Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc. ("EIZO") has announced the FlexScan L997, a 21.3" LCD monitor. The generous screen size coupled with a wide range of image control and usability features made possible with EIZO's own ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) ensure the FlexScan L997 is ideal for professionals engaged in CAD/CAM, DTP, or other graphics work.
The FlexScan L997 has a new Super In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel that minimizes color shift and provides wide 170° viewing angles. Brightness is 250 cd/m², contrast ratio a very high 550:1, and pixel pitch a fine 0.270 mm. At a viewable image size of 21.3" and a native resolution of 1600 × 1200, it can display two A4 size documents on screen side-by-side. An ergonomic design includes thin bezel design on all sides of the screen to help save space, tilt and swivel angles of 40° and 70°, and a height adjustable stand with a range of 82 mm. Dual DVI-I inputs are included for compatibility with both digital and legacy analog graphics boards, and a USB hub with one upstream and two downstream ports offers high speed connection with other USB compliant peripherals.
ActiveRotation II - Portrait Orientation Support
Available for the first time with the FlexScan L997, Active Rotation II offers support for portrait mode simply by rotating the panel 90°. EIZO first introduced ActiveRotation in its monitors in 2003, and although it proved to be an attractive alternative to software-based solutions which absorb CPU power and can compromise graphics performance, it required the user to change the settings in the OSD menu to enable portrait mode. To make the feature more user friendly, the FlexScan L997 includes a gravity sensor so it "knows" when it is being rotated, and can automatically change between landscape to portrait orientation accordingly. ActiveRotation II supports both Windows 2000/XP and Macintosh OS 9/X platforms.
ActiveShot - Picture-in-Picture Display
ActiveShot offers picture-in-picture from two PC sources\ so users can perform two tasks at once without having to switch between application windows. ActiveShot comes with Standard and Clip modes. Standard mode shows the entire screen from the second PC source in the sub-window. With Clip mode, the user can select just the desired area of the screen for display in the sub-window. In both modes, the position of the sub-window can be moved as required. The sub-window can be made to appear and disappear at the touch of a button.
The ASIC converts 8-bit data (256 tones for each primary color) received from the PC to 14 bits (16,384 tones) in the ASIC and then back to 8 bits for a proper gamma curve. This 14-bit processing ensures extremely smooth grayscale display even in dark areas which are typically problematic for an LCD monitor to render without banding.
Independent 6-Color Control
Hue and saturation can be controlled individually for each primary (red, green, blue) and secondary color (cyan, yellow, and magenta). With this detailed control, a single color in an image can be adjusted slightly or changed altogether. Emulation of Color Characteristics With color characteristic emulation, the FlexScan L997 can emulate the color characteristics of CRT or other LCD monitors by inputting their coordinates for white, red, green, and blue with the bundled ScreenManager Pro for LCD3 software. This is especially useful for color matching when another monitor is the standard monitor in a workflow or when different models are used in a multi-monitor environment.
For comfortable viewing of any type of content from detailed text documents to color-rich images, the FlexScan L997 includes EIZO's Fine Contrast function which offers five imaging modes: Text, Picture, Custom, Movie, External, and sRGB. Each mode has its own settings for image parameters such as color temperature, gamma, and brightness. Navigating between the modes is done simply by pressing a button on the front panel. A sixth mode, WindowMovie Mode, is accessible through the ScreenManager Pro for LCD software. WindowMovie displays a video player software application at the monitor's maximum brightness setting and the rest of the screen at a lower brightness set according to user preference.
Additional features of ScreenManager Pro for LCD include the assigning any Fine Contrast mode to an application so that when the application is activated, the screen automatically changes to the assigned mode, and control of all OSD functions with the mouse or keyboard rather than the OSD menu.
The FlexScan L997 is now shipping with a 5-year warranty and comes in a choice of gray or black. The MSRP for the monitor is $1,549.