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Dell has launched their latest 4K monitor offerings to the global market, coming in the form of a 23.8-inch P2415Q and a 27-inch P2715Q supported by IPS and TN panels and priced at $599.99 and $699.99 respectively.
As reports claim, besides these two monitors being of different measurements, they're practically the same units. Alongside them both including 99% of the sRGB wide color gamut, they're apparently not using true 10-bit panel technology. Dell have gotten around this by enhancing 8-bit panels instead, enabling them to reach 10.7 billion colors of display.
Both monitors support 60Hz functionality, as opposed to previous dell offerings at a 'cinematic' 30Hz. They also feature a large viewing angle of 178-degrees and a 1000: 1 dynamic ratio supported by a 'fast' 6ms response time. Slight differences come with the 24-inch model providing an 8ms response, on average, alongside its big brother giving the user a 9ms response time most of the time. There's no doubting that these monitors look gorgeous and it's interesting that they don't have true 10-bit displays integrated. One question we have to ask is, when will we be seeing 120Hz and 144Hz integrated into the massive 4K resolution as a standard practice with these high profile releases?
We've been enjoying NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology for a while now, but AMD is about to join them with their own spin on the refresh rate magic; FreeSync. At the Future of Compute Event, AMD announced it had partnered up with Samsung on a slew of FreeSync-powered displays, which will hit the market in March 2015.
Samsung will release the UD590 in both 23.6-inch and 28-inch models, while there'll be a UE850 available in 23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models. Eventually, FreeSync will spill over onto Samsung's Ultra HD range of monitors, too. Vice President of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia Headquarters, Joe Chan, said: "We are very pleased to adopt AMD FreeSync technology to our 2015 Samsung Electronics Visual Display division's UHD monitor roadmap, which fully supports open standards. With this technology, we believe users including gamers will be able to enjoy their videos and games to be played with smoother frame display without stuttering or tearing on their monitors".
High-definition TV and display manufacturer AOC has announced its 34" Ultra-Wide Quad HD U3477PQU monitor, featuring a 21:9 display and 3440x1440 resolution. The 34" monitor has a 5ms response time, and the HD display is equivalent to two 20" displays side by side.
"IPS technology offers extended range for brilliant and consistent color, and wide viewing angles for natural transitions between hues delivering exceptional realism," the AOC press release says. "The display also includes picture-by-picture mode, which is ideal for displaying two sources of content on the same screen, while picture-in-picture is optimized for video chat. The display comes equipped with a wide range of connectivity options, including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and MHL to easily connect to devices, peripherals, smartphones, and even a second computer."
The AOC 34" UltrawideQuad HD monitor will launch on December 8 and will have an $899 MSRP price tag.
When Dell teased its 5K monitor, we expected an MSRP of $2499, but according to the latest reports, it might be priced much lower than that. The latest rumor is that Dell will price it at under $2000, making it all that more enticing.
To refresh your memory, the Dell UltraSharp UP2715K is a 27-inch monitor with a 5K resolution, of 5120x2880. At this resolution, it has a pixel density of 220DPI, which is (for a PC) retina-busting. Dell isn't just pushing the resolution to 5K to hit headlines, as the color accuracy is also extremely good, with a 10-bit IPS panel providing 99% Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB coverage.
On top of that, we have 178-degree viewing angles, an 8ms response time, 350 nits of brightness and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. The 5120x2880 resolution requires not one, but two active DisplayPort connections, so that it can hit 5K at 60Hz.
Television and monitor maker Sceptre announced the redesigned and Roku Ready 50-inch E505BV-FMQR LED HDTV, with a 1920x1080 FullHD resolution. The screen has an 8.5 ms response time, 16:9 aspect ratio, HDMI support, and more than 50,000 hours of LED backlight life. The TV also has 3 HDMI ports, 1 USB, 1 VGA, 1 AV composite, and 1 YPbPR component support.
The new 50-inch Roku Ready LED HDTV is now available at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, K-Mart, NewEgg, QVC, Sam's Club, Sears, Target, Tiger Direct, and Walmart.
"Our new HDTV features a completely redesigned look with even sleeker lines for the modern home," said Cathy Chou, Sceptre VP of operations, in a press statement. "Similar to other Sceptre HDTVs, we've combined superb technology and outstanding affordability into an attractive unit."
