display http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/827/ en Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Earns Major Kudos From DisplayMate http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_earns_major_kudos_displaymate_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/surface_pro_3_2.jpg" alt="Surface Pro 3" title="Surface Pro 3" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Surface Pro 3 impresses DisplayMate with excellent color accuracy</h3> <p>The <strong>Surface Pro 3</strong> is arguably the first tablet capable of replacing a notebook, which is something Microsoft is quite fond of saying, but did you know that it <strong>has one of best display screens of any mobile device</strong>? That's not Microsoft making that claim, it's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corporation. Dr. Soneira put the Surface Pro 3 through its paces and came away quite impressed with the tablet's panel.</p> <p>"Based on our extensive Lab tests and measurements on the display for the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft has produced an excellent professional grade high performance display for Windows. In fact, the Surface Pro 3 has one of the very best and most accurate displays available on any mobile platform and OS," <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/Surface_Pro_ShootOut_1.htm" target="_blank">Dr. Soneira said</a>. "It joins near the top of a small set of tablets that have excellent top tier displays – ideal for professionals that need a very accurate high performance display for their work, and for consumers that want and appreciate a really nice and beautiful display."</p> <p>That's high praise from one of the most respected display gurus in the business. The Surface Pro 3 earned it by reproducing some of the most accurate on-screen colors of any tablet or smartphone ever measured by DisplayMate.</p> <p>It's also only the second display to earn "Very Good to Excellent" ratings in all categories, save for Brightness Decrease. Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was the other, the Surface Pro 3 is more accurately calibrated with the best "Absolute Color Accuracy" DisplayMate has ever measured, Dr. Soneira says.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_surface_pro_3_earns_major_kudos_displaymate_2014#comments display displaymate laptop microsoft notebook surface pro 3 tablet News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:25:55 +0000 Paul Lilly 28267 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Owns the U.S. Retail Monitor Market http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_owns_us_retail_monitor_market_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_monitor_3.jpg" alt="Acer Monitor" title="Acer Monitor" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Nearly half of all touchscreen monitors shipped last year donned an Acer label</h3> <p>Time and again, we see examples of where lower priced gadgets rule the day. We saw it when Amazon stormed the Android tablet market with its smaller size, lower cost Kindle Fire (compared to what was available at the time), and we're seeing it again in the monitor market. According to the latest data from NPD Group, <strong>Acer is selling more monitors in the U.S. than any other player</strong>.</p> <p>Acer's share of the overall monitor market during the first half of this year has bounced between 18 percent to 20 percent, which qualifies the company for pole position. In the touchscreen monitor segment, Acer slammed the competition by remaining the top maker for the entire year (from July 2013 to June 2014), reaching a high in market share of 46.4 percent in May.</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if Acer can hold onto its lead once 4K monitors grow up a little bit and become more affordable. The company's off to a good start, having <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_rolls_out_worlds_first_4k_display_nvidia_g-sync_technology_2014" target="_blank">announced back in May</a> the first 4K monitor to support Nvidia's G-Sync technology, the XB280HK.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_owns_us_retail_monitor_market_2014#comments Acer display Hardware monitor NPD Group News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:45:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 28260 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus ROG Readies Swift PG278Q Monitor with Nvidia G-Sync for August Release http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_swift_pg278q.jpg" alt="Asus Swift PG278Q" title="Asus Swift PG278Q" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" />This might be the gaming monitor you've been looking for</h3> <p>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, <strong>Asus ROG officially announced the Swift PG278Q this week</strong>, 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.