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Worldwide PC monitor shipments saw a meager 0.4 percent drop year-over-year during the first quarter of 2014, totaling 33.7 million units. Not surprisingly, LED backlit monitors had 92 percent market share, increasing 16.4 percent year-over-year, research firm IDC found.
Monitor sizes at least 21" wide continued to lead the way, racking up its sixth consecutive quarter, capturing 20.5 percent of the market. Dell (14.9 percent) is the No. 1 manufacturer with Samsung (13.2 percent) trailing in the No. 2 position, while Hewlett-Packard (11.5 percent), LG (10.5 percent), and Lenovo (7.8 percent) trail behind.
"Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units," said Phuong Hang, IDC Worldwide Trackers Program Director, in a press statement. "Geographically, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth."
Almost all of the screens that are in consumer electronic devices, and even inside cars are of the rectangular variety. The reason for this is that the screens only come in rectangular shape from the factory. That may all change with new tech that Sharp is working on.
Sharp has a new display type that supports free-form shapes, which means the screen can be just about any shape rather than rectangular only. This has particularly big implications for the automotive market where displays are becoming more common.
Just how big is the world's largest TV? Well, a British company known as Titan has just unveiled a massive new TV, measuring in at a gigantic 370 inches. The 370-inch TV is 4K-capable, and has a staggering price of $1.7 million.
The $1.7 million TV is known as Zeus, with Zeus capable of being used both indoors, and outdoors. Zeus will be on display at this year's Canne's Film Festival, where it will be using its vast array of pixels to blast out the World Cup. Titan has made four Zeus TVs already, with two of them already sold, so if you've got a spare $1.7 million, you can grab one of these.
Computex 2014 - Heading over to see the folks from Sapphire today we found ourselves instantly drawn to a massive video wall that's present at the end of the room. The massive six screen setup instantly grabs your attention the second you notice it.
Consisting of six Dell 28" Ultra HD P2915Q monitors which come in at 3840 x 2160 each. The Dell Precision T7610 Workstation sporting the impressive Sapphire W9100 FIREPRO does a truly wonderful job handling all six screens. Combined; the six screen setup gives us a resolution of 11,520 x 4320 or nearly 50 million pixels with an exact 49,766,400 being offered.
While not needed for majority of people we can't deny the coolness that is associated with this setup. We must admit, though, we can't wait to see those bezels drop down; something that continues to bother us in these massive multi monitor setups.
The upcoming World Cup soccer tournament from Brazil will be a testing ground, as BBC announced plans to stream the event in 4K ultra high-definition TV (UHDTV) format. 4K footage is four times better than 1080p, and offers a glimpse of the future, as consumers look forward to the technology that will be common in the years to come.
4K HDTVs are available for sale, but there is an extremely limited amount of content to watch - and BBC will host the format on 4K TVs in select BBC offices only. BBC rival Sky also is testing 4K trials, which require a large amount of bandwidth.
"It's a good idea for the BBC to trial these things and the results on a large screen look impressive but it also needs to be realistic about the potential to push this across current broadcast networks," said Toby Syfret, Enders Research Group analyst.
Computex 2014 - Philips' new two-in-one monitor goes for gold at Computex. The Computex d&i awards, hosted by iF Design, recognize interesting, innovative, and unique designs. Philips' new monitor just happens to be one of those unique and innovative designs. Aside from just winning an award, they earned one of five Gold awards.
The monitor above may look a bit unusual to you. What you see above is actually two monitors in one, designed to increase productivity through multi-monitor setups without using precious desk space. Details on the monitor are still slim at this time, but we do know that pricing and availability will be coming in the third quarter of this year.
The release states (in marketing speak), "Increase your productivity and reclaim your workspace. The light footprint provides a clutter-free design to clear up your desktop. With an ultra-thin border, the two displays can be combined almost seamlessly for one large display."
Computex 2014 - NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology was something we fell in love with last year, but ASUS showed off an incredible 28-inch 4K-capable G-SYNC monitor at Computex 2014. The only problem? I couldn't fit it in my bag and run to the airport.
So what we have here is a 28-inch 4K monitor, pumping 3840x2160 at 60Hz, with NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology which provides an incredibly smooth experience. Input wise, we have DisplayPort which can handle 4K at 60Hz, or HDMI which can only do 4K at 30Hz. The display has tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustable.
Korean electronics company LG announced it has sold one million webOS-powered smart high-definition TVs, launching the HDTVs in March. It took less than four months to reach the one-million milestone, with LG officials predicting 10 million sold sometime by the first half of 2015. Moving forward, LG wants to ensure customers are comfortable using connected features, as smart TVs continue to rise in popularity.
" Rather than continuing to add more and more functions into our smart TVs that few people will ever use," said In-kyu Lee, LG head of TV division, saying we've decided to focus on simplicity... consumers seem to share our view that this is the right direction for the evolution of smart TVs going forward."
As HDTVs continue to drop in price, manufacturers want to use connected services to help keep users engaged. LG's decision to purchase webOS from Hewlett-Packard in 2013 drew some criticism, though it appears LG is willing to experiment and listen to customer feedback.
Now that 4K monitors are being pushed heavily, the next question is, when will we see 120Hz-capable 4K monitors? Well, according to some ASUS engineers, this won't happen for another 1-2 years.
What is stopping it from happening right now is the display connectivity, for 4K at 120Hz to happen, we need DisplayPort 1.3 to be finalized. ASUS said: "4K at 120Hz (or 8K at 60Hz) will require DisplayPort 1.3 (which is not a finalised spec yet), and we estimate 1-2 years before there is the DP 1.3 spec, GPU support, and a scalar chip for the LCD electronics that could support this. HDMI 2.0 is only good for 4K at 60Hz".
Not only that, but driving your games at 3840x2160 at 120FPS is going to be an incredible feat for your GPUs. You're going to really need four-way GPUs to get there, so you'd be opting for some very expensive video cards. I still can't wait for silky smooth 4K displays.
I have only just noticed this now, but a few days ago Acer announced the world's first 4K display that is powered by NVIDIA's impressive G-Sync technology, the Acer XB280HK.
Acer's new XB280HK is a 28-inch LED-backlit 4K display with a resolution of 3840x2160, with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology built-in. For those not in the loop with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, it is there to help synchronize the display's refresh rate to the GPU, which completely eliminates screen tearing, reducing display stutter and input lag. This provides a much, much smoother gaming experience. Acer has provided some extra technology goodies for programmers, writers and graphic designers who spend all day looking at their monitor. We have:
- Flicker-less technology - stable power supply eliminates screen flicker particularly beneficial for heavy users by helping to reduce eye strain.
- Low dimming technology - adjust to as low as 15 percent brightness in low light environments to make it easy on the eyes. Standard monitor settings start at 30 percent brightness level.
- ComfyView technology - the non-glare panel reduces reflection from light source.
Acer expects to begin shipping the XB280HK sometime before before June in the US, EMEA, Japan and Taiwan markets.