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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From Viewers Like You...
About two months ago, a viewer of the podcast that Ryan co-hosts on the This Week in Tech network, This Week in Computer Hardware, wrote in with some information that immediately excited the staff here at PC Perspective. Ryan for a long time has been of the opinion that the proliferation of 1080p displays, and prohibitive cost of high resolution monitors has been holding the industry back as a whole. With talk of 4K displays being introduced for consumers this year, a major topic on the podcast in the weeks prior to this viewer email had centered around why we haven't seen affordable 2560x1440 (or 2560x1600) displays.
This brings us back to the knowledge which the listener Jeremy bestowed upon us. Jeremy brought to our attention that various eBay sellers were reselling and exporting generic 27", IPS, LED backlight, 2560x1440 monitors from South Korea. What is remarkable about these displays however is that various models can be found for just around, or even under $350. Everyone listening, including Ryan and his co-host Patrick Norton became immediately interested in these monitors, and I went into research mode.
Subject: General Tech, Displays | January 9, 2012 - 09:50 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: CES, sony, led, crystal led, oled, tv
While I read a few weeks ago that Sony would not be showing off any OLED TVs at CES, I was a bit saddened. The company was the first to bring a real OLED television one step above vaporware, even if it was only 11" and prohibitively expensive it was advancing the technology. Well, CES is here and Sony did not bring any OLED television to demo, much less bring to market this year. Fortunately, LG and Samsung have the OLED TVs covered. The question of how Sony plans to compete with the OLED competition seems to be in improved LED TV technology.
Speaking of LED TV technology, while Sony did not bring an OLED TV to CES, they did bring a new LED TV that they claim is much improved over current LED back-lit televisions. They are calling this technology "Crystal LED," and it is powering a 55" prototype television at this years CES. The 55" television uses very small RGB (red, green, and blue) LEDs to create the picture. This is an important distinction as current "LED TVs" are really just LCD televisions with LEDs as the back-light; where the LEDs shine light through the LCD pixels to create the picture. This Sony prototype is an actual LED TV, not just a branding misnomer as the LED lights are what creates the picture and not just a light source.
According to Engadget, Sony claims their true LED TV is greatly improved over LED-back-lit LCDs and offers 3.5 times the contrast, a 1.5 times wider color gamut, and is 10 times faster than LCDs. Although these are Sony's numbers and should be taken with a grain of salt (until independent reviewers can verify), they at least seem reasonable and plausible. The contrast improvement and true blacks should be readily possible thanks to the panel tech being self emitting. If done right, it should come close to the contrast offered by OLEDs which share the self-emitting property. The ability to be 10 times faster than LCDs may be the most questionable number, but still not an outrageous claim.
Stay tuned for more information as we get it! Do you think Sony's Crystal LED prototype has a chance against OLED?
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Subject: Displays | January 5, 2012 - 10:49 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: monitor, led, display, CES, AOC, 1080p
CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is not until next week, but the tsunami of information and products that is sure to ensue has already started to rise in the form of leaks and teaser announcements. First off today is an announcement by AOC on a product that they will be showing off at CES. According to Maximum PC, the monitor, dubbed the e2251Fwu, will be pretty impressive by USB monitor standards.
Specifically, the monitor will be a 22 inch, LED back-lit monitor powered and connected to the PC for video via USB. It is HDCP compatible, sports a 1920x1080 resolution, 5ms response time, and 250 cd/m2 (candela per square metre) brightness, The monitor claims a 20,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, though comparing contrast ratios isn't very reliable (but that's another story). Unfortuantely, I wasn't able to dig up much more information from around the web. It will be interesting to see just how much latency the USB connection will add and whether it will be close to the panel's 5ms response time.
Further, the monitor is slated to be available in February for just under 200 bucks. For those of you that have tried out USB connected displays, how well do they work as secondary monitors?
PC Perspective's CES 2012 coverage is sponsored by MSI Computer
Over at Hack a Day is a video and project log of an industrious fellow whose digital picture frame backlight bit the biscuit. Instead of buying a new one he removed the dead CCFL and replaced it with a six dollar LED strip instead of an expensive inverter or lamp for the CCFL. The project is not easy, especially if you wish to attempt this on a full sized monitor but there are tips and tricks that should help you on your way in the full post.
"[Fileark] had the backlight on his digital picture frame go out one day. These are generally Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps which require an inverter to source the voltage necessary for proper operation. When they stop working, the inverter is usually to blame. Since that circuit is made up of pretty small surface mount circuitry, he decided to replace the backlight with LEDs rather than repair the inverter."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Roundup: Dell Monitors on e-IPS Matrix @ X-bit Labs
- ASUS PA246Q: Prosumer TFT or a Serious Amateur? @ InsideHW
- Dell UltraSharp U2410 24” IPS Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Antec SoundScience Halo 6 LED Bias Lighting Kit Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- XFX's Triple Display Monitor Stand @ The Tech Report