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Posted: October 21, 2013 04:52AM
Author: Nick Harezga
ASUS will build the recently announced NVIDIA G-Sync technology into its next generation of computer monitors. This will involve the inclusion of a G-Sync module that will interact with hardware and software built in to NVIDIA Kepler based GPUs. The new technology helps to improve graphical performance be eliminating lag, tearing, and stuttering while gaming. The company plans to include the technology in an updated VG248QE gaming monitor that will be available in the first half of next year at an MSRP of $399. Associate VP of the Display Business Unit Vincent Chou said, "ASUS strives to provide the best possible gaming experience by being at the forefront of technology and innovation. We are excited to be first to support and embrace NVIDIA's new G-Sync technology in upcoming ASUS gaming monitors. Gamers are certain to be impressed with its incredible step-up in smoothness and visual quality." Be sure to check out our forum thread from ClayMeow that shares his early thoughts on the new technology.
Source: Press Release
Posted: September 3, 2013 12:35PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
If you find that you often need an extra monitor while on the go, then ASUS might have something for you. The company's new MB168 Series Portable USB-powered Monitor is a 15.6 inch screen that you can plug into any laptop or desktop PC to increase your screen real estate. The display is LED-backlight and it comes in two resolutions, 1920x1080 and 1366x786, while being powered by a USB 3.0 cable, which is enough for both power and video output. The MB168 Series uses ASUS EzLink technology that takes advantage of dedicated hardware in the monitor to offload the computer's GPU, which in turn allows up to five monitors to be connected to a computer without hindering the internal GPU, as long as there are sufficient USB ports. The device is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, with the only difference being a slight drop in display brightness. If you plan on using it with your laptop, you will be suprised to hear that the device will only use 5 W when turned on and 0 W when on standby. So your battery life should not be in danger.
The monitor is 8 mm thick and weighs in at 800 g, so it is "the world’s slimmest and lightest companion display", according to ASUS. Furthermore, the monitor is covered by a protective case that also acts as an adjustable stand for tabletop use. The design is the same found on ASUS Zenbooks. There is no word on pricing and availability yet.
Posted: August 15, 2013 10:18PM
Computer monitors come in all different sizes and resolutions, and recently Acer introduced some of the largest without getting into the 4K range. The Acer T272HUL is a 27" monitor with ten-point touch support and a resolution of 2560x1440. It also includes a 5ms response time and HDMI, DVI, and VGA inputs, along with a USB 3.0 hub (two down, one up). To make better use of its multitouch capabilities, the T272HUL has a stand that can be tilted between 30 and 80°; perfect for touch-based games, browsing through photos, and surfing the Web.
Acer's B276HUL monitor is also a 27" screen with a 2560x1400 resolution, but drops the touch support. The 29" monster is the B296CL, which features a 2560x1080 resolution for that unique 21:9 aspect ratio. Both the B276HUL and B296CL include tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustment stands, along with DVI-D, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and a USB 3.0 hub (four down, one up). The B276HUL has a 6ms response time while the B296CL sports an 8ms one. All three monitors utilize LED backlights and an IPS panel for the best possible colors and viewing angles, so yes, things will look just fine regardless of what tilt you're using.
The T272HUL is expected to arrive later this month for $999. Both the B276HUL and B296CL are available now, with prices starting at $599.
Posted: August 12, 2013 12:25PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
ASUS has announced a new 29 inch widescreen monitor, the PB298Q, with an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. The monitor will use an AH-IPS panel to ensure accurate color reproduction and wide viewing angles. The resolution will be a slightly unusual 2560x1080 pixels, giving the monitor a PPI close to 96. The display will be LED-backlit, which enables an 80,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio and a 300 cd/m2 brightness rating. This will enable the monitor to display a very dark black and a very bright white.
The monitor will have a very minimalistic, black design with a square foot, an 0.8 mm bezel, and 7 buttons located in the bottom right. On the back, one will find a DisplayPort, HDMI, and Dual-link DVI ports. The monitor also has two built-in 3 W stereo speakers. ASUS also includes the ASUS MultiFrame software that allows users to use multiple virtual desktop windows as if the user had more than one monitor. The monitor can tilt, swivel, and the height can be adjusted, so the monitor should fit every user's preference.
