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Nov 02 2016

New Functionalities, New Look: Fujitsu 8th Generation P Line Displays


In many ICT vendors' portfolios, peripherals – whether mice, headsets, or displays – often play the part of unwelcome foster children: they're kept because they help to make extra money, but no one wants to put much effort into their upbringing, read: technical development. At Fujitsu, we always treated them with more respect, which is one main reason why we started building ergonomic, user-friendly and 'green' displays almost 30 years ago. Our freshly developed P27-8 TS Pro and P24-8 WS Pro, as well as the updated P24-8 TE Pro, continue in this proud tradition and will hence feature prominently at this year's Fujitsu Forum in mid-November.

What's the first thing people look at when they lay eyes on a new desktop PC? The price tag? Maybe so, but immediately afterwards, they will try to make eye contact and look it straight in the face, or rather display. And since this interaction will be repeated on a daily basis for a couple of years, one might as well turn it into a pleasant experience. To achieve this, a display must meet these key criteria:

  • UIs, documents and multimedia content have to appear on the screen in optimal resolution, adequate brightness and crisp, natural colors.
  • It has to be adaptable to varying usage scenarios and working environments.
  • Settings must be easy to manage and personalize.

And almost needless to say, it can't hurt if a display looks good and helps to keep the office tidy. Our 8th-generation P Line displays deliver on all counts – here's how.

Viewing Experience
Fujitsu P Line Displays have long built a reputation for pairing superior picture quality with best-in-class ergonomics in a combination that substantially reduces typical stress factors for office workers. The 27-inch (68.5 cm) model P27-8 TS Pro offers QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) in a 16:9 aspect ratio, whereas its 24-inch (61 cm) cousin P24-8 WS Pro comes with WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels) and a 16:10 aspect ratio. Color reproduction is extremely precise thanks to the use of in-plane switching (IPS) panels and exact factory calibration (∆E ≤ 2), a mixture that's also present in the updated 24-inch, Full HD P24-8 TE Pro. All three provide an ultra-wide viewing angle of 178° at a contrast ratio of 10:1 to ensure that screen content remains visible when users move in front of the display or show documents and graphics to colleagues. Likewise, all models comply with DICOM standards and are thus a perfect fit for clinical review applications such as radiography, ultrasound or MRI. Finally, to reduce eye strain they rely on our TÜV-certified Low Blue Light mode and Flicker-free technology. All settings may easily be adjusted with the help of our third-generation OSD firmware and touch keys at the bottom of the P27-8 TS Pro and P24-8 WS Pro.

Advanced Functionalities
Building on these core features, our developers aimed to turn the devices from merely good into excellent displays and added in a number of extras that truly set them apart from the competition. Regarding the new models P27-8 TS Pro and P24-8 WS Pro, these extras include two integrated, human-centric sensors and corresponding software capabilities, namely

  • An auto-pivot sensor that detects whether a display is used in horizontal or vertical position and feeds the info to our DisplayView software, which then automatically adjusts the screen content.
  • A multi-purpose sensor that sits at the center of the display's bottom front edge and helps improve both the viewing experience and PC security. As a brightness sensor, it assesses varying ambient lighting conditions during the workday and accordingly regulates monitor luminance. Moreover, a so-called lighting guide function issues a warning whenever ambient lighting begins exceed or undercut the recommendations laid out in guideline DGUV 215-410 of the German Social Accident Insurance. When used as a presence sensor, it will spot whether there's a user sitting in front of the monitor or not. In this latter case, a message is sent to the relevant management software (Workplace Protect or DisplayView); the application then automatically turns off the monitor, locks the PC and sends it to suspend mode after a user- or admin-defined time span. Upon returning, the user will have to log back into the company network. In short, the presence sensor helps customers reduce power consumption and at the same time increases workplace and data security. This combination of functions is not only unique, but also superior to conventional presence sensor implementations, which often only turn off the monitor and/or avoid re-authentication, thereby missing out on possible cost savings and increasing the risk that unauthorized users could get access to confidential data.

In addition, both the P27-8 TS Pro and the P24-8 WS Pro have been optimized to support applications that require multi-monitor setups to feed users the big picture, such as CAx, day-trading or professional audio editing programs. To this end, both have been equipped with DisplayPort 1.2 and DisplayPort Out interfaces that make it possible to connect two or more monitors in a daisy chain. More specifically, the P27-8 TS Pro can be paired with another QHD display, while the P24-8 WS Pro may be joined with up to three more WUXGA monitors (cf. Fig. 1 below).

The Fujitsu Display P24-8 TE Pro for its part has been updated to better meet the requirements of the UC&C scenarios it was originally designed for. Most notably, it can now serve as a full-blown IP telephony hub that provides call indication (via ringtone or video signal) and status information when combined with Skype for Business devices like our USB Value Headset, so that users no longer miss incoming calls because their monitors switched to standby mode. This is particularly useful for all customer-facing departments, where availability and responsiveness are of paramount importance.


Fig. 1: Miniature video wall built from Fujitsu's new P24-8 WS Pro displays

Ergonomic Design
Welcome as they may be, these advanced technologies would only be of little use if they served as bolt-on additions to displays that otherwise fail to meet ergonomic requirements. That's why Fujitsu has always gone to great lengths to ensure our displays comply with the most recent and advanced standards since the days of TCO '95. Our 8th-generation P Line Displays continue in the same vein and fulfill the standards for visual and workload ergonomics laid out in TCO Certified Displays 7.0 and ISO 9241-307:2008. In other words, the new models show zero tolerance for pixel defects and offer height adjust ranges of 130 mm (P27-8 TS Pro, P24-8 WS Pro) and 150 mm (P24-8 TE Pro), tilt angles between -5° and +35°, and a swivel angle of 340°.

Finally, we all know that applications like spreadsheets or AV editing programs benefit greatly from larger displays and larger visible areas on standard-sized screens. The logic behind this is pretty simple – information needs to be seen to be processed, and better visibility almost always leads to better results. And the most efficient way to make more information accessible onscreen is to shrink the size of the display frames. Hence, the P24-8 TE Pro comes with an extra slim frame on the sides and at the top that measures 12.3 mm (0.48 inches) – roughly the width of a micro-SIM card. The P27-8 TS Pro and P24-8 WS Pro take this idea one step further and come with an 8-mm frame that's practically invisible, thus allowing for hassle-free multi-monitor setups in the environments described above – an experience that can only be topped by genuine video walls.

Fujitsu P Line Displays have long had a reputation for being designed with the proverbial user in mind. The 8th-generation models are no exception to the rule: while the updated PS24-8 TE Pro fits into any office environment, the newly designed P27-8 TS Pro and P24-8 WS Pro will easily accommodate more demanding applications like CAE or fund management. Plus, they all blow a fresh breeze across any open plan or sea of cubicles.

Serial delivery of the FUJITSU Display P24-8 TE Pro started in mid-October; the P27-8 TS Pro and P24-8 WS Pro are to follow in mid-November and mid-December, respectively.

Stephan Bogenhauser


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Stephan Bogenhauser

Senior Product Manager Displays


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