display http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/827/ en Reinvigorated Monitor Makers See Opportunities in Niche Markets http://www.maximumpc.com/reinvigorated_monitor_makers_see_opportunities_niche_markets_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/lg_ultrawide_monitor_0.jpg" alt="LG UltraWide Monitor" title="LG UltraWide Monitor" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Monitor market is transforming</h3> <p>For the longest time, it seemed as though the monitor market was frozen in time. While CPUs and graphics cards became increasingly advanced and faster with each new generation, monitor makers were content to stick with Full HD 1080p panels of varying sizes for mainstream users, and 30-inch panels checking in at 2560x1600. Ah, but the landscape is changing, so <strong>don't be shocked if monitor makers test the market with bigger size and higher resolution displays</strong>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150122PD212.html" target="_blank">According to <em>Digitimes</em></a> and whatever "industry sources" it spoke with, panel makers (including those that make touchscreens) are seeing opportunities in the 34-inch WQHD (2560x1440) UltraWide category to be the new high-end option. At present, high-end solutions still consist of 30-inch panels at 2560x1600 and, more recently, 32-inch 4K displays. There are less pixels in a WQHD display, though it's still visually appealing, easier on the GPU for pixel-intensive tasks (primarily gaming), and offers tons of horizontal screen space for those who like that sort of thing.</p> <p>However, that's not the only segment monitor makers will toy with. They will also experiment in niche categories with high-resolution and curved displays taking center stage. These panels will feature wide color gamuts and, in some cases, 10-point touch features.</p> <p>Finally, monitor makers will also push out 24-inch, 27-inch, and 28-inch models with 4K Ultra HD and even 5K resolutions in 2015.</p> <p>In short, it's going to be a wild year for monitors, versus what's mostly been a stagnant market up until recently.</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/reinvigorated_monitor_makers_see_opportunities_niche_markets_2015#comments 4k display Hardware monitor wqhd News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:14:15 +0000 Paul Lilly 29315 at http://www.maximumpc.com CES 2015: AMD Demonstrates FreeSync Technology and Nano PC [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2015_amd_demonstrates_freesync_technology_and_nano_pc_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/freesync.jpg" alt="AMD FreeSync" title="AMD FreeSync" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Having fun with FreeSync</h3> <p>A visit to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas wouldn't be complete without popping by <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">AVN</span> AMD to see what the Sunnyvale chip designer is excited about as we embark on a new year of technology, and we got our answer to that when Online Managing Editor and freestyle rap legend Jimmy Thang moonwalked his way to AMD's location. It was there that he got a glimpse of <strong>AMD's FreeSync display technology</strong> in action.</p> <p>Like Nvidia's G-Sync technology, FreeSync is designed to eliminate screen tearing and reduce things like input lag for a much smoother gaming experience. It's an open source solution, so AMD's optimistic that it will be widely adopted in the very near future -- even Nvidia could take advantage of FreeSync, if it desired.</p> <p>AMD took some time to explain how FreeSync differs from G-Sync, saying it has "two fundamentally superior priorities," those being:</p> <ol> <li>It's a monodirectional communication, versus G-Sync, which needs to sync between two parts (the monitor and the graphics card) for every frame. According to AMD's Richard Huddy, Nvidia's approach introduces extra latency that isn't present in FreeSync. How much? Huddy added that AMD will be able to measure the latency difference with production monitors within the next month or so.</li> <li>FreeSync is an open standard, giving manufacturers more options over the features they want to provide within things like on screen display (OSD) controls.</li> </ol> <p>Huddy also said that FreeSync-enabled monitors are cheaper than G-Sync monitors. Find out more of what he said here:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G7-jn07jy8I" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>AMD also showed off Zotac's Zbox PA330 Pico Series, which is powered by an AMD A4 Micro 6400T APU with R3 Series graphics and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. These systems pack a bunch of features into a tiny form factor -- in this case, the PA330 looks like a thick cell phone.