast ratio (8000:1 dynamic), 550 cd/m2 brightness and 176/176 viewing angles. The screen will also feature 100/120Hz technology, 3x HDMI interfaces, a reported 4 trillion (!) colour palette, an impressive range of 'invisible speakers' and Perfect Pixel HD technology designed to reduce noise and image artefacts. Price is unknown at this point, but the screen is expected to be released sometime in September.
Source: Philips AUREA Site
LG is heavily promoting its Dynamic Contrast technology, 'Digital Fine Contrast'. This will offer contrast ratios of up to, a worlds highest, 5000:1. LG is planning to introduce this technology into its existing range, with the exceptions of the M8W, L18, L196WS and Fantasy Series.
LG have also recently released two new models with impressive DFC boosted contrast ratios - the L206WU (20"WS) as shown above, and the L227WT (22"WS). The latter of the two will also offer enhanced CCFL backlighting offering a reported 100% coverage of the NTSC colour gamut. The model is expected to be released in November, while the L206WU is expected a little sooner in October.
Samsung have now added the new SM245T model to their UK product pages. As a reminder, this model will offer the following impressive features:
Samsung have released specs of a new model in their 22" widescreen range, the 225MS. The screen offers all the usual specs you would expect from a 22" model, with 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 700:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen is of course TN Film based, and looks from the spec as if they are using CMO's M220Z1 panel (tbc).
What makes the 225MS different, is that it features an HDCP certified HDMI interface, along with component, S-Video, CVBS, DVI and VGA connections. This screen is clearly being aimed at those wanting a home entertainment display, with the ability to connect a wide range of external devices. The screen also features SRS Trusurround XT enabled intergrated speakers and Windows Vista certification. The screen comes in a glossy piano black design, and is available, in Australia at least for now at a recommended retail price of $999 (Australian, not US currency). The screen isn't listed on the US or UK sites at present, more details on the price and release date when it becomes available.
Viewsonic have recently announced a partnership with G Mask International, allowing you to customise their forthcoming VX2255WM monitor to your liking. They offer the screen with Swarovski crystals around the bezel to certainly help make this screen unique. Price is currently unknown, but the spec is modest offering a 22"WS size, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The screen also features integrated speakers, microphone and webcam.
The new MultiSync® LCD1990SX from NEC Display Solutions has been specifically developed for use in demanding office environments and is fully Windows Vista compatible. The display is ideally suited for applications within the Financial, CAD/CAM, and DTP markets, featuring low power consumption for multi-monitor installations and a quick release mechanism for business critical applications. The NEC MultiSync® LCD1990SX includes all of the advanced features of the MultiSync® 90 series, and utilises an advanced PVA panel. This display can automatically maintain optimal picture quality and includes comprehensive ergonomic features. The PVA panel provides high brightness, outstanding black levels, and uses less power and lower operating costs.
The 1990SX offers a 1280 x 1024 resolution, 8ms G2G response time, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, and utilises Samsung's LTM190E4 PVA panel. The screen offers VGA, DVI-D and DVI-I interfaces along with height, tilt, swivel and rotate functionality. The NEC LCD1990SX is available now in a choice of silver/grey or black/black versions.
Source: NEC Press
The Art Series comprises of a range of monitors that combine the highest levels of style with quality and all-purpose applications. These models have a rich aesthetic quality and are designed to sit as objet d’art in the homes of style-conscious users. Samsung created the Art Series to appeal to the tastes of discerning modern users. Previously, size was all that seemed to matter with LCD monitors. Today’s consumers, however, do not think that resolution and function should take a back seat to a large screen size. Moreover, they also demand a beautiful design to accentuate the features of the model and complement the decor of their homes and offices. In fact, as the margin of functionality narrows with technological advances, consumers are increasingly looking to style and design as key differentiators.
