Yesterday Samsung held a press event in London to showcase their Black Office range of products including projectors, printers, laptops and of course...displays. On display were the pebble range of screens offering an IF Award winning design and sleak piano black finish. On display were 19, 20 and 22" models, some featuring integrated analogue TV tuners as well. The range included the 20"WS and 22"WS SM2032BW and SM2232BW models, both offering 1680 x 1050 resolutions, 2ms G2G response times, 3000:1 DCR (1000:1 standard), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing angles. Both models offer HDCP support over the DVI interface, and both are based on TN Film technology.
I took the opportunity to ask a representative from Samsung product line about the recent panel lottery on the popular SM226BW model. The issue was certainly acknowledged and was down to unprecedented demand for the screen. However, to their knowledge, the SM2232BW only uses Samsung's own TN Film panel at present, and the aim is to provide all stocks with this panel as many users had hoped for.
The 19"WS SM932MW and 20"WS SM2032MW were also on display and offered an integrated analogue TV tuner. These models both offer a 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The 19" model offers a 1440 x 900 resolution and the 20" model offers 1680 x 1050. Both feature DVI-D, HDMI, VGA, composite, S-video, component and SCART interfaces. They also feature integrated speakers for an all-in-one multimedia experience, and come packaged with a remote control. The Samsung representatives saw these type of displays as potentially the future for their monitor range, with the trend moving towards a combined TV and monitor, and with a range of interfaces being of beneift to many users.
Hot on the heals of the recently discussed XHD3000, Gateway have announced the release of a new 24" and 22" monitor in their range. The new models deliver impressive features including: soft touch controls, ultra bright glare panels (glossy coating), fast response times, high definition resolutions, and DCDi by Faroudja enhanced video processing. Each display offers universal connections to content and video sources via multiple analog and digital video inputs, making them just as easy to use with consumer electronics as with a PC. The digital interfaces offer HDCP support for encrypted content, and both models offer DVI-D, VGA, HDMI and component interfaces. The 24" model also offers composite and S-video connections and a 4 port USB hub. The design offers a glossy bezel and brushed aluminium accent bar, and the displays have an EzTouch™ bezel, which features back-lit buttons for operating the OSD that remain effectively invisible until needed.
The 24" model is the FHD2400 and offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 3ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. Obviously the panel is TN Film based with these listed specs, but the screen does offer an extended colour space covering 92% of the NTSC gamut and an Ultrabright Glare panel coating (glossy). The 24" model also offers tilt, height, swivel and rotate ergonomic adjustments. This model retails for $549.99 USD and is available now in the States.
The 22" model is the HD2200 and offers a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 4ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness. Again the 22" model is TN Film based, and offers only a tilt adjustment, but again features a glossy panel coating. This model retails for $349.99 USD and is available now in the States.
Samsung have announced the release of a new 19"WS model in their SyncMaster range. The SM942BW is not staggering, but offers a 1440 x 900 resolution, 5ms response time (the press release lists this as G2G, but I would imagine it's actually a 5ms ISO response time), 500:1 contrast ratio (seems very low by todays standards) and 300 cd/m2 brightness. The panel is TN Film based, but does offer a HDCP supported DVI interface at least. The screen retails for $249.99.
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We recently discussed the release of Acer's new 22" P223Wd monitor. Acer have now also started selling their new 24" model in the same 'P' range of screens, the P243W. This retails in America for $457 USD, and apparently Acer have said there will only be 1000 units produced. The P243W offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. A DVI-D, D-sub and HDMI (HDCP supported) interface is available, and the screen offers a colour gamut covering 92% of the NTSC colour space.
This year's FPD showcase will take place from 24th to 26th October in Yokohama, Japan. Several display and panel manufacturers have already announced some technologies and models which will be on display at this event. More details will be available once the exhibition has taken place, but for now we have the following information:
Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) (Source: CPT)
At the FPD International 2007 exhibition, to be held in Yokohama, Japan, from Oct.24 to Oct.26, CPT will not only exhibit the World’s first DisplayPort direct drive monitor and the technology of Color Sequential panels, but also innovative display products, including an embedded 15.4” touch panel and 3D (three-dimensional) stereoscopic display. CPT integrates the process of touch panels into LCD panels to achieve the 100% embedded touch panel. The thickness of module is equivalent to LCD modules. Therefore, the notebook can have touch function without changing the mechanical design.
a series of 3D display from 7” to 37” panels. These 3D panels could be applied
to portable video game devices, NB, PC, Desktop monitor, and TV. In the new 3D
displays, the stripe-type ITO-slit with sub pixel shielding has developed to
minimize the moire effect. Additionally, CPT has developed a proprietary image
capture system that can rapidly catch the real-time 3D images. The
applications of this 3D stereoscopic display is anticipated to be widely used
not only for education, entertainments, scientific researches, computer games,
medical surgery but also for commercial advertisements.
