display http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/827/ en 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 Acer's Compact H5380BD Projector Supports 3D Movies, Won't Drive Up Your Power Bill http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_compact_h5380bd_projector_supports_3d_movies_wont_drive_your_power_bill <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_h5380bd.jpg" alt="Acer H5380BD" title="Acer H5380BD" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Little projector beams big images up to 300 inches diagonally</h3> <p>The next time you plan a movie night, you may want to stay inside. That's what Acer hopes, anyway -- <strong>the company just announced its H5380BD home entertainment projector</strong> for U.S. consumers. The company's projector displays 720p HD (1280x720) images in 16:9 widescreen format, while also offering up 144Hz 3D support at 3,000 lumens, prompting Acer to advertise "movie-quality projection."</p> <p>"Our newest projector was designed to provide consumers with an affordable option for showcasing HD movies and 3D entertainment," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/76196" target="_blank">said Edward Chan</a>, product manager for Acer America. "Outfitted with a long-lasting LED lamp and power saving options, it offers a low total cost of ownership. Small and lightweight, it’s easy to move from room to room or to bring to a friend’s house for a movie night."</p> <p>The H5380BD can display up to a 300-inch image with color saturation up to 95 to 130 percent NTSC. Other rated specs and features include a 13,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, Acer ColorBoost II+ technology, a dust shield system, and power saving amenities that can extend lamp life up to 10,000 hours.</p> <p>Acer's <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/MR.JHB11.00A" target="_blank">newest projector</a> is available now for $549 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/acers_compact_h5380bd_projector_supports_3d_movies_wont_drive_your_power_bill#comments 3D Acer display h5380bd Hardware movies Projector News Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:37:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27484 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dell and HP Have the Declining PC Monitor Market Figured Out http://www.maximumpc.com/dell_and_hp_have_declining_pc_monitor_market_figured_out_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/dell_monitors.jpg" alt="Dell Monitors" title="Dell Monitors" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />IDC reports a slight drop in overall monitor shipments</h3> <p>It appears PC users are mostly content with their current monitors, hence why <strong>PC display shipments came in at just under 35 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013</strong>, representing a drop of 0.4 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to data released by IDC. That's also representative of a 3.8 percent decline over the same quarter a year ago, though HP and Dell must have missed the memo because both recorded gains in the monitor segment.</p> <p>Dell retained its spot at the top with a worldwide market share of 14.2 percent on shipments of 5 million monitors, while HP crept up into second place with an impressive quarter-over-quarter increase of 26.7 percent. Samsung, LG, and Lenovo all saw monitor shipments move in a negative direction.</p> <p>"Dell and HP both saw increases in unit shipments for the worldwide PC monitor market for the second time in a down year," <a href="http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24739214" target="_blank">said Jennifer Song</a>, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "At a regional level, EMEA experienced the largest positive growth during the fourth quarter, with Italy and Spain posting the biggest gains."</p> <p>It will be interesting to see if Dell and HP can maintain their momentum. Looking ahead, IDC is forecasting a 9 percent decline in worldwide shipments to 31.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014.</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/dell_and_hp_have_declining_pc_monitor_market_figured_out_2014#comments Build a PC dell display Hardware hewlett-packard hp idc monitor News Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:52:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 27469 at http://www.maximumpc.com AOC Adds Four Sub-$200 Monitors to Display Lineup http://www.maximumpc.com/aoc_adds_four_sub-200_monitors_display_lineup <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/aoc_monitor.jpg" alt="AOC Monitor" title="AOC Monitor" width="228" height="191" style="float: right;" />New panels from AOC range in size from 19.5 inches to 24 inches</h3> <p><strong>AOC is kicking off the work week by unveiling four new monitors</strong> intended for home office, government, and education environments. Among the new panels you'll find a 19.5-inch monitor running at 1600x900, two 21.5-inch panels with Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolutions, and a 24-inch model that also features a Full HD 1080p display. All four sport LED backlights and AOC's product enhancing and energy saving software.