The word “omen” generally connotes bad juju for most people. For some longtime PC enthusiasts, however, it evokes fond memories of Voodoo PC’s old beautiful and powerful desktops. While HP isn’t bringing Voodoo PC back from the grave, it hopes to pay homage to the Omen namesake by rebirthing it as a modern gaming notebook.
Today Razer announced a 14-inch version of the Razer Blade. Known simply as the Razer Blade (yea, we don’t get these new-age naming conventions either), the small gaming laptop is incredibly svelte being thinner than a standing dime. Measuring .66 inches tall, Razer boasts that it is the world’s thinnest gaming laptop and that it is actually skinnier than the fattest part of a MacBook Air.
Ultrabooks are turning out to be a test of metal, er, mettle for PC vendors. Conceived by Intel and expected to begin populating store shelves later this year, ultrabooks have among their defining characteristics: a full-voltage processor, a thickness cap of 0.8 inches, and a sub-$1,000 price tag. But, as PC vendors are fast learning, making an ultrabook is easier said than done.
Dell today announced new OptiPlex thin clients designed for organizations such as education, financial, healthcare, and retail that have implemented or plan to implement a desktop virtualization infrastructure. For those that fall into the latter, Dell also unveiled additions to its desktop virtualization solutions portfolio, including an enhanced new Virtual Lab 2.0 solution aimed primarily at colleges and universities.
Samsung this week unveiled a pair of new Galaxy Tab tablets sized 10.1 inches and 8.9 inches. Part of what makes these additions so special is that they measure a scant 8.6 millimeters, slightly thinner than Apple's trend-setting iPad 2, which measures 8.8
LG's E90 display is what happens when you give liposuction to a monitor, only you can't just chuck the extracted parts into a toxic bin like you can on the operating table. What LG did do, however, is cram all that excess fat into the base so that the display itself measures just 7.2mm thick, making the E90 LG's slimmest LED monitor to date.
"The E90 is the result of advanced technology and beautiful design coming together in perfect alignment," said Si-hwan Park, Vice President of LG's monitor division. "With its revolutionary features in terms of design and picture quality, the E90 is the leading example of the company's 'Super LED' monitor line that is setting new benchmarks for style and performance."
The E90 consists of a 21.5-inch widescreen panel with a 1920x1080 resolution and a 2ms response time. The power supply and connectivity options (S-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI) take residence in the stand. As a package, LG says the E90 consumes up to 40 percent less power than a typical CCFL-backlit LCD monitor.
The latest word is that LG plans to show off an ultra-thin OLED display at the 2010 IFA Consumer Electronics Show in Berlin next month.
The 31-inch display is said to measure just 2.9mm thin, making it the slimmest OLED around. Jumping on the 3D bandwagon, the new display will come capable of churning out three-dimensional visuals with its 600Hz refresh rate.
Other details are pretty much non-existent at this point, including cost, but don't expect it to be cheap by any stretch of the imagination. Combining OLED with 3D is like mixing gold with platinum. For a point of reference, LG sells a 15-inch OLED 2D TV for $2,500, so it's safe to say the upcoming 31-inch set will cost at least twice as much.
Multi-display setups are typically pretty awesome, but also a little bit flawed when attempting to use more than one screen as a single display. It's because of the bezel, and the thicker it is, the more distracting it can be when plopping multiple TVs or monitors next to, and on top of each other.
That isn't the case with Sharp's new multi-screen display system. With bezels measuring just 6.5mm, Sharp says it achieved the thinnest System Frame Width in the known galaxy, and judging from the pictures, we won't argue with that.
The multi-display screen system is built around the new PN-V601 60-inch professional monitor. The PN-V601 sports a full-array LED backlight with LED elements arranged in an evenly spaced array to improve the uniformity of brightness. There's an enlarge zoom function to supersize images up to 25 monitors (in a 5 x 5 configuration), and when combined with the optional PN-ZR01 Control Kit, users can control all displays using a single remote.
Sharp has yet to set a price for its new display, but says it plans to start shipping the PN-V601 in Japan at the tail end of August.
While speakers have been getting thinner and thinner, the geniuses behind Warwick Audio have developed a speaker so thin, you may accidentally wrap your leftover Italian with it.
“FFL technology is a carefully designed assembly of thin, conducting and insulating, materials resulting in the development of a flexible laminate, which when excited by an electrical signal will vibrate and produce sound,” states PhysOrg. “The speaker laminate operates as a perfect piston resonator. The entire diaphragm therefore radiates in phase, forming an area source. The wave front emitted by the vibrating surface is phase coherent, producing a plane wave with very high directivity and very accurate sound imaging.”
This probably means that the speaker won’t work like some newer speakers (by producing electrical charges that excite nearby air molecules, making sound without any vibrations), but instead will work like traditional speakers (but in much tighter wavelengths).
No word yet on just how long we’ll have to wait to see this tech implemented, but according to the site it’s meant to be used in conference rooms and cars.