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.

Dell Announces UltraSharp U2717D Featuring InfinityEdge Bezels

The Dell UltraSharp range offers absolutely fantastic colour reproduction via IPS technology and even includes models designed for professional photo editing. Not only that, the UltraSharp 3-year premium panel guarantee allows you to easily swap the monitor for a replacement if any dead pixels, or IPS bleeding becomes problematic. In contrast to this, some manufacturers deem 5 non-performing pixels or 3 bright pixels to be within the acceptable range. On another note, Dell monitors utilize a fantastic stand containing tilt, swivel, height adjustment and the option to change the monitor’s orientation.

Today, the company unveiled their latest display which opts for a 27-inch IPS panel and incredibly thin bezel design. Furthermore, the monitor has a resolution of 2560×1440 running at a 60Hz refresh rate. The response time is 6ms (GTG) and shouldn’t cause any major ghosting in games unless you’re a professional player. On another note, the monitor sports a 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. Of course, there is a dynamic contrast but these figures are always pretty useless. As you might expect, the panel utilize a 3H anti-glare coating to minimize reflections. I would recommend a cautious approach when cleaning this though as I’ve seen the coating scratch quite easily in the past.

According to Dell, the monitor is suited to multi-display configurations because of the InfinityEdge bezels. From the images provided, the bezels look fairly thin but it’s not really ground-breaking. In terms of inputs, the monitor includes DisplayPort 1.2, mDP 1.2, and HDMI 1.4a (with MHL support). There’s also a USB 3.0 hub to easily connect peripherals or USB memory sticks.

From a technical standpoint, the display is impressive and the small bezels should help to create a wonderful multi-monitor experience. However, I do feel more consumers are going down to the 21:9 single monitor route instead. Unfortunately, Dell didn’t reveal any information regarding pricing or availability but I’m sure this will be disclosed very soon.

ASUS Controlled 40% of The Gaming Monitor Market in 2015

The gaming monitor market incorporates a huge array of display technologies, screen sizes, and a host of other unique selling points. This allows the end-user to select a product which suits their specific requirements and most importantly, their budget. Whether you’re opting for a 16:9 144Hz TN 1920×1080 panel, or 21:9 60Hz IPS 3440×1440 monitor, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range has proved to be a popular choice due to the unique styling and large choice of models. For example, the original ROG Swift opted for a TN panel with 144Hz refresh rate to offer impeccable response times. As a result, professional gamers found it to be the perfect balance between visual quality and responsiveness. Since then, ASUS has released an IPS model, and a more budget-friendly FreeSync edition.

It’s no surprise that according to sources close to DigiTimes, ASUS accounted for 40% of gaming monitor sales in 2015:

“The sources estimate that worldwide gaming monitor shipments will reach at least 800,000 units in 2015 with Asustek accounting for 40% of the volume thanks to strong sales in Europe, North American and Taiwan.”

Traditionally, ASUS has focused on producing high-end 16:9 displays, but this changed with the PG348Q. This particular monitor utilizes a 3440×1440 IPS panel and adopts a very unusual aesthetic design. Unlike many 3440×1440 screens, the monitor supports G-Sync and a 100Hz refresh rate. As you might expect, this unbelievable display costs in the UK just shy of £1000 and designed for very expensive systems. Personally, I love the 21:9 aspect ratio and feel this is the perfect monitor especially with the curved display. Sadly, It’s slightly out of my price range and I’m perfectly happy with a non-curved 60Hz 3440×1440 monitor. Hopefully, the success of ASUS’ monitor range will reduce prices and enable the company to make cheaper options. One area they do need to keep working hard on is the RMA process which requires greater Quality Control.

Basic Solid State Drive Features Explained

When we report on storage news as well as in our reviews, we use a lot of terms and features that might not be familiar to everyone. The words and acronyms sound good and you chose your products based on whether they are present or not. But what do they actually mean? That is something that I’ll try to explain a little more today. I think there is a little bit for everyone here, whether you’re an advanced system builder or new to the area.

First I’ll start out with the basic features that are present in almost any storage drive these days, whether it’s a flash drive, hard disk drive, or solid state drive, and then slowly move on to the more exclusive features further down.


S.M.A.R.T.

S.M.A.R.T. is the most basic feature that you’ll find and at the same time it is one of the most useful ones. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology and it is a way for the drive to keep track of itself and let you have access to the information too. There are many tools out there that can read out the information for you and most systems can also keep track of them trough BIOS and chipset functions. A simple and free tool to get access to the information is CrystalDiskInfo.

Most SMART values are can be two values, either good or bad, but there are a few that keep track of total reads, writes, and power-on hours as well. An application like CrystalDiskInfo will also show you the expected health status as you can see in the image above.

S.M.A.R.T. can also include self-tests that can be run manually or scheduled by a lot of systems. The short and long tests will check electrical and mechanical performance and are basically identical. The short will only test small parts of the area where the long test will test the entire surface of the disk with no time limit.