</p> <p>Users can divide each of the displays into up to four self-contained work areas using AOC's included Screen+ software. The benefit in doing so is that you can view multiple documents or programs at the same time, AOC says. In addition, each of the monitors come with iMenu software that allows users to navigate the on-screen display (OSD) menu with a mouse.</p> <p>As for the hardware, the 19.5-inch model (e2060Swda-TAA) features a 5ms response time, 220 cd/m2 rated brightness, 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio, Kensington lock slot, and a pair of 2W built-in speakers. Connectivity consists of DVI-D with HDCP. It's priced at $159.99.</p> <p>There are two 21.5-inch models -- e2260Swdn-TAA and e2260Swda-TAA. The former features the same specs as the 19.5-inch panel except with a rated brightness of 200 cd/m2 and no built-in speakers, while the latter is rated at 250 cd/m2 and has speakers. These two panels cost $179.99 and $189.99, respectively.</p> <p>Finally, the 24-inch model (e2460Sd-TAA) has a 5ms response time, 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m2 brightness, DVI-D with HDCP, and Kensington lock slot. It costs $199.99.</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_adds_four_sub-200_monitors_display_lineup#comments aoc display Hardware lcd led monitor News Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:37:05 +0000 Paul Lilly 27457 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Rolls Out 27-inch WQHD (2560x1440) Display for $450 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_rolls_out_27-inch_wqhd_2560x1440_display_450 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_k272hul_angle.jpg" alt="Acer K272HUL Angled" title="Acer K272HUL Angled" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />Big screen display isn't lacking for connectivity</h3> <p><strong>Acer is closing out the month of February by offering up its K272HUL, a 27-inch monitor</strong> with an ultra-sharp WQHD (2560x1440) resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio. An ergonomic frame props up the large screen display with 5 to 25 degrees of tilt action. You can also mount the monitor to your wall and have it sit relatively flat (the monitor measures 2 inches deep by 17.4 inches wide by 10.5 inches high).</p> <p>The K272HUL supports Picture-in-Picture (PiP) using both DisplayPort and either HDMI (there are two of these) or DVI simultaneously. In addition, it boasts wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees horizontally and vertically, which makes it easy to collaborate with others.</p> <p>Other features found on Acer's 27-inch monitor include a 100,000,000:1 maximum contrast ratio, 6ms response time, dual built-in speakers, and Acer's "ComfyView" technology, which is supposed to reflect less ambient light for more vivid colors, reduced glare, and more comfortable viewing.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/acer_k272hul.jpg" alt="Acer K272HUL" title="Acer K272HUL" width="620" height="477" /></p> <p>You should be able to find the K272HUL online today for $450 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_rolls_out_27-inch_wqhd_2560x1440_display_450#comments Acer display Hardware k272hul lcd monitor wqhd News Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:00:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 27360 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Introduces K137 Portable Projector to the U.S. Market http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_introduces_k137_portable_projector_us_market <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_k137.jpg" alt="Acer K137" title="Acer K137" width="228" height="117" style="float: right;" />A home theater that fits in the palm of your hand</h3> <p>Bigger isn't always better, especially when you're talking about mobility. For example, have you ever wanted to take your home theater with you? That's a tough task, though <strong>Acer's new palm-sized K137 projector makes it easy to bring a big screen experience to a friend's house</strong>. It weighs just 1.1 pounds and measures 7.4 inches (W) by 4.6 inches (D) by 1.6 inches (H).</p> <p>"It’s easily moved to the den for a gaming match with friends or toted in a backpack for taking to the family cabin for movie night," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2014/75196" target="_blank">Acer says</a>.</p> <p>The tiny projector puts out 700 ANSI lumens in standard mode (560 lumens in Eco mode) and has a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It has a native 1280x800 HD WXGA resolution and maximum UXGA 1080p Full HD resolution. According to Acer, the K137 can beam a 62-inch image from less than 6.5 feet away while maintaining up to 95 percent NTSC color gamut.