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.
Just a few hours away from the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, TV viewers will have the ability to watch the game in standard definition, high-definition, and ultra-HD (4K). FOX Sports will use six Sony 4K cameras to broadcast the game in UHD, utilizing five F55 and one F65 cameras, which will be used for the FOX "Super Zoom" technology.
The cameras will be position down each sideline and in both end zones, along with one located above the field, providing overall field video.
"It's all about the clarity of the replay and giving viewers the best possible look at a play, and that's what we can do with these cameras," said Jerry Steinberg, FOX Sports SVP of Technical Operations, in a statement. "Since we're starting with such a high-resolution image, we can zoom in multiple times on a shot and still get a completely clear picture with zero pixel degradation. You see everything in extreme detail, in fact with an extra amount of detail you wouldn't see in a traditional replay."
Traditional HD became popular among TV viewers largely because of the NFL and other professional sports events - and UHD should also likely follow the same path to success.
Just four days away from Super Bowl XLVIII, to be contested on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, leads to retailers providing good deals on high-definition TVs. Wal-Mart, Target, and other brick and mortar retailers have in-store ads, while online e-tailers also have a variety of different sales available.
The Vizio 60" E-Series is available from Best Buy and Target for $800, for example, while Sears has a 50" ST60 plasma 3D for $1,000. Other similar deals are available through popular B&M retailers and online, so consumers should be able to find the deals they are looking for prior to Sunday.
Samsung has confirmed it is working on a new AMOLED QHD (2560x1440) smartphone panel, according to Korean media, was announced during the Semiconductor and Display Technology Roadmap Seminar.
Better yet, we don't even have this new QHD panel in devices yet, but the South Korean giant also revealed it is working on a new AMOLED UHD panel - yes, Ultra HD, or 3840x2160. 4K displays, on smartphones. If a 4K display was baked into a 5-inch display, we would be greeted with a Retina busting 820 pixels per inch (PPI).
We should be expecting Samsung to unveil its Galaxy S5 soon, which should feature the new AMOLED QHD panel.
It looks like AMD is preparing an impressive "native" 16-core processor, with all sixteen cores sitting on the same die. This technology will reportedly surface sometime after 2015.
All of this will begin in AMD's server processor range, with its multi-core Opteron processors for high-end servers using multi-chip-module (MCM) technology. These chips use two six- or eight-core dies onto the same piece of substrate to create a 12- or 16-core solution. This tech will roll down to the consumer side of things, where we should expect a new 16-core processor from the chipmaker sometime in 2015-2016.
As this year continues, AMD will release an Opteron processor codenamed "Warsaw". Warsaw will feature 12 or 16 cores on AMD's Piledriver architecture, and should arrive toward late 2015. The company should also be capable of making a 32-core, multi-chip-module for high-end servers by slapping together two 16-core dies onto a single substrate. 32 cores aren't far away!
CBS plans to use six Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras to broadcast Super Bowl XLVII, able to capture video up to 500 frames per second, providing a very clear, HD picture.
During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, many high-definition TV manufacturers showed off UHD providing a whopping 3840x2160 resolution to TV viewers.
"We're using an unprecedented array of technology," said Ken Aagard, CBS Executive VP of operations, in a statement. "This year, we'll be using an innovative native 4K camera replay system we're calling 'Heyeper Zoom,' and given the right moment, we're hoping we can show something that will be really special."
Professional sports were credited with helping usher in the HD craze years ago - and the Super Bowl and other events could help push 4K - or 8K technology - into the forefront. UHD technology remains extremely expensive, and only a small number of consumers will watch the Super Bowl next month in 4K, but look out for sudden TV purchases in the January-February time frame in the years to come.
Broadcasters plan to show the 2014 World Cup in 4K UHD as well, setting the bar for future HD broadcasts.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Chris from Australia on the hunt for a new display.
