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Lenovo Unveils the Updated ThinkPad X1 Portfolio



Ahead of CES 2023, Lenovo unveiled its latest ThinkPad X1 laptops featuring recycled materials, updated Lenovo Commercial Vantage software designed to highlight feature settings that can help improve energy efficiency, and a new Lenovo View application offering advanced computer vision technology for enhanced video image quality and tools for collaboration, security, and digital wellness. The latest line of ThinkVision monitors leads with the ultra-bright ThinkVision P27pz-30 and P32pz-30 mini-LED displays followed by ThinkVision’s new T-series VOIP monitors built for hybrid work, featuring an integrated Microsoft Teams functionality, 5MP cameras, dual microphones, and speakers.

Lenovo also introduced its latest professional-grade 4K ThinkVision P-series monitors and, for the home, new value-conscious Lenovo L-series monitors. Completing an efficient hybrid eco-system are new Lenovo accessories, including the unique Lenovo Go Desk Station, Lenovo Go 4K Pro Webcam, and Lenovo Professional Wireless Rechargeable Combo Keyboard and Mouse.

In line with its vision of achieving net zero by 2050 aligned to Science Based Target initiatives, Lenovo continues to focus on supporting a circular economy by increasing the use of recycled materials in its products and packaging and collaborating with industry partners to help increase the energy efficiency of its devices. This includes working with suppliers and global logistics providers to decrease the emissions released in its supply chain and take every opportunity to increase energy efficiency in Lenovo’s factories and workplaces.

As ThinkPad surpasses 30 years, the brand’s evolution continues to set benchmarks for durability, productivity, performance, and user experience. Entering a new era of computing dominated by a need for a more sustainable future, ThinkPad turns its focus toward hardware and software design and engineering to support Lenovo’s net-zero vision.

ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11, ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 8, and ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 all feature recycled materials in select components:

  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 includes 90% recycled magnesium in the palm rest and 55% recycled aluminum on its bottom cover
  • ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 3 features a 90% recycled magnesium hybrid in the palm rest and bottom cover
  • Furthermore, the retail packaging is made from 100% bamboo and sugarcane fiber, brown box packaging is made from plastic-free packaging with 90% recycled and/or FSC-certified content, and the new ThinkPad X1’s include Post Consumer Content (PCC) plastic in select components.
  • All ThinkPad laptops also qualify for Lenovo’s CO2Offset Service.

In addition to the increased use of recycled materials, Lenovo’s energy efficiency efforts also extend to the use of its products. The new Lenovo Commercial Vantage application further demonstrates the company’s investments in helping businesses manage their carbon footprint. The intuitive software aims to guide and encourage users to enable certain settings that are designed to help reduce power consumption or extend component lifespan. The appropriate features include clearly identified labels and information to help users select their preferred configuration. Efficiency labels can extend to:

  • Computer Vision Human Presence Detection can reduce energy consumption through the Zero Touch Lock function
  • OLED settings on OLED-equipped models can also reduce energy consumption and extend the lifespan of the display
  • Smart Charge can help extend the lifespan of the battery by setting charge thresholds
  • Setting the Keyboard Backlightto Off can reduce power use

The Lenovo View application provides a superior suite of intelligent camera-based features designed to help users unlock the power of the integrated camera to enhance video call experiences and improve security and digital health. The new release expands the feature set and makes significant IQ improvements to existing ones:

  • Working on sensitive information in public places can present a security risk. Privacy Guard and Privacy Alert feature integrated into Lenovo View provide additional security by activating the privacy blur or showing the privacy icon when an unauthorized onlooker’s face is detected viewing the laptop screen.
  • Shift to hybrid working has highlighted concerns about digital well-being as users typically spend more hours per day in front of screens. Posture warnings and eye wellness alerts serve as gentle reminders and can be useful tools to help with maintaining or improving digital wellness.
  • Hybrid work has also witnessed exponential growth in video conferencing, often highlighting the challenges that a dispersed workforce face in remote engagement. Collaboration features like auto-framing, background concealment, and virtual presenter upgrade those on-camera calls to make the presenter front and center and help all participants be part of the conversation, even in a virtual or hybrid environment.
  • AI improvements to the video enhancer algorithm can also boost the image quality of the integrated webcam in any lighting environment – even in darker rooms.

