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.
Prepare to have your TV, no matter how big it is, feel inadequate by Tabler Systems. The company unveiled its huge 200-inch 8K TV at CEBIT 2016, with it coming in at 5m (16.4 feet) wide and 2.4m (7.8 feet) high.
The 200-inch 8K TV has a seamless 0mm bezel which makes it perfect for a video wall, as well as a truly gigantic touchscreen surface. How did Tabler Systems seemingly come out of nowhere with a 200-inch 8K TV? Well, the company is using light-emitting plastics, with the panel capable of being designed to be in any shape, with no bezel at all, flexible and the panel is just 1mm thick.
If you can't remember what resolution 8K rolls in with, we're talking about 7680x4320. It's a huge increase on 4K which has a resolution of 3840x2160 and makes 1080p look like nothing at 1920x1080. Back to the TV, which can be connected to a gaming PC for huge 200-inch 8K goodness, filling your entire vision and pulling you right into the game.
For those not interested in curved monitors or gigantic panels, ASUS has just announced its new 24-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels) display to the world, naming it the MG24UQ.
This new product comes without Republic of Gaming logos and is seemingly aimed at more of a mainstream audience. Carrying a 100% sRG coverage, a 300 cd/m2 maximum brightness, a color depth ceiling of 16.7 million and dynamic mega contrast ratio support, this monitor comes packed with ASUS GameVisual technology, aiming to reduce blue light aye strain and nullify the issue of a flickering LED display.
Without any pricing scheme announced just yet, ASUS has confirmed that this monitor comes with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 ports, alongside sporting 'ASUS GamePlus' which allows for six different display options depending on what you're using the monitor for.
DisplayPort 1.4 is now official, with the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) publishing their new DP1.4 standard. DisplayPort 1.4 allows for huge advantages over DP1.3, with higher resolutions and refresh rates supported.
DP1.4 will also make use of USB Type-C and Thunderbolt connectivity, which will allow smaller devices like laptops to make great use of the higher resolutions. DP1.4 includes 32.4GB/sec of bandwidth, which opens the flood gates to 8K @ 60Hz (with HDR Deep Color), and 4K @ 120Hz (with HDR Deep Color) as well as many other technologies. These include:
- Forward Error Correction - FEC, which overlays the DSC 1.2 transport, addresses the transport error resiliency needed for compressed video transport to external displays.
- HDR meta transport - HDR meta transport uses the "secondary data packet" transport inherent in the DisplayPort standard to provide support for the current CTA 861.3 standard, which is useful for DP to HDMI 2.0a protocol conversion, among other examples. It also offers a flexible metadata packet transport to support future dynamic HDR standards.
- Expanded audio transport - This spec extension covers capabilities such as 32 audio channels, 1536kHz sample rate, and inclusion of all known audio formats.
What does this mean for gamers? Well, AMD's upcoming Polaris architecture supports DisplayPort 1.3 - allowing for 8K resolution support at 60FPS, as well as 4K @ 120Hz with HDR enabled (and 4K @ 240Hz). NVIDIA will unveil their new Pascal-based architecture next month at their GPU Technology Conference.
Acer has a number of awesome gaming monitors under their belt, with the 27-inch 4K monitor in the form of the XB280HK, as well as my personal favorite and current workstation and gaming display - the Predator X34 (34-inch 3440x1440 w/NVIDIA G-Sync).
Well, Acer has done it again by unveiling their new Predator XB321HK, a new 32-inch 4K gaming monitor. The new Predator XB321HK features a 32-inch 4K panel with 100% sRGB coverage, 178-degree viewing angles, 10-bit color and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Acer also notes that the Predator XB321HK features 4ms response time, 350 cd/2 maximum brightness, and dynamic mega-contrast ratio.
Acer also has its EyeProtect feature which reduces blue light emissions, and its GameView technology which dynamically adjusts the display to the type of game you're playing. The Acer Predator XB321HK has DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI connectivity as well as a USB 3.0 hub and is priced at $1299.