Samsung (Source: Digitimes)
At this year's FPD event Samsung will be show-casing several new technologies and displays. These include a 10mm thick 40" LCD TV which has the same profile as 10- to 20-inch LCDs designed for desktop monitors. Its bezel has been reduced from a conventional 30mm to 14.6mm as well, and the panel, using an LED backlight, reproduces 92% of the NTSC standard for color saturation and features power consumption of 90W or less. There is also another LCD TV, 46" in size, being shown with a massive 1500 cd/m2 brightness and an impressive 10mm thickness bezel. This screen is designed for video walls and side by side pairing of multiple panels.
Samsung will unveil widescreen LCD panels available in 16-inch and 18.4-inch
sizes. In addition, Samsung will show its new 15.4-inch LCD with an active,
white-LED backlight. There is a 22" desktop display being shown with a
DisplayPort interface. In addition, Samsung will spotlight next-generation
concepts such as a 14.3-inch plastic display, 8.1-inch e-paper, and a
14.1-inch active-matrix OLED panel.
LG.Philips (Source: LG.Philips)
LG.Philips announced today that it will showcase its industry-leading technologies, including its advanced motion blur reduction technologies, an ultra-slim 42-inch LCD TV panel and other highly advanced products at FPD International 2007 booth #380 from October 24 through 26, 2007, at Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center in Japan.
They will show off their new 47" full HDTV panel which is capable of MPRT of 8ms, and features 120 Hz technology and copper bus implementation. An advanced performance 47-inch wide panel for Full HDTV boasts an even lower motion picture response time of 6ms by using scanning backlight technology. The company will highlight its environmentally-friendly technological advances at the exhibition. LG.Philips LCD will also present its 42-inch ultra-slim LCD TV panel – merely 19.8mm thick.
To meet the growing need for high-quality LCD panels in the desktop monitor market for graphic design and video production uses, LG.Philips LCD has developed wider color gamut products, including the world’s largest monitor panel, measuring 30 inches diagonally, as well as a 26-inch model. Both panels boast superior color gamut of 117 percent.
LG.Philips LCD will also be demonstrating 17-inch wide LCD panel for notebooks that boast color gamut of 100 percent using RGB light emitting diode (LED) backlights, as well as a 13.3-inch wide LCD panel that uses up to 20 percent less power than previous models. This panel is also 40 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter, thanks to the usage of white LED backlights instead of conventional cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL).
At its booth, LG.Philips LCD will also have a special section demonstrating the company’s superior 120Hz refresh rate technology, and promoting the advantages LG.Philips LCD’s IPS-mode panels have in reducing motion blur compared to VA-mode panels. Visitors will be able to compare conventional panels to panels that use LG.Philips LCD’s latest technology, including advancements in IPS-mode 120Hz refresh rate technology, energy efficiency and picture improvement technologies.
At just £279 in the UK ($449 in the US), BenQ could be on to a winner with their new G2400W monitor. At this price, it is certainly cheaper than some of the well established 24" models around, including the Dell 2407WFP-HC (~£446) and BenQ's other model, the FP241W (~£440). However, as seems to be the trend in this sector, the G2400W features a TN Film panel, putting it in the same budget category of models such as the Samsung SM245B.
The G2400W offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. There is a choice of interfaces, with DVI-D, D-sub and HDMI all being present. There is also a trimmed down version with only D-sub available (the G2400WA), but oddly it is priced at £302 at the moment from the same place the G2400W is available for £279. Expect this price to change at some point soon when the screen is more widely available.