Posted: June 19, 2013 05:08PM
Electronics giant LG is set to begin production on flexible OLED displays layer this year, with a company spokesman saying it'll be in the fourth quarter. Around 12,000 sheets are expected each month, although there's no telling just how many displays that can be used for. Odds are most of the applications for the screens will be for smartphones, as the screen size is thought to be in the four to five inch range. LG Electronics plans to sell a smartphone with a flexible display later this year, while LG Display (separate from LG Electronics) plans to sell the flexible screens to other companies. Before you go thinking that flexible screens mean flexible smartphones, the other materials associated have to be flexible, too. However, it could mean smartphones with curved displays, or even other curved devices with a screen, like watches, are a possibility, as is the possibility for flexible screens to be unbreakable.
Source: Tech Report
Posted: May 31, 2013 12:55PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
ASUS has launched the first consumer-oriented ultra high definition monitor called the PQ321. For this monitor ASUS has chosen to use an IPS panel, which is nothing special in itself. What makes this monitor stand out is the new pixel technology used that substitutes the usual silicon pixels with Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO). IGZO has a 40 times better electron mobility compared to silicon, thus making it possible to create transistors much smaller, which in turn allows for denser pixels.
It has a resolution of a staggering 3840x2160, which gives it an aspect ratio of 16:9. That is the same aspect ratio as the standard high definition resolution of 1920x1080, so scaling between the monitors should be relatively easy. The monitor is 31.5 inches diagonally, giving the monitor 140 pixels per inch. It may not sound like much compared to some of Apple's Retina displays, but as soon as you are sitting a couple of feet away from the monitor, the ASUS should win on quality in that regard. What also might be a win for many graphical designers, photographers, and the like is the support for 10-bit color. The rest of the specifications include a gray-to-gray response time of 8 ms, 350 cd/m2 brightness, 176-degree viewing angle, one DisplayPort, two HDMI sockets, built-in 2W speakers, and a thickness of 35 mm.
ASUS has chosen to give the monitor a retail price of $5,000, so it might be some time before consumers actually get hold of monitors like this. And should you desire to game on one of these, I doubt that even four GTX Titan cards would be sufficient.
Posted: April 29, 2013 12:05PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
LG was amongst the first manufacturers on the TV market to launch an OLED TV , and it has now put that technology to use by manufacturing a new type of TV. The screen is 55 inches diagonally with only a 4.3 mm side profile and weighing a mere 17 kg. What sets this TV apart from the crowd is its curved nature while still maintaining a very slim side profile. To top it off, the TV comes with special "thin-transparent film speakers" that are integrated into the TV's stand to achieve an overall slim design. The curved design will allow a more realistic viewing experience, since it will match our eyes better; however, the effect is only achieved when sitting at a certain distance. According to LG, the display is supposed to deliver an IMAX-like viewing experience, which means the display will have a very high resolution resulting in sharper pictures with a more natural look. Whether that is true has yet to be experienced, but it is definitely tempting to have three TVs hooked up as monitors with some good headphones and get fully immersed in one's favorite game.
The 55EA9800, as it is called, is supposed to cost $13,500 USD and is up for pre-orders now with availability starting next month. Availability in countries other than Korea will be announced at a later date.
Posted: March 7, 2013 09:30AM
Samsung has announced that it will be investing the equivalent of $111.5 million into display manufacturer Sharp, giving Samsung a 3% stake in the company. This investment will provide Samsung with a stable supply of LCD panels for use in its TVs. Sharp will invest $73.7 million of the investment into developing new LCD technology, as well as a further $34.5 million into other areas of its business over the next two years.
Samsung is not the only large company who has recently invested into Sharp. Qualcomm also agreed to invest up to $120 million into Sharp to fund development of next-generation MEMS (Microelectromechanical System) displays in December last year. Apple is also have said to have invested over $2 billion into Sharp after it ran into financial difficulty during the last quarter. The deals that have been struck with the company may be enough to keep the display manufacturer in business despite the current economic market and stiff competition from its Chinese and Korean rivals.
