We checked out DisplayLink's technology at Computex Taipei 2013, and fell in love with it so much we awarded it with our Best of Computex 2013 for Technology.
Well, the company have teamed up with AOC and made the AOC E1659FWU, which is a portable 16-inch monitor that is completely powered over USB 3.0. The AOC E1659FWU includes its own monitor carry case for total ease of use, which allows it to fit into most notebook bags. It is compatible with both PC and Mac, and has a 15.6-inch viewing window with a resolution of 1366x768 at 60Hz.
The peak power consumption of AOC's new E1659FWU is just 7W. AOC even throw in the carry case for free, which is great considering it is available for pre-order right now through Amazon for just $139.
I'm still looking forward to unboxing my first 4K, or Ultra HD, display, but until then I can only dream. But, during SIGGRAPH this week, Dell unveiled their new UltraSharp 32.
Dell's UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch 4K-capable display that features an IGZO-based 3840x2160 display. Beautiful. Dell has opted for an aluminum stand, which replaces their usual plastic-based stand in previous models. The usual height adjustment is at play, and the UltraSharp 32 is jam-packed full of display inputs.
We have miniDisplayPort ports, HDMI, a built-in USB hub and an SD card reader. Dell haven't told us how much we can expect it to suck from our bank accounts just yet, but we should all prepare for Q4 of this year, just in time for the holidays.
Samsung to launch their 55-inch curved OLED TV in the US this week, close your eyes and hand over $15,000
If you've got a spare $15,000 laying around, and let's face it, who hasn't these days* then you should consider buying Samsung's 55-inch curved OLED TV that is set to launch in the US this week.
The South Korean electronics giant are set to send the 55-inch curved OLED HDTV to "select dealers" in the United States this week. One of which will be New York-based Value Electronics, who says their shipment is already on its way. Prepare your credit cards, folks, because $15,000 for a single TV is quite insane.
*ultimate form of sarcasm.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Vivian from the UK asking some questions about multi-monitor gaming, high-res gaming, and all the stuff that we love here at TweakTown.
Q: I was wondering when people setup a 3x1 AMD's Eyefinity or NVIDIA Surround setup its usually with a resolution of 5760x1080 that assumes a 1080p display x3. Most PC monitors however support higher resolutions than this. Are greater resolutions supported by the hardware or at software level (drivers/in-game settings?)
Why can I not for examples of 3x1 portrait setups using 1080p thin bezel tvs? This surely would be the cheapest big screen setup available and a route I am looking at for myself for the future.
A: You can view the answer to Vivian's question right here.
LG has been one of the leading innovators of flat-panel display technology since their inception and now the company has just put everyone else to shame by unveiling the world's slimmest full HD panel for handsets.
The display panel measures that just a mere 2.2 mm thick with an unbelievably small 2.3 mm bezel and overall size of 5.2 inches diagonal. This display has conveniently surfaced just in time for LG's upcoming Optimus G2, which looks to be sporting a micro thin bezel in all of the leaked images we have seen.
The display features a full HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution, and LG says that the display is poised to provide excellent visibility under strong sunlight conditions. The new display is designed around LG's Advanced One-Glass-Solution technology.
Something I loved at Computex this year was ASUS' 31.5-inch 4K monitor, the PQ321Q. We even thought it was so good that we gave it our 'Best of Computex 2013' award for best gadget. It is priced at $3,499 but features the pixel-crushing 3840x2160 resolution, blowing most displays out of the water for screen real estate.
ASUS' PQ321Q features a 140PPI pixel density, and uses Sharp's IGZO technology, or Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide. IGZO have some great benefits, such as higher image quality compared to normal LCD's, all while using less power. IGZO also has each transistor in the display be made smaller, which allows for higher pixel density, and thinner screens.
The ASUS PQ321Q is 35mm thick at its deepest point, not counting the stand, which ASUS say is the thinnest wallmountable 4K display on the market. We have a 176-degree viewing angle, 10-bit color depth, 350 cd/m2 brightness rating, 8ms GTG response time and built-in speakers. DisplayPort and HDMI are on the PQ321Q for connectivity.
Toshiba showed off their Ultra HD TV's back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, promising we'd see them in the summer. Well, Toshiba are back, unveiling their new 4K TV's for an August launch.
