ASUS Announces VivoMini VM65 Series

ASUS already got a lot of praise for their tiny Mini PCs and they’ve just announced two new systems in the series. The two new systems are called the VivoMini VM65N and the VivoMiniVM65 and they are impressive, compact, 2-liter systems that still pack quite a punch. The systems are built with Intel Skylake i3 or i5 CPUs and come with discrete Nvidia 900M series graphics card to deliver a smooth 4K visual experience and casual gaming. Don’t misunderstand this, it isn’t for gaming in 4K, naturally.

The new system can be equipped with up to 16GB DDR4 memory to be the backbone for the either an i5-6200U CPU in the VM65N and a VM65 uses an i3-6100U CPU. It also only the N model that features the Nvidia GeForce 930M graphics card with 1GB DDR3 memory while the VM65 relies on the Intel HD Graphics 520 iGPU. Both come with ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced audio to make them an ideal choice for a daily computing platform or home entertainment hub.

The tiny 2-liter systems only support one 3.5-inch drive, but you can also mount two 2.5-inch drives via Vivo DualBay adapter, effectively turning them into one as far as the system is concerned. You can get the VM665 series with either a 3.5-inch 500GB or 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 2.5-inch 500GB or 1TB 5400rpm HDD, or 2.5-inch 128GB or 256G SSD out of the box.

The VM65N comes with two USB 3.1 ports that the smaller model doesn’t have, but other than that the connections are the same. You get four USB 3.0 ports, one RJ45 LAN port, HDMI and DisplayPort with UHD 4K support, a card reader, and audio connections.

The price naturally variates based on model and the drives you want it to come with and not all models will be launched in all regions or at the same time. In the United Kingdom the VM65N will launch with a single SKU VM65N-G018Z model that features an i5-6200U CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD, GT930M 1GB GPU, Win 10 64bit OS, Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi+ BT, and with a Wireless Keyboard & Mouse included. This system will then set you back £549.99.

DisplayPort 1.4 Standard to Support 8k Displays and USB Type-C

It has been a long time since DisplayPort 1.4 was announced to be able to support 8k displays, now it is set to become a reality, with big changes to the video standard coming up its new standard. The standout feature being the ability to connect almost any device, from a smartphone to a laptop up to an 8k capable display via a USB Type-C port, announced by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) on Tuesday.

While USB Type-C may still seem in its infancy, the standard is quickly gaining popularity and can be found on existing Nexus smartphones and MacBooks already. DisplayPort 1.4’s compatibility with USB Type-C will allow it to be easily adapted into a wider range of devices than previous versions of DisplayPort, which have often suffered from poor levels adoption outside of those after super-high-resolution monitors. DisplayPort isn’t the only video standard targeting USB Type-C compatibility either, with SuperMHL currently under development, which, unfortunately, would require new ports on computers and monitors to be adopted.

It seems farfetched that 4k and above video signal could be sent over the bandwidth available to USB, however, VESA has reportedly found a way to solve the issue of 8k video transfer. DisplayPort 1.4 contains a Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology which is designed to compress video transmission into smaller packets, which will make it possible for 8k video to be transferred in real-time via USB Type-C. As a bonus, VESA reports that the quality of the video is unaffected by the compression.

Over the years, DisplayPort, despite its low consumer popularity, has continued to adapt to new connector standards such as Thunderbolt, despite having its own connector. Current DisplayPort 1.3 technology can support 2 4k monitors simultaneously, which makes 1.4’s ability to support 8k a major step up. It is unclear when devices supporting this new standard will reach the market, with existing 4k monitors still prohibitively expensive for many and the majority unlikely to replace expensive devices and graphics cards in a hurry, while 8k displays are worth over $100,000. This new standard should definitely put DisplayPort ahead of the technology curve, though, so that when 8k makes it big, the standards to support it are there.

NEC Releases New 27-Inch and 30-Inch MultiSync EA IPS Panel Displays

NEC Display Solutions of America has announced the release of two new widescreen MultiSync monitors with IPS panel technology, the 30-inch EA305WMi and the 27-inch EA275WMi. Both are designed for dual monitor configurations and feature wide viewing angles of 178o horizontal/vertical, DisplayPort 1.2 inputs and outputs, and NEC’s ControlSync technology.

“The new EA305WMi and EA275WMi displays give business professionals new, powerful tools, especially when using multiple monitors,” Art Marshall, Senior Product Manager for Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions, said. “The displays also include NEC’s leading environmental and productivity features, as well as NEC-exclusive ControlSync and human sensors.”

The two displays also come with smart sensing technology, which detects screen content and picks the most appropriate brightness and ambient light levels, plus touch-sensitive controls. The units have fully adjustable stands, which includes height adjusting, tilting, rotation, and pivoting functionality. Additional ports include HDMI 2.0, DVI-D, and a 3-port USB hub.

The displays include the following features:

  • Widescreen IPS panel with LED backlighting
  • 350 cd/m2 brightness and 8-bit color
  • 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (1000:1 typical)
  • Ergonomic adjustable stand with 130mm height-adjust, tilt, swivel and pivot
  • Integrated speakers (1W x 2) and headphone jack
  • ECO Mode, carbon footprint meter and cost meter
  • ENERGY STAR 6.0 and TCO 6.0 compliant

The MultiSync EA305WMi-BK and EA275WMi-BK – priced $1,399 and $699, respectively – are available now.

NEC Unveils the MultiSync E203Wi-BK

NEC Display Solutions of America has revealed its latest MultiSync monitor, the 20-inch E203Wi-BK widescreen LCD display with LED backlighting. The monitor, aimed at corporate and small-to-medium-sized businesses, features a high-performance AH-IPS panel with a wide viewing angle, plus rich colour consistency and image clarity, plus DisplayPort, VGA and DVI-D connections, and a fully articulated ergonomic stand.

