If you though your PC was great at playing 4K videos from YouTube and Netflix, you should put it to the test again, but this time at a higher frequency. YouTube has announced that it will be adding support for 4K videos at 60 frames per second for some time, but there are still only a few videos out there that come with the higher frequency. Still, it does look nice. So the question is, can your PC handle it? Even more important, can your internet bandwidth cope with it?
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The display industry has been cooking up new ways to improve our visual experience for some time now, from 3D features to Virtual Reality gear which isn’t quite ready just yet. However, the latter is not always useful in all areas, therefore the focus has been shifted to 4K technology it seems.
Whether designing, gaming or entertainment activities is in order, 4K technology will always do the trick. This might have sounded appealing to most in the past, but actually acquiring one meant selling an arm and a leg, since the prices were well into the thousands and even more in some cases. No, the price has drastically dropped to around £600 or less for most 4K displays which also meant a drop in specs, but not for AOC and their new 28″ display it seems.
AOC has revealed this first affordable gaming high-spec 28″ display, the U2868Pqu, at the PC Retail Bootcamp event in London. It features a 1ms response timing, which means users do not have to worry about ghosting problems at all, a 300 cd/m brightness rate for high contrast and a 60 Hz refresh rate. These features can be found on its 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution, making it a must-have item when it comes to enthusiastic gamers or even designers.
In terms of connectivity, the U2868Pqu comes with Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and Display Port support, having additional built-in speakers. However, gaming enthusiast will not be quite fond of the speakers, but nonetheless it comes as an additional support when in need of an output device.
In terms of a specific price, Amazon.co.uk has listed the display at a price of £537.60, giving it a release date set for the 1st of June.
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Dell has launched two of its new displays, a 24-inch 4K UltraHD display boasting a resolution of 3840 x 2160 and 32-inch 4K UltraHD display having the same resolution as the latter. Dell has also announced the launch of another 28-inch 4K display but users will have to wait for this particular display until 2014.
While all three displays have the same 3840 x 2160 resolution, the pixel densities is not, ranging from a reasonable 140 PPI for the 32-inch model to a 157 PPI for the upcoming 28-inch model and an even higher 185 PPI for the 24-inch model.
Both the 24-inch and 32-inch displays support refresh rates of 60 Hz over DisplayPort 1.2 and 30 Hz over HDMI, as well as a variety of ports including HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, and a media card reader. Both displays also offer height, tilt, and swivel adjustments.
Exact details on the upcoming 28-inch model have yet to be released, but Dell says that it will offer “the same incredible Ultra HD screen performance” as the other members of the 4K display family and will carry multiple input ports for flexible connectivity.
Dell’s new 4K displays arrive just as speculation regarding a potential 4K display from Apple has escalated ahead of the new Mac Pro launch later this month. Apple claims that the new Mac Pro is being able to drive up to three 4K displays, but the company has not made any announcements about its display plans. The recent introduction of new 4K display panels from AU Optronics fueled speculation that Apple could be nearing an introduction for new displays, but Dell’s displays may be the strongest hint yet that Apple may have something in the works given the two companies have typically used the same panel suppliers for their displays.
In terms of price, the 24-inch display has a price tag of $1399, the 32-inch model is priced at $3499 and the upcoming 28-inch monitor is supposedly being released along with a $1000 tag.