Further to our recent reports of the 24" XL24 monitor from Samsung, the 30" model is now also online on their product pages. The full spec can be found on Samsung's UK site, but includes a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 200 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. As expected, the screen will be S-PVA based,
The screen offers a dual-link DVI-D interface along with 4x USB ports for external devices. The XL30 is packaged with the Eye One Display 2 calibrator (as is the XL24) and comes with a hood for professional calibration and colour work. The software package provided is "Natural Colour Expert", a package we will be testing in the near future at TFT Central. As with the XL24, the LED backlighting used here can offer a colour space covering 114% of the NTSC gamut. This also equates to 123% of the L*-RGB space, a number being touted presumably because it sounds even higher!
This model is alllso referred to by it's part number, the LS30EDDLB in some places. The German Samsung pages suggest the screen will be available as of the end of January 2008. Price is unknown at this stage.
Datacolor have recently announced the release of their latest generation of Spyder colorimeter devices. The new device offers some improvements over the Spyder2 devices, such as the Spyder2Express we tested back in April. These include a 37% smaller design to the device itself, a supplied desktop cradle, 29% reduction in calibration time and a re-calibration feature which takes only two and a half minutes. The new Spyder3 colorimeter offers the only seven-detector colour engine on the market, with its 27mm aperture, the largest in its class, giving a greater screen sampling area and a 400 per cent increase in light sensitivity.
Spyder3 also introduces SpyderProof, a proofing function that lets users evaluate calibration results in before and after modes. Four quadrants of thematic images are displayed, targeting saturated colours, skin tones, gradients and black and white. Users can zoom in on any picture to assess highlights, shadow, colour or tonal response in greater detail, and softproof the images using custom profiles.
Spyder3Elite’s dual-mode software offers the choice of a walkthrough wizard guide or expert console to give advanced users full control of all settings. It is also the only device in its category able to calibrate front projectors. Unlimited, user-defined calibration targets for white point, gamma, white luminance and black luminance allow users to get the most from their digital workflow. For a complete suite of colour management tools, Spyder3Studio combines the features of Spyder3Elite’s display calibration with a printer profiling tool. Supplied with Datacolor’s 1005 Spectrocolorimeter and a colour calibration tile with tracking ruler for more accurate readings, Spyder3Studio produces professional-looking prints quickly and accurately, avoiding wasteful trial-and-error testing.
Spyder3Elite is available now from www.spyder3.com priced at £149 (exc. VAT).
AU Optronics announced yesterday the latest generation of their LCD TV panels and new technologies which they have begun to use. AUO’s advanced LCD TV technologies will be demonstrated at FPD International 2007, from October 24 to October 26, in Yokohama Japan.
The Third Generation of AMVA Technology - 5000:1 Static Contrast Ratios
Following successful launches of the 1200:1 contrast ratio AMVA technology in 2005, and the 2500:1 contrast ratio AMVA technology in 2006, AUO today introduced its 5000:1 ultra-high static contrast ratio AMVA technology, by implementing new bump-less pixel design, optimized color resist, and integrated backlight structure and optical film. This ultra high contrast ratio technology not only can enhance dimmer image performance in large-sized panels, but it can also maintain features of high transmittance, low color washout and a wide viewing angle. Although LED-backlit LCD TV panels have better dynamic contrast ratio performance, LED-backlit LCD TV panels in reality have not been widely popularized and started into major mass production yet. Thus, AUO’s newly-launched 5000:1 contrast ratio AMVA technology with CCFL backlight is on the top of the static contrast ratio ranking.
Ultra-Thin 20mm TV Modules
means of new film combination design, AUO has successfully developed
ultra-slim and extra-light LCD TV technology to fully meet the TV market
trend. This new TV technology is able to successfully prevent lamp-mura
issues, thus maintaining original brightness and significantly reducing module
thickness without changing the amount of CCFL used for the backlight. Taking a
32-inch LCD TV panel as an example, AUO is able to shrink the size of the
module from 32.5 mm thick to 20 mm and reduce the total weight by 2 kilograms.
Eco LCD-TV Technology, 50% Less Power Consumption
Taking global warming seriously, AUO has developed its latest eco-LCD TV technology with energy-saving and environmental protection features by optimizing and improving the CCFL backlight design. Taking a 32-inch LCD TV panel as an example, AUO is able to reduce power consumption by up to 50% and yet retain the 500 nits brightness and 3000:1 high contrast ratio, even providing better image quality performance than traditional LCD TV panels. If every household watched television for six hours per day, the electric power consumption would save 158 kilowatt hour per household per year, and save more than 109 kilograms of CO2 into the air. AUO’s newly-introduced eco-LCD TV technology is scheduled to start mass production in Q1 2008.
