The last time we spent any quality time with a Gateway monitor was when the company burst into the 30-inch panel scene with its awesome XHD3000 (see our review here). It was an incredible display, albeit long since discontinued.
Gateway didn't exit the monitor scene, it just isn't producing ginormous displays. Gateway is, however, launching three new ultra-slim LED monitors -- the 21.5-inch FHX2152L, 24-inch FHX2402L, and 23-inch FHD2303L.
"These new Gateway monitors give consumers a choice in style and functionality when choosing a monitor for their home or office," said Irene Chan, senior product marketing manager for peripherals, Acer America. "All three models offer advanced display technology that meets a wide variety of viewing needs combined with the power-saving features and an eco-friendly design that are important to today's consumers."
All three monitors sport a 1920x1080 resolution and, for what it's worth, a 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Both FHX models feature a 2ms response time, while the FHD is rated at 5ms.
The FHD2303L ($250), FHX2402L ($250) and FHX2152L ($190) will ship later this month.
We're not hating on TN panels, but when price is not an object, we'll take an IPS over a TN screen 10 times out of 10 (or 11 times out of 10 now that gaming performance usually isn't an issue). Alas, for most people price is an issue, and LaCie's latest 24-inch IPS display commands a hefty premium.
Pricing starts out at $1,250, which doesn't include the optional hood and blue eye colorimeter. What it does include is a 10-bit P-IPS LCD panel with wide color gamuts. We're talking 102 percent NTSC and 98 percent RGB.
"For years, LaCie has designed monitors for digital artists who demand color precision," said Ahcene Tirane, LaCie Product Manager for Displays. "From concept to creation, LaCie developed the 324i with the highest level of color accuracy, and with a firm belief that when professionals have a tool that enhances their workflow, they can deliver their best work."
The display supports a native resolution of 1920x1200 (16:10). It comes equipped with an HDMI port, DisplayPort, DVI-D port, and Component connection. Other features include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 6ms response time (gray to gray), and audio inputs.
Hewlett Packard this week introduced a sleek new 23-inch LED backlit panel, the HP 2310e HD. Dubbed an ultra-thin, the 2310e is only 1-inch deep and comes with a detachable stand, albeit no VESA mount.
It's a Full HD panel with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 and support for up to 70 percent of the color gamut. We don't put much stock into display specs, but for what it's worth, this one boats an 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic, of course), 250 nits of brightness, and a 5ms on/off response time.
For the environmentally conscious, the WLED backlighting is mercury-free, the glass contains no arsenic, and both the rear cover and base are made from recycled plastics.
Look for this one to start shipping on September 29, 2010 for $289.
In the market for a new LCD monitor? Count yourself among the few. Citing "market sources," Digitimes says that first tier PC brands, including Hewlett-Packard (HP), Acer, and Dell, have all pulled in the reigns on new LCD monitor orders for 2011 because of weaker-than-expected demand.
The exact reason for this has analysts stumped. Some market watchers say the weak demand might just be the result of the typical business practices for this time of year, as the peak season typically occurs in the third quarter. Because of this, vendors end up setting higher order volumes to receive more favorable pricing, and then reduce orders in the forth quarter.
But is that what's happening? It should also be noted that several LCD makers have been rocked by price fixing lawsuits in recent months, and it could be that PC vendors are waiting to see how it all plays out before fully replenishing their LCD monitor stock.
Corning Incorporated is pretty jazzed that its board of directors approved spending big bucks on expanding the company's LCD glass and Gorilla glass manufacturing, apparently "in response to strong market demand."
All told, the Gorilla glass maker will invest around $800 million to construct a new LCD glass substrate facility in China, with production of these super tough display panel covers expected to commence in the first half of 2012.
"The need for additional Gorilla glass capacity is based in part on the product's new application as a TV cover glass," Weeks explained. "Gorilla glass has already been embraced by information technology and handheld device makers, and the addition of the TV cover glass application creates a tremendous opportunity for further growth."
