SOURCE: Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc.

January 31, 2008 05:00 ET

EIZO to Introduce 22-Inch ColorEdge® CG222W Widescreen Monitor With Hardware Calibration at PMA 08

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 31, 2008) - Eizo Nanao Corporation today announced the ColorEdge CG222W for its ColorEdge series of color calibration LCD monitors, at PMA (Photo Marketing Association) 2008 held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from January 31 - February 2. With a wide color gamut and 12-bit hardware calibration, the 22-inch ColorEdge CG222W is ideal for a wide range of high-end graphics work including pre-press, digital photography, video editing, and post-production.

The ColorEdge CG222W's native resolution is 1680 × 1050 (16:10 aspect ratio). The maximum brightness is 250 cd/m², contrast ratio is 1000:1, and horizontal and vertical viewing angles are 178°. The wide gamut LCD panel reproduces 98% of the sRGB and 93% of the Adobe RGB color spaces so it can display most colors in a photograph taken in a camera's RGB or Adobe RGB modes. Since the CG222W offers hardware calibration, the monitor itself is calibrated rather than the computer's graphics board as is the case with software calibration. This ensures no color tones are lost in the calibration process and results in more accurate on-screen color.

EIZO's ColorNavigator calibration software is bundled with the CG222W and allows for setting the target values for brightness, white point, and gamma. ColorNavigator works with a measurement device to directly utilize the monitor's 12-bit look-up table for accurate calibration in less than five minutes. When calibration is complete the settings can be saved as an ICC profile. The software also offers black level settings and a paper white measuring function(1) for color matching between the image on the monitor and the image on the printouts. Supported calibration devices for ColorNavigator include X-Rite's Eye-One Series, DTP94, and DTP94B; and DataColor's Spyder2 and Spyder3.

The ColorEdge CG222W comes equipped with EIZO's latest ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). The ASIC has a 12-bit look-up table with a palette of 4,081 colors for each R, G, and B from which the most appropriate 256 colors are selected. The ASIC also features 16-bit internal processing for smooth display of grayscale tones, which brings out details, especially in dark areas of an image.

To ensure optimum colors straight out of the box, EIZO calibrates each unit of the ColorEdge CG222W at its factory in Japan. EIZO measures every tone from 0 - 255 to produce a gamma curve of 2.2 and includes an adjustment certificate in the packaging to verify the results. To counteract the brightness and chroma uniformity errors that are characteristic of all LCD panels, EIZO has equipped the ColorEdge CG222W with its Digital Uniformity Equalizer (DUE) function. DUE produces a Delta-E difference of three or less across the screen when the monitor leaves the factory, and a certificate validating the uniformity compensation results is included. DVI-I inputs which support both digital and analog signals from computers, and a USB 2.0 hub with one upstream and two downstream ports are included. Support for high bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) with a digital signal allows for viewing of content from HDCP-equipped devices.

Additional Features

--  82 mm height adjustment, 40° tilt, 70° swivel, and 90° pivot  for
    portrait display.
    
--  Sensor on front panel reads ambient light and adjusts the  screen
    brightness to the ideal level. Perfect for text-based tasks, this function
    is automatically disabled in calibration mode.
    
--  Simulates two types of color vision deficiency -- protanopia  and
    deuteranopia -- for verification of how color appears to those with color
    blindness(2). All simulation is done in real time for both still and moving
    images, making it a practical alternative to software-based tools.
    
--  Monitor  hood to shield the screen from ambient light and  screen
    cleaner kit are bundled.
    
--  Five-year warranty(3).
    

Availability

Mass production is scheduled for late March. Date of availability varies by country so please contact the EIZO subsidiary or distributor in your country for details. Visitors to Photo Marketing Association (PMA) 08 to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from January 31 - February 2 can have a first look at the ColorEdge CG222W. EIZO will be located in booth K150/152.

About EIZO

Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc. is the North American subsidiary of Eizo Nanao Corporation, a leading Japanese manufacturer of high-end visual display products with a wide range of LCD monitors. The image quality, long-term reliability, and innovative features of EIZO monitors make them the product of choice in many financial trading rooms, hospitals, back offices, and design studios throughout the world. EIZO is based in Japan and represented in over thirty countries by a network of exclusive distributors.

(1) Paper white measuring function is supported by the X-Rite DTP94, DTP94B, Eye-One Display 2, Eye-One Display LT, and the Eye-One Pro only.

(2) Requires UniColor Pro software for toggling between modes. UniColor Pro is compatible with Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Mac OS 10.3.9 - 10.4.11. It is available for free download at www.eizo.com.

(3) The usage time is limited to 30,000 hours and the warranty period of the LCD panel is limited to three years from the date of purchase.

All product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. EIZO and ColorEdge are registered trademarks of Eizo Nanao Corporation.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Joey Sanchez
    Public Relations Specialist
    Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc.
    5710 Warland Dr.
    Cypress, CA 90630
    Phone: 562-431-5011 x. 140
    Fax: 562-431-4811
    http://www.eizo.com/