The Comfort of Uninterrupted “5760 x 1080 Pixel” Display: This is the Multi-Display Revolution!
A multi-display environment is somewhat convenient, but the frame between the screens is a visual annoyance and a drawback. However, that problem should pretty much be resolved if you use EIZO's new FORIS FS2434 LCDs featuring a frameless design. Many users are sure to be shocked when they actually use it and think what a huge difference it is compared to multi-display environments up to now.
This is a translation from Japanese of an article published by ITmedia on July 8, 2014. Copyright 2014 ITmedia Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Sensitive users looking for quality displays that will allow them to enjoy games, photographs, videos and other content to the full have been receptive to EIZO's FORIS series of entertainment LCDs. This is because the proprietary "smart" high picture quality technology brings out the full appeal of various kinds of content without any effort on the part of the user.
Speaking of the FORIS series, the FORIS FS2333, which was released in July 2012, maintained high popularity as a long-selling model for roughly two years, but its long-awaited successor, the FORIS FS2434, was released on July 11, 2014.
Expectations are rising for the FORIS FS2434 and the biggest improvement is the newly adopted frameless design. The frame around the top and the left and right sides is just 6 mm (2 mm bezel and 4 mm non-display area), making in an ultra-thin frame design. The horizontal width of the body has been reined in, and the sense of immersion into the screen has been greatly heightened.
The bezel thickness is only 2 mm, so with the power off, the first time you see it, it truly appears as if the top, left and right parts of the frame have been completely eliminated. Even when the power is turned on, the black, non-display area along the edges of the screen is just 4 mm, so combined with the bezel, the total frame thickness is only 6 mm, which means the stylish impression from when the power is off continues as-is.
Some displays that boast of ultra-thin frames appear to have very thin bezels when the power is off, but when the power is turned on, the black, non-display area is thick, making it almost a false impression. In contrast, the use of the word "frameless" with the FORIS FS2434 is understandable.
Compared with its predecessor, the FORIS FS2333, the screen has been enlarged from 23" wide to 23.8" wide, but note that the frameless design makes the horizontal width 5.6 mm smaller. The design concept of a large screen and small installation space fits a cramped housing environment and addresses the desire to use the largest display possible on a small desk. The difference is obvious when you actually compare the old and new models side by side.
The appeal of the frameless design of the FORIS FS2434 is even further realized in a multi-display environment. Multi-display refers to connecting two or more displays to a single PC to improve productivity and bring the display alive for various uses. Of course, the two frames between the two screens create visual obstruction, but when using two FORIS FS2434 displays side by side, the frameless design makes the frames less of a distraction.
At any rate, the thickness of two frames side by side is about 13mm, so it's dramatically thinner than its predecessor, the FORIS FS2333, on which the frame of a single display was about 17.5 mm (including the non-display area). This is a revolutionary spec and is a major advantage when putting together a multi-display environment.
We constructed a super high resolution multi-display environment of 5760 x 1080 pixels by putting three 23.8" full HD screens side by side making the most of the frameless design of the FORIS FS2434 and checked its capabilities when used for various purposes.
First, let's take a look at regular PC use.
A typical example of using large-screen, high-resolution display to improve productivity is with Microsoft Excel. With a 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD LCD, when creating a new document in Excel, you can see a total of 26 columns from A to Z at 100% magnification. Even this would seem to be a sufficient work space, but when you have a slightly complicated table, oftentimes it will not fit on a single screen.
However with three FORIS FS2434 screens, you can display an amazing total of 79 columns all at once from A to CA. Being able to browse this much information without scrolling is one of the pleasures it offers. Of course, the screen size is not limited to displaying a single sheet but is also useful when comparing multiple sheets.
Generally speaking, when displaying wide Excel sheets in a multi-display environment, the two frames between the screens obstructs the view, and it becomes difficult to tell which cell the one going across the screens is next to, so oftentimes you will find yourself looking at the wrong row one up or down from the right one. There are likely some users that end up going back to single-screen display due to the stress this creates.
However, the width of two FORIS FS2434 frames in a multi-display environment is ultra-thin at around 13 mm, so it's easy to see which cells are next to each other across screens. This greatly improves the efficiency of working with wide sheets. It's a notable point when it comes to frameless design.
When wrestling with a detailed Excel sheet, your eyes will often get fatigued, but the FORIS FS2434 features auto brightness adjustment according to ambient light, a blue light-reducing Paper mode, and flicker-free display at all brightness levels, so it's fortunately gentle on the eyes even when engaging in work for extended periods of time.
Browsing the web using three full HD screens is also a breeze. Browsing the EIZO Channel index and articles as pictured below, you can easily display six pages all at once. Even if you're comparing web pages across screens on the left and right, the frames in between the screens do not interfere, and you can concentrate without distraction, so it feels good. Regular web browsing also feels faster.
