ASUS MG24UQ and MG28UQ Monitor Review

Introduction


ASUS has rapidly become a dominant force in the gaming monitor sector due to the popularity of its ROG range. According to Digitimes, the company has seen a staggering growth rate of 30 percent throughout Europe in 2015. Models such as the PG278Q, commonly referred to the ROG Swift beautifully catered towards users requiring a high refresh monitor and G-Sync functionality. This combination proved to be extraordinarily successful and inspired future products such as the PG279Q. The advent of responsive IPS panels featuring enhanced viewing angles and colour reproduction compared to their TN counterparts, forged a new audience for the ROG series.

Today, we’re taking a look at the company’s latest gaming monitors which opt for FreeSync technology instead of the NVIDIA’s proprietary alternative. As a result, these products provide a fluid user experience at a more digestible price point. The MG24UQ utilizes a 4K IPS panel, 4ms response time and 178 degree viewing angles. This is targeted towards consumers who enjoy stunning image quality and yearn for a high pixels per inch display. In contrast to this, the MG28UQ is based on TN technology and has a 1ms response time. While the colour gamut isn’t as impressive on TN monitors, they have a quicker response time and better suited towards professional gamers. Of course, it’s all about your individual priorities and whether you care more about image quality or responsiveness.

Packaging and Features

ASUS MG24UQ

Firstly, it’s important to note that the press samples I received contain the MG24U and MG28U branding. After performing extensive research, I discovered these are now known under the UQ title instead for retail channels so please disregard the box’s naming scheme. As you can see, the packaging adopts a really bold, stylish design and lists the monitor’s key features.

The monitor’s base and cables are housed within the top section to allow for easy access. On another note, the hardened polystyrene inserts offer superb protection and ensures the display arrives in perfect condition.

ASUS gaming monitors incorporate a number of unique features including:

Rather bizarrely, the information here is incorrect and the PPI rate should read 185.


ASUS MG28UQ

The 28-inch model utilises identical packaging apart from the 1ms response time icon.

Here we can see the larger variant has a lower ppi rate, 1ms response time and USB 3.0 hub.

New Canon 1D X Mark II Can Shoot 4K Video

Canon has unveiled its new flagship camera, the EOS-1D X Mark II, which is capable of shooting 4K video. The camera features a full-frame 20.2-megapixel camera, can shoot photos at 14fps using autofocus and 16fps in Live View mode, and can shoot 4K RAW video at 60fps. With a native ISO range of 100-51200, which is expandable to 409600, the 1D X Mark II excels at shooting in low light.

While the body of the camera is effectively the same as its predecessor – the EOS-1D X from 2012 – it boasts an improved 1.62 million-dot 3.2-inch rear LCD monitor, with a viewing angle of 170o, horizontally and vertically.

The 1D X Mark II is likely to excite filmmakers as well as photographers, with previous Canon EOS models becoming increasingly popular in shooting film and television. House was the first TV show to shoot an entire episode using a Canon 5D Mark II, with its compact build allowing the small-space shooting not afforded by its usual 35mm film format cameras. The 5D and 7D later graduated to being used in Hollywood blockbusters, such as Captain America, The Avengers, and Black Swan.

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is due out in April, priced $5,999 for the body alone, with the 64GB CFast card and reader bundle costing $6,299. The compatible Wi-Fi adapter will be available separately for $600.

QNAP’s Triple Storage Solution With Thunderbolt NAS at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – We stopped by the QNAP booth to check out what they had in stock this year and it’s far from the usual.

On display is the new TS-871T that isn’t just an NAS with iSCSI support, it is also a DAS unit allowing you to connect it directly via a high-speed Thunderbolt interface. Usually you just get one or the other, but not so with QNAP that packed it all into one great unit especially great for video professionals.

Not only is the TSV-871T a triple storage solution, it also packs an amazing punch under the hood. It is based around a quad-core Intel i7 CPU and supports full 4K video output via the built-in HDMI connector.

Eight drive bays and 16GB RAM will make everything run as smooth as it should. A unit like this can’t be missing QNAP’s amazing QvPC technology that allows you to run almost any operating system in a virtual environment and directly on the NAS thanks to the VMstation.

The two expansion slots are used for the Thunderbolt and extra 10GB/s LAN connections here, but that could technically be changed to whatever you need – if you need more. The units already has everything you could want from normal Gigabit Ethernet ports over 10GbE and Thunderbolt to USB 2.0 and 3.0. A universal connection wonder.

On the demo stand the unit was connected directly to an Apple system for a demonstration of the Thunderbolt Interface.