These collaboration and video enhancement settings can be directly applied to the main Unified Communications applications, so users can set up everything and work seamlessly between video conferencing applications with their desired settings. The flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11, X1 Yoga Gen 8, and X1 Nano Gen 3 laptops continue their history of delivering unmatched performance and productivity through an inimitable design language that marries form and function with amazing foundational engineering know-how. Business users need laptops that help them breeze through inboxes, presentations, and spreadsheets; participate actively in video conferences; and have the peace of mind that personal data and privacy are as secure as they can be.

The latest ThinkPad X1 can help deliver a stress-free working environment that is highly productive and efficient to aid more purposeful thinking. In addition to the digital wellness features included in Lenovo View, low blue light-emitting displays including a stunning Dolby Vision-enabled OLED option can help reduce eye strain and fatigue, certified by TÜV Rheinland. AI video improvements and smart features for video conferencing platforms are enhanced by the Dolby suite – with Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Voice with AI noise cancellation – producing an immersive audio experience.

ThinkPad X1 features the robust ThinkShield security suite that is complimented by optional Computer Vision (CV) technology, engineered to deliver improvements in user presence detection by offering smarter privacy, a simpler login convenience, and better energy management. Furthermore, all ThinkPad X1 include a mechanical camera shutter for improved privacy.

ThinkPad X1 laptops have always excelled in performance, and the new generations are no exception. Designed on the Intel Evo platform, the highly configurable models feature the very latest generation of up to Intel Core i7 processors with Intel vPro and run Windows 11. ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 11 and X1 Yoga Gen 8 can also be configured with up to 64GB of LPDDR5 RAM for users who frequently conduct memory-intensive tasks.

Producing an outstanding user experience, with more sustainable materials, requires a relentless focus on design, hardware, and software excellence. The new generation of ThinkPad X1 has delivered without question innovative and intelligent software-driven features, performance-focused hardware engineering, and a customer-centric design ethic.

Unified video communications have become a de facto norm in everyday work, whether in an office, at home, or anywhere in between. The pain points however have remained consistent – poor video and poor lighting are often the root cause of user frustration. Enter the Lenovo Go Desk Station with Webcam. The unique hybrid working solution combines a certified 4K camera, an adjustable desk light, a rotatable arm, an expansion hub, and Qi wireless charger into a single innovative device designed to address those user needs.

The camera, also available as a standalone Lenovo Go 4K Pro Webcam, is built for video conferencing and high-resolution streaming. It includes autofocus and auto framing with a selectable field of view, auto ambient light adjustment, and a maximum resolution of up to 4K at 30fps. For added security, the camera features a physical privacy shutter.

The Lenovo Go Desk Station, in addition to the above camera, has a versatile height adjustable arm and a rotating arm with an integrated light that can be changed depending on the ambient lighting needs. This versatile arm with the light and camera can be adjusted in almost any direction to create the perfect scene and even be pointed downwards for live demos or sketching. Additionally, a touch brightness controller provides three settings to choose from, 3000K, 4500K, or 6500K delivering brightness up to 1600 lux at 0.5m.

The base of the Desk Station includes a USB Type-C 135W power input and a full-function 65W USB Type-C port to enable power passthrough to a laptop, for example, for a sleek one-cable solution. The base also includes two USB Type-A 3.1 ports and an HDMI 2.0 output port to connect an external display up to 4K at 60fps. A retractable 15W Qi-compliant charging pad can power supported mobile devices, or a 20W USB Type-C port is available on the front. This unique solution can deliver exceptional video conferencing results while also enhancing cleaner and simpler workspace environments.

To complete a hybrid desk setup, users who prefer a full-size keyboard and accurate mouse interaction can choose the Lenovo Professional Wireless Rechargeable Combo Keyboard and Mouse. With integrated rechargeable batteries, the stylish combo for professionals features a sleek and contemporary finish and a seamless switch for connection to up to three devices with support for 2.4G through a unified dongle or dual Bluetooth. The keyboard ensures comfortable responsive keys and a near-silent typing experience while the mouse features eight buttons, five of which are programmable via software, and adjustable DPI (Dots Per Inch) up to 4000. The combo is also built using a minimum of 65% PCC plastic.

Expanding on its mini-LED portfolio, Lenovo introduced its new ThinkVision P27pz-30 and P32pz-30 monitors. Backlit by thousands of miniature LEDs, these monitors feature 1,152 dimming zones which minimises the blurring halo effect that can appear around objects on the screen and allows for a bolder color contrast with deeper blacks and brighter lit areas.

