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NEC launches new 4K UHD SpectraView Reference Monitor for demanding colour-critical applications

necm058NEC has launched the latest in its SpectraView Reference Series, specially created to obtain the best picture quality for professionals that cannot compromise on colour accuracy. The new SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD), 31.5-inch, and has a 3840×2160 resolution.

The SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor has been designed for all creative professionals, designers, photographers, video editors and anyone who relies on colour accuracy for their visual work. The display offers the latest 4K UHD super resolution, 10-bit IPS-type IGZO technology with wide colour gamut capability. It reproduces 99% Adobe RGB colour space with 14-bit hardware calibration LUT.

“The NEC 31.5-inch SpectraView Reference display sets a new industry benchmark and users that rely on colour-critical displays will benefit from the continuous improvement in this benchmark. This latest display incorporates many exacting requirements to provide complete colour confidence as well as crucial productivity gains,” said Christopher Parker, Product Line Manager of Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions Europe.

Key benefits of the SpectraView Reference monitor include:

  • Stunning ‘pixel-free’ ergonomic viewing – delivered by the 10-Bit IPS type LEC backlit panel with IGZO technology
  • A facility to upgrade the capability of the display at any time without the need for external cables or devices
  • A true wide gamut result (102% size / 99% Adobe RGB coverage) together with hardware calibration, 42-bit colour control and gamma correction
  • 5 year warranty with zero pixel defect guarantee for the first 6 months
  • A full height adjustable (150mm) stand with swivel, tilt and pivot functionality ensures perfect individual setup.

The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD monitor allows intense viewing with minimal eye strain. The ergonomic set-up and through ‘Picture-in-Picture’ allows for enhanced productivity and multi-platform working. Professionals can be confident in the long term investment through the zero defect pixel warranty for six months after purchase, five year warranty, and can use the extension slot based on OPS Form Factor to upgrade the capability of the display at any time without external cables or devices.

NEC’s Green Vision for sustainability means its 4K UHD products are as eco-friendly as possible, with a combination of low power components, recycled plastics and being free of hazardous materials with several energy saving features.

The NEC SpectraView Reference 322UHD display is distributed by Color Confidence, Europe’s leading colour management specialist and distributor into the digital imaging markets. The new monitor will be available to purchase from Color Confidence from March 2015. For further information, visit www.colorconfidence.com.

Choosing a monitor (updated) – a buyer’s guide.

Back in 2011 we blogged about choosing an NEC or Eizo monitor to suit a specific budget.

Monitor choices

With Eizo launching new models in the New Year, we thought we’d re-visit your options to include these new monitors.

Something for the professionals.

Much of what we said last time is still applicable today. 24″ remains a popular size for most professionals, although we had a lot of interest in our 27″ NEC’s at this year’s Focus On Imaging. Top grade panels and high colour accuracy are still standard, as are monitor hoods and calibration software for your higher-grade models.

So without bombarding you with too much information…

The 24″ choice:

Consider whether you require the IPS panel of the Eizo or the newer P-IPS panel of the NEC. The Eizo has a larger native resolution of 2560 x 1440 compared to 1920 x 1080, but the NEC has a higher Adobe RGB coverage of 98% compared to the 97% of the Eizo. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

Again your choice is between an IPS (Eizo) and P-IPS (NEC) display. Consider the Eizo’s 16:10 ratio, 1920 x 1200 resolution and digital screen uniformity feature compared to the NEC’s 16:9, 1920 x 1080 and no digital screen uniformity option.

The 27″ choice:

These are the ‘bigger brothers’ of the 24″ versions mentioned above. The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio and 97% Adobe RGB coverage of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio and 98% Adobe RGB coverage of the NEC. Both come with monitor hood and calibration software.

The main consideration points are the IPS panel, 850:1 ratio, 97% Adobe RGB coverage and digital screen uniformity of the Eizo compared to the P-IPS panel, 1000:1 ratio, 98% Adobe RGB coverage and no digital uniformity feature of the NEC. Neither monitor comes with hood or calibration software.

