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Computex 2016 - Not content with smashing the refresh rate barrier with the new ASUS ROG Swift 180Hz G-Sync monitor, ASUS has just one-upped itself with a new G-Sync monitor that sports 240Hz refresh rates.
The new ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q display promises to completely redefine everything we knew about responsiveness. The PG258Q sports a 24.5-inch full 1920 x 1080 panel that combines with a native 240Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA's G-Sync adaptive sync tech, and an incredible 1ms gray-to-gray response time to "eliminate lag and frame rate stutter for the smoothest, fastest, and most breathtaking gaming visuals imaginable."
The PG258Q is optimized for multi-monitor setups thanks to its narrow bezel, and features a titanium and copper color scheme outfitted with built-in LED light effects to add some flair to your setup. On the software side, the ROG Swift PG258Q comes with ASUS GamePlus and ASUS GameVisual to boost in-game performance and visuals.
Computex 2016 - ASUS shows off its new premium curved 3440 x 1440p ultrawide Designo displays that will round out the company's new line of enthusiast hardware.
The new ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ packs 3440 x 1440p into a stylish 34-inch curved panel at a 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio. The panel features a curvature of 1800R, and sports two beefy 8W Harmon Kardon stereo speakers amplified with ASUS SonicMaster technology. As an added bonus, the display's circular base doubles as a wireless Qi charging pad for mobile devices.
ASUS also revealed the non-curved 16:9 27-inch Designo MX27UC 4K display. The MX27UC features a 27-inch IPS display at 3840 x 2160 resolution that features Type-C support with some surprising additions like DisplayPort Alternate Mode and USB Type-C Power Delivery (power and data over the same cord). The 27-inch Designo MX27UC 4K is also outfitted with a pair of 3W Bang and Olufsen speakers.
Computex 2016 - ASUS has revealed a new G-Sync ready ROG Swift monitor that can be overclocked to an insane 180Hz.
ASUS has redefined the refresh rate threshold with its new 24-inch 1080p ROG Swift PG248Q TN display with NVIDIA G-Sync that's capable of hitting up to an incredible 180Hz. The new ROG Swift PG248Q not only packs in G-Sync for tear-free gaming and overclocks to 180Hz, but it also sports an amazing 1ms response time, offering up some of the smoothest and responsive 1080p gaming around.
ASUS affirms the PG248Q is designed specifically for pro eSports gamers as well as enthusiast gamers, serving up "unparalleled performance and innovation" in a smaller form factor that's designed to reduce the amount of time "your eyes roll across the screen". The ROG Swift PG248Q will be the exclusive monitor for major eSports events including ESL One 2016 and The International 2016. No pricing or availability details were announced just yet.
NBC has announced that it will be airing the Olympic Games in 4K and HDR, but that it will be delaying the stream by 24 hours.
Engadget reports: "4K UHD footage Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men's soccer final, and judo is coming home on tape delay". NBC is downconverting 8K, which is what the Olympic Broadcasting Services and Japan's NHK are playing with, down to 4K, and then pushing out HDR and Dolby Atmos surround sound audio technology.
NBC Sports President Gary Zenkel explains: "The Olympics have been a consistent driver of technological advancements, and Rio will be no different".
Acer unveiled some new gaming desktops and laptops during the week, but there were also three new Predator Z1 gaming monitors unveiled, too.
The new Predator Z1 monitors unveiled at Acer's event in NYC are all curved gaming panels, coming in 31.5-, 30- and 27-inch sizes. All models include NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, with the 30-inch Predator Z1 featuring a 21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio.
The new Acer Predator Z1 monitors start at $600, and will be made available throughout the US and Europe in June. I'm still rocking the Acer Predator X34 monitor, which is the best gaming display on the market right now with its 3440x1440 native resolution, huge 100Hz refresh rate (at least for a 3440x1440 panel) and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology - check out our review on that, here.
Vizio has just unveiled its new M-Series and E-Series sets, with both of them being 4K capable and some super-awesome features with a great price point.
