Asus, perphaps best known for its line of motherboards and Eee PC family, is getting serious about its LCD business too. Already a player in the display market, Asus expects to ship between 4.5 million to 5 million LCD monitors around the globe in 2010. That's a jump of 29-43 percent from the 3.5 million displays Asus shipped in 2009.
A big part of that push will come from LED-backlit monitors with screen sizes ranging from 15.6 inches to 27 inches. By the end of the year, Asus sees LED-backlit displays accounting for 10-15 percent of its total shipments.
Many of these will also end up in Taiwan. Asus ranked as the Taiwan's top LCD vendor in 2009 with 400,000 units, enough to claim 25 percent of the market. Both Acer and Chimei were somewhat of a distant second with 250,000 units shipped each.
We wouldn’t complain if we never had to review a cheap TN LCD panel ever again. Our experience with ViewSonic’s VP2365wb, on the other hand, has taught us we shouldn’t assume that the mere presence of an 8-bit IPS panel will ensure top-drawer performance. On the third hand, the fact that numerous online retailers are selling this monitor for just $300 renders it a solid value.
ViewSonic markets this model as a “professional grade monitor for pros,” which is an unusual claim to make for a 23-inch display with native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. A monitor of that size and resolution sounds much more like a consumer electronics product for watching HD movies than a tool for editing digital photos. It’s also odd that ViewSonic would include HDCP in its DVI port but not include an HDMI port at all. Nonetheless, the VP2365wb is leagues better than the ViewSonic VX2433wm we reviewed in our December issue, a TN panel we dismissed as a “steaming pile of mediocrity.”
You're not paranoid. Repeat it with me: "I. Am not. Paranoid." There' s nothing wrong with wanting to know just who accessed your shared network files, how long they accessed them, what they did, and when this all went down.
I commend you for being an altruistic Windows user and opening up your public folders for all to visit. But just because you're feeling friendly with your files doesn't mean that you need to throw away the keys to the kingdom--system security should always be in the forefront of your mind no matter how much you trust you've placed through the access rights for those in your personal network.
That's where a little application called ShareMonitor comes center-stage. This portable app, when loaded, begins monitoring Windows 7's public folders for any and all connections. And if you think this is just your average, "someone just logged into my network share, oh gee!" application... you're dead wrong.
Simple. Easy. Efficient. Page Monitor is one of the most stress-free extensions you could possibly slap onto Google Chrome. However, don't let its simplicity fool you--the feature it builds into the browser sits somewhere between a Twitter and an RSS feed, yet it's one that is still entirely useful for anyone who checks a batch of favorite Web pages on a daily basis. That would be all of you.
Type "screensaver" into a Web search box - go ahead, I dare you. What you'll come across is a number of scamming, ad-filled, useless sites that care more about lining their own pockets with revenue than actually delivering you the goodies you want for sprucing up the look of your system's display. I can't help you much there. The appeal of a particular screensaver is, after all, in the eyes of its beholder. You might like flying toasters; I might like ports of OSX screensavers. There's little point in me trying to push my tastes on you via some freeware roundup.
That said, there are a number of interesting applications that can help you better manage your display. Regardless of whichever screensaver you choose to use--including none--the freeware tools listed below will let you best manipulate your screen to your liking. Enhance your daily computer use with increased energy-savings or prevent annoying interruptions to your media-watching, amongst other tricks. And, yes, you'll even be able to turn your screensaver on and off at a whim...
Asus today added four new models to its Designo Series, including the MS248, MS238, MS228, and MS208. All four boast an eco-friendly, ultra-slim design with 16.5mm profiles and range in size from 20 inches to 20.3 inches.
On the lower end, the MS208 sports a 1600 x 900 screen resolution with a 5ms response time. The other three up the ante to a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a faster 2ms response time. The MS228 adds an HDMI audio-out port, while the MS238 and MS248 also include an earphone jack (for HDMI only).
Asus says all four units are easy on the environment, thanks in large part eschewing bulbs in favor of mercury-free LED backlit panels. According to Asus, the LED monitors reduce energy consumption levels by 45 percent, enough to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 23.6kg per year, the equivalent of planting 1.9 trees that can contribute two years worth of oxygen for a family of four.
Dell over the weekend added to its growing LCD monitor line by introducing a new 24-inch display, the G2410H. Boasting support for 1080p, Dell's latest display also comes with a few environmentally friendly bullet points.
Chief among them are several power saving features, including an ambient light sensor, Dell's PowerNap technology, Dynamic Dimming, and three "Energy Modes." The G2410H also comes equipped with an ultra efficient power supply, and is free of arsenic (glass only), mercury, polyvinyl chloride (packaging only), BFR, and CFR.
Dell says it designed the G2410H with up to a 20 percent slimmer panel. Other tech specs include a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, 1,000:1 standard contrast ratio and 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 0.277mm pixel pitch, and both VGA and DVI-D (with HDCP) connectors.
Since multiheaded graphics cards have become commonplace, it's no longer technically difficult to attach a second (or third, or fourth) display to your PC. However, whether you're looking for a way to fly through your work so you can have some fun or are wanting to immerse yourself in 3D surround gaming, we've lined up ten ways to make your multiple displays work hard and play even harder. Join us after the jump for details.
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.