Apple has just discontinued its Thunderbolt Display, after being on the market for nearly 5 years now. Apple didn't provide a reason for discontinuing its 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, but it did say it has a "number of great third-party options" is you need a new monitor.
TechCrunch had the following statement from an Apple spokesperson, who said: "We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users".
Apple was selling its 27-inch Thunderbolt Display for $999, and considering you can buy competing - and sometimes, better monitors for less than $999 with Thunderbolt built-in, Apple is finally seeing the light.
A nifty gadget from Swedish company Neonode lets you turn your laptop screen into a touchscreen simply by plugging in a small Wii sensor bar-like device via USB and...that's it.
Once plugged in, the AirBar takes care of the rest by projecting an invisible field of light onto the surface of your display, magitechnologically allowing you to interact directly with it. I kid: the bar utilizes zForce AIR tech, which uses sensors to relay information as a form of movement to the laptop when the light beams are disrupted.
As a bonus, the touch functionality is perhaps less sensitive than your typical touch displays in that you can touch with oven mitts, chopsticks, fingers, or whatever else. Even a paintbrush can be used, effectively turning your laptop into a poor man's graphics tablet.
It looks like the world's first 4K monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate will be from ASUS, with it arriving as a 27-inch AHVA panel by AU Optronics.
ASUS will tap DisplayPort 1.3, as it will need the bandwidth to drive the huge 3840x2160 resolution at 144Hz. We don't know if the monitor will support NVIDIA's G-Sync or AMD's FreeSync technology, but if I had to guess, I'd say ASUS will take some of that NVIDIA G-Sync lovin' for their 4K 144Hz monitor. DP 1.3 can be found on the latest video cards, including the new GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and the upcoming Radeon RX 480 from AMD.
Computex 2016 - Not content with smashing the refresh rate barrier with the new ASUS ROG Swift 180Hz G-Sync monitor, ASUS has just one-upped itself with a new G-Sync monitor that sports 240Hz refresh rates.
The new ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q display promises to completely redefine everything we knew about responsiveness. The PG258Q sports a 24.5-inch full 1920 x 1080 panel that combines with a native 240Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA's G-Sync adaptive sync tech, and an incredible 1ms gray-to-gray response time to "eliminate lag and frame rate stutter for the smoothest, fastest, and most breathtaking gaming visuals imaginable."
The PG258Q is optimized for multi-monitor setups thanks to its narrow bezel, and features a titanium and copper color scheme outfitted with built-in LED light effects to add some flair to your setup. On the software side, the ROG Swift PG258Q comes with ASUS GamePlus and ASUS GameVisual to boost in-game performance and visuals.
Computex 2016 - ASUS shows off its new premium curved 3440 x 1440p ultrawide Designo displays that will round out the company's new line of enthusiast hardware.
The new ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ packs 3440 x 1440p into a stylish 34-inch curved panel at a 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio. The panel features a curvature of 1800R, and sports two beefy 8W Harmon Kardon stereo speakers amplified with ASUS SonicMaster technology. As an added bonus, the display's circular base doubles as a wireless Qi charging pad for mobile devices.
ASUS also revealed the non-curved 16:9 27-inch Designo MX27UC 4K display. The MX27UC features a 27-inch IPS display at 3840 x 2160 resolution that features Type-C support with some surprising additions like DisplayPort Alternate Mode and USB Type-C Power Delivery (power and data over the same cord). The 27-inch Designo MX27UC 4K is also outfitted with a pair of 3W Bang and Olufsen speakers.
Computex 2016 - ASUS has revealed a new G-Sync ready ROG Swift monitor that can be overclocked to an insane 180Hz.
ASUS has redefined the refresh rate threshold with its new 24-inch 1080p ROG Swift PG248Q TN display with NVIDIA G-Sync that's capable of hitting up to an incredible 180Hz. The new ROG Swift PG248Q not only packs in G-Sync for tear-free gaming and overclocks to 180Hz, but it also sports an amazing 1ms response time, offering up some of the smoothest and responsive 1080p gaming around.
ASUS affirms the PG248Q is designed specifically for pro eSports gamers as well as enthusiast gamers, serving up "unparalleled performance and innovation" in a smaller form factor that's designed to reduce the amount of time "your eyes roll across the screen". The ROG Swift PG248Q will be the exclusive monitor for major eSports events including ESL One 2016 and The International 2016. No pricing or availability details were announced just yet.
NBC has announced that it will be airing the Olympic Games in 4K and HDR, but that it will be delaying the stream by 24 hours.
Engadget reports: "4K UHD footage Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men's soccer final, and judo is coming home on tape delay". NBC is downconverting 8K, which is what the Olympic Broadcasting Services and Japan's NHK are playing with, down to 4K, and then pushing out HDR and Dolby Atmos surround sound audio technology.
NBC Sports President Gary Zenkel explains: "The Olympics have been a consistent driver of technological advancements, and Rio will be no different".
Acer unveiled some new gaming desktops and laptops during the week, but there were also three new Predator Z1 gaming monitors unveiled, too.
The new Predator Z1 monitors unveiled at Acer's event in NYC are all curved gaming panels, coming in 31.5-, 30- and 27-inch sizes. All models include NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, with the 30-inch Predator Z1 featuring a 21:9 UltraWide aspect ratio.
The new Acer Predator Z1 monitors start at $600, and will be made available throughout the US and Europe in June. I'm still rocking the Acer Predator X34 monitor, which is the best gaming display on the market right now with its 3440x1440 native resolution, huge 100Hz refresh rate (at least for a 3440x1440 panel) and NVIDIA's G-Sync technology - check out our review on that, here.
Vizio has just unveiled its new M-Series and E-Series sets, with both of them being 4K capable and some super-awesome features with a great price point.
The new M-Series TV features a 6-inch Android tablet remote running Vizio's SmartCast app, and includes support for Google Cast so that you can stream from other devices throughout your house. The M-Series 4K TV features better image quality than its predecessor, with twice as many active LED lighting zones (64) for higher contrast ratios, and HDR video and Dolby Vision support.
The new 4K-only line of TVs from Vizio start at $850 for the 50-inch model, while the 80-inch model is priced at $4000. The updated E-Series has less options, with the 43-inch model setting consumers back $470, while the bigger 70-inch model costs $1700. No HDR support is provided, nor is Dolby Vision, and there are only 12 active LED zones, down from 64 on the M-Series.
If you want the high fidelity a 4K TV offers but don't want to sell your pets to get one, Vizio is offering a 43'' $469.99 option with its E-Series. It doesn't come with anything in the way of bells of whistles as far as we can tell, but it should get the job done.
Its other budget options include the 32'' $229.99 and 43'' $369.99 E-series TVs, which are full HD as opposed to 4K, but offer SmartCast (allowing you to send your favourite apps to the TV).
On the higher-end, Vizio has two 2016 M-Series 4K TVs: $849.99 for a 50'' and $3,999.99 for an 80''. For your hard-earned dough, you get support for high dynamic range (HDR), Dolby Vision, and SmartCast. Then there's the $1,699.99 70'' E-series offering, which also doesn't seem to come with any bells and whistles, but offers massive size and extreme resolution for a not completely obscene amount of money.