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Wide, Flat, and Hi-Def

(April 2010) posted on Tue May 04, 2010

A sourcelist of LCD monitors

By Paula Yoho Weis

The LaCie 730 features RGB-LED backlight technology, 14-bit gamma correction, and is designed to cover 125% and 123% of the NTSC and Adobe RGB gamuts. The 30-in. display features a 2560 x 1600 resolution, 200 cd/m2 brightness, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 178° viewing angles. It’s available packaged with hood and LaCie blue eye pro Proof Edition calibration software ($3600), and in a package with hood, software, and LaCie blue eye colorimeter ($3800). A 24-in. version of this display also is available with the same packages ($2000/$2200), and LaCie offers several other LCD displays for graphics professionals as well.

Lenovo’s ThinkVision line of LCD monitors come in a variety of sizes and specs, from 17 to 22 in. At the top of the line, the L2251x Wide is Lenovo’s greenest and most ergonomic display, featuring 1680 x 1050 resolution, brightness of 250cd/m2, and a 1000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. MSRP: $300.

The LG W3000H is a 30-in. widescreen HD display that offers 2650 x 1600 resolution, 170° viewing angle, and 370 cd/m2 brightness. In addition, it features: a wide color gamut expanding the range of colors to 92% of the NTSC spectrum; a Flatron f-Engine that independently adjusts contrast and brightness; and a fully articulating stand. Price: $1450.

NEC Display Solutions
The MultiSync LCD3090W-BK-SV from NEC is a 30-in., widescreen LCD with the company’s SpectraView II color-calibration solution. The monitor achieves coverage of 97% of Adobe RGB color space and features NEC’s X-Light Pro backlight/sensor design and ColorComp technology to compensate for variations in luminance and color uniformity. It offers 2560 x 1600 native resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The SpectraView II solution comprises a color-measurement sensor with software. Price: $2449.  The SpectraView II is available on six other NEC displays as well, in sizes beginning at 19 in.

Philips Electronics
The 240S1 24-in. monitor offers 1920 x 1200 resolution, 300 cd/m² brightness, SmartContrast ratio of 25,000:1, and a viewing angle of 178º. A 24-in. 240B1CS version has built-in stereo audio; 22-in. and 19-in. versions are also available, with or without audio.

Planar Systems
The 26-in. PX2611W comes with a 1900 x 1200 resolution, 178° viewing angle, 400 cd/m2 brightness, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Planar also offers a 27-in. model, the PX2710MY widescreen LCD monitor, which features 1920 x 1080 full high-definition resolution, 1200:1 contrast ratio, and 170° horizontal/160° viewing angle with a tilt range from 0° to 20°. A 24-in. model is also available.

The Quato Intelli Proof 240 Excellence is an Adobe-RGB and ECI-RGB optimized, 102% NTSC Wide Gamut-proof display with 16-bit hardware calibration and uniformity compensation. The 24-in., wide-panel display features a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 400 cd/m2 luminance, and 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution. Built-in iColor Display calibration software adjusts the monitor’s internal calibration processing unity up to 42-bit resolution, enabling the model to show 1024 gray or billions of colors using frame-modulation technology. Similar models are available with 25- (Intelli Proof 262 Excellence) and 22-in. (Intelli Proof 220 Excellence) displays; the company also offers Creative Proof and Proof series of displays. Distributed in the US through GraphixWorld (

Samsung Electronics USA
The XL2370-1 23-in. widescreen LCD monitor features an LED backlight with 250 cd/m² resolution, 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Samsung bills the model as eco-friendly because it contains no halogen, mercury, lead, or VOCs and uses up to 3% less power. MSRP: $1613.

Toshiba’s 21.6-inch PA3768U-1LCH high-performance TFT LCD monitor features full 1080P HD (1920 x 1080 resolution), a contrast ratio up to 1000:1, brightness of 300 cd/m2, and color-depth support for 16.7 million colors. It has dual VGA and DVI video interfaces, port replicator, and USB docking station. Monitors are also available in 22-in and 23.6-in. versions. MSRP: $230.

The 24-in. VG2427wm LCD is designed for graphics professionals. It offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a luminosity of 300 cd/m², and 170°/160° viewing angles. The display features an Eco-mode to reduce power consumption, fully adjustable ergonomic base, and USB ports. ViewSonic offers sizes ranging from 17 to 24 in. in its Graphic Series line.

Westinghouse Digital
With 1920 x 1200 resolution, a dynamic contrast of 3000:1, and static ratio of 750:1, the L2610NW 26-in. LCD has a color capability of 16.7 million colors, optional wall-mounting capability, and 170° horizontal/160° vertical viewing angles. MSRP: $545.



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