Available in 27-inch and 31.5-inch screen sizes, these ThinkVision Mini LED monitors support HDR10 and HLG formats and are DisplayHDR1000-certified to reach a peak brightness of 1200 nits. Built for creatives, both monitors include dual-color standards – DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB – to accommodate graphic and video use and have flicker-free technology built in to help reduce eye fatigue. They also feature Lenovo’s ThinkColour software that enables easy color configuration and management of display settings in a simple point-and-click interface. Incredibly intuitive, these ThinkVision Mini LED monitors also include energy-saving human detection and light sensors that automatically dim the screen when the user steps away, and can adjust screen brightness to match the amount of ambient light detected.

Introducing USB4 docking convenience, the ThinkVision Mini LED monitors are OS-agnostic and can connect with USB-C or Thunderbolt™-compatible laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, offering up to 40Gbps of data and video transfer through a single USB4 cable and can support up to two UHD monitors via daisy chain. Capable of delivering up to 15W of power to smartphones and 140W to other devices, these monitors can now charge more powerful laptops.

With an extensive port offering that includes three Type-C, four Type-A, and two HDMI 2.1 ports, as well as Ethernet and DP ports, the ThinkVision Mini LED monitors give users the cross-device connections and data transfer speeds they need to be more productive and efficient. Eco-conscious in their design, the ThinkVision Mini LED monitors are made with post-consumer recycled materials throughout, including 90% PCC aluminium in the stand, 95% PCC ABS in the rear cover, and 85% PCC ABS in the bezel and stand. They are also the first Lenovo monitors with plastic-free packaging, and they qualify for Lenovo’s CO2 Offset Service.

Designed for the modern workforce, Lenovo’s latest generation of ThinkVision VoIP Monitors include integrated, purposeful features that both enhance and simplify the virtual meeting experience. Featuring an upgraded high-definition 5MP camera with an infrared (IR) lens plus a separate RGB lens and privacy shutter, built-in dual microphones with environmental noise cancellation, and two integrated 5W speakers, users will enjoy a crisper all-around video call experience.

New to this generation, however, is a dedicated Microsoft Teams button that immediately launches the video calling application. Easier than ever before, users can jump into their next call quickly without fumbling around on their desktop, and even control the volume and mute functions with the simple press of easy-to-find buttons all located on the front of the monitor. For an even faster start to the workday, knowledge workers can enjoy a more secure, auto login with Windows Hello.

Other smart features that can be easily controlled via settings include a smart traffic light that turns red when the user is on a call, a “sitting” reminder that alerts them when they’ve spent too much time in front of the screen, and a distance warning that will make users aware when they are sitting too close to the monitor. These next-generation ThinkVision VoIP monitors also include human detection and light sensors for automatic screen adjustments and are among the first devices to achieve Eyesafe Certification 2.0 with natural low blue light technology. With these digital features combined with a hook on the side of the monitor for headphones to rest, and a slot in the base where a smartphone can be propped up, knowledge workers will have all the tools they need for a productive work session at arm’s length.

All of these enhanced features unique to the new generation can be found on the 27-inch QHD ThinkVision T27hv-30 monitor, as well as the slightly smaller 23.8-inch FHD ThinkVision T24mv-30, both of which include a USB-C port as the upstream standard. For a similar integrated VoIP experience that’s not quite as feature-heavy, users can opt for the ThinkVision T24v-30 monitor with its 23.8-inch FHD IPS display and USB-B standard upstream port. Rounding out the new additions to its ThinkVision portfolio, Lenovo also introduced its latest in premium, professional-grade displays, the Eyesafe Certified 2.0 ThinkVision P32p-30 and P49w-30 monitors.

The ThinkVision P32p-30 is a 31.5-inch, 4K UHD monitor built for those that require a higher echelon of resolution. The rich colors that emanate off of this 3-side borderless display are a result of its IPS feature and dual color standards that produce a more accurate and realistic color performance that isn’t distorted by the natural low blue light technology within. With multiple connectivity options, this monitor supports the ThinkVision VoIP Modular Stack, offers a port for the stable RJ45 with enhanced security features, and has two powerful Thunderbolt 4 ports for fast data transfer and charging through a single cable. With a wide lift range, users can adjust the stand to the most comfortable viewing angle.

