The new range of S-IPS equipped screens from monitor new-comer, Hazro, has attracted a fair bit of interest since we reported about their range a couple of weeks ago. At the time, the 24" model details were unknown, but have since been released. This coincides with the imminent arrival of the HZ24W screen at retail locations, and a review unit is currently being tested at TFT Central, to appear on the site very soon!
The specs of the HZ24W are as follows: 1920 x 1200 resolution, 5ms response time (presumably G2G here), 700:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The description lists this (along with their other models) as being S-IPS based, and the screen also features VGA, DVI and component interfaces. The screen offers an aluminium bezel and stand, along with a tilt adjustment.
Full review coming very soon! If you want to ask particular questions now, then please come into the forum!
Dell have released official details of the forthcoming 30"WS monitor on their US website. The screen will offer a 2560 x 1600 resolution as expected, along with an 8ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic), 370 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and a whole range of connectivity options. The screen offers VGA, DVI-D (HDCP supported), HDMI, S-video, Component, Composite and DisplayPort. Ergonomically, the screen will feature tilt, swivel and height adjustments, and the 3008WFP will also feature 4x USB ports and a 9-in-2 card reader.
In the description, the screen is listed with a 100% coverage of the NTSC colour gamut, and Dell 'TrueLife' technology. This technology offers a gloss finish to the screen, and was initially introduced to the Japanese market in Fujitsu notebook computers in the beginning of 2003 and later brought to the mainstream via Sony's marketing of its own XBRITE™ brand. This technology was an instant success because of its super crisp images and its vibrant colors. The panel looks to be the LG.Philips LM300WQ5 S-IPS panel, which is something users were hoping for, and in keeping with Dell's previous use of S-IPS in the 30" sector.
BenQ have just announced the release of four new models in the X-series of monitors, aimed primarily at the gamers market. The models include the X900, X900W, X2000W and X2200W models in sizes of 19", 20" and 22". The range include various technologies designed to improve gaming experience including Senseye+ Game, Perfectmotion and AMA (Advanced Motion Accelerator - i.e. RTC).
BenQ’s X series LCD monitor features a stylish black color and checkered flag pattern at base. Equipped with Senseye+Game technology, X series provides six specialized display modes (Standard, Dynamic, Movies, Photos, Action Game and Racing Game) to deliver the widest range of viewing experiences. Among them, two dedicated gaming modes – Action Game and Racing Game – give consumers the power to configure gaming experiences and engage them into the heart of the game. BenQ’s exclusive Senseye+Game Technology provides consumers with the ultimate visual clarity, depth and richness. Image quality is automatically and dynamically improved to deliver exquisite clarity that’s bolder and brighter, immersing the consumer into the action.
Interestingly, PerfectMotion technology and 92% NTSC color gamut are used in the 22" model, the BenQ X2200W. BenQ's press release says that: "PerfectMotion is a new technology, a dynamic video display processing technology that creates a new standard for LCD monitors – Motion Picture Response Time (MPRT). PerfectMotion can provide world leading 8ms MPRT while other typical panels provide over 20ms MPRT." Back in January we saw the name PerfectMotion being used on the FP241WZ model to signify the inclusion of their BFI (Black Frame Insertion) technology, and it represents the combination of several technlogies, similar to ViewSonic's ClearMotiv suite. Reading further the detail about the X2200W, you can tell that Black Frame Insertion is being used in this model, and is now referred to as SPD (Simulated Pulsed Driving). We saw this in December 2006 in fact, when we discussed AMVA and other new technologies from AU Optronics. So the combination of AMA (overdrive / RTC to everyone else) and SPD (black frame insertion) results in PerfectMotion.
The specs of the range are as follows:
The BenQ X2000W and X2200W will be available in China and select countries across Asia Pacific and Europe in December. The BenQ X900W will be available in the U.S. and China starting December. The BenQ X900 will be availabe in select coutries across Europe starting December.
After the recent annoucement that Toshiba were developing a high resolution, 3840 x 2400, 22" panel, Samsung have recently announced that it has completed development of a flat panel X-ray detector (FPXD) for radiology machines. This is being done in collaboration with Vatech Ltd, a Korean medical machinery manufacturing company. By using digital imaging with thin-film transistor (TFT) technology, the diagnostic process is enhanced in many ways. In addition to delivering a much more precise image, Samsung’s new FPXD imaging sensor can save medical labs considerable time and money because no film or development process is needed.
