SwitchResX

SwitchResX is Mac software from Stéphane Madrau that offers access to many more screen resolution settings than those offered by macOS, plus the ability to see more details about the settings and to save and restore various (multi-monitor) configurations.

Comprised of multiple components – preference pane, app, helper tools, menubar item, contextual menu and built-in help – SwitchResX offers control over resolution, color depth, video mirroring, display rotation and display overscan for multiple internal or external displays.

Additional features include the ability to save desktop arrangements, lock and maintain icon and window positions, disable or deactivate a monitor without physically unplugging it, link monitor settings to system events (e.g. key shortcuts, AppleScripts, application launches) and manage devices from monitors to HDTVs to video projectors. (See FAQ and ReadMe file [PDF] for more details.)

SwitchResX 4.9.2 is priced at $16 per user for Mac OS X 10.6 and up with a free 10-day trial, and older versions are available for earlier Macs. (See SwitchResX and System Integrity Protection (SIP) for notes about issues with Apple’s security changes vs. display profiles.)

The latest release brings updates for macOS Catalina, among other changes.

• Corrects a crash with some LG monitors on macOS Catalina
• Corrects a graphical issue in the menus on Catalina running in Parallels or other virtualisation environments
• Added option to set brightness on Apple LCD monitors …

ViewSonic XG270QG

Viewsonic Elite XG270QG is a 27-inch display designed for gaming requirements while also featuring wide color capabilities. Features include a QHD (2560 x 1440) IPS panel, up to 165Hz refresh, 1ms response time, 10-bit color covering 98% of DCI-P3, 350-nit brightness, static contrast of 1000:1 (120 million:1 dynamic contrast), plus a stand supporting tilt, pivot, swivel and height adjustment, VESA compatibility, DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, USB and audio connections,  and RGB lighting effects (software controllable, for Windows computers, which also support Nvidia G-Sync), as well as “two built-in mouse anchors.”

Viewsonic XG270QG, list-priced at $675.99, is available at Amazon ($599.99 when checked).

Sony BVM-HX310

BVM-HX310 is a true mastering reference monitor from Sony Professional Solutions (unlike Apple’s Pro Display XDR, which is not, regardless of Apple’s marketing distortions).

Features include a 31-inch, 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 10-bit dual-layer (LMCL) HDR panel with 1000-nit full-screen brightness and 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 89° viewing angles, HDMI 1.4 input, 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI input/output, an Ethernet jack, various EOTF tables, gamma options, wide color gamuts and color space support, VPID support, custom user LUTs, quad-view display mode, interlace mode, user-assignable control buttons plus manual controls and dimmable/switchable indicator lights, area settings and markers, timecode display, password-protected settings, professional support, and quite a bit more.

Sony’s BVM-HX310 is sold via resellers who don’t normally advertise a price (apparently around €30,000).

LG 8K TVs announced

LG Electronics previewed new 8K TVs, adding to its existing 8K TV product line.

The new models offer the capability to play native 8K content thanks to support of the widest selection of 8K content sources from HDMI and USB digital inputs, including codecs such as HEVC, VP9 and AV1, the latter being backed by major streaming providers including YouTube. LG’s 8K TVs will support 8K content streaming at a rapid 60FPS and are certified to deliver 8K 60P over HDMI.

The new TVs also introduce some interesting AI-based processing:

By leveraging deep learning technology, the 2020 lineup delivers optimized picture and sound quality for all types of content through AI-based 8K upscaling. Based on an intelligent deep learning network, AI 8K Upscaling delivers vivid and accurate 8K images by analyzing the content and applying Quad Step Noise Reduction and frequency-based Sharpness Enhancer to increase lower resolution content to near 8K perfection.

The α9 Gen 3 processor’s AI Picture Pro is capable of recognizing faces and text on screen, fine-tuning and sharpening each to produce more natural skin tones, well-defined facial features and clearer, more readable characters.

More details and prices may be forthcoming during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show  (CES 2020).

BenQ PD2720U

DesignVue PD2720U is a 27-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS display from BenQ America that connects to a host computer via Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C with 65W power delivery. Other features include color coverage of 96% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, and 99% Adobe RGB with factory calibration, 350-nit brightness, HDR10 support, several “curated” display modes (Darkroom, CAD/CAM, Animation), “zero-flicker” and “low blue light” technologies, a “hotkey puck” controller, plus a KVM switch function, an adjustable stand, a 3.5mm audio jack, weak 2W speakers, a DisplayPort 1.4 input and two HDMI ports (plus two USB 3.1 downstream ports).

BenQ PD2720U is list-priced at $1,099.99 ($999.99 at Amazon when checked).

