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This morning, AOC announced a new 24-inch class monitor designed with serious gaming enthusiast in mind. The new GP2460PQU is a 24-inch 1080p monitor that features a 144Hz refresh rate and a response time of just 1ms. These features produce crystal clear visuals and smooth motion even under the most intense gaming scenarios.
"The AOC G2460PQU is the ultimate gaming monitor with ample connectivity options and a sleek design to meet your competitive gaming needs. The wall-mountable monitor has a black hairline textured design with a sleek red bar at the bottom bezel, and comes with Display Port, HDMI, DVI-Dual Link, VGA, with four USB 2.0 ports," AOC said in a release. "The USB hub includes a fast-charging port for mobile devices that is three times faster than a standard USB port. Plus the monitor's four-way adjustable stand allows gamers to change the monitor height by 130mm, swivel left and right, tilt the screen angle, and pivot 90 degrees to landscape or portrait view to maximize the gaming experience."
Casio has an interesting new projector that is a short throw until able to produce a big image from only a short distance away from the projection surface. That is a nice feature on its own, but the XJ-UT310WN projector has a cooler feature. This is one of the LampFree projectors that Casio makes and instead of using an expensive lamp to create the light that only last a few hundred hours, the light source in this projector is good for tens of thousands of hours.
Casio's LampFree tech combines a LED, laser, and a florescent lamp to create a light source that is good for about 20,000 hours. Often these alternate light source projectors are too dim for some uses, but this new projector has 3100 lumens of brightness making it work in just about any setting. the native resolution is 1280 x 800 and the contrast ratio is 1800:1.
The short throw tech allows the projector to throw a 67-inch image from only 23-inches from the surface. Other features include 2GB of integrated storage for giving presentation without a PC. Connectivity options include HDMI, D-sub, and composite inputs. An available mobile app lets a presenter annotate images in real-time and supports a real-time web browser. Casio will ship the projector in Q3 2014 for $1999.99.
NEC has rolled out a new computer monitor that has a 23-inch screen size and an integrated HD webcam. The monitor is called the E232WMT and one of the key features it offers is support for multi-touch. Users can touch the screen with ten points at once to manipulate images and more.
NEC also equips the monitor with integrated speakers and when combined with the integrated webcam, the monitor is ready for video chats and conferences. Connectivity options include HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, and USB 3.0.
NEC uses a LED backlit AH-IPS panel with wide viewing angles and natural color reproduction. The brightness rating is 250cd/m2 and the dynamic contrast ratio is 15000:1. Ergonomic adjustability is built into the stand with height and tilt adjustment. NEC also rolls in a USB 3.0 hub that makes it easy to connect peripherals to the display. The E22WMT will ship this month for $629.
Samsung has announced several new displays that will be launching in the coming weeks. The most interesting of them is the 28-inch UD590 display. This monitor supports UHD resolution with a native resolution of 3840 x 2160.
One of the coolest parts about that display is that it is affordable even though it has UHD capability. The UD590 will sell for $699.99. For the money, you get a screen with good viewing angles and a brightness rating of 370 cd/m2 and support for 2 billion colors.
It features dual HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort. Response time for the panel is 1Ms GTG and it has a stand that can be tilted for a comfortable angle. Samsung also has a number of other new displays coming that support full HD resolution ranging in price from $249.99 to $329.99. The UD590 can be pre-ordered now and it's unclear when it will ship.
The vast majority of computer monitors on the market today are wide screen units that are wider than they are tall. A few years back most of the monitors out there were square. There are some folks that prefer that square aspect ratio for certain tasks.
If you like screen with that square design, NEC has a new unit that you might be interested in that is a budget offering. The 17-inch E171M has ergonomic adjustability and a 5:4 aspect ratio. The native resolution for the screen is 1280 x 1024.
The brightness rating is 250 cd/m2 and the display has a 1000:1 contrast ratio. NEC fits the cheap monitor with a 2-way ergonomic stand with 50mm of height adjustment and swivel capability. Connectivity options include VGA and DVI-D.
