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Toshiba showed off their Ultra HD TV's back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, promising we'd see them in the summer. Well, Toshiba are back, unveiling their new 4K TV's for an August launch.
Toshiba will start with the 58-inch model, which will retail for $4,999 with the 65-inch model bumping the price up to $6,999. If you're wanting the biggest and baddest one, the 84-inch 4K-capable TV from Toshiba will set you back $16,999. All three 4K screens will include Toshiba's Resolution Restoration, which upscales content of non-4K content so that it looks better on the higher resolution TV.
The company's line of 4K screens are powered by CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core Processors, with Surface Brilliance Enhancement and Color Gamut Enhancement. 240Hz refresh will be on offer using ClearScan with the sets also boasting Color and Depth Adaptive Resolution+ which will provide better images and colors on the TV.
I really want an Ultra HD TV and Sharp may have just unveiled something I might truly be interested in. A THX-certified, 70-inch 4K display that costs $8,000. This is a lot, especially compared to Seiki sets, but THX certification isn't just handed out to any device.
Sharp says that this new device will arrive in mid-August, and wdill include four HDMI inputs that accept native 4K, two USB ports, an SD card reader and it will all arrive in a beautiful ultra-thin frame that allows the 70-inch beast to take up the same space as a normal 65-inch set.
Just a couple of months ago Seiki reached headlines across the Internet by offering a 50-inch 4K TV for just $1299, but now they're back with an even better deal.
How does a 39-inch 4K TV for $699 sound? Oh, you've already taken to Google to find out where to get it and haven't read anymore? This TV is really just a 1080p, 120Hz-capable TV that just so happens to handle 4K content, too. The company are also promising a 65-inch 4K TV in the fall, for those who want something bigger, and better.
Apple's Thunderbolt display stock runs short at third-party retailers, could we be seeing an updated model soon?
Apple product stock at third-party retailers typically dwindles ahead of a refresh, though it's not such a good indicator when dealing with a low-volume product such as Apple's Thunderbolt displays. However, it's somewhat likely that Apple will unveil an updated Thunderbolt display alongside the updated MacPro when it launches later this year.
According to a report by MacTrast, supply is running short at various third-party retailers. One retailer even said that Apple is no longer allowing them to purchase new stock, which would strongly indicate an updated model. With plenty of 4K talk during WWDC, it's pretty likely that a new Thunderbolt display would feature a 4K resolution.
While this is no guarantee of a new model, it seems quite likely that there will be a new model coming this fall. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any rumors or news relating to a new Thunderbolt display from Apple.
Sony Australia have today announced the local pricing for two new LCD models which join the growing range of 4K resolution displays.
Whilst the previously released 84" X9000 series Bravia retains its wallet busting $24999 price tag, the new, smaller models come in at a far more affordable (in comparison) price range. The 55" X9000 series Bravia will retail at $5999 and the larger 65" X9000 model will retail at $8999 when they go on sale in the next few weeks.
Sony are also offering a pack of eight Sony Pictures "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray titles to 4K Bravia purchasers, consisting of the following titles: Angels & Demons, Battle: Los Angeles, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid (2010), The Amazing Spider-Man, Spiderman, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).
Computex Taipei 2013 - Ok, so here I was at Computex thinking that I saw it all with a few multi-monitor setups, but we walked into the Sapphire room at Computex and they had a mind- and wallet-blowing 18-monitor setup.
The 18 monitors were running from three FirePro W9000 graphics cards, and it truly is a sight to behold. Seeing that many monitors setup together running from a single system was glorious, and makes me jealous of it. How do you think gaming would be on that many monitors? It would be hard, but it would look truly incredible and you'd probably get 3 FPS, too.
Computex Taipei 2013 - The halls of Computex are filled with some truly wonderful things, and one of those things was at the Intel stands of Nangang today. It was an interactive bus shelter, which is just a huse touchscreen-capable advertisement.
You can see how it works in the video above, and better yet, it is controllable from anywhere. This means an advertiser could tweak their advertisement, all from their smartphone, tablet or PC. The display was responsive, and we did ask how strong it was - and it's not that strong. The one thing I have a problem with is its strength in the real-world, one random act of violence or an accident, and thousands of dollars of tech goes down the drain.
We should see Intel's new technology in train and bus stations, airports and other places in the near future.
Computex Taipei 2013 - If any of you follow my posts or content, you'll know that I'm a huge resolution and refresh rate lover, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a 4K monitor. ASUS unveiled their new 4K-capable monitor last week, but we snuck into the Nangang halls today to hopefully capture it, and voila - we did!
You can see it in all of its high-resolution glory, and I was even lucky enough to talk to an ASUS rep who confirmed we can expect a price of around $3999 US, and it should be available some time after July. You can expect at least a couple of us here at TweakTown to have these on our desks in the near future, and plenty of 4K content to come in 2013!
ASUS has shown off a 31.5-inch 4K monitor ahead of Computex. This monitor is a professional-grade display pumping out a resolution of 3840x2160 at 140ppi. The monitor is a mere 35mm thick, which, according to ASUS, makes it the thinnest 4K display on the market today. ASUS has managed to shove speakers into that slim frame.
The monitor supports VESA wall mounting and features an impressive 176-degree viewing angle. The monitor will be made available in North America at the end of June, but pricing is still unannounced. ASUS is widely expected to display the display at Computex next week alongside a 39-inch version.
One of the TweakTown staff was browsing the latest Kickstarter projects and came across Lightpack, an awesome open-source project that projects colored light onto the wall behind your monitor or TV. The color is matched to what is currently being displayed on your screen, so it visually expands your screen size and aids with eye-strain commonly associated with viewing screens in the dark.
Since the device is open-source, many cool features can be added by the developers at large. Plugins can be developed that make the lights change color to notify of an incoming Skype call, unread e-mail, or even that a spell has been recharged in World of Warcraft. Overall, the system is really quite awesome.
For the makers out there, Lightpack has released the designs for the PCB, bill of materials, and other needed files and designs so you can build your own at home. For the less electrically-inclined, Lightpack is offering up pre-built units if you support the Kickstarter campaign. It's almost completely funded, needing just under $10,000 more by May 31.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.