Even when 3D first launched, its hold on consumers was tenuous. After all these years of struggling to put out 3D TVs and content haven’t really taken hold in most homes. A little over six years since 3D TV and content went mainstream, Samsung and Philips have given up. Both companies have dropped their focus on 3D and for 2016, will not be releasing any new 3D capable TV sets.
For Samsung, the choice was plain as “limited consumer demand for 3D, and the small amount of content being produced in this format” meant there was little point to dumping money on development. Philips went as far as to say that 3D is dead since there is no 3D content and no one really wants 3D. LG and Sony have both reduced the number of 3D capable units in their lineups and only Panasonic has any real 3D TV presence to speak of.
Personally, I see little need for 3D content other than for a few niche segments. Until passive 3D takes off and becomes relatively cheap, it’s hard to see 3D’s fortunes turning around. This is even more true for the PC space as the focus shifts to VR and its various forms like augmented VR. Unlike my thoughts when 3D first appeared, I expect VR to be much more successful despite it’s higher entry cost as it actually adds more value. It will be interesting to see if 3D will continue to limp along or will something change its fortunes in the near future.
Remember when the flip mobile phone design was all the rage? For some of you, this may seem an impossibility owing to the now ubiquitous smartphone look. Well, it looks as if Dutch Electronics Company Philips is set to release a new product by the name of the V800 flip phone to consumers.
Below is a summary of the key features along with a selection of images to convey this product.
The Phone Weighs 206g
The casing size is 8x60x19.1mm
It utilizes a Quad-core 1.5GHz processor
The Phone has two identical screens and a IPS LCD touch screen with a resolution of 1280×720
It is equipped with 13 Mega Pixel rear camera and 5 Mega Pixel front camera
The Phone runs on Android 5.1 system.
Below are images of this phone, as you can see, it looks noteworthy, the colours are atmospheric dark gray for the outer casing while the keyboard has a gold colour design which gives the phone a more luxurious feel.
There is no word as yet as to the pricing or release date, but it could be on the horizon when you consider it has passed through the TENAA (China’s wireless regulator). The phone may also have a limited appeal when you consider the flip phone design is now predominately sold within the Far Eastern market.
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.
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.
Philips has unveiled the Brilliance 258B6QJEB monitor which features a 25-inch WQHD (2560×1440) display, 178 degree viewing angles, 5 ms response time and 350 cd/m² maximum brightness level. The panel is based on AH-IPS technology to produce vivid, sharp colours and the display to resolution ratio results in a beautiful picture without causing any scaling problems.
In terms of connectivity, the monitor contains dual-link DVI, HDMI, D-Sub, and DisplayPort options while integrating a 4-port USB hub. Although two of these ports run at the slower USB 2.0 speed. The backlight is powered by a W-LED non-PWM method which results in flick free operation. Philips decided to use a high-quality metal stand with a huge array of adjustments including height, tilt, swivel and pivot. The release date is currently unknown and pricing is expected around the $350 mark. Monitor manufacturers tend to focus on 4K panels and some even adopt this resolution on 24-25 inch displays. While the end result is crisp, the scaling and absurdly small text is very difficult to manage especially on older Windows operating systems.
For gaming or productivity, 2560×1440 is the optimal resolution and fits with a screen size most users would find comfortable. I honestly wouldn’t recommend any 4K panel under 32 inch for daily usage.
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The humble desktop monitor has come a long way since the early days of huge CRT and even the chunky first generation LCD screens. Nowadays we can pick up a new monitor that is thinner than a Blu-Ray case, albeit those panels are expensive and few and far between but you get the idea. We use them for almost all of our viewing needs that can’t be handled by a smartphone or tablet, they have even replace most TV’s due to the reduced price and higher compatibility with computers and games consoles, with no resolution issues.
Back when LCD and plasma screens first hit the consumer market, the resolution was an overlooked specification to compensate for the novelty of owning such a futuristic piece of technology. That has changed in recent years and especially since the HD format was released and standardised. Everyone then moved to resolutions such as 1280 x 720, 1440 x 960 and the most famous 1920 x 1080. The 1080p format held the crown for many years, but now times have changed and 4K (2160p) is becoming the resolution of choice.