</p> <p>What AMD says these systems are good for include everyday use, streaming media, and some light gaming. Check it out:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vXbmnJHACIA" 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/ces_2015_amd_demonstrates_freesync_technology_and_nano_pc_video#comments amd ces2015 display FreeSync Hardware nano pc richard huddy News Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:38:31 +0000 Jimmy Thang and Paul Lilly 29227 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces Two New Gaming Monitors, Touts Their ‘World First Designs’ http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_two_new_gaming_monitors_touts_their_%E2%80%98world_first_designs%E2%80%99322 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/xg270hu-02.jpg" alt="ACER XG270HU: The World's First Gaming Monitor with Edge-to-edge Frameless Display" title="ACER XG270HU" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>One is the world’s maiden G-Sync enabled IPS monitor and the other the first with an edge-to-edge frameless display</h3> <p>Acer has officially announced the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_readying_27-inch_wqhd_display_g-sync_support321" target="_blank">27-inch XB270HU gaming monitor that we told you about in November</a>. Specs-wise, it’s not exactly what we had expected it to be, though. What we thought would be another TN (twisted nematic) panel display with G-Sync has, to our pleasant surprise, turned out to be <strong>the world’s first G-SYNC enabled gaming monitor with an IPS display</strong>. But it is not the only upcoming Acer gaming monitor to pack a world-first design choice.</p> <p><img src="/files/u46168/xb270hu_right_angle.jpg" alt="Acer XB270HU IPS Gaming Display with Nvidia G-Sync" title="Acer XB270HU" width="228" height="155" style="float: left;" />A 27-incher with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and 144Hz refresh rate like the XB270HU (pictured left), the XG270HU (right) is another sui generis monitor announced by the company. The XG270HU, which has a fast 1ms response time, is unique for its edge-to-edge frameless display — a world first, according to the company. Built from recycled ABS plastic, it features HDMI 2.0, DVI, and DisplayPort 1.2.</p> <p>Both models will be available around the world in March 2015, the company said in its announcement, without disclosing their prices.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_two_new_gaming_monitors_touts_their_%E2%80%98world_first_designs%E2%80%99322#comments Acer display g-sync Gaming gaming monitor ips g-sync nvidia XB270HU xg270hu News Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:41:21 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29180 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sony Preps Attachable OLED Smart Glasses for CES Debut http://www.maximumpc.com/sony_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sony_smart_glasses_accessory.jpg" alt="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" title="Sony Smart Glasses Accessory" width="228" height="218" style="float: right;" />Compact accessory turns your existing eyewear into a set of smart glasses</h3> <p>The wearables category is shaping up to be a big one, or at least manufacturers will give the segment the ol' college try. We expect to see a bunch of wearable devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, especially since we're already seeing a handful of products hit the web ahead of the convention. Take Sony for instance -- <strong>Sony is developing a compact and lightweight single-lens display module that it says can turn various eyewear into smart devices</strong>.</p> <p>It's equipped with a high-resolution color OLED microdisplay and a micro-optical unit that's supposed to bring out the full potential of the display's image quality. There's also a miniaturized control board with arithmetic processing capabilities that Sony claims is on par with smartphones.</p> <p>Comparisons to Google Glass are inevitable, and though you can use Sony's device with different eyewear, the press shots show end results that are reminiscent of several Google Glass wearables. And of course both offer a way to interact with the world in a new way.</p> <p>"By simply attaching it to a pair of fashionable glasses, goggles, sunglasses, or other type of eyewear, you can instantly gain access to visual information that adds a level of convenience to your everyday life," <a href="http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201412/14-118E/index.html" target="_blank">Sony explains</a>. "The module also has potential applications in sports or for work, among other areas, displaying helpful information that supports you in the activity you are engaged in. And this is all done in a small sub-window that does not obstruct your field of vision."