With Integrated Webcam
April 29th 2007
Samsung are set to release a new feature into the 22"WS display market, an
integrated webcam and microphone. The SM225UW will feature a 2 MegaPixel
camera and a built in microphone designed to make the screen ideal for
videoconferencing and web-chat. The rest of the screen remains fairly standard,
with a TN Film panel offering 5ms response time, 700:1 contrast ratio and
160/160 viewing angles. A USB cable will connect the new add-ons to your PC to
allow operation with Windows. The screen is also expected to come with
additional video conferencing software supplied by a company called Bravis GmbH.
Release of the SM225UW is expected in June 2007 across Europe.
Prad.de, photo credit to pcpop.com
Samsung SM245B, The First 24" TN Film Display
April 29th 2007
Originally shown at CEBIT 2007, the Samsung SM245B will be
the first 24" TFT display released using TN Film technology. The arrival of TN
Film into this sector is bound to prompt a price war from manufacturers and may
well see monitors of this size being more affordable and popular. With an
expected retail price of around 650 Euros, the 245B offers the usual 1920 x 1200
resolution, along with a 5ms response time, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 400
cd/m2 brightness and 160/160 viewing angles. The panel used in the SM245B is the
LTM240CT01 which we have reported about
before.The screen also features a VGA and DVI interface (HDCP supported) and
ergonomic adjustments for tilt, pivot and height.
ViewSonic VX2835WM - The First 28" TFT Display
April 24th 2007
design of the VX2835WM
ViewSonic recently announced in January at
CES 2007 that they would release two new large
format screens. The first was the 24"
VX2435WM which we discussed recently at TFT
Central. The second is more unusual, being a 28" (27.5" viewable) display, the
first of its kind in the desktop TFT market. Other manufacturers have recently
released large format 27" displays into the market, including the
Dell 2707WFP and
Samsung 275T. Viewsonic have skipped this
diagonal and instead opted for the slighty larger, 28" screen size. Viewsonic's
press announcement stated:
"Owing to software and hardware
applications being popularly utilized in current digital life, ViewSonic
foresees big and wide screen LCD will be the most appropriate LCD to fit this
trend. In order to provides consumers with the feature-packed displays they need
to access, use and experience more from the latest digital content and PC
technology offerings, ViewSonic VX2835wm will be definitely the most ideal LCD
to perform digital content perfectly."
The VX2835WM features an HDMI interface which is HDCP enabled, along with
component, S-video, DVI-D, VGA and composite connectivity options. The panel
offers a 3ms response time, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 500
cd/m2 brightness, and 160 / 160 viewing angles. Along with the large pixel pitch
which may worry some potential buyers, the spec seems to suggest that the panel
used is TN Film technology! While the Dell 2707WFP and Samsung 275T use
Samsung's S-PVA technology, the Viewsonic appears to opt for the more cost
effective, yet limited, technology. The 3ms response time and 160/160 viewing
angles are certainly indicative of this technology, which is being more commonly
launched into the larger format sectors. We are seeking clarification from
Viewsonic about the panel technology, along with who the manufacturer are, so
more information on that when it is available.
Viewsonic Press Release
Samsung SM226BW - 'S' vs. 'A' Versions Compared!
April 24th 2007
Finally someone has
managed to do an in depth analysis side by side of the two versions of the
Samsung SM226BW which have been widely discussed since the screens result.
Hardware.fr (the French version of BeHardware.com) have managed to test both
an A and S version of the screen side by side, to see whether there was really
any difference to support the discussion seen across many internet forums.
As a reminder,
we discussed the 'panel lottery' on the SM226BW a little while ago in March.
Two versions of the same model were being shipped by Samsung most probably down
to availability of components and the need to meet customer demand. The models
were quickly labelled as either the "S" or "A" version, discernable by the
letter annotation on the sticker on the rear of the screen, and also
identifiable via the factory OSD menu. These versions were separated by the
panel they used, with the S version using Samsung's LTM220M1 TN Film panel, and
the A version using AU Optronics' M220EW01 TN Film panel.
Samsung acknowledged the issue and responded that all models still pass the
same quality control and adhere to the same performance specs.
While swapping panels
around in monitors is not uncommon, users were becoming increasingly worried
about reports of performance variation, and a trend of x > y soon began to
develop. In this case, users were quick to adopt the S >> A school of
thinking. Users claimed that the A version was inferior, being more prone to
backlight uniformity issues, having often poorly set up colours, and even
offering inferior responsiveness.
