Acer B326HUL with 32" 2560 x 1440 Res AMVA Panel
June 30th 2014
Acer are set to release a screen with perhaps the longest
and most complicated product name we've ever seen. We will refer to it here as
the manageable B326HUL, but its full product name is the B326HUL ymiidphz.
Goodness knows what all those letters are meant to represent, or perhaps
someone accidentally spilt their coffee on the keyboard when they were typing
up the spec pages?!
Anyway the B326HUL is a 32" sized screen sporting a 2560
x 1440 resolution AMVA panel, as already featured in the
BenQ BL3200PT. It offers a 6ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio,
300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It's W-LED backlight and so
offers an sRGB standard gamut. The screen has DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI
connections and some integrated USB ports included. There are also 2x 2W
stereo speakers and tilt, height and swivel adjustments are offered by the
The screen is listed on Acer's website at a price of
QNIX QX320QHD 32" Display with 2560 x 1440 Res
June 30th 2014
QNIX have recently launched a new 32" sized screen in
their range. The QX320QHD offers a similar set of features and specs to the
QX2710 we tested recently, although that may well mean some of the claims
are a little "adventurous". Regardless the 32" screen offers a 2560 x 1440
resolution. Their spec sheets list the screen with an AUO A-HVA panel
(IPS-type), but the other listed specs suggest it is more likely to be an AMVA
panel, like that used in the
BenQ BL3200PT. As far as we know, AUO aren't currently manufacturing a 32"
AHVA panel, so it looks likely that it is in fact the same AMVA panel
(M320DVN01.0) as the BenQ alternative.
Ignoring the panel type confusion for a moment the screen
also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It is W-LED backlit with a standard
sRGB gamut. Connectivity wise there are DL-DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI available
and so being a multi-input monitor it is extremely unlikely that it can be
overclocked very much if at all. The spec lists overclocking as a feature, but
we saw from that QX2710 that while you can happily run the screen up to 120Hz
refresh rate and display an image, frames are dropped making it all rather
pointless. The spec also lists "virtual 4k" support, again a little pointless
we thought in practice, a Low Blue Light mode (which didn't do anything on the
QX2710) and a Flicker free backlight (which wasn't actually PWM-free on the
QX2710!). There is a fully adjustable stand with tilt, height, swivel and
rotate offered and it is also VESA compliant. There are integrated 2x 5W
stereo speakers included and audio connections.
Seiki to Release 28, 32 and 40" 4k Monitors
June 30th 2014
Seiki are well known in the US for offering low cost 4k
resolution LCD TV sets (pictured is their
SE39UY04 4K Television). Next year it looks like they are set to invade
the monitor market in a similar fashion with the announcement of models in 28,
32 and 40" sizes! It is early days for these screens as they are not expected
to be available until Q1 2015 but the specs currently listed certainly look
impressive and interesting.
The monitors will come in three different sizes including a 28-in (28U4SEP-G02),
32-in (32U4SEP-G02) and 40-in (40U4SEP-G02) offering with the following specs:
- Vertical Alignment (VA) LED panel technology with
3,840 by 2,160 4K Ultra HD
- 12-bit colour processing and 14-bit gamma mode
(presumably they are talking about 10-bit panels with 12-bit LUT or something
- HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3, MHL 3.0, DVI and VGA
standards display connections
- Picture-by-picture (x4) and daisy chain mode
- USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream and 2 downstream)
- VESA-compliant adjustable monitor stand with quick
The screens are expected to support 4k at 60Hz as well, something which has
limited some of their current 4k TV's. Pricing is not known at this stage and
they are still very early on in development so things may change of course over
the next 6 - 9 months. More info when we get it.
Asus PB279Q Announced with 4k AHVA Panel
June 12th 2014
Asus have recently shown off their new 27" PB279Q model at Computex in Taipei.
This screen is the successor to the popular
PB278Q but marks some changes to the spec and features. Of particular note
is the use of a new 4k resolution (3840 x 2160) AHVA panel from AU Optronics
(IPS-type). The screen thankfully supports a full 60Hz refresh rate still and
uses a W-LED backlight offering an sRGB colour gamut coverage. In other specs
there is a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness,
178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour support (8-bit+FRC)
The design has remained very similar to the older model although the bezel has
been trimmed down to 9mm. There is a full range of ergonomic adjustments from
the stand including tilt, height, swivel and rotate still. There are
DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and 4x HDMI (yes, 4!) connections provided. The
HDMI also offer MHL support. PiP (Picture in
Picture) and PbP (Picture by Picture) are supported when multiple devices are
connected to the screen as well.
According to the press release: "pricing is
expected to be clearly under 1000 USD”. A mid to late Q3 release date is
the current target, but this may of course change. Further information on price
when we have it.
Eizo FS2434 Gaming Screen with AH-IPS Panel Coming
June 12th 2014
Hot on the heels of their very interesting and impressive
Foris FG2421 gaming screen, Eizo are set to release a new 23.8" gaming
screen in the near future. The new FS2434 will this time feature an AH-IPS
panel, instead of the MVA panel used in the FG2421. Before people get too
excited about the new screen it's worth noting up front that this will only be a
60Hz refresh model, unlike the previous FG2421 which marked the first use of a
120Hz VA panel. It also won't offer the "Turbo 240" strobed backlight system
that the FG2421 had.
The 23.8" FS2434 offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4.9ms G2G response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC
colour depth and sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight. The backlight will use a
Hybrid dimming technique with flicker free DC control for most of the brightness
adjustment range (normally down to 20% setting) and PWM then used for the lower
adjustment range. The 6 mm frame (2 mm bezel and 4 mm border at the edges of the
LCD panel) along the sides and top of the monitor create almost seamless viewing
in a multi-monitor environment for a more immersive gaming experience.
Highlighting the gaming focus of this new model, there is apparently "0.05
frames of input lag" (~0.83ms) according to Eizo. There are also a series of
"Smart" extras provided. First up is ‘Smart
Insight 2’ which selectively enhances the visibility of dark areas to give
players a competitive advantage at the expense of a somewhat unnatural looking
image (akin to BenQ’s ‘Black eQualizer’ and certain low-end gamma enhancements
seen on other monitors). Secondly there is ‘Smart Resolution’ which is a
sharpness enhancement filter designed to specifically target ‘blurred’ areas of
the image without enhancing ‘noise’ – so perhaps giving less of an artificial
look to the image compared to other similar features. Last but not least is
‘Smart Detection’ which allows the other ‘Smart’ features to be applied only to
game content rather than the rest of the screen if you’re not running the game
The screen offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments from the stand. The
monitor can also be mounted on a VESA-compatible stand. A handle on the backside
makes it simple to carry the monitor to a gaming event. There are DVI-D, 2x HDMI
and 2x USB 3.0 connections provided.
