Subject: Displays | April 28, 2017 - 07:25 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: acer, Predator, Predator X27, monitor, display, hdr, 4k, UHD, 144 Hz, g-sync, nvidia
Acer announced a number of products at their next@acer press event in New York yesterday, but this new monitor might take the cake: a 4K HDR display with a 144 Hz refresh rate. The Predator X27 combined just about every conceivable feature for a gaming monitor and combines it into one product, but don't expect this 27-inch monitor be released at a budget price (pricing has not been announced).
"Acer’s Predator X27 portrays astonishingly vibrant visuals without motion blur thanks to a high 4K (3840x2160) resolution at a 144 Hz refresh rate, a fast 4 ms response time and a 1,000 nit peak brightness. Featuring Acer HDR Ultra technology, it offers the best possible contrast quality of the high dynamic range with advanced LED local dimming in 384 individually-controlled zones that shine light only when and where it is required. It not only delivers a broader, more deeply saturated color gamut, but a luminance range several times greater than that of traditional dynamic range monitors. By dimming the backlight behind parts of the screen displaying black, blacks appear deeper and darker on those parts of the panel, a significant bonus for people who play games with darker scenes."
Acer has posted a video about the Predator X27, imbedded below:
Acer also announced a new curved gaming monitor with the Predator Z271UV, which offers a 1800R curve from its 27-inch display, but for HDR you'll need to stick to the X27. Quantum dot technology is incorporated into both display for wide color, and both feature NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh-rate tech featuring ULMB (ultra-low motion blur) along with with Tobii eye-tracking.
"Acer’s Predator Z271UV provides WQHD (2560x1440) resolution on a curved 1800R panel that puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the gamer’s eyes – this creates more immersive gameplay with a wider field of view and increased perceived area of peripheral vision. It features a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design perfect for use in multi-monitor setups, and provides spectacular color breadth covering 125% of the sRGB color space. It’s extremely fast with up to a 1 ms (3 ms native) response time that nearly eliminates motion blur and supports overclocking up to 165 Hz."
We await pricing and availability information for both monitors.
Subject: Displays | April 26, 2017 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, quantum dots, freesync, CF791
Over the past several years we have discussed the technology behind quantum dots, the new display technology which will provide greatly improved colour representation and gamuts on the next generation of displays. Samsung are one of the first to deliver to market with their CF791 and Kitguru were given the opportunity to review the display. The display is ultrawide, allowing a resolution of 3440x1440 on its 34" screen which has a 1500R curvature. The monitors response time may be unremarkable at 4ms however the refresh rate can reach 100Hz and it is FreeSync compatible. Their testing showed the monitor capable of 100% of sRGB and 84% of AdobeRGB, so this monitor could be effective for either gaming or content creation. Drop by to see the full story.
"Quantum is one of those technology words that seems to generally be associated with good things in computing – like “fuzzy logic” used to be with washing machines. But where the Samsung CF791 is concerned, quantum means something. This is the first screen we have seen with “quantum dot” technology, which is an improvement on regular LCD technology that promises better colour."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- AOC AGON AG251FZ 240Hz FreeSync @ Kitguru
- Acer Predator X34 34-Inch G-Sync Ultrawide 21:9 Gaming Monitor @ eTeknix
- Philips Brilliance 328P 32″ 4K @ Kitguru
- ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ 34in Curved Monitor @ Kitguru
Subject: Displays | March 20, 2017 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: tn monitor, SWIFT PG258Q, gsync, ASUS ROG, 1080p
As we wait for connectivity and GPU horsepower to catch up to the new technology available in monitors, those who are upgrading face a choice. If you want incredibly high refresh rates then you have to sacrifice resolution, whereas if 4K is your need then you will have to be satisfied with lower refresh rate ranges. The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q is one of the former, offering 1080p resolution but with G-SYNC capable of a refresh rate reaching 240Hz. That extremely high refresh rate also requires the use of a TN panel, so if you prefer 4k IPS then this display is not the one you are looking for.
Kitguru provides a full review of the monitor here, including a look at the new style of asymmetrical ROG stand which can tilt farther than you might think at first glance.
"Gaming monitors are clearly going through a bit of a growth spurt, and ASUS is a company particularly focusing on this area. The ROG SWIFT PG258Q is a 24.5in screen with a whopping 240Hz top refresh and NVIDIA G-Sync, plus a host of other features specifically tailored for serious gamers."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Acer Predator Z1 Z301CT 30in Curved @ Kitguru
- LG B6 OLED 4K -- The One to Buy @ Hardware Secrets
- Philips BDM4037UW 40in 4K Curved @ Kitguru
Subject: Displays | March 18, 2017 - 12:15 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: LG, hdr10, hdr
There’s a lot of interesting elements to this monitor. Apart from the refresh rate, which I believe is 60 Hz, it checks off basically every nice-to-have that I can think of... at least for AMD users. It is borderless on all four sides. It has 95% coverage of DCI-P3, which might even be factory-calibrated (if I understand the “Color Calibrated” specification correctly). It also has FreeSync to make gaming at 4K slightly more smooth if you’re just a bit below 60 FPS.