Hardware.fr have done a good analysis of both screens which I would
recommend a read of (you'll need to use your preferred translator site to
translate to English). In their tests they compare colour reproduction,
uniformity, responsiveness, input lag and even power consumption. I'll leave you
to read the full analysis there, but it seems that a lot of the worry - as we
expected - seems to be unfounded. Colours are different at default settings as
many users have reported, but as expected (and this is something we stated back
in March), Samsung panels are more accurately calibrated at default settings,
but with proper calibration, both models offer good colour accuracy. Uniformity
seems to vary, but there is no drastic difference in the models tested. Response
time is also comparable, but note that the option for RTA (Response Time
Accelerator) is necessary to boost the RTC control and get the most out of the
panel in this regard. We hope to test the SM226BW in the near future but for the
mean time hopefully the article at Hardware.fr helps alleviate some of the fears
around the panel lottery on this model.
Dell 2407WFP-HC Manual Online
April 23rd 2007
There has been talk recently about the "HC" edition of the very popular 2407WFP
display. With the recent release of the 3007WFP-HC edition, and the 2707WFP
displays, a "High Color" version of the 24" model was expected. Dell have
recently released the manual for the 2407WFP-HC online, and while the design and
majority of the spec remains the same, the screen now offers a 92% coverage of
the NTSC colour space, expanding it beyond the normal sRGB colour space (72%
NTSC coverage). This matches the gamut range of the 2707 and 3007-HC models, and
is achieved by the use of enhanced CCFL backlight lamps. The spec of the monitor
remains the same, except the brightness figure is now 400 cd/m2 instead of 450
cd/m2, again due to the change of CCFL backlighting. Those hoping for the
addition of an HDMI interface will be disappointed by the look of things.
Dell 2407WFP-HC Manual
Sony To Launch 1,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio OLED TV
April 23rd 2007
Sony have stated that sometime during 2007 we will see the release of their
first 1,000,000:1 (yes, 1 million to 1!!) contrast ratio OLED TV. This will be a
1024 x 600 resolution, 11" display and will feature true 8-bit colour depth and
a colour gamut covering more than 100% of the NTSC colour space. One of the most
impressive features of this new display is the fact that it is only 3mm thick!!
The screen is bound to come at a high cost, but at least marks an interesting
change in the market which we can maybe expect more from over the next couple of
years. More information when it becomes available.
NEC Launches 5 New Models
In Their Pro Monitor Range
April 14th 2007
NEC have announced the
release of 5 new models in their professional range of screens, all set to hit
the Japanese market on 28th April. Thes range in size from 24" to 19" and from
the impressively spec'd 2490WUXi to the more modest and standard 19" 193WM.
Specs and features are listed below along with estimated price (in US dollars)
where available. More details on UK release dates and prices when they are
- $1566, 8ms G2G (16ms ISO) H-IPS A-TW Pol panel, 12-bit LUT, 1920 x 1200
resolution, 800:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing
angles. 3x DVI-D (with HDCP certification), 1x DVI-I (HDCP) and 1x VGA
connections. Available in black or white models.
- $1088, 6ms G2G (16ms ISO) S-PVA panel, 1920 x 1200 resolution, 1000:1
contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 brightness, 176/176 viewing angles. 2x DVI-D (HDCP),
1x VGA connections. Available in black or white models.
- $473, 5ms TN Film panel, 1680 x1050 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300
cd/m2 brightness, 176/176 viewing angles are quoted but most probably
extremely exagerated, DVI-D and VGA connections. Available in black or white
- $348, 5ms TN Film panel, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300
cd/m2 brightness, 170/170 viewing angles, DVI-D and VGA connections. Available
in black or white models.
- 1440 x 900 resolution, 5ms TN Film panel, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2
brightness, 176/176 viewing angles are quoted but most probably extremely
exagerated, VGA connection only.
Dell 19" Widescreen Model On It's Way Soon
April 12th 2007
Dell are looking to soon introduce a model of their own into the now, quite
popular, 19"WS market. With sales in this sector increasing over the last 6
months, Dell have actually been quite slow to introduce a model to rival the
other manufacturers. Dell are usually known for offering well priced, but
quality monitors, and the 19"WS model will hopefully be no exception. The model
will most probably use a TN Film panel (since this is the only technology
currently used at this size), and probably one manufactured by either AU
Optronics or Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO). Obviously there is a good chance of
the familiar "panel lottery" we have seen from other Dell models, but Dell are
not afraid to swap panels around to meet demand and to match availability from
the panel suppliers. More information when it is available, but for now, we can
hopefully look forward to a well priced and well built model to spice things up
a bit in this sector.
