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.
Apple teamed with LG their new UltraFine 5K Display, something that was compatible with Apple's newly refreshed MacBook Pro, but now the 5K displays are having problems and Apple has been deleting consumers' negative reviews.
The issue with the new 5K displays are that some consumers are seeing their monitor flicker briefly after their MacBook Pro has gone to sleep and recently woken up. The screen won't properly turn on, is to pull the power out of the display and plug it back in. Sometimes this doesn't fix the issue, with some people saying that their MacBook Pro would completely freeze up, needing a manual reboot.
Others reported that the flashy new TouchBar doesn't work when the 5K monitor is connected, with some reports that FileVault - the file encryption in macOS, is incompatible for them - with their MBP being 'unreliable' with the 5K monitor and FileVault enabled.
Apple's own Web Store has had many complains, but according to a post in /r/Apple on Reddit - the company has removed the ratings and reviews of the LG UltraFine 5K Display from its web store. Reddit user 'michael_emery' said:
As our source on the news, Myce.com, says: "Whether it's a software or hardware problem also remains to be seen". But Apple deleting negative reviews is a huge deal, on top of the obvious fault with their new enthusiast/professional-level products. As I said previously, Apple can't launch high-end MacBook Pros without issues.
Philips has just announced the world's largest curved 4K monitor with its BDM4037UW, a massive 40-inch curved 4K display with a 10-bit panel and native 3840x2160 resolution.
The new Philips BDM4037UW uses a high-performance VA panel that has "optimized pixel management technology", allowing it to provide 178-degree viewing angles. Philips does talk about 'Ultra Wide Color' and hitting 85% of the NTSC color gamut, which is higher than the normal 72% coverage on most displays.
One of the more interesting features is something seen on a few other 4K displays: MultiView, which allows for four different inputs (1080p each). These can be arranged in two different styles: first, Picture-by-Picture mode which is great for control rooms or for some side-by-side web browser goodness. Secondly, Picture-in-Picture mode which lets you watch something, while doing something on the other side.
Display connectivity includes: 2 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, VGA, headphone out, and PC audio-in. There's also 2 x 5W speakers built-in, and an intregrated stand that offers tilt adjustment at up to 5/10 degrees.
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.