Transfer speeds of up to 950MB/s isn’t something you’ll see every day from NAS units.

New is also the Qsirch, a google like search but for your NAS. This new feature will easily allow you find anything you remember to have stored on your NAS just as easy as it is to use any search engine.

Cloud backup is an important factor these days, both for collaborating on work but also for extra safekeeping of your files in case disaster should strike. QNAP has this covered from Microsoft OneDrive over GoogleDrive to Dropbox and Amazon’s Cloud server. FTP, Microsoft networking, and WebDAV are also part of QNAPs functions.

Streaming and playback isn’t an issue either. Select the output device and connection and it’s playing.

Storage snapshots are just what they sound like and allow you to rollback to previous times in your storage. Messed something up? just go back to previous backups and restore it.

Sony Introduces Plane Phase Detection Auto-focus to Smartphones

Everyone who’s in the market for a top notch smartphone always has to consider the shooter that comes attached to it. Most people are after a rear facing camera that gets a great shot, and Sony today announced huge strides in improving camera optics performance for the smartphone market. The Japanese based company announced it’s new Exmor RS IMX230 stacked CMOS imaging sensor – built specifically for smartphone cameras.

Sony’s recent press release gave a little insight into the new image sensors technology. The new sensor will come set for action with a 21-megapixel stills shooter, and will be the first CMOS smartphone image sensor to feature an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function. What does this all mean exactly? Well, Sony’s new smartphone sensor will be able to utilise up to 192 auto-focus points in an image – which should dramatically improve focus on high speed or moving subjects in an image. Improved snap time generally means fantastic image processing, and it’s exciting that high end camera functions are finally trickling down into smartphones. For those who ever shoot scenes with moving objects, such as a sports games for instance, the new Exmor sensor should be right up your alley.

On top of this, the new sensor is also capable of shooting High Dynamic Range still images as well as video. The breakdown is that the lens takes information from two exposure examples and creates a singular image that looks to merge the best of both lighting into one superior coloured image. Video wise, the Exmor RS IMX230 sensor produces 120FPS clips at 720P resolution, 1080P at 60FPS and 4K video at 30FPS. We can expect Sony’s handsets next year starting late April to start shipping with the new sensor.

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Samsung Reveals Upcoming Exynos SoCs, Exynos 5244 To Be 34 Percent Faster

Samsung has been silent about its upcoming Exynos SoCs in the past, mainly due to the fact that the technology is going to be behind the 2nd generation of Samsung Galaxy S5 handest. Now with MWC and companies showing off their ‘best of the best’ gadgets and technology, Samsung has officially released some details about the two upcoming Exynos, the 5422 and 5260.

The Exynos 5422 SoC is said to be an Octa-Core having the first Cortex A15 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and the remaining Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, while having the ability to use all eight cores at the same time. The chip supports samsung’s big.LITTLE Heterogeneous Multi Processing and is stated to be up to 34 percent faster than its predecessor, the Exynos 5 Octa.

The Exynos 5260, also known as the Exynos 5 Hexa announced in the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which features six cores composed of two high-performance Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz.

It is said that both the Exynos 5422 and 5260 support high-resolution displays including Quad HD 2560×1440 and the QWXGA 2560×1600 while Exynos 5422 also supports 4K video recording. In terms of availability, the Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 is said to be already in production having the Exynos 5422 at the point of entering it this quarter.

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SDXC UHS-I To Supports 4K Video Resolution

UHS speed Class 3 has been announced, which is a new high performance class that supports 4K video in its 4096 × 2160 (8.8-megapixel) resolution. The new class will be available for SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II and SDHC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices.

UHS speed class 3 defines a minimum of 30 Megabytes per second for high quality video and this should be enough even for large 4K video format files. The SD Association came up with UHS-I and UHS-II high performance bus interface that can support data transfer between SD memory card and device or up to 104 megabytes for UHS-I and 312 megabytes per second for UHS-II as a theoretical limit. Hoover, the actual speed will be much slower, but effective enough.

4K videos, live broadcasts and content can be recorded on high-performance devices such as Digital Single Lens Reflex (D-SLR) cameras, Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (D-SLM) cameras, camcorders and video cameras and then played back smoothly. New devices offering the UHS Speed Class 3 will be backwards compatible and will work with existing SD memory cards.

The compatibility of UHS Speed class 3 cards with existing devices, but at lower speeds, is unsure at the moment. There has been a lot of talks about the SDXC cards working on some unsupported devices, however the odds are that they will not work unless specifically stated. More about speed/benefits can be found here and information about compatibility can be found here.

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