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Thursday, April 19, 2007

LaCie Delivers 26-inch Widescreen LCD


PORTLAND, OR (April 2007) – LaCie today announced its first wide format, wide gamut LCD. The LaCie 526 Monitor, a 25.5” LCD in the new 500 Series range, is ideal for digital photography, prepress, CAD, video editing and creative design. It offers a combination of the best LCD panel technology available and advanced calibration tools for professional applications where color accuracy is a critical requirement.
 
“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 LaCie 526 Monitor employs a wide 25.5-inch H-IPS panel with 1920×1200 resolution for displaying two A4 pages at full size, while also leaving ample screen real estate for toolbars and palettes. Its wide gamut supports 95% AdobeRGB and 98.5% ISO-coated color space, opening the door to an even closer match between captured, displayed and printed colors. Integrated circuitry features a 12-bit Look Up Table (LUT) and 16-bit processing for smooth display of color gradients.

Each LaCie 526 Monitor is individually measured and corrected at the factory to achieve panel uniformity. An embedded sensor called ColorKeeper analyzes and stabilizes the output of the backlight over time, while also reducing warm-up time. On-board controls offer easy access to both of these features, as well as other advanced color settings.

The included LaCie blue eye pro software allows for hardware calibration in a single click, without further user involvement. Post-calibration, an extensive set of tools is available for advanced users who want more precise control. This includes manual fine-tuning of the white point, Test & Report to verify profile accuracy, and profile switching without the need to recalibrate. Users may also conduct a quick Ambient Light Analysis, which analyzes the light in the room to better understand whether an environment is ideal for color work.

LaCie also includes the easyHood, a one-piece monitor hood with anti-reflective black velvet lining intended to reduce glare in demanding work environments. The ergonomic stand hides cables in the back, and can be easily height-adjusted, swiveled, tilted and pivoted to accommodate any viewing need.

Availability
The LaCie 526 Monitor will be available end of April via LaCie’s specialized dealer network for $1,999 MSRP. Also available in a bundle with the LaCie blue eye pro colorimeter for $2,299 MSRP. Monitors ship with all cables (VGA, DVI-D, DVI-I) necessary for immediate use, LaCie blue eye pro calibration software for Windows®/Mac OS®, the LaCie easyHood, and a screen cleaner kit. For more information, visit www.lacie.com.

About LaCie
Located in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for PC, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit www.lacie.com.


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