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CES 2015 - Epson America has announced the PowerLite Home Cinema 600 portable projector with HDMI connectivity, promising 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness.
The PowerLite Home Cinema 600 has four pre-set color modes, including one customized for video games, and can plug directly into HDTVs, Blu-ray players and laptops. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 600 will be available in mid-January with a $379 MSRP.
"The Home Cinema 600 is bright and versatile enough to take just about anywhere - think backyard cinema, big game parties and big-screen gaming nirvana - at a fraction of the price of a large flat panel TV," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager at Epson America, in a press statement. "This easy-to-use project delivers a remarkable home entertainment experience at an appealing price for first-time users."
Acer are looking to please the gamer with their recently announced release of the XB270HU and XG270HU gaming monitors.
Their XB270HU model is claimed as the world's first NVIDIA G-SYNC gaming monitor equipped with IPS technology, with Acer's XG270HU being quoted as "the world's first gaming monitor with an edge-to-edge frameless display" as according to their newly issued press release.
Both of these models feature WQHD, 2560 x 1440 resolution coupled with a speedy 144hz refresh rate - said to massively improve and enhance in-game performance and feel. The XB270HU will provide a large 178-degree viewing angle all held up by its multi-functional ErgoStand - enabling the user to tilt, swivel and adjust the screen to their optimal position.
Used for displaying in-design automobile models, Chevrolet's affectionately named "Power Wall" consists of a 240 square-foot, read projected glass screen matched up with two Christie Mirage 4K25 DLP3D projectors - creating a 2D or 3D image for viewing.
In previous years, car manufacturers would build their carve their upcoming models out of wood or clay, sometimes even constructing a metal object - now it's simply beamed onto this massive wall for all to see quickly and easily. The images displayed on this screen are rendered thanks to eight workstations, of which are assisted by two external video processors - this whole ordeal requires five people to operate the beast, consisting of three visualization specialists, an IT technician and a Christie hardware engineer.
Joe Guzman is Chevrolet's group manager for Global Virtual Design Process & Operations, in a press statement he said "that's the beauty of this kind of high definition. Using the maths data, we can render the vehicle as the customer will see it in the 'as manufactured state. Designers and engineers can then scrutinize every detail to make sure they are spot on."
Usually seen as competitors, Samsung and Sony are now banding together for the benefit of the consumer - seeing Samsung's Smart TVs released in 2015 include PlayStation Now compatibility.
It's expected to see this feature be presented at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, which is set to kick off in a only few days time - just as PlayStation now was originally announced at CES 2014.
With the announcement of the partnership happening just before Christmas day, North American consumers will be among the first to receive this offer. As with other PlayStation Now compatible devices, the Samsung TVs will contain an app to connect to Sony's Gakai-powered games service, allowing customers to chose from a list of games that they can rent - picking as they wish and playing them almost instantly.
Korean electronics giant Samsung plans to release smart TVs powered by its Tizen operating system, as the company hopes for Tizen to evolve into the "OS of everything." The Tizen-powered smart TVs will be shown off during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, with worldwide availability and pricing details unveiled.
"We are focusing our efforts on Tizen right now," said Kim Hyun-suk, Samsung president of visual display, in an interview with Reuters. "We hope that other TV makers will also use it and help build an ecosystem that will help the platform grow."
Samsung's efforts to expand Tizen to the smartphone market essentially failed, and it continues to rely on the Google Android operating system.
CES 2015: CES 2015 kicks off next week, with my bags not even packed yet and I jump on a plane 49.5 hours from now. But, LG is preparing a bunch of stuff to show off to the world, with a huge push in the world of 4K TVs.
The South Korean giant is reportedly going to be showing off no less than eight different product lines (UC9, UB9800, UF9500, UF9400, UF8500, UF7700, UF6800 and UF6700), where we'll see more than just the usual quantum dot technology and webOS 2.0 Smart TV updates we've been hearing about lately. LG's new Ultra HD TV's are thinner than ever before, with the company promising upgrades for the color balance and black levels.
The built-in 4K video decoder can handle both 30FPS and 60FPS inputs, and is "future-proof" for future standards.
CES 2015: LG has already teased it will be showing off a bunch of 4K TVs at CES 2015 next week, but the South Korean giant has just announced it will also be showcasing its new 21:9 ultra-wide monitors, too.
These monitors will be powered by AMD's FreeSync technology, which make ultra-wide monitors even better for gamers. We only just reviewed the LG 34UC97 and loved it, but it definitely needed better gaming chops and well, here we are. The upcoming 34UM67 is LG's first 21:9 ultra-wide gaming monitor that was designed for gaming, featuring AMD's FreeSync technology.
Roy Taylor, AMD's Corporate Vice President of ISV/IHV Partner Group explains "AMD FreeSync technology is an innovative monitor technology, based on free and open industry standards, to eliminate the tearing and stuttering that has plagued PC gaming for 30 years. We are pleased that LG Electronics stands with us with truly exciting AMD FreeSync-ready displays like the LG UltraWide Gaming Monitor."
I'm an absolutely fan of NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, but not many people have had the pleasure of using AMD's FreeSync technology at home, a technology that is meant to be virtually identical to that of NVIDIA's. Well, the first FreeSync-powered monitor is now available on Overclockers.co.uk.
The monitor we're talking about is the Iiyama ProLite B2888UHSU-B1, which is a 28-inch 4K monitor with AMD's FreeSync technology baked into it. This monitor is using an identical panel to the Acer XB280HK, which is powered by NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology and also runs a 3840x2160 resolution. The big difference? Price. The AMD FreeSync option is around $600, while the Acer XB280HK is currently $1029 on Amazon.
Acer's XB280HK on Overclockers.co.uk sells for the equivalent of $770 USD, compared to the $600 USD of the FreeSync option, so you can see the appeal of AMD's technology here.
Vizio's P-Series of 4K TVs will soon receive some lovin' from Amazon, in the form of an Amazon app that will support 4K video from its subscription Prime video service.
We can also expect other 4K-ready content thanks to UltraFlix and Toon Goggles, which will join Netflix on the 4K bandwagon for Vizio. An upgrade is coming to Vizio's P-Series of 4K TVs, and once this new firmware is released, it will fix up the bug that over sharpens the picture on still photos, Blu-ray and 4K video.
The new firmware will also improve the LED backlighting and motion processing, too. The new v1.1.13 update should arrive in the "coming days" according to Vizio.
Often seen sitting in the headlines due to their amazingly priced self-branded offerings, Kogan hits the market hard yet again with a crazy-priced 24" 144hz gaming monitor coming in at only $199 AU.
According to some user reviews, Kogan's self-branded products can be a little hit and miss. There are reports of some products being a little too cheap in design and feel, but I'm sure that's exactly what you'd expect from a monitor that's around half the price in Australia from competitors BenQ and ASUS.
Featuring a 144hz refresh rate and a 2ms response time, this 1080p HD monitor is also pre-installed with Kogan's Pro-Eye technology. This feature claims to help you play for extended periods by adjusting the screen brightness depending on the intensity of lighting within your room, helping minimize eye strain and fatigue and maintain focus.