The crux of the matter is that the new FPXD measures 45 cm wide x 46cm high (or 61cm diagonally = 24") and boasts a 3072 x 3072 (9.4 megapixels) resolution! The new Samsung FXPD technology has virtually an endless range of applications beyond conventional X-ray systems. For example, it can be adopted for more advanced diagnostics such as CAT scans, for building inspections (scanning rebar structures, etc.) and for airport security scanners.
Samsung say that: "To create its FPXD, Samsung attached photodiodes to a TFT substrate that was produced using its proprietary amorphous silicon technology. The X-rays are detected photon by photon and then converted into visible light, which in turn is converted to electrical signals that can be displayed as diagnostic images on a flat panel screen. In addition, Samsung has created an image enhancement function to eliminate most digital image noise interference to provide the highest radiographic sensitivity in the industry."
Samsung’s expects that its new, FPXD one-stop, total solution will secure the leadership position in the growing market for medical equipment detectors. Don't expect to see this panel being used in any normal displays for now, it's got a pretty niche market, but interesting nevertheless. The panel will be on sale from Q1 2008, but price is currently unknown.
In January 2008, Iiyama will be releasing a new 20"WS model in their range at an attractive £149.99 (+VAT) GBP retail price. The new screen will offer a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, and will be TN Film based. The screen is black in colour and features integrated speakers along with a DVI and VGA interface.
This week LG has announced the release of their new 22"WS monitor in the UK, featuring a 1680 x 1050 resolution, 2ms G2G response time, 5000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (see note later), 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing angles. The screen is TN Film based. We originally discussed this screen way back in July and the colour gamut was expected to be 97% of the NTSC colour space back then. Now LG are listing it with a gamut covering 100%, but whether this is a case of some slightly exagerated marketing remains a possibility.
LG's press released states:
"The L227WT’s design perfectly compliments its
high-end specifications with a sleek, thin bezel and a gloss-black finish
housing its superior technology. The monitor is operated by a touch sensitive
circular power button. Other controls, such as the F-Engine and ez-zooming,
are neatly tucked away at the bottom of screen, making it a stylish addition
to any home or business.
However, LG's German site and Prad.de are reporting that the L227WT will feature a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1, thanks to an upgraded chip which is now being used. Retail price is 379 Euroes.
Samsung Electronics' LED-backlit LCD panels are now available in large full HD TVs at major US retailers for the holiday season, stated the company. The new panels enable a huge jump in the dynamic contrast ratio from between 5,000:1 and 25,000:1, to 100,000:1 and even 500,000:1, for the clearest images on the market today, according to Samsung.
Available in 40-, 46-, 52- and 57-inch diagonal screen sizes, Samsung's new "local dimming" LED technology provides a brightness level of 450nits, and reduces power consumption by as much as 30%. With local-dimming LEDs, hundreds of wafer-thin diodes about the width of the eye's pupil are electronically turned off and on in exacting sequences that respond to movement on the screen, areas only a fraction of what was previously possible with the most prevalent form of TV backlighting, long, thin fluorescent lamps. In black areas of the picture, the diodes can be completely shut off in order to generate total blackness.
Samsung said that its new extreme-contrast LCD panels is now available in Samsung TVs in the US, and also will be featured in HDTV's produced by other manufacturers. Samsung's own F96 Series is already detailed on their website with a 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (as pictured above).
You probably haven't heard of this manufacturer before, but Hazro are a relatively unknown newcomer to the scene in the monitors world. Looking at their website it seems they are entirely a monitor manufacturer, and so far have details of 4 models in their HZ range. These come in sizes of 23, 24, 26 and 30" and all boast S-IPS panel technology. Hazro's blurb states:
technology, Hazro HZ monitors boast a viewing range of 178 degrees. Experience
colour fidelity like you've never seen before, without colour shift and with
an infinitely high – and perpetually stable – contrast ratio. The Hazro HZ
Range was built by engineers, passionate about creating cutting-edge products
and overcoming the challenges that shape future development and innovation.
This is a positive start for the manufacturer in the eyes of many, as S-IPS is a highly regarded technology and fits the requirements of many users, and it seems Hazro are wise to this. The range is marketed at professionals as well, with their information stating:
"When it comes to CAD-CAM, 3D modelling, pre-press editing and photography, the rapid response times, luminance and colour saturation place the HZ range in a calibre of their own."
