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LaCie Shows Super Accurate IPS LCD Monitor

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 37 comments

For those who want something good.

In a market ruled by budget LCD monitors running the cheapest TN panels, high-quality monitors that can please your eyes for all the hours of the day that you sit in front of it are ever more attractive.

LaCie is now offering one such high-quality monitor that caters to professionals demanding the best color. The LaCie 324i features a 10–bit P–IPS 24-inch LCD panel and has a gamut spectrum rated at 102% NTSC and 98% Adobe RGB. The display has a 178° viewing angle, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and anti–glare panel to block out reflections.

"For years, LaCie has designed monitors for digital artists who demand color precision," said Ahcene Tirane, LaCie Product Manager for Displays. "From concept to creation, LaCie developed the 324i with the highest level of color accuracy, and with a firm belief that when professionals have a tool that enhances their workflow, they can deliver their best work."

The 324i has a native 1920x1200 – for those of you who like wide, but not too wide – and it can be rotated 90° to Portrait mode. The multifunction stand glides effortlessly when raising, lowering, swiveling, tilting, or pivoting the display.

The LaCie 324i has four display and video inputs, making it compatible with most computers and video devices. Use DisplayPort or DVI–D for connecting the monitor to a computer and HDMI or component for video sources. The 324i also has three USB 2.0 ports for a convenient USB hub to your computer.

This display starts at the suggested retail price of $1249.

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    xpsng , September 23, 2010 12:13 PM
    Looks good... Feels good... but LOOK at that anti-glare bezel...
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    thesmokingman14 , September 23, 2010 12:14 PM
    Geez! At a price that big, you would think they would go the extra mile and get OLED panels. They offer faster response, better color saturation, brighter screens and infinitely better contrast. Plus, given the fact that this is for high-end clientele, the difference between $1250 and $2500 really is not that much of a stretch.
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    mayne92 , September 23, 2010 12:16 PM
    xpsngLooks good... Feels good... but LOOK at that anti-glare bezel...

    Yeah I hear you there...
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    icepick314 , September 23, 2010 12:20 PM
    thesmokingman14Geez! At a price that big, you would think they would go the extra mile and get OLED panels. They offer faster response, better color saturation, brighter screens and infinitely better contrast. Plus, given the fact that this is for high-end clientele, the difference between $1250 and $2500 really is not that much of a stretch.


    I agree with you there...

    for that price, there should be more investment toward OLED...

    we have OLED for smartphones and media players...

    why not have bigger and better screen technology for computing and TV as well?

    more OLED comes out, cheaper and cheaper the technology will be...
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    HibyPrime , September 23, 2010 12:29 PM
    It's probably just me, but I can't find the size of the monitor in the article?

    This thing has a nice wide selection of inputs. Very high end monitor.
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    lukeeu , September 23, 2010 12:41 PM
    It's 24 inch.
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    TomsSound , September 23, 2010 12:55 PM
    Great!.... now make it cheaper :)  So we can afford them.
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    Hothr , September 23, 2010 1:02 PM
    lukeeuIt's 24 inch.

    Thanks. I was wondering. Funny how viewing area is both the most and least important spec.
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    kikireeki , September 23, 2010 1:05 PM
    Nice commercial Toms!
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    kelemvor4 , September 23, 2010 1:08 PM
    Pass. I'll keep my LG W3000H 30" S-IPS Wide gamut monitor that was about the same price. Granted, I'd REALLY like to have the rotation feature in the mount; but you can replace the mount on any monitor with a vesa mount connector these days.

    And what's up with the low res on a "high end" monitor. 1920 is just unacceptable at this price point.
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    ryphlin , September 23, 2010 1:12 PM
    If you're the sort of person who needs one, you can probably afford it. ;) 
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    Chipi , September 23, 2010 1:14 PM
    Does it have an A-TW polarizer?
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    warezme , September 23, 2010 1:23 PM
    Way to high for what you get.
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    ziomek , September 23, 2010 1:24 PM
    What happend to 30" monitors, 2007 had few coming out and since then they just went poof.... No one wants the 2560X1600 goodness? Right now theres only few makers who have updated their models since then. I can't believe 24inchers are so common but to get to the next step is like taking an arm off.
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    TheDane , September 23, 2010 1:26 PM
    Heh! I paid about 1/2 that for my Dell U2410 with about the same specs (98% AdobeRGB), all kinds of inputs (incl. DisplayPort), pivot mode etc. And it comes with a factory calibration sheet.
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    eaclou , September 23, 2010 1:56 PM
    1. OLED at that size is still difficult and would be magnitudes more expensive currently.

    2. Not to defend the price too much, but just want to say that monitor specs don't tell the whole story. This is definitely in a class above a Dell U2410. And higher % color gamut does != better.
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    awaken688 , September 23, 2010 2:04 PM
    That's great and all, but what kind of Delta E's can we expect here? For that price for a 24", it better come from the factory with a Delta E of < 2 with even lighting throughout. Otherwise, as mentioned, just stick with the Dell. Until I see someone critical review it, I'll hold off my full thoughts.

    Separate note, you should probably mention the size of a monitor in a review. It's one of those key features...
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    Hupiscratch , September 23, 2010 2:07 PM
    Which are the main players on high-end monitors market?
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    andy_newton , September 23, 2010 2:24 PM
    At that price with CCL backlight, I'll wait until the next decade.
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    andy_newton , September 23, 2010 2:27 PM
    Typo!! I mean:
    At that price range with CCFL backlight, I'll just wait until the next decade.

    Hard to believe, so far HP Dreamcolor and Apple Cinema Display is the only choice for IPS LCD with LED backlight.
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