Subject: Displays | January 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: UHD, Samsung, oled, notebook, mass production, laptop, displays, 4k, 15.6 inch
Samsung Display has announced development of a 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160 OLED display panel which they are calling "the world’s first UHD display for the notebook/laptop market". And mass production of the panel will begin in mid-February, "initially for use in premium notebooks produced by leading manufacturers".
"The new OLED panel, as unveiled by Samsung Display, is equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge functionality including a contrast ratio of exceptional quality, as well as extreme color accuracy, full HDR compatibility, a very wide color gamut, and remarkable outdoor visibility, all of which are considered essential specifications for tomorrow’s premium notebooks.
The new panel features a brightness level ranging from 0.0005 to 600 nits, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1. Compared to LCDs, black color appears 200 times darker and whites twice as bright, maximizing the benefits of HDR to deliver the utmost in high-resolution video and images.
The new display provides a spectrum of 3.4 million colors (double that of similarly sized LCD panels), which allows for truly life-like images, with colors meeting the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives)-P3 standard, the specification best suited for video streaming. The 15.6-inch UHD panel is designed to keep the complete DCI-P3 color gamut fully intact while emitting significantly less blue wavelengths that can potentially be harmful to the eye, making images easier to view even after prolonged use."
Based on the mention of "a dynamic contrast ratio of 120,000:1" I have to wonder if this panel will function differently from OLED screens which as emissive displays have a black level of zero, and thus offer virtually infinite contrast (though "dynamic contrast" is an effect in the control panel of LG OLEDs, for instance). For a practical implementation of a technology that has been criticized in use as a computer monitor it will be interesting to see what - if any - concessions have been made to adapt OLED for use with laptops beyond what we initially saw from Lenovo with the X1 Yoga's OLED option.
For more about this new panel you can read the full press release available here.
Subject: Displays | January 21, 2019 - 05:37 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: vrr, variable refresh rate, rtings, nvidia, monitor, g-sync compatible, g-sync, freesync, display, amd
The staff of Rtings has embarked upon their own in-house testing of G-SYNC compatibility with FreeSync monitors (introduced with GeForce driver 417.71), and have released a video to introduce this new project:
While their choice of NVIDIA's Pendulum demo might be up for debate (since let's face it, any time NVIDIA anything is used to test, well, anything, there will always be a conspiracy theory) they have made some noteworthy observations about their experience vs. an AMD FX 580 with the same monitors. Still, as they point out in the article, "This test is by no means exhaustive, and your results may vary depending on the specific games you are playing, and your specific graphics card."
"We test FreeSync on a custom built PC, with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB. Each monitor is connected via DisplayPort, as NVIDIA's FreeSync implementation does not currently work over HDMI. We use NVIDIA's Pendulum G-SYNC demo to test for tearing, stuttering, screen blanking, and other artifacts. We start at the monitor's standard refresh rate, and gradually decrease the sliders until we could see any issues. From there, we gradually increase the sliders until we start seeing tearing or other issues. The results of both of these tests give us the effective variable refresh rate range. We repeat the test at least twice to confirm our findings.
We use the results of this test to subjectively assign a result, based on how well the monitor supports NVIDIA's FreeSync implementation. The possible results are:
- Yes, NVIDIA Certified: This is reserved for monitors that are certified by NVIDIA as being compatible with NVIDIA FreeSync.
- Yes, Native: This is used to differentiate between monitors that support NVIDIA G-SYNC, instead of NVIDIA FreeSync.
- Yes: These monitors are confirmed by us to support FreeSync with no major issues, but are not certified by NVIDIA.
- Partial: These monitors at least partially support FreeSync, but we experienced some issues during testing. See the review for details of these issues.
- No: These monitors either do not support FreeSync at all, or are unusable with FreeSync enabled."
There are currently 25 test results available to help out with your variable refresh-rate monitor selections for use on NVIDIA hardware.
Subject: General Tech, Displays, Shows and Expos | January 13, 2019 - 07:34 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: CES, ces 2019, wacom, wacom 16
Wacom has launched a new, lower-cost Cintiq pen display at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. This one is the Wacom Cintiq 16, which should not be confused with the previously-released Wacom Cintiq Pro 16. While the Pro had a 4K screen with 94% AdobeRGB, the new model downgrades to 1080p with 72% NTSC. Both are based on IPS panel technology.
(Note the different AdobeRGB vs NTSC color spaces. It’s hard to compare the two, but 72% NTSC roughly corresponds to 100% sRGB, which is smaller than 94% AdobeRGB… so the Pro should have better colors… but it’s just about impossible to exactly quantify the difference without calibrating both panels to both color spaces and comparing.)