Of course, these three full HD screens are very effective not only for a single application, but also for multitasking with multiple applications and windows. When you're working on different applications and windows on a small screen switching back and forth, it sometimes creates stress when you forget what you had been looking at just before or have to go back and forth between screens.
With three full HD screens, you can easily work on a document in Word while referencing multiple web pages, PDFs or Excel sheets. It's also convenient for streaming an online video in the extra display area while you work. The FORIS FS2434 also features EIZO's proprietary Smart Resolution super-resolution technology and Smart Detection, which automatically detects only the video area and improves super-resolution and visibility, so even low-resolution online videos can be enjoyed in high quality.
Moreover, the three screens are joined practically seamlessly, and it feels almost like a single super-wide display, so when you actually try it, it's even more comfortable and easier on the eyes than you would expect. Once you try it, it's such a difference that you won't be able to go back to a conventional multi-display environment where the frames get in the way.
The FORIS FS2434 entertainment LCD is good not only for viewing professional content but also for personal creative uses. An sRGB equivalent color gamut is secured, and a Web/sRGB setting is available as a color mode, so it's also useful for cases where you want to touch up photographs taken with digital cameras or smartphones on your PC before printing them or posting them to Facebook and Twitter.
When doing photo retouching work like this, tool palettes and other objects can be displayed simultaneously with enlarged image previews, so the large-screen, high-resolution environment greatly affects efficiency. This is one use that leverages the strengths of a multi-display environment. In particular, the three FORIS FS2434 screens have a frameless design, so they work well for displaying and retouching panorama photographs and wide image files across multiple screens.
Recently, smartphones have been equipped with functions allowing panorama shots to be taken by simply moving the camera from left to right in a big circular motion, but when displaying panorama photographs that are too wide on a regular wide LCD, space is left above and below, and it may not quite fit horizontally.
On the other hand, if you're using the wide environment offered by three FORIS FS2434 screens, you can display the panorama photograph in a large size, and there's still room for tool palettes on the left and right for efficient editing work. The frames between the screens do not get in the way, so it's easy to visualize the wide image without the lines. The lines between the screens are also unnoticeable when viewing panorama photograph slide shows, and they can be displayed big on three screens, so they're impressive.
The three FORIS FS2434 display setup is also effective for video editing. You can perform the work in a rich environment while viewing a large preview of a full HD video at almost the actual size without the time line going across the screens being obstructed by a thick frame.
Of course, you won't get the same wide color gamut or color reproduction offered by the company's ColorEdge color management-compliant display, but the same know-how for display accuracy and EIZO's proprietary high picture quality technology is built into the FORIS FS2434, so the environment is definitely sufficient for personal use.
The FORIS FS2434 is an entertainment monitor that can be used for various purposes, but particular effort has been poured into gaming use. It's the successor to the FORIS FS2333, which was rated highly by many gamers as a gaming display, so it's only natural. With three ultra-thin frames, it's no exaggeration to say that the impact and realism of a single screen is multiplied by three.
First, let's play the popular FPS game "Battlefield 4" (Electronic Arts), which features beautiful, high-definition graphics, on three screens. The large-screen, high-resolution, 5760 x 1080 pixel display consisting of three 23.8" full HD screens takes up your entire field of vision, and the tension and realism are such that it feels as if you're actually standing on the battlefield. The feeling of immersion is incomparable with the gaming experience on a single screen.
To win at FPS, aim is important, but in a multi-display environment, thick frames become an obstacle, and if your enemy is standing between the screens, it's difficult to aim the sight. You might think that the frames would get in the way when playing on three FORIS FS2434 displays, but once you start playing, they fade from your consciousness, and the obstacle they pose to aim is greatly reduced.
Another advantage is that because the screen is wide, even in situations where it seems like you're getting shot from outside the screen when playing on a single screen, you see the flash of the gun barrel right away and can avoid it or fire back.
One more thing to note is the ease of game play made possible by EIZO's proprietary Smart Insight 2. Smart Insight is a technology for improving visibility in dark areas based on the characteristics of human vision. It analyzes video input frame by frame, automatically determines the dark and difficult to see areas by analyzing the adjoining dots in the image and individually adjusts the light and dark contrast dot by dot to make the dark areas brighter and easier to see. It has received strong support from gamers as a revolutionary technology that provides an advantage especially when going through dark scenes or scenes with heavy light and dark contrast in games.
The previous FORIS FS2333 was equipped with Smart Insight, which was capable of automatically correcting light and dark contrast, but the FORIS FS2434 is also capable of correcting hue. Dark scenes are not only made brighter but also more vivid and easier to see. It's a sight to see. If you just play with the gamma settings, the game images just become whitish overall, which ruins it, but Smart Insight 2 provides greater visibility in dark areas while also maintaining the quality of the gaming experience with colorful display.