Ideal for the knowledge worker whose work demands two or more PCs to perform different functions simultaneously, the ThinkVision P49w-30 is an ultrawide, 49-inch, double QHD panoramic display. Featuring IPS Black technology, this monitor offers a 2000:1 contrast ratio for sharper, more vibrant colors and deeper blacks that benefit its wide viewing angle. With up to 13 ports, including docking functionality with two Thunderbolt 4 ports with up to 100W power delivery and a front-facing USB-C port with a 15W fast charging capability, the ThinkVision P49w-30 can support a multitude of devices and accessories for an unmatched multitasking experience.

Capable of replacing a dual monitor setup, it can serve as a 2-in-1 solution, enabling users to use both sides of the screen as two distinct workspaces – without all the cables – made possible by Lenovo’s eKVM and True Split features. With eKVM users can instantly access and toggle between two PC sources with just the click of their mouse, while True Split serves as a hardware-based partition that splits one monitor into two, allowing settings and aspect ratios to be independently adjusted as needed. When more monitors are needed, the ThinkVision P49w-30 can also be daisy chained to connect up to two other double QHD monitors via the Thunderbolt™ 4-out connector, reducing cable clutter and enabling an efficient multi-display setup. This monitor also includes two built-in 5W speakers and can support the ThinkVision MC60 modular camera with a microphone.

For the home, Lenovo introduced two sleek new additions to its L-class monitor portfolio. Featuring a stylish, cloud grey metal frame stand that will adorn any workspace, the Lenovo L27i-40 monitor is the next-gen iteration of Lenovo’s mainstream 27-inch display line. This slim, 3-side edgeless IPS display offers an enhanced audio and visual experience from previous models, including the addition of two integrated 3W speakers and an expanded 99% sRGB color gamut. Additional thoughtful touches include two HDMI ports, as well as a terrazzo base that has both a smartphone slot and open-space cut-out where users can store small essentials like their favorite pen for easy access when needed.

The new Lenovo L24m-40 monitor is designed to offer the at-home knowledge worker or student an attractive and efficient solution for their entertainment and productivity needs. Its 23.8-inch FHD display features an IPS panel, natural low blue light technology, and a 99% sRGB color gamut. With two 3W speakers built-in, a power delivery of up to 75W, and a USB hub with adequate ports to support multiple devices, including a USB Type-C, users can connect the tools they need, including the supported Lenovo LC50 Monitor Webcam for a more efficient virtual calling experience. Both of these products feature natural low blue light technology and are certified to the latest Eyesafe Display Requirements 2.0 standard. Additionally, each monitor’s base (including the terrazzo base of the Lenovo L27i-40 monitor), stand, and the back cover is made with 85% PCC recycled plastic.

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Dell Technologies Launches P and S-Series Monitors



Dell Technologies has announced its new P- and S-series Monitors suited for a wide variety of use cases and price points that best cater to user needs. The P-series monitors are targeted at business professionals who are looking to maximize their work productivity while the S-series monitors are meant for families, students and general consumers who are after entertainment, enjoyment and lasting comfort.

P-series Monitors
For working professionals who crave all-day comfort and easy connectivity, the Dell 27 / 24 USB-C Hub Monitors (P2725HE / P2425HE / P2425E) offer enhanced eye comfort features as well as extensive connectivity ports. See below for a breakdown of the top features:

  • Improved Productivity: An improved 100Hz refresh rate on an ultrathin bezel screen, FHD/WUXGA (1920×1200)​resolution featuring IPS technology for colour consistency and smooth viewing experience.
  • Comfortable Viewing: With TUV Rheinland 4-star eye comfort certification, users can benefit from the improved ComfortView Plus feature that reduces harmful blue light to 35% or less to help reduce eye fatigue, along with flicker-free vivid visuals with a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 99% sRGB colour coverage.
  • Extensive Connectivity: Transform the monitor into a productivity hub with RJ45 for wired Ethernet connectivity and single cable solution USB-C (power delivery up to 90W) — all in a clutter-free setup. Extensive connectivity ports allow for easy connection to a variety of devices. Dell upgraded one USB-A port to USB-C to address the increasing demand for USB-C ports for easier connectivity to peripherals and fast charging.
  • Convenient Design: Connect to your external devices easily with intuitively designed quick access ports on the bottom bezel or attach an optional snap-on soundbar (sold separately) for audio. The height-adjustable stand with bi-directional tilt, pivot and swivel function provides a personalized setup.

