Flanders Scientific LCD Color Critical Display
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The Tao Of Color is proud to have Flanders Scientific as one of our Platinum Sponsors. This page is designed to help our readers get to know Flanders Scientific by providing information and resources we’ve found interesting, educational, and helpful.
The Tao Of Color chooses our Sponsors very carefully. And we limit their numbers (no more than four at any given time).
They must serve the post-production community. They must provide extremely good value at a good price. And we must have done business with them in the past – and been happy with our results – before considering them as a Tao of Color Sponsor.
Flanders Scientific meets all those criteria.
Let Flanders Know Who Sent You!
Of course, we don’t just choose our sponsors, they also choose us – from among many companies who want to do business with them. And since resources are tight these days, marketing budgets must be carefully allocated. With that in mind…
- If you enjoy all the free content that the Tao of Color delivers
- If you’re in the market for a high-performance LCD reference monitor
- If you decide to purchase a Flanders LCD
. . . Then be sure to click to their web store via this page, or the banner on this website, or their advertisement in the Weekly Newsletter.
The price of the LCD stays exactly the same, but by clicking from the Tao, FSI knows they should continue to generously support this website!
About Flanders Scientific
FSI’s flagship product, the LM-2461W is a color critical LCD reference monitor that, feature-for-feature, can’t be matched by any other LCD manufacturer at almost double the price. Their 17″ LCD is a nice entry-level LCD and is often used in the field due to it’s light weight and low power consumption. They keep their prices low by only offering their displays direct-to-customer, forgoing the dealer network (and eliminating those costs).
FSI is particularly known for its outstanding customer service including:
- Free monitor calibration (24 hour turnaround) – as often as you prefer for the life of the monitor (you just pay the round-trip shipping costs). This is HUGE. If you were to hire a specialist Â to recalibrate your monitor every year (using the same precision tools that FSI uses) – over 3 years FSI’s calibration service could save you almost $2,400 (minus shipping).
- Quick turnaround servicing of equipment
- They actually answer email and pick up the telephone.
Learn About LCDs for Critical Viewing
Early in 2011 (before we starting courting FSI to become sponsors of this website) we recorded a podcast with Bram Desmet, one of the founding family members of FSI. We spoke in-depth about LCD displays, their strengths and weaknesses, the different types of displays, what you should be looking for when buying a display, the various methods of calibration and how FSI calibrates each and every display at the factory before they get shipped out, and much more.
If you’re in the market for a professional, color-critical LCD then you need to take 85 minutes and listen to Parts 1 & 2 of our podcast with FSI’s Bram Desmet.
We put together some links to help you decide if an FSI Monitor is right for you.
If this website has helped you make your purchasing decision – let FSI know by clicking through to their web store from this website or telling them directly: The Tao of Color sent you!
- Tao of Color.com: 2 episode interview with FSI’s Bram Desmet
- Alexis Van Hurkman: Colorist and Author of “The Color Correction Handbook” bought an FSI LM-2461 and wrote an outstanding product review.
- Shane Ross: Shane of Little Frog In High Def posted a quick writeup of his experience with the FSI 17″ replacing two other monitors he’s been using.
- Matthew S. Nagy: Blog post on his decision to buy an FSI monitor
FSI Links of Interest
The following are several links on the Flanders Scientific website that I found interesting when researching their products:
- FSI’s Calibration F.A.Q. – Outstanding overview of different calibration technologies and how Flanders calibrates their panels.
- FSI 10bit FRC F.A.Q. – A nice pithy article on how 10-bit FRC LCDs are made to emulate 10-bit native LCDs. (In fact, according to FSI, when shown head-to-head 10-bit FRC is indistinguishable from 10-bit native. So much so, demand for their 10-bit native LCDs completely dried up and the product was discontinued.)
- Did you ever wish your Owners Manual was explained with Videos instead of text? Check out the FSI Video Manual – there are over 50 videos, explaining most of the functions of their displays.
- Technical Specs: Including viewing distances, RGB primary settings for monitor calibration, and a download link to an 11 page PDF exploring all the different advantages and disadvantages of today’s competing display technologies.