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One of our favorite 4K monitors is on sale right now, with the Acer XB280HK available at Newegg for $599, down from its normal price of $899. The Acer XB280HK is a 28-inch 4K monitor that has NVIDIA's G-Sync technology built-in, with our review available right here.
Sure, it's a TN-based panel and not IPS, but for $599 you're getting a silky-smooth 4K monitor if you have the VGA chops to get there. 4K 60FPS isn't too hard these days with a mix of Medium/High details in most games, with Grand Theft Auto V able to hit 4K 60FPS on something like a GeForce GTX 970 without a problem.
You'll need the following promo code "EMCARKW22", which is available until April 22, so get in quick. The code only works for those who are signed up to Newegg's newsletter, so you'll need to sign up for that if you haven't already. If you're already signed up for it, you would've received the e-mail alerting you to the sale, but if you've missed that e-mail, consider this your notice.
HP has just announced its new DreamColor Z32x monitor, a new professional-grade 31.5-inch 4K monitor. What makes the new HP display stand out is that it features an IPS-based display pumping out 3840x2160, or 4K.
The new HP DreamColor Z32x not only features the IPS-based 4K panel, it does so with 10-bit color. We have HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4, as well as a full-sized DisplayPort 1.2 and miniDP 1.2 port. HP has provided an integrated USB 3.0 hub with fast-charging support for mobile devices, such as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge from Samsung.
HP has also provided picture-in-picture mode that allows owners of the DreamColor Z32x to view feeds from each of the four display inputs, simultaneously. Wrapping up the specs side of things, there's 1000:1 static / 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, an 8ms gray-to-gray response time, and a weight of 23.5 pounds. HP hasn't announced any pricing, but we can be pretty sure it will not be on the cheap side.
It looks like ASUS is backing AMD with its new MG279Q display, which has now been revealed as a FreeSync capable display, reports PC Perspective.
The ASUS MG279Q features a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, an IPS panel, with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD's FreeSync technology. At CES 2015, PC Perspective noticed it as a monitor without FreeSync or G-Sync, but it has now been donned with AMD's variable refresh rate technology. It has a minimum refresh rate of 40Hz, with the maximum hitting 120Hz.
We should expect samples of this display in the coming weeks, with an MSRP of $599.
Curved panels are all the rage right now with Samsung staying on top of the market trend by preparing three new curved PC monitors starting at $299, which will be released later this month.
Starting with the largest 31.5-inch model, we have a 1920x1080 resolution (all three have a Full HD resolution), which is disappointing on the 31.5-inch display. The 31.5-inch curved Full HD monitor will include a 3000mm curve radius and $599 price. The smaller 27-inch panel will have a 4000mm curved radius and $399 price while the 24-inch model will rock a $299 price.
All three curved displays will run at the 1920x1080 resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate, but gamers will have to be careful of all three monitors as they have a 4ms response time.
While 4K isn't exactly mainstream, LG has started talking about 8K and that "the world is turning to 8K". In a press release, the company has teased that 8K is coming, and it'll be here in the coming years.
When the BBC took control of broadcasting the 2012 olympics, they said "Since 8K resolution is the highest resolution that the human eye is capable of seeing, it will put an end to the resolution discussion,' predicting that 'ultimately, 8K images will overtake the market". 8K sees a huge 7680x4320 resolution, pumping out four times the pixels that 4K offers, and 16 times what 1080p provides at 1920x1080.
LG has announced that it has "expanded the UHD lineup and is showing off diverse range of screen sizes with super-high resolution displays such as 8K". The South Korean giant showed off its 98-inch 8K UHD display at CES 2015 earlier this year, but are teasing that they will be making "great strides" into the super-high resolution display era.
Sony has just unveiled its new line of Bravia TVs, with a mix of 4K and 1080p sets that are sure to impress. One of the stand outs from this is the new X9000C from Sony, a new 4K TV that is just 4.9mm thick.
