It's a bit unusual for a company to release a product without a bunch of fanfare, or at the very least a press release pimping the product's highlights, and that's especially true for gear aimed at gamers. Be that as it may, BenQ has quietly slipped a new gaming oriented monitor into its product lineup, the XL2411T, an apparent successor to the XL2410T we reviewed last year. In lieu of a press release, BenQ used the XL2411T's product page to hype the display, which the company says is "built for victory."
BenQ is getting ready to release a new 22-inch LED display intended for business users, but is sexy enough to find its way into a few homes as well. It's the BenQ BL2201PTE and according to the translated press release, it's available in "classic black." The pictures, however, show a glossy white bezel with somewhat of an Apple flair, but arguably better looking.
BenQ developed the XL2410T with the help of two high-profile Counter-Strike gamers in order to produce one of the first 120Hz, LED-backlit monitors that is 3D capable—although it doesn’t come bundled with Nvidia’s 3D Vision glasses and emitter. You’ll need to buy that kit separately for $150. The TN panel has the advantage of being able to go to portrait mode—one of the few bonus features in this display.
If you're in the market for a 24-inch LED monitor, BenQ has two new models it hopes you'll consider, including the EW2430 and EW2430V.
Both displays sport a 3,000:1 native contrast ratio (claimed at least), BenQ's proprietary Senseye Human Vision technology, and true 8-bit color panels. Other shared features include a 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (for whatever that dubious spec is worth!), a pair of HDMI ports, headphone jack, audio line in and out, a single D-Sub connector, a DVI-D connector, a built-in four-port USB hub, dual 2W speakers, and PIP/PBP functionality,
Setting the EW2430V model apart is a component (RCA) jack. Both this and the non-V model will be available in Europe and Asia Pacific after January 2011, followed by a worldwide release "thereafter." No word on price.
BenQ's MX812XP is a hell of a site to behold. It works by using two projectors blended onto a massive desktop to project 3D gaming right at you. It does this by using scalable display software to pull up a digital grid. It then uses webcams to photograph the grid, then blends the two together with zero visible distortion. As if all that doesn't sound cool enough, the 3500 lumen projectors can project up to an infinite size. Check it out below!
BenQ has gone and quietly launched its DV S11 camcorder, a attractive looking device that comes with a built-in pico projector to boot.
The DV S11 sports a pretty sleek feature-set, not the least of which is its 3.5-inch touchscreen display. Other notable goodies include HDMI output, 10 shooting modes, 3-second pre-recording, and the ability to shoot Full HD 1080p video.
Storage duties are handled by an SDHC memory card reader, and there's a rechargeable 800mAh Li-ion battery built in. But the real selling point here is obviously the pico projector, which BenQ says can beam videos at up to 50 inches in size.
No word yet on price or availability, at least here in the States. Over in Hong Kong, the DV S11 is already selling for around $310.
China will be the first to receive BenQ's nReader, which is slated to launch overseas in August, says company vice chairman Jerry Wang. One month later, BenQ will launch its ebook platform, eBook Taiwan, also in China.
It's unclear exactly when the nReader will make its way to North American shores, but as Jerry Wang tells it, BenQ's goal is to ship 100,000 ebook readers to the Taiwan and China markets in 2010, and 300,000 worldwide before the year is up. It would seem, then, that BenQ might be aiming for a holiday release here in the states.
BenQ's nReader, also known as the "K60," will sport a 6-inch capacitive touchscreen. It will display 16 levels of gray and come with 2GB of onboard memory, a microSD expansion slot for up to 16GB of additional storage, 802.11g/b Wi-Fi, a micro USB 2.0 port, 3.5-inch headphone jack, and support for a variety of media formats, including ePub, PDF, HTML, TXT, JPG, BMP, PNG, and MP3.
BenQ this week announced the release of its GL series LED monitors, all of which feature a "truly prodigious" 12,000,000:1 contrast ratio. That number's dynamic, however, so take it with a healthy dose of salt.
The new displays include the GL930 (18.5 inches), GL931 (19 inches), GL2030 (20 inches), GL2230 (21.5 inches), and GL2231 (22 inches). BenQ says all GL models come in four different models with different connectors. These include:
GL (D-Sub; DVI-D)
GL/M (D-Sub; DVI-D; Line-In; Headphone Jack)
GL/AM (D-Sub; Line-In; Headphone Jack)
The GL/M and GL/AM models also come equipped with a pair of 1W speakers built-in, while all models sport a 5ms response time and BenQ's proprietary Senseye Human Vision Technology, which is an image enhancement engine that mimics the human eye by adjusting the color, clarity, and contrast of video, while also smoothing out quick images through motion optimization, BenQ says.
Look for these to ship next week. No word yet on pricing.
Go big or go home, right? Not at BenQ's headquarters, where thin is definitely in. The PC peripheral maker this week launched a line of high-contrast (of the dynamic variety) monitors that BenQ's marketing peeps claim are the thinnest in the industry, measuring only 15mm (that's 0.59 inches for the anti-metrics folks) thick.
These will be part of the company's new V series comprised of nine models in all. Sizes range from 18.5 to 24 inches, with the first model to land on shelves the 21.5-inch V2200. The V2200 will boast a 160-degree viewing angle, 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and 5ms response time.
Every model in the V series will come with both DVI and VGA connections, while several will ship with HDMI 1.3, a headphone jack, or an anti-glare panel.
No word yet on pricing, but you'll find out soon enough. BenQ says it will start shipping the new panels this month and next in Taiwan, with worldwide availability slated for June.
It's all about the contrast, baby, or at least that's true over at BenQ's headquarters. The value-oriented peripheral maker this week announced a pair of 15.6-inch LED-backlit monitors -- G610HDAL and G610HDPL -- both of which boast a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1.
In fact, the two screens share quite a bit in common. Both sport a 1366x768 resolution and are rated with an 8ms response time. And according to BenQ, the two new models are capable of automatically adjusting their brightness to room lighting conditions.
This brings us to the primary difference between the two. The G610HDAL claims a slighter brighter output of 250 nits courtesy of its glossy screen, while the G610HDPL has an anti-glare screen and produces 220 nits.
No word yet on when these will ship or what they'll cost.