</p> <p>Other features include a pair of built-in 3W speakers with SRS Wow HD stereo enhancement, a microSD slot, USB port, HDMI port input (for connecting to PCs, game consoles, and Blu-ray/DVD players), and a bulb that lasts up to 20,000 hours in standard mode and 30,000 hours in ExtremeEco mode. It's also Microsoft Office compatible, Acer says.</p> <p>The Acer K137 LED portable projector will be available this month for $599.</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_introduces_k137_portable_projector_us_market#comments Acer display Hardware Home Theater k137 mobile Projector News Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:37:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 27215 at http://www.maximumpc.com Sacramento Kings to Wear Google Glass Courtside During NBA Game http://www.maximumpc.com/sacramento_kings_wear_google_glass_courtside_during_nba_game2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/kings.jpg" alt="Sacramento Kings" title="Sacramento Kings" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />See the game from a whole new perspective</h3> <p>Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on the bench during an NBA game? One way to find out is to practice your dribbling and shooting skills until you get drafted or noticed and signed by one of the 30 teams. Even then it's a long shot that all that hard work will pay off, so if you're looking for a different way, tune in to watch the Sacramento Kings go up against the Indiana Pacers on January 24, 2014. Unlike any previous NBA game, the upcoming matchup will feature the <strong>Kings and other personnel wearing Google Glass</strong> on the sidelines.</p> <p>The Sacramento Kings, who have one of the worst records in the league at 14-25 as opposed to the Indiana Pacers who are tied for the best record at 32-7, may not be all that skilled on the court, but at least they're willing to embrace technology. They recently became the first professional sports team to <a href="http://www.nba.com/kings/news/sacramento-kings-become-first-professional-sports-team-accept-virtual-currency-bitcoin" target="_blank">accept Bitcoins</a>, and now they'll be the first to don Google Glass during a live game.</p> <p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/sacramento-kings-close-personal-google-glass/story?id=21577663" target="_blank">According to <em>ABC News</em></a>, team members, cheerleaders, and announcers will all wear Google Glass during the game, giving viewers glimpses of NBA action from perspectives they've likely never seen before. Google Glass will also be used to record video for playback on the stadium's jumbotron.</p> <p>This is just the beginning. The Kings plan to use Google Glass on an ongoing basis, and there's talk of the NBA expanding its use.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/neighborhoods/5422562152/sizes/l/" target="_blank">Flickr (neighborhoods.org)</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/sacramento_kings_wear_google_glass_courtside_during_nba_game2014#comments basketball display google glass hmd hud nba sacramento kings technology News Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:38:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 27100 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google's Testing a Smart Contact Lens for Diabetics http://www.maximumpc.com/googles_testing_smart_contact_lens_diabetics2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_smart_contact_lens.jpg" alt="Google Smart Contact Lens" title="Google Smart Contact Lens" width="228" height="178" style="float: right;" />Smart contact lens measures glucose levels</h3> <p>Chances are high you know someone with diabetes. My dad is diagnosed with it and gives himself an insulin shot each day. I have a young nephew who suffers from it as well. People with diabetes have the daily challenge of keeping their blood sugar levels in check, which means monitoring what they eat, when they eat, and how much they eat, among other things. It's a bum rap, but to make things easier, <strong>Google has begun testing a smart contact lens that measures glucose levels</strong> using a miniaturized sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.</p> <p>There are tears in the contact lens as well as a wireless chip to transmit data. It's still early in the game, but already Google says it's completed multiple clinical research studies that are helping to refine its prototype.</p> <p>"We’re testing prototypes that can generate a reading once per second. We’re also investigating the potential for this to serve as an early warning for the wearer, so we’re exploring integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed above or below certain thresholds," Google stated in a <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/introducing-our-smart-contact-lens.html" target="_blank">blog post</a>."