The 932GW, 2032GW and 2232GW: Crystal Clear Screen for a Crisper and Clearer Picture
Featuring a revolutionary elastomer ball hinge system, the range offers 19, 20 and 22" screens with an iF design award. The 932GW, 2032GW, and 2232GW offer unique ergonomic adjustments and come with a "Glare Panel" and Samsung's MagicClear coating to offering a supposedly clearer and crisper image. Like their predecessor the 226BW, these displays use high glossy black bezel material, but the curves at the end of the monitors are reminiscent of a wine glass. The stands resemble the stem of a wine glass and the back is also finished in curves, and does not show any unnecessary elements.
All three models offer
2ms G2G response times, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratios and 300 cd/m2
brightness. All three models are TN Film based.
The 961BF: Chic Yet Comfortable
Despite its tasteful
aesthetics, the streamlined
designed to make your entertainment and work life more comfortable and it is a
double winner of the esteemed iF Design and red dot design awards in 2007. The
Dual Hinge feature allows this model to be used as both a stand-up and a
tablet monitor, and long with a 170-degree tilt feature enables users to view
images with increased flexibility. The 961BF offers a 19" 1280 x 1024
resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, HDCP support
over DVI and is TN Film based.
The 971P+: The Premium of Style with World Best Dynamic Contrast
Also an iF Design and red dot design award winner, the 971P+ can be curved, flexed and positioned to any height or angle imaginable, giving stunning displays every time. he freedom of movement is enhanced further by Magic technology: MagicStand allows the monitor to be raised, lowered, folded and tilted for optimum viewing angles while MagicRotation operates automatically when the monitor is pivoted, providing maximum comfort and visibility.
Readers will notice that
this is an extension of the 971P,
reviewed earlier this year at TFTCentral. The spec has been updated now to
offer a 6ms G2G response time, and an impressive 4000:1 dynamic contrast
ratio. The 971P+ uses a Samsung S-PVA panel as opposed to TN Film.
The 732N+ and 932B+: Elegant in Style and Movement
Again these models feature Samsung's elastometer ball hinges to offer varied and fluid movement. Although these models could sit comfortably in any art collection, they are also designed to be used. Both the 732N+ and 932B+ offer solid specifications, including a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and 1280 x 1024 resolution. Again, these are extentions of the 732N and 932B models and use TN Film technology panels.
Samsung.com/he Press Release
Samsung have released further details of their SM245T display on their website, in Hong Kong at least for now. The screen is the first in the market to feature Samsung's MPA (Motion Picture Acceleration) technology according to their site. Little is known at this stage what technological changes MPA brings. Initially at CEBIT 2006 it was thought it would be an interpolated frame technology, similar to 120Hz LCD TV principles. More recently in March we reported observations at BeHardware of the 245T in action, supposedly showing the difference between MPA 'on' and 'off' states. However, this looked more like a control of Samsung's Response Time Acceleration (overdrive) and so again we were left with few details about what MPA actually does.
Regardless, more detail is sure to follow with the release of the SM245T. Apart from the MPA technology, the screen offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1500:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 16.7 million colour depth. The screen also features W-CCFL backlighting offering 97% coverage of the NTSC colour space. The SM245T also offers CVBS, S-video, Component, DVI (HDCP supported), VGA and HDMI interfaces and offers full 1080p HD content support. Ergonomically the screen offers height, pivot, swivel and tilt adjustments.
Samsung have announced the release of the world's first DisplayPort enabled LCD display. The 30" screen will offer a 2560 x 1600 resolution as expected, along with 10-bit colour depth, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 180/180 viewing angles. The screen is reported to utilise a Samsung S-PVA panel.
The DisplayPort interface, as we discussed in April, offers a bandwidth of 10.8 Gbps over a single port. The screen won't be released until 2008, with production starting in Q2 apparently. Expect more details at CES 2008.
Sony have recently announced the release of a new 24"WS LCd monitor, the VGP-D24WD1. This screen has been designed in line with Sony's Type-R desktops and offers a spec featuring 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 92% coverage of the NTSC colour space. The screen also offers two HDCP certified DVI interfaces and a VGA connection. The screen is set for release in Japan at a price of ¥129,000 (or roughly $1,060).