It even includes a $100 B&H Gift Card at that price, too!
If you are into printed content production, then you might want to verify its Adobe RGB compatibility before making your purchase. DCI-P3 and Adobe RGB are both fairly large color spaces, but they deviate from each other. (Apparently, DCI-P3 covers more of the red end, while Adobe RGB covers more of the green.) Adobe RGB, if I understand correctly, extended sRGB into a space that printers could be calibrated into, while DCI-P3 is more for HDR video.
Personally, I find 60 Hz mouse pointers to be very noticeable and distracting. As such, the low refresh rate might be a deal-breaker for someone like me, but pretty much everything else looks like a win -- including the ever-important price and availability.
Subject: Displays | February 2, 2017 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ultra-widescreen, freesync, adaptive sync
Yes, this is the product Ryan mentioned, a curved 37.5" IPS adaptive sync display from Acer. As opposed to yesterday, today Quad HD refers to a 3840x1600 2300R curve ultra wide screen resolution, making shopping for a monitor even easier, before you even try to type in the model number. It supports Adaptive Sync, with a refresh rate that tops out at 75Hz; sorry G-SYNC fans.
As with yesterdays model it has as slimmed down bezel, called ZeroFrame in this case. It supports HDMI 1.3 10-bit colour, or at least states it offers 1.07 billion colours as well as a 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 300 nit brightness. The monitor also includes DTS Sound speakers and has a USB 3.0 Type-C port. You can read a bit more about it here.
Subject: Displays | February 1, 2017 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: AOC, Q2781PQ, ips display, 1440p
Ignoring the creative marketing terms used in the PR, which describe the Q2781PQ as a Quad HD 4-sided “frameless” AH-IPS panel, the new monitor does have its good points. It is a 27" 1440p Advanced High Performance IPS with a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a 5ms response time. While there certainly is a bezel, it appears to be quite slim and the stand will not block off a large portion of your desk. The MSRP of $499 is not unreasonable for this product although if you want to go all out you can get the Swarovski crystal encrusted Q2781PS for an extra $100. Gamers may be less enamoured of this panel as it lacks adaptive sync technology but for watching or creating media it is certainly worth a peek.
Fremont, Calif. – January 31, 2017 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the 27-inch Quad HD Ultra Slim Frameless IPS Monitor (Q2781PQ). AOC’s Q2781PQ sports an ultra slim design and asymmetric stand, along with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440) a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a new 4-sided “frameless” AH-IPS panel. It features a modern AH-IPS panel that allows for wide viewing angles of 178°, ensuring brilliant colors and Clear Vision, the image performance engine that can upscale Standard Definition (SD) sources to High Definition (HD) for sharper, more vivid viewing. The display also features Full sRGB color for the best color uniformity from any perspective. With excellent picture quality and features such as Flicker-FREE technology, the monitor meets the needs of style conscious home users and professionals alike. The AOC Q2781PQ is available now at Amazon.com for an MSRP of $499. AOC is also launching the Q2781PS, which sports the same features as the Q2781PQ, along with a Rose Gold base and edge and a luxury back panel adorned with crystals from Swarovski. It will be available on Amazon.com in the coming months for $599.
The Q2781PQ comes with an upgraded design and improved image quality that is certain to impress design-conscious users of all types. Alongside its ultra slim appearance and stylish asymmetric stand, the display comes in a new 4-sided “frameless” design with minimal black borders around the screen. The stand is also compact and saves space on the desk. Inside its elegant design, the display boasts the latest technology providing you with a first-class viewing experience. It features a modern AH-IPS panel that allows for wide viewing angles of 178°, ensuring brilliant colors with Full sRGB consistency and best color uniformity from any perspective. The AOC Q2781PQ comes with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) and over 3.6 million pixels. Users interested in image or video editing will benefit from crisp and vivid visuals that impress with detail.
Modern features such as Flicker-FREE technology and multiple video inputs turn the AOC Q2781PQ into a functional and pleasant companion at home or in the office. Users who frequently spend long hours in front of a display will benefit from AOC Flicker-FREE technology, which regulates the monitor’s brightness through a DC (direct current) backlight system and thus reduces the unpleasant flickering that so frequently causes eye discomfort and fatigue. A range of up-to-date inputs allow users to connect the monitor up with their gaming consoles, Blu-ray players or portable devices such as laptops. These include a DisplayPort, two HDMI inputs and D-Sub.