</p> <p>Google's hope is that this will become a tool for people with diabetes to manage their disease. For now, the search giant is in discussions with the FDA, though "there's still a lot more work to do" before this becomes a usable technology.</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/googles_testing_smart_contact_lens_diabetics2014#comments contact lens diabetes display Google technology News Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:18:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 27090 at http://www.maximumpc.com California Woman Dodges Ticket for Driving While Wearing Google Glass http://www.maximumpc.com/california_woman_dodges_ticket_driving_while_wearing_google_glass2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/glass_0.jpg" alt="Google Glass" title="Google Glass" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Court victory could lead to more legal challenges</h3> <p>A software developer who received a citation for wearing <strong>Google Glass while driving was found not guilty</strong> by San Diego County Traffic Court Commissioner John Blair. The ticket was issued to Cecilia Abadie on October 29 after being pulled over for speeding while driving along Interstate 15. In addition to speeding, she was cited for "Driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)."</p> <p>It's illegal in California to drive with a video or TV screen turned on and visible to the driver. However, Blair ruled that there was no evidence to prove Glass was operating while Abadie was driving, the <em>Associated Press</em> <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GOOGLE_GLASS_TICKET" target="_blank">reports</a>. What he did not do, however, is rule that it's legal to drive with Glass turned on, adding that the device does indeed fall under California Vehicle Code 27602, explained above.</p> <p>The decision is an interesting one as some say the lower court ruling avoids setting a precedent, but does open the door to future challenges. Abadie is believed to be the first person to receive a ticket for wearing Glass while driving.</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/california_woman_dodges_ticket_driving_while_wearing_google_glass2014#comments automobiles display distracted driving google glass Hardware News Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:07:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 27088 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nvidia Now Selling DIY G-Sync Upgrade Kits for Asus VG248QE Monitors http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_now_selling_diy_g-sync_upgrade_kits_asus_vg248qe_monitors <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/g-sync_upgrade.jpg" alt="G=Sync DIY Upgrade" title="G=Sync DIY Upgrade" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />Available for a limited time only</h3> <p>Nvidia in October of last year unveiled its <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/nvidia_announces_nvidia_g-sync_gamestream_and_much_more">G-Sync monitor technology</a> intended to reduce stutter, lag, tearing, and other unwanted effects associated with synching a monitor's refresh rate with the GPU. The company's goal is to integrate G-Sync into third-party monitors, though for a limited time, <strong>Nvidia is offering a G-Sync DIY upgrade kit</strong> that works with (and only with) Asus's 24-inch VG248QE display.</p> <p>Word of warning -- this requires a proficiency with modding. "We strongly recommend that you're technically skilled with system modification," <a href="http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/g-sync/diy" target="_blank">Nvidia says</a> in a 15-minute instruction video."</p> <p>The mod requires physically opening up your VG248QE monitor and popping the front panel off of the frame. This itself requires working your way around the frame with a screwdriver, being careful not to scratch or break anything. From there it gets more intense, though certainly doable if you're handy and/or experienced with taking apart electronics.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FMKpJr0KTC8" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>One other caveat is price. Nvidia is selling the G-Sync DIY upgrade kit for $200 plus shipping. That's on top of the cost of the Asus VG248QE monitor, which streets for around $265.</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/nvidia_now_selling_diy_g-sync_upgrade_kits_asus_vg248qe_monitors#comments asus display g-sync Hardware modding monitor nvidia vg248qe News Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:23:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 27087 at http://www.maximumpc.com CES 2014: Asus Throws Down the Gauntlet, Unveils a 28-inch 4K Gaming Monitor for $799 [Video] http://www.maximumpc.com/ces_2014_asus_throws_down_gauntlet_unveils_28-inch_4k_gaming_monitor_799_video <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_pb287q.jpg" alt="Asus PB287Q" title="Asus PB287Q" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />Gaming enthusiasts, this is your next monitor</h3> <p>It didn't take long for Asus to jump into the 4K monitor market and claim it as its own. If you thought the price of the <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/philips_rolls_out_28-inch_4k_ultra_hd_monitor_1200">Philips UltraClear</a> was reasonable (compared to 30-inch panels with lower resolutions), take a gander at the <strong>Asus PB287Q</strong>, a 28-inch display with a 4K ultra high definition resolution (3840x2160), TN panel, and blazing fast 1ms response time for just $799. Business users should take note as well.</p> <p>On the ergonomics side, the stand supports tilt, swivel, height, and pivot adjustments. As for connectivity, you can hook up to the display via HDMI or DisplayPort, with the HDMI port supporting MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) for connecting smartphones and tablets.</p> <p>Other rated specs include 350cd/m2 brightness, earphone jack, built-in 2W stereo speakers, Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture support, and SplendidPlus Video Intelligence technology.</p> <p>One thing to note is that you'll need a burly graphics card to drive this monitor at its rated resolution. Those are becoming easier to come by these days, with both AMD and Nvidia pushing out high-end GPUs for 4K gaming.</p> <p>Asus says the PB287Q will be available in the latter part of Q2.</p> <h3>Update</h3> <p>While Asus isn't planning to launch the PB287Q until sometime in Q2, the company had one on display at CES. Gordon had a chance to check it out in person, noting that it's "simply beautiful." See what else he had to say in the following video:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LW7Eb5WmyFw" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>In addition to a 4K panel, Asus also announced the ROG Swift PG278Q 27-inch G-Sync monitor with a WQHD resolution (2560x1440). It's tough to discern on camera, but in person, Nvidia's G-Sync technology smooths out gameplay by eliminating stuttering associated with synchronizing display refresh rates to the GPU in your Kepler card. Check it out:</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/irLJIDtbHIg" 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_2014_asus_throws_down_gauntlet_unveils_28-inch_4k_gaming_monitor_799_video#comments 4k asus Build a PC display Hardware monitor pb287q ultra hd News Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:48:27 +0000 Paul Lilly and Gordon Mah Ung 27022 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces 20-inch FT200HQL Capacity Touch Display for $199 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_20-inch_ft200hql_capacity_touch_display_199 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_monitor_1.jpg" alt="Acer FT200HQL" title="Acer FT200HQL" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />A small but affordable touchscreen display</h3> <p>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. <strong>Acer's new 20-inch FT200HQL</strong> is one such option, and though the 19.5-inch screen is on the small side, it supports 10-point capacitive touch input.</p> <p>It's also VESA wall-mountable. If you prefer to plop it on your desk, the stand tilts from 10-90 degrees, which <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2013/74080" target="_blank">Acer claims</a> is especially beneficial for touch-friendly activities like playing games, viewing photo albums, flipping through cookbooks, and surfing the web.</p> <p>Acer's FT200HQL sports a native resolution of 1600x900 with a 5ms response time, viewing angles of up to 170 degrees horizontally and up to 160 degrees vertically, and a 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It also has built-in dual speakers, a VGA port, and two HDMI ports.</p> <p>You can find the Acer FT200HQL selling now for $199 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/acer_announces_20-inch_ft200hql_capacity_touch_display_199#comments Acer capacitive display ft200hql Hardware monitor panel touch News Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:06:36 +0000 Paul Lilly 26924 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer's Thin and Light K335 LED Projector Fits in a Backpack, Costs $699 http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_thin_and_light_k335_led_projector_fits_backpack_costs_699 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/acer_k335.jpg" alt="Acer K335 LED Projector" title="Acer K335 LED Projector" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />A projector for mobile professionals</h3> <p>If mobility is the name of the game, <strong>Acer's K335 portable projector</strong> won't bog you down. On the contrary, Acer says its newest projector weighs a mere 2.8 pounds -- that's Ultrabook territory -- and measures 9.1 inches by 6.5 inches by 1.8 inches, small enough to fit easily in a briefcase or backback. That being the case, Acer is pitching the K335 LED projector as being suitable for both home entertainment and business presentations.