TRIM

TRIM, also know as a Trim command, is a way for the operating system to inform a solid state drive which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped. Internally, SSD operations are quite a bit different from HDD operations and TRIM was created because of that. The typical way in which operating systems handle deletes and formats would result in progressive performance degradation of write operations on SSDs.

With TRIM, the SSD is able to handle the garbage collection itself and free up the cells for new writes. We all know that a deleted file in the operating system doesn’t mean a deleted file on the drive, not until the physical location of the file has been overwritten. A mechanical drive handles a write and an overwrite action the same way, but an SSD doesn’t. It would first need to erase the area before it can write there again. It also means that a deleted file is gone ones the Trim command has processed the area.

There are manual tools to trigger the Trim command, but they’re aren’t needed if you got a modern operating system. There are independent tools for it and pretty much any SSD toolbox and software also has a button to send the command to the drive. This is a thing that we can expect to see removed from such software in the future as it’s fully automatic now.


Garbage Collection

Garbage collection is basically the same function, except that the garbage collection is performed on a drive level where TRIM is an operating system function. In return, it means that it also works on systems that don’t support TRIM and helps to keep the performance up.

I could go a lot into detail about how it works, but then we’re missing the point of easy information in this article. Without TRIM or garbage collection, the SSD doesn’t know what files have been marked as deleted and aren’t no longer needed. Those deleted data might still be moved around on the drive itself when it is optimizing and that will result in a lot of extra writes. There are many ways this is implemented in drives and it comes down to the drive itself, the controller, and manufacturer how exactly it works.


Wear Leveling

There are two types of wear leveling, dynamic and static. Static is also sometimes referred to as global wear leveling and it is this type that we usually find in solid state drives. Dynamic wear leveling, on the other hand, is mostly found on flash drives. Both types will attempt to use all physical flash equally so one chip doesn’t burn out before the rest and render the drive useless. Where the static will do this on the entire drive, the dynamic will only do this with memory blocks that get replacement data. The static wear leveling is a little slower but gives the drive a longer life expectancy. It doesn’t just help to prolong the life of the drives, it also helps with a more even performance.


DevSleep

DevSleep, DevSlp, or Device Sleep are all words for the same thing and it is the newest and most effective way for drives to enter a low-power sleep mode. In traditional low-power modes, the SATA link still needed to remain powered on to allow the device to receive a wake-up signal again. With DevSlp, the rarely used 3.3 V power connection is used instead to send the signal, allowing the drive to enter an even deeper sleep state by turning off more functions. The return is an even faster response time when it wakes up again and less power consumption. This is particularly useful for notebook users.


PFM+, IPS, and more

These are all synonyms for basically the same function, so I’ll stick with one that is present in one of the drives that we’ve recently reviewed: Power failure management plus (PFM+) that is present in OCZ’s Vector 180 series. With different names, they all perform the same function: get as much data safely to the storage drive in case of a power failure. There are extra capacitors in the drive that store currency in order to flush more data to the flash cells before all the power is gone. The capacitors also ensure that all metadata is safe and that the drive will continue to operate normally after a power loss, i.e. the NAND mapping table won’t be lost, which can brick the drive or at least slow down the next boot up as the drive has to go through a recovery process. This used to be a feature reserved to enterprise class drives, but we see it enter more and more enthusiast drives too.


ECC

ECC or Error Correction Code is present in a lot of devices and it is no different for solid state drives. It is an extra code that allows the drive to correct minor errors in sector reads and to recover data from sectors that have gone bad while storing that data in the spare sectors. It is basically what it says it is. It corrects errors.

Low-density parity-check (LDPC) is the go-to standard today for multiple reasons that I won’t go to much into here. In the past, it was rather BCH that was used, but that isn’t an effective method for modern SSDs. To say it short, LPDC allows you to correct more errors for the same ratio of user data to ECC parity. With ECC, fewer actions have to be repeated in case something goes wrong which in return gives a better overall performance.

ViewSonic Unleashes New Gaming Monitors @ CES 2016

CES 2016: ViewSonic isn’t the first name you would associate with premium gaming monitors as their focus tends to remain on the mainstream market. However, this year, the company is launching a total of 8 new displays which target various price points. The most interesting models are the XG2401, XG2700-4K and XG2703-GS. The XG2401 features a 24-inch, 1920×1080 TN panel with 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology. Priced at $404, this is a great choice for competitive gaming at 1080P, although competition in this field is quite fierce.

In contrast to this, the XG2700-4K is targeted more towards single player gamers wanting a 27-inch 3840×2160 panel with 178-degree viewing angles and superior colours via an IPS panel. The compromise to this is a 60Hz refresh rate, although FreeSync should help in this regard. In terms of pricing, the monitor will go on sale in late January for $913.

