Is LaCie 324i safe for work

Monitors

The Good The LaCie 324i delivers accurate color, deep dark colors and many ergonomic options.

The Bad The LaCie 324i needs some adjustments to minimize the green boost. Also, in terms of price and size, it offers less value than other monitors in its class.

The Bottom Line The LaCie 324i is a decent, professional-grade monitor that works well, but unfortunately can’t compete in money for money with the offers from Dell and NEC.

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7.8 Overall

For around $ 1,150, the LaCie 324i offers the performance and ergonomic design you’d expect from a professional monitor. It includes sRGB and Adobe RGB presets, black level control and color temperature, RGB and gamma parameters. The 10-bit panel showed a deep level of black and an accurate and bright color (once calibrated). It does not fully compete with the HP DreamColor LP2480zx or NEC MultiSync PA271W color features in the useful OSD features. In addition, compared to the Dell UltraSharp U2711, the LaCie 324i can’t match the lower price and has a smaller screen. The LaCie 324i is a very well-designed, beautifully executed monitor that simply does not come close to offering as much value as its contemporaries.

Design and features
The 24-inch LaCie 324i looks like a typical performance monitor; monitor focused on color and gamut accuracy, black level and contrast. Yes, yes, by “typical” we mean a thick solid panel and a dark chassis. A pretty big nomination for the course when it comes to performance monitors these days.

Digging into the details, the panel initially measures a depth of 1.9 inches, expanding an additional 1.6 inches for connection options, bringing its total to a size of 3.5 inches. The panel sits on an oval stand for 12.2 inches wide, 9.8 inches deep.

The left and right frames are 0.8 inches wide and the dark gray chassis has a smooth finish around it. The full panel width is 22.2 inches, about the same as the HP DreamColor LP2480zx. The display includes a full range of ergonomic support, including adjusting the height of the screen, tilting the back by 35 degrees, turning left and right by 45 degrees and 90 degrees by turning right. The distance from the desktop to the bottom of the panel is 2.4 inches at the lowest and 6.7 inches at the highest. All the settings were simple and easy, but maybe to rotate, so the screen should be in the highest range before necessary operation.

The LaCie 324i stood fairly well in place when knocking on the sides or behind while the screen was at its lowest height. Pull the screen a few inches and you will hear a very shaky monitor when you knock; however, due to its hefty 23-pound weight, it never had a real risk of destruction.

Connection options include DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort and component. There are also two USB input ports and one downstream port. All connections are located on the back of the panel, facing down, making it difficult to access them unless you rotate the monitor or at least increase its height.

In the lower right corner of the panel is an On-Screen Display (OSD) array consisting of five buttons horizontally. Screen navigation takes only a short time to get used to, and we were soon able to easily see its extensive offerings. These include brightness, contrast, black level, color temperature and gamma. The presets include user, sRGB, Adobe RGB, calibration and grayscale. Also included is a feature that adjusts the monitor with a 4: 3 aspect ratio to 16:10. There are also many options for customizing the OSD, including managing its position, transparency, and screen duration.

Although the on-screen display offers some useful options, here is nothing close to the depth of parameters provided by the NEC MultiSync PA271W.

OSD buttons have a strong tactile and audible response every time you press a button and feel soft enough that our fingers do not jingle after using them for an extended period.

Design highlights:
Connections: DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, component
Ergonomic options: 35 degree tilt, 45 degree rotation, 90 degree rotation, 4 inch screen height
adjustment range
Resolution: 1 920×1200
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Audio: audio in ports
VESA wall mount: No

Highlights:
Video cables included? DVI
Backlight: CCFL
Panel Type: P-IPS (10-bit Panel)
Screen movie: Matte
Pixel Response Rate: 6ms
Number of presets: 5
Overdrive: Yes
Image Settings: Brightness, Contrast, and Black
Color controls: Direct color temperature control, RGB control
Gamma control: Yes
Additional Features: Extra cover and colorimeter

Performance
We tested the LaCie 324i through its DVI input connected to a Windows Vista PC using the included DVI cable. The display shows a composite score of 97 on CNET Labs’ DisplayMate performance tests, one point lower than the HP DreamColor LP2480zx. In our test, the 324i’s color tracking is a bit wrong compared to the LP2480zx. Unlike the LP2480zx, the 324i showed a green tint in the default settings; however, by adjusting RGB slightly, we were able to minimize this effect. In our Black Level 324i test we also found deep blacks, showing gray levels up to the second level, which is two levels higher than true black. Although the LP2480zx delivered a very small amount of illumination flowing through the blood, the opacity was evident in the upper middle edges of the 324i screen when the dark screen was displayed. As with the LP2480zx, in our color ramp test, we saw little evidence of a color bar that tests the panel’s ability to output gradations of primary colors smoothly and consistently.

