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Sony has announced that its expanding its high dynamic range (HDR) update, something that will reach more of its 4K TVs in the coming months.
The HDR upgrade was originally planned for the X930C and X940C, but now Sony has announced it for the X850C, X900C and X910C. If you've got one of those 4K-capable TVs from Sony, you'll soon be able to enjoy better colors, greater contrast and more details in both highlights and shadows. Sony knows this update is mostly thrown away without the right content, so they've got a plan for that.
If you happen to buy one of these HDR-powered 4K TVs, "for a limited time" Sony will offer $100 in HDR-enabled Sony movies from Amazing Video. These include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Fury. Amazon's original shows will also be played back in HDR, so while there's not much in the form of HDR content, there's always the new Ultra HD Blu-ray players.
The Raspberry Pi is one of the niftiest little inventions that can power a zillion different gadgets, but it's always been missing one important thing: a display. Now that's all changed with an official 7-inch touchscreen display specifically tailored for the device.
The 7-inch display has an RGB resolution of 800x400 at 60FPS, with 24-bit color and a 10-point capacitive touchscreen set at a 70 degree viewing angle. The Pi attaches to the display via a DSI ribbon cable and is compatible with the following models: Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, Raspberry Pi Model B+, and the Raspberry PI Model A+. In order to use the display all devices need to be running the latest version of Raspberian OS.
The form factor is a slim and lightweight 194mm x 110mm x 20mm, fitting the overall modular DYI theme of the Raspberry Pi and features holes for attaching the Pi to the metal backing. Custom color frames are also available for extra visual flair.
Acer didn't just unveil a new 35-inch 21:9 monitor with a 200Hz refresh rate, it also showed off a new 27-inch 4K monitor, too. Acer's new XB271HK will succeed the XB270HK, with the same 27-inch display size and 4K resolution, but bumps the specs up inside of the panel.
The new XB271HK is part of Acer's Predator XB1 lineup of monitors, featuring a ZeroFrame edge-to-edge design backed up by a 4K, IPS-based panel. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut for great color reproduction, but where the new XB271HK takes the cake from its predecessor is that it pumps out 4K at up to 75Hz with NVIDIA's G-Sync.
Acer's XB270HK had the same 4K resolution and G-Sync technology but was only capable of 60Hz, and while 75Hz doesn't sound like much, with G-Sync it's going to feel like quite the jump in refresh rate smoothness for gamers.
The new Predator XB1 series, including the XB271HK, will start from $799 and be available in the United States starting next month.
Acer didn't let ASUS have all the new monitor fun at IFA 2015 this year, with Acer unveiling a slew of new screens that we reported on a few days ago. But here we're going to go into a bit more detail on the Predator Z35.
The new Predator Z35 is the first of Acer's new Predator Z Series of curved gaming monitors that is powered by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. The Predator Z35 is a huge 35-inch 21:9 UltraWide monitor with a resolution of 2560x1080, so while it's disappointing that we don't have 3440x1440 here, it makes up for that with its refresh rate.
Acer has somehow provided 'overclocking' support of its new 21:9 monitor, where gamers can crank the refresh rate on the Predator Z35 all the way up to 200Hz. It sounds insane, and this is something we simply can't wait to try out for ourselves. The Acer Predator Z35 will cost $1199, and be available in the United States in December.
Something we spotted at Computex earlier this year, but was confirmed at IFA 2015 over the last few days is the new ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q. The new PG348Q is a 34-inch, 21:9 UltraWide monitor with a huge 100Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.
Nearly all UltraWide monitors are 60Hz right now, which isn't too great for enthusiast PC gamers like myself who want a 3440x1440 monitor with 144Hz. But 100Hz, that's something we can deal with for now. The new ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q features a "frameless curved design", with tilt, swivel, and height adjustment capabilities.
ASUS hasn't shared pricing or availability on the new 34-inch UltraWide monitor, but we should expect it later this year.
LG has unveiled quite the unique offering at IFA 2015, with a massive 111-inch double-sided, 4K OLED-based TV. The 111-inch TV is made capable using three 65-inch 4K OLED displays, allowing viewers to watch both sides of the TV simultaneously.