Dual 0.5 watt internal speakers are included and there is also a line-out jack
for connecting to external speakers and a headphone jack provides further
functionality. Eizo has simplified adjusting of the screen settings by including
both a remote control and its own G-Ignition utility
(Windows 8, 7 and Vista compatible). G-Ignition software also lets users
gaming presets created by professional gamers from gaming.eizo.com or export
their own customized color modes to other gamers who also own the Foris FS2434.
G-Ignition can be used to assign hot keys to turn the monitor's power and mute
on/off, as well as adjust the color mode and aspect ratio. There is also an Auto
EcoView brightness sensor that reads the ambient lighting and adjusts the
screen's brightness to the ideal level
The FS2434 will be available in parts of Asia in
late June and should appear globally shortly afterwards. Price is still to be
Philips 288P6LJEB 28" Monitor with 4k
June 12th 2014
Never one for simple model names, the forthcoming 288P6LJEB is a new 28" sized
monitor from Philips offering a 3840 x 2160 4k resolution. This lines the screen
up in competition against similar 28" 4k models we've already started to see
appear from the likes of Dell, Asus, Samsung and AOC.
The screen thankfully supports a full 60Hz refresh rate, and also has a 1ms G2G
response time thanks to its TN Film panel. It can apparently support 1.07b
colours as well (8-bit+FRC) although given it's a standard gamut (W-LED backlit)
TN Film panel this might be largely meaningless. In other specs it offers a
1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. There
are DVI, VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI (with MHL) connections provided along with 2x
USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports.
To ease desk fatigue, the new display
features a Smart ErgoBase, enabling it to be lowered almost to desk level for a
comfortable viewing angle, and the low bezel-to-table height delivers a perfect
viewing experience for people who use bifocals, trifocals or progressive lens
glasses for screen work. There are also tilt, pivot and rotate adjustments
offered by the stand. The base also manages cables neatly, reducing cable
clutter on the desktop or – where it matters even more – in the living room.
The new Philips 288P6LJEB 4K UltraClear UHD
display will be available in summer 2014 at a recommended retail price of 599
GBP (including VAT).
Philips 19DP6QJNS Combines Two Monitors in One
June 12th 2014
world’s first virtually seamless Philips Two-in-One Monitor received the 2014
COMPUTEX d&i Gold Award for outstanding innovation. The Philips Two-in-One
Monitor (model 19DP6QJNS) combines two 19-inch (48.3 cm) screens, providing a
virtually seamless 32-inch (81.3 cm) display for increased productivity and a
streamlined view. The combined screens offer a minimalist 3.5 mm narrow border
and IPS display technology.
Supported by one
space-saving stand and designed with maximum adjustability and viewing comfort
in mind, both screens tilt forward and backward up to 22.5 degrees to
accommodate preferred viewing angles. The screen offers DisplayPort, VGA and
HDMI (MHL supported) connections along with 2x USB ports. The rest of the spec
and features is not listed at the moment unfortunately.
The Philips 19-inch (48.3 cm) Two-in-One
Monitor is currently not available in Europe. Launch is expected around the
Autumn time. Price has yet to be confirmed.
Samsung S27D850T and S32D850T Announced
June 12th 2014
Samsung have recently announced the release of two new SD850 series monitors
"for the professional B2B and performance consumer markets. The SD850 combines
rich functionality with superior picture quality, all exquisitely designed to
deliver a deeper viewing experience. With the SD850, professional customers can
be more productive and deliver higher quality work."
The new models come in sizes of 27" and 32". The 27"
S27D850T model offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution from a Samsung PLS
panel. Spec wise it also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 100% sRGB colour
space, W-LED backlight and 1.07b colour depth (8-bit+FRC). The 32"
S32D850T model offers the same 2560 x 1440 resolution but features and
AMVA panel like the recently tested
BenQ BL3200PT we found impressive. This offers a 5ms G2G response
time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles,
100% sRGB colour space, W-LED backlight and 1.07b colour depth
Both models offer 4x USB 3.0 ports, PbP, PiP and an ECO ambient light sensor.
The stands offer tilt, height, pivot and rotate functionality as well.
Connectivity wise there are DL-DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI connections offered.
No word on pricing or release dates yet though.
Asus PA328Q 4k AHVA Monitor Coming Soon
June 3rd 2014
Asus look set to launch
a new 32” sized monitor in their ProArt series of screens later this year.
Until now the 4k sector has been dominated by the 31.5” Sharp IGZO panels (as
featured in the
Dell UP3214Q) or the newer range of 28” TN film panels like the
Dell P2815Q and
Samsung U28D590D for instance (and a whole host of other similar options).
The new Asus screen is a little different, being based on an AU Optronics AHVA
(IPS-type) panel, expected to be the M320QAN01.0 by the look of the specs.
This panel offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178
viewing angles. Response time and contrast ratio specs aren’t listed but we
expected them to be 5 – 6ms G2G and 1000:1 almost certainly.
The PA328Q comes factory
pre-calibrated for color accuracy ∆E< 2, and offers 10-bit color depth
(8-bit+FRC) and 100% sRGB coverage.
The design offers an
ultra-thin bezel with some red trim along the bottom, touch-sensitive buttons
and a 5-way navigational joystick for easy control. The stand offers a full
range of adjustments as well. There are 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x mini
DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0/MHL3.0, 2 x HDMI 1.4 and 4 x USB 3.0 ports available.
The screen also supports Picture In Picture (PiP) and Picture By Picture
Release is expected
around November time, but price has yet to be announced.
Acer XB280HK Announced as First 4k G-sync Monitor
June 3rd 2014
The new 28” model is
expected to be the first to market offering a 4k 3840 x 2160 resolution and
NVIDIA’s G-sync technology, designed to dynamically control refresh rate
for optimum gaming performance. This is a TN Film based screen using a similar
panel to the other 28” 4k models out there at the moment, but this will be the
first to support G-sync as a technology. It should be noted that the screen
only offers a maximum 60Hz refresh rate incidentally. Spec wise, Acer haven’t
released much information but we expect something along the lines of a 1ms G2G
response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/170 viewing
angles. The screen is W-LED backlit we know, so will offer a standard sRGB
The screen will
reportedly be flicker free as well, without PWM used for backlight dimming.
There is also an ambient light sensor called “low Dimming” to control
brightness of the screen depending on your working environment.
The stand offers tilt,
rotation and height adjustments. There are 4x USB 3.0 ports as well as a
DisplayPort video connection provided.
The Acer XB280HK starts shipping in Q2 in Pan America,
EMEA, Japan, and Taiwan.
AOC to Launch 34" Widescreen u3477Pqu with 3440 x
June 3rd 2014
AOC are set to release
what is expected to be a competitively priced 34” monitor compared with recent
and forthcoming offerings from LG (34UM95)
and Dell (U3415W).
This new range of ultra-wide cinema style screens offer a huge 34” screen
size, 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 resolution. The screen is AH-IPS
technology based and offers a 5ms G2G response time 1000:1 contrast ratio, 320
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 10-bit colour depth (8-bit+FRC) and
an sRGB standard gamut backlight system. The backlight is reportedly
controlled using a flicker free method, which suggests AOC may be focusing
more on user eye-care in their coming models.