New Generation of HiColor Technology
Other AUO advanced technologies will also be demonstrated at FPD International 2007 including AUO’s new generation of HiColor technology. By adding the Multi Primary Color technology, the gamut of display covers more yellow and cyan than conventional RGB displays, which results in excellent color performance, particularly for colors of sky, lake and metal.
Source: AUO Press
Asus have released details of a new 20" model in their 'Luxury Slim Series' of monitors. The new LS201 is a little different however, offering only a 1400 x 1050 resolution, as opposed to the regular 1600 x 1200 res usually used in this sector. The screen also offers a 5ms response time, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (ASUS Smart Contrast - ASRC), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles and uses TN Film panel technology from CMO. The LS201 comes equipped with DVI-D and D-sub interfaces. The display also offers a 9H glass protected panel, with a supposed anti-reflective coating of <2%.
It's interesting that with the recent annoucements of displays with higher resolutions than normal (the Viewsonic VX1940w and the Asus VW198S for example), Asus have released a model going the other way. Maybe some users will prefer the larger pixel pitch and subsequently larger text size, but I would imagine the screen will have to be a reasonable price to tempt people away from the higher res, non-TN Film models which compete in this space.
Samsung have released details of a new 24" monitor in their XL range, which will feature LED instead of CCFL backlighting. The XL24 follows in the footsteps of the XL20 and XL30 which we have discussed in the past, and its backlighting covers a reported 114% of the NTSC colour gamut. The screen offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen is S-PVA based (from Samsung themselves) and comes with a calibration hood and packaged colorimeter (X-rite / Gretag Macbeth Eye One Display 2). The stand is height adjustable, and the display offers 4x USB and 1x DVI-D and DVI-I interfaces.
After the recent annoucement of the 20" Dell SP2008WFP screen, which we discussed in our news article here, Dell have now announced the release of a new 22" and 24" model in their range. Details were released yesterday in Japan. The models announced are:
Dell E248WFP - 24"WS, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. As many have anticipated, the screen is unmistakedly TN Film. The screen does offer an extended colour gamut covering 92% of the NTSC colour space, an HDCP supported DVI interface (as well as D-sub), and a tilt adjustment from the stand. The retail price in Japan is 68,800 Yen (including tax), with an expected October 23rd release date.
Dell SP2208WFP - 22"WS, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms G2G response time and 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The rest of the spec is not listed at the moment, but again the screen is TN Film based. This model also offers 92% coverage of the NTSC colour gamut, and comes equipped with a 2MP built in webcam (as with the 20" SP2008WFP), DVI, D-sub and HDMI interfaces. The retail price in Japan is 59,800 Yen and the screen is expected to be released on 11th October.
DisplayPort is defined as the next generation high-speed transmission
technology and given the advantage of consolidating DVI and VGA interfaces.
CPT (Chunghwa Picture Tubes) has successfully developed the world’s first
In addition to supporting high speed transmission for better graphic solution,
DisplayPort also decreases motion blurs effectively by accommodating Double
Frame Rate technology. This technology has been highly expected by the market
with its advantage of replacing DVI and VGA interfaces. CPT shows its great
inventing ability and leading technology by developing the world’s first
Source: CPT Press
Xerox have recently added a new 24"WS monitor to their line up, the XM7-24W. One of the main features of this screen is the "XShield" protective glass front, which also serves to give that glossy panel appearance. It should be noted that this does not replace the traditional AR coating as some glossy panel solutions do, but adds an additional layer for protective and cosmetic purposes only.
The screen offers a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 800:1 contrast ratio and 400 cd/m2 brightness. The technology looks to be TN Film. The screen features a thin black bezel, and two built-in 2w stereo speakers which are well integrated into the stylish design. The screen comes equipped with both D-sub and DVI interfaces, the latter also being HDCP certified. This model is available in the UK from ~£355.
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BenQ have announced the release of a new gamers monitor, the FP19VW. The blurb on BenQ's site says:
"Gamers demand a lot from their gear because their games demand a lot. The BenQ FP94VW comes through for them with super-fast response times, easily accessible optimized settings for different types of games, and a state-of-art interface for an extraordinarily vivid digital viewing experience. It also delivers the kind of style that will please the gamer's aesthetic sensibilities, and handy features that gamers will instantly recognize as made just for them. So are you into games? This is one monitor that is, too!"
