Hey Hey Eve Family,
The community has spoken! After receiving overwhelming support for the glossy coating in the previous topic we decided to make the glossy vision of Spectrum a reality. With this post we officially announce that a glossy coating option will be added to 4K 144hz Spectrum and QHD 280Hz Spectrum models! It’s now time to bring this exciting change to the gaming monitor industry!
Some of you have previously asked if the matte film can simply be removed or if a glossy coating can be simply applied manually at the factory. The implementation, however, is not that simple.
LCD Basics /j-display.com
One of the reasons why there are no glossy gaming monitors on the market is because of the amount of additional R&D and factory recalibration required. Glossy coatings require additional changes to the polarizer film, which is an integral part of the LCD module. The Polarizer is a filter that controls light waves and makes the display content visible. In fact, without the polarizer no image would be visible (We would consider this extremely important ). This means that the glossy coating can’t be simply applied manually at Spectrum’s assembly factory, but changes are needed to be done by LG Display directly.
It took a bunch of convincing with the right people inside of LG Display to make this a reality. Since the changes to such an important part require LG to re-calibrate its fully automated LCD assembly line, not only that, but also changes to the certification process, tune colour performance and conduct durability testing, it was not an easy task. Thanks to your support and enthusiasm, we were able to convince them to make Spectrum glossy coating a reality! Nobody would argue with the voting results!
In the coming weeks, we will be sharing more details about the glossy variation of Spectrum, and in the meantime, we would like to provide you with more details of what you can expect from the glossy coating. For this, we partnered up with TFTCentral to help us measure and evaluate the differences between the two coatings.
Improved perceived contrast and colours (Source: Dave2D)
The glossy polarizer adds extra crispiness and pop to the monitor’s colours (Especially blacks!). Below you can see pictures of Spectrums’ sub-pixel structure and as you can see, the glossy coating has less haze and colours appear clearer and crispier.
Above: photos taken with a digital microscope capturing sub-pixel structure clarity (Source: TFTCentral)
The reduced haze and clearer image of the glossy coating allow for sharper text and better image quality overall.
Above: showing improved text sharpness and image Quality (Source: Dave2D)
Above: Text clarity and sharpness comparison – zoomed in on a normal font of 11-point size (Source: TFTCentral)
Above: photos taken with a digital microscope capturing optimal sharpness of text close up (Source: TFTCentral)
In one of our previous posts we’ve gone in depth on types of reflections and how they work. Matte Spectrum has the same reflection % but the reflection is diffused making it less visible. Picture below shows the differences very well. Depending on whether you have control of your lighting environment or not could be a deciding factor for opting for a glossy, or matte Spectrum.
Above: Visual demonstration showing the difference in reflections (Source: Dave2D)
We will make it happen! Stay tuned for further updates!
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