Samsung Develop High-End 24" LED Panel
April 11th 2007
Samsung have announched that they will be starting production of a 24" panel
with LED backlighting. This will offer improved colour gamut of 111% of the NTSC
space, and will allow monitors to offer the colour quality to rival even the
highest quality TV's. The 24" panel size is also now considered optimum for
Windows Vista, offering full HD support compared with 22" models (which don't
offer the resolution to support true 1080 HD content). In addition,
industry experts now say that a 24-inch display provides a better Windows Vista
fit to also include the Vista right side bar and margins. The panel will be part
of Samsung's S-PVA generation.
ViewSonic VX2435WM Released
April 9th 2007
The new 24" model from Viewsonic is now listed on their
US website along with an estimated retail price of $779 USD. The new screen
follows in the recent trend of models like the BenQ FP241W and offers an HDMI
interface, along with HDCP certification. Like other large format displays in
the market, Viewsonic are marketing this as a complete entertainment display,
with full HD content support.
The spec is also listed on the site, with a 5ms G2G (or 8ms G2G, depending on
which bit of the page you read!) response time. I'm seeking clarification from
Viewsonic as to which response time figure is correct, but they have also listed
a 20ms ISO response time on the site. The screen features a 1920 x 1200
resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 brightness, 176 / 176 viewing
angles and uses traditional AR screen coating.
The VX2435WM features VGA, HDMI, component, composite and S-video interfaces,
but sadly no additional DVI. The screen does come with an HDMI > DVI-D cable
however. The monitor also has two built in speakers for some basic sounds.
PDF Spec Sheet
14/4/07: I've had confirmation from Viewsonic that the correct response time
spec for this screen is 8ms G2G. The screen also uses a 24" MVA panel.
DisplayPort 1.1, The New Standard Interface
April 8th 2007
The Video Electronics Standards Association has officially approved DisplayPort
1.1 as an industry standard. This will bring the introduction of a new interface
for displays, one which is smaller, but designed to replace DVI, LVDS and
eventually VGA connections. This is a next generation digital interface and
offers support for HDCP protection version 1.3.
DisplayPort 1.1 provides for low voltage and low power operation, and enables
improved interoperability and reduced EMI through its unique embedded clock
architecture. Significant advantages over DVI and VGA include a small USB-sized
connector with available latching, two-way display connectivity, optional audio
support, higher performance than dual link DVI at 10.8 Gigabits per second, and
a unique micro-packet architecture that enables new display features.
The interface is capable of pass-through of DVI and HDMI signals to allow you to
use adapters similar to DVI > HDMI adapters available already. There is
obviously some competiton as to whether DisplayPort of HDMI will become the more
widely used interface.
BenQ Sells NT $4.54 billion AU Optronics Shares
April 2nd 2007
TAIPEI, TAIWAN, April 2, 2007 – BenQ Corp. (2352.TW) today announces
that it has completed a sale of NT $4.54 billion in AU Optronics shares. The
total gross proceeds will be used to increase cash flow and enhance BenQ’s
“This is one of the first steps we are taking to strengthen our current
financial condition.” expressed David Wang, deputy spokesman of BenQ Corp. “The
partner who has purchased BenQ’s holding of AU Optronics has expressed their
strong support in the current management team of the AU Optronics and it is
expected that this partner will support the future development of AU Optronics.
Today’s sale is part of a larger on-going financial strategy to enhance BenQ’s
financial structure. The strategy, which started in Q4-2006, has included the
sale of BenQ’s shares in Airoha, PBDS, Gallant Precision and the building and
land of Jian Dong factory, which have yielded NT$2 billion in cash. BenQ has
also issued exchangeable bonds worth NT$4.5 billion. Furthermore, BenQ announces
that it is planning to realize its long term investment in shares of Taiwan
Fixed Network Co. Ltd in April at an estimated amount of NT$870 million.
Altogether these will generate an estimated NT$12 billion in cash.
