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.

Fitbit Used to Save Someone’s Life

People these days like using technology for a wide range of abilities, from playing a game to tracking your morning run. Using technology to track your activities has become a big thing, with smart watches and sports wristbands alike offering the ability to track and monitor your actions, a feature that may have just allowed the Fitbit to save someone’s life.

When he was submitted to the emergency ward of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical center in Camden, doctors were alarmed to discover the 42-year old had an irregular and fast heartbeat. These properties are often those which can trigger a stroke, and could have been chronic or caused by a seizure, if it was chronic, the traditional treatment for the fast heartbeat would have triggered a stroke.

Back in the hospital, the staff noticed the man was wearing nothing other than a Fitbit, a device designed to help track people’s health. In this case, it was the heartbeat monitor that helped inform the doctors that the issue wasn’t chronic, allowing the staff to treat the condition safely knowing that the treatment wouldn’t cause a stroke.

While Fitbits and alternative technologies are often used by doctors to help keep track and monitor long-term health conditions, this is the first time we’ve seen the technology directly used to save someone’s life.

To Play With The Oculus Rift You Pay With Your Privacy

We all love the idea of virtual reality and augmented reality, the idea that technology can send us to the deepest parts of the earth or the farthest reaches of space inspires us to enjoy things we will never get to do in the real world, all from the comfort of our sitting rooms. The question is how much we are willing to give in exchange for this “freedom”, with the enjoyment the Oculus Rift requiring you to pay with your privacy.

What do we mean by “pay with your privacy”? When you first install the software required to run the Rift on your PC a process called “OVRServer_x64.exe” is created, something normal given that it detects when the Rift is connected, on your Facebook and actually turned on. If you check the Privacy Policy (something we all know, including the companies that write them, is rarely checked) there are a few other things that the process can do.

The full section regarding “information collected about you when you use our services” states:

Information Automatically Collected About You When You Use Our Services. We also collect information automatically when you use our Services. Depending on how you access and use our Services, we may collect information such as:

  • Information about your interactions with our Services, like information about the games, content, apps or other experiences you interact with, and information collected in or through cookies, local storage, pixels, and similar technologies (additional information about these technologies is available at https://www.oculus.com/en-us/cookies-pixels-and-other-technologies/);
  • Information about how you access our Services, including information about the type of device you’re using (such as a headset, PC, or mobile device), your browser or operating system, your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, and certain device identifiers that may be unique to your device;
  • Information about the games, content, or other apps installed on your device or provided through our Services, including from third parties;
  • Location information, which can be derived from information such as your device’s IP address. If you’re using a mobile device, we may collect information about the device’s precise location, which is derived from sources such as the device’s GPS signal and information about nearby WiFi networks and cell towers; and
  • Information about your physical movements and dimensions when you use a virtual reality headset.

Worrying parts about this is the mention of “pixels” in the first section, stating that they could find out what you are viewing and even go so far as to take a copy of your interaction. Full information about the games and everything you install are also fair and open to them with information going so far as your physical movements and dimensions being tracked as well, these seem a little bit further than just idle curiosity.

The policy continues to state how this information is used, with one section clarifying their marketing approach with this information:

To market to you. We use the information we collect to send you promotional messages and content and otherwise market to you on and off our Services. We also use this information to measure how users respond to our marketing efforts.

With Oculus now in partnership with Facebook, a move that raised concerns when it was first announced, people were concerned about privacy and tracking, something these conditions seems to allow. Going further the agreement states that “third parties may also collect information about you through the Services”, meaning that the agreement doesn’t limit but, in fact, allows apps to be created on the basis of tracking and monitoring your actions.

Thanks to Woofington over at Reddit who spotted this, if you’re interested in finding out how deep this goes you can read the full privacy policy here.

BenQ Reveals the BL2420Z Low Blue-Light Monitor

BenQ has recently released a new 24-inch business monitor, which was designed specifically for those of you who spend a lot of time working in front of bright screens. Dubbed BL2420Z, this monitor boasts a special low blue-light mode, which minimizes blue light emissions by up to 70 percent. Moreover,the brightness of its LED backlighting is also reduced through a non-PWM method, which basically guarantees a flicker-free experience. Apart from these features, we’re looking at a relatively basic monitor that features a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Other noteworthy details include a 3000:1 static contrast ratio, maximum viewing angles of 178°/178° and a maximum brightness level of 250 cd/m². As far as inputs are concerned, this product offers HDMI, DVI, D-Sub and DisplayPort, not to mention its 2-port USB hub and 2W stereo speakers. Oddly enough, even though this is not necessarily a gaming monitor, it does come with a gaming-inspired stand and a headset stand. No word on pricing and availability just yet, but since this is not exactly a high-end offering but more of a casual business product, it’s not likely that the price tag will be out of this world.

