The Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding hit a new milestone for the H.265 video codec, which is the next generation MPEG media codec that will usher in 8K display resolutions, otherwise known as Ultra HDTV (UHDTV). That works out to 4320p (7680x4320) and offers 16 times more pixels than today's Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) HDTVs.
Whether you're into widescreen gaming, day trading, multitasking, or just stretching windows until they're really, really big, a multiple monitor setup is the only way to fly. Us geeks have been keen to the secret for a while now (Eyefinity, anyone?) but sales numbers from 2011 seem to indicate that dual-screen madness may be starting to take the world by storm -- and that most buyers think bigger is better.
Vizio will take a step towards ditching its reputation as strictly a value driven brand when it launches its upcoming CinemaWide 58-inch HDTV with Theater 3D technology next month. It's due in stores just in time for the NCAA's March Madness college basketball tournament and will set shoppers back a cool $3,500, about three times more expensive than some regular 55-inch HDTVs on the market.
NEC today introduced a new addition to AccuSync Series of value-driven desktop monitors, the 24-inch AS241W. The new panel joins the AS171, AS192, AS191WM, and AS221WM displays and shares some similar traits with its brethren, but it's the only one in the line to sport a 16:9 aspect ratio. NEC's other AccuSync models are split between square screens and 16:10 displays.
We prefer to turn on our monitors than to be turned on by them, but hey, to each their own. If a head-turning display is what you're after, ViewSonic says its latest LED has a "seductively curved frame with piano-black mirrored surface." Sounds delightful, but what really excites us is the 23-inch IPS panel ViewSonic equipped its new VX2336s-LED monitor with.
AOC sent us a note informing us of its newly released e2352Phz, a slim HD 23-inch monitor that delivers flicker-free 3D. It uses Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology intended to deliver brighter, crisper images with less eye-fatiguing funkiness, like flickering and ghosting. It's a plug-and-play panel that also includes an HDMI 1.4a input for your Blu-ray player, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3 console.
Manufacturers trying to build slimmer electronic devices are at the mercy of component makers, whose parts they have to build around. Corning is doing its part and unveiled its next generation Gorilla Glass 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Gorilla Glass 2 is up to 20 percent thinner than before, yet equally tough and resistant to scratches, Corning claims.
Dell’s 30-inch U3011 features an anti-glare hard coat to reduce reflections, and the 2560x1600 display tilts, swivels, and is height adjustable, but it can’t pivot into portrait mode. The monitor is outfitted with two HDMI and two DVI ports, as well as one analog VGA and one DisplayPort input. USB hubs are always convenient, and Dell obliges with one upstream and four downstream USB 2.0 ports, along with a seven-in-one multicard reader in the side of its bezel.
There's nothing fancy to see here, just a nifty adapter to upgrade your HDMI-less notebook or desktop with HDMI output. The USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter comes from Zotac, a company out of Hong Kong best known for its Zbox line of mini PCs. The idea of converting a USB port into HDMI is simple and convenient, and boy do we love our conveniences.
Sceptre, which describes itself as "a leading innovator for LCD/HDTV for over 27 years," unveiled its 2012 lineup of HDTVs during CES 2012 in Las Vegas, including 3D televisions with integrated Blu-ray, a world's first, according to the company. Sharp would disagree, having unveiled a pair of 3DTVs with built-in Blu-ray players back in 2010, but unlike Sharp's devices, Sceptre's screen will ship in the U.S. sometime this year.