All the talk in TV land in recent months has centered around the 3D movement, but according to market research firm iSuppli, 3D TVs are playing second fiddle to Internet-enabled TVs (IETVs).
"Despite aggressive promotions from the industry and intense consumer interest generated by the blockbuster Avatar and other titles, the 3D TV market in 2010 will be limited to a small pool of enthusiastic early adopters," said Riddhi Patel, director and principal analyst for TV systems at iSuppli. "In contrast, IETV is entering the mainstream in 2010. This is because 3D is still dealing with a number of barriers, including cost, content availability, and interoperability, while IETV provides immediate benefits by allowing TV viewers to access a range of content readily available on the Internet."
By the end of the year, iSuppli reckons IETV shipments will reach 27.7 million units. That's a rise of 124.9 percent compared to 2009. By contrast, 3D TVs will see only 4.2 million shipments by the time 2010 comes to a close, iSuppli says.
Over the next few years, IETVs will continue to do well. iSuppli predicts IETV shipments will expand at rates of 50 percent for the next two years, while maintaining double-digit growth rates until the end of 2014.
Word all over the Web is that on September 29, 2010, Nintendo will finally reveal pricing details for its upcoming 3DS handheld gaming console, and also give it a release date. Or at least that's what everyone is reporting from all corners of cyber space. We did a little digging and it appears the source of this inside info is someone inside Bloomberg's Japan operations, who claims to have heard the news during a phone interview with Mr. Yasushi Hiroshi Minagawa, a Nintendo spokesman.
The big selling point of the 3DS is that it will produce glasses-free 3D visuals using some type of parallax barrier display technology. Other features include a motion sensor, a gyroscope that willl likely be used to adjust perspective in 3D landscapes, tilt-sensitive gameplay, and a persistent Wi-Fi connection capable of downloading games in the background.
While it looks like we'll have to wait until late September to find out exactly when the 3DS is coming, speculation has the release date pegged for sometime in the first quarter of 2011.
Fleshing out its gaming laptop line, system vendor AVADirect this week added a pair of new mobile 3D setups, the Clevo W860CU 3D and Asus G51JX-3D.
The Clevo W860CU 3D sports a 15.6-inch HD display powered by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 286M graphics. Processor options include chips from Intel's mobile Core i5 and i7 lines, with a bunch of other configuration options, including a whole bunch of SSD and HDD choices, up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, custom paint, and other odds and ends.
Like Clevo's 3D laptop, the Asus G51JX-3D comes with a 15.6-inch HD display, but pairs the panel with Nvidia's GeForce GTS 360M graphics chip. Otherwise, it boasts similar configuration options across the board.
Both laptops come with a pair of Nvidia 3D Vision stereoscopic glasses with pricing starting at around $1,620 (Asus) and $1,850 (Clevo).
Driving two monitors is easy enough with most modern videocards; in fact, late-model AMD Radeon HD cards can drive three (although one must be equipped with DisplayPort). Accell’s UltraAV multi-monitor adapters allow you to connect three displays to a single DisplayPort source. The model we examined supports three single-link DVI monitors using a single DisplayPort source; the company offers a second SKU that supports three DisplayPort monitors from a single DisplayPort. Both suffer from the same limitations: Reliance on DisplayPort on the host side, and maximum resolution of 3840x1024 (supporting three 1280x1024 displays).
Chalk it up to successful marketing or a genuine desire to consume 3D content in the home, goofy looking glasses be damned, but according to DisplaySearch, 2010 will come to an end having seen 3.4 million shipments of 3D TVs. And that's just the beginning. By 2014, that number will skyrocket to 42.9 million, more than a 12-fold increase.
"TV manufacturers have managed to launch products very rapidly. We have seen a full range of 3D TVs in sizes from 40 inches to 63 inches already available, and without a doubt, there will be another wave of new products at the IFA show in Berlin in September," noted Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research.
DisplaySearch feels pretty confident this is much bigger than a passing fad and predicts that the 3D TV market penetration will grow from 5 percent of total flat panel TVs in 2010 to 37 percent in 2014. That's more than a third of all flat panel TV shipments.