</p> <p>Sony plans to provide software development kits (SDKs) to partnering organizations. It also wants to enter into mass production within the coming 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/sony_preps_attachable_oled_smart_glasses_ces_debut_2014#comments CES display oled smart glasses sony wearables News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:22:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 29106 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus PB279Q 27-inch Monitor Combines 4K Resolution with 10-bit Color http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_pb279q_27-inch_monitor_combines_4k_resolution_10-bit_color <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_pb279q.jpg" alt="Asus PB279Q" title="Asus PB279Q" width="228" height="231" style="float: right;" />A 4K monitor for gamers and professionals</h3> <p>Though the 4K Ultra HD revolution is happening faster than most probably anticipated, the number of 4K monitors actually worth owning are surprisingly low. That's because of early growing pains -- low refresh rates (like 30Hz) without Multi-Stream Transport (MST) support, TN panels, and other undesirables have held the category back. That's why we're cautiously optimistic about the new <strong>Asus PB279Q, a 27-inch 4K monitor with an IPS panel</strong>.</p> <p>At 4K, the PB279Q is beaming content at 3840x2160 (163 pixels per inch) with a rated 5ms gray-to-gray response time, 100,000,000:1 Asus Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR), and 300 cd/m2 brightness. More importantly, it boasts 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space with 10-bit color -- a nice deviation from the 8-bit and 6-bit+FRC seen on some other panels. It's also the reason why Asus is pitching this as being suitable for professionals.</p> <p>As for gamers, the 5ms response time is pretty good for an IPS panel, albeit we always take the rated specs with a grain of sea salt. However, it does support a 4K resolution at a 60Hz refresh rate, provided you use the DisplayPort or mini DisplayPort. If you use an HDMI cable in one of the four HDMI ports, the refresh rate will be 30Hz.</p> <p>The monitor can simultaneously display multiple 4K inputs via Picture-in-Picture or Picture-by-Picture. It also features built-in speakers, 3.5mm audio in, 3.5mm earphone out, and a stand that supports height, tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustments.</p> <p><a href="http://rog.asus.com/390432014/gaming-monitors/asus-announces-pb279q-10-bit-4k-monitor-with-100-srgb-color-gamut/" target="_blank">Asus says</a> the PB279Q will be available in mid-December in Taiwan, Asia Pacific, and Europe for $799. No word on when it will land on U.S. shores.</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_pb279q_27-inch_monitor_combines_4k_resolution_10-bit_color#comments 4k asus display Hardware monitor pb279q ultra hd News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:51:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 29030 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sceptre Launches a 27-inch LED 1080p Monitor for $200 Street http://www.maximumpc.com/sceptre_launches_27-inch_led_1080p_monitor_200_street <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sceptre_monitor.jpg" alt="Sceptre E275W-1920" title="Sceptre E275W-1920" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" />Not every new monitor is 4K</h3> <p><strong>Sceptre today announced the availability of its E275W-1920</strong>, a 27-inch monitor with an LED backlight and 1920x1080 display resolution. It's not the elusive (so far, anyway) 4K monitor with IPS panel, 120Hz refresh rate, and affordable price tag that we're all waiting for, but then again, there are reasons why someone might want to stick with 1080p if buying a new display, like the lack of scaling issues.</p> <p>Whether or not Sceptre's 1080p display fits the bill is up to you. It seems to lack any gee-whiz amenities, like G-Sync support or any other fancy tricks. However, it is a big panel at a relatively affordable price -- it streets for around $200.</p> <p>As for rated specs, it has a 5ms gray-to-gray response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, built-in 2W speakers, and a stand that can tilt 15 degrees backward and 5 degrees forward. Alternately, you can detach the base and mount it to your wall. Connectivity options consist of HDMI, DVI, and VGA. There's also a headphone jack.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.sceptre.com/store/Monitors/LED-Monitor/E275W-1920-Monitor-product700category12category16.html" target="_blank">E275W-1920</a> is available now at several retailers and e-tailers.</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/sceptre_launches_27-inch_led_1080p_monitor_200_street#comments display e275w-1920 Hardware monitor sceptre News Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:55:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 29019 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer's B286HK 28-inch 4K Falls to $350 http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_b286hk_28-inch_4k_falls_350 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_b386hk.jpg" alt="Acer B286HK" title="Acer B286HK" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />A big price drop on a 4K monitor</h3> <p>It's not the version with Nvidia's G-Sync technology baked inside, but <strong>Acer's B286HK 28-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor is selling for just $349 on Newegg today</strong>. That's a pretty hot price for a 3840x2160 monitor that's capable of 4K video at 60 FPS over DsiplayPort 1.2. It's an especially good deal when you consider its original selling price of $699, though we've seen it on the street for as low as $450 (Provantage) prior to today's sale price.