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.

 

Blu’s Pure XL Handset is a QHD Beast Costing $350

While Blu might not be the most recognizable brand in the mobile sector, it’s certainly making an impact with the price to performance ratio offered across their handset range. This is particularly pertinent with the Pure XL which features a QHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3, 3GB RAM, 2.0 GHz 64-bit octa-core Meditek MT6795 CPU , 64GB storage, 3500 mAh battery, 24 megapixel f/2.3 sensor and 8 megapixel wide-angle front camera.

This is a specification worthy of any flagship phone and remarkably similar to the Moto X Style. The mobile also utilizes a fingerprint reader which unlocks within 10ms. The device is also capable of quick charging and supports NFC. To put this into perspective, the Hero 7 is the closest rival but doesn’t allow for NFC functionality in non-Asian markets. In the near future, this could become a fairly significant omission as mobile payment methods become widely adopted in major stores.

$350 makes the Pure XL a considered purchase but one which almost seems too good to be true. Judging by the specs alone, the handset should retail for $450-$550. According to the press documentation, the Pure XL is constructed from a solid aluminium design with polished edges in a sleek 9.66mm form factor.

There is a huge quantity of clones and unbranded Chinese handsets which makes selecting the perfect device a difficult proposition. However, the Pure XL is possibly the best package I’ve seen and features a flagship specification at mid-range pricing.

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Philips Announced BDM3270QP 32″ With QHD AMVA Panel

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.

Eurocom Launches Upgradeable M4 Ultraportable Laptop

If you’re in the market for a compact laptop that still packs a great display and enough power for even demanding usage scenarios, then you might want to take a closer look at the new Eurocom M4 ultraportable laptop with up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, intel Core i7-4940MX upgradeable processors, and a QHD+ 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels.

The new Eurocom packs a lot of power but only weighs 2kg and measures just 330 x 227 x 31.9mm. As with all Eurocom models, you can customize just how much performance you need and want to pay for. The M4 now provides three levels of graphics cards to choose from, the GeForce 960M, 860M, and 765M. The new 960M might be the perfect choice for a system like this, providing a great performance at decreased power consumption.

The system is powered by Intel’s HM87 Chipset that can handle the full line of Intel’s 4th Gen Core i7 processors, including the Core i7-4940MX with four cores and eight threads, running at 3.1GHz. You can equip the system with up to 16GB DDR3-1866 memory via the two SO-DIMM slots and with up to 4TB storage capacity through one 9.5mm 2.5-inch and two mSATA storage bays, even the most demanding users needs should be covered.

The display is also customizable, not everyone want’s a QHD resolution on a 13-inch screen. Other options besides the 3200×1800 display is a 2560×1440 Quad HD matte display and a 1920×1080 Full HD matte display. Even with all that power at your disposal, the M4 can still give you a long battery time of 5 hours.

EUROCOM M4 VGA / GPU Graphics Options:

  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (N15P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1029MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board
  • 2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (Kepler); 128-bit; 768 CUDA; GPU/VRAM Clock 850MHz/2000MHz; on-board
  • 2GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (N16P-GX-B); 640CUDA; GPU 1097MHz; VRAM 2500MHz; Maxwell GM107 28nm; on-board

EUROCOM M4 Processor / CPU Options:

  • 2.40 GHz (up to 3.40) Intel Mobile Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.50 GHz (up to 3.5) Intel Mobile Core i7-4710MQ (Haswell); 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.60 GHz (up to 3.20) Intel Mobile Core i5-4210M (Haswell); 2C/4T; 3MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 37W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.80 GHz (up to 3.80); Intel Mobile Core i7-4810MQ; 4C/8T; 6MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600
  • 2.90 GHz (up to 3.90); Intel Mobile Core i7-4910MQ; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 47W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.00 GHz (up to 3.90) Intel Mobile EXTREME Core i7-4930MX (Haswell); 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866
  • 3.10 GHz (up to 4.00); Intel Mobile Core i7-4940MX Extreme; 4C/8T; 8MB L3; 22nm; FCPGA946; 57W; DDR3L-1600/1866

ACER Reveal Worlds First Curved Monitor with G-SYNC

There are several big innovations happening in the world of digital displays right now, two of the biggest are curved displays and G-SYNC, so why not go for double the fun and create a monitor that sports both of these technologies! Acer has just announced its new 34″ curved 21:9 ultra-wide XR341CKA monitor, making it the first monitor in the world to support both a curved display and the impressive G-SYNC technology.