“Businesses, regardless of size, are looking for high-performance monitors that save them money,” Kevin Christopherson, Director of Product Marketing for Desktop Displays at NEC, said. “The E203Wi display delivers an outstanding set of features, is environmentally friendly and comes at an affordable price.”

The E203Wi-BK display boasts the following features:

  • 20-inch, 16:9, LED-backlit LCD wide-screen panel
  • Fully ergonomic stand with height, pivot, tilt and swivel adjustability
  • 1600 x 900 native resolution
  • DisplayPort, VGA and DVI-D connectivity
  • Compatibility with NEC’s NaViSet Administrator asset management system
  • Intelligent Power Manager (IPM), off timer and ambient light sensor that automatically dims the screen to further reduce energy consumption
  • ENERGY STAR 6.0 compliance
  • ECO Mode and carbon footprint meter

The NEC MultiSync E203Wi-BK launches later this month, priced at around $179, and comes with a three-year parts and labour warranty, which includes the screen’s backlight. More information can be found by visiting the E203Wi-BK’s product page.

Kensington SD4000 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station with 4K UHD Review

Introduction


For today’s review I’m venturing a little bit out of my normal area of storage, network, and server components and take a closer look at a very useful gadget for everyone that has a laptop of some sort. Kensington might be most known for their locking system that is present on almost any electronic device, but they do make a lot of different products too. Today I’m taking a closer look at the SD4000 Universal USB Docking Station for laptops.

While a docking station like this would work with any system and as such isn’t limited to portable ones, it will be a rare scenario that someone will connect it to their desktop. That said, it could still provide some beneficial uses there too.

While most laptop manufacturers also provide docking stations for some of their models, they are usually very expensive and only compatible to very few models. The use of a universal docking station like this opens a lot more options and best of all, you can take it with you to any other system that you might upgrade to in the future.

The Kensington SD4000 Universal Docking Station connects to your system via a single USB 3.0 host port and in return it offers you three USB 3.0 connectors, a DVI port, a DisplayPort or HDMI, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, and headset connections. Those are all useful connections to have, especially on ultrabooks and netbooks that barely have any native connections at all anymore.

The Docking Station doesn’t just serve as USB hub, it also enables 4K Ultra HD resolutions, even when your laptop doesn’t have a graphics card that supports these resolutions. You can connect a single 4K monitor or TV via an HDMI or DisplayPort connection for Ultra HD resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels.

4K Ultra HD resolution sadly only works with one monitor connected, but you can run up to 2K when using dual monitors. Ideal for users not ready to make the transition to 4K, this option can support the typical two-monitor setup with 1920 x 1200 and 2048 x 1152 resolution for each screen.

Speedy charging for power hungry devices such as tablets is also supported thanks to the 2.1 AMP fast charging USB port labeled with an extra lightning character. The Gigabit Ethernet port is also one that’s often missing on netbooks as they rely solely on wireless.

Features

  • 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840×2160) to one monitor via an HDMI cable or DisplayPort connection
  • Enables 4K UHD even if laptop does not have 4K graphics card
  • 2K resolution (1920×1200/2048×1152) for two-monitor setup via DisplayPort or HDMI/DVI
  • 3 universal USB 3.0 ports for seamless productivity with your accessories
  • 2.1A fast charging port to power up a tablet or smartphone
  • Gigabit Ethernet port for wired connectivity to the Internet
  • Includes speaker port, microphone jack, Kensington Security Slot
  • Compatible with Windows 8.1/8/7

Specifications

  • UPC: 085896339830
  • Best For: Convertible and 2-in-1 Laptops, Laptops, Ultrabooks, Windows Tablets
  • Compatibility: Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
  • Connections: 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) Female, Host Interface: USB 3.0, Host upstream link: USB (B Type)
  • Female, HUB downstream link: USB (A Type) Female
  • Connectivity: Wired
  • Features: Extended Display, Kensington Security Slot, Mirrored Display, Power Indicator (Blue), USB Hub Link
  • Indicator (Green)
  • Dimensions: 7.71” x 3.34” x 1.08” (19.5 cm x 85 cm x 2.75 cm)

Packaging and Accessories

The package of the SD4000 Universal Docking Station comes in s a simple yet elegant wrapping. It shows what it does on the front without much extra.

The rear of the package explains what type of connectors it has, what’s in the box, and what it is compatible with. Everything you’ll want to know before you purchase.

Inside the box, we find a power supply with both an EU and UK replaceable plug, a setup guide, a USB cable to connect it and the docking station itself.

Samsung Reveals First Monitor With a Qi Wireless Charging Stand

Interested in something that serves more than one purpose? Samsung seems to have the same idea and has just revealed their first display with a Qi wireless charging stand. The SE370 seems to come in two sizes, a 23.6-inch and 27-inch, and provides a way to ditch the old data cable for charging your smartphone.

Samsung says that all Qi wireless charging smartphones are compatible with the stand, so there won’t be any smartphones featuring the wireless charging technology left out. The idea is quite brilliant because let’s face it, most of us want or already have a wireless charging pad on their desks. So why use more space than needed? What’s better that to have the charging station integrated into your display that will always be plugged in and on your desk?

In addition to the wireless charging feature, the display features a PLS panel, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 4ms response timing and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Besides the latter, the 23.6-inch model comes with a 250 cd/m2 brightness ratio, while the 27-inch model features a 300 cd/m2 ratio, both having a 170­° viewing angle. Also, when talking about connectivity, the SE370 seems to come with one HDMI 1.4, one DisplayPort 1.2 and one D-Sub connectivity options.

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The extra features found on the display consist of Eco Saving Plus, Magic Bright, Magic Upscale, Game Mode, Eye Saver Mode, Flicker Free, FreeSync, Image Size. Samsung did not mention a price or release date, but the latter information is bound to follow soon enough. Stay tuned!

