Swap your displays CCFL with LEDs

Subject: Displays | May 31, 2011 - 12:09 PM |
Tagged: hack, mod, ccfl, led, repair

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.

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"[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."

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Source: Hack a Day

The Mobile Monitor Field Monitor Pro is a reverse tablet

Subject: Displays | May 19, 2011 - 02:40 PM |
Tagged: mobile monitor, field monitor

The Mobile Monitor Field Monitor Pro is a 15.4", 1280x800 monitor with a stand that sports a numpad.  Intended for use with a laptop via USB and DisplayPort it gives you extra viewing area when you are on the go, as well as the numpad that most laptops lack.  Tweaktown tried it out in a variety of ways, discovering that it is not really for gaming or movie watching but more for those working with their laptop who need more space for spreadsheets and other productivity software.  If a couple of extra pounds sounds like a cheap price to pay for more screen area

check out the full review.

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"With the introduction of the laptop, the mobile office was created. You could take your show on the road and get some serious work done. Of course, you still had some limitations. Even today you have limitations; unless you want to carry around a laptop that weighs 10-15 pounds you are stuck with a small screen size.

Fortunately, you do not have to buy a gigantic laptop or one with an extended screen that will cost you an arm and a leg. Mobile Monitor Technologies has something that can help to overcome this limitation; the Field Monitor Pro."

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Source: Tweaktown

Can you really stream uncompressed 1080p wirelessly with the brite-View Air SyncHD

Subject: Displays | May 2, 2011 - 06:46 PM |
Tagged: widi, wireless, hd, 1080p, stream

Wireless video streaming is nothing new to PC Perspective, in 2010 we saw Intel's WiDi technology and Ryan was streaming 1080p Iron Man using the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 WHDI card (aka Little Cthulhu).  A new way to achieve the same results is with the brite-View Air SyncHD which Missing Remote just reviewed.  Read on to see if this is worth ~$230 of your hard earned money.

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"If wirelessly transmitting a Blu-ray stream (which tops out around 50mbps) is questionable, transmitting uncompressed 1080p/60 video seems downright impossible. Yet, that is exactly what brite-View claims to do with their Air SyncHD transmission kit. In a nutshell, the brite-View Air SyncHD transmission kit promises to wirelessly bridge an HDMI source device and HDMI receiving device, freeing you to place the devices anywhere within the system’s wireless range. Further, the system manages to send 1080p/60 video, audio and infrared (IR) with less than one millisecond latency up to 66 feet. It sounds great on paper, but can it deliver?"

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CAT6 could beat DisplayPort at its own game

Subject: General Tech, Displays | May 2, 2011 - 11:43 AM |
Tagged: hdcp, cat6, gefen

Gefen is not a famous company but they are one with an interesting idea that they've just made real.  They will sell you a box that can extend a HDCP compliant signal along CAT6 cable of up to 1920x 1200  resolution as far as 200'.  It can send a 2560 x 1600 using a pair of CAT 6 cables, though that signal does not seem to be HDCP compliant.  The only down side is the price, at $1300 this is not something you buy because it is neat, but because you really need it.

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"CHATSWORTH, CA – The leader in digital connectivity announced the release of its new extender for professional computer systems using dual link DVI graphics. The DVI DL CAT-6 Extender offers a plug and play method of signal extension that guarantees a lossless video transmission with zero signal dropouts.

The next generation DVI DL CAT-6 Extender delivers uncompressed high resolution video to any remote display up to 200 feet (60m) in distance over two industry-standard CAT-6 cables. This is a substantial advantage over previous solutions, which required an add-on booster using more expensive cabling to handle distances beyond five meters. "

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Source: Gefen

The ASUS PA246Q, professional quality without the price

Subject: Displays | April 11, 2011 - 06:22 PM |
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If you decide on a IPS LCD as opposed to the more common TN variety, you obviously care more about proper colour replication that you do your bank account.  ASUS seems to have aimed for a middle ground with their 24" 1920x1200 PA246Q ProArt IPS LCD which you can get for under $500.  Could ASUS pull off the low price without sacrificing quality? 

Find out at Hardware Canucks.

 

 

"For many discerning users, the current crop of inexpensive 24" monitors sporting TN technology don't even come close to offering the quality they are looking for. Unfortunately, stepping up to an IPS-totting panel meant shelling out well over $600 but ASUS is now offering another route. Their ProArt 24" monitor seems to offer the impossible: an IPS panel, factory calibrated settings and good response times for under $500. Is this too good to be true?"