This is great news for gamers as the 21:9 ultra-wide form factor is excellent for providing extra immersion while gaming, G-Sync will provide you with tear-free performance should your frame-rate take a dive and 34-inch of screen real estate will be fantastic for productivity.

The panel supports a 3440×1440 resolution, an IPS panel, a 178-degree viewing angle, 100% of the sRGB colour gamut; so it certainly ticks all the right boxes for a great monitor.

“Acer continues to showcase its commitment to PC gaming with the introduction of their new NVIDIA G-SYNC-enabled XR341CKA gaming monitor,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice-president of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “The preferred choice of PC gamers everywhere is a GeForce GTX GPU, which when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is the only platform to deliver an ultra-smooth gaming experience across the entire spectrum of PC games.”

The monitor will also support a 6-axis colour adjustment, on-screen refresh rate readout, an adjustable stand, DisplayPort and HDMI input, built-in USB 3.0 hub and more. The downside? The monitor will take a chunk of $1299/1399 EUR out of your wallet. The new display is expected to launch in North America in September and Europe in August.

Sony Xperia Z4 Photos Leaked

With LG and Sony yet to reveal their 2015 flagship phones many have been eager to get some information on them. Today photos of a Sony Xperia Z4 have emerged and do look authentic, though with leaks it is always best to take them with a grain of salt.

The Z4 is rumored to have a 20.7MP camera, Snapdragon 810, 4GB of RAM, IP68 certification and two different 5.2″ screens with one being FHD and the other QHD. These would mean that there may be Z4 devices at varying price points with varied hardware specs. With the LG G4 being unveiled later this month, many are hoping to see what Sony will bring to the table so that they can figure out which device they want for their next upgrade.

Source: XDA Developers

LG Releases the G4’s Display Details

LG just released some information about the display that will be on the flagship G4. The 5.5″ QHD (1,440×2,560) LCD will have 538 pixels per inch and have an amazing 120% colour gamut. LG achieves this feat by using a blue LED with red and green phosphors instead of yellow like other LCDs have.

The display no doubt is being touted as one of the G4’s best features, and accurate colours isn’t the only thing the display improved on. LG says that it offers a 50% higher contrast ratio than competing QHD LCD panels, and also says that it is 30% brighter without using extra energy.

The new displays will have darker blacks and sharper images thanks to a tech that involves UV light being used when making the panels. It says that it allows the liquid crystals to align evenly, preventing light leakage. Another new tech called Advanced In-Cell Touch (AIT) makes the screen very sensitive and claims that it can respond to touch commands even when wet. Many are understandably eagerly awaiting the April 24th unveiling of the G4 and thankfully we now know a little more about the device.

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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Acer Reveal QHD 144Hz G-Sync Monitor

Gamers rejoice: Acer are releasing a QHD (2,560×1,440) monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and G-Sync to compete with the ASUS ROG Swift, currently the only NVIDIA G-Sync capable monitor. The Acer XB270HU is set to be part of the company’s Predator gaming range, which includes a series of “extreme gaming” desktop PCs.

The XB270HU is rumoured to be using an AU Optronics ‘M270Q002’ panel, the same screen plate as the ASUS ROG Swift, so should also feature its rival’s Ultra-Low Motion Blur (ULMB) capacity. The screen also features 16.7 million colours, 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, W-LED backlight, 170/160-degree viewing angles, and 250 nits of brightness.

The monitor is set to feature four USB 3.0 ports, full tilt range, height adjustment of up to 150mm, and 100mm x 100mm VESA support included for mounting.

The Acer XB270HU is set for release in early 2015. The price is yet to be announced.

Source: Hexus

Samsung Unleashes Three New Galaxy Note 4 Ads, Injects Humour

Apple may have its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on the market, but Samsung is just beginning to heavily push its new Galaxy Note 4 phablet. The South Korean giant has just unveiled a bunch of new advertisements, highlighting the various functions of its QHD-powered handset.