Thank you Venture Beat for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Business Korea

R9 Fury Perfect for the Living Room? Possibly Not!

In a move that might snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, information has been revealed that the new R9 Fury GPU will not support HDMI 2.0 nor DP 1.3. This comes from a forum post on Overclockers.co.uk by what appears to be an AMD representative. Asked to confirm if the card would support HDMI 2.0, this was the answer given by AMDMatt:

If this post is accurate, the Fury will not only not be supporting HDMI 2.0. HDMI 2.0 is critical as the industry moves to 4K, something AMD has been pushing heavily. HDMI 2.0 allows for 4K @60Hz, something currently impossible with HDMI 1.4. DisplayPort 1.3, also not supported enables 2 4K @60Hz screens to be driven or 5K and 8K in certain modes at 60Hz. Both are also required for HDCP 2.2 which allows BluRay 4K discs to play with copyright protection. While DisplayPort 1.2a does allow for 4K@60Hz, users with HDMI 4K TVs, which have become quite prevalent, will be left at a console level 30Hz. Fury Nano, if also similarly handicapped will have it’s HTPC ambitions hurt as well.

For now, there is no need to get riled up just yet. This is just one post so far and AMDMatt might be misinformed. It will be best to save any pitchforks till official word comes out from AMD on their HDMI and DP support. The flexibility of DP also means that an active adapter can convert the DP 1.2a signal to HDMI 2.0, but HDCP 2.2 will be lost. If this report is true though, it makes AMD’s other mistakes this time seem trivial. Missing one of HDMI 2.0 or DP 1.3 is serious enough I tend to believe that one of the two is supported until I get official confirmation from AMD. Either way, AMD best act fast before the internet rumour mill goes out of control.

If you were hoping for high frame rates on your new 4KTV for living room gaming, HDMI 2.0 is vital.

Zotac CI321Nano Barebones System Review

 

Introduction


Today we are taking a look at one of Zotac’s latest ZBOX CI321 nano barebones system that is packing a dual-core 2961Y CPU. Something that makes this CI321 nano stand out of the crowd is that it carries dual Gigabit LAN and is completely silent with its passively cooled design. With the inclusion of an onboard IR receiver, this makes it an interesting option for a silent HTPC. With it being a barebones kit, you can use some memory or 2.5″ drives that you have on hand to keep the final build costs down. There has been a lot of growth in the mini PC market and Zotac has been in it for a long time with its ZBOX lineup.

Specifications
  • Name: ZBOX CI321 nano
  • CPU: Intel Celeron 2961Y (2C/2T, 1.10 GHz, 22nm, 6W)
  • RAM: User Supplied – We tested with Crucial Ballistix 2x4GB DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 1T 1.35v 
  • SSD: User Supplied – Crucial MX200 SSD 250GB
  • GPU: Integrated – Intel HD Graphics
  • LAN: dual 10/100/1000/Gigabit Base T
  • WLAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • I/O: 4x USB3.0, 1x USB 2.0 , 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, Headphone-out, Microphone in, 2x 1Gb LAN
  • OS: Supplied Barebones, Windows 10 preview used in this review
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: $149.99

Retail Packaging

Printed materials that the CI321 comes with

The hardware that you get with the CI321 allows you to mount the unit via the VESA mount of a monitor or TV. You also get an optical audio adapter for use with a Toslink connection, a dual band WiFi antenna, and screws to mount your 2.5″ SSD or HDD.

 

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Club3D Multi Streaming Transport Hub and Docking Station Review

Introduction


There is no doubt that playing games and working is filled with a lot more joy and pleasure when you have more than one monitor connected. You need to use ALT+TAB a lot less to view everything, can have source code on one screen and the result on another, or just keep an eye on your instant messages and emails while you’re gaming. It’s all possible and once you got used to it, then you’ll miss it immensely when you don’t have it.

It can however end up costing you even more that you need a graphics card with just the right amount of outputs and connectors to match your monitor and this is where Club 3D comes to your rescue with two devices in the Sense Vision series. The MST-HUB is a multi-stream transport hub that morphs your one DisplayPort into three and the Y-cabled Docking station that takes one mDP and one USB 3.0 port and turns it into two mDP ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and one Gigabit Ethernet port.

The number of supported displays depends on the bandwidth available. The MST hub is using the ST Micro STDP 4320 which supports DisplayPort 1.2a specifications with support for up to 21.6Gbps of bandwidth. How much you have depends on your output device. With this kind of bandwidth at your disposal, you can easily run four full HD monitors at 60Hz and 32-bit colour depth and still have extra bandwidth to spare, and that from a single onboard connector.

The Club 3D MST hub can help with more, for example if you got a 4K monitor of the cheaper kind that only can do 30Hz. You can use the MST hub and resolve this by combining two screen resolutions of 1920×2160 at 60Hz to obtain a native 3840×2160 60Hz resolution by using two DisplayPort cables. This is particular useful of you only have one display port out to begin with and no way to attach two DisplayPort cables to your system, doesn’t help if the monitor has it.

Even if you don’t have a DisplayPort capable monitor the MST hub can help you, but you will need adapters to connect them. The Club3D MSTY Hub is a DP++ device which means that it can actively convert the DisplayPort signal to other types of display interfaces. An active adapter isn’t required, a passive is enough with this hub. Just keep in mind that passive adapters have a resolution limitation of 1920×1200.

AMD created Eyefinity with up to 6 displays, but Club 3d takes it to the next level as you only need a graphics card with two DisplayPort connectors and two of these MST hubs to achieve just that, being able to connect 6 monitors for the ultimate multi-screen setup.

Ultrabooks and notebooks also become more powerful with each generation, but the often only come with one display port. With the MST hub, you can easily connect multiple monitors to those and best of all, you only need to unplug one cable when you take your system with you on the go.