</p> <p>User can cycle through 60Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz display modes courtesy of the panel's Turbo key for one-click switching. With a compatible graphics card, Nvidia's G-Sync technology will synchronize the display's refresh rate to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag. And regardless of refresh rate, you'll enjoy a 2560x1440 resolution spread out over 27 inches of screen real estate for a pixel density of 109 ppi.</p> <p>"The ROG Swift PG278Q Gaming Monitor features the ASUS-exclusive GamePlus hotkey with crosshair overlay and timer functions. The former gives gamers a choice of four different crosshairs to suit their gaming environment, while the latter provides an on-screen timer to help keep track of spawn and build times," <a href="http://rog.asus.com/340122014/gaming-monitors/pr-asus-republic-of-gamers-announces-swift-pg278q-gaming-monitor/" target="_blank">Asus explains</a>.</p> <p>There's also a 5-way navigation joystick for easy access to the OSD settings, a smart air vent design that helps in dissipating heat after extended gaming sessions, a slim profile with a 6mm bezel, a cable management design feature found on the back of the panel, built-in USB 3.0 hub (2 down, 1 up), and an ergonomic stand that supports tilt, swivel, and pivot.</p> <p>The Swift PG278Q will be available in North America by the end of August for $799.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ekXHvEK2bbI" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release#comments asus display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia panel pg278q Republic of Gamers ROG swift News Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:05:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 28238 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Leak Suggests a 5.7-inch QHD Display http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_galaxy_note_4_leak_suggests_57-inch_qhd_display <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_galaxy_note_iii.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Move over, LG G3, and make way for Samsung's Galaxy Note 4</h3> <p>Fans of the phablet form factor -- smartphone/tablet combination -- might have a tough choice to make in the near future. For one, there's the LG G3 with its 5.5-inch quad high-definition (QHD) display, 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, and removable 3000mAh battery. And then there's <strong>Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4, which may end up with a 5.7-inch QHD display</strong>, according to leaked documents.</p> <p>The folks at <a href="http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_4_screen_size_and_resolution_confirmed-news-8787.php" target="_blank"><em>GSMArena</em></a> rounded up a handful of sources that paint a picture of the Galaxy 4's panel, including import data into India. It appears that Samsung started testing a pair of Galaxy 4 devices in an Indian R&amp;D center some three months ahead of when the company plans on announcing the device. The shipping records for those tests show a 5.7-inch display.</p> <p>They also reveal that the price will be the same as its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3. Other details aren't as readily available, though there's some speculation that Samsung may opt to release two versions -- one with a traditional flat display, and a second SKU sporting a curved OLED screen.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/janitors/10050987044" target="_blank">Flickr (Kārlis Dambrāns)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_galaxy_note_4_leak_suggests_57-inch_qhd_display#comments 2560x1440 display galaxy note 4 mobile phablet qhd samsung smartphone News Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:00:59 +0000 Paul Lilly 28014 at http://www.maximumpc.com Intel Senior Exec Predicts 4K Monitors Will Drop Below $400 Before 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_senior_exec_predicts_4k_monitors_will_drop_below_400_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_u2868pqu.jpg" alt="AOC U2868PQU" title="AOC U2868PQU" width="228" height="175" style="float: right;" />Affordable 4K Ultra HD monitors might be around the corner</h3> <p>We have to give credit to monitor, TV display, and panel makers for pushing out next-generation technology despite the relative lack of content compared to Full HD 1080p. In years past, hardware and software and/or content makers would sometime get caught in a standstill waiting for one side to justify the other. Not so with 4K displays, of which there are already several to choose from. And while we wait on more content to appear, <strong>an Intel executive is predicting that 4K monitors will drop below $400 by the end of the year</strong>.