Look, we're not here to judge how much money you earn or the size of your bank account. That's not the point. For one or two of you reading this, our headline is all wrong, because you're a 1 percenter and can, in fact, afford to drop £600,000 on a television, which works out to more than $957,000 in U.S. currency. But for the rest of us, Panasonic's 152-inch 4K2K 3D television is out of our league.
There's a good chance you overpaid for a computer monitor or notebook purchased between 1999 and 2006, the time frame in which several display makers were engaged in a price fixing scandal. All but one pleaded guilty and agreed to pay fines of several million dollars, some of which crept into the hundreds of millions. The lone standout? AU Optronics, which was found guilty by a U.S. court.
We already have Apple TV and Google TV, and if all goes to plan, Intel TV could be next. The Santa Clara chip maker has its eye on the pay TV business and for the past several months has been wooing media companies with a plan to create a virtual cable operator to stream U.S. channels over the Internet as part of a bundle that rivals subscription services by cable and satellite TV providers, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Gone are the days when ghastly looking CRT monitors cluttered your desk with a chunky footprint and all the grace of a sloth. Some of today's displays actually quality for design awards, like Acer's S235HL monitor, winner of a 2012 iF product design award and one of five new ultra-slim, LED-backlit S Series LCD panels unveiled to the U.S. market place today.
Three-dimensional laptop displays have been done before, and so have dual graphics cards configured in SLI. According to the boutique system builders at Origin PC, they've just never been done at the same time in a mobile form factor. That is, until now. Origin PC's EON17-X3D is supposedly the world's first 3D laptop to come with two videocards crammed inside for an insane amount of pixel-pushing power.
Acer today unveiled its new S271HL S1 series monitor, an ultra-slim LED display with a scant 24mm profile and a rounded glossy porcelain-like foot stand. It has a 27-inch panel with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080 @ 60Hz) resolution, but its real claim to fame is its 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic, of course), along with a super fast 2ms response time.
Big screen monitors with Full HD 1080p resolutions are all the rage these days, and the market just grew by one with the release of AOC's e2752Vh, a 27-inch LED display with a 1920x1080 resolution and 2ms response time (GTG). AOC's monitor also houses a pair of 2.5 watt speakers that supposedly deliver SRS-quality sound, though if you're a gamer looking take advantage of the fast refresh rate, you'll undoubtedly be better served by sticking with your 5.1 headset or old school Klipsch 5.1 ProMedia Ultras you bought back in the day.
Samsung's mobile DRAM business is at the top of its game, and the company is doing pretty well moving smartphones and tablets, too. The company's LCD flat-screen television business is an entirely different story. Samsung has been losing money on LCD TVs and is reportedly thinking about spinning its LCD division off, though no decision has yet been made.
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.