By Neil Bennett | on January 12, 2006
Pros: Great specifications and well designed. 10-bit gamma correction is a real bonus.
Cons: It’s beige.
Every creative wants a widescreen monitor. Palette-laden applications – DTP tools such as InDesign and QuarkXPress, and editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro – are less cluttered and easier to use with a 16:10 aspect ratio, rather than a conventional 4:3 display.
They also look cooler, and take-up by designers has been such that Wacom has even released a graphics tablet to match (see below).
The FlexScan S2110W boasts a set of specifications that are hard to beat. The contrast ratio of 1000:1 is the highest we’ve seen, and this claim is borne out by the smoothness of gradation between shades of colour, and the depth of blacks and whites, of our test images.
The brightness rating of 450cd/m2 is also high. Brightness is less important in the colour-managed world of design than for home users playing games and watching movies, but video pros will be able to see how their work will look on even the most oversaturated television.
The S2110W also features six modes, so you can switch between colour-managed when you’re designing and high brightness for when you’re showing off your work.
This monitor’s real differentiating factor from the likes of Apple’s 20-inch Cinema Display, is 10-bit gamma correction. This uses a 10-bit colour space to transfer the eight-bit colour output from your graphics card to the eight bit colour space of the monitor, avoiding ‘losing’ values and maintaining colour accuracy.
We calibrated the S2110W using Pantone’s Spyder2Pro, analyzed the results using Chromix ColorThink 2.1
and checked the results against Colour Confidence’s Repro Pack (and our own photos). This revealed a generous colour gamut and a very high level of colour accuracy that every designer will cherish.
We also like the dual DVI-I inputs and the ability to slide the screen onto a more horizontal angle, which helps keep colours accurate for an audience.
Viewable area: 21-inch
Native resolution: 1,680-x1,050
Connection: 2x DVI
Response rate: 8ms
Horizontal viewing angle: 178-degrees
Vertical viewing angle: 178-degrees
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
10-bit gamma correction: yes
Weight (with base): 8.2kg
USB Ports: 2
Software: basic calibration plus profiles