Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2014 - 07:46 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: monitor, g-sync, CES 2014, CES, benq, 3d vision
BenQ has announced two new monitors that will incorporate NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. The 24-inch XL2420G and 27-inch XL2720G will both be available in Q1 2014. Both monitors have 144 Hz refresh rates and will support three display modes: G-Sync, Low Motion Blur, and 3D Vision. In addition to G-Sync technology, the monitors support ResolutionEyes technology which is a set of features designed to make prolonged gaming sessions easier on the eyes.
BenQ's 27-inch G-Sync gaming monitor.
According to NVIDIA, the 24-inch and 27-inch BenQ monitors will sport a 1920x1080 resolution on an uspecificed panel time. Unfortunately, BenQ has not revealed whether it is using TN, IPS, or some other panel technology nor what the response time is beyond stating that it is "ultra fast" (which may imply a TN panel...). We do know that the monitors are hieght adjustable.
Both G-Sync capable monitors will be available in Q1 2014 at not-yet-released prices. It is promising to see other monitor manufacturers supporting G-Sync out of the box.
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Subject: Displays, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2013 - 01:18 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: vg248qe, mx299q, monitor, display, ces 2013, CES, asus
ASUS continues its push into the monitor market with a pair of new models debuting at CES 2013. First up is the VG248QE, a 24-in 1080p monitor that runs at a refresh rate of 144 Hz and supports NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 and a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. These are TN panels so you might be surprised to see they are going to priced quite reasonably in the $399 range. The display also includes a new ASUS technology called GamePlus that embeds crosshairs for games into the OSD on the monitor to offer additional options in troublesome 3D modes.
The second new monitor we saw was the MX299Q, a 2560x1080 monitor in the exciting new 21:9 form factor. These allow developers, traders or just every day users to have two "full screen" applications open at the same time without the need for multiple displays. The MX299Q will also include Bang & Olufsen powered speakers.
Check out our talk with Nick from ASUS about these new displays!
PC Perspective's CES 2013 coverage is sponsored by AMD.
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Subject: Editorial, General Tech | August 24, 2012 - 03:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: deal of the day, monitor, display
27" I-Inc IL272DPB 1080p 2ms LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $200 (normally $300).
Looking for a low cost 1080p panel of hte 27-in variety? It will be hard to find a better deal than this screen that is just $200 after in the instant rebate!
Cheapest Dell Core i7 Ivy Bridge Laptop we've seen
15.6" Dell Inspiron 5520 Core i7-3612QM 2.1GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD for $725 with free shipping (normally $989 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
14" Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (209387U) Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray, 2GB GeForce GT 640M-LE Graphics for $949 with free shipping (normally $1,499 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
14" Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz Dual-core thin & light Laptop w/6GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $550 with free shipping (normally $700 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Lowest price we've seen on Core i5 Ivy Bridge Desktop - effective price $429
Dell Vostro 470 Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD & $100 Gift Card for $529 with free shipping (normally $679 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Dell XPS 8500 Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-core Ivy Bridge Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon HD 7570 1GB Graphics & 24" UltraSharp U2412M LCD Monitor for $943 with free shipping (normally $1,319 - use coupon codes on LogicBuy).
Dell Optiplex 990 Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-core Desktop w/4GB RAM, 250GB SATA III HDD, Windows 7 Professional & $100 Gift card for $639 with free shipping (normally $1,199 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
20" Dell Inspiron One 2020 Core i3 All-in-one PC w/6GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive, Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Bundle for $600 with free shipping (normally $750 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
27" I-Inc IL272DPB 1080p 2ms LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $200 (normally $300).
21.5" Dell E2211H 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor w/3-year Advanced Exchange Warranty for $134 with free shipping (normally $179 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
10.1" Acer Iconia Tab A200 8GB Android 3.2 Tablet for $260 with free shipping (normally $300 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
1TB Western Digital My Book Live Network Hard Drive () for $115 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Dell V525w All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer for $81 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code Q9S1F59BW$B6TD).
55" Panasonic Viera TCL-55DT50 3D 240Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $1,500 with free shipping (normally $2,000 - use coupon on LogicBuy).
55" LG 55LM6200 1080p 120Hz 3D LED HDTV for $1,274 with free shipping (normally $1,500).
50" Toshiba 50L5200 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $730 with free shipping (normally $1,000 - use coupon code: on LogicBuy).
39" Haier L39B2180 1080p LCD HDTV for $280 with free shipping (normally $380).