</p> <p>Could this be an indication of things to come? It appears that 4K panel pricing is on a rapid decline, and that's fine by us. At the same time, what we're really interested in are the next generation models that will hopefully increase the refresh rate and come with IPS panels at a reasonable price.</p> <p>Acer's model uses a TN panel -- a bit of a bummer, though at $349 for 28 inches of 4K real estate, it's hard to be too critical of the specs. Other features include a 2ms response time, 300 cd/m2 brightness, built in speakers, and a stand with tilt, swivel, height, and pivot support.</p> <p>The monitor is been <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009659" target="_blank">in and out of stock</a> throughout the day. At the time of this writing, it's showing as in-stock.</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_b286hk_28-inch_4k_falls_350#comments 4k Acer b286hk Build a PC display Hardware monitor Newegg uhd ultra hd News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:34:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 29001 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Readying 27-inch WQHD Display with G-Sync Support http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_readying_27-inch_wqhd_display_g-sync_support321 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/acer_xb270hu_wqhd_gsync_144hz.jpg" alt="Acer XB270HU" title="Acer XB270HU" width="228" height="236" style="float: right;" />XB270HU will deliver a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time</h3> <p>Acer is said to be readying a new addition to the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/acer%E2%80%99s_xb280hk_4k_g-sync_display_now_available_north_america764" target="_blank">XBO range of gaming displays</a> it launched a while back. A G-Sync enabled monitor like the two existing models in the XBO family, the upcoming XB270HU appears, based on its specs, to be a potential rival to the<strong> <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_rog_readies_swift_pg278q_monitor_nvidia_g-sync_august_release" target="_blank">27-inch Asus ROG Swift PG278Q</a></strong> that made its commercial debut in July as the world’s first WQHD (2560x1440) monitor with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.</p> <p>According to UK-based site <a href="http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/news_archive/32.htm#acer_xb270hu">TFT Central</a>, the 27-inch XB270HU will be a WQHD TN panel display (could even be the same AU Optronics panel as the PG278Q) with a 1ms G2G response time, 144Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 contrast, 350 nits brightness, 170/160 viewing angles and, of course, G-Sync support. As for connections, it will include one DisplayPort input and as many as four USB 3.0 ports.</p> <p>At this time, we have nothing to report as far as its price is concerned. For that info you will have to wait a little bit longer as the XB270HU isn’t scheduled to come out until the first quarter of 2015.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_readying_27-inch_wqhd_display_g-sync_support321#comments 144Hz Acer display g-sync Gaming monitor pg278q qhd wqhd XB270HU News Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:54:41 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 28976 at http://www.maximumpc.com Eizo's 31-Inch ColorEdge 4K Monitor Calibrates Itself http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_31-inch_coloredge_4k_monitor_calibrates_itself_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/eizo_cg318-4k.jpg" alt="Eizo CG318-4K" title="Eizo CG318-4K" width="228" height="169" style="float: right;" />Built-in sensor enables self-calibration</h3> <p>Following up on its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution" target="_blank">funky square-shaped monitor</a> announcement earlier this week, <strong>Eizo has introduced a self-calibrating DCI 4K (4096x2160) display</strong> 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.</p> <p>Eizo also offers ColorNavigator Network, a secure, cloud-based web hosting solution for administrators to perform quality control tasks on client ColorEdge monitors with ColorNavigator NX (a free color calibration download) installed.</p> <p>"Used together, ColorNavigator Network and ColorNavigator NX allow an administrator to take advantage of the self-calibration capabilities of the ColorEdge monitors by automating calibration and other QC tasks on ColorEdge monitors located in a single or multiple locations," <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/press/releases/htmls/cg318-4k.html" target="_blank">Eizo says</a>. "This potentially saves hundreds or thousands of hours annually in maintenance downtime while ensuring the color accuracy of all ColorEdge monitors."