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Eizo Nanao intros eco monitors with presence sensors

updated 05:25 pm EDT, Thu April 23, 2009

Eizo Nanao eco monitors

In an attempt to save energy at the office, Japan's Eizo Nanao Corp has developed a pair of color LCD monitors that feature an infrared presence sensor that will switch the monitor to a power-saving standby mode when the user leaves the desk. Upon their return, the monitor powers up again thanks to the EcoView Sense function without any action on the part of the user. There are two products offered, including the 20-inch FlexScan EV2023W-H and the 23-inch FlexScan EV2303W-T. The former offers 1600x900 resolution, while the latter musters a native 1080p (1920x1080).

When fully operational, the 23-inch version draws 25W of power, with the smaller display rated at 18W. When the standby mode is triggered, energy usage drops to 0.7W or less. The infrared sensor has a detection range of just over 47 inches and is located at the bottom edge of the display. A user needs to be away from the screen for a period of at least 40 seconds before the standby mode is engaged. The sensor can differentiate between humans and objects within its range by their movement, or lack thereof. If something does not make any moves within a minute, for example, it is deemed to be inanimate.

The 20-inch monitor is mounted on a FlexStand that has a height adjustment range of nearly 9 inches as well as a maximum tilt angle of 30 degrees and a rotation angle of 172 degrees. The TriStand unit used for the EV2303W-T allows the monitor to be moved up or down via only 2.4 inches, while the tilt angle is 25 degrees, and rotation is 172 degrees.

While retail prices are unknown, the direct sales price for the EV2023W-H in Japan is equivalent of $385, while the EV2303W-T costs $458. Both will be released on May 21st. [via Tech-On]

FlexScan EV2023W-H

FlexScan EV2303W-T

by MacNN Staff



  1. akirashimablue

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ugly as sin

    I am going to say it if no one else will. These things are really really ugly. I am not saying that monitors should be judged on their beauty, but is there any advantage to purposefully making these things ugly. I haven't see this little thought put into a monitor since the late 90s.

    Easy improvements include but are not limited to:

    buttons: Unless I am make hourly constant tweeks to my screen there is no reason I need to see them all the time. Put them on the very top surface, on the side, or it you must put them on the front please give me something to cover up the buttons to clean up the front facade.

    cables: In a demo shot, cable management should be attempted if not built into the product.

    logos: even your logo sucks.

    grid of holes? If it is not an essential part of the human detection system, there is really no reason to have it on the front.

    resolution: there are notebooks with better resolution let alone stand-alone monitors. The 20in should support full HD or it should be cheaper. The large one should be better than HD or be cheaper.

    foot print: reduce it or make it prettier.

    features: for the price point I could get better resolution, some USB ports, speakers, or web cams in some combination. What I am saying is they offer a product with an interesting feature to reduce energy. Great. We need a product like that, but by aiming for the lowest price, they have really discouraged a purchase. With all the competition at multiple price points and feature sets, one would think that they would come with something better especially out of Japan.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: ugly as sin

    Maybe the creators of the monitors realize that most people worry how a monitor works, as most people actually spend their time looking at what is on the monitor, not just looking for something to sit on their desk to look pretty.

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