The new ads are part of Samsung’s ‘Do You Note?’ series, hitting Samsung Mobile’s YouTube account. The three videos, Read, Set, Saved; Ready Set, Photo War; and Ready, Set, How-to show off various functions of the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. These ads highlight the use of the S Pen, some of the special features found inside of the Note 4, the Photo Note app, app multitasking, and Smart select, respectively. Check out the three new ads below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJ0WYiadnE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEP6Np0BO4g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlId9Yv6xsU

Source: BGR.

Latest Yoga Tablet 2 Pro Features QHD Display & Built-in Projector

The new Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is finally here and while previous models have been no stranger to cool features, their latest one certainly stands out from the crowd. Equipped with a powerful 8 watt sound system and mini subwoofer for multimedia playback, the tablet also features a built-in pico projector, allowing the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro to throw a 16:9 50-inch image on to any surface.

The projector mode will take the battery life down to just three hours, but for watching some YouTube videos, most movies, or just showing a presentation, it’s more than enough; of course you could always just keep the power adaptor to hand and run it for as long as you like.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro comes equipped with a stunning 13-inch QHD panel, 8MP rear camera, LTE, expandable memory, 15 hours battery life and of course the integrated Yoga stand.

The Yoga Tablet 2 Pro will be available this month from most major retailers and the 32GB model will set you back $499.99.

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LG G2 mini Officially Announced By LG Ahead of MWC 2014

LG has revealed the earlier rumored LG G2 mini smartphone ahead of Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona on 24th of February, powered by a Snapdragon 400 or Nvidia Tegra 4i and boasting a 4.7-inch screen.

Both the Snapdragon and Nvidia chipset version have the Quad-Core CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, sporting 1 GB of Ram, along with the 4.7-inch qHD having a 960 x 540 pixels resolution and running Android 4.4 KitKat alongside LG’s Optimus UI. LG also claims to release dual-SIM and non-LTE versions as well.

The handsets will also be powered by a 2,440 mAh battery, 8 GB of storage space which can be expanded with the help of microSD card support and the design also reflects its bigger brother, the LG G2, having the back positioning buttons placed below the 8 MP rear camera.

The handset color range spans between white, black, gold and red, having LG planning to release the handset in March in Russia. The rest of the world is said to see the handset rolling out on their market starting this April.

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Forecasts Point To Millions Of QHD Smartphones Being Shipped In 2015

According to a Phonearena report, NPD DisplaySearch is predicting that QHD display smartphones, 1440 x 2560 resolution, will be selling by the millions in 2015. More specifically, the company estimates a number of 23 million shipments will be seen next year.

NPD DisplaySearch states that more than 5 percent of Ultra-HD smartphone shipments will be seen in North America and Japan, followed by Europe with almost 5 percent. The Company also sees global shipments of smartphones having 720p and 1080p displays to reach 570 million in 2014, followed by QHD smartphones at an estimated number of 41 million.

The company points to AU Optronics, JDI, Samsung Display, and other companies which already have QHD displays ready for the market. It is reported that Samsung has confirmed its production-ready QHD display with a 560 PPI density products. Chipset manufacturers have also confirmed they have CPU and GPU solutions to cope with the high-density displays.

When talking about big displays and performance-oriented components, you can’t rule the issue with battery life and capacity here, since it’s the main feature everyone is looking at when faced with these type of technological advancements. Nobody wants their smartphones to eat their battery life in a couple of hours after fully charged. Here’s where Tina Teng, DisplaySearch’s Senior Analyst, claims that “increasingly affordable application processors” will enable manufacturers to provide “greater resolution and lower power consumption”. We hope that the claims are true, since nobody will ever buy a smartphone that requires a power plug strapped to it all the time.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini ‘Black Edition’ Announced, Faux-Leather Again?

South Korean manufacturer, Samsung, have released the ‘Black Edition’ of their latest Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 mini handsets. As the edition state, both handsets will have an onyx-black color and give the design more style.

Samsung has poured numerous combinations of device on the market, some great, other not so great. But this time around, they might have outdone themselves. Both handset look pretty sleek, and the company has actually thrown in a little surprise. Late adopters of its two handsets can now sample Sammy’s new ‘big thing’ in design, namely the faux-leather backs. They have first been revealed in the Galaxy Note 3, however these shells are obviously plastic. But they’re a rather convincing copy, displaying a good imitation of stitching on the sides, and the texture looks quite believable.

