Mobile Multiscreen computing from Sapphire

Subject: Displays | February 8, 2012 - 04:06 PM |
Tagged: sapphire, VID-2X

You are probably familiar with the Lenovo ThinkVision, an external monitor easily added to a laptop to give you multiple working screens.  Sapphire offers a similar product with a big twist, the VID-2X is a small self contained device which will allow you to connect two 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 monitors via DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, or Dual-link-DVI depending on the model you buy.  Instead of being forced to use a small external monitor the VID-2X allows you to choose the monitors you will output to, as well as either cloned or stretched displays which gives you a lot more flexibility.  You'll have to visit Overclockers Club to find out how well it works.

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"With many in the industry projecting a sharp decline of desktop PC sales over the next few years, an external portable solution for laptop and netbook users on the go may find it a product that will handily fit into their carrying case and very useful for sales presentations, or to just make their tasks easier with increased screen estate. The idea of reduced toggling between multiple open programs and applications is also very appealing as well. As an avid user of a multiscreen desktop setup, I can attest to how much more easy and enjoyable the access is in day to day computing, project management, and content creation software settings.This product would also seem to hit its stride in board rooms and businesses."

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A portable display for your PC or Mac, Lenovo's USB powered ThinkVision

Subject: Displays | January 24, 2012 - 02:00 PM |
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.

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"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..."

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Sony Shelves OLED Tech, Brings Crystal LED TV To Bear Against OLED Competition

Subject: General Tech, Displays | January 9, 2012 - 09:50 PM |
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.

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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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Source: Engadget

AOC Will Show Off USB Powered 22 Inch LED Monitor At CES

Subject: Displays | January 5, 2012 - 10:49 AM |
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.

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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?

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Source: Maximum PC

Thin is in for Dell displays; too bad they aren't referring to the bezel

Subject: Displays | January 4, 2012 - 05:14 PM |
Tagged: dell, S2330MX, 23, tn led

The Dell S2330MX 23" LED monitor is advertised as a thin display but not in the dimensions most people hope.  The screen body its self is a hair under 10mm thick which significantly reduces its footprint on your desk.  Unfortunately for you multi-monitor gamers out there the bezel remains the same size and will interfere with your view.  On the plus side, Hardware Canucks found it for sale for under $200 which makes it quite a good deal for a thin LED monitor.  On the other hand, as you might guess from that low price this is a TN based display and apparently not a particularly good example as they saw evidence of ghosting and frustrating colour quality issues.

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"When it comes to consumer electronics, thin is in and Dell is leading the way with their new svelte S2330MX monitor. At just 9.9mm thick it will likely be the center of attention but on paper it also boasts some great specifications as well: an efficient LED panel, full HD resolution, a great price and response times of 2ms. It sure sounds like the 2330MX has what it takes to compete with the competition but there's more to this monitor than what first meets the eye."

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The EIZO DuraVision FDH3601 is a 4k x 2k Display, and We Want It

Subject: Displays | December 18, 2011 - 11:44 PM |
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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Here you can see Windows 7 running at the same resolution...

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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!!

Source: EIZO

Apple May Bring High Pixel Density Displays To MacBook Pro Notebooks

Subject: Displays, Mobile | December 14, 2011 - 04:40 PM |
Tagged: mobile, macbook, apple

 Apple pulled off a four times increase in pixel density on it’s smartphone displays with the iPhone 4 which they dubbed the “Retina Display.” Meanwhile the company’s current 13” MacBook Pro is shackled to a 1280x800 display with an approximate pixel density of 116 pixels per inch. The low resolution (especially vertically) can make reading web pages or working with large documents a hassle as it involves quite a bit of scrolling up and down. New rumors; however, suggest that the Cupertino based company may be looking to step up the display resolution in the next iteration of the MacBook lineup. Allegedly, Digitimes has heard from “sources in the upstream supply chain” that the displays will have as high as a 2880x1800 resolution (and an approximate 261.25 PPI). Pretty impressive for a 13” display!

