CES 2017 - LG continues to push the boundaries of its OLED TV technology, with their new W-series 4K TVs being teased as a "Picture on Wall" experience - and well, they're right.
Engadget reports LG's new W-series 4K OLED TVs are just 2.6mm thin across the entire frame, and can be wall mounted. We have 4 x HDMI ports, 3 x USB connections, and an optical audio port. LG includes Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar, which is a nice touch.
LG is making their new W-series TVs available in both 65-inch and 77-inch, but no details on pricing or availability just yet. The G-series sets started at $4999, so these models should be more expensive.
One of the things we have to point out is that the W-series are so thin, they need to be wall mounted.
CES 2017 - Acer has expanded its Predator gaming monitor family with another UltraWide monitor, with the Acer Predator Z301CT arriving as a 30-inch 21:9 display with a massive 200Hz refresh rate.
The new Predator Z301CT features a native 2560x1080 resolution, but the 200Hz refresh rate is massive - and backed by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Acer has included a few different technologies with the display, including Tobii Eye Tracking, and Acer's own DarkBoost, BlueLightShield, and Flicker-Less technologies.
LG has been leading TV technology for a while now, with its dominance in OLED - and now, we're looking at 3 new sets that feature 'Nano Cell LCD' - with the SJ8000, SJ8500, and SJ9500.
The new series of TVs feature uniformly-sized particles that will provide more details and consistent colors, even when you're not sitting dead-center in front of your TV. Nano Cell technology "absorbs excess light wavelengths, preventing unwanted color bleeding (such as from green to blue or yellow), fading and other effects that reduce the vibrancy of the picture", reports Engadget.
LG has even teamed with Technicolor to ensure color accuracy is top notch, using a special Technicolor Expert Mode, and support for Advanced HDR. LG also throws in Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma support - so you won't be left out in the technological jargon arguments with your friends.
Moving back to the Nano Cell technology, which will feature an Active HDR feature that allows HDR data to be inserted into specific areas of individual frames.
The highest-end model is the upcoming SJ9500 which features a frame that measures in at just 0.27 inches at its slimmest point. Pricing and availability haven't been announced just yet.
Dell will be getting the attention of showgoers at the Consumer Electronics Show this week with its new 27 Ultrathin, the most simply named monitor ever made.
Dell's new 27 Ultrathin is ridiculously thin, with the company shifting all of the hardware that normally resides behind the panel itself, into the base - which as Engadget reports "makes the monitor seem almost like an all-in-one machine at first".
The new 27 Ultrathin is a 27-inch 2560x1440 display with HDR support, but Dell adds its not the same HDR support that we're seeing hit the market on 4K TVs. Dell will support higher contrast ratios and color range than most consumer monitors on the market, with up to 99% of the sRGB gamut.
We'll see USB-C connectivity on the new Dell 27 Ultrathin, and HDMI 2.0 as well. As for price and availability, we can expect a launch on March 23, and a price of $700.
Samsung has already released its 21:9 UltraWide monitor rocking its new Quantum Dot technology, but now we're to expect the release of the CH711 - a 16:9 display using Quantum Dot.
The upcoming CH711 will arrive as a curved gaming display with a native resolution of 2560x1440. We don't know which panel Samsung is using, but we do know it features a 178-degree viewing angles. The refresh rate is unknown, but I'm hoping for 144Hz - or higher. Samsung has teased that the CH711 will be available in two different sizes: with a 27-inch and 31.5-inch model to be dropped in early 2017.
LG has just unveiled their new ProBeam compact last projector, sporting a 1080p resolution and 2000 lumens of brightness - perfect for a budget home theater, and better yet - it can be used during the day.
The new LG ProBeam should throw out a sharp picture from its light 4.6 pound design, with its table-friendly form factor making it easy to setup and tweak when needed. Not only that, but ProBeam is capable of throwing audio to any Bluetooth speaker through its Sound Sync Adjustment technology, meaning you don't need to worry about that massive tangle of wires from your projector to your speakers.
LG has also included wireless mirroring through Miracast, so you can throw movies, TV episodes and videos from your smartphone or tablet onto the LG ProBeam. This makes the ProBeam a great choice for those with a smaller house or apartment, or as LG teases, let's you "stream TV shows on a camping trip", Linus style.
If you're based in the US and ordered one of LG's new UltraFine 5K Displays, then your monitor will be shipped in the next few days - as Apple is now sending out pre-shipping notifications.
MacRumors reader Jesse, placed an order for one an LG UItraFine 5K Display when the order window was open in late November, and has recently received a notification that his 5K display will be delivered on December 28/29. Apple began taking orders for the LG UltraFine 5K Display on November 28 with 6-8 week shipping estimates, but the supplies were diminished quickly, with no more available to order.
The 5K monitor went on sale again today, with a shipping estimate of 3-5 business days, quickly slipping out to 2-4 weeks. Those who ordered quickly this morning should hopefully receive their new LG UltraFine 5K display later this month.
Apple is still providing its discounted pricing on the LG UltraFine 5K display, costing $974 - down from its retail pricing of $1299.
LG is prepping for a massive CES 2017, with one of the more interesting products to debut at the show being a new 4K monitor with HDR capabilities - oh, and it'll have USB-C connectivity.
LG's latest 32UD99 will be a 32-inch monitor with a native 4K resolution and supports the HDR 10 standard. HDR is something relatively new to PC monitors, and AMD has been pushing HDR technology for a while now at its various events and tech days. The new HDR-capable PC monitors are finally hitting the market, with LG being the first.
The new 32-inch 4K HDR display will rock an IPS panel that will display over 95% of the P3 color gamut, and with the USB-C connectivity you'll be able to plug it into your laptop and charge your smartphone (like the Google Pixel) over a single cable.
We all know that high-end gaming displays are expensive, but holy hell are they beautiful to game on - especially in games like Overwatch, CS:GO, Battlefield 1, and more - when you're hitting that 144Hz+ mark, it's amazing.
ASUS has been running the gaming monitor market for a while now, but things will be changing in a big way in 2017. Right now, ASUS is the largest vendor of gaming monitors with 35% of the market, while BenQ has around 22-24%, and Acer with 17-19%. Worldwide LCD shipments hit 120 million units in 2015, and are expected to reach the same point in 2016 - but in 2015, the 144Hz gaming monitor shipments reached 550,000 - 600,000 units.
144Hz gaming monitors are expected to shift from the 600K units shipped in 2015 to a huge 1.2 million in 2016 - and while this represents just 1% of the total 120 million LCD monitor shipments, the average selling price (ASP) of gaming displays is much higher, so there are lots of profits in this market. DigiTimes is reporting that according to vendors current orders, worldwide gaming monitor shipments are expected to reach 2.5 million units in 2017, and a massive 3.5 million in 2018.
NBA fans might want to tune into the first 4K broadcast on Saturday night, but you'll require DirecTV and the proper package - and of course, the right equipment: Genie HR54 DVR, as AT&T is working with NBA TV on the 4K broadcast, reports Engadget.
Last year, the NBA did some preliminary 4K broadcasts (of a Knicks game), and then experimented with the high-res broadcasts on UK and Canadian TV. More 4K broadcasts are planned, but this is one of the first after the testing - be sure to check it out if you're a DirecTV customer and have the right hardware to do the job.