The FP94VW offers a 2ms G2G response time (5ms ISO) from it's AU Optronics TN Film panel. The display also offers a 1440 x 900 resolution, 800:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The screen also comes with BenQ's proprietry Senseye technology and an HDMI interface (along with DVI and VGA also). The display is now available in Europe for €249.00.
With the trend of moving to larger displays, Gateway have now released their own 30"WS display to rival other offerings from the likes of Dell (3007WFP-HC), Samsung (305T) and HP (LP3065). While the screen is being touted by Gateway as the "world's first Quad-HD display", this is sure to be disputed by other manufacturers. The screen does offer a massive 2560 x 1600 (1600p) resolution, and uses the Silicon Optix Realta HQV (Hollywood Quality Video) video processor for incredibly detailed images. The video processor performs one trillion operations per second for enhanced image quality and offers advanced capabilities, such as deinterlacing, film cadence detection, noise reduction, and detail enhancement. The HQV video processor boosts the display to provide a visually intense PC gaming experience, as customers can set their graphics card for the optimal balance of resolution and frames per second to avoid skipped frames or screen stutter. Further enhancing image quality, the XHD3000 provides incredible video scaling performance to deliver a stunning full-screen experience. In addition, the display’s advanced upconversion makes standard-definition video look high-definition, and will even upscale 1080p high-definition video to an astonishing 1600p.
The XHD3000 offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles. The panel technology used is S-PVA, from Samsung, as Gateway kindly confirmed for us. The display comes with HDMI, , DVI-D (single link / dual link - HDCP supported), VGA, component, S-video, composite and 6x USB 2.0 interfaces. The XHD3000 comes with a new four-device universal IR remote control that can be used to access not only the display, but also three additional devices, such as a Media Center PC, cable or satellite set-top box and DVD player. The included IR Blaster cable allows for remote transmission of IR controls directly from the screen via the universal remote as well as from other devices’ remote controls to AV equipment behind cabinets. There is also itnergrated DXP Powered speakers for that all-in-one multimedia solution. The design is sleak, with a high-gloss bezel and brushed aluminium accent bar. There are touch sensitive operational buttons which also light up appropriately to guide you through the OSD.
The XHD3000 is available from Gateway now at a retail price in the US of $1699.99.
Dell have today given their official statement regarding the ghosting issue on the 2407WFP-HC. The crux of the matter is that Dell will not be releasing an update or fix for this, and admit that the issue is related to the RTC impulse and 'overshoot' caused by it's application. You can read the full response in our article.
Dell have said you can either keep the monitor, or initiate a refund. Details of how to arrange a return are enclosed in the email they sent out, and in our article. At this stage I believe this applies for US customers only.
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Following in the footsteps of the recent Viewsonic annoucement, Asustek have recently released a new monitors in Taiwan. The most interesting feature with this 19"WS model, the VW198S, is the higher than normal resolution of 1680 x 1050. This res is normally reserved for 20 - 22"WS displays, but Asus have brought this now to the 19"WS market as well. The screen also offers a 5ms response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles and features only a VGA interface. The retail price in Taiwan is 7290 (NT$).
Asus have also released specs for two new 22"WS displays, the VW222S and VW222U. Both offer 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The former of the two offers only a VGA connection, while the latter offers an additional HDCP supported DVI interface. They will retail for 9890 and 11,290 NT$ respectively in Taiwan. All three of these models are TN Film based as you can tell from the technical specs.
As we discussed at the beginning of September, Dell's new 20-inch, SP2008WFP is now available to order. The screen retails for £237.35 in the UK, and $289 from Dell US. The screen is marketed with its integrated 2MP webcam which "enables audio-visual online communication and multimedia experience with great functionality and convenience." The webcam feature is supported by Dell's specific webcam software which is detailed more in their documentation.
Specs are as originally reported, with a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2 ms G2G response time, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 160/160 viewing angles, and DVI-D (HDCP supported) and VGA interfaces. The screen is TN Film based as expected, something which will at least drive the price down in this sector.
Acer have recently introduced a new 22"WS monitor in their P series range, the P223Wd. The screen comes with a glossy panel coating (Acer's CrystalBrite) and features an HDCP supported DVI-D itnerface. The screen offers a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 2500:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and utilises a TN Film panel.