Today we have the simply massive Philips BDM4065UC monitor in for testing. I know I’ve already said massive, but this is MASSIVE. Yes there are screens that are bigger and they have been around for years, but having this much screen space with such a high resolution at relatively close range to your face just makes you feel small. This is one of the few monitors on the market to boast such as massive screen size with 4K capabilities and bundle it into a very attractive package thanks to the re-use of a chassis from a popular 40″ TV that Philips produce; I guess the line “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was said during the production meeting.
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 Ultra HD and Wide Viewing Angle.
The key details pointed out by Philips are Ultra HD panel of 3840×2160, VA LED panel allows for an almost 180° viewing angle, Built-in speakers which aren’t uncommon but this monitor packs twin 7W speakers and SmartConnect.
MMD and Philips Monitors has unveiled its new monitor line-up at IFA 2015 in Berlin, which includes Philips’ first curved display and an UltraClear 5K Quantum Dot Color model.
The Philips 34-inch curved display boasts a CrystalClear, UltraWide Quad HD resolution (3440 x 1440) resolution, AH-IPS LCD technology, and a wide viewing angle. It also features DTS sound technology for virtual surround sound, rich bass, and enhancements to prevent clipping or distortion.
The new premier Philips 27-inch monitor has a 14.7 million pixel (5,120 x 2,880) UltraClear, Quantum Dot Color 5K display, which has four times more content-per-inch than the average Quad HD resolution, and comes equipped with MultiView for dividing the screen space, and PerfectKolor Technology which ensures 99% AdobeRGB colour space and one billion colours.
Also on display was another 27-inch monitor, this one with IPS-ADS Adobe RGB display with Quantum Dot Color IQ for 50% more colour than traditional LED screens while using 25% less power.
Making its European début, the Ambiglow Plus Base, with its Full HD IPS display, creates a halo of light on and around the monitor’s base, in sync with the display image. The Ambiglow light also serves as a mood light when the display is off.
Finally, Philips is bringing MMD’s SoftBlue technology, designed to protect the eye from blue-light exposure to reduce eye fatigue, to its new 24-inch display. Softblue mutes harmful wavelengths of blue-light emissions without sacrificing colour fidelity.
Are you a proud owner of smart lock? How about motion sensors, temperature sensors, bulbs or other Internet of Things gadgets? Well, if they’re made by ZigBee, chances are your house is vulnerable to hacking, according to a paper revealed at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
ZigBee, a company that specializes in IoT smart appliances that supplies big name companies such as Samsung, Philips, Motorola and Texas Instruments, is said to have implemented just enough security measures to pass the requirements to ship, which means that security measures are almost non-existent. Hackers are said to easily be able to sniff out exchange network keys, gaining access to the entire network and all smart appliances.
The security experts say that the main cause for the lack of security is due to the companies, who want to quickly ship out the latest tech, make it communicate and interact with everything, all while keeping prices down to a minimum. As a consumer, I get the bit to keep prices down, but if I have to pay a bit extra to prevent someone opening my door or fiddling with my lights, I think that would be an option all of us may opt for. In the end, security is more important than cheap product, don’t you think?
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Philips have just announced the release of a new 32″ monitor, the BDM3270QP. The new features a 2560×1440 resolution AMVA panel that should produce an extra high contrast for living pictures and quality as well as give you a flicker free experience.
The BDM3270QP features a 12ms normal response time and a 4ms grey to grey time, 3000:1 static and 50million to one dynamic contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles, 1.07 billion colour depth and an sRGB gamut. That coupled with four times as many pixels as a standard full HD monitor and you know you got something you can work great on.
“This 32-inch display is great for users who are up-sizing from smaller screens and lower resolutions. Users can look forward to a real sense of space, combined with the sharp, brilliant resolution of QHD. And it’s not just graphic designers, CAD designers and architects who appreciate the difference: people who routinely work with standard office applications are increasingly looking for more room to spread out when they have multiple windows open at the same time, but with the finer resolution to make that extra space work effectively,” said Thomas Schade, Vice President EMEA at MMD.