</p> <p>Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, announced during a news conference in Computex that the Santa Clara chip maker is working with ViewSonic and TPV to bring budget 4K monitors to market later this year," <a href="http://www.itworld.com/hardware/421641/prices-4k-monitors-could-go-under-400-year-end-says-intel-exec" target="_blank"><em>ITWorld</em> reports</a>. You may not have heard of TPV, but might be familiar with AOC and Envision, two brands it sells monitors under.</p> <p>Skaugen also said that Intel is working with MSI to introduce a line of 4K Ultra HD all-in-one (AIO) systems that will cost less than a grand. These are also slated to release before the end of the year.</p> <p>At these price points, we're probably looking at TN panels, and there are still quirks to work out in order to run 4K displays at 60Hz, However, it's nice to see a company like Intel getting involved.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/intel_senior_exec_predicts_4k_monitors_will_drop_below_400_2015#comments 4k display Hardware intel kirk skaugen monitor ultra hd News Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:09:23 +0000 Paul Lilly 27938 at http://www.maximumpc.com NEC Brings 4K Ultra HD to MultiSync EA Series Starting with 24-inch EA244UHD http://www.maximumpc.com/nec_brings_4k_ultra_hd_multisync_ea_series_starting_24-inch_ea244uhd <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ea244uhd.jpg" alt="NEC EA244UHD" title="NEC EA244UHD" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />NEC's first 4K desktop display</h3> <p>The newest company to hitch a ride on the 4K train is NEC, which just launched its first Ultra HD display. <strong>NEC's new MultiSync EA244UHD is a 23.8-inch LED-backlit monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution</strong>, which we know by now is four times the typcial Full HD 1080p space (a point monitor makers have been hammering into our heads ever since 4K panels first emerged on the market).</p> <p>NEC isn't marketing the EA244UHD at the average user or even gaming enthusiast -- instead, the company is taking aim at the professional crowd (graphic artists, photographers, and the such). Like NEC's other professional grade panels, this one is compatible with the company's SpectraView calibration software.</p> <p>The monitor sports an AH-IPS panel. Rated specs include 350cd/m2 brightness, 99.3 percent coverage of Adobe RGB with 1.07 billion displayable colors, 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1,000:1 typical), and 6ms response time. It also features two DisplayPort connectors, two HDMI connectors, two DVI-D inputs, integrated 3-port powered USB 3.0 hub (1 up/3 down), two 1W speakers, a headphone jack, and an adjustable stand with 13mm height-adjust, tilt, swivel, and pivot.</p> <p>NEC's <a href="http://www.necdisplay.com/p/ea244uhd-bk" target="_blank">MultiSync EA244UHD</a> will be available this month for $1,349 (estimated street price). It's backed by a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nec_brings_4k_ultra_hd_multisync_ea_series_starting_24-inch_ea244uhd#comments 4k display ea series ea244uhd monitors multisync nec uhd ultra hd News Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:18:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 27931 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus PB287Q is a 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor for Prosumers and Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_pb287q_28-inch_4k_ultra_hd_monitor_prosumers_and_gamers <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_pb287q_0.jpg" alt="Asus PB287Q" title="Asus PB287Q" width="228" height="183" style="float: right;" />A 4K monitor with a 1ms refresh rate (gray-to-gray)</h3> <p>The transition from Full HD 1080p to 4K Ultra HD is moving along at a steady pace. Those interested in being an early adopter already have several models to choose from; add one more to the pile. <strong>Asus today introduced the PB287Q, a 28-inch monitor with a 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution</strong> and fast 1ms refresh rate. According to Asus, the PB287Q is intended for prosumers and gamers.</p> <p>You can coax a 60Hz refresh rate out of the PB287Q, provided you use DisplayPort 1.2. If you're fine with 30Hz, you can hook it up using either of the two HDMI ports, the second one of which provides MHL support to charge your mobile device and/or display mobile content on the monitor.</p> <p>The monitor itself is slim and ergonomic with a stand that provides swivel, title, pivot, and height adjustments. It's also VESA mount compatible in case you'd rather plop it on your wall.</p> <p>Other features include a true 10-bit panel, 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 170 degree (H) / 160 degree (V) viewing angles, 3.5mm earphone output, 3.5mm audio input, Picture-in-Picture (PiP) support, Picture-by-Picture (PbP) support, and several proprietary Asus technologies.