</p> <p>The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 10-bit display with a 16-bit lookup tablet (LUT). It sports an IPS panel that reproduces 98 percent of the DCI-P3 and 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color spaces. Other ratings include 178-degree viewing angles, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 1,500:1 contrast ratio, and 9ms response time.</p> <p>It has a three-port USB 3.0 hub, ergonomic stand with height, tilt, and swivel adjustments, two HDMI ports, and two DisplayPort connectors.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/coloredge/cg318-4k/index.html#tab01" target="_blank">ColorEdge CG318-RK</a> will begin shipping in April of next year. No word yet on price.</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/eizos_31-inch_coloredge_4k_monitor_calibrates_itself_2014#comments 4k cg318-4k coloredge display eizo Hardware monitor panel News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:38:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28970 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces Availability of 32-Inch B326HK 4K Ultra HD IPS Display for $1,000 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_availability_32-inch_b326hk_4k_ultra_hd_ips_display_1000 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_b326hk.jpg" alt="Acer B326HK" title="Acer B326HK" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />A 4K Ultra HD monitor with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel</h3> <p><strong>Acer today introduced its newest 4K Ultra HD monitor to the U.S. market, the B326HK</strong>. 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.</p> <p>"Our newest 4K display available in an ergonomic 32-inch model was built for those who want to view games, movies, videos and other graphic intensive content on a big screen," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/124692" target="_blank">said Ronald Lau</a>, Acer America senior business manager - peripherals. "The UHD resolution delivers incredibly vibrant images with very sharp detail and an adjustable stand makes viewing as comfortable as possible. IT professionals will appreciate the wide array of connectivity options, earth-friendly design and the inclusion of a VESA wall-mount to maximize space."</p> <p>Acer says the B326HK sports 100 percent coverage of the sRGB color space and offers 6-axis color adjustment. It also has "ComfyView" non-glare protection that consists of a polarizer material to reduce lighting reflection.</p> <p>We're not big on rated specs when it comes to monitors because they're easily fudged and there's no real standards to measure against, but for what it's worth, the B326HK features a 6ms response time, 350 nit brightness, and 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio.</p> <p>Connectivity options include a DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL), and DVI, along with a built-in USB 3.0 hub. You'll also find integrated speakers.</p> <p>The <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-model/UM.JB6AA.002" target="_blank">B326HK</a> is available now for $1,000 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/acer_announces_availability_32-inch_b326hk_4k_ultra_hd_ips_display_1000#comments 3840x2160 4k Acer b326hk display Hardware monitor panel ultra hd News Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:31:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 28963 at http://www.maximumpc.com Eizo's Square Shaped FlexScan EV2730Q Monitor Features a 1920x1920 Resolution http://www.maximumpc.com/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/flexscan_ev2730q.jpg" alt="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q" title="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />You're such a square!</h3> <p>Most users shopping for a new monitor will choose between a widescreen or an ultra-widescreen panel, but have you ever thought about going square? Probably not, though Eizo hopes you will after seeing its latest display. <strong>Eizo's FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch square monitor with a 1920x1920 resolution</strong> (1:1 aspect ratio) that's "wide all around." With regards to screen real estate, it has 78 percent more pixels than a standard widescreen 1920x1080 monitor.</p> <p>What's the point? Eizo says the added vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, resulting in less scrolling and a more efficient view of data -- basically combining the best of both worlds in terms of portrait and landscape mode.</p> <p>"This makes the monitor ideal for displaying information such as CAD or program development data with a more complete overall view on screen," <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/press/releases/htmls/ev2730q.html" target="_blank">Eizo says.