The u3477Pqu offers a
fully adjustable stand and seems to offer an ultra-thin bezel design. There
are DisplayPort, DL-DVI, HDMI (with MHL) and VGA connections available. There
are also 2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports on the monitor along with some audio
connections. Some simple 3W stereo speakers are included.
The u3477Pqu is expected
to be released in July, price is yet to be confirmed but expected to be lower
than the LG and Dell equivalents.
ViewSonic VX2263Smhl-W and VX2363Smhl-W Announced
June 3rd 2014
ViewSonic are set to
release two new models in their VX range of displays, with an unusual
all-white design and glossy glass fronted panels. The
design includes a frameless edge-to-edge glass faceplate
and slim bezel beneath the glass.
VX2263Smhl-W is a 21.5” sized model, while the
VX2363Smhl-W is 23” in size. Both use AH-IPS technology panels and offer a
1920 x 1080 resolution, 14ms response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2
brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They use W-LED backlights and so offer
a standard sRGB gamut colour space.
Of note also is the fact
that these screens will be flicker free, using a DC backlight dimming method
instead of PWM methods. They also feature a ViewSonic equivalent of a low blue
light mode called “Blue Light Filter” for further eye comfort benefits as used
recently by BenQ for instance.
There are 2x HDMI ports
(with MHL) and VGA connections available for connectivity. There are 1.5W
integrated stereo speakers as well as audio connections. The stand offers only
a tilt adjustment but does have VESA 100mm compatibility.
The screens are due for
release in July and with an MSRP of $169.99 (21.5”) and $179.99 (23”) USD.
Dell Release UZ2715H, UZ2315H and UZ2215H UltraSharp
May 15th 2014
Web-conferencing integration is the name of the game with
Dell's latest 2015 range UltraSharp displays. Three new models have emerged on
their website in sizes of 21.5, 23 and 27". The new UltraSharp models are
marketed as "multimedia
monitor that features a Full HD webcam and speakers optimized for Microsoft
Lync. You get a complete multimedia configuration that makes it easy to
collaborate with colleagues and improve productivity."
The new range has adopted a new "Z" in
the product names, although it's not really clear what it stands for. The
21.5" sized UZ2215H, 23" UZ2315H and 27" U2715H are bound to attract some
attention as the UltraSharp series is long-established and very popular. It's
not clear if they will fully replace any of the older models although it's
been a while since the
U2212HM models were updated so they may well be phased out now. We expect
U2713HM and certainly the recent
U2713H (which is really aimed at a different audience) to be available
still along side the new 27" model though.
The new screens, including the 27"
model, offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution but sticks with an IPS-type panel. The
spec offers an 8ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness (except UZ2215H which is 250 cd/m2) and 178/178 viewing angles.
They have a standard sRGB colour space from their W-LED backlight units.
Connectivity is very good with VGA, 2x HDMI (with MHL), and DisplayPort
provided. There are 2x USB 3.0 ports included as well and a headphone jack.
The stand is more limited though which is unlike most recent Dell P and U
series displays. Only a tilt adjustment is offered.
Of particular note for the new UZ
models is the integrated Full HD Webcam (2.0 mega-pixel), Dual digital
microphone (Omni-directional) and speakers (2 x 5.0W). The UZ2715H is listed
on Dell.com at a price of $449.99 USD / £346.80 GBP (inc VAT), with the
UZ2315H at $299.99 USD / £271.20 GBP (inc VAT) and the UZ2215H not yet listed
on the US site but at £223.20 GBP (inc VAT) in the UK. We hope to feature a
review of some of these new models when available in the UK.
Source: Dell (UZ2715H,
AOC g2460Pg with G-sync Expected to be First to
May 15th 2014
The AOC g2460Pg is expected to be the first monitor to
market featuring NVIDIA's G-sync technology built into the screen directly, as
opposed to a retro-fitted kit. It was
back in October that we brought you the news about this new variable
refresh rate technology, designed to reduce stuttering and tearing in games,
without needing to use V-sync.
The new 24" screen features a 1920 x 1080 resolution,
144Hz refresh rate, 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen uses a TN Film panel and
W-LED backlighting offering a standard gamut colour space.
AOC have also included a ‘ULMB’ (Ultra Low
Motion Blur’) strobe backlight operating mode which can be used instead of
(but not at the same time as) G-SYNC if you want to eliminate motion blur for
fast gaming. NVIDIA 3D Vision 1 and 2 (with LightBoost) is also fully
supported by this model, as you might expect.
As is a current limitation
with the technology, the only useable video port is a single DisplayPort
input. There are also 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports (plus upstream) that
can be used as well. Scaling support may also be limited as there have been
issues with using G-sync with aspect ratio control in early adopters.
The AOC g2460Pg is
currently scheduled to go on sale in the UK and Europe at the end of June for
around £350. AOC America, which is a separate arm to AOC Europe, have not yet
announced a similar product.
BenQ BL3200PT with 32" AMVA Panel Announced
April 28th 2014
BenQ are set to release something quite new in the
desktop monitor market. The BL3200PT is a massive 32" sized screen, featuring
a 2560 x 1440 resolution and an AU Optronics
AMVA technology panel. While there are some similarly size models around
now with 4k resolutions the 2560 x 1440 res here (the same as a 27" model)
will likely provide a more comfortable font size and viewing experience for
many users. Eye comfort is again at the front of BenQ's mind with the
BL3200PT, with the screen being flicker free (now PWM used), featuring a Low
Blue Light Mode, and even an ambient light sensor.
Spec wise the screen offers a 4ms G2G response time (12ms
ISO), 3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles,
1.07b colour depth and a standard sRGB gamut from its W-LED backlight unit. It
looks likely that the BL3200PT will use AU Optronics' new M320DVN01.0 panel
we talked about in February.
The screen comes with D-sub, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI
connections along with cables for each. There are integrated 2x 5W stereo
speakers, 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB3.0 ports and a card reader built in. The stand is
fully adjustable as well with tilt, height, swivel and rotate.
The monitor should be
available in May for around £600 in the UK, or under $1000 in the US.
AOC u2868Pqu Coming Soon with 4k Resolution
April 28th 2014
Despite not being formally announced yet, the AOC
u2868Pqu is attracting some early interest as a 28" sized 4k resolution
monitor. There seems to be fair few of these new lower cost TN Film based
models on the market now, including offerings from Dell, Asus and Samsung.
The screen offers a 3840 x 2160 resolution, 1ms G2G response time, 1000:1
contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. Most
importantly, and unlike some 28" 4k offerings out there the u2868Pqu supports a
full 60Hz refresh rate. It is believed to use SST
(Single-Stream Transport) rather than MST (Multi-Stream Transport) to achieve
this. In other words the operating system sees it as one monitor which is more
straightforward in terms of applications displaying things properly.