Also launching are the Dell 27 / 24 / 22 Monitors (P2725H / P2425H / P2425 / P2225H), geared towards the no-frills, task-oriented professionals looking to benefit from an uninterrupted and productive workday. These monitors do not come with USB-C upstream ports.

S-series Monitors
For lifestyle-inspired needs, Dell is announcing the new S-series monitors, the Dell 24 / 27 Monitors (S2425H/HS, S2725H/HS/DS), which showcase modern designs and features for everyday versatility and comfort. These S-series monitors bring together impressive screen performance as well as audio enhancements for everyday entertainment and usability features in a stunning design, showcasing Dell’s ambition to continue elevating and enhancing users’ home office and entertainment setups.

See below for a breakdown of the top features:

  • Visual Excellence with Entertainment in mind:27-inch QHD & FHD resolutions and 23.8-inch FHD IPS monitors are certified by TUV Rheinland for 4-star eye comfort with improved ComfortView Plus to help reduce blue light emissions to 35% or less and 100Hz refresh rate (VRR for S2725DS only) to deliver smoother motion visuals perfect for casual gamers. Users can seamlessly switch between streaming and casual gaming with the built-in dual HDMI connectivity ports. Users can enjoy vibrant colours with 99% sRGB colour coverage and a 1500:1 contrast ratio.
  • Impressive Audio: Elevate the audio experience with integrated dual 5W speakers that offer deeper, punchier bass and wider soundscape showcasing impressive audio capability. Easily choose between 5 presets (Standard, Movie, Game, Music, Voice) and 1 customisable audio profile to tailor for every moment.
  • New Modern Design: Beautifully crafted ultra-thin bezels and a subtle textured pattern at the back inspired by Japanese sand-raking provide a modern-styled design perfect for any space. These monitors come in Ash White color which is soothing to the eyes and complements any environment, matching lifestyle needs. Users will also enjoy all-day comfort with a height-adjustable stand with tilt, pivot, and swivel functions (available on S2425HS/S2725HS/S2725DS only).
  • Tailored Convenience: Improved cable management design offers a clutter-free set-up. Convenient primary connections and easy side-access secondary connections offer multiple input ports for a multi-device set-up. Navigate and manage the OSD menus with the new joystick and shortcut buttons on the back of the monitor.

The new P-and S-series monitors are designed using 85% post-consumer recycled and closed-loop ITE-derived plastic, 50% recycled steel, 100% recycled aluminium and at least 20% recycled glass. Additionally, the P-series monitors also meet the latest environmental standards such as EnergyStar, EPEAT Gold, TCO and TCO Edge. With the new EPEAT Climate+ designation, these monitors have met the industry’s best practices around decarbonisation.

Users can now conserve energy when the monitor is not in use with PowerNap mode in Dell Display Manager, which dims or puts the monitor to sleep and lowers energy use by up to 14.8%. Lastly, all the monitors also ship in boxes that are made from 100% renewable content and can be recycled, and they come with fibre-based cushioning that is more sustainable to the environment.

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Acer Launches Curved OLED and MiniLED Monitors for Avid Gamers



Acer has expanded its Predator gaming monitor line for hardcore gamers with four premium models designed to make gaming more immersive than ever with wide curved screens, spectacular picture quality, and smooth performance. The new monitors include a pair of 2304-zone MiniLED models, with the flagship Predator Z57, the largest of the group with a 57-inch DUHD (7680×2160) at 120 Hz display, and the Predator X34 V3 with a 34-inch panel, an immensely popular size for PC gamers. In addition, the powerful 39-inch Predator X39 and the 34-inch Predator X34 X with bright OLED displays offer smooth and captivating visual experiences with up to a 240 Hz refresh rate and blazing-fast 0.01 ms pixel response time.

Predator Z57
The massive 57-inch Predator Z57 with a DUHD (7680×2160) resolution at 120 Hz is a gaming goliath for conquering the fiercest battles. Leveraging the 2304-zone MiniLED technology, it provides superb picture quality and brightness when showing dark scenes and black backgrounds. The wide 32:9 aspect ratio and 1000R curvature draw users closer to the gaming environment and increase their field of vision when playing or working. In addition, top-of-the-line VESA DisplayHDR™ 1000 certification ensures that it achieves up to 1000 nit brightness, produces highly accurate colours, and maximizes light and dark contrast to illuminate fine details, a total difference maker during intense gaming sessions. Combined with a wide DCI-P3 98% colour gamut, the Predator Z57 creates visuals so realistic, it will thrill even the most experienced players.