Subject: Displays | January 12, 2017 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
2017 is going to be, among other things, the year of the monitor. We will start to see HDR products, with quantum dot, OLED and other display technology become far more common and hopefully more affordable. This leaves many questions about the display technology that you should be shopping for; what advantages will an OLED panel give over a QD display and vice versa? Ars Technica recently delved into details of OLED displays and how they differ from the LED panels and other display types such as plasma.
If you are curious about how OLED overcomes blur issues or want to nit-pick about brightness levels and what exactly qualifies a display for a Ultra HD Premium certification sticker then click and read the full article here.
"In many ways, the same can be said about the other major TV standard that we're seeing more lately: OLED, which stands for organic light emitting diode. It's being called the future of TV tech, promising deeper blacks, less motion blur, and sexier colors."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Philips Brilliance 275P4VYKEB 5K Monitor @ Kitguru
- AOC AGON AG271QG 165hz G-Sync Gaming Monitor @ Kitguru
Subject: Displays, Systems | January 10, 2017 - 11:50 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: triple-screen, theft, stolen, report, razer, Project Valerie, multi-display, laptop, igzo, gaming, CES 2017, CES, BBC, 4k, 3-screen
While Razer did not name any particular product when first publicly posting about a theft (see FaceBook screencap below) from their booth at CES, the BBC is now reporting that "the stolen prototypes" in question were indeed the Project Valerie triple-screen laptop introduced last week.
"Two prototype models of an unusual gaming laptop with three screens have been stolen at the CES tech show in Las Vegas, according to PC maker Razer. The concept device boasts three 4K screens and is said to be the first portable laptop of its kind. Razer said the laptops had gone missing from its booth at the tech show on Sunday.
The incident was being taken 'very seriously', said chief executive Min-Liang Tan. A Razer spokesman said it was offering $25,000 (£20,600) for any 'original information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction' of those allegedly involved in the crime."
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan initially posted news of stolen prototypes from his FaceBook page:
One would expect that the security in place at CES, including many security cameras, should produce some more information as the investigation unfolds.
Subject: Displays | January 7, 2017 - 07:01 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: pen display, dell canvas, dell, CES 2017, CES
I have to say that this one is more than a little disappointing. Brad Sams over at Thurrott.com got some time with the Dell Canvas, which is supposed to fill the same niche as Microsoft’s Surface Studio, just as a peripheral instead of a whole PC. In short, he came out of his experience luke-warm on the product, complaining about the screen quality and input latency.
While he spent quite a bit of time complaining about Dell choosing a lower-resolution panel for the Canvas, I’m not really sure that matters too much from a practical standpoint. I see game artists and other designers considering this device, over the Surface Studio, if they require the performance of a full desktop with one or more discrete, add-in board graphics cards. I could see complaint about color accuracy, and if the Dell Canvas is weak in that regard, then I could see that being a problem, especially for those who print their illustrations. If it’s just resolution, then I would guess that there would be some who would happily choose 1440p over a laptop GPU. It’s a display for input, not content consumption or even full-resolution preview.
This brings us to the other complaint: Input Latency. From what I see in the video, he could have a point there. Some actions, like turning the dial, seem to keep up with him, but a few pen strokes look like they lag behind. I would like to see a handful of artists use it and see if it’s noticeable, but, if it is, that could be a massive deal-breaker. At the same time, my Cintiq 22HD looks like it lags too, but is comfortable to use, so it might be fine.
The Dell Canvas is launching on March 30th for $1,799 USD.
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Subject: Graphics Cards, Displays, Shows and Expos | January 6, 2017 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: freesync 2, amd
So far we have yet to see a Freesync 2 capable monitor on the floor at CES but we do know about the technology. We have seen Ryan's overview of what we know of the new technology and its benefits and recently The Tech Report also posted their thoughts on it. For instance, did you know that there are 121 FreeSync displays from 20 display partners of various quality, compared to NVIDIA eight partners and 18 GSYNC displays. The Tech Report are also on the hunt for a Freesync 2 display at CES, we will let you know once the hunt is successful.
"AMD has pulled back the curtain on FreeSync 2, the new version of the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- 31-Way NVIDIA GeForce / AMD Radeon Linux OpenGL Comparison - End-Of-Year 2016 @ Phoronix
- The RX 480 vs. the 290X vs. the GTX 1060 – Has AMD Neglected Hawaii? – 35 games benchmarked @ BabelTechReviews
- The Perf-Per-Watt Of NVIDIA Fermi To Pascal, AMD R700 To Polaris With Newest Linux Drivers @ Phoronix
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Graphics Card @ Custom PC Review
- ASUS STRIX GTX 1060 O6G GAMING @ [H]ard|OCP