Still out of your price range?

If these are still out of your range, consider either dropping down a monitor size or to the next grade of monitor.

  • Eizo SX2462W or NEC PA241W (from approx. £696 to £839 respectively)
  • Eizo CS230 or NEC P232W (from approx. £590 to £450 respectively)

Bear in mind stepping down in price range or grade often reduces the size of the screen and the feature-set included. Granting, these choices are excellent ‘entry-level’ options. They will all benefit from the addition of a monitor hood that can be purchased separately. None will come with their own calibration software.

As ever, your best bet when choosing a new display is to specify what features you desire and then ‘compare and contrast’ which monitor best fits your requirements.

We’ve created a monitor comparison chart to help guide you through this comparison.

If you still can’t decide, comment below or get in touch and we’ll do our best to help!

Focused on imaging

So there we go, another Focus On Imaging done and dusted.

It was a very good show for us this year. Our NEC Monitor area was very popular and our presentation area was also full throughout.

With great support from our colleagues at DxO, Franzis, X-Rite, Tecco and NEC, we hope all those who visited our stand came away with more insight into the sometimes daunting world of colour management.

One thing is for sure – lots of people will be going away and calibrating their screens which is great to hear. You’re all on your way to accurate colour!

We hope you’ll agree our stand was a big improvement on last years design too. We were extremely pleased with it.

Take a look at our gallery from the show:

It’s Focus time!

Only one week (and a bit) to go…

Focus 2012

… until Europe’s largest photographic and imaging show Focus On Imaging will open its doors.

So who wants to know what we’re up to then?

Over the year’s both the company and our stand evolve and grow with new colour management solutions, and this year is now exception. Focus gives us a unique opportunity to talk to our customers in-person; getting to know them, what camera they use, what they like shooting, and more importantly, what challenges they’re currently facing with their current workflow. After all, we’re here to help!

So if you have a burning colour management issue you need resolving, come and see us at the show.

Here’s a taste of what we’ve got on:

  • Expert demonstrations and profiling solutions from market leaders X-Rite – come and see the new ColorMunki Smile in action
  • This year we have a dedicated NEC Monitor wall with NEC technical staff on stand to guide you through which monitor is best for you
  • Our ever-popular Tecco stand has been given an overhaul so you can see just how good Tecco paper really is in the flesh
  • We will be officially launching two all-new software brands to the UK; DxO Image Science and Franzis HDR (we’ve been playing with them this week, they really are something to get excited about!) – both of which are perfectly placed to fill the hole left by Nik Software’s move to Google
  • We’ve scheduled an even better presentation timetable this year having been inundated with attendees and last year’s show, details can be found here
  • Our technical team, as well as brand experts from NEC, X-Rite, Tecco, DxO, Franzis, and many more will be on-hand throughout the show to give live demonstrations and answer your questions

Full details can be found on our Focus microsite, and if you want a flavour of previous shows, you can read our blog posts from the last two shows here.

We’re quite excited about this year – we hope you come and see us!

P.S.

If you pre-register for the show you can save yourself 20% off the normal admission fee. Details here.

onOne Perfect Suite 7 and a whole host of new products

We’ve just entered (probably) our busiest quarter of the year, so now would seem as good a time as any to introduce you to a host of new products on offer…

Perfect Photo Suite 7 from onOne Software is here (nearly)!

Most of you will be familiar with Perfect Photo Suite 6 – their next generation plug-in suite – and how easy it was to use. Well, now there’s a new version.

Perfect Photo Suite 7 gives you everything you need to realise your photographic visions in one package. Create images that are even more extraordinary with powerful new tools, new intuitive interface, improved performance, and direct integration with your workflow in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Apple Aperture. It will also work as a standalone application in its own right, allowing you to edit images in whichever way suits you best.

Stock is expected at the end of October – you can pre-order your copy here.

New, contemporary style with Booq Mamba

The Booq Mamba collection now boasts four new bag and case styles; providing elegant design with efficient practicality for transporting your laptop or MacBook in safety.