Would you purchase the BenQ BL2420Z for your working needs, or do you prefer to stick to a gaming monitor?

AOC Unveils Q2963PQ Ultrawide Monitor

The 21:9 aspect ratio is becoming increasingly popular due to the incredible screen real estate which allows you to easily position multiple applications next to each other. This dramatically improves your productivity because there’s no reason to press ALT+TAB when glancing at information. On another note, this ultrawide viewpoint is absolutely stunning for gaming purposes and provides an enthralling experience. Personally, I could never go back to a 16:9 monitor, after using a 21:9 for a few days! AOC is one of the most supportive manufacturers of this notion and produces a wide range of 21:9 displays.

Their latest venture, the Q2963PQ features an IPS panel, 5ms response time and 2560×1080 resolution. Furthermore, the monitor has the typical IPS 178 degree viewing angles and 300 cd/m² maximum brightness. This makes it a fantastic choice for someone requiring a large monitor which doesn’t impact too much on performance demands. There’s also integrated 3W speakers, but I really wouldn’t recommend using these unless you’re in an emergency. In terms of connectivity, the monitor includes DisplayPort 1.2, dual-link DVI, and D-Sub. Measuring in at 714 mm x 233 mm x 388 mm (WxDxH), and weighing 7.16Kg, the display is quite large without being too heavy.The matte finish should help reduce dust, fingerprints and other smudges which easily build up over time. On another note, the stand is quite unusual but looks extremely strong and adopts and industrial feel. It’s certainly not the best looking monitor out there but it comes across as very functional. The panel is supported by AOC’s standard 3-year warranty which means it’s easy to swap out the monitor for a replacement in case any problems arise. In terms of pricing, the Q2963PQ is expected to launch at $399 in the US market but there’s no current information regarding its release date. As always, we will keep you updated when this information is disclosed.

Camera Attached To A Utility Poll Used To Spy On Suspects

While they work to enforce the law, recently they have come into conflicts with it when technology was used in new ways. From the use of mobile interception technologies, like the Stingray, to the watching people’s online activity. In a recent court appeal, a new tactic was revealed, a Webcam attached to a utility pole being used to spy on suspects.

Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rocky Houston, a known felon, for possession of a firearm. ATF agents installed a remote-controlled camera to a utility pole around 200 yards away from Houstons farm, all without a warrant. Normally required to install surveillance technology such as cameras or phone taps, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals has stated that Houstons conviction will remain in place as “no reasonable expectation of privacy” was present in the video footage. The reason for this ruling is that as the camera was placed on a public utility pole and only captured what could have seen by a passerby, the images it took would not be considered an invasion of privacy and wouldn’t require a warrant to be legally admissible.

The camera was located on the pole for a grand total of 10 weeks. With such as a short time frame, the observations were not considered unconstitutional.

Judge Thomas Rose, while believing that even if the surveillance was in breach, said that the video evidence would have been permitted, although due to the probable cause they could have gotten a warrant.

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.

AOC Announces 160Hz Curved Gaming Monitor

The 21:9 aspect ratio emulates a multi-monitor configuration without the hassle of large bezels or having to manually tweak software to support two displays. The end result is phenomenal for productivity as you can easily view multiple applications due to the huge screen real estate. On another note, gaming on a 21:9 panel is difficult to describe and provides an enthralling experience. Rather surprisingly, the majority of games already support this fairly new aspect ratio although you might need to apply a few UI tweaks. After trying a number of monitors including 4K 16:9, 144Hz 16:10 and 21:9, I’ve come to the conclusion that 21:9 is perfect for my needs. It’s also becoming more popular but there’s certainly a hefty price point attached which might make its adoption take some time.

