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.
BenQ is upping the ante in “ultra-portable” netbooks with the introduction of the Joybook Lite U103. BenQ’s “sub-one-inch wonder” will come with “Intel’s new Atom processor” (or, if you will, the N450, “Pine Trail M”), Windows 7, and dual drives. That’s right--two drives: a regular 500 GB HHD and an optional 32 GB SSD.
The U103, which is “meticulously designed to bring the digital worlds into harmony with consumer lifestyles,” will have 16 x 9, 10.1-inch “UltraVivid” LED backlit display, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, a multi-touch touchpad, SRS TruSurround sound, 802.11 b/g/n/ WiFi, and a 92% full-sized keyboard. Bluetooth is an option. BenQ doesn’t say what the default memory configuration is, or what processor options will be available. Total weight a mere 2.4 pounds.
Battery life will depend. The default 3-cell battery BenQ says will give up to four hours, while an optional 6-cell battery will last up to 8. BenQ also says its “Q-Charge” system will “recover” 4.5 hours of battery life (in the 6-cell) in an hour.
Colors: Arctic White and Ocean Blue. Price: unknown. Availability: now, if you happen to live in China, Taiwan, or Thailand. There’s no word on when we here in the U.S. can get our hands on one.
A few more details have emerged regarding BenQ's upcoming e-book reader, which the company will call the nReader. In addition to launching the nReader in Taiwan next month, BenQ will push its device to China in February and then Japan in the second half of 2010, company president Jerry Wang said.
BenQ will also push out its e-book trading platform in Janaury. This will consist of over one million books available as free downloads, as well as anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 new titles, 6,000 others in simplified Chinese, and about 30,000 Japanese language books.
Wang says he expects the e-reader market to jump to over three million units in 2009 and up to eight million in 2010. Of those, BenQ is hoping to ship 50,000 nReaders in Taiwan, 200,000 in China, and 300,000 globally, Wang added.
No word on when or if BenQ plans on pushing its nReader to the U.S. market.
Not wanting to be left out of in the emerging digital reader scene, both BenQ and Fujitsu will release e-book readers of their own and plan to showcase their devices at the IT Month 2009 consumer trade show in Taiwan, which runs from November 28 to January 1, 2010.
BenQ will have on display a 6-inch e-reader with a touchscreen EPD (electrophoretic display) panel. According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, BenQ will release its digital reader in January 2010, and then follow up that launch with more models in April, including a 9-inch reader.
For Fujitsu's part, the company plans to show off its 8-inch FELPia e-book reader, and there's talk that it might release the device in Taiwan sometime in 2010.
According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, BenQ believes it can capture the third rank position in Taiwan's netbook market before the end of 2009, a goal the company hopes to achieve with the release of its new 11.6-inch netbook.
Dubbed the JoyBook Lite U121 Eco, the new netbook sports an HD-ready 1,366 x 768 LCD, Intel Atom Z530 processor (1.6GHz), 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth, and other standard netbook goodies. The new JoyBook also boasts BenQ's Q-Charge technology which, according to Danny Yao, general manager of BenQ Taiwan, allows for six hours of usage time with just one hour of charging.
With the help of its 11.6-inch JoyBook, BenQ said it expects its quarterly netbook shipments in the third quarter of 2009 to surpass 10,000 units and do battle with MSI for the No. 4 spot.
BenQ has finally made good on their promises to release an all-in-one computer, and it has come in the form of the nScreen i91.
The screen-based computer has a sizeable 18.5-inch 16:9 LCD screen, with an AMD Semperon 210U processor, 1GB of memory and a 160GB HDD under the hood. To help sweeten the deal they’ve included a 4-in-1 card reader, an integrated webcam, and an average power consumption of just 30 watts.
It’s designed to be as easy to use as possible, with a main selling point that you can simply plug it in, press the volume/power knob, and be on the Internet.
There haven’t been any announcements yet as to when this will be available here in the U.S., but it is currently available in Taiwan for roughly $517.