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Three New Monitors for Graphics Professionals

Designed to give better color and brightness.

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Three New Monitors

Three companies introduced new monitors late in 2004. The trend seems to be toward LCDs that are designed to be easier to calibrate while giving graphics professionals better color and brightness"?all part of a complete color-managed, more streamlined workflow.

LaCie 321 LCD Monitor

The LaCie 321 LCD monitor is aimed at graphics professionals serious about color rendering. Providing a 21.3-in. diagonal viewing area, the LaCie 321 also features a 1600 x 1200 resolution, a CRTgrade color gamut (72% of the NTSC video standards gamut), 10-bit gamma correction, a contrast of 500:1, and a brightness of 250 cd/m2.

The monitor's viewing area allows a double-page spread or full A3 page to be displayed in exact 1:1 ratio. This allows users to view a document on their monitor in the same format as it will be printed.

The LaCie 321 can be height-adjusted, tilted, and swiveled to suit all work environments; landscape mode can be changed to portrait-mode viewing. For more demanding color-related tasks, such as photo retouching and on-screen proofing, the LaCie monitor hood keeps ambient light to a minimum to not interfere with image color.

The LaCie 321 Monitor is both Mac- and PC-compatible and has a DVI and VGA connection. List Price: $1699, with a 3-year warranty. Optional BlueEye 2 calibration software is also available ($279). (Laacie: www.lacie.com)

Formac's Gallery Xtreme LCD Displays

Formac Electronics has released its Gallery Xtreme LCD display line. Featuring a 19- or 20.1-in. screen, the new Gallery Xtreme displays incorporate Formac's digital graphics and conical-viewing angle technology as well as its ColorProof VA TFT technology.

The Gallery Xtreme 1900 features a 19-in. viewing screen, a resolution of 1280 x 1024 pxl and a screen ratio of 5:4. The display's brightness of 280 cd/m2, contrast ratio of 700:1, and pixel response of 15 ms provides for detailed and smooth images as well as vivid colors, says Formac. The ultra-wide conical viewing angle is geared toward accurate calibration for work in color-critical applications.

The Gallery Xtreme 2010 features a 20.1-in. viewing screen, a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pxl, and a screen ratio of 4:3. It boasts a brightness of 300 cd/m2, while its contrast ratio and pixel response are the same as the Xtreme 1900. Its viewing angle is also the same as the Xtreme 1900.

Both displays feature two USB ports on the back of the display for keyboard and mouse connections; the Formac Display Connector combines power, USB, and graphics signals into one cable attached to the unit, reducing desktop cable clutter to a minimum. The Gallery Xtreme line is Mac- and PC-compatible and can be connected using a DVI or ADC connector. Standard warranty is 1 year; an optional 3- year warranty is also available. List price of the 19-in. display: $599; list price of the 20.1-in. version: $899. (Formac: www.formac.us)

NEC MultiSync LCD 70 Series

The NEC MultiSync LCD 70 Series of flatpanel LCD monitors from NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics replaces the company's 60 Series. Featuring an industrial thin-frame design, the MultiSync 70 Series currently comprises five new 17- and 19-in. models, with 15- and 20-in. models to follow by February 2005.

The monitors all feature: a resolution of 1280 x 1024; a contrast ratio of 450:1 or 500:1; and a brightness of 230 cd/m2 or 250 cd/m2. In addition, the MultiSync LCD 70 Series has XtraView wide-angle viewing technology, which improves horizontal and vertical viewing angles up to 176"?.

Other features include NaViSet software, which enables users to adjust display settings with a keyboard and mouse rather than using the OSM buttons, and "No Touch Auto Adjust," which automatically adjusts screen settings when the monitor is first turned on. Cabinet colors available are silver/white or black. A detachable base allows for wall mounting to free up desktop space. Street prices range from $425 to $630. (Nec-Mitsubishi: www.nec-mitsubishi.com)

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