Right now, Ultra HD monitors are out of most consumers' reach as they are priced too high. 4K-capable displays range from nearly $1000 to close to $5000, depending on what you are after.
NPD DisplaySearch is now reporting that the industry will ship around 2 million Ultra HD monitors by the end of the year, with display makers paving the way for "affordable" 4K monitors at around 28 inches by the middle of the year. Normally cheap means crap quality, but Samsung and LG are both diving into the "affordable" 4K race, which should have users excited.
So if you're in the market for a monitor with a massive 3840x2160 resolution, you might want to wait a few more months as there should be more monitors to choose from.
NEC has been making projectors for a number of years. The company makes a wide range of units that have features suited to specific uses. One of the best projectors for people looking for a big image that don't have a huge room is a short-throw unit. These projectors are able to throw big images from closer to the wall or screen than normal projectors.
NEC has added two new units to its M Series of short throw projectors. The projectors include the M332XS and the M352WS. These projectors differ in a few key areas. The M332XS has 3300 lumens of brightness while the M325WS offers 3500 lumens. The two projectors also differ in resolution with the 332XS offering XGA resolution and the 352WS offering WXGA resolution.
Both of the projectors use DLP tech and have a special ECO Mode to save power and extend the lamp life. The M332XS has a 0.6:1 throw ratio while the M352WS has a 0.48:1 ratio. The projectors also have a variable audio output to allow external speaker volume be controlled by the projector remote.
For well over a year now, AMD has been touting it's DockPort technology previously known as "Lightening Bolt" technology, and today we got a much closer look at big red's low-cost alternative to Intel's Thunderbolt technology. AMD has posted a video on YouTube that gives us a closer look into what exactly DockPort really is.
DockPort got official recognition as an official DisplayPort standard at CES 2014 by VESA,one of the standards governing bodies. AMD's DockPort appears to be an amazing Tunderbolt-like connector that will allow multiple connectors, devices, and monitors to all be synced off of the same single DockPort docking station. The ability to simply purchase an HDMI, USB 3.0, or any other connector module, and connect it inline with every other port is something I have been waiting for for a long time, and will definitely change the way we connect our devices.
"AMD's versatile DockPort connection opens up a world of possibilities, like a portable hub where you can charge, transform, accessorize and otherwise connect your device in an all-in-one solution, reducing cable clutter and bringing data and display connectivity to your notebook or tablet via a single, DockPort supported DisplayPort link," AMD said in a statement.
LG Electronics grabbed headlines when it announced its 55-inch curved OLED HDTV in 2013, which originally sported a $14,999 retail price tag. Early into 2014, LG decided to issue yet another price cut so the TV can be found for $6,999 at major North American electronics e-tailers.
Prior to the 2013 Christmas holiday shopping season, LG cut the TV's retail price from $14,999 down to $8,999 to draw interested buyers with deep pockets. It's no surprise to see the price drop even lower in early 2014, but seeing it slide down to $6,999 in such a short amount of time may be all that is needed to entice some consumers to pull the trigger.
LG's price cut will also make it more competitive with Samsung's rival OLED HDTV that started with a price tag of $8,999.
Digital stores saw great success in 2013, and the digital storefront also reached bigger high-definition screens with increased resolutions. Stores are able to broadcast dynamic digital content, including mall maps, in-store coupons and promotions, and customer potentials.
This so-called "hybrid shopping concept" is popping up in higher-end retailers and shopping malls, and is becoming more affordable, but a recent blog posted on Forrester revealed a few additional details. Digital storefronts were not disruptive, guests were able to interact with the digital storefront but didn't seem interested to engage product brands.
The Westfield San Francisco Centre shopping mall, located in downtown San Francisco on Market Street, teamed up with eBay to unveil a large digital storefront (image in story). Visitors tend to be interested in anything tech-related in San Francisco, so it's possible digital storefronts can be successful in select markets.