AOC has just announced their latest 21:9 panel which features a 35-inch MVA display, 160Hz refresh rate and 2560×1080 resolution. This is a little disappointing as most 35-inch 21:9 displays utilize a 3440×1440 resolution. Perhaps, the reasoning behind this is it wasn’t possible to achieve 160Hz at 3440×1440. Another unique feature is the screen’s noticeable curve measuring a radius of 2000mm. This is significantly larger than existing curved units on the market and theoretically provides more immersion in games. I tested this particular screen during CES 2016, and felt overawed by the curve at first. However, five minutes later, it felt so natural and enhanced my ability to quickly glance at the monitor’s extreme edges.

The panel supports AMD’s FreeSync technology with a range between 40Hz-160Hz to reduce screen tearing, and stutter. AOC have provided connections for two HDMI (MHL) ports and two DisplayPorts. As you might expect, the product is capable of 178 degree wide viewing angles and improved colour reproduction compared to TN options. In terms of pricing, the AOC C3583FQ will be available in February 2016 with an MSRP of £579.

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?

Seiki Unveils New Displays @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Seiki is an upcoming brand which already produces a number of incredibly affordable televisions and has a significant user base in the UK. Their impressive growth stems from the emergence of absurdly cheap 4K TVs well before the likes of LG, Samsung and more catered towards the mainstream market. Back when 4K TVs could cost over £700, Seiki, unveiled budget models for only £300. Given this success story, Seiki is expanding into other markets, and releasing 4K connected TVs which vary in size between 40″ and 65″. Seiki have also implemented Bongiovi DPS technology to create fantastic audio reproduction which improves clarity, adds missing harmonics and enhances bass resonance.

The company is also moving into the 4K monitor arena with MVA panels which utilize a 3.5ms response time, vibrant colours and 178-degree viewing angles. This makes it a great choice for PC gamers seeking the 4K experience on a budget. In terms of screen size, the 4K monitors will come in 28″, 32″ and 40″ variants. These displays are very promising and after speaking to the rep at CES 2016, we should be receiving review samples of these monitors very soon.

When more information arises about the pricing, and availability, we will update the article.

Neptune Triple 32″ OCUK Monitor Stand Review

Introduction


I’ve never personally been a fan of the desktop monitor stands, they’re large, heavy and expensive. Although the main reason I’ve never liked them is because I’ve never had enough monitors to buy one; until now. Since upgrading our test bench to triple 4K 28″ monitors, I’ve had to resort to putting the monitors in portrait just to fit on my desk; despite it being custom-made and a lot larger than most other that you can buy on the market.

There are many options on the market, but something caught my eye back at iSeries in April that OverclockersUK had made available. It was an OCuK designed monitor stand that could support up to THREE 32″ monitors. The stand looked simply stunning and was finished off with red highlights to incorporate the colour scheme from the OCUK logo. This was announced around a year ago and seemingly went under the radar, it seems monitor stands just aren’t that important to review, yet make a triple monitor set-up so much easier and pain-free.

The Neptune stand is an absolute beast with one of the largest base plates I’ve seen and it weighs just under 15Kg excluding monitors. There’s not much more to say, so let’s just get cracking and see what this thing can do.

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.

Quantum Dot Printer Produces World’s Smallest Image

Swiss researchers have produced the world’s smallest inkjet-printed image using quantum dot technology, according to ETH Zurich. The picture, which is a colour picture of a school of clownfish, measuring just 0.08mm-by-0.115mm (or 0.003inches-by-0.005inches) at a resolution of 25,000dpi, can only be seen by the human eye through a microscope. At the width of a human hair, the full image (below) has been verified as the smallest colour image ever printed by Guinness World Records.

Quantum dot technology is being implemented in the next generation of 4K-and-above televisions and monitors, allowing a more efficient alternative to current OLED technology. Using quantum dots for printing could open up the market for printable screens on demand.

“In a futuristic scenario, you could imagine having a plastic foil that goes into a printer and on the other side there is a display coming out,” Dr Patrick Galliker said to the BBC. “You’d have all the functionality of a

screen, which has just been printed using nanomaterials that are in a liquid phase.”

Some, however, are more dismissive about the feat, with Chris Green, a technology expert at the business consultancy Lewis, telling the BBC, “This experiment was a very interesting gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless.”

“But as a technical exercise to demonstrate the sheer versatility of what quantum dot technology can do with regards to imaging, it’s an absolutely fascinating demonstration of what can be achieved with what is not that expensive technology,” Green added.