Finally, ViewSonic’s flagship product contains a 2560×1440 resolution, IPS panel and whopping 165Hz refresh rate. Not only that, the monitor supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync which many perceive as technically superior to AMD’s alternative in certain usage scenarios. As expected, this high-end specification comes at a fairly eye-watering price of $1217 and scheduled for a March release. In an interview with ViewSonic’s technical lead, I asked about the possibility of any 21:9 monitors entering their product range. Sadly, this doesn’t seem likely for some time due to the focus on making 16:9 displays and catering to a wider audience.

What’s the maximum you would pay for a gaming monitor?

Philips Presents 241P6VPJKEB 23.8-Inch UHD 4K Monitor

Just because you desk might be space restrained doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy the quality enhancements that a 4K UHD monitor can bring along. Philips Monitors presented their latest offering in this category and it is one of the first sub 24-inch 4K monitors to be available.

At 23.8 inches, the 241P6VPJKEB display completes the UltraClear 4K UHD lineup with a new and smaller model. it features an UltraClear 4K UHD panel with 1.074 billion colours, 99% SRGB colour standard and also comes with an integrated webcam and microphone for handsfree communication.

UHD delivers four times the resolution of a normal HD monitor, allowing you to see a lot more details. This is particularly useful for graphic editing and should the size get to small, then you can just zoom in and still enjoy a better picture.

The AH-IPS panel offers 10-bit colour depth with 1.074 billion colours for smooth, natural reproduction without gradations and banding effects. With over 99% sRGB support, users can be confident that any and all of the one billion colours they see on the display all are vivid and true to life. The monitor features wide viewing angles of 178 degrees in all directions. This makes it work just as well in portrait mode as it does in the normal desktop mode, which both are supported by the included stand.

The display supports MultiView that allows you to view the content from two input sources at the same time. MHL technology allows users to enjoy mobile content from smartphones or other devices on the big screen and you can also use the USB 3.0 hub to hook up devices and recharge them fast. The built-in stereo speakers have 2W each and the built-in webcam has a 2-megapixel resolution. The available display ports are one VGA (Analogue ), one DVI-Dual Link (digital, HDCP), one DisplayPort, and one HDMI (2.0) – MHL (3.0).

The new Philips 241P6VPJKEB/00 display comes with an MSRP of £369 and it will be available at the end of November 2015.

Transcend Announces SSD570 2.5″ SATA III SLC SSD

Transcend announced a new SSD and this one is designed more for industrial and embedded applications than consumer systems. The new Transcend SSD570 solid state drive is built with SLC NAND for reliability and comes with a great feature set.

The Transcend SSD570 features the normal SMART, TRIM, Garbage collection, and wear leveling features that we find in all SSDs these days, but it also comes with the newer Device Sleep mode to decrease power consumption when idle as well as IPS function to prevent loss of data. The Intelligent Power Shield (IPS) function assures more data volume being written into flash chips in the event of sudden power loss. IPS function prolongs the time before the SSD enters write protection mode at the onset of power cut-off to ensure data integrity and to prevent the SSD from damage during a sudden power failure or blackouts. The Transcend SSD570 also features built-in ECC to give it a complete feature set for its designated field of operations.

The SSD570 is built with Transcend’s own  TS6500 SSD controller and high-quality SLC NAND flash. It can perform sequential reads with up to 510MB/s and writes up to 450MB/s. The use of SLC NAND over MLC NAND should give higher stability in data retention and longer endurance as well as lower error rates.

Transcend SSD570 is available in 64GB and 128GB and backed by a three-year limited warranty.

MMD Refreshes E-Line Displays with 3 New Philips Models

MMD, a leading brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announced a refreshed line-up of consumer displays with three new models. The first new monitor is a 23-inch version using an AH-IPS panel while the last two monitors feature PLS LED panels and are 24-inch and 27-inch respectively. All three of the latest E-Line displays are said to “offer vivid, true-to-life colours and wide-angle viewing, styled in an elegance-inspired design for a light, fresh face in any home or office.”

IPS panels are the preferred ones by most people, so let’s start with the 237E (237E7QDSB) 23-inch monitor. The stand and frame is a glossy black finish with edge-to-edge glass and narrow borders. The narrow borders give minimal viewing distractions and also allow easy setups with multiple monitors. For an extra sleek look, the front border is kept free of touch buttons, instead the monitor features a discreetly placed EasySelect toggle key on the rear to make quick adjustments to monitor settings. You can spot the EasySelect key on the bottom left side in the photo below.

The EasyToogle button is present on all three new monitors, also on the 24-inch 246E (246E7QDSW) and 27-inch 276E (276E7QDSW) monitors. You also get the same 178-degree viewing angles, Full-HD resolution at 60Hz, and a 250 cd/m² brightness on all three models.

Besides the difference in panel type, the three new Philips monitors are almost identical. The 24-inch and 27-inch monitors use PLS LED technology and aren’t black. Instead, they are available in a glossy white finish with a slim and elegant metal stand. Colour-wise, the two can reproduce 82% of the NTSC colour gamut.