Features

  • Standards compliance/support:displayport v1.2a, displayport v1.1a,VESA DDM
  • Standard,HDCP V2.0,DisplayId,and EDID V1.4
  • Supports main link rates of 5.4 bps(HBR2),2.7 bps(HBR)and 1.62 bps(RBR) from source
  • Supports 1/2/4 lanes of main link for RX side
  • Supports three DP++ output port, or two dual-link DVI ports, or the combination of ports
  • For DP 1.2a source,supports DP1.2a MST multi video/audio steams
  • Supports 1.1 source, supports ViewXpand
  • Supports DP-DP Bypass mode
  • Supports AUX-CH enables SBM and I2C mapping over AUX between the source/sink and device
  • Dedicated I2C slave for main processor to access the device
  • Supported output resolution: up to 2560X1600@60Hz each monitor in DP1.2 MST and up to FHD/1080p in DP1.1 or DP 1.2 SST. With DP resolutions up to FHD (4K x 2K) @60Hz, 24bpp, but limited by DP bandwidth).
  • Input pixel data depth 6/8/10/12 bits and supports output pixel format RGB444
  • Advance WideEye SerDes technology
  • Adaptive Sync technology

New Asus RG6 ROG Console is Powered by Intel Broadwell and GTX 960M

If you wanted a powerhouse console for your living room, Asus just came forth with a solution. The company just announced its RG6 ROG console-inspired gaming PC, featuring a minimalistic and extremely silent design.

The RG6 looks to maintain the company’s Republic of Gamers design and is powered by an Intel i5 5th Gen Broadwell CPU, 8GB DDR3L which is also upgradeable to 16GB, Nvidia’s GTX 960M graphics solution and even comes with an optional SSD slot. The company looks to have added one of their ROG M801 keyboard and Sica RA01 mouse in the bundle too.

Aside from its ultra-silent operating environment, outputting 20dB in idle and 28 dB in full-load, the RG6 comes with a built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with GameFirst III that aims to provide lag-free connectivity. In terms of connectivity, the gaming-PC comes with a HDMI and DisplayPort output, four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports that also feature a USB Charger option.

When it comes to the audio, the RG6 comes with the SupremeFX ELNA audio capacitors that offer to connect you system with either the HDMI or S/PDIF optical port. In addition to the latter, audio jacks are available on both the front and back of the console. Its Sonic Studio also aims to help you personalize sound modes and te equalizer.

Asus’ RG6 comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1 and has support for Steam Big Picture Launcher out-of-the-box, even if you choose to use just a game-pad controller, giving user an additional option to add the SteamOS just as easily after the console is officially launched.

Other features include AI Suite III that lets you customize the system’s settings, a 100GB ASUS WebStorage for a year, the HomeCloud that lets you access the console remotely and a one-year license for Kaspersky’s antivirus software.

There is still no word on pricing or availability for the Asus RG6, but more news on this matter is bound to be released soon.

Images courtesy of ASUS ROG

Diamond USB 3.0 to 4K DisplayPort Adapter Review

Introduction


So you’ve just bought that amazing new 4K monitor and you’re loving the resolution and stunning images, except every time you get back to your notebook or other older computer that can’t handle such a resolution. Diamond comes to the rescue with their BVU5500 USB 3.0 to 4K Display Port Adapter.

The Diamond BVU5500 features DisplayLink’s 4K technology with a DisplayPort 1.2 plug and adds this to your old laptop, tablet or computer, increasing the resolutions up to four times that of 1080P. If one extra monitor shouldn’t be enough for you, then just add some more. You can have up to six BVU5500 adapters connected at the same time, increasing your PCs capability with six times 4k resolution.

The device in itself is very simple and relative small. It has a short USB cable attached at one end, a DisplayPort 1.2 at the other end, and the side offers two 3.5mm audio jacks. On the bottom it has 4 small rubber feet for better surface grip where it’s placed as well as a sticker with the serial and model numbers. The weight of 90 grams and size of 80 x 48 x 25 mm also make it highly portable so you can take it with you where ever you need it.

This is such a simple tool, yet so useful. It is also one of those gadgets when used once, you just can’t seem to think how you ever lived without it before. At least when you own a 4K monitor like I do and also have a lot of older systems running for different tasks. It’s only the newest that support 4K natively and this already makes the Diamond BVU5500 adapter a winner in my book.

The adapter is almost plug and play, it will require you to either download the drivers or install them from the included disk. It only takes a couple of seconds and Windows will recognize the adapter and extend your desktop; It could hardly be any easier.

Inside it features a DisplayLink DL-5500 chipset that can handle a maximum resolution of 3840×2160, and the BVU5500 also supports HDCP 2.0 protected video playback. It is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 and only requires a 1.2GHz CPU with SSE2 support to work. For 4K resolution you’ll need a system that is a little faster, recommended is an Intel Core i5 with 2GHz or more. You’ll also need to have a 4K capable display, a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port, 30 megabytes of free disk space, 1GB system memory, and either a CD/DVD drive or an internet connection to get the drivers.

“Updates to the screen are automatically detected and compressed using the DisplayLink compression technology (DL2+ or DL3). This adaptive compression technology automatically balances the compression methods based on the content, available CPU power, and USB bandwidth, providing the best possible USB graphics experience at any given moment.”

Apple’s Latest Macbook Is Being Downplayed by PC Makers on Twitter

Apple’s competitors really like to mock its products (a lot). Dell, Asus and Lenovo are one of them, and through some tweets, the PC manufacturers attempt to prove that Apple’s products are not the only ‘thin’ products with high-res display available on the market.