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A reasonably priced 27" gaming panel; the HP 2711x

Subject: Displays | March 31, 2011 - 01:54 PM |
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At $350 the 27" 1920 x 1080 Hewlett Packard Pavilion 2711Xwill get you gaming on a big screen without the bill that a 30" monster will cost you.  Like most TN+ panels this HP display looks gorgeous, as long as you are head on to the monitor, TN+ panels sacrifice viewing angle for price.  TechReviewSource were quite impressed overall, however they warn those who are only interested in grayscale performance and multimedia features might want to look elsewhere.

"Whether you're working with multi-page documents and spreadsheets or fragging your way to glory in the latest first person shooter, it's almost always better on a big screen. Enter the HP 2711x, a slender, 27-inch monitor that delivers good color and motion performance and is eco- friendly as well. However, you don't get many extras with this model, and it has grayscale and viewing angle issues."

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One pair of 3D glasses to rule them all?

Subject: Displays | March 16, 2011 - 05:27 PM |
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As their name implies the XPAND X103 Universal 3D Glasses are intended to work with any active shutter 3D displays, saving you from purchasing multiple pairs.  MissingRemote couldn't pass up the chance to test this, especially as they have access to several 3D enabled displays from different vendors.  Seeing as the price of the glasses is in line with other single use styles, if the compatibility claims are correct you will save yourself some money down the road.  As it turns out, with a little calibration work, they do indeed live up to their name.

"This wouldn’t be so bad if the glasses were inexpensive, but with glasses costing over $100 each, not too many consumers are going to be stockpiling glasses for a rare group viewing. Furthermore, those 3D glasses might be worthless if a 2nd 3D display or replacement 3D display is purchased from another manufacturer. This is where XPAND steps in and attempts to alleviate the problem with their line of universal 3D glasses. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the XPAND X103 universal 3D glasses."

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The new 30" king - NEC's PA301w LCD

Subject: Displays | March 1, 2011 - 02:19 PM |
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The NEC PA301w is a new choice for those looking to game on a 30" screen at 2560 x 1600 with a 10-bit P-IPS type LCD. 
While it does have some unique features like inbuilt support for the X-Rite i1D2 colorimeter and a built-in KVM USB switch but it lacks other features you might expect such as an HDMI in.  In the end AnandTech proclaimed it "the best 30-inch display - heck, monitor in general - that I've tested yet. If you can stomach the $2,300 price tag."

Source: AnandTech

From CRT to LED and MDA to UXGA

Subject: Displays | January 24, 2011 - 02:29 PM |
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Ars Technica looks back at the technology that has affected users experiences the most over the years, the display.  From the old monochrome screens with your choice of black and orange, black and green or black and white, to the new displays capable of 1600x1200 and over 4 billion colours.  More than just the pixel count and response rate have changed over the years.

Source: Ars Technica

The HP HP ZR30w ... lots of monitor with not many features

Subject: Displays | January 12, 2011 - 06:19 PM |
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Hewlett-Packard's ZR30w 30" widescreen LCD has a lot of screen real estate but when it comes to features some might find it a bit lacking.  There are no analog connections whatsoever, only DisplayPort and DVI, not even HDMI.  As well as the lack of inputs, you may find the lack of any sort of OSD even more disappointing.  You have only basic controls for your brightness but nothing for colour temperature or any other variables you might wish to use.&n

A bargain on a 42"+ LCD ... from Vizio?!

Subject: Displays | December 9, 2010 - 01:16 PM |
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Gizmodo noticed a bit of a trend from reviewers of the new XVT series from Vizio, a company that does not tend to be viewed in a positive light.  However with this new series the reviewers are actually liking it, not as the perfect HDTV but as being better than average at everything, with a good price for a 42"+ HD TV.  Check it out for yourself; if you are embarrassed by the brand you could always cover it with electrical tape.

Source: Gizmodo

Dreaming of a multi-monitor Christmas?

