HDR monitors are the next big push for 2017, but 4K and HDR? Oh yeah. LG teased its 32-inch 4K HDR-capable 32UD99 monitor previously, but now it is confirming a March 28 release for $999.
The official website for LG's upcoming 32UD99 monitor says it's "coming soon", but a listing on B&H says it's coming on March 28. What should we expect from the 32UD99 other than 4K and HDR? I'm guessing a 60Hz refresh rate, especially for the $999 price - considering ASUS will be launching its 4K HDR-capable G-Sync monitor with its game changing 144Hz refresh tech for north of $1500. Still, 60Hz and HDR is still going to be great for productivity, HDR/4K content, and light gaming.
The official specs are tasty:
- USB-C, DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports
- AMD FreeSync Technology
- 5ms response time
- Built-in stereo speakers
Microsoft has a competitor to its expensive, but glorious Surface Hub - which arrives in a $9000 model, but can be purchased as an 84-inch touchscreen beast for $21,000 - while Google is targeting Surface Hub with its new Jamboard.
Google's new Jamboard is a 4K-capable 55-inch smart TV that you can draw on, capable of taking 16 simultaneous touch points, Google Cast abilities, a built-in camera (for the CIA to watch you and your important meetings through), NFC, handwriting abilities, and even shape recognition.
Jamboard will cost $5000, alongside a $600 annual "support fee" - but considering Surface Hub starts at $9000 and scales to $21,000 - Google has a good chance of scooping some of that Surface Hub marketshare away from Microsoft with Jamboard.
LG released their new UltraFine 5K monitors last month, an exclusive for high-end MacBook Pro models from Apple - but they were plagued with issues. So much so, that Apple has halted sales of the 5K display until it can fix the monitor, permanently.
Last week I wrote an article saying that early models of the 5K display were affected, and they should'lve been fixed - but according to Business Insider's sources, Apple is halting the sales of the LG UltraFine 5K display because of hardware-based issues within the monitor.
Apple won't have any new high-end 5K displays to sell alongside their new MacBook Pro for at least another 6 weeks or so.
4K is all the rage right now, with BenQ stepping up to the home theater plate with its new flagship HT8050 home theater projector.
BenQ's new HTG8050 projector offers 4K video, and THX HD Display certification, which is something IMAX theaters have - so BenQ is aiming for quality here, folks. BenQ uses 14 elements that the company says improves sharpness, color, and brightness.
How much will BenQ's new 4K-capable HT8050 home projector cost? $7999. It'll arrive on February 24, perfect for Valentine's Day - and remember, use the excuse "but we can Netflix and Chill TOGETHER streaming 4K Netflix" to your significant other.
AOC has just blasted its new AGON AG35QCX FreeSync monitor into the gaming arena, a beasty new 35-inch 21:9 display with a native resolution of 2560x1080 and massive 200Hz refresh rate, backed by FreeSync.
The new AOC AGON AG35QCX uses a 35-inch MVA panel with 4ms response, and has a 2000mm curve that also supports 100x100m VESA mounting. The design of the display is also damn nice, with a headphone hook on the right - perfect for gamers and headphone owners.
We also have a 4-port USB 3.0 hub and built-in 5W speakers, but it's the price that is the biggest draw card, with AOC setting a price of £599.99 at Overclockers UK, which converts to $748. The closest competitor is the Acer Predator X35, which costs $1000+ on Amazon right now.
LG have some truly great monitors, but their latest flagship 5K display that they teamed with Apple on has been faulty for many owners since launch - but the new batch, is now fixed.
The new UltraFine 5K monitor that works in tandom with Apple's latest MacBook Pro has been experiencing graphical issues, as well as other weird problems, and now the problem has been found. If the shiny new 5K display was placed too close to a router, the monitor would have issues that could end in your MacBook Pro going through a hard reboot. If the 5K display was disconnected and reconnected, the issue went away for the most part.
LG has since released a statement on the 5K monitor issues, where they said: "LG apologizes for this inconvenience and is committed to delivering the best quality products possible so all LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K displays manufactured after February 2017 will be fitted with enhanced shielding".
Acer has been really hitting its groove in the UltraWide display market, and now we have the introduction of their latest and greatest 21:9 display - the Acer XR382CQK.
Acer's new XR382CQK is a 38-inch UltraWide monitor with a native resolution of 3840x1600 (compared to the 3440x1440 on 34-inch UltraWide displays) - with AMD's FreeSync technology offering up to 75Hz. We also have DTS Sound with 2 x 7W speakersr, and Acer's impressive ZeroFrame design. Here's the full run down of what to expect:
- AMD FreeSync™ renders smooth, stutter-free gameplay
- Ergonomic stand promotes optimum comfort with adjustable tilt, swivel and height
- ZeroFrame design affords maximum viewing area and near seamless multi-monitor setups
- Dynamic sound effects thanks to DTS® Sound and two 7W speakers
- Excellent multitasking capabilities via picture-by-picture, picture-in-picture and daisy chaining
Display connectivity includes 1 x DP, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, and 4 x USB 3.0 ports.
I think the additional pixels on the XR382CQK will be interesting to see, with 3840x1600 being a nice addition to the 3440x1440 native res I've come to know and love over the years. The 75Hz refresh rate is a little disappointing, as we're in a world of 3440x1440 monitors with a native 100Hz refresh rate. But still, 75Hz with FreeSync will be great for UltraWide gamers who aren't playing twitchy first-person shooters.
Acer's new XR382CQK is available at US retailers for $1299 right now.
LG has the OLED TV market in its hands, but on its fingertips it has the future of TV markets with its upcoming W series TVs - that are thinner than your finger.
LG's upcoming W series TV support every single HDR standard on the market - HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, and Advanced HDR by Technicolor, all powered by LG's own WebOS 3.5 software. But now we have pricing on the upcoming TVs, with the 65-inch W7 TV costing $7996.
But there's also a 77-inch W7 OLED TV, which would be absolutely beautiful to own, but it costs a whopping $19,996. There are also the C and E series TVs, but the flagship W series is the one everyone is talking about right now.
ASUS has made its new ROG Swift PG258Q gaming monitor available, offering a 1920x1080 resolution and massive 240Hz refresh rate - for those, like me, who want to live on the bleeding edge.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q is a 24.5-inch 1080p display that the company designed for eSports and super-fast games, especially those intense first-person shooters like CS:GO, Overwatch, and more.
ASUS has included NVIDIA's Ultra Low Motion Blur technology, which erases most of the motion blur - I have to use mine more to make judgment on that, which is coming very soon. ASUS includes a slick design, and its new Light Signature - something that provides light projection effects while you're gaming.
There are more and more UltraWide displays being released, but the ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ stands out from the crowd in its design and features.
ASUS has used a 34-inch panel with a native 3440x1440 resolution, and an 1800R curvature. ASUS has even included a built-in Qi wireless charging pad, so with a compatible smartphone, convenience blends with style on the MX34VQ. Inside of the base, there are built-in LEDs that glow while your smartphone is charging.
The new Designo Curve MX34VQ includes 2 x 8W speakers, with Harman Kardon co-developing the system and using ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.