The company also displayed a new 55-inch version of its double-sided TV, which is just 5.3mm thick. But who would use a double-sided TV? Consumers wouldn't, but for businesses and signage, it could be something worth looking into. One of the pioneers of OLED technology, Dr. Ching W. Tang said during LG's keynote presentation at IFA: "Without backlight and other auxiliary layers, the OLED display is fundamentally less complicated compared to LCD, and in time less costly to manufacture".
The South Korean electronics giant also teased a super-thin 55-inch OLED display that is under 1mm thick. This is more of a wallpaper OLED TV, given its incredible thinness. Tang added: "I have no doubt, given its advanced features and superior performance - foldable, wearable, flexible and transparent, OLED is the display technology for the next generation".
When ASUS released the ROG Swift PG278Q last year, it was the gaming monitor that dreams were made of. An awesome-looking 27-inch QHD monitor with a 2560x1440 resolution, it was backed up by a huge 144Hz refresh rate, with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology sprinkled on top.
Well, now we're looking at its successor, something ASUS teased at IFA 2015. The new ROG Swift PG279Q features the same 2560x1440 resolution on the same 27-inch display, but cranks the refresh rate up to an insane 165Hz. This is the industry's first 165Hz-capable monitor, making it the undeniable champion of gaming monitors when it's released later this year.
Inside, we have the QHD resolution of 2560x1440, backed up by 1000:1 contrast ratio, 170/160-degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles, 350cd/m2 brightness, and 8-bit colors. We should expect DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 2.0 inputs, too. The new ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q will feature an IPS-based panel compared to the TN panel found in its predecessor, the ROG Swift PG278Q. An IPS panel is something that the Acer XB270HU had over the ROG Swift PG278Q, but now ASUS has beaten Acer at the monitor gaming with not just an IPS-based gaming monitor, but a huge 165Hz refresh rate.
Acer has announced two new additions to the Predator gaming monitor series, introducing a flat-panel and curved monitor.
The Predator Z35 is a 35-inch curved panel that provides 21:9 UltraWide Full HD (2560x1080), utilizing NVIDIA ULMB (Ultra Low Motion Blur), and a 200Hz refresh rate. Acer also threw in its TrueHarmony technology and DTS Sound 9Wx2 speakers.
The Predator XB1 Series includes two different 27-inch models that feature a 4K UHD (3840x2160) or WQHD (2560x1440) IPS panels able to provide 100% of the sRGB color gamut. The 28-model (XB281HK) has a 1ms gray to gray response time, and the 27-inch models feature a 144Hz refresh rate.
Dell has just unveiled its latest monitors, with one of them featuring NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Starting with the Dell S2716DG, with it being the company's first gaming-grade display.
The Dell S2716DG is a 27-inch monitor with the QHD resolution of 2560x1440, and the beautiful refresh rate of 144Hz mixed with G-Sync. The monitor includes a bunch of other goodies, such as tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustment. Connectivity wise you're covered, with Dell providing DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, USB 3.0 upstream and line-out/headphone out.
The second, less exciting model is the SE2716H and is Dell's first curved display. Dell hasn't rolled out the specifications on the SE2716H just yet, but it does feature two 9W speakers and a thin bezel. As for pricing, the S2716DG with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology is $799.99 while the SE2716H is priced at $399.99. Dell will be offering up the G-Sync model on October 20, while the SE2716H will be available on September 15.
After showing off its 4K OLED TVs back in January, LG is now ready to sell the non-curved 4K OLED TVs to the public. LG has two 4K OLED TVs ready, with a 55-inch and 65-inch on offer.
The two new TVs have HDR capabilities with improved color range, so you're not going to be disappointed with the picture. Both of the ultra-thin 4K OLED TVs feature next to no bezel, are powered by the webOS 2.0 smart TV platform, and rock Harman/Kardon speakers. LG is silent on pricing for now, but the new sets will be available throughout Europe and the United States by the end of the month.