LaCie 324 Specifications and Appearance
|LaCie 324 Specifications|
|Video Inputs||DVI with HDCP support
2 x HDMI
|Panel Type||S-PVA (LCA 24B2)|
|Colors||16.7 million (8-bit)
92% color gamut
|Contrast Ratio||1000:1 Static|
|Response Time||6ms GTG|
|Viewable Size||24" diagonal|
|Viewing Angle||178 vertical/horizontal|
|Power Consumption||<140W max stated
88W max, 43W min measured
|Screen Treatment||Matte (non-glossy)|
|Height-Adjustable||Yes - 2.75 inches|
|Tilt||Yes - 25 degrees back/3 degrees forward|
|Swivel||Yes - 170 degrees left/right|
|VESA Wall Mounting||100mm x 100mm|
|Dimensions w/ Base (WxHxD)||22.28" x 16.45" x 8.97" lowered
22.28" x 19.21" x 8.97" raised (WxHxD)
|Weight w/ Stand||23.81 lbs.|
|Additional Features||(3) USB 2.0 - left
(USB connection to PC required)
10-bit gamma correction
DCDi Faroudja video processing
|Audio||Audio in, Line out|
|Limited Warranty||3 year parts and labor with advance replacement|
Online starting at ~$900
LaCie is a company known for catering to the professional imaging market. They also happen to offer a product called LaCie blue eye pro, which consists of both a colorimeter and calibration software. We were quite interested to see how the LaCie 324 stacks up to the competition, as we thought maybe we would finally see an LCD that provided good color accuracy prior calibration. Then we tested the Dell 2408WFP and discovered that there was already a reasonable solution in that area. So what exactly does LaCie bring to the table?
If we ignore the colorimeter and software for a moment -- those can be purchased separately from a LaCie display anyway -- the major difference between consumer LCDs and this professional LCD is the inclusion of 10-bit gamma correction and color lookup tables. If that actually sounds like something you might find useful, there's a good chance you're an imaging professional, in which case LaCie is certainly worth considering. For many users, the added cost is not likely to result in a noticeable improvement in image quality.
LaCie also uses Faroudja DCDi video processing, which can improve video playback. If you connect a Blu-ray player to the 324 using an HDMI cable, the Faroudja chip is supposed to help with noise reduction, de-interlacing, and the elimination of jaggies (depending on the video content). Unfortunately, we didn't have access to the appropriate hardware to test this aspect of the LCD.
As this is an LCD designed for the professional market, it's no surprise that LaCie uses an S-PVA panel rather than a TN panel. Overall performance is similar to the Dell 2408WFP in terms of viewing angles, but unfortunately input lag is also just as bad (around 40ms).
The LaCie 324 includes two HDMI, one DVI, and one VGA input. It does have height adjustment and it will swivel about 170° to the left or right, but there is no pivot function. The height adjustment is also shorter than most other models, offering only 2.75" of vertical travel. The LaCie panel feels heavier and looks a bit bulkier than the competing offerings. That's not necessarily a bad thing if your primary concern is image quality, as it could be the added space is for something useful. All other things being equal, we would prefer a better stand that offers more vertical travel and a pivot function. At present, imaging professionals may have to choose function over form.