According to Lenovo, its Yoga 3 Pro is not only slimmer, but also has more ports and a higher resolution touch display. However, the only small inconvenience is that the Yoga 3 Pro weighs in 0.62 lbs more than Apple’s own MacBook.

Dell took a similar approach by tweeting that its XPS 13 features a display with 2 million pixels more than MacBook’s counterpart. Dell also did not forget to mention that the XPS 13 features a lot of USB ports, mini-DisplayPort and SD card reader.

Lastly, we have Asus’ ultra-slim ZenBook. The laptop has a thickness of just 12.3 mm compared to the MacBook’s 13.1 mm and also comes with the usual connectivity such as USB, mini HDMI and even costs half of what Apple’s asking for the MacBook.

Given the fact that pre-orders for the new MacBook begin on the 10th of April, there is still time for competitors to downplay Apple’s product even more.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information

New 34″ Ultra-Wide Display Released by Philips Featuring MHL-Capable HDMI

Philips has just added a new 34″ ultra-wide display to their range of products. The new display product code is BDM3470UP and it looks perfect for anyone who is looking for a display to work with in applications that require a big landscape-mode solution.

Brief specs can be seen below:

  • 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution
  • 5ms G2G response time
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • 320 cd/m2 brightness
  • 178/178 viewing angles
  • 1.07b colour depth
  • W-LED backlight offering sRGB gamut

The BDM3470UP screen also features Philips’ SmartUniformity mode, using dedicated metrics to assess colour accuracy and deliver at least 95% average luminance uniformity. In terms of connectivity, the display comes with MHL-capable HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA display ports, as well as 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports.

The 34″ display also features 2 x 3W stereo speakers and PiP / PbP support and allows the user to tilt, height, swivel and rotate as per preference. Philips is said to be selling the BDM3470UP at a price of €799.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information

VESA Unveils DisplayPort 1.4a, Brings 8K to Laptops

Feeling big with that new 4K ASUS latop, or 5K iMac? Well now feel what it’s like to be brought back down to earth. The guilty party for doing so is the Video Electronics Standards Association (or VESA for short) has unveiled Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a, which allows for all-in-ones and laptops to connect to 8K displays. To make this easier, the technology uses compression to get all the data into the video feed, and divides displays into two or four segments, allowing the pipeline to cope with the extra pixels.

But wait, there’s more! In doing this, PCs will need less data paths to drive lower resolutions, which will result in the usage of tinner and more efficient displays. This means laptops that “only” support 4K could gain increased battery life. With these new systems using DisplayPort 1.4a shipping next year, this is more than a theoretical exercise. However, all this will be dependent on how fast 8K displays become readily available and affordable.

 

Source: Engadget

ASUS Announces PB279Q: 10-bit, 4K Monitor With 100% sRGB Color Gamut

ASUS announced the new PB279Q 4K/UHD monitor designed for prosumers and gamers alike. The new monitor has a 27-inch IPS display and uses a 16:9 ratio 3840 x 2160 resolution with a pixel density of 163 PPI. The 100% sRGB gamut and 10-bit colour technology will give you a billion colours displayed perfectly, may it be to view the mountains and valleys of Kyrat in FarCry 4, or your pictures and videos of the great outdoors.

The monitor has plenty of connection options with one DisplayPort, one miniDisplayPort and four HDMI ports, but it’s only the DisplayPort connections that support 60Hz. ASUS also added its EyeCare technology, consisting of a DC-controlled WLED backlight to completely avoid PWM flicker, and low-blue light modes to reduce eye-strain. Further ASUS-exclusive technologies inside include SplendidPlus Video Intelligence Technology with eight display modes, QuickFit Virtual Scale, VividPixel Technology and GamePlus Technology.

The PB279Q isn’t the fastest on the block with the 5ms grey-to-grey refresh rate, but it should be enough for enjoyable gaming as well as anything else. Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes further enhance the abilities of this large display that comes with a narrow 9mm bezel.

The ASUS PB279Q will be available from mid-December in Taiwan, Asia Pacific, and Europe. Prices start from $799 USD and may vary by region. Overclockers UK have it listed as pre-order with an estimated arrival on the 19th and with a price of £679.99.

Specifications:

  • 27-inches, 16:9
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 60Hz via DisplayPort/Mini DisplayPort
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30Hz via via HDMI
  • 1.07 billion colors (10-bit)
  • 300cd/m² brightness
  • Pixel pitch 0.155mm / 163 PPI
  • Viewing angles 178 degrees (H) / 178 degrees (V)
  • Brightness (max) 300cd/m2
  • Contrast ratio 100,000,000:1
  • Audio 2-Watt stereo speakers
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x Mini DisplayPort (mDP) 1.2, 4 x HDMI/MHL, 3.5mm Earphone-out, 3.5mm Audio-in
  • Stand Tilt: +20°~-5°, Swivel: ±60°, Pivot: 90° clockwise
  • Height adjustment: 0~150mm
  • VESA wall mount: 100 x 100mm
  • Size (WxHxD) 640.78 x 429.84 (lowest) x 240mm (With stand) and 624.96 x 368.23 x 58.8mm (Without stand)
  • Estimated Weight: 7.7kg

Thanks to ASUS for providing us with this information

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New 27-inch Philips G-SYNC Monitor Coming Soon

Today is a great day for gaming fans as Philips have revealed their new premium grade gaming monitor; the 272G5DYEB. The monitor may not have the slickest name ever, but its specifications and features speak for themselves; the new monitor is the latest display to feature Nvidia G-SYNC technology and is backed up with an impressive 144Hz refresh rate to provide ultra smooth performance.

The high refresh rate is a welcome bonus and will no doubt look incredible on the monitors 27-inch panel. The 272G5DYEB comes equipped with a full-HD 1920 x 1080 panel, a super quick 1ms GTG response time and promises superior image reproduction.