I have been thinking about buyingupgrading a new monitor for a while and a mate has always told me to go for the 120Hz monitors, which I have been considering, but with the new 4K monitors coming out at a relatively decent price, what would you guys recommend?
A: You can view the answer to Chris' question right here.
Consumers searching for high-definition TVs have a lot of affordable choices to choose from, though organic LED (OLED) technology will still take a few more years of development for prices to drop. The technology has looked quite impressive due to a higher resolution and is brighter than rival TV formats, but the technology is still too expensive to roll out in mass production.
"I'm really, really terribly sorry to say this, but it will take more time... I believe it will take around three to four years," said HS Kim, Samsung VP for visual display, during a recent interview.
During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), HDTV and 3DTV technologies were on full display all over the Las Vegas Strip. Many companies demoed impressive OLED technology, but most product launch dates and price tags will keep casual customers thinking of other options. However, as Kim predicts, a lower price tag and further technology advancements over the coming years will help drive demand in the future.
Meanwhile, Kim also has full faith in the ultra-HD format and believes 4K TV adoption will happen quicker than we think.
4K was a huge draw card to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and one of the company's standing proud with Ultra HD was Samsung. The South Korean giant is confident in the high-resolution TV business.
The executive vice president of the company's visual display business, HS Kim, has said that pricing on 4K TVs will drop, and consumer adoption will rise much quicker than we think. This time last year, Samsung had three 4K TVs, but now the electronics giant has 10 models ranging from 50 inches, to an insane 110 inches.
Industry experts estimate that we will see under 500,000 4K sets sold this year, versus just 60,000 last year. Kim noted that the TV upgrade cycle is around six years right now, but his company wants to bring more value to its TVs, so that consumers will be tempted to replace them every 4-5 years instead.
CES 2014 - Even though I wasn't at CES 2014, I kept in touch with DisplayLink's Director of Marketing, Andy Davis, all the way from my house in Australia, where he bought me up to speed on some of the technologies his company was showing off at CES 2014.
One of the more important things Displaylink showed off was its new DL-3950 USB 3.0 docking chipset. The new chipset contains fully integrated dual-head video, which can support two full 2560x1600 displays. Not only that, but we also have Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1-channel sound, and DisplayLink's magic: dynamic compression.
DisplayLink also unveiled its new DL-5000 family of chips, with the DL-5500 launching at CES 2014. The DL-5500 allows users with existing DisplayLink-enabled setups to add a 4K monitor to their setup. This helps immensely going into the future, with 4K being a massive dot point of this year's CES. DisplayLink can run this technology over USB 2.0, which goes to show just how impressive its technology really is.
Chinese electronics company Hisense used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a springboard to unveil the next-generation of high-definition TVs. The company unveiled its ULED Series 4K Ultra HDTV, which has been on the CES show floor being compared to current OLED models. Hisense ULED TVs will begin to launch in China by the end of February, with global release expected later in 2014.
In 2013, the company sold around 2 million TV and tablets to the U.S. market, which is expected to increase up to 3 million units this year, according to Chinese media reports.
HDTVs from Samsung, Sony, LG, and other established companies are developing feature-rich, higher-end TV models - but there is continued demand for lower-priced, entry-level products. Companies such as TCL and Hisense have a great opportunity to capture a large consumer market purchasing HDTVs for extra rooms.
CES 2014 - BenQ has announced a new monitor that will have serious gamers interested, the new RL2460HT. BenQ's RL2460HT monitor features the company's RevolutionEyes technology, which helps gamers' eyes during massive gaming sessions.
The new display is specifically optimized for real-time strategy (RTS), and first-person shooters (FPS). BenQ specifically mentions Call of Duty: Ghosts, MOBA-style games like StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, League of Legends, and of course, Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2), and even Mortal Kombat. Let's move onto specs, with the BenQ RL2460HT starting off as 24-inch monitor, which comes courtesy of its TN-based panel with "virtually no input lag" and "industry-leading 1 ms response time".
