Noooo. Dell has canceled what could've been the best monitor ever made, its unreleased UP3017Q - a 30-inch 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Dell's now canceled UP3017Q was due in March 2016, but was pushed to July, and then said to be coming "soon". French outlet Les Numeriques said that Dell officials confirmed at CES 2017 that the UP3017Q was indeed canceled. But why?
The shift was said to be around image quality problems, with color drift even when the Dell UP3017Q was viewed off-center. The company worked on these issues for months, but couldn't fix them, ultimately canceling the monitor of my dreams.
CES 2017 - HP has unveiled its latest high-performance monitor in its enthusiast Omen gaming hardware lineup, showing that the company isn't playing around when it comes to high-end gear.
The Omen X 35 is a premium display aimed at pro gamers, featuring a curved ultra-wide 35-inch display that delivers 3,440 x 1440 resolution in a 21:9 aspect ratio for a more complete field of view--the viewing angle clocks in at 178-degrees. The panel has a 2,500:1 static contrast ratio and a refresh rate of 100Hz and leverages NVIDIA's G-Sync technology to ensure low-latency, tear-free gaming, and has a 4ms response time with overdrive enabled.
Apart from the impressive wide angle, spacious screen, and decent G-Sync enabled refresh rates, the Omen X 35's screen is nearly bezel-less: it rocks a micro-edge display with side and top bezels that clock in at just 6.87 mm, adding even more value to the panel itself. An array of ports ensures utility, including a DisplayPort 1.2 slot, a single HDMI 1.4 port, and three USB 3.0 ports as well as an audio out and headphone jack. This particular model also features an integrated headset hook to rest your audio gear onto.
CES 2017 - You guys should all know how much of a resolution enthusiast I am, so the news of the HDMI 2.1 specification has me beyond excited.
HDMI 2.1 will support a wide range of resolutions and refresh rates, including 4K 120Hz, 8K 120Hz, and even 10K. Yes, 10K. HDMI 2.1 also includes something called Game Mode VRR, which "features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing".
The 'Game Mode VRR' is an interesting addition, which can be explained as a wide-reaching version of G-Sync and FreeSync. The HDMI Forum says that it'll work on both PCs and consoles, so we definitely need to try that out as soon as we can.
CES 2017 - Dell continues to push display boundaries, teasing their new 32-inch 8K display here at CES. We're talking about a huge 7680x4320 - with the equivalent pixels of 4 x 4K displays, or 16 x 1080p displays - at a cost of $4999.
The new Dell UP3218K is "refined and ready for production" according to The Verge, with next to no bezel and the ability of pivot, tilt, swivel, and height adjustment. Dell is aiming the UP3218K at graphics, design, photo and video professionals.
Pushing the 7680x4320 resolution will be hard, and thankfully - Dell has pushed 60Hz at 8K, not 30Hz that I would've expected. Dell had to work with NVIDIA right up until the last minute to get driver support at 8K, with Product Launch Manager for Displays at Dell, Michael Turner, explaining to PC World: "[8K] is not practical, not yet. When the next round of graphics cards refresh, they'll get to the point where 8K is mass consumable".
Dell's UP3218K has 2 x DisplayPort 1.4 connections which support 8K. Priced at $4999, Dell will be selling the UP3218K starting March 23.
CES 2017 - One of the most exciting reveals at CES for me would have to be NVIDIA's tease of 4K gaming displays rocking the deliciously smooth 144Hz refresh rate - and G-Sync, of course.
There are two new models, the first from ASUS in the form of the ROG Swift PG27UQ, while the other is from Acer and their upcoming Predator XB272-HDR. Both of these new 4K 144Hz displays will be released in Q2 2017, with no pricing just yet - but we can be sure they're going to be expensive - and require some beefy GPUs to drive 4K at 144FPS.
Both displays rock the new Quantum Dot technology, with HDR10 support, DP1.4/HDMI 2.0 connectivity, and more. You can be sure that the second these bad boys launch, we'll have them in-house for some serious testing.
CES 2017 - NVIDIA has had quite the CES this year, announcing the world's first HDR gaming displays with G-Sync HDR technology, something it worked with AU Optronics on.
The new G-Sync HDR gaming displays were designed from the ground up for the ultimate in gaming displays, with NVIDIA teasing: "stunning image quality, tear-free and stutter-free G-SYNC smoothness, minimal motion blur, and near-zero input latency, compared to the 22-41ms of latency added by recommended HDR TVs".
Not just that, but the new G-Sync HDR monitors will use Quantum Dot technology, and a full array 384-zone backlight that uses "384 individually-controllable LED backlight zones, light will only be shown when and where it is required, enabling G-SYNC HDR displays to simultaneously produce bright bold colors and deep blacks, reminiscent of the very best plasma displays. Monitors with fewer backlight zones, edge-lit backlight zones, or with only a single global backlight are incapable of matching the contrast and image quality of the new 4K G-SYNC HDR monitors, and with 384 controllable zones we have unparalleled control over the picture, producing the best images you've ever seen on an LCD gaming display".
NVIDIA is also including HDR10 support, which is the HDR format that is being used for PC gaming.
While Sony released the very first OLED TV back in 2008; an 11 inch display which sold for $2,500USD, the company abandoned the field to rivals such as LG who went on to solve some of the large scale manufacturing issues. But at CES this week, Sony have announced they're back - and in a big way.
Branded under the Bravia TV line, the A1E series will be available in 55, 65 and 77 inch sizes and will feature 4K resolution, Dolby Vision and base HDR-10 standard, multiple HDMI 2.1 ports and Android TV built in. While Sony aren't producing the panel themselves, the unit will benefit from Sony's experience in image processing and will be built on what they're calling the '4K HDR processor X1™ Extreme'.
Sony's OLED models are expected to roll out sometime mid-year.
CES 2017 - LG and Dolby today announced that LG's upcoming OLED lineup will be the first TVs to support both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos for combined high-performance visual and sound experiences.
LG's entire fleet of 2017 OLED TVs will support the new Dolby Atmos 3D audio and Dolby Vision HDR specs, including the following models: 77/65W7, 77/65G7, 65/55E7, 65/55C7, and 65/55B7. If you own a current LG Super UHD 4KTV, don't worry: those models will continue supporting Dobly Vision throughout 2017, including the LG 2017 SJ9500, SJ8500, and JS800 Super UHD TVs.
Dolby further announced that major studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures will roll out Dolby Vision enhanced content, and that consumers will soon be able to buy 4K UHD Blu-rays with built-in Dolby Vision HDR support.
CES 2017 - Something that caught my eye early on at CES this year was that Amazon has been working with Seiki Digital, Westinghouse, and Element Electronics - who are all by the way, owned by Chinese company Tongfang Global - with Alexa-powered 4K TVs.
This means Amazon's Fire TV Edition will be something worth paying attention to, as the TVs are 4K-capable, sport 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/Ethernet connectivity, and will arrive in sizes between 43 inches and 65 inches.
They all rock the latest and greatest Fire TV interface (which looks great in person) - as you can use voice commands to switch between 4K Blu-ray through one of the HDMI ports, or even rename one of the HDMI ports with voice commands. You can switch to traditional TV, different outputs, or tell the remote what show you want to watch next.
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.