I've had a couple of months attached to my 65-inch 4K OLED TV from LG, and I just cannot look at another TV without noticing how much ass OLED kicks in comparison. Well, LG has a new advertisement for OLED, showcasing the northern lights in Iceland.
One night back in 2006, the people of Reykjavik, Iceland turned off their lights. Once they were off, darkness took over the city, and something amazing happened - you could see the beautiful colors of the northern lights. The depth of the darkness was the key to the colors looking so vivid, and it's a perfect way to advertise OLED technology. LG is quite smart in using this example, as it really is like that when you look at an OLED TV.
Just wait until the HDR-enabled 4K OLED TVs begin rolling out later this year, as we were left with our jaws on the floor in LG's suite at CES 2016 earlier this month.
The thing about the Consumer Electronics Show, and any trade show for that matter is that there are not enough hours in the day to see everything. One thing that I missed was Acer's Predator Z35.
Acer's new Predator Z35 is a 35-inch UltraWide monitor, and while it has its native resolution watered down to 2560x1080, the refresh rate is huge: 200Hz. Yes, two hundred hertz! Acer has beaten ASUS in the race to 200Hz, with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q rocking a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, and a huge 165Hz refresh rate. But 200Hz? Holy cow.
Our friends at Hardware Canucks, and more importantly, one of my best friends in the industry - Dimitry, grabbed some beautiful footage (as always) of the Acer Predator Z35 monitor. I've reached out to NVIDIA to see if we can get one of these bad boys in the display labs Down Under, so expect some talk on it very soon.
Samsung is now set to be Apple's primary supplier of OLED displays, according to Korea's ET News. It's said an agreement between the two parties -- which sees Samsung investing somewhere between $2.49bn and $3.32bn and increasing to as much as $7.47bn -- has "practically been decided."
Apple only uses OLED displays in its Apple Watch at the moment, but the rumor mill has suggested the iPhone will switch over to OLED starting in 2018 following an agreement with Samsung or LG.
Enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the shift for some time, as OLED displays are thinner, more vibrant, boast deeper blacks, and are more power efficient. It's a trade-off, however, as they make phones cost more, they last less long, and they aren't as bright as what you get with LCD.
CES 2016 - I don't know how this got past my uber news reporting skills, but ASUS unveiled the world's first single-capable portable monitor at CES 2016.
The new MB169C+ is based off of the USB 3.0-based MB168B+ but adds USB Type-C into the mix on its 15.6-inch display. It still weighs in at just 800g, but adds 0.5mm of thinkness to the mix, with it measuring in at 8.5mm thick. The USB Type-C model also shifts to an IPS panel, versus the TN panel of its predecessor.
The new ASUS MB169C+ will work from any PC or device running USB Type-C, including the Nokia N1 tablet, the new Apple MacBook, Google's latest Chromebook Pixel and any PC toting USB Type-C connectivity. The Verge expects the ASUS MB169C+ to be priced at between $200 and $300.
A transparent, voice-activated, moving display from Panasonic has been spotted at CES 2016, and it's about as futuristic as it gets.
Starting at about 25 seconds in the video above, you can see how easily it blends in with the entertainment center behind it, while allowing the option for subtle information like news and weather.
CES 2016 - As most of you know, I'm a huge UltraWide enthusiast, so when I saw that ASUS were teasing their upcoming ROG Swift PG348Q, I added it to my list of must haves.
Our friends over at PC Perspective had some time with it, with the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q featuring a beautiful, aggressive design. Specs wise, we have a 34-inch 3440x1440 IPS-based display, 100Hz refresh rate, and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.
We're looking at around $1300 for the ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q, making it double the price of the Oculus Rift that everyone's complaining about - priced at $599.
CES 2016 - We have already had our socks blown off by the current 4K OLED TVs from LG, but the new Signature 4K OLED TVs are really something else. Why? HDR. That's why.
The new HDR-enabled Signature 4K OLED TVs are impossibly thin and completely beautiful. With black levels you could stare at for hours, and insanely deep colors, LG has it in the bag when it comes to enthusiast TVs. Their new Signature 4K OLED TV has a beautiful glass body, and is just 2.5mm thick - this includes a speaker system that is built into the stand, too.
LG will be rolling out their new Signature 4K OLED TVs in March, but were silent when it came to pricing. I did ask if we'll see FreeSync or G-Sync TVs from LG in the future, but they didn't have too much to say... yet.
CES 2016 - Dell just dropped a massive announcement on us at CES this year. Coming March 31st 2016 they'll have a 30-inch 4K OLED screen, the UP3017Q that supports 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut and 97.3% of the DCI-P3 color gamut that's very useful for creative professionals
This new wonder-monitor comes with only one USB 3.1 Type-C used for the display, data and for power up to 100W of power. One cable to rule them all that clears out cable-clutter. Not as immediately as cool is a presence detector that senses when you're in front of the monitor, and turns it off when you aren't, to help reduce burn-in.
This is being targeted at the professional segment, so it's $4999 price-tag is a little more palpable when you're doing color critical work with equipment that probably costs more than the monitor anyway.
CES 2016 - Announced as part of the massive trade show in Las Vegas were Samsung's new display products, one of its hottest releases is the CF591, described as world's first frameless curved monitor.
This 27-inch borderless monitor features an 1800R screen curvature and carries a 1920x1080 resolution with a 4ms response time. This product was released alongside the bordered CF391 and CF390 models, being released in 27-inch and 32-inch panel sizes, carrying the same screen curvature and resolution standards.
The borderless CF591 further features a 60Hz refresh rate, input options including Display Port 1.2 and two HDMI 1.4 ports, audio in, two 5W speakers and 178/178 degree viewing angles. While also supporting AMD's FreeSync technology, the issued press release didn't mention any release date or pricing information.
CES 2016 - ViewSonic has just unveiled a slew of new gaming monitors at CES 2016, with the flagship model being the new XG2073-GS.
ViewSonic's new XG2073-GS features a 27-inch 2560x1440 "SuperClear IPS-type" panel, with a refresh rate of 165Hz. Not only that, but it also supports NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, but the price is going to put most off: $1217. Considering the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is only $799 in comparison, ASUS wins the game without swinging a punch.