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.asus.com/Monitors_Projectors/PB287Q/overview/" target="_blank">Asus PB287Q</a> will be available around the middle of June for $649 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_pb287q_28-inch_4k_ultra_hd_monitor_prosumers_and_gamers#comments 4k asus display Hardware monitor pb287q ultra hd News Wed, 28 May 2014 14:45:39 +0000 Paul Lilly 27891 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Rolls Out World's First 4K Display with Nvidia G-Sync Technology http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_rolls_out_worlds_first_4k_display_nvidia_g-sync_technology_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_monitor_2.jpg" alt="Acer Monitor" title="Acer Monitor" width="228" height="192" style="float: right;" />A big screen monitor for gaming</h3> <p>Up to this point, there haven't been very many 4K computer monitors to get too excited about. Some of the early models use lower quality panels, while others have janky issues pumping out 4K Ultra HD at 60Hz. The technology is maturing, however, as evidenced by <strong>Acer's XB280HK, a 28-inch gaming monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution</strong> and support for Nvidia's G-Sync technology.</p> <p>This is the <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/77934" target="_blank">first 4K monitor to support G-Sync</a>, which synchronizes the display's refresh rates to the GPU to eliminate screen tearing, minimize display stutter, and reduce input lag. The end result is smoother, faster game play without having to tweak a bunch of settings.</p> <p>Other features include 170/170 degree viewing angles (horizontal and vertical), DisplayPort input, four built-in USB 3.0 ports, LED backlight, and a multifunctional stand that supports tilt from -5 to 35 degrees, 120 degrees of rotation, 150mm of height adjustment, and pivot.</p> <p>Acer didn't say how much it's asking for the XB280HK, though the company did say it will begin shipping the monitor in the second quarter of this year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_rolls_out_worlds_first_4k_display_nvidia_g-sync_technology_2014#comments Acer display g-sync Hardware hb280hk monitor nvidia News Tue, 27 May 2014 16:39:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 27884 at http://www.maximumpc.com AOC Takes Integrated Sound Seriously, Packs Dual 7W Onkyo Speakers Inside 24-inch Monitor http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_takes_integrated_sound_seriously_packs_dual_7w_onkyo_speakers_inside_24-inch_monitor <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_i2473pwm.jpg" alt="AOC i2473Pwm" title="AOC i2473Pwm" width="228" height="204" style="float: right;" />Two 7W Onkyo stereo speakers sit in the base</h3> <p>We can't recall ever being blown away by a monitor's integrated speakers. Most of the time, the cans that pass for speakers in a display are tinny and muffled at worst, and serviceable at best, which isn't exactly a glowing recommendation. Looking to change that, <strong>AOC injected a pair of 7W Onkyo stereo speakers</strong> into its newest 24-inch IPS display (i2473Pwm), which sit in an oversized base.</p> <p>Onkyo is a name that's well known (and respected) in the audio industry. That said, we're going off of paper specs here -- we don't have this monitor in-house, though we do have high hopes that the 7W Onkyo speakers will stand head and shoulders above what we usually hear out of a monitor's integrated speakers.</p> <p>Outside of the sound, the i2473Pwm is a 24-inch IPS monitor with a Full HD 1080p display, 5ms refresh rate, 250 cd/m2 typical brightness, and 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Connectivity options include VGA and HDMI, along with MHL (mobile high definition link), the latter of which allows you to connect mobile devices for quick charging and/or to mirror content to the display.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/aoc_i2473pwm_base.jpg" alt="AOC i2473Pwm Base" title="AOC i2473Pwm Base" width="620" height="392" /></p> <p>The <a href="http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/i2473pwm" target="_blank">AOC i2473Pwm</a> is available to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/AOC-i2473PWM-24-Inch-Speaker-Monitor/dp/B00IQCRUP2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398277042&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=onkyo+aoc" target="_blank">pre-order at Amazon</a> for $250.