Text: We didn’t see any color problems with black text on a white background. The fonts were clearly visible up to 6.8 and looked a little clearer than the same fonts on the HP DreamColor LP2480zx.

Movies: We tested the LaCie 324i using Avatar’s Blu-ray version. In the movie, we saw the exact color and deep color in the user’s pre-installed only a little green pressing, which we easily managed to facilitate with just a slight conversion of green and blue values. The blacks were strikingly dark without missing a single detail of Na’vis hair during the bonfire night scene.

Games:Through our deep familiarity with World of Warcraft (WoW), it remains the best tool for judging color quality and brightness in games. The 324i has been installed with a high color saturation image in the user’s default presets. This gave the colors the brightness typical of larger IPS monitors, such as the Dell UltraSharp U2711 and the NEC MultiSync PA271W. We also used MotionMate MotionM tests and found that the 324i with its G2G refresh rate of 6 milliseconds caused as much movement as the LP2480zx, which also has a 6ms G2G refresh rate. Both monitors were brighter than the Samsung PX2370 in a single test.

Photos:The 324i sent high-resolution images with deep, accurate colors that weren’t as good as those of the HP LP2480zx. We had to turn blue and tint green before they no longer distracted us.

Viewing angle:The optimum viewing angle for the monitor is usually directly in front, about a quarter of the screen down from the top. At this angle, you are viewing the colors as intended by the manufacturer. Most monitors are not considered in any other angle. The image quality at sub-optimal angle depends on the type of panel. Most monitors use TN panels that are too bright or too dark on parts of the screen when not viewed from optimal angles. On the other hand, IPS panels typically show only minimal color shifts with an angle change. The LaCie 324i has a 10-bit LG P-IPS (Performance-In Plane Switching) panel, and when viewed from the outside, we perceive the screen as dimming about 15 inches from the center – more than twice the viewing angle as a typical TN panel .

Recommended settings and usage:While in the public domain or when playing games, we have found that configuring a user with the following attributes is the optimal 324i parameter:

Brightness Contrast Black Level Gamma Red Green Blue
28 50 50 2.2 50 50 50

While watching movies or browsing through photos, we still preferred the above settings, supplemented by the following attributes:

Red Green Blue
50 40 60

As with most IPS-based monitors, LaCie directs the 324i mainly for professional use where accurate color reproduction is required; however, the monitor is also great for watching movies, playing games, viewing photos and sharing. One of the trumps is its 10-bit panel, which allows you to get a much more accurate color by increasing the number of color gradients that the display is able to create.

Energy consumption:The LaCie 324i has achieved poor power consumption, the default power / power of 68.6W, compared to the 62.6W HP DreamColor LP2480zx in the same test. In our sleep / standby test, the 324i costs 2.67 watts and the LP2480zx costs less than 1.97 watts. Based on our formula, the LaCie 324i will cost $ 22.32 per year, compared to the HP DreamColor LP2480zx $ 20.05 per year. Even though their power consumers didn’t have a huge delta between them by default, sleep / standby consumption (the state most of the time the monitor is on) really hurts the 324i. During this time, the 324i charged 26 percent more power than the LP2480zx in the same state. However, there is a big difference in price.

Brightness in cd / m2
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Dell UltraSharp U2410
434 LaCie 324i
358 NEC MultiSync PA271W
346 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
344 Dell UltraSharp U2711
333HP LP3065
302 HP DreamColor LP2480zx
230

Contrast ratio
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP DreamColor LP2480zx
1,036:1 NEC MultiSync PA271W
1,035:1 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
1,008:1 Dell UltraSharp U2711
947:1 LaCie 324i
937:1 Dell UltraSharp U2410
921:1HP LP3065
654:1

DisplayMate tests
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP DreamColor LP2480zx
98 NEC MultiSync PA271W
98 Dell UltraSharp U2711
98HP LP3065
97 LaCie 324i
97 Samsung SyncMaster PX2370
96 Dell UltraSharp U2410
94

Juice box
LaCie 324i Average watts per hour
On (default luminance) 68.6
On (max luminance) 111.1
On (min luminance) 47.8
Sleep 2.67
Calibrated (200 cd/m2) 68.4
Annual power consumption cost $22.32
Score Poor

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Service and support
LaCie supports the 324i with a three-year parts and payroll warranty, which covers backlighting just like other vendors such as HP and Dell. It also offers 24-hour web and phone support, limited to 10 hours a day, five days a week. LaCie provides free shipping and will gladly send you a replacement before it actually receives your faulty unit. In addition, it also pays for the delivery of both the shipped unit and the shipment.

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