We have integrated speakers, two HDMI inputs, DVI, VGA, and SmartScaling for pro-gamers, which allows them to customize their screen viewing area for optimal viewing performance. BenQ has an ETA of Q1 2014 for its new RL2460HT, and a retail price of $249.
High-definition TV manufacturer Vizio showed off more than just TVs during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), introducing a new 24" all-in-one PC and a thin mobile device. Both ship with 1080p HD touchscreen displays, with the AIO also including a remote control, dual HDMI inputs, wireless keyboard, and multi-gesture touchpad.
Meanwhile, the Thin + Light has a 15.6" touchscreen, 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, yielding a think laptop profile with up to 7.5 hours of battery life. A 4th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and onboard Intel Iris Pro Graphics form factor provide a surprising amount of hardware to power the laptop.
"Vizio continues to push the performance envelope in terms of personal computing," said Matt McRae, Vizio CTO, in a statement. "The 15.6" Thin + Light Touch and 24" All-in-One Touch models feature significant upgrades to the highest performance processors and wireless technologies."
Vizio is best known as a budget HDTV manufacturer, though expanding its product catalog with a focus on AIOs and the mobile market is a unique idea.
CES 2014 - Dell has just announced a new 4K-capable monitor, the beautiful looking P2815Q. Dell's P2815Q features an IPS LED panel with the 4K resolution of 3840x2160, and comes in at a perfect 28 inches in size.
Better yet, the P2815Q is height-adjustable, and can rotate, too. Dell hasn't unveiled the full specs of its new P2815Q, so we don't know whether to expect the world from Dell, or to keep our expectations in check, after all it's priced at just $699. The now private company will start selling the P2815Q on January 23, after which I'll be buying one and you can come to us for a review on yet another 4K display.
CES 2014 - We are barely getting 4K displays onto our shelves and hearts, but it seems that the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 is all about showing off not only 4K TVs, but 8K TVs, too.
Samsung has now joined the fun, showing off an incredible concept TV, measuring in at a mammoth 98 inches, and a resolution of 7680x4320. This is enough pixels to finally bury that annoying 'Retina' label, but unfortunately, we won't see this TV, or anything like it, for quite some time yet. Even if they were out, the price would hurt you more than the amount of pixels being crammed onto it.
CES 2014 - Vizio teases its new P-Series of 4K-capable TVs yesterday, but we didn't know the pricing on these new Ultra HD TVs, until now. Vizio will be pricing its 50-inch 4K P-Series TV at just $1,000.
The bigger screens will cost an additional $400 for every size bigger, until it reaches $2,600 for the 70-inch beast. Considering House of Cards' season season is being streamed by Netflix in 4K, it might be high time that you acquire that Ultra HD TV now, hey?
CES 2014 - NVIDIA's G-Sync has been getting all the headlines lately, with its refresh rate technology helping gamers achieving under 60FPS to feel like they're achieving more, smoothly.
AMD hasn't been sitting around doing nothing, with the chipmaker unveiling its new FreeSync technology at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. AMD purchased two retail Toshiba Satellite Click notebooks to show off the technology, with no modifications performed to the notebooks.
The biggest hurdle for NVIDIA is that G-Sync requires gamers to purchase a specific monitor, or to already own a specific monitor which is capable of having the G-Sync module installed. AMD's FreeSync on the other hand, does not have this limitation - opening it up to magnitudes more gamers and consumers alike.
We will definitely have more on AMD's FreeSync in the coming weeks and months.
CES 2014 - ASUS has outed another 4K-capable monitor, which will join the ranks with its 31.5-inch 4K monitor we gushed over at Computex 2013 back in June of last year.
The new ASUS PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a resolution of 3840x2160, or 4K, and is priced very competitively at $799. Compared to its bigger brother which is priced at over $3000, this is a great monitor for high-res fans. The ASUS PB287Q has a 1ms response time, DisplayPort, MHL-capable HDMI port and a rotatable design.