The stand offers tilt, height, pivot and rotate adjustments and there are D-sub,
DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections provided. There is also a
3.5mm headphone jack and integrated 3W stereo
speakers. There is also a USB hub at the side featuring 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2
USB 3.0 ports.
This u2868Pqu is currently due for release in
early June in the UK and Europe, priced at around £500 including VAT. AOC
America and Asia-Pacific have not yet confirmed that the monitor will be
released in their respective territories.
AOC i2473Pwm and i2473Pwy IPS Screens with ONKYO
April 24th 2014
a new set of 23.8" (60.5 cm) IPS monitors with powerful ONKYO speakers for an
impressive all-in-one entertainment experience. Both the i2473Pwm and the
i2473Pwy boast a stylish Razor Concept design. Built in the stand of these
monitors are two 7 watt speakers from ONKYO which offer a superior sound
quality when playing games and watching movies compared with most integrated
speakers. In addition the models also feature the latest connectivity options
with D-sub and HDMI available. The i2473Pwm supports MHL and the i2473Pwy also
supports wireless Miracast.
Both models are built around IPS panel technology
offering 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio,
250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They are W-LED backlit and so
offer a standard colour gamut. A basic tilt adjustment is all that is offered
from the stand.
The new 73 Series models are
available as of now. The MSRP lies at GBP 159 for the i2473Pwm; for the
Miracast model i2473Pwy a price of GBP 189 is suggested.
AOC m2870Vhe and m2870Vq 28" Displays with MVA Panels
April 24th 2014
AOC have just announced the release of two new 28"
monitors in their range, the m2870Vhe and m2870Vq. These new models boast a
large screen size and a nice low retail price. They are based on MVA panel
technology, offering 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time,
3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They
are W-LED backlit and so offer a standard colour gamut.
Both models come equipped with D-Sub, DVI
and HDMI connectors, allowing for both analogue and digital input. The m2870Vq
boasts an additional DisplayPort connector and stereo speakers. A number of
clever software tools improve the user experience even further. While
“e-Saver” and “Eco Mode” use intelligent picture modes to decrease energy
consumption, i-Menu allows for the monitor settings to be conveniently changed
with the mouse. The programme “Screen+” lets the user take full advantage of
the large 28″ screen real estate by dividing it into up to four individual
panes, accessible through keyboard shortcuts. Tilt is the only option offered
by the stands on both models.
The new models are available as of now. The
MSRP lies at GBP 179.99 for the m2870Vhe; for the m2870Vq, a price of GBP
189.99 is suggested.
ViewSonic VG2233Smh and VG2433Smh Monitors
April 24th 2014
ViewSonic have recently announced
the new VG33Smh series 22’’ and 23.6’’ displays
(VG2233Smh and VG2433Smh respectively) aimed primarily at corporations
and SMBs, as well as educational and government institutions.
With the new VG33SMH monitors, users are able to experience multiple
outstanding features, including true-to-life colours via exclusive
"SuperClear" Image Enhancement Technology, an energy-saving ECO-Mode,
customizable ergonomic design and a versatile connectivity with HDMI.
Both models offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 4ms G2G response time, 1000:1
contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. They are
W-LED backlit and offer a standard colour gamut.
The fully ergonomic stands
of the VG2233SMH and VG2433SMH displays are designed for people who work long
hours in the office. It allows users to optimize their viewing experiences and
increase their productivity via a combination of swivel, pivot, height, and
tilt adjustments. They also feature integrated
stereo speakers (2x 2W) and both feature D-sub, DVI and HDMI connections.
The VG2233SMH and VG2433SMH
displays will be available in May 2014 for a respective RRP of 119GBP / 129EUR
and 139GBP / 159EUR excluding VAT.
HP DreamColor Z24x and Z27x Announced
April 15th 2014
HP have announced the
release of two new models in their range, aimed firmly at colour professional
users. These “DreamColor” range monitors come in 24” and 27” sizes and have a
wide range of features designed to offer high end professional performance and
Of particular note with the new screens is the support of 4k
3840 x 2160 resolutions from the 27” model.
Correction: despite the press
release talking about 4k support from the
Z27x model, it is actually a 2560 x 1440 resolution model. It can support
4k inputs but they will be scaled by the panel. It isn't a full 4k res panel
Both support 1.07b colours
and a backlight which produces 100 percent of sRGB, 100 percent of AdobeRGB and
99 percent of DCI-P3 colour spaces. Furthermore, with the press of a single
button, you can switch between several presets, like sRGB D65, sRGB D50, Adobe
RGB, BT.709, BT.2020 and DCI-P3.
The 24” Z24x offers a 1920
x 1200 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2
brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. There are 1 DVI-D; 1 HDMI; 1 DisplayPort
1.2 in and 1 DisplayPort 1.2 out connections available, all supporting HDCP.
There are tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions available from the stand as
well. This model is AH-IPS based, featuring a GB-r-LED backlight.
The 27" Z27x offers a 2560 x 1440 panel
resolution but supports 4k input content. It has a 12ms G2G response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. There
are 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DisplayPort 1.1 and 1x HDMI 1.4 connections
available, all with HDCP support.
There are tilt, height, swivel and rotate functions available from the stand as
The DreamColor Z27x
(27-inch, priced at $1,499 / €1,499) and the DreamColor Z24x (24-inch, $599 /
€599). According to HP, these tags are a fourth of what the price of the
original DreamColor display was.
Eizo Release ColorEdge CG247 and CX241
April 15th 2014
have just announced the release of two new 24” models in their ColorEdge
range, further to what
we announced last month for their 27” sector. These are both IPS models,
featuring the latest GB-r-LED backlighting technology to offer a wide colour
gamut, covering 99% Adobe RGB. Both are 24” in size and offer a 16:10 aspect
ratio and 1920 x 1200 resolution. They also offer a 7.7ms G2G response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The ColorEdge CG247
comes with a built-in calibration sensor for self-calibration and is targeted
at professionals in photography, prepress, and post production. The ColorEdge
CX241 houses an internal correction sensor that maintains the calibration
results after the monitor has been calibrated with an external calibration
sensor and is ideal for professionals and prosumers.
ColorEdge CG247 and
CX241 Shared Features
Gamma curve for each
monitor adjusted on the EIZO factory line.
Equalizer (DUE) technology for brightness and colour uniformity.
DisplayPort, HDMI, and
DVI input connections
10-bit display support
(more than one billion colours simultaneously) from a 16-bit look-up table
via the DisplayPort input.
Two upstream and two
downstream USB ports.
chromaticity, and tone characteristics within seven minutes after power on.
Ergonomic stand with
30° tilt, 344° swivel, portrait mode, and 128 mm height adjustment.
The ColorEdge CG247 and
CX241 are now shipping.
Asus VN289H and VN289Q with 28" Flicker Free VA Panel
March 18th 2014
Asus are set to release a couple of unusual new 28" sized
screens featuring VA (vertical alignment) panel technology. These new screens
look to be using CMO's S-MVA panel technology (M280HKJ-L30) and are
specifically promoted as part of Asus' "Eye-Care" range, meaning they should
not use PWM for backlight dimming and should be flicker free. The screens also
reportedly feature a glossy screen surface with a light 3.4% haze anti-glare
Spec wise the 28" panel offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time,
3000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 8-bit
colour depth, sRGB gamut and W-LED backlight.