It's no surprise that the plasma TV industry is dying out, and it appears LG Electronics is the latest company ready to abandon ship. LG will pull the plug on plasma TVs by the end of November, which tallied just 2.4 percent of its annual revenue in 2013.
"We wanted to keep it going as long as we could," said Ken Hong, LG spokesman, when speaking to Reuters. "No matter how much we try to keep it going it's just not a business anymore."
Plasma TVs couldn't keep up with increasing resolutions supported by LCDs, along with generating significantly more heat than newer technologies. Samsung will be the only TV manufacturer still supporting plasma TVs once LG ends its business next month - the Korean rival will still make plasma TVs, but that might not be for much longer.
Monitor company AOC today unveiled its 17" USB monitor (E1759FWU) DisplayLink Technology-powered display designed to be a second monitor for desktop PCs and laptops. The display is compatible with both PCs and Macs, and receives power and signal using a single USB 3.0 cable, with no power cord or VGA cable needed.
With a 17.3" diagonally viewable area, the E1759FWU provides a 1600 x 900 resolution (60Hz) and a 10ms response time. Portrait and landscape modes are supported, and settings do not need to be changed when a user switches between to other modes.
The screen is available now and has a $199 price tag.
4K is barely here and getting into the market, but we already have some great monitors in the Acer XB280HK, which is powered by NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. Forget all that, though, as news is coming out about 8K, and that both NVIDIA and AMD are looking at ways to make this insanely high-res technology happen.
PCGamesn.com talked with AMD's Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy, who said: "If we get to a display resolution of about 8k horizontally and about 6k vertically then, for a player with 20/20 vision, they will have something that is close to perfect for their visual system". After that, the human eye finds it hard to see any more detail on screen, which means we probably won't see a huge rush for 16K or 32K (can you even believe we're talking about resolutions this high?). Huddy continued: "That's about 48 million pixels to fill the field of view".
NVIDIA also had something to say about 8K, with the Head of GeForce GTX, Scott Herkelman saying: "8K, or anything above 4K is going to require multiple GPUs. 4K for most GPUs is pretty tough, the 980 handles it well but it's still one of those things that the more GPUs you have the better it looks". GPU horsepower isn't the only thing that needs to power the resolution, but imagine what kind of refresh rate is going to be there, and how much bandwidth DisplayPort, or whatever display connectivity is being used, is going to require.
Just as I'm writing an article on Acer's new NVIDIA G-SYNC powered 28-inch 4K monitor, I read about Sharp's new 8K TV that is preparing to enter the market in 2018. This is when Japan Broadcasting Corporation will begin broadcasting content in 8K.
Sharp's 8K-capable TV is a mammoth 85-inch set, with a 120Hz refresh rate, with the company being the first in the world to have an 8K TV that is compliant with NHK's requirements. NHK has been working on 8K, which by the way is a crazy 7680x4320 - four times as many pixels as 4K, and 16x the amount of pixels as 1080p, since 1995.
NHK has plans to start testing 8K Super Hi-Vision broadcasting in 2016, with the first translations of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. NHK will start commercial 8K broadcasting at 7680x4320 with multi-channel audio in 2018. What good is this TV without proper content, apart from TV broadcasts? Well, both Sony and Panasonic are working on a new optical disc technology which will have 300GB of space on it, at least, which is set to be released late next year.
The TV space hasn't had anything exciting happen to it since we shrunk down from CRTs to LCDs, but Google could be involved with the next big thing: modular, snap-on or snap-off displays. Google's secret Google X lab is working on the exciting technology.
The Wall Street Journal is behind the report, giving it some weight, teasing that the Mountain View-based search giant is working on a new display that will be made up of smaller screens that are interconnected to form a seamless image. This provides huge potential, as consumers and users alike could just snap on as many screens as they wanted to have a super-sized TV, or disconnect a few and use it as a smaller display for their monitor or gaming machine.
The biggest roadblock for Google right now is designing a seamless display that doesn't have borders, but this technical hurdle is "as large as the planned screens". The WSJ's sources have said that Google is bringing in the big guns to help them, with former MIT professor Mary Lou Jepsen leading the project. She founded three separate startups that focused on display technology, where she ended up as the head of the display division of Google X. Jepsen's team already includes ex Qualcomm and Samsung staff, among others from some of the biggest names in the industry.