All three displays come with technology features such as Philips Flicker-free, SmartContrast, Economy mode, and SmartImage Lite. Connection wise you get an analog VGA D-Sub connector, a digital HDCP DVI-D connector, and an MHL-HDMI connector, making them suitable for almost any system. That even goes for mobile devices that are MHL-capable. With an optional MHL cable, you can connect it directly and charge the mobile device at the same time.

The new Philips displays 237E7QDSB, 246E7QDSW and 276E7QDSW will be available at the beginning of November at £149, £159 and £219 respectively.

AOC Presents New IPS Displays With Asymmetric Stand

AOC expanded their line of stylish monitors with two new ones, a 23.8-inch model called the AOC I2481FXH and a 27-inch model called the AOC I2781FH. Both monitors are basically the same except for the difference in size. They come with an IPS panel for a great visual experience, but sadly only with full HD resolution. The monitors also feature the unique looking and asymmetrical stand.

The two monitors feature a very narrow bezel for that suits the overall design very well. The bezel of the 23.8-inch AOC I2481FXH is a mere 7.5 mm wide and the bezel on the 27-inch I2781FH model is just 9.9 mm.

The monitors feature a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a 4ms grey to grey refresh rate. The flicker-free technology that regulates brightness without flickering should further enhance the already great visual experience that these monitors will give while reducing the eye strain. The monitors come with three display connectors, two HDMI and one D-Sub VGA, allowing you to easily connect both modern and older devices at the same time.

The AOC I2481FXH will be available October 2015 and the AOC I2781FH will follow in December. Their MSRPs will be £139 and £199 respectively, which isn’t all that bad. As with all of its displays, AOC offers a 3-year warranty that includes on-site exchange service.

AOC Reveals U3277PQU and Q3277PQU 32-Inch Monitors

AOC has unveiled its new U3277PQU and Q3277PQU 32-inch Monitors. Though both units share the same aesthetic design, the pair offer different resolution options. The U3277PQU boasts 4K Ultra (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution, whereas the Q3277PQU has a WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) screen.

Featuring an AMVA-IPS display panel, the Q3277PQU has a 178o/178o viewing angle, a 4ms (GTG) response time, 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, dynamic mega-contrast ratio, 30-bit colour (1.07 billion colours), with dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2 (for 60 Hz support), and HDMI 1.4 with MHL support (for 30 Hz) inputs.

The U3277PQU, meanwhile, with its IPS display panel, also has a 178o/178o viewing angle, plus 30-bit colour (1.07 billion colours), a 4ms (GTG) response time, 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, dynamic mega-contrast ratio, and DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI with MHL support display inputs.

The screens include the Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture intelligent features, which allows users to view images from two different sources simultaneously. The large size and high resolutions make both monitors ideal for home power users, photographers, and designers. Gamers will be pretty satisfied, too.

The U3277PQU will be priced around US $800, while the Q3277PQU will cost around $500. Both models come with a three-year warranty. There is no word on a release date for either model, nor do we know if the pair will come be compatible with G-Sync or FreeSync technology.

Marshall Announces Their Very First Music Dedicated Smartphone

When you hear of Marshall, you are thinking about speakers, headphones or dedicated music gadgets for your instruments. But a Marshall smartphone? That’s something completely new and somewhat interesting.

While Marshall is just ‘borrowing’ the name and not building the actual handset, the thing itself looks pretty good. However, the specs seem a bit low for what they are asking for the flashgrip. It is said that it bears a 4.7-inch 720p IPS LCD screen, Quad-Core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera and a removable 2500mAh battery. Oh yeah, and it also has a MicroSD slot to help extend your storage, should you want to put more music on it.

The flashgrip’s key parts, being a Marshall and all, stand in its music-oriented parts. The handset is said to come with two (loud) front-facing speakers, two headphone jacks, a dedicated button for launching your favourite music app at the top and, surprisingly, a volume rocker to adjust the handset volume. Also, Wolfson seems to handle the audio hub, coming with a Wolfson WM8281 Audio Hub. If you haven’t heard about them, they seem to be named the best in the mobile audio solutions.

What we haven’t mentioned is that the flashgrip is powered by the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OS and comes with a lot of customized music apps. The Marshall handset will be released in the UK, Scandinavia and Baltic states on August 21st, with a price tag of £399. But really now, is it worth the money they ask for what they offer? What do you think?

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information

PC Specialist Lafité Notebook Review

Introduction


When I found out I’d be reviewing this laptop from PC Specialist I decided to check out their site and do some homework to see what I was getting.  Having no hands on experiences with Intel’s new Broadwell chips previous to this meant I finally get a chance to see what all of the Broadwell fuss was out, or perhaps to discover it was just marketing hype. After a while of making the cheapest and most expensive builds possible to curb my curiosity my very own review unit had arrived. Reading the spec list I was given ahead of the arrival, features like “5th Gen i5 Broadwell CPU”, “1080p 13.3″ screen”, “250GB SSD” were all ticking the right boxes to me, but when I seen how remarkably thin the chassis was on the website photos it was then my interest peaked.

