Subject: Displays | August 13, 2017 - 03:46 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Samsung, PLS
And, naturally, things break right when you make a big purchase. The day after I set up the Oculus, one of my monitors had a wobbly backlight and buzz, quickly going black-screen despite the on light showing it was connected. I revived it by turning it off and on again, but it was clear that it was dead. That said, I bought it back in ~2005-2006, so it lived a long life.
Its replacement? A 24-inch mainstream Samsung PLS, 1080p display. It was surprisingly difficult finding a cheap (but solid) monitor that also had a wall mount, but this one was luckily $80-off at Staples ($169.96 CDN before taxes until August 15th). It was also compatible with FreeSync, but my GPUs are NVIDIA so it’s not a feature that I can comment on. It doesn't have a high refresh rate or anything, but it seems very good (for its price) so far.
One thing that I will note, however, is that you need to be careful with your wall mounts... there’s a stub for the stand that will not come off, and there’s not much room between it and the VESA mounts. Unless you have holes at pretty much the very bottom of your mount, which I luckily did, you will need to buy a new mount (or do some hacky thing with standoffs or whatever).
Subject: Displays | November 18, 2015 - 10:04 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: U2477PWQ, PLS, monitor, HDMI 2.0, AOC, 4k monitor, 24-inch display
AOC has announced a new, compact 4K display with a PLS panel, and the U2477PWQ also features HDMI 2.0 input.
With a PLS panel providing a full 178/178 viewing angle the U2477PWQ looks like an attractive alternative to TN designs, if similarly priced. The 16.7 million colors specified indicate the use of an 8-bit panel/processing, so this won't offer the same level of color gradation as a 10-bit IPS (or PLS) panel, though likely not an issue unless this is intended for serious color work. As far as the ergonomics are concerned, the display stand offers full hight/pivot/tilt functionality, and there is also a standard 100 mm VESA mount on the back.
Specifications from AOC:
- Monitor Size: 23.6 Inch
- Resolution: 3840x2160@60Hz
- Response time: 4 ms
- Panel Type: PLS
- Viewing Angle: 178/178
- Colors: 16.7 Million
- Brightness: 300 cd/m2 (type)
- Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 50M:1
- HDCP: Compatible
- Input: DVI, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, D-Sub
- Ergonomics: Pivot, Swivel, Tilt -5/+23; Height Adjustment 130mm
- Other Features: FlickerFree, Vesa Wallmount 100x100, i-Menu, e-Saver, Screen+
- Power Source: 100 - 240V 50/60Hz
- Power Consumption: On 34W; Standby 0.5W; Off: 0.3W
This new display is listed on AOC's European site here, and it appears that the U2477PWQ is not yet available in the United States.
Subject: Displays | November 20, 2012 - 04:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, PLS, lcd, 2560x1440, PB278Q, 27
Before they even turned the ASUS PB278Q on, Hardware Canucks had formed several opinions about the monitor; on the positive side the stand was very versatile and more stable than other 27" displays but on the negative side was the complete lack of an anti-glare coating. The OSD was quite comprehensive, especially if you contrast it with some of the high definition displays from Korea we have seen recently. The overall performance of monitor was not quite up to the Samsung SyncMaster 27A850 which is another PLS display on the market, however you can get the ASUS display for at least $100 less which may make it the preferred choice of those needing something better than a TN display but can't afford the top model.
"PLS panel technology hasn't been around for all that long but it has already made a lasting mark upon the display market. ASUS' new PB278Q puts this technology to good use in a 27" 2560 x 1440 WQHD monitor that is targeted towards gamers and professionals alike."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Asus PB278Q Review @ TechReviewSource
- ASUS PB278Q Review: An IPS Competitor Emerges @ AnandTech
- Philips Brilliance P-Line 241P4QPYKES 24″ LED Monitor @ Kitguru
- Dell UltraSharp U2713HM Review @ TechReviewSource
The Dell All-in-One
Reviewers, at times, can be somewhat myopic. I speak for myself in this particular instance. My job as a writer is to test hardware on a daily basis, and as such I have a very keen understanding (or so I hope) of the intricacies of computer design. If I need to build a machine, whether for test purposes or something that my wife can play Song Pop on, I have a near infinite variety of components that I can choose from to fit the needs of the project. As such, we often forget that not everyone has that level of expertise. Most people, in fact, just want to be able to buy something that not only fits their needs, but also simply just has to work.
Dog is unimpressed with packaging. UPS complained profusely though.
This is the reason why we have the Dells, HPs, and Lenovos of the world. The vast majority of people out there are unwilling to build their own machine and support it themselves. They neither have the time nor patience to dive in and learn the ins and outs of a modern PC and the software that runs them. This is not a bad thing. Just as I do not have the patience to learn how to sew, I still like wearing clothes. At least during our podcasts. For the most part.
We must also admit that we are moving well away from the typical beige box that dominated the 90s and early 2000s. Manufacturers have a much better eye for not only functionality, but also aesthetics. No longer do we have the hulking CRTs of yesteryear, and neither do we have the large boxes that are nearly indistinguishable from one or another. Multiple form factors abound and these large manufacturers have design teams that pay very close attention to things like compatibility, power consumption, and thermal dissipation. With these things in mind, they are able to create unique devices that not just serve the needs of consumers, but also just simply work.
Apple has been at the forefront of this type of design for quite some time. This is a company that has prized fit, finish, and functionality far more than they have pursued cost cutting and homogenization. This has lead to much higher margins for the company, and a nearly rabid following by the people buying their platforms. We certainly can argue that they probably perfected the “all-in-one” machine back in the Macintosh days, and since that time they have not stood still. The iMac was a further advancement in that field, but the introduction of relatively inexpensive and large LCD panels allowed them to further shrink the all-in-one. It also allowed them to further sculpt the design into what we see today.
Everything is nicely supported in the box.
Obviously people around the industry have noticed this trend, and noticed the devoted following of the Apple consumers. It is hard to miss. The world is a big place though, and surely there are people who crave the type of design that Apple pushes, but do not necessarily want to jump on that particular bandwagon. Dell has recognized this and created their XPS One lineup of products. Not everyone wants to run OSX and pay the Apple tax. If this is the case for a reader, then this might be the product that catches their attention.