LaCie 526 LCD Goes for the Pros

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LaCie announced its first wide-format LCD monitor aimed at professionals like photographers, video editors, and designers who rely on color accuracy: the LaCie 526 Monitor.

“The LaCie 526 Monitor is a professional tool that will help you achieve accurate colors throughout your workflow,” said Daniel Mayer, LaCie Color Business Unit Manager. “Its wide gamut and uniform and stabilized panel ensures that what you see is what you get. If you edit projects with a calibrated LaCie 526 Monitor, you can trust that the end result will be accurate.”

The 526 offers a 25.5-inch display with 1,920 by 1,200 resolution, and a wide gamut range which supports 95 percent of the AdobeRGB color space and 98.5 percent of ISO coated colors, enabling the monitor offer color-accurate representations that are consistent across displayed, output, and printed colors. The 526 also features a 12-bit Look Up Table (LUT) and 16-bit processing for smooth color gradients; the unit also features an embedded color sensor which monitors and stabilizes the output of the displays backlight over time. Output is VGA, DVI-D, and DVI-I.

LaCie also includes its blue eye pro software which enables single-click color calibration while still offering advanced users precise, point-by-point control over the monitor’s calibration, including setting the white point, verifying profile accuracy, and switching profiles without the need to recalibrate. Users can also perform a fast Ambient Light Analysis which takes a look at your room light and analyze just how feasible it is to do color work in that environment. The blu eye pro colorimeter is sold separately.

And even better? The monitor pivots between portait and landscape modes.

The LaCie 526 Monitor will carry a suggested price of $1,999 ($2,299 with the blue eye pro colorimeter) and will be available at the end of April. The unit also ships with an optional “EasyHood” to shield the display from ambient light.

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