Gorilla glass is a protective cover already offered on a number of handheld devices and smartphones, offering superior damage and scratch resistance. By porting the technology over to LCD monitors and TVs, display makers would have an easier time reducing or perhaps even eliminating bezels, which are a particular distraction in multi-monitor setups.
Driving two monitors is easy enough with most modern videocards; in fact, late-model AMD Radeon HD cards can drive three (although one must be equipped with DisplayPort). Accell’s UltraAV multi-monitor adapters allow you to connect three displays to a single DisplayPort source. The model we examined supports three single-link DVI monitors using a single DisplayPort source; the company offers a second SKU that supports three DisplayPort monitors from a single DisplayPort. Both suffer from the same limitations: Reliance on DisplayPort on the host side, and maximum resolution of 3840x1024 (supporting three 1280x1024 displays).
I’ve been contemplating purchasing a 120Hz monitor for some time. After reading the May 2010 review of the Acer GD235HZ, this now looks like more of a possibility. I currently have a GeForce 275 GTX, and my understanding is that in order to take advantage of the 120Hz, I need to connect to the monitor with dual-link DVI. However, will this 120Hz monitor do for games what 120Hz has done for movies and TVs? Does it deliver that same crisp image that makes it feel like you are right there with the cast? Also, would a streaming service, such as Slingbox, have that same feeling if I’m steaming at HD speeds (2Mb/s+)?
Price is one of the last elements we take into account when we evaluate a new product. We’d rather spend a little more get a lot more in terms of features and performance. But Sceptre’s X270W-1080p is selling online for as little as $300, and that earns it more than a highly qualified buy recommendation—especially if you’re a gamer with a fast videocard and you’re looking to move up from something a lot smaller.
Now don’t get the wrong idea: This is not a great monitor by any stretch of the imagination; it suffers from many of the typical shortcomings we’ve seen with other twisted-nematic panels. While testing using DisplayMate Multimedia with Test Photos (www.displaymate.com), for example, we encountered color-tracking problems where blocks of what should have been the same color exhibited variations in tint depending on where they appeared on the monitor.
Yet another reason why you just can't have enough USB ports, Samsung has developed a USB-powered LCD PC display that requires no AC/DC power source.
The display, which was being shown off at the SID 2010 conference in Seattle, measures 18.5 inches and consumes as little as 6.3W. Plug it into a USB port and you're good to go.
"We are planning to start volume production of the LCD display for desktop PCs in 2011," Samsung said.
In order to ditch the traditional power cord, Samsung had to figure out a way to reduce power consumption. The company did this by improving the transmittance of the panel and luminance efficiency of the backlight. According to Samsung, the transmittance of the panel is at about 7 percent, but the company declined to elaborate on what technologies it used to achieve this.
What we do know is that it comes with an edge-lit type backlight that taps into LEDs for its light source. Samsung's LEDs boast a higher efficiency than traditional LEDs used in LCD monitors, but at a rated lifetime of 30,000 hours, they also offer about 20,000 hours less.
NEC took to updating its professional display lineup on Wednesday, culminating with the MultiSync PA271W, the latest edition to the MultiSync PA series.
The PA271W sports a 27-inch widescreen panel with a 7ms response time. The maximum brightness comes rated at 300 cd/m2, while the native resolution checks in at 2,560x1,440 pixels. Since this is aimed at graphics professionals, the PA271W comes constructed with a 10-bit p-IPS panel capable of reproducing 97.1 percent of the colors in the AdobeRGB color space.
"The arrival of these new updates to our professional desktop products brings an incredible level of control to our customers," said Art Marshall, Product Manager for NEC Display Solutions. "The most recent version of SpectraView brings compatibility of our award-winning calibration software to the MultiSync PA Series, while the new MultiProfiler software provides a simple, intuitive interface to perform a variety of custom functions that will aid graphics professionals."
Rounding out the spec sheet is a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, three USB ports, and dual DVI and DisplayPort inputs. NEC says the PA271W will be available later this month for $1,400.