I will be honest, the nearest I think I have come to a square monitor is the 1024x768 panel I use as a tiny second screen on my main computer. When I first saw EIZO’s press release regarding this new 1920x1920 monitor it took me aback, imagining what it might feel like to actually use. The consumer monitor market is expanding to various screen sizes, usually following 16:9, 16:10 or 21:9 for the most part. But after a few minutes, I realized that non-standard monitor sizes are most likely abundant in various industries, such as medical, when they are designed for a specific purpose and quality. So while a 1:1 monitor is something interesting to see in the consumer space, perhaps it might not be so new when considering industrial use scenarios. That all being said, it would be interesting to see this one in the flesh.

1920x1920 means 3.7 megapixels, the same as 2560x1440. This compares to the regular desktop sizes of 1080p (2MP), 1200p (2.3MP), 3200x1800 (5.8MP) and 2160p (8.3MP), which indicates that if this monitor were to be used for gaming, performance would put it directly in the 1440p category. That being said, EIZO is not exactly targeting this monitor for gaming. The more vertical space provided is better suited to writers, coders or CAD who require many items on the screen at once, often side by side. As an editor, I often have an image on one side of my screen while writing my reviews on the other, so I can certainly see this marketing angle.

The basic specification list gives the IPS-based EV2730Q as a 16.8 million color display with 178 degree viewing angles, a 300 nit brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 5ms gray-to-gray response time. Video inputs are via DisplayPort and a dual-link DVI-D, with a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz. Two 1W speakers are built in, along with a 2-port USB 2.0 hub. 100mm VESA is supported with 344º of swivel and 35º/5º of tilt. Height is also adjustable. 

The button controls are on the front of the panel, and EIZO gives three profiles called sRGB, Movie and Paper along with two user customizable profiles. The Paper profile is designed to reduce the amount of blue in an image to prevent eyestrain while reading or coding against a white background. A feature called Auto Ecoview can detect the ambient light level and adjust the screen’s brightness to reduce eyestrain and power. This can also detect when a user leaves the desk to power down the monitor, with power on when the user returns.

We are contacting EIZO to find what markets the EV2730Q will be sold in as well as the prices. EIZO has announced that the monitor will be available from Q1 in 2015, but this will vary by country. With any luck, it will be on display at CES.

Source: EIZO via TFTCentral

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  • dj christian - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    The pixels weren't square? Reply
  • squngy - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    I still use a 1280x1024. Its super old from back when LCDs were uncommon, but its a PVA panel and buying a TN now seems like spending money for a downgrade... Reply
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    Buying TN now would be a downgrade. Choose any of the plenty IPS or *VA monitors available today. Reply
  • Freyaday - Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - link

    My monitor stands can pivot, allowing me to switch to 1080x1920 when I want, which is something I do when I'm working with a lot of text (reading/writing long documents, writing code, etc.) or editing a rather vertical image. When I do so, I usually maximize the window in the portrait monitor and, if it has dragable sidebars, I usually take them and put them over on the landscape monitor. Reply
  • nunomoreira10 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Surround should work quire nicely, no more problem of too wide or too tall setup Reply
  • icrf - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    I think the problem is the width more than the height. Content flows down, so for non-gaming/video tasks, more height is always better, until it starts making your neck hurt.

    For width, though, 1920 isn't quite big enough for two tasks side by side, IMO. I prefer about 1200 pixels for a browser, document, spreadsheet, etc.

    That's why I really liked my old 30" 2560x1600 display. Sure, not quite as tall as this, but the width meant I could have two tasks comfortably side by side.

    I'm currently using three 24" 1920x1200 displays at work, and a single 39" 3840x2160 at home.
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  • vdidenko - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Wow, can't wait for it's availability. Been asking vendors about it since 2010:

    http://blog.didenko.com/2010/03/square-display.htm...

    More argumentation in the article linked there:

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/+VladDidenko/posts/6xW...
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  • savagemike - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    But - I'd have to make all my own wallpaper. Reply
  • Bob Todd - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    LOL, you'll be using a lot of the "Solid Color" options in Windows. This thing actually looks pretty cool. Reply
  • Murloc - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    just take any high resolution picture and crop it. Reply

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