June 2, 2010: Visitors to the PMA Digital Expo in Melbourne this weekend will be able to see the first Australian demonstrations of two exciting new Eizo products – the ColorEdge CG245W and the EasyPIX colour matching tool.
The ColorEdge CG245W is the first monitor ever to be manufactured with a built-in calibration sensor and self-calibrating capabilities. Built into the upper bezel is a specially-developed calibration sensor that swings down at user-determined times to re-calibrate the monitor. The self-calibration system has been designed to streamline the normal re-calibration process and works independently of the computer’s operating system. Consequently, calibration can take place outside of normal work hours – even when the computer is turned off.
Eizo’s new ColorEdge CG245W shown with the built-in calibration sensor in operation. (Source: Eizo.)
The new monitor has been developed for photo and video editing as well as pre-press and post-production graphics applications. It uses an IPS (in-plane switching), 24.1-inch (61 cm) widescreen LCD panel with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Capable of reproducing 98% of the Adobe RGB colour space, it has a maximum brightness of 27 cd/m2 plus a contrast ratio of 850:1 and boasts viewing angles of 178 degrees.
The ColorEdge CG245W comes with an ergonomic FlexStand that supports both landscape and portrait orientation and provides 157 mm height adjustment, 30 ° tilt, 344 ° swivel, and 90 ° rotation. It is supplied with a shading hood that can be used for both landscape and portrait orientation. A five-year manufacturer’s warranty is provided.
Eizo will also be showcasing its new EasyPIX colour matching tool, an affordable and easy to use calibration device and associated software system, designed for users of DSLR cameras who require a colour-matched printing and viewing environment. An ideal partner for Eizo’s FlexScan monitors, which lack built-in calibration facilities, is also provides a quick and easy re-calibration tool when new profiles are required for different output tasks.
The sensor and USB cable for Eizo’s new EasyPIX colour matching tool. (Source: Eizo.)
Operating the EasyPIX requires two steps. The first involves adjusting the monitor’s colour and brightness to match the white of the printing paper, while the second measures the monitor’s colour settings and saves them as a colour profile that can be used for output. Three viewing modes are provided:
Matching Mode matches the monitor’s colour and brightness settings to the white of photo printing paper and is ideal for use with inkjet printers. This mode is particularly useful for users of fine-art printing papers because it enables them to obtain accurate colour reproduction on a wide range of different paper types from bright white papers with optical brighteners to ‘natural’ papers that are free of brightening enhancements.
Colour matching the screen to printing paper with the EasyPIX system. (Source: Eizo.)
Photo Viewing Mode sets the monitor’s colour temperature to 5500 K, a common default setting for most digital cameras. It also lets you adjust the monitor’s brightness. This mode is particularly suited to the production of slideshows that will be viewed on widescreen TV sets.
Web Viewing Mode is designed for pre-viewing images that will be shared online. It sets the monitor’s colour temperature to 6500 K, the standard for most web browsers. Monitor brightness is also manually adjustable for greater control over the appearance of the displayed images.
Both products will go on sale in Australia from 10 June, 2010. Pricing for the ColorEdge CG245W is still being finalised. The EasyPIX will be offered in a bundle with the Flexscan S2233W and Flexscan S2433W monitors plus as a stand-alone product with an RRP of $220. Details of both products are available at www.eizo.com.au/.