The screens feature only a basic tilt adjustment from the stand.
There is a specific ‘Low Blue Light’ setting
mentioned – ASUS clearly jumping on board BenQ’s bandwagon with that one. The
ports on the H model are; VGA, 2 HDMI (MHL capable) ports, 3.5mm audio input and
output and 2W stereo speakers. The Q model has only 1 HDMI port (also MHL
capable) but features the same inputs aside from that plus DVI and DisplayPort.
100mm VESA mounting is also supported on both models. Further information on the
VN289Q can be found on ASUS’ website. Global availability is expected
shortly with limited retail stock currently available in the UK for around £280.
Eizo CG277 and CX271 ColorEdge Monitors Released
March 18th 2014
Eizo have recently released two new Flasghip 27" screens
in their ColorEdge series, the CG277 and CX271.
The ColorEdge CG277 is targeted at professionals in
digital photography, prepress, video editing, post production, and other
fields that require the most predictable color in their workflow. It features
a sensor that is housed inside the monitor and swings up onto the screen for
self-calibration. This negates the need for third party calibration devices
and can be scheduled by the user as well, even when the monitor is switched
The ColorEdge CX271 is ideal for professionals and
prosumers in photography and design. It houses an internal correction sensor
that maintains the calibration results after the monitor has been calibrated
with an external sensor.
During the development of the ColorEdge CG277,
photographer Carl De Keyzer of Magnum Photos, tested the monitor and
commented, “The calibration system is astonishing – for the first time I
can calibrate my screen without professional help. The colors are entirely in
line with what comes out of my large printers, so no guessing anymore; just
true what you see is what you get.”
Both models feature AH-IPS panels with wide gamut
coverage / 99% Adobe RGB coverage, which looks like they will use the same
GB-r-LED backlighting and LM270WQ3 panels as models like the
ViewSonic VP2772 and NEC PA272W. Interestingly the Eizo press release also
says "In addition, dark tones retain their depth, even when the screen is
viewed at an angle in a dimly lit photographic or post production studio."
This could imply the use of an A-TW polarizer perhaps, although we don't know
of that as an option on this panel. Oddly in their spec pages they say "To
counteract the flicker that is noticeable by some users at low brightness
settings, EIZO uses PWM (pulse width modulation) technology. This helps
prevent eye fatigue for a more comfortable work environment." - which is a bit
of a muddle. We suspect they mean they are either not using PWM at all, or
maybe using a hybrid solution like some of their other recent screens where
they are PWM free down to 20% brightness, then use a "Hi-PWM" with high
frequency below that.
For brightness and color uniformity, EIZO uses its own
Digital Uniformity Equalizer (DUE) technology. DUE ensures a Delta-E
difference of three or less across the screen. It also counterbalances the
influences that a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on color
temperature and brightness.
EIZO’s proprietary ColorNavigator calibration software
comes bundled with both monitors. ColorNavigator is used for setting the
target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generating an ICC
profile. ColorNavigator has a scheduling function that activates the
self-calibration and self-correction functions of the ColorEdge CG277 and
CX271 respectively. The software offers several advanced functions such as
emulating the color characteristics of smart phones, tablets, and other
devices, and profile validation for verifying calibration results.
For video editing and post production, the ColorEdge
CG277 has a 3D LUT (look-up table) that adjusts color individually on an RGB
cubic table. With ColorNavigator software’s emulation function, the 3D LUT
applies a film look to the image so creators can preview how the image will be
seen by their audience. The ColorEdge CG277 comes with several media-standard
preset color modes: Rec709, EBU, SMPTE-C, and DCI. It also accepts 4K x 2K
signals and downscales them to its native resolution of 2560 x 1440.
The ColorEdge CG277 is recognized by Fogra as a Class A
FograCert Softproof Monitor. Using the CG277 in a FograCert Softproofing
System ensures designers, print specifiers, and print producers can rely on
the soft proof for predictable and consistent results.
Both models have DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI connections.
They have a factory calibrated gamma curve, 10-bit support (8-bit +FRC), USB
hub and a fully adjustable stand with tilt, height, rotate and swivel. Spec
wise they offer 2560 x 1440 resolution, 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles.
The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 are now shipping.
New AU Optronics Panels in Production for 2014
February 25th 2014
AU Optronics are set to produce some interesting new
panels during 2014 and we thought readers might like to hear about some of the
In large screen format sizes of 32" there are the M320QAN01.0 and M320QAN01.1
panels. Both offer a 3840 x 2160 UHD 4k resolution and are 16:9 aspect ratio.
The former goes into production in March and is an AHVA panel (IPS type) with
sRGB colour space, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 10-bit colour
depth support. The latter is scheduled to go into production later in the year
in Q3, and is similar, but with an Adobe RGB colour space being offered. There
is also a 32" module with a lower 2560 x 1440 resolution already in mass
production, which is the M320DVN01.0. This is listed as being AMVA technology,
with 3000:1 contrast ratio, 12ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, sRGB
colour gamut and 10-bit colour depth.
In the 27" sector are the 3840 x 2160 UHD 4k modules, again AHVA panel
technology (IPS type), these are the M270QAN01.0 and M270QAN01.1. The former is
expected to go into production in March and offers an sRGB gamut, 300 cd/m2
brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio and 10-bit colour depth. The latter is
similar in spec but has an Adobe RGB gamut, and isn't expected to go into
production until Q3 2014.
Again in 27" sizes are a couple of lower resolution 2560 x 1440 AHVA panels (IPS
type). The M270DAN01.0 we have already seen used in the BenQ BL2710PT screen.
There is a similarly spec'd M270DAN01.1 module going into production during
February which offers an Adobe RGB gamut instead.
Several 27" TN Film panels continue to be in the production schedule from last
year. This includes the M270HW01 V2, M270HTN01.0 and M270HTN01.1 which we have
listed in our panel parts database already. Of note is the M270HTN01.0 which can
support 144Hz maximum refresh rate. There is a new M270DTN01.1 TN Film part
planned for around May 2014 offering 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms response time,
1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and a W-LED backlight with 72% NTSC
The 27" AMVA M270HVN02.0 and M270HVN02.1 panels also continue to be produced in
the 27" sector, offering 3000:1 contrast ratios amongst other specs already
listed in our database. Likewise the 24" M240HVN02.0 and M240HVN02.1 AMVA panels
remain in production, along with the M240HVN03.0 which we hadn't seen listed
before but was already in production from 2013 (AMVA, 1920 x 1080, 3000:1
contrast ratio, W-LED). The 24" TN Film M240HTN01.2 and M240HW01 V8 remain in
production also, with the latter being a 120Hz compatible module.
Of interest are a new batch of 23.8" sized panels planned for later in 2014.