The new X9000C is just 4.9mm thick, making it thinner than most of the smartphones on the market. This gave Sony the huge headline of "the world's thinnest 4K LCD TV" which I'm sure it's going to use to its advantage. Sony's Creative Center Toyko Senior Director, Daisuke Shiono, the X9000C series uses the "Floating Style" suspension design. The company has also stuck to its "seamless" design concept, as you can see in the image above.
Sony's new TV is powered by its own 4K image processing chip: X1. Sony's X1 processor uses elite light-control technology that can "let the audience see the chiaroscuro more significant picture, as if the reality of light and dark portions of the visual effects".
Netflix has said that the third season of House of Cards was filmed at 6K, even though it streams at a maximum of 4K to its own video streaming service.
The master copies that Netflix has of the third season were provided in 4K, but the company is having the production house store huge 6K masters as an archive. This means we might see a 6K release of House of Cards, and other content in the future. The 6K master copies are absolutely huge, weighing in at 5.5TB per episode, compared to the 4K episodes which are 2.5TB each.
With 4K TV adoption still not ramping up, it would be nice to see Netflix offer these 6K episodes in the future. Especially as we shift past 4K, and into the world of 8K and beyond.
GDC 2015 - NVIDIA has announced the latest Shield, designed for your living room. The new Shield is "incredibly thin" which has Ethernet, USB connectivity, HDMI, and more.
The new NVIDIA Shield is the world's first 4K-capable Android TV, with 4K decoding and H.265 and 10-bit video processing. The video on the NVIDIA Shield is "absolutely gorgeous" according to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. The new NVIDIA Shield is capable of 4K at 60FPS, not 4K at 30Hz on most other devices. This is thanks to the incredible Tegra X1 processor inside of the Shield, something NVIDIA unveiled at CES earlier this year. We have 256 GPU cores, 3GB of RAM, and more. That's twice the power of the Xbox 360, with 1/5 the amount of power required.
NVIDIA also announced a beautiful remote to go along with the Shield, with just a few buttons on the front of it for simplicity. There's bi-directional Bluetooth, with voice control and a microphone on the top of it. A one-click, one-touch voice search button is also baked onto it. There's a Bluetooth receiver inside, so you can plug in your headphones directly into the remote, which is a very nice touch.
As someone who has just started using the Philips Hue lighting system, I'm beginning to see the appeal of older things receiving some next-gen paint. The light bulb socket is a popular spot to play around with these days, with a new cool-looking device hitting Kickstarter, known as Beam.
Beam is a normal projector, that fits into any regular light bulb socket, where it draws power from the socket to blast out images onto a flat surface. Beam, if it can raise $200,000 by March 24, will connect wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, as long as you have the Beam app installed. Inside of Beam, will be a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, and 8GB of NAND flash storage. The team behind Beam has teased that the projector-cum-light-bulb will be intelligent, where profiles can be set up. For example, you can have it turn on and open YouTube when you walk through door.
The cheapest form of Beam is $349 on Kickstarter, or $399 for the regular model. The team is hoping to begin shipping some models by September.
VESA has just announced the latest version of its Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) 1.4a specification, which is the successor to version 1.4 which was introduced close to two years ago now. The new 1.4a revision is capable of an insane 8K resolution in laptops, which is 7680x4320.
The new eDP 1.4a standard features a new Display Stream Compression (DSC) standard (1.1), and enhanced segmented panel display architecture. On top of that, some other magic is sprinkled inside of the new display standard, which will allow OEMs to create Ultra HD panels for embedded applications, with support for up to 7680x4320, or 8K*4K. eDP 1.4a is capable of 8.1GB/sec per late, where the GPU-to-display interface is split in two, or even four screen segments. This provides a maximum link bandwidth of up to 32.4GB/sec, which will allow for 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz with 10-bit color.
Now, I'm sure you're why... why mobile/laptops? Well, VR. That's why. We're being teased the future of mobile and laptop displays, with a huge 8K at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz, which is exactly where VR needs to go. Oculus VR is probably rubbing their hands with glee, so we're going to reach out to them now and see if they have anything to say about this news.