The question is though, is it as good as it looks or is it all style and no substance? Let’s get this unboxed and find out!

Specifications

  • Name: PC Specialist Lafité
  • Case: PC Specialist Lafité Silver Aluminium Chassis
  • Processor: Intel® CoreTM i5 Dual Core Processor i5-5200U (2.20GHz, 2.7GHz Turbo)
  • System Memory: 8GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 8GB)
  • Main Boot Drive: 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
  • Graphics card: Intel® HD Graphics 5500
  • Battery: Lafité Series 4 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (6,300mAh)
  • Optical Recovery MediaWindows 8.1 (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Wireless: Gigabit LAN & Wireless Intel® AC-3160 M.2 + Bluetooth
  • Screen: 13.3″ Matte Full HD IPS LED (1920 x 1080)
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
  • Price: £599 as configured Delivered.

Opening the outer box reveals shows the majority of the notebook inner box is surrounded by extremely strong air padding

Removing the air padding reveals the inner box, it may be plain, but there’s no chance of damage in transit here.

The contents merely a few items, including AC Adapter, SSD Manual and PC Specialist handbook

Up close on the power supply.

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

HP Announced Professional DreamColor Z32x 4K and Narrow-Bezel Monitors


HP announced a new monitor that professional artists and other creative people will love, the DreamColor Z32x 4K monitor. The 31.5-inch 4K UHD IPS monitor can display a resolution up to 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz and features the award-winning HP DreamColor technology for exceptional color precision and consistency straight out of the box on a wide 10-bit color spectrum and with 100% sRGB/BT.709 and 99.5% AdobeRGB color coverage.

You can connect a wide array of devices straight to the monitor, including mobile devices via the Mini-DP, DisplayPort, MHL, and two HDMI ports. It also has a built-in four-port USB 3.0 hub and audio out connectors.

It has 4-way, customizable tilt, height adjustment, swivel, and pivot settings to adjust from landscape to portrait to give you the right option for your work. The panel has a 178 degree viewing angle, both horizontal and vertical, a 300cd/m2 brightness, and an 8ms grey to grey response time.

Availability for the HP Z32x DreamColor Display is planned for this summer, but no official word on the pricing yet.

HP Also announced five new monitors in the HP Ultra-Narrow Bezel series. The models HP Z27n (quad-HD), Z25n (quad-HD), Z24n (16:10 aspect ratio), Z24nf (full-HD), and Z24nq (quad-HD), offer edge-to-edge viewing experiences to enhance productivity. The HP Z Displays are also color-calibrated right out of the box and offer a cool and flexible daisy-chain connectivity for up to four displays as well as picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functionality. All models provide an adjustable swivel, tilt, height, and pivot stand and the displays can be used equally side-by-side in either landscape or portrait mode.

The ultra-narrow bezel display planned availability begins in June and pricing is as follows: The HP Z24n costs $379, the HP Z25n costs $429, the Z27n costs $649, the Z24nf costs $299 and finally the Z24nq will cost $379.

NEC Announced 4K 60Hz Capable 65-Inch IPS Monitor

Ultra-High-Definition resolution at 60 Hz, SpectraView Engine and Multi-Picture Mode for enhanced conferencing are just a few of the features from NEC’s newest display, the X651UHD. The 65-inch screen provides crystal clear colours in 4K resolution thanks to the high-performance S-IPS LCD panel with 500 cd/m2 maximum brightness and a 1400:1 contrast ratio.

The new Multi-Picture Mode feature enables up to four simultaneous content feeds to be displayed and manipulated to better serve the customer. The display also has the ability to enhance content non-native to the resolution of the panel. The new UHD Upscaling feature uses algorithms to adjust pixels based on the intensity and color of surrounding pixels in order to provide an even sharper and richer image than traditional upscaling.

“The new 65-inch UHD display offers vivid content and a multitude of application options,” said Keith Yanke, Senior Director of Product Marketing at NEC Display. “Its Multi-Picture Mode feature delivers up to four simultaneous feeds to the display at once, allowing for content flexibility for different digital signage applications, while the SpectraView Engine support gives users the ability to showcase mission-critical color accuracy and adjustment for those applications where colors matter most.”

There is plenty of connectivity on this monitor beside the DisplayPort 1.2. It also has four HDMI 1.4 ports, two Dual-link DVI ports and also comes with two LAN ports, built-in USB hub, and RS232C. Audio is provided by built-in 10W stereo speakers , 3.5mm audio jack, and speaker connections. Such an amount of features and display size needs some power and the X651UHD draws 150W when in use. It also features integrated temperature sensors and thermodynamic cooling fans for the most rigorous digital signage apps and to keep everything running smooth.

NEC’s new X651UHD display will be available in April 2015 at a minimum advertised price of $6,899, but the display ships with a 3-year parts and labor warranty that includes the backlight.