LG.Display have had some success with the uptake of their IPS panels in this
size already, and AUO are set to follow suit with a series of AHVA (IPS-type)
modules. There are the M238DAN01.0 and M238HAN01.0 parts. The former is
scheduled to go into production around May and offers a 1920 x 1080 res, 14ms
G2G response time, 1000:1 CR, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 72% NTSC gamut. The
latter is scheduled for March offering a similar spec but with a 250 cdm2
In the 21.5" sector is the T215HVN01.0 module. This remains in production from
last year although we haven't seen it listed before. It's a 1920 x 1080 res AMVA
module with 3000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 18ms response time and
72% NTSC gamut from its W-LED backlight system. The TN Film based M215HTN01.1
and M215HTN01.3 modules remain in production also in this size bracket from last
year. Several smaller modules in sizes of 19.5, 19, 18.5 and 17" also remain in
All the specs we know so far for all these new panels are now in our
panel parts database
LG 34UM95 Scheduled with 34" Ultra-Wide Format
February 25th 2014
LG are set to release a new ultra-wide screen in their
range, this time a huge 34" sized display, the 34UM95 (also known as
34UM95-P). The AH-IPS panel offers a 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect
ratio, an aspect we've seen before from the 29" panels on the market. The
display uses a W-LED backlight offering an sRGB colour gamut and
LG also supports user-based hardware calibration
of the monitor using their ‘True Color Finder’ software and a compatible
The spec offers also a 5ms G2G response time, 320 cd/m2 brightness, 8-bit
colour depth and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen will form part of LG's new
"Flicker Safe" range
which offers a PWM-free backlight dimming system which is great news. There
are also a number of low blue light ‘Reading
Modes’ designed to further reduce eye fatigue.
The stand is tilt-only
rather than fully adjustable on this model and uses the company’s new ‘Crystal
Float’ design – in other words uses a transparent acrylic rather than matte
black plastic for its neck. The bezels use the ‘Cinema’ design with a very
thin outer component (visible in the picture below) and a fairly thin panel
border that is pretty much invisible when the monitor is switched off. It has
a JOG button (joystick) for intuitive navigation through its menu system.
Connectivity wise there are 2x HDMI ports, 2x Thunderbolt 2 ports, 1x
DisplayPort, 1x USB 3.0 port (plus upstream), 2x USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm
headphone jack. There are also integrated 7W stereo speakers.
There is no official
information on price or release date for the LG 34UM95 yet.
LG’s Korean website has some information including various pictures and
specifications. The monitor has also appeared for pre-order on some European
retailer websites for around €1000 (£824) but it isn’t clear if that will drop
down somewhat come launch time.
Samsung AD-PLS Based S24D590PL and S27D590P
February 25th 2014
Samsung are set to release a couple of new models in
their SD590 range featuring their AD-PLS (Advanced Plane to Line Switching)
panel technology, which is designed to be an alternative to the popular IPS
technology manufactured by LG.Display. The models are the 23.6" S24D590PL and
the 27" S27D590P. A thin bezel design is featured which seems to be a current
Both feature 1920 x 1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time (with adjustment
option), 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178/178 viewing angles, 6-bit+FRC colour depth
and a standard sRGB gamut W-LED backlight system. The 23.6" model has a 250
cd/m2 brightness while the 27" model has a 300 cd/m2 brightness). There are only
2x HDMI and 1x VGA inputs on both models, and the stand offers only a basic tilt
adjustment (no VESA mount).
S27D590P are featured on Samsung’s South Korean website. There is currently
no information on price or release dates.
Interesting New LG.Display Panels in Production
February 20th 2014
We thought it would be interesting for readers to hear
about some of the new developments planned by LG.Display this year, and give
you some details about some exciting new IPS panels in a range of sizes.
Of particular note is the massive new 34" 21:9 aspect
ratio IPS panel (LM340WW1) which apparently offers a 3432 x 1440 resolution,
14ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178
viewing angles and sRGB colour gamut. This module is already in mass
production so could well be used in monitors soon. The resolution seems a bit
odd and perhaps the spec sheet we have for the panel is not right. The 24"
screens from LG (34UM95) and Dell (U3415W)
coming soon feature a 3440 x 1440 resolution so perhaps that will be the
correct spec as 3432 seems an odd horizontal number. There is also a 2560 x
1080 option for this panel part already in mass production which has already
been used in the LG 34UM65-P screen as it happens.
In the 31" sector we already brought you the news about the 4k IPS panel in
production, the LM310UH1 IPS panel which offers a 4096 x 2160 resolution and
Adobe RGB gamut. It is expected to go into production towards the end of 2014 in
Q4 so it will likely be a while before we see this adopted by monitor
In the 27" sector they have a couple of interesting IPS modules in development
(part numbers not known) with high resolutions. There is a 3840 x 2160 (quad HD)
version with Adobe RGB colour gamut which is expected to go into product in the
second half of 2014 in September, and also a 5120 x 2880 ("5k3k") panel planned
at some point, although the production date for the latter is not known at the
In the summer, around July time there will also be a "Neo Blade" 27" 2560 x 1440
IPS panel produced, which is LG.Display's ultra-thin bezel design (LM270WQ -
with the final part to be confirmed). Presumably we will start to see some 27"
monitors emerge with very narrow bezels like the recently reviewed 24"
Dell U2414H. There is also already the LM270WF7 IPS panel in production
which is a Neo Blade module but with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
In a rather random size, there is the rather random 26.5" 1:1 (square aspect
ratio panel being produced in the second half of the year. The LM265SQ1 offers a
1920 x 1920 resolution IPS panel and sRGB colour space.
In the 25" sector there is a new 21:9 aspect ratio IPS panel being produced
already which is the LM250WW1. This offers a 2560 x 1080 resolution. Other specs
are not available at this time. There is also a new Neo blade (thin bezel) 2560
x 1440 res IPS module planned for September which will be the LM250WQ-?? (with
the final part TBC).
In the 24" space there is a forthcoming 1920 x 1200 IPS module (good to see this
aspect ratio is still in their plans) which will be the LM240WU-?? (last part
TBC). This will again be a Neo Blade ultra-thin bezel design
In the smaller sized panels there is a new 23.8" sized IPS panel in production
already (LM238WR1) which offers a 4k 3840 x 2160 resolution, and Adobe RGB gamut
via its GB-r-LED backlight system. This looks very likely to be the panel used
in the recently released
Dell UP2414Q screen in fact. There is a standard gamut (sRGB) version being
released around August 2014 as well apparently.
There is also the 23" LM230WF7 coming in Q3 2014 which offers a 1920 x 1080
resolution. Other specs aren't known at the moment. The LM238WF2 we have already
seen used in the Dell U2414H screen with its thin bezel design, but
interestingly the spec sheet lists an A-TW Polarizer option for this part (along
with 300cd/m2 brightness) which could be very welcome we're sure if monitor
manufacturers star to use that! This is the first time we've seen A-TW mentioned
for a long time, which is a film added to the panel service designed to improve
off-angle viewing of dark/black content.
