Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2013 - 10:22 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: vizio xvt series, vizio, ultra hdtv, UHD, led, edge-lit led, ces 2013, CES, 4k, 3d tv
Vizio is bringing out all the stops for CES this year with new products in all of its major areas of manufacturing. They are showing off new phones, tablets, computers, and now televisions. Specifically, the company will be teasing invited CES attendees at the Wynn Hotel ballroom with several new 4K Ultra HDTV televisions.
Vizio's 80-inch M-series television. The XVT series will have a similar industrial design.
Vizio has not yet released detailed specifications, but the company has stated that the UHD televisions will be similar in form factor and design to the upcoming M-series (set to release later this year). An industrial design with thin bezel and up to 80” display are hinted at. The new XVT series will have resolutions of 4K x 2K which qualifies for the lower-tier UHD standard (with the top end being 8K). Vizio will be using edge-lit LED technology, which is likely the result of compromises necessary to facilitate the thin bezel. While full array LED with local dimming would be ideal, the company’s edge-lit technology is decent second-choice.
Further, at least some models will support 3D input and Vizio’s Theater 3D tech along with refresh rates up to 240Hz. That figure is interesting as it could mean 120Hz refresh rates per player in a multiplayer game should the TVs support the necessary glasses technology.
Naturally, Vizio is not yet talking pricing or availability. The company has only stated that it will talk about such things once the XVT series is “closer to commercial availability.” In essence, that means they will be fairly pricey and not coming anytime soon.
Even though the event is invite only and the TVs are still a ways off from an official release, it is exciting to see Vizio step into the 4K TV game in a big way. Here’s hoping they come out by next year so that Ryan can buy all of the staff one from Christmas (then maybe we would stop dying on the multiplayer after-podcast games... it’s worth a shot!)
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Ryan’s next PC gaming monitor? Perhaps not, but this 84-inch 4K UHDTV from LG is drool worthy nonetheless. The LG 84LM9600 is a promising advancement of TV technology.
Consumer electronics manufacturer LG has taken the wraps off of a new 4K television set to be available next month. The 84LM9600 is the company’s largest Ultra High Definition (UHD) television at 84.” It features a “4K” resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and displays eight million pixels each frame. The television also includes the company’s Smart TV and Cinema 3D technologies for both television apps and displaying 3D content. Further, it comes with an integrated 2.2 speaker system with two 10W speakers and two 15W sub-woofers.
Unfortunately, the press release is rather sparse with details beyond that. Namely, there is no mention of what underlying display technology they are using, what backlight, or what refresh rate it is using.
This television is nowhere near the 8K resolution of the 145" Panasonic UHDTV shown off earlier this year, but it’s cheaper and likely weights a lot less (heh, when you live three floors up that’s an important spec). Not to mention that 4K content is few and far between–much less 8K content. Still, even 4K televisions are very much in “early adopter” territory, and as such has the price to go along with it. Coming in September to worldwide markets (including Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America), the 84-inch, 4K LG television has an MSRP of $22,105.
Speaking of high-end monitors, Ken recently reviewed the approximately $300 27" Achieva monitor with a resolution of 2560x1440. Now if only 4K monitors were that cheap!
Subject: Displays | December 18, 2011 - 11:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: eizo, 4k, FDH3601
I have to admit to you all, there isn't much in the world of computer hardware that I really really want at any given time. Sure, there are new graphics cards like the pending AMD Radeon HD 7000 series and new CPUs like Intel's Sandy Bridge-E, but in truth, after more than a decade of seeing hardware releases, I pretty much know what to expect.
Imagine my surprise (and my wife's disappointment) when I found an incredibly gorgeous monitor that I simply must have, but is sadled with a ~$30,000 price tag.
You are looking at the EIZO DuraVision FDH3601 - a monitor with a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with a diagonal length of 36-in. That equates to a pixel density of 128.6 PPI (pixels per inch) compared to your standard 24-in 1080p monitor with a PPI of 91.7.
At a recent event I got to have some hands on time with one of these badass monitors and I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the image quality it provided. It was running Dirt 3 at the native 4096x2160 resolution and the game has never looked as crisp as it did then. While it didn't eliminate it, this kind of resolution would really make a dent in the need for higher quality AA algorithms.
Here you can see Windows 7 running at the same resolution...
To connect this monitor to any modern graphics hardware on your PC it requires a pair of dual-link DVI connections or a pair of DisplayPort connections in order to have enough bandwidth for peak refresh rates. The monitor is definitely not a thin device but for being one of the first 4K displays available to consumers, we'll gladly accept the depth.
If you want drool over these specs as well, you can head over to the EIZO website. Alternatively, if you would like to purchase one as a holiday gift for me, just send me an email and I'll give you my address!!
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