You might be concerned that this kind of image processing by the display could cause a slowdown in game operations due to delayed display, but even when you use Smart Insight 2 and the aforementioned Smart Resolution and Smart Detection features simultaneously, there is almost no display latency resulting from image signal processing (less than 0.05 frames). For that reason, you can rest assured that it will work with no problem even with FPS games that require precise input timing while moving intensely.
G-Ignition, image adjustment software for Windows developed especially for PC game use, is also now included, and it's convenient that you can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly change between image quality settings during game play. It also supports importing display adjustment files, and the download page provides color presets from pro gamers.
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A FORIS FS2434 three-screen environment that fills your field of view is also great for racing and driving games. This time we played car action game "Need for Speed Rivals" (Electronic Arts). The background on the left and right sides of the screen passes by at high speeds, giving a greater sense of speed than on a single screen, so it pulls you right into the world of high-speed car chases.
It's a neck and neck car chase where the police hit the racers' cars to get them to stop, so the wide field of view works to your advantage in the game. Even when going around hairpin turns, you can see ahead across the screens, so it's easy to picture the driving line from a distance, and you can drive more accurately and with fewer limitations than when playing on a single screen.
When you're concentrating on the cars in front of you, the lines between the screens fade from your consciousness, so it feels more like you're playing on one large screen than on three screens. If you like racing games, this three-screen play is worth a look.
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You might think that getting all the equipment together to set up a three-screen multi-display environment would be a difficult task, but the hurdle is definitely lower than it was a few years ago thanks to the falling prices of displays and PCs and the higher performance of graphics cards.
What you'll need is three FORIS FS2434 LCDs, a desktop PC with three video output ports and a graphics card to support it. If your desktop PC has onboard video output ports, you can easily build a three-screen output environment by adding a graphics card with an NVIDIA or AMD GPU.
However, the FORIS FS2434 has three video input ports: two HDMI ports and a DVI-D port, so it does not support D-Sub analog input. It's important to note that this means a PC with three output ports including analog RGB will not be capable of three-screen display with the FORIS FS2434.
An entry class graphics card provides plenty of performance for three-screen web, video and photo browsing and personal editing work. However, to enjoy the high-definition graphics of games like Battlefield 4 introduced in this article that require high rendering performance, you'll need a high-spec graphics card.
The trick to setting up three FORIS FS2434 displays side by side is to have the left and right displays turned slightly inwards so that they fill your field of vision. If you want to eliminate any gaps between the frames, the screens have to be kept vertical without any tilting, so the angle will be fixed, but the FORIS FS2434 stand is made to raise and lower the monitor, so you can set it at the height of your choice. The wide viewing angle IPS LCD panel keeps the colors from changing when viewed from an angle, and the non-glare feature minimizes reflected glare, so it's good for a multi-display environment.
Also, if it's your first time to connect three displays to a PC, note that when you start it up, the relative positions of the displays as installed will not match their relative positions in Windows. When you move the mouse or a window to the edge of the screen, it may appear at the edge of the screen that is not directly beside it, so it will be unusable as-is. Go to the "Screen Resolution" settings and set the proper relative positions of the screens.
If you want to use the three screens as a single large desktop for games or other uses, you'll need to set it up from the graphics driver control panel (3D Surround on NVIDIA, AMD Eyefinity on AMD, etc.). Without configuring this setting, 3D games will only be displayed on one screen. On the other hand, if you want to display a game on one screen and a strategy website or other information on another, this setting is not necessary.
In Latin, FORIS means "door." Indeed, the FORIS series features intelligent super resolution technology and technology to improve visibility in dark areas that have been aggressively developed. Not previously available in LCD monitors, these technologies have opened the door to new user experiences and given it an advantage.
The new FORIS FS2434 model has an amazing frameless design that has opened the door to a new experience of entertainment-oriented ultra-thin frame multi-display environments.
In this day and age, you can get your hands on a low-priced full HD LCD for less than 100 dollars. Many readers probably have already set up a two- or three-screen multi-display environment. However, we'd like you to take another look at that multi-display environment. Do the thick frames between the screens create a visual distraction? Has combining different LCD products caused screen sizes, resolutions, display colors, contrast, etc. to be all jumbled up?
A three-screen FORIS FS2434 multi-display environment solves problems such as this that had been issues with multi-display environments of the past. By virtually eliminating consciousness of the frames between the screens, it creates the sensation of having a single, horizontally wide 5760 x 1080 pixel display. Moreover, if the three displays are set up in such a way as to gently surround the user, the respective distances from the user's eyes are roughly equal. This allows for natural viewing and makes it feel as though the content is surrounding the user, making it better than simply having a super-wide display.
If you already have a multi-display environment that you're not satisfied with, or if you want to enjoy various content to the fullest on three screens featuring a frameless design, consider a multi-display environment featuring three FORIS FS2434 displays. An amazing experience worth your investment awaits.
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