Following up on its funky square-shaped monitor announcement earlier this week, Eizo has introduced a self-calibrating DCI 4K (4096x2160) display for media and entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting. The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31.1-inch monitor featuring a built-in sensor to enable self-calibration if you'd rather not muck around with settings. Should you need or want to manually fine tune the settings, it comes with ColorNavigator 6 calibration software.
A 4K Ultra HD monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel
Acer today introduced its newest 4K Ultra HD monitor to the U.S. market, the B326HK. It's a 32-inch monitor with an LED backlight and In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel instead of a lower quality TN screen. According to Acer, the B326HK is suitable for a wide range of buyers, from home consumers to commercial customers interested in gaming, watching movies, web design, and more.
If you rock a dual-display setup at home, it can be difficult to adjust the single panel setup of your laptop when out and about on business trips. The solution? One way to restore that dual-display goodness is with AOC's 17-inch USB Monitor (E1759FWU) powered by built-in DisplayLink technology. This newest model from AOC is thinner, lighter, and larger than the company's previous USB offerings.
Display makers have been trying to sell consumers on the benefits of curved panels, hence why there are a handful of curvacious TV models to choose from. That same concept is now being applied to computer monitors -- Samsung today unveiled the SD590C, a curved monitor with a "super narrow bezel", built-in stereo speakers, and a specialized mode optimized for gaming.
Call it 4K. Call it UltraHD. Either way, massive pixel counts are the next big thing. This year’s festival of rampant consumerism at CES in Las Vegas is a case in point. Inevitably, a ton of 4K HDTVs filled the field of view in every direction, but the show also included several 4K and UHD laptops. Meanwhile, phones with full 1080p grids are becoming commonplace. Likewise, tablets with panels over 1080p, including Google’s 2560x1600-pixel Nexus 10, are now almost routine.
Note: This review was originally featured in the May 2014 issue of the magazine.
This might be the gaming monitor you've been looking for
Slow your roll, early adopter -- before you go checking out with that 4K Ultra HD monitor in your virtual shopping cart, you should familiarize yourself with Asus ROG's Swift PG278Q panel. Teased earlier this year, Asus ROG officially announced the Swift PG278Q this week, a 27-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and Nvidia G-Sync technology. It isn't 4K, but it is prepped and primed for gaming at high res.
Microsoft has never hidden the fact that Windows 8 works best when you're able to touch, tap, swipe, and get hands-on with your display. The problem there is that most existing monitors lack touch support, so if you want that functionality on your desktop, you're looking at investing in a new panel. Acer's new 20-inch FT200HQL is one such option, and though the 19.5-inch screen is on the small side, it supports 10-point capacitive touch input.
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.
We just received word from NEC that it's adding a new monitor to the its MultiSync EX-Series, the EX201W. This latest addition is a 20-inch ultra-slim widescreen display with a premium-grade PVA Twisted Nematic panel and LED backlighting. It has a bezel depth of around 0.65 inches, with an overall profile measuring 1.9 inches.
Asus is aiming to be an even more aggressive player in the LCD market and expects to increase monitor shipments by double digits in 2011. Overall, Asus plans to ship 4.5 million LCD monitors around the world, with a particular focus in North America and Europe. Not all of these will be entry-level units either, which is where Asus has focused most of its attention up to this point.