The ultra-wide viewing area is ideal for multi-tasking along with productivity-enhancing features, which include picture-by-picture that splits the screen in half to showcase output from two different sources simultaneously, and picture-in-picture that divides the screen with displays on the main screen and another in an inset window. Two HDMI 2.1 ports support the latest consoles (PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X), while a DisplayPort 1.4 port also provides fast and reliable connectivity. The Predator Z57 is also VESA-compliant for hanging on a wall to save desk space and its base is elegantly sleek, yet robust and offers adjustable height, tilt, and swivel to suit individual preferences. This model also has two powerful 10W speakers to amplify sound effects.

Predator X34 V3
The Predator X34 V3 has a 34-inch curved MiniLED display with a 21:9 ultrawide QHD (3440×1440) resolution to support avid gamers with smooth performance and a broad view of the action for a competitive advantage. The 1500R curvature deepens immersion and improves peripheral vision, while the high DCI-P3 94% colour gamut and VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification showcase titles in vibrant colour and luminosity. A fast 180 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms (G-to-G) response time support fluid, uninterrupted gameplay with minimal ghosting. Excellent connectivity via two HDMI 2.0 ports and DisplayPort 1.4 lets players connect to the gamut of sources available today. The Predator X34 V3 can also be hung on a wall and has an adjustable height, tilt, and swivel to optimize viewing comfort. In addition, two 5W speakers provide quality audio for games, music, and movies, and a wall mount is provided, making it ideal for console gamers.

OLED Models: Predator X39 & Predator X34 X
Acer’s newest OLED models include the 39-inch Predator X39 and the 34-inch Predator X34 X, enabling high contrast for incredibly detailed images and ultra-fast refresh rates and response times for the smoothest possible performance. They also support accurate views, even at tight angles of up to 178 degrees. Both deliver UWQHD (3440×1440) resolution with up to a 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.01 ms pixel response time, ensuring gameplay is smooth and free of stutter and lag. The 800R curvature broadens the peripheral view and amplifies the line of vision to deepen engagement. A broad DCI-P3 99% colour gamut supports a vast array of colours and shades, while VESA DisplayHDR True Black 400 showcases details often hidden in the shadows so no details are missed. These new models are also Eyesafe 2.0 certified and default to image retention refresh to help prevent eye strain.

Key Features in All New Models
All new models feature AMD FreeSync Premium which smoothly renders fast-paced action scenes without screen tearing and flickering. They also have a USB Type-C 90W PD port to deliver display, data transfer, and device charging simultaneously and a built-in KVM switch for swapping sources without having to reconnect peripherals.

Pricing and Availability
The Predator Z57 will be available in EMEA in Q2 2024, starting at $2,399. The Predator X39 will be available in EMEA in Q2 2024, starting at $1,499. The Predator X34 X will be available in EMEA in Q2 2024, starting at $1,299. The Predator X34 V3 will be available in EMEA in Q2 2024, starting at $849.

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The Ultimate Buying Guide for Creator Displays



For content creators, a high-quality display is indispensable. However, the challenge arises when it’s time to select one. To simplify this process, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to buying displays, which should assist you in making an informed decision.

As you sift through the myriad of display models on the market, you’ll undoubtedly come across a variety of specifications. Some of these are self-explanatory, while others necessitate a grasp of certain concepts. Let’s deep dive into the key features of a display.

Screen Size
Monitor size plays a significant role, with a broad range to choose from. Typically, a monitor for video editing should measure between 24 and 32 inches, with the sweet spot around 27 inches. This size allows for split-screen editing while maintaining overall screen focus.

Monitors smaller than 24 inches are generally designed for laptops, while those larger than 32 inches are primarily suitable for movie viewing or playback. However, as the display size increases, so does the need for higher resolution to maintain quality.

Monitor resolution is a frequently debated topic, and if you’re considering a career in photography, video editing, or content creation, a 4K monitor is a minimum requirement. Given that most contemporary cameras capture in 4K or higher, investing in a 4K monitor enhances your viewing experience. This also ensures that you’re prepared for the future, as camera technology continues to improve annually.

