Eizo is poised to begin shipping two new CE-series flat panel displays, both widescreen models, aimed at professional photographers and other graphics professionals who want a fine-quality monitor but have been put off by the steep price of the higher-resolution displays in Eizo's CG-series.
The ColorEdge CE240W is a 24.1 inch (diagonal), 1920 x 1200 pixel widescreen display. The ColorEdge CE210W is a 21.1 inch (diagonal), 1680 x 1050 pixel widescreen display. Specifications for both include a 1000:1 contrast ratio, maximum white luminance of 450 cd/m2 and 178° viewing angle. Each incorporates a built-in USB 2.0 hub, digital display connector (DVI-type) and is bundled with ColorNavigator CE calibration software for mostly-automatic calibration and profiling, including adjustment of the displays' 10-bit look-up table (the software is compatible with several colorimeters and spectrophotometers from GretagMacbeth, X-Rite and ColorVision). The 10-bit look-up table (LUT) and other Eizo technologies lead to promised more-neutral grays and smoother shadow gradations than competing displays.
Our experience with the superb Eizo CG210 suggests that the new CE monitors, though they feature internal hardware that isn't quite as well-specified as that of the CG210, should be a notch above the very good quality displays of comparable size and resolution from Apple, Dell and others.
The ColorEdge CE240W and ColorEdge CE210W are slated to ship this month in North America only. Street pricing in the USA appears to be in the range of US$1150-1250 for the CE210W, and US$1630-1750 for the CE240W, at a handful of reputable dealers we checked.
• Added more detail about the new displays (March 24, 2006)