BenQ Press Release
Bravia D3000 Series with 100Hz Technology
April 2nd 2007
Sony have released 3 new models in their D3000 series, at
32, 40 and 46 inches in size. While some aspects remain modest, for instance the
1366 x 768 native resolution (not true 1080 HD displays), other elements are
more interesting. The 3 sets will feature Sony's so called "MotionFlow +100Hz",
offering 100Hz technology designed to reduce motion blur. As with
Samsung's LCD TV 100Hz technology we reported last year, the new Sony sets
will use interpolated image insertion to achieve a higher frame rate than
traditional 50Hz / 60 Hz sets.
The screens also feature a 10-bit colour depth which should
increase the number of producable colour tones from 256 to 1024. The sets also
feature Sony's "24p True Cinema Mode" designed to offer support of 24 fps
playback on 24p-enabled Blu-Ray players.
Sony Press Release
Samsung's MPA Technology - New Details and the 245T
March 23rd 2007
Originally exhibited at
CEBIT 2006, Samsung's MPA (Motion Picture
Acceleration) technology looked to be based on the principle of inserting an
intermediate interpolated image between adjacent frames. The idea behind this is
that it would reduce perceived motion blur, a problem which still plagued even
the fastest LCD displays due to retention of images in the human eye. This
insertion of interpolated images later became the principle behind Samsung's
100Hz LCD technology, something which looked very promising.
However, from reports from CEBIT this year (e.g
BeHardware's report), MPA looks more like it is is going to be a scanning
backlight type technology, similar to what BeHardware observed in their early
preview sample of the BenQ FP241WZ. The Samsung 245T was the model on show at
CEBIT, supposedly offering this technology, and also reportedly featuring LED
backlighting rather than traditional CCFL tubes! An MPA-enabled monitor is
supposed to scan a sweeping, "cleaning" line down the screen, similar to the
principle of CRT scanning, which is supposed to reduce motion blur. However,
there was some confusion with the model on display it seems, with the on/off
options referring to "RTA" (Response Time Accelerator) as opposed to the MPA
technoloy. We have seen RTA used before by Samsung (e.g 940BF) and it is there
term used for response time compensation / overdrive. The Samsung rep apparently
suggested it was a translation error from Korean but BeHardware had their
doubts. With their close photography, the screen showed no signs of scanning
like they had witnessed on the FP241WZ, and this might suggest the screen was
not MPA-enabled after all! The video could well have just shown the difference
between overdrive on and off!
The Samsung 245T is expected to be the first screen to
feature MPA technology, and it is anticipated that this will be released this
June. The model was also shown in Las Vegas this year at CES, and while MPA is
mentioned in the spec from the CES
press release, the article doesn't mention this in any more detail. There
may also be some confusion over the use of LED backlighting given that the CES
article announces a $799 retail price, something surely not possible with LED's!
Seeing as it looks like MPA was also not on show after all, the use of this
technology still remains a little mysterious at this stage. It is entirely
possible that we will see MPA at some stage, but it looked almost as if the 245T
did not feature this, just an option to enable and disable RTA. It is also
unlikely that the screen features LED backlighting, certainly at the expected
retail price. More info from Samsung about MPA and the 245T as we receive them.
BeHardware's News Story (more detailed):
With credit to Hardware.fr and BeHardware.com for the
news article and story from CEBIT. This news piece is designed to make people
aware of their reports and hopefully provide a bit more information and some
thoughts for our English speaking readers! More info from Samsung soon as it is
a little vague at present.
Hot on the heels of the recent release of their impressive
XL20 display, Samsung
have showcased their new 30" model at CEBIT 2007. The new XL30 uses LED
backlighting to offer a reported 123% colour gamut, a worlds first in this area.
Engadget and Digitimes reported from CEBIT that the screen would also offer a
2ms G2G response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio and 170 / 170 viewing angles. The
specification seemed to be a real mis-match of specs, and while the XL20
features a new AMVA panel from AU Optronics, there is no such panel in this
diagonal available. I would expect Samsung to use their own 30" S-PVA panel for
this model, with LED backlighting in the place of traditional CCFL tubes.
However, the 2ms G2G response time seems almost unrealistic at this stage, and
along with 170 / 170 viewing angles, would imply TN Film normally. If this
wasn't a 30" screen, I might consider this a possibility, but given the size and
the panels actually available, I'd suggest S-PVA is likely to be the choice
here, with the spec extremely exagerated for the CEBIT show and early press
releases. Furthermore, the images released seemed to imply a 5:4 aspect ratio
screen which is very unusual at this diagonal size.
images from Samsung.com suggesting WS format of the XL30
Samsung have released some information of the XL30 on their
CEBIT press page and the spec listed offers a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 300
cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 6ms G2G response time and a 14bit LUT.