Refresh Rate
Typically, a monitor with a high refresh rate is likely to have a lower resolution. Monitors with high refresh rates are ideal for gamers who prioritize high frame rates over high resolution, a preference that doesn’t apply to video editing.

Such monitors can reach up to 144Hz, which is somewhat excessive for video editing. In this context, 60Hz is perfectly adequate and even favoured by some gamers. This is particularly relevant considering that most projects are edited in the 24-30fps range, which corresponds to approximately 24-30Hz.

Bit Depth
For those involved in creative work, having a monitor that can display a wide range of colours is crucial, and this is where 10-bit technology comes into play. Although 8-bit monitors may be adequate, they fall short when it comes to colour grading.

This is because an 8-bit monitor can display 16.7 million colours, while a 10-bit monitor can display a staggering 1.07 billion colours. Moreover, most professional cameras used by videographers and photographers nowadays shoot in at least 10-bit. Therefore, to fully utilise your camera’s capabilities, ensure that your monitor isn’t limiting you to viewing only a small portion of what your camera can produce.

Contrast Ratio
The contrast ratio is a specification that is frequently disregarded, yet it’s crucial to examine. A standard contrast ratio of 1000:1 on a monitor implies that a pixel can be 1000 times brighter than its darkest state. It represents the luminance difference between the deepest black and the brightest white. As a rule of thumb, aim for monitors with a contrast ratio ranging from 1000:1 to 3000:1 to avoid being misled by marketing tactics. Generally, a higher contrast ratio equates to superior image quality.

This guide to buying monitors provides all the necessary information for making an informed choice. It’s essential to consider your specific needs and select a monitor that will contribute positively to your work. Here then are some of the best displays in the market for content creators.

ASUS ProArt Display PA328QV
The ASUS ProArt Display PA328QV Professional Monitor is a 31.5-inch IPS WQHD display that offers a resolution of 2560-by-1440 pixels. It also supports 100% sRGB, 100% Rec.709, and offers a Color Accuracy of ΔE < 2.

The display is also Calman Verified and comes with an Ergonomic Stand. The PA328QV is an HDR display with a 178° wide viewing angle panel, perfect for content creators.

Price: $435
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ASUS ProArt Display PA27UCX-K
The ASUS ProArt Display PA27UCX-K is designed for discerning content creators, including videographers, cinematographers, and colourists, who demand the best display for their workflow. The new Off-Axis Contrast Optimization (OCO) technology minimises halo effects when viewed from a wide angle, ensuring accurate on-screen content display for all viewers. The PA27UCX-K stands out as the world’s first 27-inch 4K HDR monitor with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits and mini-LED backlighting.

This allows for 576 zones of local dimming control and supports multiple HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HLG, and HDR-10. The PA27UCX-K’s remarkable panel delivers the brightest whites and the deepest blacks, resulting in sharper and more detailed visuals. Equipped with Quantum Dot technology and support for DCI-P3, Rec. 709, Rec. 2020, and Adobe RGB colour spaces, along with a wide range of connectivity options, the PA27UCX-K is ready to handle any studio workflow.

Price: $1465
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ASUS ProArt Display PA248CRV
The ProArt Display PA248CRV is a 24.1-inch 16:10 WUXGA monitor, specifically engineered for professional video editors. This display, verified by Calman, features an expansive colour gamut with 97% DCI-P3 coverage and comes factory pre-calibrated to Delta E < 2, ensuring remarkable colour precision. For enhanced convenience, it includes a built-in USB-C port that provides DisplayPort support, rapid data transfers, and 96-watt power delivery, all through a single cable.

The ProArt Display PA248CRV, compared to its predecessor, features a base that saves 33% more space and a profile that’s 30% slimmer, measuring a mere 8 mm at its thinnest point. Like its counterparts in the ProArt Display series, the PA248CRV seamlessly blends into a studio or any living space, exuding a subtle elegance that reflects exquisite craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Surpassing industry colour standards, the PA248CRV offers 97% DCI-P3 and 100% sRGB coverage, highlighting even the minutest details in photos.

Price: $295
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ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV
The ProArt Display PA278QV is a 27-inch monitor tailored to meet the requirements of creative professionals, encompassing fields such as photo and video editing to graphic design. Factory calibrated and Calman Verified, the ProArt Display PA278QV delivers exceptional colour accuracy (∆E < 2) and adheres to industry-standard 100% sRGB / 100% Rec. 709 colour space coverage. Equipped with ASUS-exclusive features like ProArt Preset and ProArt Palette, which offer six-axis colour, black-level, and brightness adjustments, the PA278QV facilitates achieving your desired look swiftly, effortlessly, and accurately.