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_takes_integrated_sound_seriously_packs_dual_7w_onkyo_speakers_inside_24-inch_monitor#comments aoc display Hardware i2473Pwm ips monitor onkyo Peripherals Sound News Wed, 14 May 2014 15:19:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 27806 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer's 32-inch WQHD Monitor Books a Trip to the U.S., Costs $899 MSRP http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_32-inch_wqhd_monitor_books_trip_us_costs_899_msrp <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_b326hul.jpg" alt="Acer B326HUL" title="Acer B326HUL" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />Acer's 32-inch B326HUL LED monitor is now available in North America</h3> <p>There are a couple reasons why you might be putting off the upgrade to a 4K monitor. One is the technology -- it's not very mature at this point. The second is horsepower, meaning it takes one hell of a fast system to push all those pixels around, especially in gaming. <strong>Acer's compromise is the B326HUL, a 32-inch WQHD (2650x1440) display</strong> with 100 percent sRGB coverage.</p> <p>For what it's worth, the spec sheet indicates a 100,000,000:1 maximum contrast ratio, 6ms response time, 178-degree viewing angle, and 6-axis color adjustment.</p> <p>Other features include a built-in USB 3.0 hub, two HDMI ports, DVI-D input, DisplayPort, a pair of 2W speakers, smartphone holder, and a stand that supports tilt (25 degrees up or -5 degrees down), swivel (60 degrees left or right), and height (150mm up or down) adjustments.</p> <p>"The new Acer B326HUL display was engineered to provide commercial customers with a very comfortable and productive viewing experience,"<a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/77507" target="_blank"> said Edward Chan</a>, product manager for Acer America. "Professional users will benefit from the superb image quality and large viewing area that enhances collaboration and significantly reduces scrolling through spreadsheets. IT professionals will appreciate the excellent connectivity, power savings and VESA mounting capability that maximizes work space."</p> <p>Acer says the B326HUL will be available this month for $899 with a three year warranty.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_32-inch_wqhd_monitor_books_trip_us_costs_899_msrp#comments 2560x1440 Acer b326hul display Hardware monitor wqhd News Thu, 08 May 2014 14:54:06 +0000 Paul Lilly 27773 at http://www.maximumpc.com AOC's mySmart All-in-One Touch Display Comes Wrapped in Android Ice Cream Sandwich http://www.maximumpc.com/aocs_mysmart_all--one_touch_display_comes_wrapped_android_ice_cream_sandwich_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_mysmart_a2472pw4t.jpg" alt="AOC mySmart All-in-One A2472PW4T" title="AOC mySmart All-in-One A2472PW4T" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />A new all-in-one line with an old version of Android</h3> <p><strong>AOC is getting the work week started by rolling out a pair of mySmart All-in-One systems running Android</strong> 4.2 Ice Cream Sandwich. There are two versions: the 22-inch A2272PW4T and the 24-inch A2472PW4T. Other than the size and physical screen real estate, they're configured exactly the same, right down to the Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution and odd decision to run a version of Android that's two generations old.</p> <p>Both models sport touchscreen ADS In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels. Other shared specs include an Nvidia T33 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, 8GB of eMMC storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 720p HD webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, SDHC card read, a pair of 2W stereo speakers, and both VGA and HDMI inputs.</p> <p>"The mySmart All-in-One delivers technology that empowers consumers to stay connected to the things that matter in today’s constantly evolving digital world," said Steve Young, AOC Channel Marketing Manager. "The mySmart line extends AOC’s longstanding tradition of providing award-winning technology that combines an intuitive, user-friendly experience with visually appealing yet functional design at a competitive price point."</p> <p>AOC says the <a href="http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/a2272pw4t" target="_blank">A2272PW4T</a> and <a href="http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/a2472pw4t" target="_blank">A2472PW4T</a> are available now at national retailers for $300 and $400 MSRP, respectively.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/aocs_mysmart_all--one_touch_display_comes_wrapped_android_ice_cream_sandwich_2014#comments A2272PW4T A2472PW4T aio all-in-one android aoc display Hardware ice cream sandwich OEM rigs News Mon, 05 May 2014 15:30:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 27752 at http://www.maximumpc.com Yes, VIA's Eight-Screen Video Wall Can Display Crysis http://www.maximumpc.com/yes_vias_eight-screen_video_wall_can_display_crysis_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/via_video_wall.jpg" alt="VIA Video Wall" title="VIA Video Wall" width="228" height="141" style="float: right;" />Stale jokes leads to an awesome new demonstration</h3> <p>It doesn't matter if you're showing off a new 1,000-core processor armed with 100 gaming-grade graphics cards or a fancy new toaster with an LCD display, some yahoo is always going to ask, "Yes, but can it run Crysis?" It's an old joke, one that was again recycled recently when <strong>VIA was giving a demonstration of its 8-panel video wall</strong>, and VIA decided to answer it. Spoiler alert: the answer is yes, and we have the video to prove it.