In exchange for the one-quarter resolution (albeit on a 16-inch screen) and lower color space, you get a much smaller price tag. The Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 is listed at $1499.95 USD on the Wacom website, but the new Wacom Cintiq 16 is listed at just $649.95 USD. This price cut opens it up to users with a much different budget. It’s not quite in the “video game console” territory, but it’s not significantly higher than that $500 threshold either. It’s possible that you could see it barely squeeze into holiday gifts for teenagers and young adults that show a strong interest in art. It also makes it much easier to justify for small business art studios, too.
Subject: Displays, Shows and Expos | January 7, 2019 - 08:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, Lenovo, g-sync, freesync 2, display, ces 2019, CES, amd
Lenovo has added two monitors to their Legion line of gaming devices.
The Lenovo Legion Y44w is a 43.4” gaming display. Most of that size is horizontal, however, because it has a 32:10 aspect ratio. If you have ever used a 1920x1200 monitor, which was the PC equivalent of 1080p while PC manufacturers believed that 16:9 was too wide so they settled on 16:10 for the Windows Vista era, then you should imagine two of them side-by-side in a single monitor. In fact, the Y44w supports two separate video inputs if you wish to split the monitor down the middle into two side-by-side 1920x1200 displays. It can also operate as a single, 3840x1200 display, of course. This resolution is a little over half of a 4K panel, so it should be easier for second-tier GPUs to feed.
Beyond the resolution, the color gamut is listed as “99% sRGB, BT.709, DCI-P3” and it is certified as VESA HDR400. If the slide deck is correct and it can do 99% DCI-P3 at HDR400, then it should have an amazing picture. It can also do 144 Hz with FreeSync 2, so you do not need to compromise refresh rate to get those beautiful colors. The also have an optional speaker from Harman Kardon that can be attached to the display.
The Lenovo Legion Y44w will be available in April 2019 for $1199.99 USD.
Lenovo also announced the Legion Y27gq gaming monitor. This one is a standard 16:9, 1440p, TN panel that can be driven up to 240 Hz. It supports G-Sync, but not HDR. Despite not supporting HDR, it still covers 90% of DCI-P3, which is quite wide for a TN panel. Lenovo is listing it as an “eSport gaming monitor”… so you can probably guess that high refresh rate and G-Sync are the focus.
If you gotta go fast, then the Lenovo Legion Y27gq is available in April 2019 for $999.99 USD.
Subject: Displays | January 6, 2019 - 01:10 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Omen, nvidia, hp, g-sync hdr, g-sync, ces2019, bfgd, 144hz
After first unveiling them at last year’s CES, NVIDIA’s Big Format Gaming Displays (BFGD) finally have an official price point. Engadget met up with NVIDIA partner HP at CES 2019 to preview the company’s Omen X Emperium BFGD.
The 65-inch 4K display sports G-SYNC HDR, 144Hz refresh rate, an integrated sound bar, and built-in NVIDIA SHIELD interface. The starting price? $4,999.
That price isn’t too surprising; rumors and leaks from NVIDIA’s BFGD partners had suggested the $5,000 range. And when you consider that the first true G-SYNC HDR displays hit the market at $2,000 for a paltry 27-inches, the BFGD’s price seems reasonable in that context.
But with HP showing its hand early on here at CES, it’s likely that we can expect NVIDIA’s other BFGD partners to be priced in the same ballpark. We have yet to receive further details on any smaller BFGDs, but if you’re crazy enough to pay any price for giant, G-SYNC HDR gaming, you’ll be able to pick up the HP Omen X Emperium starting in February.
Subject: Displays | January 3, 2019 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, CES, ces 2019, CRG9, UR59C, space monitor
CES hasn't officially kicked off, but you can't tell that from the emails! As the ball starts rolling we are seeing some hints about the products which companies will be showing off, such as Samsung's new CRG9, UR59C gaming displays as well as the Space Monitor.
First off is the CRG9, a 49" 5120x1440 FreeSync2 display with a 32:9 aspect ratio with a top refresh rate of 120Hz and an HDR 10 rating. It sports an 1800mm screen curvature and a quoted 4ms response time to help with motion blur in addition to the features offered by FreeSync2. The monitor is actually designed as if it were a pair of 27" 1440p 16:9 displays, which allows you to toggle to a PIP mode which allows you to display two completely separate video sources on the display simultaneously at that size and resolution; or go full screen for gaming.
The UR59C is somewhat smaller, a 31.5" 4K display with a 1500R curvature; no idea about the inconsistent curvature description. With a total depth of 6.7mm this monitor should be able to fit on desktops which don't have the space for the CDG9.
Last, but not least is the Space Monitor series, which offers an interesting stand that clamps to your table. It allows you to lower the monitor to be flush with your desktop or raise it completely vertically to give you more desk space. It will be available in 27" 1440p or 32" 4K models, both with the Zero Height Adjustable Stand.