The ProArt display provides industry-standard 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 colour gamut, ensuring rich and vivid reproduction that brings out every detail in your photos with lifelike clarity. ProArt displays attain ∆E < 2, guaranteeing accurate on-screen reproduction of your images, allowing you to preview exactly how your final work will appear.

Price: $265
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ASUS ProArt Display PA279CV
The ProArt Display PA279CV is a 27-inch monitor meticulously crafted to meet the demands of creative professionals engaged in tasks ranging from photo and video editing to graphic design. Boasting factory calibration and Calman Verification, this monitor ensures exceptional colour accuracy with an ∆E < 2. It achieves industry-standard 100% sRGB / 100% Rec. 709 colour space coverage, further enhancing its precision.

Equipped with an integrated USB-C port, the ProArt Display PA279CV supports data transfers, DisplayPort, and facilitates 65W power delivery through a single cable, offering a convenient solution while maintaining a clutter-free desk area. This feature-rich monitor empowers users to achieve their desired visual aesthetic quickly and effortlessly. Featuring a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) panel, the ProArt Display PA279CV provides four times the pixel density and up to 300% more onscreen space compared to similarly-sized Full HD displays.

This results in sharp, detailed visuals and ample onscreen real estate for efficient multitasking, enabling users to accomplish tasks with speed and efficiency. The ProArt display goes beyond by delivering industry-standard 100% sRGB/100% Rec. 709 and supporting the DCI-P3 colour gamut. This ensures a rich, vivid reproduction, capturing every detail of photos with clarity and lifelike precision. The ProArt Display PA279CV is a comprehensive solution for professionals seeking top-tier performance in their creative endeavours.

Price: $410
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ASUS ProArt Display OLED PA32DC
The ProArt Display OLED PA32DC stands as the pioneer in OLED monitors, introducing automatic calibration for unprecedented colour precision. With a built-in motorized flip colourimeter, this 31.5-inch 4K HDR monitor guarantees professional-grade colour accuracy. The advanced OLED panel, featuring pure RGB stripes and an extensive 99% DCI-P3 coverage, ensures the rendering of highly precise colours that unveil the minutest details in your creative work.

Designed to meet the needs of content creators, the monitor supports multiple HDR formats, creating an optimal platform for handling dynamic HDR content. Whether it’s fast-moving visuals or intricate details, the PA32DC provides an ideal canvas for creative endeavours. To enhance user comfort and convenience, the PA32DC is equipped with two stands, accommodating various viewing positions and work setups. With its innovative features and cutting-edge technology, the ProArt Display OLED PA32DC redefines the standards for colour accuracy and visual excellence in the world of monitors.

Price: $2915
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ASUS ProArt Display PA329CV
The ProArt Display PA329CV is a 32-inch monitor, specifically engineered to cater to the needs of creative professionals, spanning from photo and video editing to graphic design. Factory calibrated and Calman Verified, the ProArt Display PA329CV delivers exceptional colour accuracy (∆E < 2) and adheres to industry-standard 100% sRGB / 100% Rec. 709 colour space coverage. The built-in USB-C port supports data transfers and DisplayPort and also provides 90W power delivery via a single cable for a convenient solution.

The C-clamp design ensures a tidy desk area. The PA329CV facilitates achieving your desired look swiftly, effortlessly, and accurately. The monitor boasts a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) panel, offering four times the pixel density and up to 300% more screen space compared to Full HD displays of similar size. This translates into sharp, detailed visuals for your viewing pleasure. With up to 400 nits of brightness and VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification, it delivers a brighter, more realistic viewing experience.

Price: $700
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ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV
Tailored for professional video editors, the ProArt Display PA279CRV is a 27-inch 4K HDR monitor. This Calman Verified display stands out with its wide colour gamut, featuring impressive 99% DCI-P3 and 99% Adobe RGB coverage. It comes factory pre-calibrated to Delta E < 2, ensuring exceptional colour accuracy.

The built-in USB-C port not only supports DisplayPort but also facilitates superfast data transfers and 96-watt power delivery through a single cable, adding a layer of convenience for users.

Price: $450
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