All the specs we know so far for all these new panels are now in our
panel parts database
Samsung U28D590D 4k Screen Announced
January 28th 2014
Samsung have just announced the release of a new 4k
resolution display in their range, the UD590 (full product name is U28D590D).
This is a 28" screen with 3840 x 2160 resolution and designed to compete with
recent low cost offerings from Dell (P2815Q)
and Asus (PB287Q).
The screen offers a 1ms G2G response time and is based on a TN Film panel as
are the other low cost 4k displays mentioned. There is a 1000:1 contrast
ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The screen can
apparently support 3840 x 2160 res at 60Hz over DisplayPort according to the
press release which is good news. The press release also talks about the
screen being able to support 1 billion colours, which seems odd given the use
of a TN Film panel. Perhaps there is 10-bit processing but it would seem odd
to have a 10-bit (or 8-bit+FRC) TN Film panel available.
The UD590 features advanced multitasking technology, with Samsung Picture in
Picture (PIP) 2.0 which supports native sources resolution of up to FHD, as well
as Picture by Picture (PBP) which connects two different PCs to one monitor
screen with native resolutions. It has a game mode option that easily makes a
dark and blurry picture bright and clear, and provides a Display port and two
HDMI inputs to connect PCs and various AV devices. The UD590 can also display
UHD content from game consoles such as Xbox one, PlayStaion4 using HDMI port
The UD590 is expected to be available around April and reportedly will be priced
around 600 Euro.
Dell P2815Q Official Information Released
January 23rd 2014
in December we brought you the news of a new 28" 4k resolution display
from Dell, set to be very interesting thanks to its anticipated low retail
price. Official information about the Dell P2815Q has now appeared on dell.com.
The screen is part of Dell's Professional (P-series)
range of screens as opposed to their higher end "UltraSharp" range. It's 28"
in size and features a 3840 x 2160 resolution. What makes this screen so
interesting is its retail price of only $699.99 (USD). However, there are some
drawbacks to the screen as we had expected. It's based on a TN Film panel and
so will be more limited than IPS type panels which they've used in most of
their recent P and U series screens. However, on the plus side it should be
fairly responsive for gaming needs.
The other issue is that the screen is limited to 30Hz
refresh rate max when using the full 3840 x 2160 native resolution, you can't
use 60Hz even over DisplayPort sadly (confirmed if you refer to the user guide
and resolution guide
here). On the UP3214Q we tested recently we found running at 30Hz produced
a choppy and jumpy image and it also limits your frame rates in games quite
considerably. The screen can support 60Hz at 1920 x 1080 which is probably a
more sensible res for gaming anyway for most users. So perhaps the 4k res
should be used for general desktop use, but 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz for gaming.
The spec offers a 5ms response time suggesting that
perhaps overdrive is not being used here (no G2G figure mentioned). There is a
1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 170/160 viewing angles. The
Dell.com spec currently lists a colour depth of 1.073b colours, but we suspect
that's a mistake given the TN Film panel, and in fact it's a 16.7m depth,
almost certainly using a 6-bit+FRC panel.
The screen is W-LED backlit and offers a standard gamut
colour space. There is a tilt, height, swivel and rotate adjustment available
from the stand and there are HDMI (with MHL), DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort
connections available. There are also 4x USB 3.0 ports provided.
The screen is available now in the US at $699.99, no word
on final UK price or release date yet.
LG Hop on the Flicker-free Bandwagon with the MP76
January 23rd 2014
LG have recently announced the launch of their new MP76
(full name 24MP76HM-S) IPS monitor. What is particularly interesting about the
press release is talk about the screen featuring their "Flicker-Safe"
technology, which suggests LG have hopped on the bandwagon with other
manufacturers like BenQ and are now promoting screens with flicker-free
backlights. That's certainly good news and we hope they consider the
technology for all their future releases, as well as possibly refreshing some
of their current range.
“The MP76 strikes the perfect balance between modern design, superb picture
quality and comfort-enhancing functionality,” said Hyoung-sei Park,
head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics. “LG will continue to
create premium monitors to meet the changing needs of consumers in the home and
in the office.”
The MP76 comes in a sleek metallic finish and features the transparent Crystal
Float Stand, which makes the monitor appear to float in darkened surroundings.
It can easily be wall mounted and the upgraded CINEMA SCREEN Design, 24-inch
Full HD IPS display and thinner bezel allows the MP76 to deliver an incredibly
immersive viewing experience.
The screen features an AH-IPS panel and is 23.8" in size. It offers a 1920 x
1080 resolution, 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2
brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. It is W-LED backlit and so offers a
standard colour gamut. There is a tilt function only from the stand and there
are VGA and 2x HDMI connections provided. The screen is expected to start
shipping late January, but no word on price yet.
Philips 284E5QHAD with 28" MVA Panel
January 23rd 2014
Philips have recently launched a new 28" monitor in their
range, the 284E5QHAD. The screen is promoted as having 14W stereo speakers as
well for the "finest stereo sound". The screen features an S-MVA panel from
CMO as well offering a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 6.5ms response time, 3000:1
contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 176/176 viewing angles. It is W-LED
backlit providing a standard gamut colour space, and there are 2x HDMI (one
with MHL) and 1x VGA inputs available. The stand offers only a tilt adjustment
so is fairly limited.
Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor
January 8th 2014
Asus have just announced
an exciting new gaming monitor in their range, the ROG (Republic of Gamers)
Swift PG278Q. What is particularly interesting is that this is the first 27”
gaming model announced with 120Hz+ refresh rate support AND a super high 2560
x 1440 resolution. Before people start getting too excited given the
domination of IPS panels of this resolution, this will actually be the first
TN Film panel offering this high resolution in the market. Previously TN Film
models had been limited to 1920 x 1080 resolutions, so this marks the first
move into something more.
Asus’s Q&A talks about why they’ve opted for a TN Film panel and talk
about it being a high quality panel at that. Although that could well be just
marketing speak, we will wait and see.
Asus have pulled out all
the stops with the PG278Q as well. Not only does it offer 2560 x 1440 res and
120Hz+ refresh rate support, but the screen boasts a 1ms G2G response time,
NVIDIA G-sync support and also apparently supports LightBoost so should be
able to offer the
motion blur reduction benefits we’ve seen from other LightBoost monitors
in the past. All in all this looks like it could be a very interesting gamers
The screen also offers a
350 cd/m2 brightness in the official spec and we assume it will have a 1000:1
contrast ratio and 170/160 viewing angles given it’s a TN Film based model.
There is only a DisplayPort connection provided on this model since it’s the
only option to support G-sync at the moment, so connectivity is a little
limited. There are 3x USB 3.0 ports available and a stand which offers tilt,
height, swivel and rotate adjustments.
The screen should be
available within the next few months and is expected to retail for $799 USD.