AOC to Showcase 160Hz Curved Gaming Monitor and More at CES 2016

AOC is one of the leading monitor manufacturers in the industry and offers a huge range of screen sizes, resolutions and display technologies to suit various customers’ requirements. Today, the company announced their latest range of products will be showcased during CES 2016. This is exciting news and I cannot wait to see these new models on the show floor in Las Vegas. The new AOC C3583FQ features a whopping 160Hz refresh rate, 35 inch curved display and support of FreeSync technology. In the press release, there wasn’t any information about the panel’s resolution, but it should be 3440×1440 given the screen size and 21:9 aspect ratio.

The AOC I2771FM9 produces unbelievable colours via Quantum Dot technology on a 27 inch IPS display. This should make it an excellent choice where accurate colour reproduction is essential. I’ve personally not seen a Quantum Dot monitor before, and cannot wait to try it out during our visit to CES 2016. Another new addition is the U2879VF, which employs a 4K panel and huge array of fast connectivity options. For example, the product boasts DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 to enable 4K content at 60Hz. This model also utilizes AMD’s Freesync technology.

Finally, the AOC I2781FH opts for an ultra slim frame with luxurious styling. The monitor is almost borderless and equipped with a unique symmetric metal stand. Also, this particular product will be available in March 2016, and comes in 21.5″, 23″ and 23.8″ configurations.

Donald Trump Wants To ‘Close Up’ The Internet

Donald Trump is known for a wide range of things, from his running as a presidential candidate, his viewpoints on certain issues and even in the UK for blocking proposals of new electric wind farms. The latest idea from Trump though is even more worrying; he wants to close off the internet.

At a campaign rally, Trump starts by saying “we are losing a lot of people because of the internet”. before going on to say that he would ring up people like Bill Gates and the others who “really understand what’s happening” and begin discussions to close up the internet. The idea behind this scheme is to prevent U.S. citizens from being recruited into acts of domestic terrorism and other groups, mainly based abroad, such as ISIS who may use the internet as a recruitment medium.

Trump goes on to say that after closing up the internet you will get people saying “freedom of speech” to which he suggested that those people are “foolish”.

Trump could be suggesting a giant firewall, similar to that in place in China and Thailand, Either way people will state that such an action goes against freedom of speech, a concept that is held very high in the United States and has seen many days in court recently.

AMD Launches Promotional Material Comparing FreeSync to G-Sync

NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology synchronizes a display’s refresh rate with an NVIDIA-powered graphics card to eliminate screen tearing and stutter caused by V-Sync. As you might expect, this is exclusive to NVIDIA GPUs and implemented in a proprietary manner. In contrast to this, AMD’s FreeSync employs an open standard and results in significantly cheaper pricing. For example, according to AMD’s press marketing, the average FreeSync monitor costs $617.93 while the competing solution retails at an average of $781. Furthermore, AMD has 7 partners supporting their variable refresh technology, while NVIDIA is lagging behind with just 5!

The documentation also outlines other intriguing statistics including panel type, quantity of displays on the market and unique selling points. Although some critics argue that the G-Sync system is superior and allows for a wider range. Here we can see the growth rate of FreeSync compared to G-Sync and main differences. In an ideal world, I’d like to see NVIDIA drop their proprietary variable refresh technology and work together with AMD to provide a single solution which puts the consumer first. Sadly, I can’t see this happening unless sales of G-Sync monitors hit rock bottom. This is very unlikely given the popularity of the ASUS ROG Swift.

Do you think NVIDIA’s G-Sync is worth the premium?

AOC G2460PG 24″ G-Sync Monitor Review

Introduction


I’ve never really been a fan of buying a monitor, I tend to only look at three key aspects; screen size, resolution and the overall appearance. While that is generally a good way to choose a monitor, there are a multitude of other features that require your attention depending on your intended use.

If you are a gamer or avid video editor, the response time and refresh rates would be of key interest to you to ensure that there is little input lag from your input device and that there is little screen tearing. Professional photograph editors may be less interested in those features, but the contrast ratio, brightness and available colours are more important.

Today we have the gaming orientated AOC G2460PG G-Sync enabled monitor. One of the cheapest G-Sync enabled monitors on the market at approximately £300. While this still isn’t cheap, you have to pay for the quality and performance that G-Sync will bring to your gaming experience. This monitor packs in a great feature set, with an ultra low 1ms response time, 144Hz and a huge 80m:1 contrast ratio. This monitor also features Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB), which drastically reduces the blur on screen which can occur in some face paced games such as the racing genre. I will not be testing this feature as it can only be activated with G-Sync off.

