Eric Gan was asleep in his apartment when he was woken to the sound of loud noises, which after it happened he discovered were coming from the street in the form of guns being shot. Random bullets were fired, with 5 of them entering Eric's room as well as his friends room and windows. His MSI Optix G27C2 monitor was hit, and survived to tell the tale.
Gan posted the images on Twitter, with one of the bullets flying into the back of his MSI Optix G27C2 gaming monitor. The bullet passed through the wall first and into the back of the display, but didn't even get all the way through the display and into the screen. Impressive stuff, and very lucky.
No one was hurt in the shooting, with MSI seeing the marketing potential and reaching out to Gan offering him a replacement monitor and other MSI-related swag. Gan was told by the police that the shooting was "random" and happened at a party across the street from his apartment.
For those of you who have been interested in technology long enough you'll remember that Apple used to be champions of high-end displays with their Cinema Display range of monitors, but then Apple went dead quiet on the monitor front... but that looks like it could change.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new investor note today that teased that the company could be getting back into the display business in a big way. Kuo says that Apple is reportedly working on a huge new 31.6-inch monitor that would rock an interesting, and surely high-quality 6K resolution. The new 6K3K monitor would sport a Mini LED-like backlight design that would give it "outstanding picture quality".
The last time Apple had a monitor on the market was all the way back in 2016 with its Thunderbolt Display, and since then the only thing that Apple has officially recommended is the 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K monitor. Stepping up to 6K will be a big deal, and it'll go beautifully with a new MacBook Pro that Apple will release this year that will also receive an injection of upgraded technology.
CES 2019 - Lenovo is the first in the world with a gaming monitor rocking a native 2560 x 1440 resolution and huge 240Hz refresh rate with its new Legion Y27gq monitor. The native 1440p resolution and 240Hz refresh rate are joined with G-Sync HDR, too.
It was until CES 2019 that we had 240Hz refresh rate monitors tapping out with 1920 x 1080 resolutions, while 165Hz was the max we had for 1440p, until the Lenovo Legion Y27gq. Lenovo explains: "The Lenovo Legion Y27gq is an ultrapowerful monitor that elevates your gaming experience. This monitor is designed to dominate with an impeccable blend of 240Hz refresh rate, 0.5ms response time, and the latest NVIDIA G-Sync HDR technology".
Lenovo is using an AU Optronics panel with the 27-inch display arriving with 0.5ms G2G response times, 90% DCI-P3 coverage, and the aforementioned NVIDIA G-Sync HDR support.
The new Lenovo Legion Y27gq will cost $1000 and go on sale in April.
CES 2019 - GIGABYTE unveils the world's first tactical gaming monitor aimed at gamers who want the edge over the competition. By combining many unique and quite ingenious technologies, the AD27QD is capable of delivering features that make it almost like the Swiss Army Knife of gaming monitors.
Let's get through the basics; this is a 27-inch 10-bit ISP 1440P display that offers refresh rates up to 144Hz. It also offers 95% DCI-P3 RGB color coverage, which is one of the latest standards for color reproduction. It does offer swivel, tilt, and pivot. The monitor also has RGB LEDs integrated behind the display so you get some ambient lighting if you have a wall behind the display.
However, what makes this display special are its special technologies that are designed to give gamers the edge over the competition and the game itself. For starters, it has the ability to display a reticle regardless of whether or not the game provides one, so if your game doesn't offer one you still get one.
CES 2019 - Dell has stepped up to the display table with a new beast in its Alienware gaming range with the unveiling of the new Alienware 55 OLED Monitor, a larger-than-life 55-inch 4K OLED display capable of a huge 120Hz. Yeah, 4K + 120Hz + OLED.
The design of the Alienware 55 OLED Monitor has the usual sleekness about it, with a subtle Alien logo on the back and a beautiful blue LED strip that would look mean AF at night. There's a huge '55' on the back of the display which I actually dig, with Alienware including a cable path and removable cover to keep it looking schmick around the back.
Frank Azor, VP and GM of Alienware explains: "Dell is the leader in displays around the world, we ship more displays than anyone else. We've taken OLED to the next level... these pictures don't do it justice... I promise you won't be disappointed, this thing is absolutely amazing".
CES 2019 - Sony isn't going to be pushed out of the 8K TV market with an announcement of its new Master Series TVs that include 4K and 8K models split between OLED and LCD panels, respectively.