The models avaialble in the Hazro range are:
Iiyama have recently announced they will release three new touchscreen monitors, based on the latest 5-wire resistive technology. The new screens will come in 15, 17 and 19" sizes, with the models being the ProLite T1530SR, T1730SR and T1930SR. Each will offer both D-sub and DVI interface options, with touchscreen connectivity being provided via either USB or RS-232.
A solid and steady base supports the TouchScreen range, with an adjustable stand offering full 90 degree angles and a tile function. Extensive Touch Utilities allow for 4 point calibration and either 9/25 point linerization. An incredibly powerful Touch solution. All three also come in either black or ivory colours and include 2x 1W built in speakers. The rest of the specs are as follows:
The new models look like they will be reasonably expensive, with the 15" version expected to retail for £329 GBP - even at that size! Obviously these are aimed at a niche market anyway, and the operating system for such displays is often limited. For reference, all three are TN Film based.
Details of the new 30" screen from Dell have been leaked on the internet today. It seems the new 3008WFP will feature a wealth of connectivity options, setting it apart from it's predecessor, the 3007WFP-HC. The new model will not only offer 2x DVI, D-sub, component, composite and S-video; but will also feature an HDMI and DisplayPort interface! The screen is reported to offer height, tilt and swivel ergonomic adjustments and will retain the usual 2560 x 1600 resolution of other 30"WS models.
As you can see from the image above, it seems this was leaked onto the net from an internal Dell document (credit to the Enquirer for this image). Final design may well be subject to change, and at the moment it is unclear what technology panel this will be (although if it's anything like the 3007WFP it will be S-IPS), and what spec will be offered. More details as we get them.
Release New SX2461W and SX2761W Monitors
November 10th 2007
Eizo has recently announced the release of two new models in their 'FlexScan' range, the 24" SX2461W and the 27" SX2761W. Both offer a massive screen size and a 1920 x 1200 resolution as standard.
The 24" model offers a 6ms G2G response time, 850:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and covers 96% of the Adobe RGB colour space / 92% NTSC gamut. It's VA panel technology offers a 12-bit LUT, 8-bit colour depth, and it features an HDCP supported DVI-I interface. This model also features a USB hub, aspect ratio control at a hardware level, and a height, tilt and rotate function from the stand. Full spec is available here. The retail price is expected to be ¥137,800 ($1,202).
The 27" model offers a similar spec, but brightness is 320 cd/m2 instead. Colour gamut is still covering 92% of the NTSC space, but only covers 95% of the Adobe RGB on this model, apparently slightly lower than that of the SX2461W. Other specs and feature remain pretty much the same to the 24" model. Retail price is expected to be ¥178,000 ($1,552).
Eizo S2231W-E, a 22" Display With VA Panel
November 4th 2007
Hot on the heals of the Lenovo L220x display, Eizo are also reportedly releasing a new 22" monitor with a VA panel. Unlike the Lenovoo model however, the S2231W-E will stick with the 1680 x 1050 resolution we are used to for this sector. The screen will offer an 8ms G2G response time (16ms ISO), 1500:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The actual panel manufacturer is not known at this stage, but specs are characteristic of a VA panel no doubt.
The display will feature an HDCP supported DVI interface, along with the usual d-sub connection. Combine this with height, pivot, tilt and rotate functionality and an integrated USB hub (x2), and you've got quite an impressive sounding screen. It will be available in white and black versions, but release date and price are unknown at this stage.
Forming part of Dell's more modest 'Economy' range of screens, the E248WFP was recently announced in Japan as we reported. The screen is now on sale on Dell's website for a reasonable $469 USD. Compare this to the price of the 2407WFP-HC at $689 and it could well prove a popular model for those looking for a large screen at a reasonable price. We won't go into the specs again as you can read them in our previous report.
Toshiba have announced a staggering WQUXGA resolution from their new 22" widescreen display, equating to 3840 x 2400 pixels! This almost unbelievable resolution will offer a 0.1245mm pixel pitch which is 200 dpi, and is designed to be used for viewing map information and aerial photography for example. The rest of the specs remain very modest, with a 300:1 contrast ratio, 235 cd/m2 brightness, 16.77 million colours and 120/100 viewing angles. With a bit of digging, it seems IDTech also offer a product with similar specs. It is likely that the same panel is used in both their product and this model announced by Toshiba. IDTech's information is available here and reveals the panel technology used is likely to be IPS, and in their PDF the response time is also listed as 62ms.
The screen will retail for 2,079,000 Yen in Japan, equating to $17,500 USD!!! Obviously this is a very niche market, and not a screen many of our readers would ever consider. Interesting news nevertheless. No images are available yet.
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