Nvidia G-SYNC technology and a 144Hz refresh rate, combined with a 1ms refresh rate, make this an ideal choice for competitive gamers; these technologies should prevent screen tearing and improve image quality even when games are moving at high-speeds, something that can have big benefits for your gaming performance, as well as improving your viewing experience. The monitor comes equipped with DisplayPort technology for G-Sync and also features USB 3.0 ports for added connectivity.

The downside to all this performance is the cost, the monitor will set you back $699/€699/£499, which is higher than some of the more affordable 4K displays that are currently available. The 272G5DYEB is already available for pre-order from most major retailers and will start shipping next month.

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Samsung Uncovers Curved 27-Inch Monitor

Samsung have revealed details of their new 1080p curved monitor; which is geared towards a more immerse entertainment experience. The 27-inch Samsung S27D590CS is aimed at gamers and heavy video-watchers where the curved screen is meant to create a more subtle 3D effect with a greater sense of depth and wider field of view.

The monitor has a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. The grey-to-grey response time is 4 ms and the screen has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. It has plenty of connection options with VGA D-sub, HDMI and DisplayPort. Besides a set of 5 watts dual speaker the monitor also has pass-through for headphones.

The monitor has a sleek design with a metallic silver stand and the thin black bezel; it doesn’t have many ergonomic options or abilities, but it can be tilted up and down from -2 to +20 degrees and it also supports 100 mm VESA wall mounts. I believe the size to be very fitting for a curved display, as the larger screens the effect is barely noticeable due to the width and on phones it’s more of a gimmick than anything else.

In theory at least, the curved design should allow for a smother view to the corners of the screen, as your eyes don’t need to refocus for the change in distance. This factor will be heavily increased when running multi-monitor setups, giving you a smooth view all the way to your peripheral vision.

The monitor has a MSRP of $430 and will go on sale in the US on October 1st. As for the rest of the world, your guess is a good as mine. While the specification don’t impress too much when looking at the price, you have to consider the fact that curved monitors still are a niche market; a premium has to be expected, but does it offer enough to convince you?

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Asus PG278Q ROG Swift 27″ 144Hz Gaming Monitor Is Here and Priced

It has been a long wait since January when Asus first presented us with this new monitor, and now the time has arrived. The brand new Asus ROG PG278Q ROG Swift 27″ G-Sync 144Hz widescreen gaming monitor will be available from tomorrow.

The monitor is being praised as “Quite possibly the best gaming monitor ever made” and is ideally suited to NVIDIA graphics cards with 3D Vision 2.0 and G-Sync technology. This monitor runs at a staggering 2560×1440 resolution with 144Hz technology and a 1ms response time, and that using the latest in TN technology. The refresh rate can be switched between 60, 120 and 144 Hz via on-screen buttons.

The 27″ monitor only features one display port as input, but it does have a two-port USB 3.0 hub as well. The monitor offers 16million colours and has a brightness of 350cd/m². The viewing angle is 170/160 degrees horizontal/vertical. It’s a non-glossy panel and the bezel is only 6mm. It also allows for tilt, swivel and pivot and of course has vesa mounts (100×100 mm).

Overclockers UK is ready as usual and has it listed with an ETA tomorrow and at a price of £695.99 inc VAT. A hefty pricetag for a monitor, but also a great one. Personally I would have liked more input options on a monitor of this grade.

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New DockPort Display Standard Released From VESA

VESA, the Video Electronics Standards Association who are the governing body over the display connectivity standards (the people who write out the rules so-to-speak) have announced that they are expending the DisplayPort standard to allow USB3.1 data and power to be carried over the same cable that video signals are currently run over on the DisplayPort interface. Known as DockPort, the connection is physically the same, much like USB3.0 is with USB2.0, meaning that older DisplayPort only devices will be backwards compatible with DockPort enabled devices. When two DockPort devices are connected together, power and USB3.1 data will run over the cable, reducing the overall number of cables that need to be connected between the source and display.

As DockPort is an extension of an existing standard, it will be offered to current VESA members without any additional licensing fees, meaning that any products that feature the new standard won’t have to incur massive price jumps.

“As computing platforms become increasingly mobile, it becomes necessary to reduce the number of external connectors,” explained Steve Belt, Corporate Vice President – Strategic Alliances & Solutions Enablement AMD, a VESA member company. “With DockPort, VESA has developed a technology standard that enhances elegant docking designs, reduces mobile form factors, and enriches the user experience with streamlined, one-cable access to a wide range of external displays, peripherals and storage.”

Unlike HDMI which can only carry audio and video data, DockPort is set to be the first standard to carry non-video data across a display cable as well as the first standard to allow power to run alongside a video signal without interference. As the new standard begins to roll out, a number of vendors are showing off their latest product at Computex 2014 which is running this week, although there is no word if this standard is ready to hit the shelves just yet.

“The new DockPort standard demonstrates the enormous adaptability of the DisplayPort standard,” according to VESA Board Chair Alan Kobayashi, Fellow & Executive R&D Management for DisplayPort Group at MegaChips Technology America. “On the one hand, DisplayPort is a flexible A/V transport protocol that easily coexists with other protocols, like USB-it plays nicely with others. On the other hand, DisplayPort is also a robust and proven connector design whose electro-mechanical properties can accommodate data and power over a common passive copper cable and interface.”

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Galaxy Launches 6 GB Variant of its GeForce GTX 780 Hall Of Fame Edition Graphics Card

Galaxy has just launched another NVIDIA variant of GeForce GTX 780 Hall of Fame graphics card, bearing the GF-GTX780-E6GHD/SOC model name, featuring the company’s white PCB signature and performance-oriented cooling solution.

In terms of specifications, the card comes with 6 GB if memory, having the rest be similar to the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF Edition released in July last year. The 6 GB variant also comes with a big factory overclock, having the core GPU clocked at 1019 MHz compared to the original variant clocked at 863 MHz and its boost speed capped at 1071 MHz compared to 928 MHz from its predecessor.