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The current MBP

Whether we will actually see new MacBook models release with such a display remains to be seen; however, it would certainly be a welcomed move as the computer display innovation market has been rather stagnant for the past few years, even going so far as to go backwards in ~24” monitors from 1200 vertical pixels to the now standard 1920x1080 resolution. Perhaps this move by Apple will entice other monitor manufacturers to step up their game and bring 4K gaming to the PC, eventually. Heck, while we are on the topic of monitor tech traveling laterally instead of forward, what ever happened to that curved display from Alienware? Personally, I’m rooting for Apple on this one as the monitor market could use a wake up call!

Source: Tech Report

HD Projectors are fun, 3D HD projectors more so

Subject: Displays | December 7, 2011 - 02:40 PM |
Tagged: 3d display, projector, 1080p, optima, optima hd33

In the interests of dispensing with the bad news first, buying an Optima HD33 3D projector will set you back $1500 and does not come with glasses.  On the other hand, thanks to the Texas Instruments 1080p DLP chipset you get full HD resolution image of up to 300" (aka 25') at 1800 ANSI Lumens.  It is active 3D so the projector ships with an RF emitter for the necessary 3D glasses, which are battery powered.  Techware Labs found that the batteries would last about 2 hours before they started to show problems, at that point requiring a 30 minute recharge time over a USB cable.  It supports all HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, so you have your choice of 3D glasses to purchase which is good as the projector does not ship with 3D glasses in the box.  Optoma sells the BG-ZD101 DLP Link 3D Glasses separately for about $75 each.

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Didn't I see this in a recent game sequel?

"Optoma's HD33 projector which is a full 3D 1080P projector gets reviewed by TechwareLabs. Through a full 90 day review we were very impressed with the Optoma HD33 projector and were very reluctant to ship it back. The Optoma is a very well designed, very bright and sharp projection. The very simple option and use made the setup and usage ever so simple. All you need is a wall big enough to project on and 3D content."

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After a few straight days of Skyrim some anti-eyestrain glasses are highly recommended

Subject: Displays | November 18, 2011 - 01:12 PM |
Tagged: gunnar, glasses, eye strain

This post over at The Tech Report starts by describing a situation that anyone reading this familar with, how staring at a PC for 8+ hours a day takes a toll on your eyes.  So, is it possible that the Gunnar Optiks Computer Glasses could save you some eye ache?  It certainly sounds like it from the positive comments these glasses garnered in the review, by a reviewer that is not used to wearing any glasses at all.  They are intended for the long haul, as your eyes will need a bit of time to adjust to the glasses, so you won't notice anything during a quick 5 minute email session you might find your eyes much happier after the 5th hour of gaming.  As well, The Tech Report warns against using these glasses with Photoshop as the yellow tint to the glasses will have an effect on the colours you perceive.  Shame about the logo as well.

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"Does staring at a computer screen for hours on end strain your eyes and give you headaches? Gunnar's computer glasses might help. TR's David Morgan tries on a pair in his latest blog post, with surprising results."

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Dell's new 24" UltraSharp IPS display

Subject: Displays | October 27, 2011 - 03:28 PM |
Tagged: dell, UltraSharp U2412M, 24”, ips display

IPS panels have tended to be expensive ino the past but as the technology has matured the prices have been going down and quality has been increasing.  At Hardware Canucks you can see an example of this in the 1920x1200 24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M.  As this is a new generation IPS display, its response time comes close to a TN's at 6ms although the price of just under $400 is not quite in the ballpark of a TN monitor.  The overall conclusion was good, as the colours and viewing angle met expectations though there was some evidence of ghosting in both movies and gaming thanks to the slow gray to gray latency.  Not enough to sour those Beavers; they think its a Dam Good Value.

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"By offering a reasonably large, high quality 16:10 IPS panel at a price point which is infinitely more palatable than the U27 or U30 series, the U24s have always been considered a great value. The all new U2412M, hopes to continue this enviable tradition by offering exactly what first time professional consumers want, at a price which undercuts many other IPS-based offerings."

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