Bragging rights don't come cheap, and if you want to own the largest LED-backlit high-definition television on this side of the Solar System, it's going to set you back $10,999.99, leaving you a penny for your thoughts if you've saved up eleven grand. That's the asking price for Sharp's newly unveiled 90-inch LED Smart 3D TV (model LC-90LE745U), which stands almost 4 feet tall, over six feet long, and has a 4.5-inch waistline while tipping the scales at 141.1 pounds.
Is your television smart? If not, chances are your next one will be. According to NPD DisplaySearch's Quarterly Smart TV Shipment and Forecast Report, which tracks connected and smart tv shipments by brand, region, display technology, and screen size, smart TV shipments are surging around the globe, particularly in Japan, where more than a third of all TVs shipped have smart capabilities.
Just in case you didn't get the hint from the tablet-tastic Windows 8 Metro UI and those 900,000 Android devices activated each and every day: the world is turning into an increasingly touch-focused place. Touchscreens are nice and all, but we prefer our QWERTY to be a little more… tactile. Enter the appropriately named Tactus Technology: while most of our attention was focused on E3 and Computex last week, Tactus stole the show at the Society for Information Display's (SID) conference in Boston with new technology that can create dynamic physical buttons over a touchscreen display on-demand.
Corning is best known for its ultra durable, scratch resistant Gorilla Glass found on a number of handheld and mobile device applications, but has now developed a type of ultra slim glass that can wrap around objects, opening the door to a world of possibilities. The flexible glass, called Willow Glass, is ultra-slim and ultimately ahead of its time, but according to Corning, it can still be used for increasingly thin devices while the world waits for bendable gadgets.
Home theater buffs looking to replicate the big screen experience in their living rooms or man caves aren't the only ones who can benefit from a Full HD 1080p projector, at least not as far as ViewSonic is concerned. ViewSonic's new Pro8300 is just such a projector, boasting a 1920x1080 resolution, 3000 lumen rating, and "precise color performance and sharpness" that business users can take advantage of to pitch presentations.
ViewSonic this week rolled out its new VX2460h-LED monitor, a 24-inch LED-backlit display with what the company claims is the thinnest profile available for its size and class category. Whether or not there's a 24-inch monitor out there that's skinnier, no one's going to call ViewSonic's newest panel chunky, as the widescreen display measures a scant quarter-of-an-inch thick at the bezel (full dimensions are 22.87 inches (W) by 17.60 inches (H) by 7.64 inches (D) with stand).
Typically when a company advertises a product for enterprise or commercial customers, what they're really saying is, 'Hey, we jacked up the price, thanks for your business.' That doesn't appear to be the case with Acer's new B243PWL monitor, a 24-inch "commercial display." It's a $329 (MSRP) monitor, but it boasts an IPS panel with a Full HD (1920x1200) 16:10 screen resolution and a 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic).
Things are looking up for PC users! And by that, we mean bigger and sharper. A couple of months back, we told you that the average monitor size had increased 3 inches in just 4 years and that multi-display setups were becoming more popular. Now comes word that resolutions are starting to catch up: today, StatCounter reported more people rock 1366x768 than any other resolution, the first time that a widescreen format has taken the top of the charts.
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.