The GDDR5 memory apparent has been left untouched, having it clocked at 6008 MHz as the original Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 HOF. Other aspects of the 6 GB GTX 780 HOF variant include the 28 nm GK110 silicon architecture, offering 2,304 CUDA cores, 192 TMUs, 48 ROPs and a 384-bit memory interface. The graphics card also features a 10-phase VRM, drawing power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

The graphics card is said to feature a dual-BIOS configuration as well, having the toggle switch located near the I/O bracket. The card offers four display outputs, having two dual-link DVI, one HDMI and one Display Port configuration, while its cooling solution features a Hybrid Vapor Chamber which directs heat to a large aluminium fin-stack heatsink with the help of four nickel-palter copper heat pipes. The heatsink is then ventilated by a pair of 90mm fans, having the base-plate with heatsink fins cooling the VRM and memory.

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Club 3D Display Graphics Products And Power Supplies At CeBIT 2014

While we love taking a look at the ultra-high performance ranges of graphics cards, it’s often easy to forget that their the play things of a small part of the market as your average consumer typically buys into the low and mid ranges. On Display are three mid range cards, the AMD Radeon 280X which has been treated to a new cooler, the R9 270 which now features the popular Coolstream cooler, great for reducing noise and temperatures when compared with the stock AMD offerings and the HD7800 series, which also features Coolstream and is still a popular choice for those wanting to power three displays via Eyefinity.

Further down the range we also have the entry-level cards and while they may not be power houses suitable for modern games, the HD 6450 series cards are perfect for HTPC users as they can operate multiple displays at high-resolution while operating completely silent, this also makes them perfect for professional or business computers. The Radeon R7 250 offers a little more power and features a semi-passive cooler while also being suitable for lower end systems, HTPC / Media centre builds and business use.

Also on display you’ll notice a wide range of adaptor cables, while they may not be the most exciting products on earth they’re still very important. Club 3D have been earning a solid reputation for their connectivity devices, especially their MST hubs while we discussed earlier today in an interview with Club 3D and having devices such as their DisplayPort hubs, as well as a range of connectors means you should have no issue hooking almost any display type or configuration into your Club 3D graphics card or similar compatible device.

Finally we have two of their new power supplies which come in semi-modular and non-modular formats, offering great value for money for the mid range markets and high end gaming markets. Club 3D were kind enough to spare us some extra time to talk about all of these products and their uses in yet another great video interview which you can check out below.

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We’ve got plenty more coverage to bring you this week from CeBIT 2014, so stay tuned for even more updates from many of the top manufacturers at this years event.

Iiyama Announces the E-Gaming 24-inch ProLite GB2488HSU Gaming Monitor

Iiyama has announced a 24-inch ultimate gaming monitor designed for the hardcore gamer looking to get the ultimate gaming experience. The Iiyama ProLite GB2488HSU is said to be the latest TN LED monitor for its purpose in the company’s lineup.

The ProLite GB2488HSU features 1ms reponse time ensuring fluid and accurate transition between images and reduces ghosting or smearing, making it ideal for FPS games. Along with the 144 Hz rate, the 24-inch monitor offers superior framerate and reduces motion blur while providing smoother animations.

E-gaming is one of the monitor’s key features, offering customizable functions which enables user optimized functions to improve gaming experience, while the Video Mode Adjust feature matches any aspect such as 5:4 with pixel perfect accuracy. Additionally, it is also said to be possible to adjust the brightness and the dark shades with the Black Tuner, giving greater viewing performance in shadowed areas.

Other features such as the Direct Drive function aids in bypassing the monitor’s functions, which will get directed by the graphics card settings, allowing the user to get the highest framerate and lowest lag. If that does not suite you, the ProLite GB2488HSU itself comes with 5 screen modes covering a variety of purposes: Standard, Sport Game, FPS Game, Strategy Game and Text.

In terms of connectivity, the Iiyama ProLite GB2488HSU comes packed with a DVI-DL, two HDMI, a DisplayPort, a USB HUB. Speakers are also provided, though true gamers are bound to have their high-end ultimate gear made out of 5.1 or 7.1 professional speakers.

The 24-inch Iiyama ProLite monitor measures at a range of 13 cm with pivot function for portrait mode if required, having a price tag set of around €319 / $440 / £263 and will be available starting from March 13th in Europe.

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New EIZO 27-inch ColorEdge Monitors Display 99% of the Adobe RGB Color Space

EIZO has announced two 27-inch monitors to its lineup, the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 color management monitors, targeting professionals from digital photography, prepress, video editing, and other similar fields of expertise.

The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 are said to offer a new wide IPS panel range which reproduces 99 percent of Adobe RGB color space, as well as dark tones which retain depth even when the screen is viewed at an angle in a dimly lit photographic or post production studio. Having LED technology, the monitors also reduce power consumption by 40 percent and uses brightness modulation technology to minimize flickering and eye fatigue.

“The calibration system is astonishing – for the first time I can calibrate my screen without professional help. The colors are entirely in line with what comes out of my large printers, so no guessing anymore; just true what you see is what you get.” said photographer Carl De Keyzer of Magnum Photos.

EIZO has been stated to use its own Digital Uniformity Equalizer technology, having Delta-E difference of three or less across the screen and also counterbalancing the influences which a fluctuating ambient temperature may have on color temperature and brightness. Another EIZO feature incorporated in the ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 is the ColorNavigator calibration software, which is used for setting the target values for brightness, gamma, and white point, and generating an ICC profile. The ColorNavigator even has a scheduling function that activates the self-calibration and self-correction functions for both monitors.

