Chinese retail website advertises VESA “DisplayHDR 2000” logo that doesn’t exist

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) was surprised to learn that Chinese retail website Taobao had been advertising two displays with VESA certified “DisplayHDR 2000” logo: an updated Samsung Odyssey G9 monitor and a new Acer EI491CRG9 monitor. In a clarification, VESA said that there is no “DisplayHDR 2000” tier in the VESA DisplayHDR specification and logo program at this time. In fact, VESA denied any knowledge of the origins of the DisplayHDR 2000 logo currently posted on these display listings on the Taobao website. There is a possibility of “DisplayHDR 2000” certification availability in the future, but presently it doesn’t exist. Until the official availability of DisplayHDR 2000 tier, VESA says it does not endorse the use of this logo. It should be assumed unapproved and deceptive until the website displays DisplayHDR 2000.

(Source: VESA)

VESA’s DisplayHDR is the High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification, a fully open standard specifying HDR quality, including luminance, color gamut, bit depth, and rise time. The users consider DisplayHDR specifications when it comes to HDR. VESA lists the officially certified products on its website: Presently, the available certifications only go up to DisplayHDR 1400. Peak luminance of 1400 cd/m² is more than 4× that of typical displays. This HDR performance level specification is suitable for PC monitors for professional content creators. For a display to have DisplayHDR 2000 specification, it will need to have peak luminance of 2000 cd/m². At that brightness, the image might become unviewable or you might need to wear sunglasses to view the image.