LG 2020 “Ultra” displays preview

LG 2020 Ultra displays were pre-announced by the company for release next month at the CES show in Las Vegas in three models (prices were not listed):

UltraGear (27GN950): 27-inch, IPS, 4K UHD, 98% DCI-P3, 450 nits, 144Hz, VESA DisplayHDR 600, DisplayPort, HDMI

UltraFine Ergo (32UN880): 31.5-inch, IPS, 4K UHD, 95% DCI-P3, 350 nits, HDR10, USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, and “Extend / Retract, Pivot, Swivel, Height,Tilt Adjustable with C-Clamp & Grommet

UltraWide (38WN95C): 37.5-inch, Nano IPS, UltraWide QHD+ (3840 x 1600), 98% DCI-P3, 450 nits, 144Hz, VESA DisplayHDR 600, Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, HDMI

Asus ProArt PA32UCX, PA32UC and PA27UCX

ProArt Display PA32UCX is a new, high-end professional display from Asustek Computer Inc. that rivals Apple’s upcoming 6K display, though it puts only 4K UHD on its 32-inch panel. Connections include dual Thunderbolt 3 ports (with 60W power delivery), three HDMI 2.0b connections and DisplayPort 1.2, plus three USB 3.0 Type A “downstream” connectors. Unlike Apple’s display, the ProArt PA32UCG includes a fully adjustable stand (plus VESA compatibility). Its 10-bit IPS panel features mini-LED backlighting with 1000+ zones of local dimming, 1200 nits peak brightness, 1000:1 contrast (1,000,000:1 HDR), and “smart” HDR for multiple HDR formats and PQ curves. Color features include pre-calibration (Delta E < 1) and hardware calibrator compatibility, with profile saving, a 14-bit lookup table (LUT), and colorspace coverage of 99% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 and 89% Rec.2020, plus a plethora of color modes and adjustments.

ProArt Display PA32UCX [Amazon] recently began shipping, list-priced at $3999.

ProArt PA32UC [Amazon] is a less expensive model with similar features, including Thunderbolt 3, list-priced at $1599.

ProArt PA27UCX is an unreleased 27-inch version with HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C ports, but no Thunderbolt 3 support.

Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor

UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor (UP2720Q) is an upcoming 27-inch, 4K display from Dell Inc. with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. The monitor features a built-in colorimeter, 100% Adobe RGB and 98% DCI-P3 color coverage (≤ 2 Delta E), 90W charging power, HDMI 2.0a, USB-C/DisplayPort 1.4, and USB-A ports, 10-bit IPS display, 1300:1 contrast, 178°/178° viewing angles, and a fully adjustable stand. The Dell UP2720Q is due in January at $1999.99.

Viewsonic VP3268-4K, VP2768-4K, VP2785-4K

ViewSonic VP3268-4K is a professional 32-inch 4K UHD display from ViewSonic Corp., featuring an IPS panel, HDR10 support, color calibration to Delta E < 2 and a 14-bit 3D lookup table (LUT), along with hardware calibration support and 6-axis color adjustment. The display has two HDMI 2.0 inputs, plus DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort, as well as four USB 3.0 downstream ports with a USB 3.0 upstream port. Specifications include 350 nit brightness and 1300:1 contrast (20M:1 dynamic contrast). Other features include an adjustable stand, VESA mount compatibility, and a 3-year warranty.
ViewSonic VP3268-4K [Amazon link] is list-priced at $900.99 ($786.99 when checked at Amazon).
ViewSonic VP2768-4K [Amazon link] is a 27-inch version ($476.99 when checked at Amazon).
ViewSonic VP2785-4K [Amazon link] is a 27-inch model with 99% AdobeRGB coverage, USB-C, an ambient light sensor, and a KVM switch ($886.69 when checked at Amazon).

BenQ DesignVue PD3220U, PhotoVue SW271

DesignVue PD3220U is a 32-inch 4K UHD display from BenQ America that connects to a host computer via Thunderbolt 3 with 85W power delivery and a second Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy chaining (plus DisplayPort 1.4 and dual HDMI 2.0 ports). Features include a 10-bit IPS panel with HDR 10 support and 95% Display P3 and DCI-P3 color coverage, factory calibration (with a report), 300 nit brightness with 1000:1 native contrast (20 million to 1 dynamic contrast), several picture modes, a KVM switch function (with upstream and downstream USB ports), Hotkey Puck controller, ZeroFlicker technology, and an adjustable stand, as well as VESA support.
  DesignVue PD3220U [Amazon link] is priced at $1199.99.

PhotoVue SW271 is a 27-inch 4K UHD display from BenQ America that offers a 10-bit IPS panel with USB-C connection, dual HDMI 2.0 connections, plus DisplayPort 1.4, along with an SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC card reader (plus USB 3.0 upstream and downstream ports). Features include 99% Adobe RGB, 100% SRGB, 93% DCI-P3 color coverage with a 14-bit 3D lookup table (LUT), factory calibration for Delta E ≤ 2, hardware calibration support, several color modes, and HDR 10 support, while “GamutDuo enables you to view content simultaneously in different color spaces side-by-side for comparison.” Other features include a “HotKey Puck” controller, a detachable shading hood, an adjustable stand, and VESA support.
  PhotoVue SW271 [Amazon link] is priced at $1099.

LG UltraFine 5K

LG UltraFine 5K, an Apple-LG collaboration product, is a 27-inch display that connects to a Mac or iPad Pro via Thunderbolt 3, USB-C or Thunderbolt 2 (via adapter). Features include 5120-by-2880 / 3840 x 2160 / 3840 x 1800 resolution at 60 Hz. (depending on the host computer); a wide-gamut (P3) IPS panel with 500-nit brightness; built-in speakers, camera and microphone; 94W power delivery; VESA compatibility; three “downstream” USB ports; and a built-in power supply.

LG UltraFine 5K Display is priced at $1299.95 for compatible Mac and iPad Pro models. Note that Apple does not support the product, despite helping design it and selling it through Apple’s own Apple Stores, and this can become a real problem.

Apple’s Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products.