Packaging and Features

The front of the box is very plain, focusing primarily on the logo, screen and key details regarding the monitor such as QHD and IPS panel type. The image displayed on the monitor itself leads itself to be desired more by the professional buyer than the general gaming enthusiast.

AOC kept the website clean with more professionalism for those looking for information. The key features that were outlined apart from the QHD and 3-Year warranty are AOC flicker-free technology, integrated speakers and ergonomic stand.

 

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.

Overclockers UK Black Friday Deals are now Live!

Is it just me or is Black Friday turning into Black Weekend? I’m pretty sure last year retailers only held deals on the actual day and some into the weekend for Cyber Monday. Most places that offer deals either have a small selection of products for an epic 50% off or a huge selection for a much smaller discount. Overclockers UK take that typical process and have thrown it out of the window with this years Black Friday deals by not only having the typical Weekly deals (which is one of the largest ever for OcUK), but also have some outstanding deals for the Black Friday event itself.

Some of the deals listed are insane such as the ASUS PB287Q 4K monitor for under £310, which is an impressive 20% off retail.

Others are even better such as the Compact Bitfenix Colossus M Mini ITX for an outstanding £27.95. For those who like percentages, that’s 56% off!

The deals don’t end there, you can kit out your computer with new RAM, a new seat to keep those gaming adventures comfortable or annihilate the competition with multiple NVIDIA GTX 980Ti offers. The deals will stay active until December 1st or until stocks last, but at these prices I’d get in there quick. Now where did I put my wallet?

What are you waiting for? GO GET SOME!

Xiaomi Announces $16 Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Watch

The fitness market is booming as people try to lose weight through calorie controlled diets, and rigorous exercise. Technological advancements have allowed consumers to better understand their eating habits and even track sleep deprivation through fitness monitors. One popular example is the Fitbit Flex, which acts a pedometer and whole host of other features to put you on the right track when trying to lose body fat.

At $99, it can seem like an expensive proposition, but this is the norm for any innovative fitness equipment. However, Xiaomi has devised an incredibly cheap, heart rate monitor for a mere $16.  According to Xiaomi’s forum, the device will feature a 45mAh battery and strong strap material to prevent the watch from breaking during intense workouts.

The fitness band, entitled, Mi Band Pulse is set to become extraordinarily popular in the Chinese market and could be a great choice for people trying to lose weight on a budget. I doubt it’s going to match the seamless user-experience of the Fitbit, but this is expected given the low price point.

Fitness trackers, are replacing traditional watches for many consumers, as mobile phones become the standard to view the time. Personally, I prefer to wear a mechanical watch, but devices like the Mi Band Pulse have widespread appeal and provides information to help us all live a better lifestyle.

Do you use a fitness band?

AOC Q2577PWQ 25″ IPS Monitor Review

Introduction


I’ve never really been a fan of buying a monitor, I tend to only look at three key aspects; screen size, resolution and the overall appearance. While that is generally a good way to choose a monitor, there are a multitude of other features that require your attention depending on your intended use.

If you are a gamer or avid video editor, the response time and refresh rates would be of key interest to you to ensure that there is little input lag from your input device and that there is little screen tearing. Professional photograph editors may be less interested in those features, where the contrast ratio, brightness and available colours are more important.

Today we have the professional grade AOC Q2577PWQ. This monitor is one of the best-looking units I’ve seen with a brushed metal base and matching lower bezel on the monitor itself. The looks aren’t let down by poor features either, this monitor comes packing a very respectable 25″ 2560x1440p@60hz IPS panel and AOC’s own Flicker Free technology to give the best possible viewing experience.
Packaging and Features

The front of the box is very plain, focusing primarily on the logo, screen and key details regarding the monitor such as QHD and IPS panel type. The image displayed on the monitor itself leads itself to be desired more by the professional buyer than the general gaming enthusiast.

AOC kept the website clean with more professionalism for those looking for information. The key features that were outlined apart from the QHD and 3-Year warranty are AOC flicker free technology, integrated speakers and ergonomic stand.

 

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.