In terms of video editing, the ColorEdge CG277 presents a 3D look-up table which adjusts color individually on a RGB cubic table. Along with the ColorNavigator software’s emulation function, the 3D LUT is said to apply a film look to the image, allowing users to see how a preview image will be seen by their audience.

The ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 monitors have DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI-D connectivity, a 10-bit display with more than one billion colors displayed simultaneously from a 16-bit look-up table via the DisplayPort input, a USB hub with two upstream and downstream ports, stable brightness chromaticity and tone characteristics within seven minutes after power on, ergonomic stand with 25° tilt, 344° swivel, portrait mode, and 151.5 mm height adjustment, as well as a five-year manufacturer’s limited warranty including the LCD panel and a 12-month pixel defect warranty for the CG277 model.

Both the EIZO ColorEdge CG277 and CX271 monitors will start shipping late March or Early April, depending on country and release date. No price has been confirmed for either monitor just yet.

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HP To Announce Its First Chromebox Desktops, Release Date Said To Be This Spring

After Asus and Samsung revealed their version of Chromebox Desktops, it seems that HP is plunging into the game as well with the announcement that they will release their first Chromebox desktops this spring.

HP as stated that the Chromeboxes will come in four different colors: white black, turquoise and silver. They have not specified any dimensions for the ‘box’, however they said that “the box is small enough to place in a travel bag and can be mounted to the wall or the back of your monitor”.

In terms of specs, the HP Chromebox will have a 4th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, a HDMI and Display Port, and four USB 3.0 ports. Nothing more has been confirmed about its specs at this point, though HP is bound to give more details later on.

HP is known to be selling Windows computers and Android devices. Google’s Chrome OS is just an addition to its variety of products. What is interesting though is the price of HP’s Chromebox devices. Looking at Asus, it has tagged its Chromebox with a price of $179. Since HP is just releasing its first Chrome-based desktops, it will surely bring a competitive price to keep up with competition.

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Asus Revealed Their Haswell-powered Chrome OS Desktop mini-PC

Asus has revealed a long-teased machine based on Google’s Chrome OS under the name of Chromebox. The specs for Asus’s ChromeOS-powered box-shaped PC are just enough for a tiny, web-surfing PC, and just about it.

The Asus Chromebox is said to feature a choice of CPUs from the Intel Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, and Core i7-4600U processors. There is apparently room for just 2GB of RAM. DDR3 at a maximum frequency of 1600 MHz. There is also a 64 GB SSD included having the latest M.2, also known as NGFF, spec. Along with the SSD, Asus has strapped in a 100GB Google Drive subscription free for two years ( it being $4.99 per month when it ends, or the price currently available after two years if it changes ).

Moving on to the other features, the Asus Chromebox comes with a 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity card, having v4.0 of Bluetooth if you want to sync your smartphone or use any peripheral gadget with it, such as headset, mouse or keyboard. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet port to support ultra-fast interenet speeds.

When talking about display compatibility, the Chromebox comes with a HDMI port, DisplayPort and four 3.0 ports. Looking on the front of the ‘box’, we see a card reader for quickly accessing your camera’s memory drive and downloading your pictures fast and easy.

Asus has said that the Chromebox will start to ship somewhere around mid-March and will cost around $179 for the basic model, meaning the one that comes with the Intel Celeron 2955U. There will also be an option to add a wireless keyboard and mouse to your purchase, bumping the price up if choosing to do so.

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Gigabyte Aorus X7 High-end Gaming Notebook Preview

It appears that “Aorus” is in fact Gigabyte’s new line of gaming notebooks, much like Alienware is to Dell. Therefore, Aorus is a sub-brand of Gigabyte with high-end gaming notebooks under its belt. And the best thing is that the Aorus X7 gaming notebook will debut at CES 2014.

Gigabyte will showcase the whole line of Aorus gaming notebooks at CES 2014 in January. The notebook in spotlight today is the Aorus X7, it is powered by 4th generation Intel Core i7 Haswell processor and NVIDIA GTX 700 series graphics. There is not much reveal in-terms of specifications except for that it houses a 17-inch display and some shots of its exterior. The notebook has a simple yet attractive design, with Aorus logo at the top.

According to the pictures, Aorus X7 comes with VGA, 2 x HDMI and one mini DisplayPorts along with one SD card slot and USB 3.0 ports for external storage. Standard audio jacks plus a full-size keyboards makes up the Auros X7. Benchmarks and details of the notebook will be revealed at CES in January.

Auros X7 sure looks powerful but at the same time quite bulky but its normal for a gaming with a few exceptions of course. Razer’s Blade and MSI’s GT70 are two very powerful yet slim notebooks but if Gigabyte’s Aorus X7 houses SLI NVIDIA graphics with super fast SSDs in RAID then the thickness can be ignored. For more details stay tuned since CES 2014 is just 8 days away.

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Radeon R9 270X OC with 4 GB Memory Launched By GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE launched the Radeon R9 270X graphics cards with double the standard memory amount. The GV-R927XOC-4GD, available in a standard edition and one with a Battlefield 4 Origin key, features 4 GB of GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit wide memory interface, clocked at 5.60 GHz, at which the GPU has 179 GB/s of memory bandwidth at its disposal. The card features a long, non-reference design PCB, and the company’s new generation WindForce 3X cooler, which together give the card a high-end look when installed. 4 GB of memory makes the R9 270X meet the recommended system requirements of Battlefield 4.

The factory-overclocked card offers 1050 MHz base GPU clock, and 1100 MHz PowerTune Boost frequency. The card draws power from a pair of 6-pin PCIe power connectors, display outputs include a pair of dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2. Based on the 28 nm “Curacao” silicon, the Radeon R9 270X features 1,280 GCN2 stream processors, 80 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. It features a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface. Its API support includes DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, and Mantle. GIGABYTE didn’t reveal pricing of the two.

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