The community is mostly split on Samsung’s new ornamentation of choice, but it actually feels like an improvement over the fingerprint-happy glossy plastic of old. In terms of specs, both handsets are the exact equivalent to your regular Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S4 mini, meaning a 5-inch, 1080p screen, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and a 13-megapixel camera in the case of the former, and a 4.3-inch, qHD (540×960) screen, a dual-core Snapdragon 400, and an 8-megapixel rear shooter for the latter.

It appears that the new editions will only hit Russia next month for $660 for the Galaxy S4 and $460 for the Galaxy S4 mini. There’s no word on international availability, but given Samsung’s track-record, it is expected for those to make an entry in other markets sooner rather than later.

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Jolla Unveils Its Very First Sailfish OS Powered Smartphone

A few Nokia employees that left the company to continue their own work, named Jolla, have been working behind the scenes for some time now and they did not take long to come out with something. They have been working on a smartphone powered by the Sailfish OS, their very own operating system, and now it’s time for them to make it official. The Jolla phone was announced in Finland and the first 450 units are available to those who pre-ordered them.

The Jolla team partnered with Finnish carrier DNA for a low profile launch as had earlier been indicated and is starting small with plans to partner with a major UK carrier in coming days said to be in advanced stages and the team has also announced that the device will still be available in other markets. The device’s pre-orders were made in 136 countries world-wide.

Jolla smartphones have a 4.5-inch IPS qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2, a 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory expandable via a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel camera with LED Flash on the back and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. In terms of connectivity, the handset covers the GSM, 3G and 4G internet connectivity. The phone measures a 131 x 68 x 9.9 mm casing and comes with a 2,100 mAh battery.

Running on Sailfish OS, the Jolla phone enjoys the new platform’s Meego-based open source nature that makes it easy to port Android apps. Jolla had previously announced that its Sailfish-based smartphones will ship with Yandex.Store as the default app store. Yandex is a Russian Android app store that boasts of over 85,000 apps with all popular apps available. Jolla also licensed Nokia’s HERE Maps to be the default maps and navigation application across all Sailfish-based devices.

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Samsung Now Offering The Higher Spec 3200 x 1800 ATIV Book 9 Plus In The USA

Samsung’s highest spec ATIV Book Plus 9 is now available for people to buy in the USA at a pretty hefty cost, Engadget reports. Samsung’s latest notebook the ATIV Book 9 Plus currently only comes with a Core i5 Haswell CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD but the new higher spec model comes with a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The rest of the notebook remains the same and there is still that beautiful 3200 x 1800 display and the aluminium casing that is both thin and light – weighing in at just 3.06 pounds. You can pre-order the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus for a staggering $1800 in the USA.

As much as I like the Samsung brand the recently announced Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro can offer identical hardware specifications to the new higher spec ATIV Book 9 Plus for a fraction of the cost. I’d choose the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro any day as it can be had with a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 3800 x 1800 panel (which are the same specifications) for $1200.

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Lenovo Make IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro Available, Starts At $1000~

Liliputing report that Lenovo’s hotly anticipated IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro notebook/tablet “thing” is now available to buy. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro features a choice of new Intel Haswell mobile CPUs, an extremely high resolution 3200 x 1800 13.3 inch display, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. All models feature 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, full Windows 8.1 (Pro) 64 bit, a 4 cell Li-Polymer battery, a 1 year warranty, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI out.  The IdeaPad Yoga 2  Pro notebook weighs 3.5 pounds and is just 0.6 inches thick making it slimmer and lighter than the previous generation. Lenovo says you should expect around 9 hours of battery life from these notebooks largely thanks to the improved power efficiency of Intel’s Haswell CPU and GPU.

The base model features 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core i3 4010U Haswell CPU. There’s also a 128GB SSD and Windows 8.1 64 Bit. This costs $1049 on Lenovo’s website and $1000 from Best Buy. The top of the line model features an Intel Core i7 4500U Haswell CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit. This model costs $1649 at the Lenovo store. A variety of configurations will be made available that will vary between Lenovo’s store and other retailers but they all start from around $1000.

It certainly isn’t cheap but who was realistically expecting a Haswell powered notebook with a  3200 x 1800 display and full Windows 8.1 to be cheap?

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