Datacolor Spyder5 Elite Monitor Calibrator Review

Introduction


We have already posted our first review of the impressive Philips BDM4065UC 40″ 4K monitor, but to review this kind of product we need a specialist bit of hardware. Sure, we could do it all by eye, but that would be completely dependent on the reviewer at the time. Their perception could change massively at different times of the day with different light levels or even sitting at a slightly different angle. While that would make for great reading, it doesn’t give the readers tangible information that can be compared between reviews and it turns into a “he said she said” unprofessional mess.

This issue led us to look for a consistent calibration tool and we found the Spyder5 Elite. This nifty little tool is the creation of Datacolor, a company that has more than 40 years experience in the colour management solutions so know a thing or two about color perception.

The Best Free 4K Content to Show Off Your New TV or Monitor

4K monitors and TVs are quickly growing in popularity, but I’m often asked “where can I find 4K content?” and that’s something I hope to help you with today. Sure there’s some movies online, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, where you can stream 4K content straight to your device, permitting you have the appropriate subscriptions, but what if you’re seeking some completely free content to enjoy? Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best free 4K resources you’ll find online.


Tears of Steel

This is one of the best out there, a short movie about robotics and the future that uses Blender for the CGI. The acting is a little silly, but it’s certainly an enjoyable watch and it’s a visual feast that’ll really flex your new 4K display and wow your friends with rich colours and detail. Download the full 6.3GB file for free for the best experience.

Download here


Big Buck Bunny

Another project that is available for free on Blender really pushes the limits of home cinema technology and computer displays, not only because it’s 4K, but you can also download it in 4K 3D and a 60fps HFR version, which really is a treat for the eyes and showcases some of the best of the best technologies, the same kind you can expect to see on Ultra HD Blu-Ray, which launches next year.

Download here


NASA

While not a movie as such, NASA has a simply mind-blowing array of 4K content and they update their library regularly. Now that the space station has its own 4K camera, as well as a library of space exploration content that has been given the 4K treatment, science and space fans will find a lot of wonderful things to view here, such as the recently released Jupiter video. To make it super easy, all of this content is ready to view in 4K on YouTube.

Check out NASA TV Videos here


Panasonic 4K

Another YouTube entry, with Panasonic showcasing all of their show-reel content on their channel. This isn’t the most exciting stuff, but when it comes to showing off the detail that 4K can do, time-lapse videos can be almost hypnotic and they’re well worth checking out if you’re eager to see the differences between HD and 4K (change the resolution on YouTube.

Check out the Panasonic YouTube channel here.


Reddit

Reddit is a huge community, offering all kinds of subreddits full of user-curated content and 4K is no exception. There’s a huge range of images, gifs, videos, downloads and much more on the 4kUltraHD subreddit and it’s regularly updated. Be sure to check out the Top section for the most popular and the New section for regular content.

Check out 4kUltraHD Subreddit here.


Vimeo

Vimeo is great for finding user-created 4K videos, from people showing off their stunning drone footage, to amateur and pro movie makers showing off their latest talents, there are all kinds of cool things to find here. Some of the videos require a premium subscription, but there’s still a lot of free content to enjoy in 4K.

Check out Vimeo here

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.

Acer Announces Predator X34 Curved 21:9 G-Sync Monitor Availability

Acer recently unveiled the world’s first 34-inch curved IPS gaming monitor featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. The display utilizes a refresh rate of 60Hz and supports overclocking up to 100Hz to reduce motion blur. Furthermore, the panel’s 178-degree viewing angles and 3440×1440 resolution offers an immersive gaming experience. Other features include an adjustable stand which allows for height and tilt tweaks. The display also is capable of 100 percent sRGB coverage and opts for a brightness of 300 cd/m2. According to Acer America’s product manager, Charlotte Chen:

“We believe the Predator X34 offers one of the smoothest, most thrilling game experiences available today,”

“NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and up to 100Hz overclocking deliver extremely sharp moving pictures, while 14W stereo audio enhanced with DTS Sound enrich gameplay with powerful sound effects.”

In terms of connectivity, the monitor contains two 7W speakers, a HDMI port, DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB 3.0 ports. Obviously, you will need to use the DisplayPort for G-Sync and high refresh rates at 3440×1440. The monitor also employs a zero-frame-design to maximize the viewing area. The Predator X34 is now available from leading retailers in the United States and priced at $1299.99.

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