Physical privacy is becoming a key point of concern among many people and organizations, which is why hardware makers are addressing concerns of their customers by incorporating various technologies into their products. To that end, next month HP will start selling its EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor that, as the name suggests, features the company’s on/off Sure View privacy screen tech.

Aimed at corporate environments, offices, and public services where shoulder surfing is a practical risk, the EliteDisplay E243p Sure View monitor's primary selling point is the integrated, user-controllable Sure View privacy screen. Designed to deter off-angle viewing, the privacy screen relies on HP’s proprietary technologies as well as 3M’s optical films. Once Sure View is activated, the display reduces its brightness to 180 nits and horizontal viewing angles to 80°, thus hiding sensitive data from prying eyes of passerbyes or hackers.

 

Past that, the Sure View screen is built on top of what's otherwise a fairly standard IPS monitor. The E243p relies on a 23.8-inch anti-glare IPS panel with a 1920×1080 resolution, 260 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 60 Hz refresh rate, a 14 ms response time, and 178°/178° viewing angles. Like many other displays designed for the said venues, this one comes with a stand that allows to adjust tilt, swivel, and pivot. Connectivity wise, the EliteDisplay E243p has one DisplayPort 1.2 input, one HDMI 1.4 input, and one D-Sub input to maintain compatibility with legacy PCs. The monitor also includes a dual-port USB 3.0 hub.

Multiple industries these days (healthcare, finance, security, military, and other industries dealing with sensitive information) have regulatory requirements for data protection, which is why various companies offer monitors with pre-installed privacy screens to prevent casual security breaches. This problem is of course by no means new, and for many years now various manufacturers have been aftermarket films that act like privacy screens. However permanent privacy screens are just that – permanent – so they persistently reduce viewing angles and therefore user comfort. By contrast, HP’s Sure View can be turned on and off as necessary, meaning it doesn't need to interfere when it's not needed. Though along those lines, one thing that remains unclear is whether Sure View can be activated automatically once an application is launched, or if it's entirely manual.

Specifications of the EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor
  5FT13A8
Panel 23.8" IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 14 ms
Brightness 260 cd/m² (typical)
180 cd/m² (SureView)
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical (typical)
80°/178° horizontal/vertical (SureView)
Pixel Pitch 0.2744 mm²
Pixel Density 92 PPI
Display Colors ?
Color Gamut Support ?
Stand Pivot rotation: 90°
Swivel: ±45°
Tilt: -5 to +22°
Inputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × D-Sub
1 × HDMI 1.4
USB Hub 2-port USB 3.0
Audio -
Power Idle 0.5 W
Typical 50 W
Peak 55 W
Launch Price $379.99

HP’s EliteDisplay E243p Sure View monitor will be available some time in February for $379.99. The price of the display looks very high for a rather regular 23.8-inch LCD, but keeping in mind target audience of the of the EliteDisplay E243p Sure View monitor, it may still become quite popular for its niche market.

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Source: HP

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