Toshiba will start with the 58-inch model, which will retail for $4,999 with the 65-inch model bumping the price up to $6,999. If you're wanting the biggest and baddest one, the 84-inch 4K-capable TV from Toshiba will set you back $16,999. All three 4K screens will include Toshiba's Resolution Restoration, which upscales content of non-4K content so that it looks better on the higher resolution TV.
The company's line of 4K screens are powered by CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core Processors, with Surface Brilliance Enhancement and Color Gamut Enhancement. 240Hz refresh will be on offer using ClearScan with the sets also boasting Color and Depth Adaptive Resolution+ which will provide better images and colors on the TV.
I really want an Ultra HD TV and Sharp may have just unveiled something I might truly be interested in. A THX-certified, 70-inch 4K display that costs $8,000. This is a lot, especially compared to Seiki sets, but THX certification isn't just handed out to any device.
Sharp says that this new device will arrive in mid-August, and wdill include four HDMI inputs that accept native 4K, two USB ports, an SD card reader and it will all arrive in a beautiful ultra-thin frame that allows the 70-inch beast to take up the same space as a normal 65-inch set.
Just a couple of months ago Seiki reached headlines across the Internet by offering a 50-inch 4K TV for just $1299, but now they're back with an even better deal.
How does a 39-inch 4K TV for $699 sound? Oh, you've already taken to Google to find out where to get it and haven't read anymore? This TV is really just a 1080p, 120Hz-capable TV that just so happens to handle 4K content, too. The company are also promising a 65-inch 4K TV in the fall, for those who want something bigger, and better.
Apple's Thunderbolt display stock runs short at third-party retailers, could we be seeing an updated model soon?
Apple product stock at third-party retailers typically dwindles ahead of a refresh, though it's not such a good indicator when dealing with a low-volume product such as Apple's Thunderbolt displays. However, it's somewhat likely that Apple will unveil an updated Thunderbolt display alongside the updated MacPro when it launches later this year.
According to a report by MacTrast, supply is running short at various third-party retailers. One retailer even said that Apple is no longer allowing them to purchase new stock, which would strongly indicate an updated model. With plenty of 4K talk during WWDC, it's pretty likely that a new Thunderbolt display would feature a 4K resolution.
While this is no guarantee of a new model, it seems quite likely that there will be a new model coming this fall. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any rumors or news relating to a new Thunderbolt display from Apple.
Sony Australia have today announced the local pricing for two new LCD models which join the growing range of 4K resolution displays.
Whilst the previously released 84" X9000 series Bravia retains its wallet busting $24999 price tag, the new, smaller models come in at a far more affordable (in comparison) price range. The 55" X9000 series Bravia will retail at $5999 and the larger 65" X9000 model will retail at $8999 when they go on sale in the next few weeks.
Sony are also offering a pack of eight Sony Pictures "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray titles to 4K Bravia purchasers, consisting of the following titles: Angels & Demons, Battle: Los Angeles, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid (2010), The Amazing Spider-Man, Spiderman, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).
Computex Taipei 2013 - Ok, so here I was at Computex thinking that I saw it all with a few multi-monitor setups, but we walked into the Sapphire room at Computex and they had a mind- and wallet-blowing 18-monitor setup.
The 18 monitors were running from three FirePro W9000 graphics cards, and it truly is a sight to behold. Seeing that many monitors setup together running from a single system was glorious, and makes me jealous of it. How do you think gaming would be on that many monitors? It would be hard, but it would look truly incredible and you'd probably get 3 FPS, too.
Computex Taipei 2013 - The halls of Computex are filled with some truly wonderful things, and one of those things was at the Intel stands of Nangang today. It was an interactive bus shelter, which is just a huse touchscreen-capable advertisement.
You can see how it works in the video above, and better yet, it is controllable from anywhere. This means an advertiser could tweak their advertisement, all from their smartphone, tablet or PC. The display was responsive, and we did ask how strong it was - and it's not that strong. The one thing I have a problem with is its strength in the real-world, one random act of violence or an accident, and thousands of dollars of tech goes down the drain.
We should see Intel's new technology in train and bus stations, airports and other places in the near future.
Computex Taipei 2013 - If any of you follow my posts or content, you'll know that I'm a huge resolution and refresh rate lover, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a 4K monitor. ASUS unveiled their new 4K-capable monitor last week, but we snuck into the Nangang halls today to hopefully capture it, and voila - we did!