  • Mamba Courier – messenger style laptop bag available for 13 – 15” machines
  • Mamba Daypack – the old-school, vintage backpack for up to 15” laptops
  • Mamba Sleeve – Premium 15” laptop protection for the latest MacBooks
  • Mamba Slim –Sleek, natural fibre bag built to protect 13-15” laptops

You can view these, and the other stylish Booq bags here.

NEC introduce three new SpectraView displays

NEC now have 3 new monitor additions to their colour accurate SpectraView range – giving you all the advantage and benefits a SpectraView has to offer. Take a look:

Even more new stuff…

If you’re in the graphics industry and need to reproduce accurate skintone colours – take a look at the Pantone Plus SkinTone Guide, designed to give an accurate skin colour reference.

There’s also a new Rain Design laptop stand available – the iLevel – which gives dynamic and height adjustable features for your laptop.

Happy shopping!

PS, speaking of shopping, why don’t you have a nose at our eBay store

Color Confidence Autumn 2012 review – part 1

Welcome to part one of our autumn 2012 update, reviewing product developments over the last year combined with explanations of the technology.

This first posting actually looks forwards slightly as we prepare for the upcoming Packaging Innovation’s Exhibition in London, on the 4-5th October.

Entry to the show is free, and we’ll be there on stand GB1 to showcase our expertise in colour management, and the latest developments from Pantone, NEC monitors, Just Normlicht (viewing booths) and the new interactive RealVue 3D Packaging Software from FFEI. Here’s a brief overview of what we will be showing:

Pantone:

336 new colours have been added to the Pantone Plus range. If you own the Pantone Plus series of guides, this is your opportunity to update your guides whilst the 336 supplements are available. It’s also a great opportunity to see the Pantone Capsure in action, and indispensable tool for capturing colour from any surface and matching to the nearest Pantone reference.

RealVue 3D Packager:

Interactive packaging visualisation software ideal for design, through to production. Take a test drive with us – send us an illustrator file and experience it in RrealVue 3D.

Viewing booths for colour assessment:

See a range of viewing booths including the Just Normlicht Color Communicator 2 for soft-proofing and the Pantone 5 Light for product/packaging colour assessment.

NEC – SpectraView colour accuracy:

See a range of professional colour accurate desktop monitors from 23” through to the 55” new NEC 552 presentation display model. Furthermore, see the SpectraView Reference with Just Normlicht Color Communicator 2 integrated soft proofing solution.

You can read our full article about the show here.

Stay tuned for part 2 of our Autumn review post next week.

Time to get and about…

Look at that, it’s actually stopped raining for a few days – perhaps we can now get out and take some photographs (just as it starts raining again…)!? Would certainly be a good time to capture some summery images with the trees turning greener and days lasting longer…

This leads us nicely onto the art of photo editing. After you’ve taken that simmering shot which captures the moment perfectly, you may want to tweak or enhance it slightly when you get back onto the computer. Nik Software specialise in this image enhancement – helping you get creative with your images and get the best out of your shots.

They offer a range of award-winning plug-ins for Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom allowing you to stylise and adjust your images. Black and white, HDR effects, stylised colour enhancement, image sharpening and noise reduction can all be effortlessly achieved in the Nik Software range. You can view the range here, or read our previous blog feature exploring the Nik range here.

And better still, throughout May you can save 10% off the Nik Software range on our website – so now you have no excuse to not edit your images to your heart’s content!

Image editing also leads us onto another colour management query – the screen you use to view your images.

A colour accurate display is essential for accurately viewing colour reproduction on-screen, lending itself nicely to the art of image editing. When using the likes of Nik software, it is useful to use a display that reproduces the image as closely as possible. This means you can edit in confidence knowing your edits are being portrayed correctly.

NEC monitors in particular offer this high-quality, accurate colour display, with many using in-built calibration devices to ensure accurate display longevity.

You can learn more about the NEC range here.