Launch is expected in August 2007. The spec certainly seems to clear up a few
issues as well. The resolution suggests the XL30 will be a widescreen format
display although some images on the official Samsung site still seem to suggest
5:4 aspect, as shown above. However, there is also a WS format image shown on
the Samsung site which also matches images of the screen taken live from CEBIT
as shown over at
flatpanels.dk. The spec is now more in line with Samsung's LTM300M1 S-PVA
panel as well, with response time, viewing angles and brightness now fitting
more accurately. Contrast ratio is not listed by Samsung at this stage, but will
likely be 3000:1 using dynamic control methods. The LED backlighting is
responsible for improving the colour gamut above that of regular or enhanced
The screen features DVI connectivity with HDCP support,
along with USB interfaces for peripherals. The monitor will come equipped with
"Eyeone Design & Eyeone Photo" and "Natural Color Expert" software. The "Natural
Color Expert" program will allow users to enjoy custom-made features of gamma,
color temperature and white balance. The settings can be set to Adobe RGB as
well as sRGB so that users can operate on the color ranges of their choices.
March 15th 2007
NEC have recently announched the release of their new 24"
LCD display, the 2470WNX. Part of the NEC 70 series, the screen utilises a
Samsung S-PVA panel and offers 6ms G2G response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 500
cd/m2 brightness and 176 / 176 viewing angles. The screen is Vista and HDCP
certified and also offers an impressive array of ergonomic adjustments,
including height, tilt and rotation functions. The 2470WNX is available in
silver and black models and is expected to be available from April 2007.
To SM226BW 'S vs A' Debate
March 15th 2007
Following on from our
recent report of the
panel variation in the SM226BW, Samsung have responded to UK based retailer,
about the situation. Quoted from their
"They are rather amazed at how such a fuss has been made
from one person comparing two panels side by side. They claim it proves nothing
as with all panels they claim they all differ slightly in grade. As with
everything there are good and bad apples.They simply say the person may have
just simply recieved a poor example using panel A hence why the difference.
They are unwilling to seperate deliveries of the A and S panels plus they won't
honor warranty for people trying to send A panels back because they want an S
version. They claim both panels meet manufacturing requirements and as such pass
all tests. Warranty will only issued if the panel is underperforming, which will
be at discretion of Samsung."
Hopefully the above information regarding swapping and
warranty will be useful to potential buyers. I would still advise caution before
jumping to conclusions about the panels used, and take note of what is said in
our earlier report.
Samsung look set to release a 20"WS model in the same
design as the impressive 971P, which we have
recently reviewed at TFT Central. This new model would offer the same
features and functionality as its 19" brother, and is likely to be based on an
S-PVA panel from Samsung. At this time, details are limited, but it is expected
that the 2071BW will use the LTM201M1 panel and offer a 6ms G2G response time,
4000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness and 178 / 178 viewing
angles. It is also expected to offer HDCP certification over DVI with the screen
looking likely to be showcased further at CEBIT 2007.
March 12th 2007
We've recently reviewed the 971P at TFT Central, but Samsung are preparing the
release of the follow-up model, the 971P+. The updated model is expected to
feature a similar spec, offering 6ms G2G response time, 250 cd/m2
brightness, 178 / 178 viewing angles and the same ergonomics and functionality
as its predecessor. However, the 971P+ will offer a 4000:1 contrast ratio thanks
to the use of dynamic contrast control. We already experienced the excellent
contrast ratio and black depth in the 971P review, and this is certainly an
impressive dynamic contract ratio to offer. As with the
2071BW, it is
expected that the 971P+ will be on show at
CEBIT 2007 This
March 12th 2007
The annual CEBIT conference kicks off this week in
Hannover, Germany. The event takes place from the 15th March until the 21st and
normally features a big presence from the monitor manufacturers. NEC have
already announced recently that they will be exhibiting their entire LCD
monitor portfolio including new 19", 20" and 22" models, the LCD195WXM, LCD203WM
and LCD223WM respectively. The 24" LCD2470WNX is also being showcased and is
bound to attract attention.
The other manufacturers including Samsung, LG and BenQ are
all expected to be present. We will feature news from the conference as it is
available this week.
Official CEBIT Webpage: