display http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/827/ en BenQ Gives Stylish EW2440L Monitor a Golden Makeover http://www.maximumpc.com/benq_gives_stylish_ew2440l_monitor_golden_makeover <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_ew2440l_gold.jpg" alt="BenQ EW2440L Gold" title="BenQ EW2440L Gold" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Gold is best!</h3> <p>The fascination with gold colored electronic devices isn't <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p_FzRW_Vv4" target="_blank">unique to Apple</a>, nor is it limited to mobile devices. Need proof? Check out <strong>BenQ's newly minted gold version of its EW2440L monitor</strong>. BenQ swapped the casing on this 24-inch panel for a gold colored version that's most noticeable on the bottom strip, while the other three sides offer a soft accent due to their slim design.</p> <p>From the pictures we've seen, we'll admit that it offers a nice contrast to the brushed black aluminum base, but looks will only get you so far. As for the specs, it's a Full HD 1080 (1920x1080) monitor with a 3,000:1 native contrast ratio 20,000,000:1 dynamic), 72 percent coverage of the NTSC color gamut, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 178-degree viewing angles (horizontal and vertical), 4ms response time, and inputs consisting of D-Sub and two HDMI, one with MHL support.</p> <p>One unique feature of the EW2440L is a Speaker Only mode. This allows users to plug audio devices into the monitor's built-in speakes to pipe out audio without turning the monitor on. We suppose that could come in handy in a pinch, though why anyone would want to rely on monitor speakers for audio is beyond us.</p> <p>The EW2440L also features BenQ's ZeroFlicker technology that supposedly eliminates traditional LED flicker issues using a direct LED-backlight system. Users an also lower the monitor's blue light output via hotkeys to counteract eye fatigue.</p> <p>BenQ says the EW2440L in gold is available now for $269 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/benq_gives_stylish_ew2440l_monitor_golden_makeover#comments BenQ display EW2440L monitor News Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:37:18 +0000 Paul Lilly 29629 at http://www.maximumpc.com Acer Announces 25-inch "Zero-Frame" H257HU Monitor for $370 http://www.maximumpc.com/acer_announces_25-inch_zero-frame_h257hu_monitor_370_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/h257hu.jpg" alt="Acer H257HU Monitor" title="Acer H257HU Monitor" width="228" height="203" style="float: right;" />Barely a bezel</h3> <p>Technically there's a bezel on <strong>Acer's new 25-inch H257HU monitor</strong>. However, Acer's marketing the display as having a "zero-frame design" that both maximizes the viewing area and provides a more seamless viewing experience for multi-monitor setups. Having looked at pictures, I won't argue the point too much, just that there are bezels, though nowhere near as thick as my Dell U3011 (except on the bottom).</p> <p>How thin are they? Acer didn't say, though it did talk about the monitor's brushed metal construction, diamond cut stand, and the slim aluminum front bezel on the bottom, underneath of which are the on-screen display (OSD) controls and presumably the power button.</p> <p>Getting to its vitals, the H257HU sports a WQHD (2560x1440) resolution. It uses an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with 178-degree wide viewing angles horizontally and vertically.</p> <p>According to Acer, the H257HU covers 100 percent of the sRGB color space. To get things looking just right, the monitor offers 6-axis color adjustment.</p> <p>Rated specs include a native 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 nits brightness, and 4ms response time. We don't ever put much stock into such things, as there's no universal standard that all monitor makers adhere to, so as always it comes down to real-world performance.</p> <p>As for connectivity and added features, the H257HU features an HDMI 2.0 port, DVI port, DsiplayPort 1.2, mini DisplayPort, and built-in speakers with DTS sound.</p> <p>The Acer H257HU is available today for $370 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_25-inch_zero-frame_h257hu_monitor_370_2015#comments Acer display H257HU Hardware ips monitor panel zero-frame News Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:39:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 29589 at http://www.maximumpc.com Philips Two-in-One Monitor is Now Available http://www.maximumpc.com/philips_two--one_monitor_now_available_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/philips_two-in-one_monitor.jpg" alt="Philips Two-in-One Monitor" title="Philips Two-in-One Monitor" width="228" height="201" style="float: right;" />A dual headed monitor</h3> <p>We don't need to preach the benefits of a dual-monitor setup to power users -- chances are you already know. The downside, of course, is the amount of desk space you have to give up for a multi-monitor setup. <strong>That's what makes the Philips Two-in-One display so clever. It's supposedly the world's first virtually seamless two-in-one monitor</strong>, which combines a pair of 19-inch screens for a 32-inch display.</p> <p>There's a thin 3.5mm border that separates the two In-Plane Switching (IPS) panels, each of which are slightly angled inward to push the edges of the monitors out for a curved screen effect. Connectivity options include DisplayPort and VGA on the first display, and VGA and MHL-enabled HDMI on the second. You'll also find two USB inputs on each one.</p> <p>The stand supports tilt forward and backward adjustments up to 22.5 degrees, and height adjustment of up to 100mm. Other features include 250 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms rated response time, and a rather ho-hum 1280x1024 resolution.</p> <p>Philips has set the MSRP to $499, though it's currently <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0ZX2MV9170&amp;cm_re=19DP6QJNS-_-24-133-298-_-Product" target="_blank">available on Newegg</a> for about $426 shipped.</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/philips_two--one_monitor_now_available_2015#comments display Hardware monitor philips two-in-one News Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:29:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 29571 at http://www.maximumpc.com Benq Starts Shipping 27-Inch RL2755HM Monitor for $279 http://www.maximumpc.com/benq_starts_shipping_27-inch_rl2755hm_monitor_279 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/benq_rl2755hm.jpg" alt="BenQ RL2755HM Monitor" title="BenQ RL2755HM Monitor" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" />Hype is high</h3> <p><strong>Benq today announced that its 27-inch RL2755HM "blazing fast professional gaming monitor" is now shipping</strong>, meaning you should be able to find it online, if not now then soon. Selected as the official console gaming monitor of both Major League Gaming (MLG) and UMG, they hype machine is in overdrive on this one. We haven't played with this particular model ourselves just yet, though we have glanced the spec sheet.</p> <p>According to Benq, this monitor rocks an ultra-fast 1ms response time with a 12,000,000:1 high dynamic contrast ratio. It also supposedly features ultra-low input lag to FPS and fighting games like the new Halo and Mortal Kombat.</p> <p>"By rendering action without ghosting or latency from mouse motion, gamers are able to see more details and spot opponents faster for a more seamless console gaming experience. Using the monitor’s new fighting mode, gamers can also access specific color calibration settings to help highlight characters during combat — leading to increased precision and more furtive strikes," Benq said.</p> <p>It's a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) monitor, which is really the only display spec that matters. What we mean by that is the lack of industry standards on other specs makes their listed ratings of little value.</p> <p>In any event, it also comes with dual HDMI ports, visibility enhancing "Black eQualilzer," and "<a href="http://info.benq.us/revolutioneyes" target="_blank">ReveolutionEyes</a>" technology to reduce eye fatigue.</p> <p>The Benq RL2755HM carries and MSRP of $279.</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_27-inch_rl2755hm_monitor_279#comments BenQ display Hardware monitor RL2755HM News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:09:51 +0000 Paul Lilly 29514 at http://www.maximumpc.com Asus Pitches High Quality Audio from Designo MX27AQ 27-Inch WQHD Monitor http://www.maximumpc.com/asus_touts_high_quality_audio_designo_mx27aq_27-inch_wqhd_monitor_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_mx27aq.jpg" alt="Asus Designo MX27AQ Monitor" title="Asus Designo MX27AQ Monitor" width="228" height="182" style="float: right;" />A sound decision</h3> <p>When's the last time you fired up a monitor and thought, "Wow, the speakers in this thing are amazing!"? Probably never. The best you can really hope for from the tinny cans that manufactures shove inside of monitors is serviceable audio, but more often than not, they simply suck. Granted, nobody goes shopping for a monitor and puts audio quality at the top of their list, but c'mon, is this the best the industry can do? Maybe not.&nbsp;<strong>Asus promises a better audio experience with its new Designo MX27AQ, a 27-inch WQHD (2560x1440) monitor</strong> <strong>with embedded ICEpower Bang &amp; Olufsen technology</strong>.</p> <p>There's a pair of 3W stereo speakers inside. In addition to incorporating ICEpower, they also benefit from a MobileSound 3 chip and Asus' SonicMaster technology. The promise from Asus is "incredible home theater-quality audio" with crystal clear sound, distinct vocals, and a wide frequency range.</p> <p>Outside of supposedly superior audio, the MX27AQ features an edge-to-edge frameless AH-IPS panel with a 0.1cm bezel, ultra-slim profile, and sundial-inspired base. While we always take these things with a giant grain of salt, it has a 100,000,000:1 rated contrast ratio, 5ms response time (gray to gray), and 100 percent sRGB color space.</p> <p>Other bullet points include Asus' Eye Care technology, which consists of flicker-free and low blue light technologies to reduce eye strain, and robust connectivity including DisplayPort 1.2, dual HDMI ports, and an HDMI / MHL 2.0 port.</p> <p><a href="http://rog.asus.com/403442015/news/asus-announces-designo-mx27aq-wqhd-lcd-monitor/" target="_blank">Asus says</a> the MX27AQ will be available in March for $499 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_touts_high_quality_audio_designo_mx27aq_27-inch_wqhd_monitor_2015#comments asus audio Designo display Hardware monitor MX27AQ speakers wqhd News Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:43:07 +0000 Paul Lilly 29439 at http://www.maximumpc.com Upgraded Standard Sets Sights on 8K Displays for Laptops and All-In-One PCs http://www.maximumpc.com/upgraded_standard_sets_sights_8k_displays_laptops_and_all--one_pcs_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/8k_resolution.jpg" alt="8K Resolution" title="8K Resolution" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />Looking beyond 4K Ultra HD</h3> <p>Consumers have yet to fully embrace 4K Ultra HD displays, but now that the <strong>Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a standard</strong>, it will only be a matter of time before 8K resolution panels end up on all-in-one PCs, laptops, and even mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The new standard replaces eDP 1.4 published a year ago this month.</p> <p>It also borrows from the previous standard by implementing its new higher HBR3 (High Bit Rate) link rate, which operates at 8.1Gbps per lane. Now part of the eDP 1.4a standard, HRB43 combines with the DSC (Display Stream Compression) v1.1 standard to support 8K resolution panels.</p> <p>Another term you're likely to run into is Multi-SST Operation," or MSO. This supports a new type of display architecture that VESA calls "Segmented Panel Display." What it does is allow four high-speed eDP data lanes within the eDP interface to be divided up between either two or four independent panel segments. Lower resolutions will use two panel segments, while higher resolution displays will use four of them. Each segment can have its own timing controller and integrated source drivers.</p> <p>"The Multi-SST Architecture enables greater design flexibility and power savings in new LCD panel technologies for embedded high resolution displays. Samsung proposed this feature in order to permit panel makers to make even broader usage of the eDP interface in advanced panels, as well as reduce panel thickness, reduce power draw, and reduce cost," <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vesa-publishes-embedded-displayport-edp-standard-version-14a-300032473.html" target="_blank">said Bong-Hyun You</a>, VP of Samsung Display Co.</p> <p>This is a work in progress that will continue to evolve along with DisplayPort, though it won't be a particularly slow evolution. VESA expects to see systems using eDP 1.4a as early as next year.</p> <p>Image Credit: documentary.net</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/upgraded_standard_sets_sights_8k_displays_laptops_and_all--one_pcs_2015#comments 8k display edp 1.4a embedded displayport Hardware vesa News Mon, 09 Feb 2015 19:55:56 +0000 Paul Lilly 29403 at http://www.maximumpc.com 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