The flagship Z9G 8K uses an LCD panel for its 7680 x 4320 native resolution while the A9G 4K OLED TVs that come in 55/65/77-inch sizes while the 8K sets are larger 85-inch and a huge 98-inch in size. All of the new TVs will feature Sony's own Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, with the company adding it "has a unique algorithm specially developed for 8K that can intelligently detect and analyze each object in the picture, resulting in exceptional detail and contrast for a more realistic picture that represents the creators' intent".
Sony's first consumer-focused 8K TV is the new Z9G, with Sony touting: "Completely new dedicated 8K technologies have been developed for the Z9G series, including a Backlight Master Drive feature with full-array local dimming and 8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO. The Backlight Master Drive on the Z9G has ultra-dense LED modules that are independently controlled, delivering unprecedented contrast with punchy brightness and pitch blacks. To optimize this backlight system, 8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO uses the saved energy to intelligently boost the brightness in the areas where it needs to be boosted".
CES 2019 - Samsung already set some records with its gigantic The Wall unveiling last ye ar, with a bigger-than-life 146-inch MicroLED-based TV shown off at CES 2018 this time last year. Well, Samsung is back and it has made that 146-inch TV look small in comparison.
The new Wall TV is a blistering 219 inches and continues to use what Samsung is referring to as the future of display technology with its MicroLED technology, where a consumer-facing 75-inch MicroLED TV has been announced for later this year from Samsung. It might not sound like much but MicroLED is a big part of the future for these absolutely huge TVs that are now getting to the point of taking up entire walls, and that's something only MicroLED can do right now.
MicroLED is special because its a new modular-style of TV design that allows for totally different aspect ratios and sizes than previous LCD/OLED panels are capable of, as the MicroLED panels act like tiles that can be connected into others to extend screen sizes. Huge screens can be constructed by many smaller (even if they are 50/60/75-inch each) into large multi-hundred-inch MicroLED displays that act like a super-quality billboard.
CES 2019 - NVIDIA had one hell of a surprise for gamers during its CES 2019 press conference, with NVIDIA CEO and founder Jen-Hsun Huang announving that it will soon support variable refresh rate (VRR) on FreeSync gaming monitors starting January 15.
This is absolutely shell-shocking for the industry, as NVIDIA has its own G-Sync modules and approved gaming monitors on the market and is now going open market through a small software update. The company will be expanding compatibility to more AMD FreeSync-based monitors as it will be testing hundreds of monitors to meet its stringent quality standards. Right now just 12 FreeSync monitors tested were good enough to slap G-Sync support behind it, out of a test involving over 400 monitors.
NVIDIA explained: "G-Sync Compatible tests will identify monitors that deliver a baseline VRR experience on GeForce RTX 20-series and GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and activate their VRR features automatically".
CES 2019 - Lenovo announced its new Legion gaming brand at CES 2019 this week, with a new flagship 43.4-inch UltraWide monitor that rolls out with an interesting native resolution and super-fast 144Hz refresh rate.
The new Lenovo Legion Y44w rolls out with a 43.4-inch panel with a super-wide 32:10 aspect ratio which results in a native resolution of 3840 x 1200, which is a big deal in 2019. It feels like a decade ago because it was, that 1200p monitors were a thing. I remember my beloved HP LP3065 monitor, a 30.5-inch 2560 x 1600 panel which felt huge thanks to its 1600p versus 1440p vertical pixels at the time. This was thanks to the 16:10 aspect ratio versus the 16:9 mainstream ratio at the time.
Lenovo will have quite a few fans that will think twice now when buying a display thanks to the 32:10 aspect ratio, it won't feel so super-wide as it'll also be noticeably taller. The 3840 x 1200 resolution is joined by a fast 144Hz refresh rate, with support for AMD FreeSync 2 technology.
CES 2019 - Samsung has just come out and announced one of my dream TVs: the new 98-inch Q900 QLED TV with a native 8K resolution with Quantum Dot screen technology and AI upscaling.
The new Samsung 98-inch Q900 QLED will rock an 8K-capable Quantum Dot display that will make good use of Direct Array Mobile Dimming that will take care of the contrast of the screen, making sure picture quality looks good at all times. There aren't many sources of 8K video outside of a few videos on YouTube and 8K gaming if you've got 2 x NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards in NVLink.
If you aren't watching native 8K content that's okay because Samsung has 8K AI Upscaling technology inside of the new Q900 QLED series of TVs, where native 4K content upscaled to 8K should look good but I'm not too sure on 1080p content being upscaled to 16x its native resolution.