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.
CES 2017 - Acer has expanded its Predator gaming monitor family with another UltraWide monitor, with the Acer Predator Z301CT arriving as a 30-inch 21:9 display with a massive 200Hz refresh rate.
The new Predator Z301CT features a native 2560x1080 resolution, but the 200Hz refresh rate is massive - and backed by NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Acer has included a few different technologies with the display, including Tobii Eye Tracking, and Acer's own DarkBoost, BlueLightShield, and Flicker-Less technologies.
LG has been leading TV technology for a while now, with its dominance in OLED - and now, we're looking at 3 new sets that feature 'Nano Cell LCD' - with the SJ8000, SJ8500, and SJ9500.
The new series of TVs feature uniformly-sized particles that will provide more details and consistent colors, even when you're not sitting dead-center in front of your TV. Nano Cell technology "absorbs excess light wavelengths, preventing unwanted color bleeding (such as from green to blue or yellow), fading and other effects that reduce the vibrancy of the picture", reports Engadget.
LG has even teamed with Technicolor to ensure color accuracy is top notch, using a special Technicolor Expert Mode, and support for Advanced HDR. LG also throws in Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma support - so you won't be left out in the technological jargon arguments with your friends.
Moving back to the Nano Cell technology, which will feature an Active HDR feature that allows HDR data to be inserted into specific areas of individual frames.
The highest-end model is the upcoming SJ9500 which features a frame that measures in at just 0.27 inches at its slimmest point. Pricing and availability haven't been announced just yet.
Dell will be getting the attention of showgoers at the Consumer Electronics Show this week with its new 27 Ultrathin, the most simply named monitor ever made.
Dell's new 27 Ultrathin is ridiculously thin, with the company shifting all of the hardware that normally resides behind the panel itself, into the base - which as Engadget reports "makes the monitor seem almost like an all-in-one machine at first".
The new 27 Ultrathin is a 27-inch 2560x1440 display with HDR support, but Dell adds its not the same HDR support that we're seeing hit the market on 4K TVs. Dell will support higher contrast ratios and color range than most consumer monitors on the market, with up to 99% of the sRGB gamut.
We'll see USB-C connectivity on the new Dell 27 Ultrathin, and HDMI 2.0 as well. As for price and availability, we can expect a launch on March 23, and a price of $700.
Samsung has already released its 21:9 UltraWide monitor rocking its new Quantum Dot technology, but now we're to expect the release of the CH711 - a 16:9 display using Quantum Dot.
The upcoming CH711 will arrive as a curved gaming display with a native resolution of 2560x1440. We don't know which panel Samsung is using, but we do know it features a 178-degree viewing angles. The refresh rate is unknown, but I'm hoping for 144Hz - or higher. Samsung has teased that the CH711 will be available in two different sizes: with a 27-inch and 31.5-inch model to be dropped in early 2017.