BenQ XL2720G and XL2420G with G-sync Support
January 8th 2014
Combining a lot of
similar features from the recently announced
XL2420Z model, the 24” XL2420G and 27” XL2720ZG from BenQ mark the first
models in their gaming range to support
NVIDIA’s G-sync, designed to reduce tearing, stuttering and latency in
games. These come in 24” and 27” sizes, both with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1ms
G2G response time and 144Hz refresh rate. A lot of the other features from the
older models remain so we won’t go into them in detail here.
Like the Z models
announced recently, these new G models also feature the reduced motion blur
mode as well if required. They add three new G-Sync gaming modes to further
augment the gaming experience: the G-Sync Mode for smooth, low-latency gaming;
Low Motion Blur Mode for CRT-like sharpness of moving objects; and a
full-featured 3D Vision Mode to create more lifelike on-screen action. There
are three distinct modes which cannot be combined, so you have to choose which
one you want to use for your gaming.
The new models are
flicker free as part of BenQ’s newly named “ZeroFlicker” range, and as part of
their “RevolutionEyes” initiative. Only DisplayPort connection will be
available as it is the only one which can support G-sync at the moment.
The new models should be
available during Q1 apparently. Pricing is to be confirmed.
Asus PB287Q - A 28" Gaming 4k Monitor
January 8th 2014
Asus have just announced
a new 28” widescreen monitor in their range, the PB287Q. This screen offers a
4k resolution (3840 x 2160) and is aimed at gamers with a 1ms G2G response
time and a TN Film panel. Asus are driving down the price of these new 4k
screens and the PB287Q will apparently retail for $799 USD, putting it in
direct competition with Dell’s equivalent
P2815Q monitor we discussed recently. Both should be using the same panel
The stand offers tilt,
swivel, height and rotate adjustments. There are HDMI (with MHL) and
DisplayPort connections available, and the screen has PiP and PbP support and
integrated 2W stereo speakers.
The PB287Q is expected
to be available in late Q2.
Lenovo ThinkVision Pro2840m 28" 4k Screen
January 8th 2014
Mirroring what Dell and Asus have recently announced,
Lenovo are showing off their 28" 4k display at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this
week. According to the press release: "Designed with CAD/CAM, data analysis
or purely for high definition entertainment, the ThinkVision Pro2840m is a
feature packed 28 inch UltraHD premium display for the discerning professional
who requires an uncompromised visual experience. With a 3840x2160 panel, the
latest premium ThinkVision monitor reproduces a stunning image that is
vibrant, sharp and detailed and color reproduction is second to none."
This might be a slight exaggeration as given the price,
and what we know about the 28" 4k sector already, this looks like it will be a
TN Film based model like Dell and Asus have used.
Users will enjoy the clean and ergonomic infinity glass
design featuring touch sensitive buttons and dual speakers and the monitor is
mounted on a full function stand that allows tilt, swivel and rotate for
maximum productivity. An array of ports (DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort)
complete the picture for connection to multiple external devices. There's also
3x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0 ports available.
The ThinkVision Pro2840m will be available from April
2014 and is expected to start at $799.
AMD Freesync Showcased as Alternative to G-sync
January 8th 2014
AMD has been relatively silent on the topic of
NVIDIA’s variable refresh rate G-Sync technology since its announcement
last year. At this year’s CES however, using two
Toshiba Satellite Click notebooks purchased at retail, without any
hardware modifications, AMD demonstrated variable refresh rate technology to
According to AMD, there’s been a push to bring variable
refresh rate display panels to mobile for a while now in hopes of reducing
power consumption (refreshing a display before new content is available wastes
power, sort of the same reason we have panel self refresh displays). There’s
apparently already a VESA standard for controlling VBLANK intervals. The GPU’s
display engine needs to support it, as do the panel and display hardware
itself. If all of the components support this spec however, then you can get
what appears to be the equivalent of G-Sync without any extra hardware.
AMD doesn’t want to charge for this technology since it’s
already a part of a spec that it has implemented (and shouldn’t require a
hardware change to those panels that support the spec), hence the current
working name “FreeSync”.
More info and videos in the link below.
LG Announce New Monitors for CES 2014
January 3rd 2014
LG have announced a whole range of new models which they
plan to exhibit at this years CES event in Las Vegas, 7 - 10 January. Perhaps
top of the list of interesting releases is their 34UM95 model which will be a
34 inch 21:9 aspect ratio, widescreen model with 3440 x 1440 resolution. This
is very likely to feature the same panel as the
rumoured Dell U3415W model and represent LG's alternative to that screen.
There is also a 29 inch version (29UM95) in the same series available
according to the press release.
“LG IPS 21:9 UltraWide series was
originally developed as user-centric PC monitors toenhance the computing
experience, for both work and play,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT
Business Division at LG Electronics. “Our 21:9 aspect ratio monitors has
proven to be a critical and commercial success and we forecast this market
will continue to grow.”
The UM95 supports a variety of advanced
connectivity options, including Thunderbolt 2. Thunderbolt 2 is a
revolutionary connectivity technology that simultaneously supports
high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single,
compact port. With Thunderbolt 2 technology, users can take advantage of
transfer speeds up to 20Gbps, enabling viewing and editing of original 4K
video, while backing up the same file simultaneously. Higher-resolution and
multi-monitor viewing is also possible with DisplayPort 1.2 support.
Thunderbolt 2 uses the same cables and connectors and works with existing
Thunderbolt PCs and devices. Multiple UM95 monitors can also be daisy-chained
together and linked with servers and other hardware.
The monitor also comes with True Color
Finder calibration software to ensure optimal color expression. The UM95 is
also capable of reproducing 99 percent of the sRGB color palette. In terms of
design, LG’s UM95 incorporates a sleek metallic finish and the transparent
Crystal Float stand, which makes the screen appear to float in darkened rooms.
LG will also be showcasing the new UM65 models available
in 25, 29 and 34 inch varieties. There's also the UB65 which is ergonomically
designed for the workplace apparently.
Also of interest are the 31MU95 which is a 31" sized
screen. The press release confirms this is a full 4k model, and so could mark
the appearance of LG.Display's 31" 4k IPS panel we talked about
back in September - with 4096 x 2160 resolution. It is also hardware
There's also the latest 'Color Prime' model, the 27MB85
which will feature a 99% Adobe RGB colour gamut (wide gamut model) and is
aimed at colour enthusiasts.
AOC q2770Pqu with High Res PLS Panel
January 3rd 2014
AOC's latest Style series monitor has been formally announced now.
The q2770Pqu screen offers a 2560 x 1440 resolution from its Samsung PLS panel.
It features a W-LED backlight with standard sRGB gamut being offered. The screen
also offers a 5ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness
and 178/178 viewing angles.
There are tilt, height,
swivel and rotate functions available from the stand. There are VGA, HDMI 1.4,
DL-DVI and DisplayPort 1.2 interfaces available along with audio input and a
headphone jack. There are also 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 ports provided along
with 2x 2W integrated stereo speakers.
The screen should be available now for ~£429.99 GBP (inc VAT) in the UK.