Dell Unveils P2416D 24-inch WQHD Monitor

Dell has revealed its new P2416D monitor, a WQHD (2560×1440), IPS, TN-film panel. The screen offers 99% coverage of the sRGB palette, a wide viewing angle of 178o horizontal/vertical, and 8ms response time (6ms in ‘fast mode’). The monitor has four USB 2.0 ports, VGA input, DisplayPort 1.2 input, D-Sub, and an HDMI 1.4 input.

The Dell P2416D goes on sale later this month for $369.99, covered by a 3-year warranty.

Source: TechPowerUp

ASUS Announces its ROG G501 Alternative, the Zenbook Pro UX501

Asus has released its new addition to the Zenbook series, the Pro UX501. Compared to the ROG G501 gaming ultrabook, the Zenbook alternative looks to differ only in colour scheme and lacks the red keyboard found on the ROG version.

The specs look pretty much the same as the ROG G501, having the Pro UX501 come with a 15.6-inch IPS 1080p or 4K display, Intel’s Core i7-4720HQ CPU, Nvidia’s GTX 960M, 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB SSD, as well as a 1TB 2.5″ HDD.

It is said that the Pro UX501 comes with two battery capacities, fitting either a 4 cell 60 Wh or a 6 cell 96 Wh battery with a life expectancy of up to 6 hours. The Zenbook is available for purchase at stores with a price tag of €1,824.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with his information

Asus Rolls Out its G501 Gaming Notebook, Comes with GTX 960M and 4K Display

Asus has just launched its latest gaming notebook, the G501, featuring the latest solution in mobile GPU, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M. However, the graphics solution is not the only amazing thing to be noticed in this notebook.

The G501 features a completely new design compared to its predecessor. It measures in at just 0.81-inches thick and weighs in at 4.5 lbs, which is quite impressive since the notebook is a 15.6-inch display model.

The display equipped features a resolution of 3840 x 2160 4K IPS, similar to the GX500 model. In terms of specifications, the G501 comes with Intel’s 4th Gen Haswell Core i7 4720HQ and M2 PCIe SSD drives, claiming to deliver up to 1,400 MB/s speeds. Asus has also added a Thunderbolt port, similar to other ROG notebooks.

The Asus G501 is said to be available next month in the US at a starting price of $1,999 which will get you the notebook featuring the Intel Core i7 4720HQ CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB M2 PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M and 4K resolution display specification.

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Philips Announced New 34-Inch 21:9 UltraWide Monitor

MMD Phillips Displays has announced their new addition to the line-up of Philips UltraWide displays, they 34-inch BDM3470UP. The quad HD extra wide resolution is perfect for video editors among others, but especially those want the perfect picture.

The latest Philips display uses advanced AH-IPS LED panels to keep colours consistently bright and accurate even at a 178° viewing angles. The UltraWide 21:9 panoramic view offers room to arrange multiple windows, for side-by-side comparison or for busy multitasking involving a whole range of applications.

It has a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and also features Philips SmartUniformity mode: “with dedicated metrics to assess colour accuracy, the mode is calibrated to deliver at least 95% average luminance uniformity.”

The Philips BDM3470UP also has a big list of connection options. It supports HDMI and MHL for enjoying mobile content on the big screen, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA as well as USB 3.0 for fast data transfers, USB 2.0 for peripherals and even has a USB charging port.

The display also features MultiView technology, which enables users to work with two devices simultaneously and to partition the UltraWide screen area for viewing content from two separate streams.

The new Philips 34-inch BDM3470UP display should be available now at a £749 MSRP.

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The Pirate Bay Has Trouble Finding Safe Harbour

The Pirate Bay has been back online for a couple of weeks now, but it has been far from smooth sailing for the site. The main problem for them is to find an ISP that actually wants to host the site.

Last Friday it went down again for 12hours and according to the Pirate Bay admin, four hosting companies have already jumped ship. TPB is currently using CloudFlare’s CDN services that will hide the real location, but Cloudflare does forward takedown notices to hosting providers and most are not very eager to have TPB as a customer.

TPB’s main goal at the moment is to bring back stability to the site after which spammers and malicious links will be dealt with as well as reopening of the registration.

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Acer Announced Aspire V17 Nitro Notebook with RealSense 3D Camera

 

Acer announced the new Aspire V 17 Nitro notebooks that feature the advanced Intel RealSense 3D camera. With a camera that can understand and respond to natural movements in three dimensions, Aspire V Nitro will take their owners to a new level of navigation. It also enables 3D scanning, 3D model generating and then printing on a 3D printer, or sharing on social media for that matter.

“Acer believes three-dimensional computing offers unlimited potential for both professional and consumer uses,” said Jerry Kao, President of Acer Notebook Business Group. “Business applications include 3D modeling, mapping, and architectural design, while the most popular consumer uses will likely include augmented reality gaming, and simple PC navigation and control.”