Acer is also to bring further models, ranging from 19 to 24 inches, to the market in the P series. Some will feature the same glossy panel coating which some users find preferrable. The Acer P223Wd is available from October for a recommended retail price of €299.00.
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Viewsonic have recently announced the release of new models in both their VA and VX ranges. Firstly there's the widescreen 19-inch VA1926w, 20-inch VA2026w and 22-inch (21.6-inch visible) VA2226w, along with the 5:4 format 19-inch VA926. The new displays offer a 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness and VGA/DVI interfaces. The expected prices will be $229, $249, $279 respectively for the 19, 20 and 22"WS models; while the 19" VA926 will be $259. These are available now.
In the VX range we have the 19-inch VX1940w, 19-inch VX1932wm and 22-inch VX2240w. Interestingly, the VX1940wm features a 1680 x 1050 resolution, higher than the normal resolution of 1440 x 900 commonly used in this sector. The 22"WS model also offers this resolution as you would expect, and both models combine this with a 2ms G2G response time, 4000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and VGA/DVI interfaces. The VX1932wm sticks with the normal lower resolution and offers the same spec, only with a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 2000:1 instead. The VX1940w and VX2240w will be available in November with estimated street prices of $249 and $349 (respectively), while the VX1932wm will be priced at $249 and available in October.
The new 22" display from Asus brings us an impressive spec, offering 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen offers an HDCP supported DVI-D interface, along with the usual VGA connection. The screen is available across Europe for €299.
It might sound astonishing, but Lenovo are set to launch a world's first! A 22" model, with a full 1920 x 1200 resolution (normally reserved for 23" models and above), and without using TN Film panel technology! The L220x is reported to offer this impressive WUXGA resolution, a considerable step up from the usual 1680 x 1050 resolution we normally see in the 22" market. This will offer support for full 1080 HD content (1080 vertical resolution required). This resolution on a 22" model offers a pixel pitch of 0.247mm, a tighter pitch than even 30" and 20" models, which should offer nice crisp and sharp text and images.
The screen's spec offers a 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The L220x will also offers an enhanced colour gamut (92% NTSC), a DVI-D (HDCP supported) and VGA interface, along with a 4-port USB hub, pivot, rotate and height adjustments. The panel spec seems suggestive of VA technology, and indeed some sites are reporting Lenovo confirmed the technology is S-PVA. At this time, Samsung don't list such a module, but once we have further clarification, we will report back.
The display will be available from November in the US at a retail price of ~$550.
Eizo have recently announced the release of two new 30"WS monitors in their range, aimed at design and engineering professionals. The first is the SX3031W, offering a resolution of 2560 x 1600, 6ms G2G response time (12ms ISO), 900:1 contrast ratio, 270 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen also offers 100% coverage of the NTSC colour gamut and 97% coverage of the Adobe RGB colour space, possible thanks to enhanced backlighting. The SX3031W uses Eizo's ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) with a 12-Bit Look Up Table (LUT) and offering a total colour palette of 68 billion colours, from which the most appropriate 16.7 million are selected. The ASIC also features a 16-bit internal processing for smooth display of greyscale tones, bringing out detail in darker areas of an image.
There is a dual link DVI interface required for the full native resolution, and an additional single link interface (1920 x 1200 max res) which offers HDCP support. The screen offers a USB hub, along with tilt, height and swivel adjustments. The SX3031W will begin shipping in October.
The second new 30" screen is the CG301W, forming part of Eizo's ColorEdge series of colour calibration monitors. The screen will be shown off at this year's IGAS event in Tokyo, Japan and offers a wide colour gamut (100% NTSC and 97% of Adobe RGB gamut), 12-bit hardware calibration and is suitable for a wide range of professional graphics and photo uses. The screen is pre-calibrated at the factory in Japan to ensure a gamma or 2.2 and the screen is calibrated at a hardware level as opposed to via the users graphics card. The screen comes packaged with a calibration software package, compatible with several high end colorimeter devices.
The CG301W offers a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 850:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The other features and ergonomic adjustments remain similar to the SX3031W described above, mass production is due to begin in December.
Many visitors to this site draw on the extensive monitor / panel search database featured here. This offers the users chance to determine which panel is used in a particular model. To add to this feature, we are today adding a further resource for those who are enthusiastic, or just curious, about LCD panels. We now have a full panel part database, listing all the specs and features of the panels produced by each manufacturer. This is organised into diagonal panel size, and is updated with all the latest panel modules available from each supplier.
