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.

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Acer Revealed the H7550ST Short Throw Projector

Acer has revealed their newest short-throw projector with wireless versatility and 20W integrated audio, the H7550ST. It is also the world’s first projector to provide internal Chromecast compatibility.

“Our newest home entertainment projector is one of our best yet,” said Simon Hwang, Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group. “Leading short throw technology increases flexibility in placement options, while a wireless adapter makes transferring and projecting data easier and more convenient than ever. Home cinema enthusiasts will be thrilled with the Full HD visuals combined with dynamic 20W stereo audio with built-in DTS Sound that make movies and games breathtakingly lifelike.”

The H7550ST has a native display resolution of 1920 x 1080p and can display pictures up to 100 inches from as little as 1.5 meters distance. The projector has a brightness of 3000 lumens and a 16000:1 contrast ratio. Sound can be provided by the two internal 10W stereo speakers, optional Bluetooth speakers, or the ordinary audio out connections and comes with built-in DTS Sound.

For added convenience, a hidden adapter enables data to be transferred and projected wirelessly from a smartphone, PC or Chromebook leveraging user’s own Chromecast, an Acer MWA3 MHL dongle or Acer WirelessHD, which delivers 60Hz Full HD 3D movies without having to change settings when used with a HDMI cable connected to a media player.

The Acer H7550ST short throw projector will be available in March in Pan America and EMEA with an MSRP of $999.00.

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BenQ Will Show WiFi Home Theater Projectors at CES

BenQ announced a long-range of monitors they’ll be having with them at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and we’ve presented you with them over the past couple weeks. But monitors aren’t the only thing BenQ creates, and as such they’ll also be bringing along their new HT1075 and HT1085ST Home Theater Projectors for Big Screen Enjoyment.

The short throw projectors can project an image up to 100 inch from just 5 feet away, and they do that with a native Full HD resolution, Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) and over 1 billion colours as well as 3D readiness. Optionally, they can be upgraded with wireless capabilities with a range of up to 100 feet. The projectors come with built-in speakers for even more convenience and the setup is said to be a one-time thing and very easy.

The brightness of 2200 ANSI lumen and 10,000:1 contrast should give you some great movie, sports, tv and gaming visuals directly on your wall. The projectors won’t blow your wallet either, at least they’re said not to. The listing I could find so far point more towards a list reservation than actual prices. Amazon UK has the HT1085ST listed for around £1,050.00 while the HT1075 is listed for around £1,725.00. As you clearly see, these prices must be far off and due to early listings.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

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AOC Launch New IPS Panels Featuring ONKYO Audio

It’s safe to say that the built-in speakers that we get in many of todays monitors are not exactly what I would call outstanding. Generally they are ideal for the system audio output that we get in say Skype, Windows and other various applications, however if you’re thinking about watching a film or listen to music through them, you really are better off either using headphones or simply getting a proper powered speaker system.

Whilst there have been one or two panels that have cropped up over the last few years that boast better audio, they have not really been all round performers with less attention to detail going into the visual performance than we would typically see. As one of the leading monitor manufacturers in today’s market, AOC have announced the arrival of two new 23.8″ IPS panels which have been paired up with a set of ONKYO speakers in the base to give a far richer audio experience.

The two monitors, which are virtually identical to each other feature LED backlit IPS panels sporting full HD 1920 x 1080 resolutions with a 5ms response time, VGA and two HDMI inputs (one with MHL support) and two 7W speakers from ONKYO. The difference between the i2473Pwm panel with an MSRP of around £159 and the premium i2473Pwy at around £189 is the addition of Miracast wireless capabilities, allowing users to connect their mobile devices to the display and stream content directly from their phone or tablet without the need for any wires.

Both panels are available to purchase now, with the aim of bringing clearer and more defined audio to the monitor market.

Source: Press Release

AOC Q2963PM 29″ UWHD AH-IPS Monitor Review

Introduction


Over the last few years, we have been [in general] demanding higher and higher resolutions from our monitors, and before we even think about using a multi-screen setup – the most common resolution of choice has to be 1920×1080. Over the last year or so, we have been seeing a slow transition over to the 2560×1600 bandwagon as some users opt for bigger 27″+ panels. The problem with these through is that the cost is far greater than a 1920×1080 panel so having a pair of 22″ or 24″ panels is not uncommon – it gives a balance between the desktop space and cost that many people look for.

In a bid to give users the best option of desktop space and display aspect ratio, the 2560×1080 resolution has slowly been cropping up within the market place and in effect it is an ideal alternative for anyone that is looking at a dual 1920×1080 screen setup. The super-wide aspect of this 29″ monitor gives a single desktop space to work within, however when we move over to the gaming side of things, the extra pixels allow for a wider peripheral vision without the distraction of a bezel right in the middle of your view.

AOC’s super-wide monitor is just one of the few to now offer the new resolution, but it doesn’t just give more pixels; it also has one of the best panels on the market to show the image as well. The AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In Plane Switching) panel that AOC have chosen produces a mixture of supreme colour accuracy, high pixel density and a high level of brightness, oh and let’s not forget that it has a superb viewing angle as well. All the ingredients are there for certain, but does having a 21:9 aspect monitor really make that much of a difference?

Before we even get a chance to delve inside the box, AOC are keen to show off the screens super-wide aspect ratio and its ability to house multiple windows with ease. The blue box also has a row of the panels highlighted features laid out along the lower edge with a front and back view of the monitor found to the right.

Taking everything out of the box, we find the monitor in two parts and alongside a two-part DC power adaptor we also have a VGA display cable, HDMI cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, a cable tie, rubber feet and a CD containing a set of display drivers and AOC’s accompanying software for this panel.

Philips 242G5 144Hz LCD Gaming Monitor Review

Introduction


Over the last few months, monitors that are built for gaming have been cropping up within the marketplace and at last people can get a panel that compliments their high performance gaming system, delivering better image quality and faster refresh rates with a typical 144Hz refresh rate. The refresh rate is the key part to what sets this new type of panel apart from the rest of the crowd. As I’ve highlighted before, it’s all and well having a GPU that can pump out in the region of 100fps, but if your monitor is only running at 60Hz as the vast majority do, then it can only show a maximum of 60 frames per second itself. As a result there are frames that have been rendered effectively going to waste and it may be one of those frames that could make a crucial difference to the outcome of a tournament for example.

This is where the new 144Hz standard comes into play. With this higher refresh rate, the panel is able to display up to 144 frames per second. This means that not only are those extra frames not going to waste, but the image will appear to be much smoother and fluid in motion as scenes are displayed.

Recently I took a look at one of these new 144Hz panels from AOC, namely the G2460PQU and on the whole I was impressed with the quality of the build and the feature set on offer, but most importantly, the difference that the faster refresh rate made to not only game play but also during day-to-day usage.

Philips as some may or may not know is related to AOC through a parent company known as TPV. Whilst the two rand names run side by side, it is worth noting that some aspects of the monitors from each brand may appear to be the same, but on the whole they are run as two completely separate brands within the market place.

Philips ship the monitor in is probably one of the biggest boxes that I’ve seen for a screen of this size. The box is wrapped in a bold space styled scene with an image of the screen itself and along the lower edge are a set of smaller images highlighting certain aspects of the screen.

With everything taken out of the box, it’s immediately apparent why the box is so thick. Where most screens come with the base plate completely separate from the rest of the stand, the 242G5’s stank is one complete unit and as a result the dimensions of the box are increased. Alongside the stand and the LCD panel, there are a set of manuals and an information and driver CD, IEC power cable, USB3.0 cable, two display cables (VGA and DL-DVI) and finally an OSD remote control pad.