Acer V 17 Nitro notebook models include large 17.3-inch Full HD IPS displays and are powered by a 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics. They also come with up to 16GB of memory, 128GB or 256GB solid state drives, and up to 1TB of hard disk storage.

Of course the newest 802.11ac wireless networks are support with dual band antennas on both the 2.4GHz and 5GZ frequencies. It also includes Acer Dustfender to clear out build-up dirt inside the system to keep it longing stable and silent for a long period of time. Four built-in speakers provide Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater sound and depending on model they come with either Blu-ray or DVD drives.

The new Aspire V17 Nitro notebooks with 3D camera will become available throughout January with varying prices depending on configuration.

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BenQ Announced the BL3201PH 32-Inch 4K2K IPS Monitor

BenQ has announced their latest monitor designed for CAD/CAM users, the BL3201PH 32-inch monitor with a 4K2K resolution of 3840×2160. While some might argue that this isn’t true 4K2K format, it’s the common term used by the industry itself and the width limitation comes from the 16:9 format instead of 19:10 as the format originally has.

Terminology aside, this looks like a stunning monitor featuring an IPS display with a 100-percent sRGB colour space that renders accurate and true-to-life colours. It has a static contrast of 1000 to 1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 20 million to 1, 178-degree viewing angles, and a 4ms grey to grey response time. Adjustment features include 150mm height,  -5 to 20 degrees tilt, and 45 degrees swivel in each direction.

One of the unique features of this monitor compared to the average consumer monitor is the CAD/CAM mode that alters the monitor’s colour and contrast settings to view highly detailed graphics information without ever missing a line again. The BL3201PH also got the Solidworks Certification to meet industrial demands for professional design monitors.

There are plenty of connection options on the BL3201PH with a DVI-DL port, two HDMI1.4 ports, a DisplayPport v 1.2, and a mini-DisplayPport 1.2. Audio connections are covered by headphone and line in jacks and it comes with built-in 5W stereo speakers. For the easy connectivity of other devices, it comes with a 5-port USB 3 hub where three ports are on the rear and two on the side.

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BenQ Unveils 24″ SW2401PT QHD IPS Photography Monitor

BenQ has unveiled their new SW2401PT monitor with a 24-inch QHD IPS display. The new monitor is announced as the world’s first professional photography monitor that combines a selection of high-end features for highly reliable color accuracy, fidelity, consistency, and seamless compatibility with today’s DSLR cameras.

The QHD IPS display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and includes a 99-percent Adobe RGB color space. The monitor allows for hardware calibration to allow users to adjust the image-processing chip easily without changing the graphics card output data. It also has two preset modes to create personalized calibration settings, a 14-bit 3D LUT which improves RGB color blending and DeltaE<2 in both Adobe RGB and sRG color spaces, in addition to both an OSD controller and a Black-and-White viewing mode.

The increased resolution on this monitor will give 77% more work-area over a normal full-HD monitor, something that is welcome by anyone working with photos and images. It also features BenQ’s RevolutionEyes technology and ZeroFlicker to reduce eye strain when working over long periods at the screen.

Even though this monitor is presented as part of the lineup for CES 2015, you don’t have to wait to get it. The BenQ SW2401PT is said to be available now at an $499 MSRP.

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LG Create Quantum Dot Technology for Even Better Colours

IPS panels already have a great colour accuracy, but not good enough for the people over at LG. They have created the Quantum Dot technology to increase the colour accuracy as much as 30 percent.

The technology displays an extremely wide color gamut, making it ideal for 4K content. The technology works by harnessing nano crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers where each dot emits a different color depending on its size. By adding a film of those quantum dots in front of the LCD backlight, picture color reproduction rate and overall brightness are significantly improved.

“Quantum dot’s vibrant and vivid color reproduction capabilities brings LG’s LCD TVs to the next level when it comes to picture quality,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The addition of ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology to our TV lineup positioned under our award-winning OLED TVs further establishes LG as a leading provider of the most diverse and innovative TV display technologies in the industry.”

The new technology will, as so much these days, be displayed at CES in Vegas this coming January and the release also stated that the TVs made with this technology are both free of cadmium and other toxic heavy metals.

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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

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LG Reveals The First Ever 21:9 Ultra-Wide With An IPS Display

LG look set to dominate the higher end of the 21:9 ultra-wide display market as they become the first company to reveal an IPS display unit. IPS (In-plane Switching) has a greater viewing angle and are regarded as much more accurate in terms of colour reproduction, and of being a higher quality panel in general when compared to TN panels. There are a fair few 21:9 ultra-wide displays on the market right now, but all of them featured TN or similar panel technology and IPS were nowhere to be seen.