Personal Portables & Peripherals:
16MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8 Silver Digital Camera for $105 with free shipping (normally $139 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
12MP Olympus PEN E-PL2 Red Digital SLR Camera w/ 14-42mm Lens for $324 with free shipping (normally $369 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Subject: General Tech, Displays | August 8, 2012 - 01:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: deal of the day, planar, monitor
Today's deals are quite assorted but the highlight for me is the 27-in Planar PX2710MW 1080p monitor that you can grab for an impressively low price of $209.99!!
Check out the other deals available today!
17.3" Alienware M17x Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-core 1080p Gaming Laptop w/4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, 2GB Radeon HD 6970M for $1,449 with free shipping (normally $1,849 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
17.3" HP Pavilion dv7t-7000 Quad Edition Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz Quad-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Blu-ray & GeForce GT 630M for $800 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Dell Vostro 470 Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-core Mini Tower w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD & Wireless-N, Bluetooth for $529 with free shipping (normally $679 - use coupon code W9D06J14FX10WM).
23" HP Pavilion 23-1000z AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-core 1080p All-in-one PC w/4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for $630 with free shipping (normally $750 - use coupon code 20LOGICBUY).
27" Planar PX2710MW 1080p 2ms LCD Monitor w/ HDMI & 3-year warranty for $210 with free shipping (normally $470 - use coupon code D84NDZ3JCT3K3K).
27" ASUS VE278Q 1080p LED-backlit LCD Monitor w/ DisplayPort for $300 with free shipping (normally $330 - use coupon code SOD68788).
22" Dell E2213 1680 x 1050 LED-backlit LCD Monitor w/3-year warranty for $151 with free shipping (normally $199 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
4TB (2 x 2TB) Iomega StorCenter ix2-200 Network Storage Cloud Edition for $325 with free shipping (normally $469.99 - use coupon code USMEDALS).
Dell 1355cn Multifunction Color Printer for $237 with free shipping (normally $300).
10.1" Toshiba Excite 16GB Quad-core Tegra 3 Android 4.0 Tablet for $384 with free shipping (normally $399 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard Case (iPad 2) for $44 with free shipping (normally $60 - use coupon code).
GUNNAR Call of Duty MW3 Gaming Eyewear for $50 with free shipping (normally $100).
Devil May Cry Collection (360/PS3) for $30 with free shipping (normally $40).
46" Sharp LC-46SV49U 1080p LCD HDTV for $480 with free shipping (normally $600).
46" Samsung UN46D6000 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $827 with free shipping (normally $1,099).
32" Proscan PLED3204A720p LED HDTV for $190 (normally $250 - use coupon code on LogicBuy).
Personal Portables & Peripherals:
12MP Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Red Digital Camera for $194 with free shipping (normally $229 - use coupon code Learn2SaveBG5).
Subject: Displays | July 26, 2012 - 11:17 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: tn monitor, nvidia, monitor, asus, 3d vision 2, 144hz, 1080p
ASUS has a new 27” desktop monitor that should be hitting shelves soon. The VG278HE is an LED-backlit TN display with 1920x1080p resolution. So far, the specs are fairly lackluster, especially considering it is a 27” monitor. What is impressive about the display is the refresh rate. At 144 Hz, it offers up some promising 3D benefits, and as such it is compatible with NVIDIA’s 3D Vision 2 technology (the necessary glasses and transmitter are sold separately).
For 3D, the 144 Hz refresh rate means that you can get 72 Hz per eye, which should make it a much smoother experience that cuts down on flicker. It also suggests benefits for 2D gamers as well, because you can enable V-Sync to reducing tearing and still get respectable frame rates. Sure, 240 hertz would be really nice, but at least this is a step in the right direction for desktop monitors that seem to be perpetually stuck at 1080p resolutions (unless you go Korean, of course – as Josh would put it). The TN panel and resolution are drawbacks, but depending on price this may still be a good buy. Unfortunately, there is no word yet on pricing or availability according to Flat Panels HD.
Other features of the monitor include a swivel, tilt, and height-adjustable stand, and HDMI, DVI, and VGA video inputs. Further, the monitor offers up two three watt speakers – and better yet – a headphone jack to connect powered speakers or headphones to. (At least that’s the reported spec, I hope that it’s not simply an input like my ASUS monitor has).
Personally, I think that I would rather have a higher resolution monitor than one with a faster refresh rate, but it seems to be a highly debated topic. I’m interesting in what you think. Which do you prefer, resolution or refresh rate (3D aside)?
Granted, as Ken reported earlier this month, if you are lucky you may be able to get the best of both worlds and snag an overclockable IPS monitor – but you’ll pay for the privilege.