Following in the footsteps of the Viewsonic VX2835WM, Hanns-G have released a monitor into the un-tapped 28" widescreen sector. Offering a 27.5" viewable screen size, the panel will offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 3ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. As you can probably tell from the spec, the screen will utilise a TN Film technology panel.
The HG281DP is likely to retail at a reasonably low price, given that other screens in the 27" range such as the Dell 2707WFP use more expensive S-PVA panel technology. Hanns-G have done a good job in the past with low cost screens, let's hope they can do the same with this 28" model. The screen will offer an HDMI, VGA and component interface, but will lack a DVI connection. You are able to use a DVI > HDMI convertor however for use with a DVI interface from a graphics card. The screen features integrated speakers and offers tilt and swivel functionality. The screen is expected to be released mid-August in Europe.
Source and Spec: Hanns-G
LG.Philips have jumped on the 24"WS TN Film bandwagon with the release of their LM240WU3(TN) panel. It looks as if we can expect to see further models released in this diagonal in the near future since three of the main manufacturers (AU Optronics, Samsung and now LG.Philips) all have 24" modules in their range. The offering from LG.Philips provides a 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and a 92% coverage of the NTSC colour gamut space.
LG.Philips have also released specs on their website for other new panels in their range including an updated 30"WS S-IPS (5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 102% gamut) and their latest 22"WS TN Film panel, now with 92% gamut coverage. Full specs of their new panels below:
LG have announced the release of their new L227WT model offering a reported 97%
coverage of the NTSC colour space. While the model will still utlise a TN Film
panel, the screen will use wide CCFL backlighting to offer the improved
colour space. LG also advertise the screen with an impressive 5000:1 dynamic
contrast ratio, along with VGA and DVI (HDCP supported) interfaces. No news on
price or release date yet.
BenQ have recently broadened its LCD monitor lineup with the introduction of the new G Series LCD monitors. The G Series offers 10 models (G700, G700A, G900, G900A, G900W, G900WA, G2000W, G2000WA, G2400W, and G2400WA) in both 5:4 and widescreen formats, and all models feature a 5ms response time along with BenQ’s proprietary Senseye+Photo Technology and a simple, elegant design. There are really only 5 new variations here since each model is available in a normal version, and an "A" (analogue only) variety.
The specs of the new range are shown above. The keen amongst you will spot that all models appear to be based on TN Film technology, almost certainly from AU Optronics who are a part of the BenQ group. The models all offer 5ms response time, along with 160/160 viewing angles and up to 1000:1 contrast ratio in the larger models. There are two new 24" models being released, following in the footsteps of other recent 24" TN Film models such as the Samsung SM245B and most likely using AUO's new 24" panel we discussed recently. The G2400W and G2400WA could prove popular if the price is competitive. Availability of the monitors varies from region to region. The G Series will be first available in Europe in late July.
Recently we discussed the apparent re-branding of BenQ products under the new name of Qisda ("Quality, Innovation, Speed, Driving and Achievements"). This left some confusion from the various reports across popular monitor sites. It was unclear what impact this would have on the BenQ monitor range. However, we have had clarification from BenQ UK who state that Qisda is not a name consumers will see really in this arena. Products such as LCD displays and projectors will continue to carry the BenQ branding with Qisda being simply the manufacturing arm of the corporation. This is a move to seperate manufacturing from branding and it is stated that Qisda will also make products for other brands as well. Hopefully that helps shed some further light on the situation, but it seems we will at least continue to see monitors from the company still carrying the BenQ brand.
Samsung have recently showcased their new "Swan Monitor"
range in Korea, offering a design supposedly inspired by....well, a swan! The
ergonomics feature a tilt function using elastomer materials, and there will
be a 20" (the CX2032GW / BW) and 22" (CX2232GW / BW) model available. More
details as they become available.
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