You can see it in all of its high-resolution glory, and I was even lucky enough to talk to an ASUS rep who confirmed we can expect a price of around $3999 US, and it should be available some time after July. You can expect at least a couple of us here at TweakTown to have these on our desks in the near future, and plenty of 4K content to come in 2013!
ASUS has shown off a 31.5-inch 4K monitor ahead of Computex. This monitor is a professional-grade display pumping out a resolution of 3840x2160 at 140ppi. The monitor is a mere 35mm thick, which, according to ASUS, makes it the thinnest 4K display on the market today. ASUS has managed to shove speakers into that slim frame.
The monitor supports VESA wall mounting and features an impressive 176-degree viewing angle. The monitor will be made available in North America at the end of June, but pricing is still unannounced. ASUS is widely expected to display the display at Computex next week alongside a 39-inch version.
One of the TweakTown staff was browsing the latest Kickstarter projects and came across Lightpack, an awesome open-source project that projects colored light onto the wall behind your monitor or TV. The color is matched to what is currently being displayed on your screen, so it visually expands your screen size and aids with eye-strain commonly associated with viewing screens in the dark.
Since the device is open-source, many cool features can be added by the developers at large. Plugins can be developed that make the lights change color to notify of an incoming Skype call, unread e-mail, or even that a spell has been recharged in World of Warcraft. Overall, the system is really quite awesome.
For the makers out there, Lightpack has released the designs for the PCB, bill of materials, and other needed files and designs so you can build your own at home. For the less electrically-inclined, Lightpack is offering up pre-built units if you support the Kickstarter campaign. It's almost completely funded, needing just under $10,000 more by May 31.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
LG have just announced their curved OLED HDTV will be reaching Korean living rooms in the coming months, a perfect display for some multi-monitor PC gaming, in my opinion.
LG Korea have announced through a press release that pre-orders for their curved 55-inch OLED HDTV will go on sale in South Korea for $13,515. The 55-inch curved OLED display is just 4.3mm thick, and is a $3,600 premium over their standard, non-curved display.
Our Tweakipedia section has a new post.
Ever wanted to know how to setup an AMD Eyefinity setup? Now you can read through our guide on how to get it setup. It's not that hard, and once you've done it, it's incredibly easy to disable and re-enable if that's what you require. You can read more on the Tweakipedia article right here!
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, where we have Rashid from the Philippines torn between two great gaming monitors.
Story is, I'm buying a new computer after five years or so with my laptop, chose to buy a PC since a laptop has a very few upgrade possibilities ( or so I think ).
These are the specs:
- CPU: Intel i7-3770
- Motherboard: Asus P8Z77 V
- Memory: 2 Corsair Vengeance 8GB
- GPU: XFX HD 7970 3GB/384bit
I'm torn between the Samsung S27A950 and Asus VG278HE.
A: You can view the answer to Rashid's question right here.
I'm a huge fan of high-resolution displays, and simply cannot wait for 4K to arrive just that little bit cheaper - I really want 4K 120Hz-capable displays - I'm dreaming, I know. But it looks like Apple could be pushing forward with 4K, refreshing iMacs, Cinema Displays and MacBook Pros with the high-resolution goodness.
Rumor has it Apple is moving toward 4K thanks to the new Intel Thunderbolt release, which the chipmaker showed off during a demo called "Thunderbolt Technology Update". This is basically the second-generation Thunderbolt technology, which is capable of pushing "4K video file transfer and display simultaneously". Marco Armanet, co-founder of Tumblr and founder of Instapaper, has said on his blog:
This could enable the first generation of desktop Retina displays: it wouldn't surprise me if the first standalone Retina display was a 23" panel with exactly 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), run logically as 1920 x 1080 (1080p) at 2X, and driven by upgraded Thunderbolt ports in the next generation of MacBook Pros and Mac Pros.
Sony have just announced their 55- and 65-inch 4K-capable TVs, which will be made available as of April 21. The two new sets are the XBR-55X900A and XBR-65X900A and will sell for $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.
Sony's new 4K-capable LED TVs sport passive 3D, an edge-lit display, and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Sony had hoped to have reached a "more accessible price range" with their line of TVs, and it seems they have hit that point. Considering I paid just $1000 less for my Samsung 55-inch 1080p-capable TV, this is quite a heartbreak for me.