This will be updated as and when new panels are added, and will hopefully prove a useful resource for our visitors.
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Along with the recent release of the updated Dell 2407WFP-HC, Dell have announced the release of a new budget model in their 19" range, the E198FP. The Dell E198FP is designed for a wide variety of users ranging from the home to corporate or financial trading environments. It can be wall or desk mounted and includes a cable management feature to reduce desk clutter and maximise space. The screen offers a 1280 x 1024 resolution, 5ms response time (no RTC here), 800:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 160/160 viewing angles and offers only a VGA interface. The screen is already available at a retail price of £190.35 in the UK.
September 13th 2007
Acer have announced the release of their new P series monitors, touted as being "ideal for home and educational environments, along with multimedia, gaming and video applications requiring premium performance, comfortable extended use, and increased versatility." The range includes 19, 20, 22 and 24 inch models, and come in a glossy piano black bezel design and sleek silver stand. The specs of the screens are as follows:
All models are TN Film based and are available at various retailers and Acer authorized resellers throughout North America. Pricing starts at $229.99 for the P191Wd, $269.99 for the P201Wd, $329.99 for the P221Wd, and $499.99 for the P241Wd.
September 12th 2007
NEC's press release announces the arrival of the 19-inch AccuSync LCD19WMGX, the 22-inch LCD22WMGX, and the 24-inch LCD24WMCX displays, promising to serve up both speed and performance. These new AccuSync wide-screen displays replace the award-winning GX2 Series, which set a new performance standard for gaming LCD monitors. By going larger and wider, the new displays address the growing appetite among avid gamers and consumers for wide-format viewing. The wide aspect displays deliver more room for easier multi-tasking and more range for precise multi-blasting. The LCD19WMGX and the LCD22WMGX also include super-bright OptiClear Screen Technology (glossy coating), which provides rich colour saturation, remarkable clarity and true-to-life contrast to enhance the user’s overall visual experience.
The specs of the screens are:
LCD19WMGX - 19"WS, 1440 x 1900 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles
LCD22WMGX - 22"WS, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (2000:1 Dynamic Contrast), 300 cd/m2 brightness, 170/160 viewing angles
LCD24WMCX - 24"WS, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio (2000:1 Dynamic Contrast), 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles (although note that these are quoted at CR>5!)
These displays feature integrated stereo speakers, an HDMI interface (HDCP certified - DVI > HDMI adapter needed for the 19" model) and component connections (22" and 24" models only). The screens come in a glossy piano black casing and offer tilt adjustment. The AccuSync LCD19WMGX is available for shipment with an estimated street price of $279.99, the AccuSync LCD22WMGX is available for shipment at $379.99, and the AccuSync LCD24WMCX will be available later in September at $549.99.
Source: NEC Displays
We discussed the Hyundai W240D 3D version recently, which was showcased at this year's IFA event. Aving.net also report that a touchscreen version was also on show at the fair. One thing which was confusing about these models was the mixture of specs listed, seeming to imply the screen could be TN Film or S-PVA technology based.
We have recently had clarification from Hyundai of the spec for the European version of the W240D (non 3D version) which confirms the current model is TN Film based. Despite what their website states (confusingly), the spec of the W240D is as follows:
Hyundai also claim there will be an S-PVA version of this screen, but it's unclear whether this will be elsewhere in the world, or with a different model number. For simplicity, I hope they at least change the model code! For now, this marks the release of another TN Film model in the 24" sector, but with an impressive reported 2ms G2G response time. Overclockers have the model available in the UK for £399.49.
As we reported recently, Samsung have just announced the spec of their new 26"WS TN Film panel, the LTM260CT. Digitimes reports that Taiwanese panel manufacturers are beginning mass production of 26" panels, with Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) leading the way. According to sources at Taiwan panel makers, CMO commenced 26-inch widescreen LCD monitor production in August with a monthly output of about 2,000 units. The amount is expected to ramp up to about 10,000 units in September.
