EIZO Introduces FlexScan® L997 LCD Monitor with Wide Range of Image and Color Control Functions

Apr 6,2005

Upplands Väsby, Sweden, April 6, 2005Eizo Europe AB (“EIZO”) today announced the FlexScan L997, a 21.3" LCD monitor. The generous screen size coupled with a wide range of image control and usability features made possible with EIZO’s own ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) ensure the FlexScan L997 is ideal for professionals engaged in CAD/CAM, DTP, or other graphics work.


The FlexScan L997 has a new Super In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel that minimizes color shift and provides wide 170° viewing angles. Brightness is 250 cd/m², contrast ratio a very high 550:1, and pixel pitch a fine 0.270 mm. At a viewable image size of 21.3" and a native resolution of 1600 × 1200, it can display two A4 size documents on screen side-by-side. An ergonomic design includes thin bezel design on all sides of the screen to help save space, tilt and swivel angles of 40° and 70°, and a height adjustable stand with a range of 82 mm. Dual DVI-I inputs are included for compatibility with both digital and legacy analog graphics boards, and a USB hub with one upstream and two downstream ports offers high speed connection with other USB compliant peripherals.



Advanced Performance Features with Proprietary ASIC

By developing its own ASIC, EIZO is able to incorporate many significant color control and usability benefits into the FlexScan L997. 


ActiveRotation II – Portrait Orientation Support

Available for the first time with the FlexScan L997, this feature offers support for portrait mode simply by rotating the panel 90°. EIZO first introduced ActiveRotation in its monitors in 2003, and although it proved to be an attractive alternative to software-based solutions which absorb CPU power and can compromise graphics performance, it required the user to change the settings in the OSD menu to enable portrait mode. To make the feature more user friendly, the FlexScan L997 includes a gravity sensor so it “knows” when it is being rotated, and can automatically change between landscape to portrait orientation accordingly.¹ ActiveRotation II supports both Windows 2000 / XP and Macintosh OS 9 / X platforms.


ActiveShot – Picture-in-Picture Display

ActiveShot offers picture-in-picture from two PC sources² so users can perform two tasks at once without having to switch between application windows. ActiveShot comes with Standard and Clip modes. Standard mode shows the entire screen from the second PC source in the sub-window. With Clip mode, the user can select just the desired area of the screen for display in the sub-window. In both modes, the position of the sub-window can be moved as required. The sub-window can be made to appear and disappear at the touch of a button.


14-Bit Processing

The ASIC converts 8-bit data (256 tones for each primary color) received from the PC to 14-bits (16,384 tones) in the ASIC and then back to 8-bits for a proper gamma curve. This 14-bit processing ensures extremely smooth grayscale display even in dark areas which are typically problematic for an LCD monitor to render without banding. 


Independent 6-Color Control

Hue and saturation can be controlled individually for each primary (red, green, blue) and secondary color (cyan, yellow, and magenta). With this detailed control, a single color in an image can be adjusted slightly or changed altogether.


Emulation of Color Characteristics

With this feature, the FlexScan L997 can emulate the color characteristics of CRT or other LCD monitors by inputting their coordinates for white, red, green, and blue with the bundled ScreenManager Pro for LCD3 software. This is especially useful for color matching when another monitor is the standard monitor in a workflow or when different models are used in a multi-monitor environment. 


For comfortable viewing of any type of content from detailed text documents to color-rich images, the FlexScan L997 includes EIZO’s Fine Contrast function which offers five imaging modes: Text, Picture, Custom, Movie, External, and sRGB. Each mode has its own settings for image parameters such as color temperature, gamma, and brightness. Navigating between the modes is done simply by pressing a button on the front panel. A sixth mode, WindowMovie Mode, is accessible through the ScreenManager® Pro for LCD software. WindowMovie displays a video player software application at the monitor’s maximum brightness setting and the rest of the screen at a lower brightness set according to user preference. 


Additional features of ScreenManager Pro for LCD include the assigning any Fine Contrast mode to an application so that when the application is activated, the screen automatically changes to the assigned mode, and control of all OSD functions with the mouse or keyboard rather than the OSD menu. 


EIZO stands behind the workmanship of the FlexScan L997 with an industry leading five year warranty.


The warranty is based on a usage time of maximum 30,000 hours.


EIZO offers a wide variety of accessories for enhancing convenience and flexibility including panel protectors, client management software, and mounting arms and stands. For more information, please see www.eizo.com/products/accessories/.


The FlexScan L997 complies with some of the strictest standards for office equipment including TCO’03 (gray cabinet only; black cabinet is TCO’99 compliant) and TÜV Rheinland/Ergonomics. It also carries the EIZO Eco Products 2004 in-house label signifying it meets several internal requirements such as the use of lead-free solder and chrome-free steel plates.



The FlexScan L997 is now shipping and will begin reaching international markets in February. It comes in a choice of gray or black.



About EIZO

Eizo Europe AB is a European subsidiary of Eizo Nanao Corporation, a leading Japanese manufacturer of high-end visual display products with a wide range of LCD, CRT, and PDP monitors, and Windows-Based Terminals. The image quality, long-term reliability, and innovative features of EIZO monitors make them the products 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.

Eizo Europe AB markets and supports the Eizo product line throughout Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Russia, the Baltic States and other countries in the CIS. Eizo Europe AB who is ISO 9002 certified distributes the products through a network of resellers and distribution partners. Please contact the authorized EIZO distributor in your country for more details.


For more information, please contact:

Eizo Europe AB

Box 604

194 26 Upplands Väsby


Elin Edland (elin.edland@eizo.se)

Phone: +46 8 590 800 00

Fax: +46 8 590 915 75

http://www.eizo.se or www.eizo.org

Or direct to the area manager:

Björn Johannesson (bjorn.johannesson@eizo.se)

Phone: +31 346 556 544

Fax: +31 346 555 851


1Graphic board support for ActiveRotation II may vary by manufacturer and model. With some graphics boards, it may be necessary to change the resolution on the PC side or restart the computer after rotating the screen. For details on graphics board support, please see www.eizo.com/support/compatibility/lcd/.

2ActiveRotation II and ActiveShot cannot be used simultaneously.

3ScreenManager Pro for LCD for use with the Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP operating systems only. When using this software, the FlexScan L997 must be connected to the PC with a USB cable (included).


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


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