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 | May 4, 2012 - 05:18 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: colorimeter, monitor
Just Delivered is a class of articles at PC Perspective where we share what crosses into our offices, labs, houses, or nearby unguarded front porches. Today we put up with none of that. Two days ago I got off my lazy butt long enough to drive to a store to purchase a Datacolor Spyder4PRO monitor calibration device. Sure, I could have walked but -- let’s not get crazy now.
Part of doing illustration work online involves knowing how it will be viewed by the masses. Everyone will view it somewhat differently due to more-than-slight variations in their displays.
Properly calibrating your monitor to what is considered convention is difficult and not something many users do. Hardware and software exist to measure your monitor and adjust your color profiles to match. Calibrated color profiles often lose brightness and vibrancy although they are not to look good -- they are designed to look consistent.
After a couple of years of off-and-on browsing web forums for opinions on which colorimeter is the best I realized that I would be just as far ahead with a random number generator. I eventually just went with the gut and chose the Datacolor Spyder4PRO.
Of course on the way home an oncoming car entered my lane to pass a bus.
It almost served me right for not leaving the whole “going outside” thing to the mail people.
Out of the box, installation was quite simple. I did have one annoyance with inputting my serial number: apparently when you input your serial number and activate online they return to you your CD key. Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems like if I were to reinstall the application I could not use the serial number that is safe and sound with the unit but rather recall the key I was given just then. That seems like a very bad method to enforce DRM -- although let’s face it, I hate DRM regardless of its form -- but thankfully I have secure notes in LastPass for situations like these.
I calibrated the three monitors very easily. My primary monitor, the Samsung SyncMaster XL2370, required two calibrations to be properly set although I believe that was my fault. Now all three monitors quite closely align to one another and seem to work well for test images in color managed applications.
My one complaint about the product itself is that it has a suction cup mount, but no suction cup. Really -- your device is almost 200$ and you cheap out on a couple-cent suction cup? Where am I even supposed to find a suction cup that will fit it? I mean, it is possible that there was an error with my package although it was sealed. Maybe it was only for the Elite package?
Really a suction cup is not necessary anyway -- they provide a counterweight on the cable to have it hang from the top of your monitor… but it is not as stable as a suction cup.
Subject: Displays | January 24, 2012 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thinkvision, portable, monitor, Lenovo, display
You may remember Matt's review of the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 portable monitor from back in November, but if not it is time for a refresher from Legit Reviews. It is a 14", 1366x768 display that uses a dual USB 2.0 connection, one for power and one to drive the display, so it gives you a very portable second screen for your laptop. One discovery that Legit Reviews happened upon was Apple support; by grabbing drivers from DisplayLink, the company which designed the ThinkVision, you can use the ThinkVision on your MacBook. Check out their full review here.
"The Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 portable monitor is a great solution for someone that needs an additional monitor on the go. With an online price of $190.67 shipped it is not something you go out and by on a whim, but is affordable for those that need it. After installing the drivers, using the the ThinkVision LT1421 was as simple as plugging the monitor into a laptop with the two USB 2.0 cables and propping it up with its photo frame stand. You can then dial-in the display to look the very best by tilting the display to the desired angle and picking the right brightness level of the 16 available..."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 Review @ TechReviewSource
- BenQ XL2420T Monitor Review @ Tech-Reviews UK
- Asus VE278Q 27 Inch Monitor @ Kitguru
- BenQ RL2240H Monitor Review @ Tech-Reviews.co.uk
- Vizio Razor M3D460SR Review @ TechReviewSource
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
Introduction, Design and Display Quality
I’m a multi-monitor addict.
My addiction started many years ago. I had a rather lame customer service job, and as part of my job I needed to manage spreadsheets with customer interactions while also filling in data on a separate, large window. To accomplish this, two monitors were required. I was amazed at the efficiency of the setup, and I bought a second monitor for home use within a few months. Now, I can’t imagine using my desktop with a single display.
Laptops, however, are a different story. Multiple displays can actually be even more useful for road warriors because of the limited resolution of many laptops, yet there are issues with using multiple monitors on the road. Carrying around even a relatively small desktop monitor is out of the question, leaving few options.
Enter the Lenovo LT1421. This unique mobile monitor has a 14” panel and, according to Lenovo, it’s portable enough to be carried about with minimal hassle. Has the company managed to create a unique, must-have product for mobile productivity, or is multi-monitor use with a laptop still a concept that’s better on paper than in reality?
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