The new monitor features DisplayPort, HDMI (MHL), VGA and DL-DVI connections and it also comes with support for MultiView with Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture. The built-in speakers allow you to use it for more than just a visual experience as it also comes with built-in USB 2.0 and 3.0 hub. Tilt, height, pivot and swivel adjustments are offered from the included stand.
The new Philips 32-inch BDM3270QP QHD display is available now for an MSRP of £499.00.
Hot on the tails of the Hue programmable RGB LED lights by Philips the company has now pulled the veils off of the Hue Go. The Hue Go is a semi-translucent half of a sphere that can be used as an accent light or something that one can carry with them.
The Philips Hue lights can be controlled by an app on your smartphone or tablet, and that will allow you to change the color of the light. The Hue Go allows the user to control the color output to one of five presets, from ones like a cozy candle or to “Night Adventure”. If you don’t have your phone or tablet handy you can easily change the preset with a switch on the Go itself. The Go would likely be a great option for parents that have a child that is afraid of the dark, or even for adults who like a little light at night. The Hue Go will be available from Apple stores, Amazon, and Best Buy among others by the end of May and should be $100.
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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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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Philips has announced a new set of headphones that utilise the ‘Lightening’ connector only used by Apple on iOS devices. The headphones bypass the conventional headphone jack to provide advanced noise-cancellation using “inverted microphones”.
The Fidelio NC1L does noise-cancellation in pretty much the same way as many other headphones, but the major difference with this set is that they don’t require extra batteries. This makes them incredibly mobile, as they must utilise the power from the deice delivered via the Lightening port.
There are 3 modes of noise-cancellation – one with it on, another with it turned off so you can hear noises around you and another mode that allows phone calls.
Details are few and far between at the moment, but we do that they will at least be released in the US for $299.
Elegantly named the Fidelio E5, Phillips has once again shown its might in the home audio game.
This new release showcases high-definition wireless sound through easy NFC connectivity to your device, with one Phillips’ main goals being clutter control:
“Philips Fidelio E5 speaker system is the ideal solution for high-definition home cinema audio without the clutter of multiple wires and boxes” Hexus
Similarly to the Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar, the E5 also has removable lids that act as independent speakers for a Lego-like setup. This functionality allows you to add and remove speakers at your will, changing your setup from a 2.1 to a 5.1 style system is done just adding or removing these detachable tops. Interested in knowing what size speakers are included?:
“Each tower features a 3″ full range driver plus a premium soft-dome tweeter while each of the detachable surround speakers has one 2.5″ full-range driver.” Hexus
The release has also highlighted the need for seamless transitions between different user setups:
“The E5 automatically detects when the satellite speaker is ‘docked’ and reconfigures the tower to work as single speaker while recharging the detachable units’ battery.”
This system isn’t only for your smart phone or tablet device as Phillips pointed out:
“With two HDMI inputs – replaying crystal clear Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 or 7.1 sound from your TV, blu-ray or games console is incredibly simple. You can also enjoy music direct from a smart phone, tablet or laptop with aptX® and AAC quality Bluetooth streaming, and for the ultimate simplicity, the E5 is also equipped with NFC for simple one-tap pairing of devices.” Hexus
With all of this information in mind, there’s a large possibility that Phillips may walk away with more awards for their new product, much alike their previous Fidelio HTL9100 Soundbar – being awarded ‘What Hi-Fi?’s’ Product of the Year – Best Soundbar £400-£800 in 2013.
The Fidelio E5 is priced on release at £600 and found at Phillips’ online shop.
Electronics company Philips announced two new PowerSensor monitors that use human sensor technology that automatically reduces monitor brightness if a user steps away from the PC. Philips says energy consumption could be cut by up to 80 percent, and help extend the life of a display.
The 24-inch model (241B4LPYCB) and 27-inch model (271S4LPYEB) have respective $249.99 (£146) and $349.99 (£205) MSRP price tags, with both monitors available for purchase now.