The new LG 34UC97 features a AH-IPS panel, with an ultra-wide 21:9 screen format and a resolution of 3440 x 1440 over is 32.7″ display; the viewing angle is an impressive 178/178 °. Connectivity is well catered for, with Thunderbolt 2 interface, 2 HDMI ports, DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports; the monitor also features a pair of MAXX Audio 7w speakers. All the usual high-end features are here too, such as the Adobe RGB colour Gamut (99%) standards, LG’s true colour pro calibration software; Dual Colour Space.

The monitor has already started shipping worldwide with a price of $1,299 and if professional content editors were staying away from curved displays due to the lack of IPS panels, this could be the one to tempt them over to a less flat work space.

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LG to Unveil World’s First 21:9 Curved IPS Ultrawide Monitor at IFA 2014

LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its newest IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) and other compelling monitor offerings at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The world’s first monitor to incorporate a curved IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch monitor provides remarkable picture quality and a range of convenient connectivity options. Also to be introduced at IFA 2014 will be the stunning Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) and the feature-packed Gaming Monitor (model 24GM77), both combining superior performance with modern style and versatile functionality.

LG’s flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts with extra screen real estate so users can get more done in less time. By adding a gentle curve to a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, LG has created a unique product that delivers a more immersive experience. The Quad HD resolution display with 3440 x 1440 pixels gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of detail and accuracy that their work demands. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the LG 34UC97 monitor easily handles heavy graphics and videos with ease on either system and supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers, four times faster than USB 3.0, and allows multiple devices to be daisy chained together. The monitor also features MAXX AUDIO and 7W stereo speaker system guaranteed to deliver peak audio performance across all frequencies.

In addition to the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor, LG will be unveiling its Digital Cinema 4K Monitor for the first time at this year’s IFA. LG’s Digital Cinema 4K Monitor meets the Digital Cinema Initiative’s standard for 4K resolution displays, squeezing 4096 x 2160 pixels into a 31-inch screen, for resolution equivalent to four Full HD monitors. The 31MU97 model allows professionals such as movie editors to watch original 4K content the way it was meant to be seen. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor employs an LG IPS 4K display that provides ultra-sharp images with a wide viewing angle. Able to reproduce 99 percent of the Adobe RGB colour space, this monitor is an ideal choice for film professionals as well as for those working in design and photography. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor comes hardware calibration-ready and also features Dual Colour Space and LG’s exclusive True Colour Pro calibration software.

“Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry’s biggest monitor manufacturers don’t seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, innovation in display technologies isn’t just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that’s why we’re particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience.”

Gamers will especially appreciate LG’s 24GM77 new Gaming Monitor which is specifically designed to handle the fast-paced action of the latest first person shooters (FPS). A refresh rate of 144Hz ensures that even the most intense action appears smooth and flicker-free, while LG’s Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) Mode drastically cuts input lag, enabling the player to respond faster to what’s happening on the screen. Other notable features include Black Stabilizer for consistent blacks across different scenes and Game Mode, which offers three optimized settings that can be applied quickly by pressing a hotkey on the monitor, with the option to create customized presets. And Motion 240, developed exclusively for the Gaming Monitor, helps minimize motion blur with a fast response time of less than 1ms.

LG’s next generation advanced PC monitors will be on display at IFA 2014 in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.

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Maingear Release Pulse 15 Gaming Laptop, Features 3K IPS Display

Maingear have just revealed their new Pulse 15 gaming laptop and much like the Pulse 14 and Pulse 17, the 15 is now their thinnest ever 15″ gaming laptop and it features all the best components to match its high-end aesthetics.

Measuring at just under 1 inch thick and weighing less than 4 pounds, the Pulse 15 is equipped with a high quality 3K (2880 x 1620) resolution IPS display, the Pulse 15 will be great for gaming and productivity, cramming a lot of visual detail into that compact display. The display is driven by a powerful Intel Core i74710HQ CPU which runs at 2.5GHz up to 3.5GHz in boost mode, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M with 3GB of memory, making the Pulse 15 more powerful than any other 15″ gaming notebook on the market.

Technical Specification:

  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
  • Display: 15.6 inch wide-view IPS LCD display with resolution of 2880 x 1620
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4710HQ
  • Memory: 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 – 1600Mhz
  • Hard Drive: Up to 1 TB HDD and 2x 256 GB mSata SSD’s
  • Network Adapter: Killer E2200 LAN, Intel 802.11ac wireless
  • Audio: Sound Blaster Cinema 2 with 2 speakers and 1 sub-woofer
  • Media Card Reader: Built in 7-in-1 Media Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/SD/Mini-SD)
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows 8 Home, Professional or Ultimate 64-Bit
  • Battery: Li-Polymer Lithium-Ion
  • I/O Ports: 1 HDMI out, 4 USB 3.0, 2 mini display ports, , 1 RJ-45 LAN
  • Dimensions: (W)15.25″ x (H)0.75″ x (D)10.5″
  • Weight: 3.75lbs.

There are a few hardware choices available for the Pulse 15, as well as a customisable exterior style, and a comprehensive three year hardware warranty. Prices start at $2,199.

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