</a></p> <p>The monitor uses a non-glare IPS panel with generous viewing angles (178 degrees horizontal and vertical). Eizo claims a 5ms gray-to-gray response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and 300 cd/m2 brightness. Other features consist of a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, built-in 1W speakers, 3.5mm stereo and headphone jacks, DisplayPort and DVI-D connectivity, and a flexible stand with height adjustment, tilt, and swivel.</p> <p>Eizo says the <a href="http://www.eizoglobal.com/products/flexscan/ev2730q/index.html#tab01" target="_blank">FlexScan EV2730Q</a> will be available in the first quarter of next year -- no word yet on price.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/flexscan_ev2730q_sidebyside.jpg" alt="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q and Full HD Monitor" title="Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q and Full HD Monitor" width="620" height="360" /></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/eizos_square_shaped_flexscan_ev2730q_monitor_features_1920x1920_resolution#comments 1920x1920 display eizo flexscan ev2730q Hardware monitor News Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:02:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 28961 at http://www.maximumpc.com GOG.com Kicks Off Autumn Sales with Free Games http://www.maximumpc.com/gogcom_kicks_autumn_sales_free_games_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gog_sale_0.jpg" alt="GOG Sale" title="GOG Sale" width="228" height="155" style="float: right;" />Get titles like Mount &amp; Blade and The Witcher 2 at no cost</h3> <p><strong>GOG just launched its 2014 DRM-Free Big Fall Sale</strong> with plenty of deals, plus a free game with the chance to snag more no-cost titles. For the next 48 hours, you can grab Mount &amp; Blade for free from GOG's website, no strings attached. Other freebies include The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings and the movie The Gamers: Director's Cut, though you have to earn them by visiting GOG's website every day and collecting special stamps. Grab seven and you're golden.</p> <p>When you're not collecting stamps or playing Mount &amp; Blade, you can browse the site's collection of discounted titles -- there are over 700 games on sale, with discounts that go as deep as 90 percent. There will also be daily deals and flash sales to take advantage of.</p> <p>For example, the Ultimate Dungeons and Dragons bundle is back by popular demand. It's marked down to $21.10 for the next 24 hours and includes a collection of ten D&amp;D classics -- once the deal expires, it will be shoved aside for another daily offer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gog.com/" target="_blank">Check it out</a>, and happy gaming.</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/gogcom_kicks_autumn_sales_free_games_2014#comments Build a PC display g-sync Hardware monitor nvidia philips News Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:19:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28899 at http://www.maximumpc.com BenQ's Hybrid XL2420G Monitor Runs G-Sync (When You Want It To) http://www.maximumpc.com/benqs_hybrid_xl2420g_monitor_runs_g-sync_when_you_want_it <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_xl2420g.jpg" alt="BenQ XL2420G" title="BenQ XL2420G" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" />Choose between Classic Mode or G-Sync Mode</h3> <p>Life is about choices, isn't it? Like whether to view the posted speed limit as a rule of law or a recommendation, and whether to call the next night like you promised you would. Some are less intense and not as prone to heavy consequences, like choosing whether or not to run your monitor in G-Sync mode. That is, when you're given the choice. <strong>BenQ claims its XL2420G is the market's first hybrid monitor to give gamers a choice between running G-Sync or Classic modes</strong>, and it's now shipping in the U.S.</p> <p>"Giving players the ability to select between gameplay modes offers customization advantages that are currently unequaled in the marketplace," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for BenQ America Corp. "When paired with BenQ’s RevolutionEyes technology, the XL2420G provides a hybrid experience which is both blazingly fast and incredibly comfortable. With the launch of this long-awaited innovation, BenQ is proud to be behind one of the most significant advancements in the history of competitive gaming technology."</p> <p>In terms of rated specs, the 24-inch XL2420G features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution with a 1ms GTG response time, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness, and 72 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut.</p> <p>Of course, the real question is what's the difference between Nvidia's G-Sync Mode and BenQ's proprietary Classic Mode, right? The former ensures that images appear instantly as they're rendered, which virtually eliminates things like lag and stuffer, while the latter is for "added versatility" in terms of settings not supported by G-Sync, BenQ says. That includes things like RevolutionEyes technology, Motion Blur Reduction, Smart Scaling, Gaming Refresh Rate Optimization Management (GROM), and other fancy sounding features that you can read about in more detail on the <a href="http://gaming.benq.com/gaming-monitor/xl2420g/" target="_blank">XL2420G's product page</a>.</p> <p>THe XL2420G should be available now or soon 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/benqs_hybrid_xl2420g_monitor_runs_g-sync_when_you_want_it#comments BenQ display g-sync Gaming Hardware montor nvidia News Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:43:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 28873 at http://www.maximumpc.com AOC Rolls Out 17-inch USB Companion Monitor http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_rolls_out_17-inch_usb_companion_monitor_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_e1759fwu.jpg" alt="AOC e1759Fwu" title="AOC e1759Fwu" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Pair with your desktop or laptop</h3> <p>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? <strong>One way to restore that dual-display goodness is with AOC's 17-inch USB Monitor (E1759FWU)</strong> powered by built-in DisplayLink technology. This newest model from AOC is thinner, lighter, and larger than the company's previous USB offerings.</p> <p>There's no power cord or VGA cable to muck around with, just plug the panel into a USB 3.0 port and you're good to go. It comes with a foldable stand that goes from landscape to portrait model with auto-pivot, along with a carrying case since one of the most likely uses is as a travel companion to your laptop. Once connected to your laptop (or desktop), the integrated DisplayLink graphics allow it to function as a secondary display.</p> <p>The specs are decent, though not outstanding -- it boasts a 1600x900 resolution rather than Full HD 1080p. It also has a 10ms rated response time (GTG), 650:1 contrast ratio, 220 cd/m2 brightness, and 90 degrees horizontal / 65 degrees vertical viewing angles.</p> <p>Should you want a more permanent placement, it's VESA 75mm x 75mm wall-mount compliant.</p> <p>The <a href="http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/e1759fwu" target="_blank">AOC 17-inch USB Monitor</a> is available now on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/AOC-E1759fwu-17-Inch-Powered-Portable/dp/B00LPC3U8Q" target="_blank">Amazon for $200</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/aoc_rolls_out_17-inch_usb_companion_monitor_2014#comments aoc display e1759fwu Hardware monitor panel usb News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:56:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28771 at http://www.maximumpc.com Samsung Throws PC Gamers a Curved LED Monitor http://www.maximumpc.com/samsung_throws_pc_gamers_curved_led_monitor_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_sd590c.jpg" alt="Samsung SD590C" title="Samsung SD590C" width="228" height="209" style="float: right;" />A curved display with a narrow bezel</h3> <p>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 -- <strong>Samsung today unveiled the SD590C, a curved monitor</strong> with a "super narrow bezel", built-in stereo speakers, and a specialized mode optimized for gaming.</p> <p>"As a leader in the display industry, Samsung is committed to pushing the envelope on both monitor design and technology to offer consumers the best experience possible," said Ron Gazzola, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "The SD590C represents that vision, with a curved design that was carefully engineered to draw you into the display and truly make you feel a part of the content."</p> <p>The SD590C is a 27-inch display with Full HD 1080p 1920x1080 resolution, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 4ms response time (G2G), 60Hz refresh rate, 178 degrees viewing angle (both horizontal and vertical), and three display input options (D-sub, HDMI, and DisplayPort).</p> <p>Why bother with a curved panel? According to Samsung, curved displays offer a more enveloping experience. They're also supposed to be more comfortable for long sessions because peripheral vision clutter is reduced.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/samsung_sd590c_top.jpg" alt="Samsung SD590C Top" title="Samsung SD590C Top" width="620" height="110" /></p> <p>As for the special Game Mode, with just a single click, the monitor adjusts settings for what Samsung considers optimized play -- it will detect changes in scenes, enhance the color, alter the contrast to make the darks daker and the lights lighter, make it so that gamers can see the action at all times, and enrich the sound.</p> <p>The SD590C will be available on October 1 for $430 (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/samsung_throws_pc_gamers_curved_led_monitor_2014#comments 5d590c curved display led monitor panel samsung News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:17:53 +0000 Paul Lilly 28629 at http://www.maximumpc.com