The new M-Series TV features a 6-inch Android tablet remote running Vizio's SmartCast app, and includes support for Google Cast so that you can stream from other devices throughout your house. The M-Series 4K TV features better image quality than its predecessor, with twice as many active LED lighting zones (64) for higher contrast ratios, and HDR video and Dolby Vision support.
The new 4K-only line of TVs from Vizio start at $850 for the 50-inch model, while the 80-inch model is priced at $4000. The updated E-Series has less options, with the 43-inch model setting consumers back $470, while the bigger 70-inch model costs $1700. No HDR support is provided, nor is Dolby Vision, and there are only 12 active LED zones, down from 64 on the M-Series.
If you want the high fidelity a 4K TV offers but don't want to sell your pets to get one, Vizio is offering a 43'' $469.99 option with its E-Series. It doesn't come with anything in the way of bells of whistles as far as we can tell, but it should get the job done.
Its other budget options include the 32'' $229.99 and 43'' $369.99 E-series TVs, which are full HD as opposed to 4K, but offer SmartCast (allowing you to send your favourite apps to the TV).
On the higher-end, Vizio has two 2016 M-Series 4K TVs: $849.99 for a 50'' and $3,999.99 for an 80''. For your hard-earned dough, you get support for high dynamic range (HDR), Dolby Vision, and SmartCast. Then there's the $1,699.99 70'' E-series offering, which also doesn't seem to come with any bells and whistles, but offers massive size and extreme resolution for a not completely obscene amount of money.
Acer has just released a new member of its Predator gaming products, with a new gaming projector known as the Predator Z850. Acer's new Predator Z850 projector is something Acer says is the world's first ultra-wide HD laser projector designed specifically for gaming.
The new Acer Predator Z850 boasts an interesting 24:9 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 1920x720 - yeah, that's not a typo. This is much wider than the traditional 16:9 format, and even wider than the 21:9 format offered by UltraWide displays with 2560x1080 and 3440x1440 resolutions. The laser diode inside of the Predator Z850 is good for 30,000 hours and offers images up to 3,000 lumens, with a great 100,000 contrast ratio.
Acer includes a top-mounted lens and mirrorless ultra-short-throw technology that makes the Predator Z850 capable of blasting 120 inches of screen - at a minimum distance of only 18.5 inches. This is great for rooms that might be too small for a traditional projector setup, such as your gaming room or smaller lounge room. Something that's quite unique, is that the Predator Z850 can be packed up and moved immediately after use, without needing time to cool down. On the back, we have a slew of connectivity and even an optional wireless kit that will provide 1080p lossless streaming without the cables needing to be connected to your PC.
As enthusiasts know, AMOLED displays offer all kinds of benefits over LCD (thinner, more energy efficient, and arguably better colours, to name a few), but price has held them back from becoming the technology of choice for manufacturers. That's now changed, as production costs have dropped below LCD production costs for the first time, as predicted they would this year.
IHS Technology data tells us a 5'' "full HD" smartphone display cost $17.10 with AMOLED and $15.70 with LCD to produce as of Q4 2015, but Q1 2016 shows $14.30 and $14.60, respectively.
With this shift, it's expected AMOLED will quickly become the default display technology for manufacturers in regards to mid-range and low-end devices. LCD likely won't go anywhere anytime soon, but it's going to take a hit.
Vizio has partnered with Google to bring Chromecast to its TVs, multiple sources have claimed to Variety. As of now, it's unclear whether this simply means Chromecast will be included with the TVs or if it will be directly built into them, but we do know you will still initiate streaming from another device, as is currently the case with Chromecast. We also know that no smart TV apps are apart of the plan, and that this could happen as early as springtime.
Sources have also indicated Google has shown similar interest with at least one other TV manufacturer, so this could well be the first step in a broad, long-term plan.
Google declined to comment on the matter, while Vizio was not immediately available for comment.