Here is what Chris Brown, TPV Global Product Marketing Manager, said in a statement:
“Sustainability and cost savings are two top priorities for businesses and IT pros, and the Philips PowerSensor displays help ease both those concerns. The displays’ intuitive human sensors do the work for you so you don’t have to consciously close down your computer when you step away for meetings. Plus, you’re not only cutting energy costs, you’re also extending the life of the monitor.”
In addition to power efficiency, the 24-inch model is made up of at least 65 percent consumer-recycled plastics, and has been TCO Edge certified. Both screens utilize a 5ms response time and 1000:1 contract ratio, while displaying 16.7M colors. The 27-inch screen is slightly brighter but both have an optimum resolution of 1920×1080 @ 60Hz, with DisplayPort, DVI-D, and VGA connectivity.
Technology companies are investing in research and development to create more energy-efficient products for consumers. Display makers want to create products that not only use less power, but have the ability to go into sleep mode – or something similar – when not in use, but be responsive when a user sits back down.
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When Microsoft announced the imminent launch of Windows 8, one of the revolutionary aspects of the new operating system was its more streamlined integration into touch screen devices. Since that time we have seen touch screen capable notebooks and Ultrabooks swarm the market and the era of the touch screen computer has changed the way that many of us have interacted with our systems. For the most part, this interaction has been on mobile devices such as Microsoft’s Surface 2 Pro Tablet and Intel’s range of Ultrabooks, however we have also seen a number of touch screen enabled AIO’s (All-In-One Systems) appearing on the market, however their appeal is not as great as that of mobile devices.
The reason for this general lack of interest is the relative performance that they have to offer in comparison to an enthusiast or gamer spec system and this is where the deciding point has been left for many users. Touch screen monitors are obviously not that new to the market, but up to this point there has not been that much of a strong appeal within the consumer markets, however since the launch of Windows 8, the interest in purchasing an after market monitor with touch screen capabilities has been growing at a steady rate.
Philips as some may or may not know are very closely related to AOC who produce some of the top gaming monitors that we have seen over the last year or so and with this partnership we have seen a range of monitors that almost covers each and every sector of the tech market. To broaden their product catalogue that bit more, Philips have been developing an all new multi-point touch screen LCD panel that offers up all the image clarity that we have come to expect from the brand, with the quality and precision that the Philips brand also has to offer.
Built in to a 23″ frame, the SmoothTouch 231C5 offers users a glorious 1920 x 1080 LCD IPS panel with a touch screen element added on the top. To set the 231C5 apart from other panels as well, there is not a stand as we would typically see, but instead a foot that extends out from the back of the panel, allowing the screen to either sit upright, or lay right back for easy use of the touch screen in design applications for example.
Included alongside the monitor Philips include a wide variety of cables including VGA and HDMI display cables, a USB3.0 lead for the touchscreen element, a kettle lead and AC adaptor, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable and also a quick start guide and driver CD to install the drivers for the touch screen element of the display.
Nvidia’s G-SYNC is rumored to be exclusive to ASUS until late 2014. G-Sync is both a software and a hardware solution that will solve screen tearing and stuttering. A daughter hardware board is placed into a G-Sync enabled monitor which will do something very interesting. It is now reported that ASUS signed an exclusive deal with Nvidia. Something I would not be happy about.
Swedish website sweclockers claims that the first wave G-Sync will be introduced in monitors with a 120 to 144 Hz refresh rate. The first screen was already announced by ASUS, which is the VG248QE with a price tag of roughly €300 / $412 / £257, price that reportedly will go higher.
This means that other manufacturers will have to wait until the third or fourth quarter of 2013 before they can integrate it into their monitors. In the end if this information is right it will be a bad deal for the consumers as exclusivity drives prices upwards, which is exactly something you do not want to happen with new technology.
If all this is true, then the decision made could impact and even deny other manufacturers like BenQ, Philips and Viewsonic the ability to provide a variety of products, leading to slow adoption rate and sale decrease.
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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.
CeBIT 2013: AOC have unveiled a new monitor at CeBIT aimed purely for gamers. The is new 24″ panel has been sample tested and influenced by professional gamers directly to give them exactly what they need. The 1920×1080 panel hosts a whole variety of display inputs, a hight adjustable stand that also rotates through 90 degrees and a brushed metal finish.