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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  • LauRoman - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Now you can fullscreen those crappy Vine videos without black bars...
  • Kevin G - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    I wonder if this monitor supports rotation.....
  • phoenix_rizzen - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    I hope so. Two of these in portrait orientation would be awesome for multiple ssh sessions!
  • p1esk - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    I'm not sure if you got the joke :-)
  • phoenix_rizzen - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    Whoosh! :D
  • pixelstuff - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Diamond mode would be awesome!
  • nunomoreira10 - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    That would be amazing!
  • DCide - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Well, as an EIZO it won't be cheap, but it should be good quality.

    This should be excellent for photography, which is one of their target markets anyway. Now you don't need to worry about whether the photo is portrait or landscape, you can edit the same-sized image either way.
  • magreen - Friday, November 21, 2014 - link

    I'm always about ready to rip my eyes out when I go to a family portrait store--which is supposed to have professional equipment. After the photo shoot, they sit there on a frickin 1920x1080 monitor and try to show us the photos using thumbnails so we can select them. Can't see a ding dong thing on those. So then she has to double click each one and it takes an extra hour of her time and our time and she can't remember where she was once she double-clicks the photo to enlarge it and meanwhile the kids are going berserk. Can you tell I'm frustrated about this? Yeah. Frustrated about coding on those frickin pieces of garbage too.

    This monitor and 4k and the other vertical improvements can't come fast enough.

    Cue the babies about how games and videos don't need this higher res and we're all forced to pay for something we don't need in 3...2...1...
  • TWolfe - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Still use a 1280x1024 as my primary monitor for all work, web surfing, document work, picture editing etc. I have a hi-def 16:10 for gaming movies etc. Keep them both connected all the time but use my 4:3 monitor many more hours. Noticed my wife will use mine rather than her laptop in a heartbeat. She says she can just see more and do more while using it. She wishes her laptop was 4:3. I may be old school but I personally prefer 4:3 and will try to replace this monitor with a the one here in the article if it ever comes to market.

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