Subject: Displays | November 26, 2010 - 11:58 AM |
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If you have on your wish list a GPU capable of multiple monitor gaming, be it EyeFinity or nVIDIA Surround and a two or three pack of monitors, you might have forgotten one wee thing will detract from your joy.  Lining up all those monitors on a desk and trying to keep them from moving or being of a slightly different height is not particularly easy; unless you pick up a multi-monitor stand.  Barring those with the skills to weld one together themselves, you might want to cons

Source: Phoronix

Now three choices to wirelessly stream HD audio and video to your TV

Subject: Displays | October 26, 2010 - 01:32 PM |
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The Warpia Wireless USB PC to TV A/V Display Adaptor is another new way to stream content to your TV wirelessly,
added to a variety of ways including one from Intel and one that major display manufacturers are developing.  There are two adaptors, one is USB for your laptop and the other sports VGA and HDMI

ASUS assembles a 3D TV kit

Subject: Displays | October 13, 2010 - 04:02 PM |
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The ASUS VG236H 120Hz LCD Monitor 3D-Vision set includes the aforementioned monitor as well as an nVIDIA 3D Vision gaming kit including your active 3D glasses and IR transmitter.  At $500 it will set you back roughly the same amount as picking up the nVIDIA 3D kit and a 23" 120MHz display separately,
this just adds some convenience to the purchase.  Benchmark reviews tried out this kit on both a single display as well as a triple display setup, powered by a

What to look for in your next monitor

Subject: Displays | September 24, 2010 - 12:55 PM |
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When LCD monitors were first replacing CRTs as the standard on computer desks everywhere the main concerns were the size of the display, its refresh rate and not much else.  Now that the technology has had time to develop shopping for an LCD can be a little daunting as there are several different technologies to choose from.  Benchmark Reviews is here to help with description of the types of LCD and what each is best suited for as well as explaining why some d

LaCie Announces Next Generation Display with P-IPS Panel

Subject: Displays | September 21, 2010 - 02:07 PM |
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LaCie today announced the latest addition to its line of professional displays, the LaCie 324i – featuring a 10-bit P-IPS LCD panel. An ideal monitor for prepress, illustration, web design, and photographic workflows, the LaCie 324i delivers uniform and accurate colors thanks to its wide gamuts and backlight stabilization.

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Source: LaCie

A multitouch 23" LCD from Acer

Subject: Displays | August 30, 2010 - 01:17 PM |
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The specifications look familiar a 23" 1920x1080 LCD with a 2ms response and 80,000:1 contrast ratio with VGA, DVI and HDMI
connections. What makes the Acer T231h different is the USB port that connects to your PC and allows the multi-touch interface to work, if they are using Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional or Home Premium, other versions of Win7 as well as XP are limited in their interface.  Check out the full review that The Inquirer provided here.

Source: The Inquirer

Adding yellow to an RGB LCD TV

Subject: Displays | August 16, 2010 - 04:25 PM |
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You've probably all seen George Takei trying to sell you the new Sharp Aquos with added yellow pixels, instead of the usual RGB array that all other TVs use.  ExtremeTech had a chance to see this $3000 52" LED TV in action as well as to check out a few of the extras the TV has, like the ability to stream certain online content through Aquos Net.  Viewing movies and TV in both SD and HD showed that this is a well crafted TV with a decent brightness and good picture quality.  When it came time to d

Source: Extremetech

For those more interested in size than in 3D

Subject: Displays | August 5, 2010 - 02:33 PM |
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Picking up a two or three pack of monitors is not the cheapest upgrade to a system but for those who desire to experience EyeFinity or nVIDIA Surround it is certainly an attractive upgrade.  You can drop the price significantly if you abandon the idea of a 3D monitor and can go even further if you are willing to pick up a debranded monitor like the HP De-branded 25-inch HD Widescreen LCD which Think Computers recently reviewed.  That debranding knocks the price of this 1920×1080 LCD down to $220 if you shop around, which keeps the price of a three pack well below $1000.  As you

A different kind of DisplayPort adaptor

Subject: Displays | July 28, 2010 - 06:31 PM |
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Usually when we discuss DisplayPort adaptors on PC Perspective it is to talk about active DisplayPort to DVI adaptors used to bring a half dozen screens to a Crossfire setup.  There is another use for this connection type however, as evidenced by the Accell UltraAV DisplayPort to DVI Multi-Monitor Adapter that ThinkComputers just reviewed
Without the need for Eyefinity or nVIDIA Surround you can have up to three monitors running at a combined resolution of 10