</p> <p>The K335 delivers a brightness of 1,000 lumens and a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. It also has a native resolution of 1280x800 (WXGA) resolution though it will play Full HD content from Blu-ray discs and other sources, Acer says.</p> <p>"Consumers and mobile professionals who want a compact, yet high quality projector for using at home or the office will be thrilled with the Acer K335," <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/press/2013/74042" target="_blank">said Edward Chan</a>, product manager for Acer America. "Its bright projection, long life and plug and play operation make it a practical tool for enjoying movies from the comfort of home or making a high-impact presentation to colleagues."</p> <p>Acer claims user can squeeze up to 30,000 hours out of the LED by taking advantage of the unit's Eco mode, or up to 20,000 hours by sticking with the Standard mode. Either way, it will deliver a 40-inch image from less than 3.9 feet away with color saturation up to 95 to 130 percent NTSC. In addition, it has 2GB of onboard storage so you can pre-load content in preparation for a business meeting or viewing at a friend's house.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/acer_k335_ports.jpg" alt="Acer K335 Ports" title="Acer K335 Ports" width="420" height="101" /></p> <p>As for connectivity, the K335 features HDMI/MHL, SD card reader, USB, and mini-USB. It also has a built-in Office and PDF document reader.</p> <p>The <a href="http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/MR.JG711.009" target="_blank">Acer K335</a> LED projector will be available later this month for $699 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> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/acers_thin_and_light_k335_led_projector_fits_backpack_costs_699#comments Acer display Hardware k335 led Projector News Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:54:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 26918 at http://www.maximumpc.com EVGA's DisplayPort Hub Lets You String Together Three Monitors From a Single Source http://www.maximumpc.com/evgas_displayport_hub_lets_you_string_together_three_monitors_single_source2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/evga_displayport_hub.jpg" alt="EVGA DisplayPort Hub" title="EVGA DisplayPort Hub" width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" />A silent and portable solution</h3> <p>EVGA has designed a handy <strong>DisplayPort hub</strong> that allows for multi-monitor connectivity from a single DisplayPort source, negating the need to invest in another graphics card. The hub supports up to three DisplayPort compatible monitors without any special software or drivers other than your graphics card driver. It does require external power, so EVGA includes an external power adapter in the box.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evga.com/articles/00815/#DisplayPort" target="_blank">EVGA's DisplayPort hub</a> essentially splits the single DisplaySource output between however many monitors (up to three) are connected. By going this route, users are limited to 1920x1080 per monitor when connecting three displays. Here's a breakdown of the supported resolutions and how they're allocated:</p> <ul> <li>2400 x 600 (3 x 800 x 600)</li> <li>3072 x 768 (3 x 1024 x 768)</li> <li>3840 x 720 (3 x 1280 x 720)</li> <li>3840 x 768 (3 x 1280 x 768)</li> <li>3840 x 800 (3 x 1280 x 800)</li> <li>3840 x 960 (3 x 1280 x 960)</li> <li>3840 x 1024 (3 x 1280 x 1024)</li> <li>4080 x 768 (3 x 1360 x 768)</li> <li>4098 x 768 (3 x 1366 x 768)</li> <li>4320 x 900 (3 x 1440 x 900)</li> <li>5040 x 1050 (3 x 1680 x 1050)</li> <li>5760 x 1080 (3 x 1920 x 1080)</li> </ul> <p><img src="/files/u69/evga_displayport_hub_angled.jpg" alt="EVGA DisplayPort Hub Angled" title="EVGA DisplayPort Hub Angled" width="620" height="405" /></p> <p>The device is hot plug compatible and works with all existing DisplayPort 1.2a graphics cards and laptops, EVGA says. It's also totally silent and portable. EVGA sees this being used for graphic design, video editing, 3D animation, CAD/CAM, spreadsheet analysis, and general productivity.</p> <p>You can purchase the DisplayPort Hub now for $100 <a href="http://www.evga.com/products/Product.aspx?pn=200-DP-1301-L1" target="_blank">direct from EVGA</a>. At present, there's a $20 mail-in-rebate available.</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/evgas_displayport_hub_lets_you_string_together_three_monitors_single_source2013#comments display DisplayPort displayport hub evga Hardware monitor Peripherals News Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:47:29 +0000 Paul Lilly 26915 at http://www.maximumpc.com