Subject: Displays | December 27, 2018 - 07:21 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: just delivered, Samsung, qled
Just Delivered / Just Picked Up is a series of posts where we talk about things we have recently purchased. Think of it like a mini-review for first impressions.
A major goal of my current upgrade cycle was to finally buy a high-end desktop monitor.
In the end, I decided to go for the 27-inch Samsung CHG70 QLED Gaming Monitor. It’s listed as HDR although that is at a typical brightness of 350 cd/m2. It supports FreeSync 2 although I have NVIDIA graphics. Its native resolution is 1440p although that is at 144 Hz, and I put a lot of value into high refresh rates.
That arm is a bit... unnecessary.
Thankfully, it's entirely unnecessary if you wall mount.
A weird design decision is its stand – it’s way too deep. It has a bit of a crane shape, versus a vertical slider like my BenQ, so it eats about 13 inches. There was barely enough room for my keyboard in front of the monitor, and my desk is 23 inches deep (plus an extra inch between it and the wall). If you can wall-mount it, which it is capable of, then that’s a complete non-issue. In fact, the entire stand can be completely removed if you intend to wall mount it, which is nice.
In terms of color? It’s beautiful.
Of course, one of the first things I do is go onto YouTube and look at the various videos with highly-saturated colors and deep blacks. It looks a bit blown out in some bright scenes, almost like its gamma is off, although my current calibration effort is limited to “set in Cinema mode”. I’ll need to play around with it someday.
Subject: Displays | December 6, 2018 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: 4k, tv, Samsung, 40NU7100, tcl, 55R617, vizio, PQ65-F1
4K TV's aren't just for those couple of Netflix shows or YouTube videos you use to show off to your friends, they are also a viable replacement for a monitor. If you pick the right one you not only get 4K resolutions but also HDR and after investing that much dosh you might not be looking at upgrading your PC's monitor any time soon. Drop by TechSpot for a look at three TV's they recommend, ranging from a mere $630 up to $2100, with a few honourable mentions as well.
Perhaps you have some suggestions of your own to offer in the comments.
"If you're interested in replacing your desktop monitor with a 4K TV and want to know what to buy, you've come to the right place. Maybe you aren't quite sure where to start or could use a hand in narrowing your search. Whatever the case, this guide is intended to help steer you in the right direction"
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- MSI Optix MAG27CQ & MSI Optix MPG27CQ 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors @ TechSpot
- AOC I1601FWUX Portable 16in USB-C monitor @ Kitguru
- Philips Momentum 43 4K HDR Monitor @ Techspot
- The Best Gaming Monitors @ TechSpot
- BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector @ TechARP
Subject: Displays | October 17, 2018 - 04:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: acer, Predator X27, displayhdr 1000, 4k, 144hz, 4k gsync; 4k 144hz
On paper, Acer's X27 display has everything you want, plus a fan to cool the controller when you are displaying HDR content. The 144Hz GSYNC display is 4K and sports a DisplayHDR 1000 rating, but there are of course limitations. For instance 4:4:4 RGB at 4K is limited to 120Hz in the SDR and 98 Hz in HDR mode thanks to the bandwidth limits of DisplayPort, if you want to max out your refresh rete you are reduced to 4:2:2.
"Well, the Asus isn’t the only such monitor on the market. The new Acer Predator X27 uses the same AU Optronics panel, so they’re both equipped with the same specifications, but that doesn’t mean they perform the same as I’ll discuss a bit later."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Iiyama ProLite XB3070WQS 30in Professional @ Kitguru
- Dell S2719DM Ultra-Thin FreeSync HDR @ TechARP
- AOC C27G1 27in Curved 144Hz @ Kitguru
- Omen by HP 27 @ Kitguru
Subject: Displays | August 31, 2018 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Iiyama, Iiyam, G-Master G3266HS-B1, freesync, 32in, 1800R, 144hz, 1080p
The G-MASTER G3266HS-B1 from Iiyama may not appeal to young gamers but for those who's eyes have seen better days, a 32" 1080p display is a decent size, and it includes a peak 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync. The 1800R curve may not appeal to some, especially if they were planning to use this from a fair distance away but it is a feature many look for. Check out what Kitguru thought of this inexpensive, extra large sized, HD display in their full review.
"However, Iiyama offers a nice selection of gaming-oriented monitors that are a bit easier on the wallet, and we’re looking at the largest of these, the 32in G-MASTER G3266HS-B1. Will it turn out to be a bit of a banger or a Ferrari lite?"
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ Review: 4K 144Hz HDR Is Finally Here
- Acer ED273 27in @ Kitguru
- Asus RoG Swift PG27UQ - 4K G-SYNC 144Hz @ Guru of 3D
- One of the Best-Selling (No Brand) Gaming Monitors on Amazon @ TechSpot
- GeChic On-Lap 1102H Portable External Display @ Guru of 3D