</p> <p>VIA's "Video Wall" solution is unique not just because of the multiple displays, but also due to the ways the screens can be arranged. According to VIA, they can be arranged in any required geometry, two of which it has on display in its labs -- one is a 15-panel video wall and the other is an 8-panel video wall in a fishbone design.</p> <p>"VIA MagicView software is used to lay out how available video content is shown across the screens, through an easy to use drag-and-drop interface. Besides playing back pre-recorded videos, the wall can show live recordings, or screen capture from an external computer. All it takes is connecting the video source with an HDMI-in cable to the VIA MW Video Wall Controller server," <a href="http://signage.viatech.com/en/sign-language/sign-language_07.jsp" target="_blank">VIA explains</a>.</p> <p>That includes the ability to run Crysis, provided the source is up to the task. Check it out:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nMCfk4BW8a8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>It was <em>TweakTown</em> that <a href="http://www.tweaktown.com/news/37233/we-take-a-look-at-the-via-video-wall-solution-8-x-1080p-tvs-on-a-wall/index.html" target="_blank">posed the question</a> at the end of its write-up on the video wall technology. You can see additional pics of the setup by showing them aome love and clicking through.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/yes_vias_eight-screen_video_wall_can_display_crysis_2014#comments Crysis display Gaming Hardware VIA video wall News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:22:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 27689 at http://www.maximumpc.com Benq Starts Shipping XL-Z Series Monitors Aimed at FPS Gamers http://www.maximumpc.com/benq_starts_shipping_xl-z_series_monitors_aimed_fps_gamers_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_monitor.jpg" alt="Benq XL-Z Monitor" title="Benq XL-Z Monitor" width="228" height="219" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Benq's XL-Z monitors are specifically intended for FPS gamers</h3> <p>Holy buzzwords, Batman -- Benq is pulling out all kinds of fancy pants terms to describe its new XL-Z series of first-person shooter (FPS) purpose-built gaming monitors. <strong>Benq says its XL-Z series monitors have begun shipping</strong>, and if you're a gamer -- particularly an FPS gamer -- the company has several reasons why you might be interested in one of its displays, starting with RevolutionEyes technology.</p> <p>What exactly is it? Good question, so we looked it up. Revolution Eyes is essentially what Benq is calling its collection of technologies that makes its XL-Z series the bees knees. Things like Motion Blur Reduction, Low Blue Light, ZeroFlicker, gaming refresh rate optimization management (GROM), and a 1ms GTG response time are among them. Here, have yourself a look at Benq's YouTube video for a bit more detail:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gokKHKYI41Q" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>"The design of our gaming monitors reflects our overall philosophy of delivering market-first features that give gamers an opportunity to conquer the game. That's why we design all of our gaming products in close collaboration with professional gamers," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. "With the latest release of our XL-Z series, we've pushed the limits of performance once again by becoming the first major brand to provide Motion Blur Reduction technology for smoother game play. Add in our other exclusive features, and the XL-Z series gives players fully loaded monitors made to turn opponents on their heads."</p> <p>There are three XL-Z series monitors too choose from. They include the <a href="http://www.benq.us/product/monitor/XL2720Z" target="_blank">XL2720Z</a> ($529), XL2420Z ($500), and $XL2411Z ($329).