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Displays of Strength

(March 2012) posted on Wed Mar 14, 2012

A sourcelist of monitors for graphics work.

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The Quato Intelli Proof 240 LED Excellence is an Adobe-RGB and ECI-RGB optimized, 108% NTSC Wide Gamut proof display with 16-bit 3D hardware calibration and uniformity compensation. The 24-in., wide-panel display features a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 luminance, and 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution. iColor Display 3 calibration software is included, as is a hood and integrated ugra UDACT for user-based certification of the display.
Other Quato High-End Proof Displays include the Intelli Proof 300ex, 270ex, 264ex, 242ex, and 220ex. Its Creative Proof Displays include the Intelli Proof 242 LE and 220 LE. Distributed in the US through
GraphixWorld (

Samsung Electronics USA
The Samsung 850 Series LED monitor features the company’s new PLS technology, for more accurate color and better viewing angles. The height-adjustable display has a 178° viewing angle, 2560 x 1440 resolution, 300 cd/m² brightness, 5-ms response time, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1000:1. Four USB 3.0 ports.

Tatung Co. of America
The company’s 22-in. W22058-D LCD monitor offers a resolution of 1680 x 1050, 300 cd/m² brightness, 170°/160° viewing angles, 5-ms response time, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The company also offers 15-, 17-, and 19-in. displays.

The VP2765-LED is part of ViewSonic’s LED Professional Series of monitors. The 27-in. widescreen LED backlit display features Advanced MVA panel technology, engineered for excellent picture reproduction. It also features: 178° viewing angles, 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (3000:1 static), a luminosity of 300 cd/m², and 25-ms response time. It also offers an Eco Mode, 4-port USB hub, 90° pivot, and a height-adjust function. Price: $561. ViewSonic also offers its Graphics Series of monitors as well as a Value Series.

Here are some of the most basic of specs to consider when researching a new display; we’ve strived to include these specs in the individual monitor descriptions in this sourcelist:

• Aspect ratio: The ratio of a monitor’s horizontal to vertical length.

• Contrast ratio: Also know as “static contrast ratio,” this is the difference in light intensity between the brightest white and the deepest black. Some manufacturers are now using a “dynamic contrast ratio,” which reflects a much higher number and should not be compared to the static ratio. Some manufacturers report both numbers.

• In-plane switching (IPS): a display technology that is engineered to allow for better angled and more consistent viewing (most sources report that IPS requires more backlighting and, hence, more power utilized).

• Luminance or brightness: How much light a panel produces, expressed in candelas per square meter.

• Refresh rate: The number of times per second a display is illuminated.

• Response time: The time it takes for a pixel to change color, measured in milliseconds.

• Resolution: The number of distinct pixels in each dimension that can be displayed; limited by dot pitch (the distance between sub-pixels of the same color)

• Viewing angle: Maximum angle at which images on screen can be viewed, without degradation to the image.

Displays for Electronic Digital Signage
Several of the companies referenced in the main text also produce displays specifically oriented toward electronic digital signage in retail or other applications. We’ve noted these below, and also included a few additional sources as well:

• HP ( Offers eight different displays in its Digital Signage series, ranging from 42- to 47-in.
• NEC Display Solutions ( Indoor and outdoor LED Wall Modules that can be tiled in various sizes, shapes, and configurations; the company also offers more than 50 models of Large-Screen Displays, from 32 to 82 in.
• Panasonic ( Although not referenced in the main text, this monitor OEM offers five different displays in its Digital Signage series, for indoor and outdoor applications.
• Planar ( An array of solutions, from large-format LCDs and LCD video walls, to touch screens and outdoor displays, all found on a separate dedicated website:
• Samsung Electronics ( Its range of 50 Commercial Display Solutions includes LCD, LED, and plasma displays, from 22 to 82 in., including touch screens.
• Sharp Electronics ( Also not in the main text; its PN-V601 is a 60-in. Video Wall LCD monitor with ultra-slim bezel, specifically designed to create video walls up to 5 x 5 ft.
• Tatung Co. of America ( Offers 32- and 42-in. HD LCD displays for digital signage.
• ViewSonic ( Offers displays from 24 to 65 in. and up, as well as media players; it also sells digital signage software from third parties.