Rival AUO will follow suit and plans to start 26-inch widescreen LCD monitor panel production in October, the sources said. They commented that the relatively late production schedule at AUO is primarily due to the panel maker's tightening capacity. Additionally, sources revealed that CPT will start the production of 26-inch widescreen monitor panels from September at its sixth-generation (6G) lines. In fact, CPT already list two 26" modules in their 'monitor application' range including the CLAA260WU09, CLAA260WU01 and CLAA260WU03. Both offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution, 3ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and either 100% or 92%(W/I inverter) colour saturation. No references to 26" panels on AUO's or CMO's websites yet.
It is anticipated that these panels will all be TN Film technology and according to industry players, most available 26-inch widescreen LCD monitors are being targeted at so-called niche applications such as medical or professional graphics. Although general consumers still have concerns about whether 26-inch is too large for a monitor, the industry players believe that there exists a chance for 26-inch widescreen monitors to be the next mainstream large monitor size, given that consumers are unlike to feel dizzy when using monitors of this size at a one-foot distance.
Samsung have released new panel specs on their website including most noteably
the details for an updated 24" S-PVA panel and a 26" TN Film panel. Details are
I've included details of the current 30"WS panel there as well (LTM300M1P01) since it's useful to compare to the slightly updated panel being produced in Q4 this year (P02). Obviously the addition of the updated 24"WS S-PVA panel will interest many readers, and looks like the panel which has been utilised in Dell's updated 2407WFP-HC monitor. This was reported across some internet forums, but without any supporting evidence. Now we have Samsung's panel spec to back up this claim.
The addition of a 26" panel is interesting as well, since this is a new venture for Samsung. Again, TN Film seems to be stretching into a bigger screen size, so I imagine it won't be long before we see 26" screens from Samsung using this new panel, but at a nice affordable price.
Source: Samsung Monitors
Dell have released specs of a new 20" monitor in their ever popular range, the webcam-equipped SP2008WFP. There are few details at present, but the screen is reported to offer a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms response time (presumably a G2G figure), 2000:1 contrast ratio (presumably dynamic), 300 cd/m2 brightness, DVI (HDCP supported) and VGA interfaces, and 4x USB connections. The webcam is 2MP and also offers a microphone. Combine this with the Dell soundbar (optional extra) and you have a complete web conference capable display. From the spec the screen looks to be TN Film based.
The screen is reportedly being released September 12th, price is unknown as yet. More details when they become available.
LG Electronics (LG), a
major player in the global flat panel display market, announced that it will
demonstrate next generation 1920 x 1080/60p full HD video content at IFA 2007.
LG’s 60p full HD TVs are capable of displaying twice as many frames per second
as current 1920 x 1080/30p full HD TVs. The 60p full HD TVs offer sharper,
smoother, and more stable images.
At this year's IFA show, Hyundai have shown an interesting new 24"WS monitor offering something a little different. Firstly, the screen appears to offer a glossy panel coating which some users prefer. Then there's the fact that this is a 3D monitor, offering some impressive specs on paper as well. The spec was listed on a sheet next to the monitor at the event, and looks a little confusing:
What looks confusing here is that on the spec sheet, Hyundai also list the W240D 3D as having a TN Film panel. However, while some of the spec (response time for instance) suggests this is likely, other elements of the spec seems indicative of other technology (e.g. consider the viewing angles quoted). However, on further investigation, this looks like it will be a 3D extension of the W240D monitor already listed on Hyundai's site and also on show at IFA 2007. There the W240D is listed with an S-PVA panel offering a 6ms G2G response time (the 2ms G2G is only part of the combined rise + fall time by the looks of things). The rest of the spec and features matches, but this version lacks the glossy screen coating and 3D functionality. More details on the 3D model when they become available.
Source and picture credit: Aving.net
We discussed the new L227WT monitor back in July where some early details were available regarding the extended gamut offered from the display. LG have also released some details regarding a new 26" model, the W2600A, offering 102% coverage of the NTSC colour space. There is also a new 30" model being showcased, the W3000H offering 115% coverage. Both models are reportedly going to be released in March 2008.
At this years IFA exhibition in Germany, Samsung have
unveiled two new 22"WS monitors with voice over IP functions (VoIP) designed
for video conferencing and video calls. The new SyncMaster 220TN monitor is
embedded with simple networking modules, enabling users to go online and make
video calls when connected to LAN cable even without a PC. As the monitor has
a built-in camera, microphone and speaker, users can make conference and video
calls by using software that comes installed, without buying additional
equipment while they go online.
Source: Samsung IFA 2007
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