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/benq_starts_shipping_xl-z_series_monitors_aimed_fps_gamers_2014#comments BenQ Build a PC display FPS Gaming Hardware monitor xl-z News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:59:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 27675 at http://www.maximumpc.com AOC Introduces a Full HD 1080p 24-inch Gaming Monitor with 144Hz Refresh Rate http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_introduces_full_hd_1080p_24-inch_gaming_monitor_144hz_refresh_rate <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_g2460pqu.jpg" alt="AOC g2460pqu" title="AOC g2460pqu" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />A monitor for gamers</h3> <p><strong>AOC has put a target on gamers with its new 24-inch monitor</strong> (G2460PQU) that offers a fast 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time to ensure lag-free and smooth gaming. It sports a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, has four USB 2.0 ports (including a fast charging port), and ample connectivity options that include VGA, Dual Link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort outputs.</p> <p>It also features seven different display modes: 17-inch Pillar Box (5:4), 19-inch Pillar Box (5:4), 19-inch Widescreen (16:10), 21.5pinch Widescreen (16:9), 22-inch Widescreen (16:10), 23-inch Widescreen (16:9), and 24-inch Widescreen (16:9).</p> <p>There are built-in speakers, a cable management hook on the back of the stand, and support for tilt, pivot, and height adjustability. And though it's intended for gaming, the monitor can be used in either landscape or portrait mode, the latter of which can be useful for reading long documents, surfing the web, or working with certain images.</p> <p>Street pricing for the <a href="http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/g2460pqu" target="_blank">G2460PQU</a> varies by vendor; the cheapest we've seen it is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HY7PAUC/ref=nosim/11816-20?s=merchant&amp;m=ATVPDKIKX0DER" target="_blank">$293 at Amazon</a> -- a bit pricey for a non-IPS panel.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_introduces_full_hd_1080p_24-inch_gaming_monitor_144hz_refresh_rate#comments aoc display g2460pqu Gaming Hardware monitor News Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:41:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 27557 at http://www.maximumpc.com DisplayMate Determines the Best Smartphone Display Belongs to Samsung's Galaxy S5 http://www.maximumpc.com/displaymate_determines_best_smartphone_display_belongs_samsungs_galaxy_s5_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/galaxy_s5_0.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5" title="Samsung Galaxy S5" width="228" height="176" style="float: right;" />The Galaxy S5's display impresses a well renowned testing firm</h3> <p>It looks like Samsung may have yet other bragging point -- best smartphone display in the world. That was the determination DisplayMate's Dr. Raymond M. Soneira came to after an extensive round of lab tests and measurements, in which he concluded that <strong>the Galaxy S5 sports the best smartphone display</strong> he's ever tested. It was an easy conclusion to come to after the Galaxy S5 left in its wake a bunch of broken records.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 set new standards for several of DisplayMate's smartphone tests, including Highest Brightness, Lowest Reflectance, Highest Color Accuracy, Infinite Contrast Ratio, Highest Contrast Rating in Ambient Light, and smallest Brightness Variation with Viewing Angle.</p> <p>"The Galaxy S5 has raised th bar for top display performance by another notch -- an impressive achievement for OLED technology!," Dr. Soneira stated.</p> <p>It's important to note that these are objective tests with measurable results, as opposed to a subjective analysis. Dr. Soneira is also known for not being swayed by factory specifications.</p> <p>"The variation of Brightness, Contrast, and Color with Viewing Angle is especially important for smartphones because of their larger screen and multiple viewers. The typical manufacturer 176+ degree specification for LCD Viewing Angle is nonsense because that is where the Contrast Ratio falls to a miniscule 10," Dr. Soneira notes.&nbsp; For most LCDs there are substantial degradations at less than ±30 degrees, which is not an atypical Viewing Angle for smartphones and tablets."</p> <p>As good as the Galaxy S5's display is, one thing that could still use improvement in the OLED arena is power efficiency. This is an area where OLED technology still trails LCDs, though Samsung did make some strides here with the S5 featuring a 27 percent improvement in power efficiency compared to the S4.</p> <p>You can read more in <a href="http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S5_ShootOut_1.htm" target="_blank">DisplayMat'es Galaxy S5 Shootout</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/displaymate_determines_best_smartphone_display_belongs_samsungs_galaxy_s5_2014#comments display displaymate galaxy s5 Hardware maximum tech mobile samsung smartphone News Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:18:42 +0000 Paul Lilly 27539 at http://www.maximumpc.com