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]