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This definitely sprung up on me, but Polaroid is set to unveil a new 4K/Ultra HD TV at CES 2014 in just a few days time. Polaroid won't be making the TV of course, that will be done by Empire Electronics.
The new 4K TV will be priced at under $1000, and come in at a hefty 50 inches. The new 50-inch 4K TV from Polaroid will feature three HDMI inputs, with the company claiming it will feature "the highest quality picture resolution at the best price." It looks very similar to the Seiki Digital 4K panel, which isn't a bad thing at all, as it has a similar price.
The new Acer FT200HQL 20" touchscreen monitor is an appealing choice for consumers that want an affordable monitor to utilize a customized computing experience from touch technology.
It's a relatively small monitor considering the current market of choices, but should be great for casual use. The high-definition LED monitor has a 1600x900 native resolution, along with dual speakers, VGA port, and two HDMI ports. Although it can be mounted to the wall, the FT200HQL provides 1090 degrees tilt, so it can be used as a true touch surface.
"The Acer FT200HQL is a great choice for consumers or small businesses wanting an affordable and compact touch display for making the most of Windows 8 touch capability," noted Frank Chang, Acer America Director of Product Management, in a statement. Acer's FT200HQL is available now with a $199 MSRP.
It is expected that touchscreen monitors will become more popular in 2014, as a growing consumer base becomes familiar with using touch technology. Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 aren't as popular when compared to Windows XP or Windows 7, but touch features truly can be a fun and useful play thing.
LG purchased webOS nearly a year ago, and is finally using its investment. The South Korean electronics giant announced today that it will be showing off its first webOS-based device at CES 2014 in January.
The company will be unveiling a new webOS-powered TV at CES, which will feature a dual-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. The TV should be multi-task-capable, too. With LG's current 'smart' TVs, most consumers aren't using most of the smart features, but the company is optimistic that its new webOS-powered TV can change that.
We were in Montreal, Canada when NVIDIA announced its glorious, V-Sync killing G-Sync technology, but now you can buy monitors with the game-changing technology built-in.
The first off the production line is the tweaked ASUS VG2480QE, which is a 1920x1080-pixel monitor at 144Hz, which has a G-Sync module installed into it. Digital Storm is offering the panel with the G-Sync module installed for $499, or you can bring in your own VG2480QE, and Digital Storm will install G-Sync goodness into it for $299.
If you want some of the most bleeding edge gaming technology available, and think the next-gen consoles are for peasants, well, your meal ticket is right here. We'll have one in the labs ASAP, and I'll be all over that.
In today's world, a serious gamer, developer or designer needs to have a serious monitor and that is where AOC comes into play. Today, the company released its latest 27-inch high-resolution beast, the q2770Pqu. The monitor is a 27-inch WQHD unit that features a resolution of 2560x1440.
The new Ultra-HD monitor boast a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a response time of just 5ms. A built-in USB 3.0 hub is present to add more connectivity to the desktop, while Dual-Link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI handle the video input. AOC says that the monitor draws only 29W of energy while in Eco-Mode, and we can expect it to retail for around $500.
DisplayPort technology is continuously improving, with DisplayPort 1.3 now being teased with some huge improvements. DP 1.3 will feature a bitrate of 8.1 Gbps per channel, up from 5.4 Gbps found in DP 1.2.
We should see a wonderful world where multiple 4K displays are supported from a single cable - something I'm longing for as I type this on a 4K display - and DP 1.3 will allow this. DP 1.3 will see support for 8K thanks to its insane bandwidth of a theoretical 32.4 Gbps. We should also see 4K 3D support ushered in with DisplayPort 1.3, which will be another awesome addition going into 2014.
What I would like to see, is some confirmation that we will indeed be seeing 4K in 3D, and whether this means I'll get what I've been waiting for, for quite sometime now: 4K at 120Hz. Unfortunately, we won't see the fruits of high-resolution labor until sometime in 2014 - where we'll see it announced, but it won't be pushed into devices until 2015.
Dell already has the Ultrasharp UP3214Q, 32-inch 4K display in its corner, but it looks like it's about to have a smaller, cheaper brother. The 24-inch monitor will arrive with the usual 3840x2160 resolution, which will see 183 pixels per inch on the display.
We also have 178/178-degree viewing angles, 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB, 10-bit, 10.7 billion colors and connectivity is covered by HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DP, four USB 3.0 ports and a 6-in-1 card reader. We should expect it as an IPS-based panel, but we can't confirm this yet. The price should be cheaper than the UP3214Q, which is still around $3500.
Most people, including myself, have expected Apple to unveil a 4K-capable Cinema Display, but we're not quite there, yet. Well, now we have a tease thanks to Reddit, that Apple could be working on some 4K panels.
There are two panels, a 27-inch panel, and a bigger, 32-inch display. Both panels offer 3840x2160 resolution, and would use Thunderbolt 2 technology to drive the display past the usual 2560x1440 resolution of the current Apple Thunderbolt Display. The more exciting tease here is that could not use the 16:9 aspect ratio (which provides the 3840x2160 resolution) and push a little bit further for 16:10, which would push out a resolution of 4096x2160, or the "Cinema 4K" standard.
LG will be releasing a firmware update regarding the issue of their Smart TVs overriding privacy settings and sharing your history of media you have been watching. A user discovered that his LG Smart TV was sending his personal data including media from an external hard drive to an LG web address even when he had his privacy settings turned on. LG says that some over their TVs have failed to apply the settings and that they've been sending data to their servers. LG mentions that the data that is being sent to the servers is not being retained.
LG's comments about the privacy issue: "We have verified that even when this function is turned off by the viewers; it continues to transmit viewing information although the data is not retained by the server. A firmware update is being prepared for immediate rollout that will correct this problem on all affected LG Smart TVs so when this feature is disabled, no data will be transmitted."
If you were like me, and expecting Apple to unleash a TV set next year, then you'd be wrong. One thing that could've dug Apple out of its financial mess on the stock market, would've been a TV set, but according to a KGI Securities analyst, it won't be happening next year, and maybe not even the next.
Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually spot on with Apple rumors and insider talk, told investors today that he doesn't expect Apple to unveil a TV set until at least 2015, if not 2016. Kuo says that one of the big reasons behind this is that the supply chain for TV set production is a huge problem for Apple, as it continues to struggle getting additional content deals.
The analyst believes that integrating TV content, an App Store, and other services are absolutely necessary to Apple being successful with a TV. I agree, and I think if Apple wants to bring a TV to the market, it won't be cheap. If it's not cheap (which it won't be), then it needs to have its services, and content, nailed down, firmly.