"Based on early indications, the launch of 3D TVs is similar to Samsung's rollout of LED LCD TVs at the beginning of 2009, albeit at a slightly slower pace," said Paul Gagnon, Director of North America TV Research at DisplaySearch. "This would be in line with our forecast of just over 2 million 3D TVs shipped in North America for 2010.
Despite all this, DisplaySearch points out that the electronics industry is outpacing content availability, which so far is limited to a handful of movies and sports events on pay TV.
There's no turning back now, folks, 3D is coming to all facets of home entertainment, from TVs to handheld consoles, and next-gen notebooks as well. According to Internet rumblings, MSI will be one of the first to launch a 3D notebook, which is expected to ship in mid-September in Taiwan.
Notebook sources say the laptop is being developed in-house and will use Intel's integrated GPU for the display. The 3D effects will come by way of Dynamic Digital Depth's (DDD's) TriDef 3D software, which converts 2D images into 3D. And of course users will have to don a pair of polarizing glasses.
MSI joins a growing list of manufacturers who plan to bring 3D to the mobile PC market, a list which includes the likes of Acer, LG Electronics, Fujitsu, and Lenovo. Asus and Toshiba are also on board, though they're adopting Nvidia's shutter 3D glasses.
I’ve been contemplating purchasing a 120Hz monitor for some time. After reading the May 2010 review of the Acer GD235HZ, this now looks like more of a possibility. I currently have a GeForce 275 GTX, and my understanding is that in order to take advantage of the 120Hz, I need to connect to the monitor with dual-link DVI. However, will this 120Hz monitor do for games what 120Hz has done for movies and TVs? Does it deliver that same crisp image that makes it feel like you are right there with the cast? Also, would a streaming service, such as Slingbox, have that same feeling if I’m steaming at HD speeds (2Mb/s+)?
At this point in the game, there doesn't appear to be anything that can stop the fast moving freight train known as Android, right? Not so fast, says market research firm iSuppli. According to iSuppli, a shortage of AMOLED displays threatens to derail the Android Express as it attempts to race past the competition.
"Starting with the Nexus One introduced in January, Android-based smartphones have aggressively adopted high-quality AMOLED displays as a competitive differentiator against the advanced-technology AMLCD screen used in the iPhone," said Vinita Jakhanwal, principal analyst for small and medium displays at iSuppli. "However, rising demand combined with a limited supply base has led to the constrained availability of AMOLEDs."
Part of the problem is that there aren't a whole of manufactures making AMOLED products, which makes keeping up with volume shipments particularly challenging. And because the technology is relatively new, many mobile display makers instead to choose to focus their attention on cranking out cheaper-to-produce AMLCD screens.
The good news for Android fans is that this is only temporary. Samsung, for example, is throwing big bucks at AMOLED and plans to have another 5.5-generation fab up and running by the end of 2011. If anything, the current supply challenges are temporary and will only serve to delay Android's rise to the top, if that's where it's destined to go.
After all the pre-release previews, MSI has finally announced the Wind Top AE2420, making official the company's first 3D-capable all-in-one (AIO) desktop.
MSI will bundle in a pair of active-shutter 3D glasses to view 3D content on the 23.6-inch 120Hz LED-backlit screen, which of course is multi-touch. The AE2420 also comes with an MCE remote control and wireless keyboard and mouse.
Rounding out the spec sheet is an Intel Core i5 650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory, 1TB hard drive, USB 3.0, eSATA, VGA and HDMI ports, Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1.3MP webcam, and integrated 2.1 speakers.
Price is one of the last elements we take into account when we evaluate a new product. We’d rather spend a little more get a lot more in terms of features and performance. But Sceptre’s X270W-1080p is selling online for as little as $300, and that earns it more than a highly qualified buy recommendation—especially if you’re a gamer with a fast videocard and you’re looking to move up from something a lot smaller.
Now don’t get the wrong idea: This is not a great monitor by any stretch of the imagination; it suffers from many of the typical shortcomings we’ve seen with other twisted-nematic panels. While testing using DisplayMate Multimedia with Test Photos (www.displaymate.com), for example, we encountered color-tracking problems where blocks of what should have been the same color exhibited variations in tint depending on where they appeared on the monitor.