Source: Tom's Hardware
Posted: November 20, 2012 11:17PM
Author: Marko Jurac
AOC has a new monitor with a breathtaking nearly borderless display design that won't break the bank. Geared towards gaming and workstations machines, the AOC i2367fh has a skinny 2mm bezel and features an 8-bit AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching) panel for wide viewing angles and exceptional display clarity. Some specifications on the AOC i2367fh include a 23" screen,1920x1080 display resolution, ultra high dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000,000:1, 5ms response time, WLED back-lighting, two built-in speakers, HDMI, VGA, and audio in/outputs. The i2367fh will also feature AOC's Screen + Software utility that allows for the display to be cut up into four different windows for ultimate multitasking.
The AOC i2367fh is currently on sale at online retailers for $199.
Posted: November 8, 2012 08:45PM
Computer gamers, office workers, or just movie fanatics may be very interested in LG's latest computer monitor, as it brings a rather interesting aspect ratio to the fold. LG's new EA93 UltraWide LCD monitor is the world's first computer screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. A handful of TVs feature that aspect ratio, but this is the first computer monitor with it. The monitor itself has a 29" screen with a 2560x1080 resolution, and all that extra real estate delivers cinema-quality movie watching. It's also ideal for workstations since it can display two video source side by side or show four different programs at once with built-in software. The EA93 has a Dual Link DVI port, HDMI with MHL, and a DisplayPort for its connections, so pretty much every standard is covered.
Currently, LG's EA93 is only available in Korea for about $630, but hopefully soon it'll go international.
Posted: November 6, 2012 12:34AM
LCD technology hasn't changed much at all over the years in terms of how we see the image. A backlight is still used no matter how thin the screen is, but now that is no longer the case for one company. Japan Display has created an LCD display that doesn't use a backlight, but rather reflected light, like a mirror, to show an image. The reflected light renders a monochromatic image while the screen uses color filters to display the final picture. It's a rather fascinating technology, and one that eliminates a wealth of power consumption by dropping the backlight. The screen apparently only uses three milliwatts of power when displaying a still image, since each pixel can retain a signal and remember the color without using power. That alone could prove very useful as an alternative to E-Ink displays for e-readers, but everything is not all roses.
The display features some muted colors and a rather poor 30:1 contrast ratio. However, Japan Display, despite acknowledging those issues, says the technology is ready for mass production. It'll certainly be interesting to see how well it catches on, and if the colors and contrast ratio can be improved over time.
Posted: February 20, 2012 05:50PM
Last month, Samsung purchased Sony's stake in the joint S-LCD venture between the two electronics giants. Then came the rumors Samsung would spin off its LCD business, to which the company it was considering the move. Now, consider it a rumor no more, as Samsung will spin off its LCD business on April 1st, 2012, and call it Samsung Display. The new department will have $6.6 billion at its disposal, which should help to get new products developed quickly. The move is still pending shareholder approval, but those at Samsung are optimistic it will have no resistance. Samsung Display will mean quicker business decisions and faster response time to customers, both solid aspects that should appease fans of Samsung.
Posted: September 7, 2011 06:41AM
It seems that plenty of monitors are switching over to a 16:9 aspect ratio, but today we have one from NEC that is a 16:10 screen. The NEC MultiSync P241W monitor is a 24", 1920x1200 resolution monitor using an e-IPS panel. It also includes a USB hub that makes use of DisplaySync Pro, which allows you to use one keyboard, mouse, and monitor across two different computers. The P241W also has version that includes a hardware color calibration kit, the NEC SpectraView kit, though at a slightly higher price than just the base P241W. The e-IPS panel features 96.7% of the sRGB color gamut, making it ideal for graphic professionals who need the most accurate color reproduction possible. It has a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, an 8ms GTG response time, plus Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture capabilities. It has DisplayPort, DVI-D, and VGA inputs, a four-way stand, and an ECO Mode to help you conserve energy.
The NEC MultiSync P241W monitor will start shipping later this month. It will set you back $749, while the P241W-BK-SV, the one with the included calibration kit, will cost $999.
Posted: August 11, 2011 08:01AM
Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) work by shining light through a polarizer, the liquid crystals, and another polarizer. The two polarizers are perpendicular to each other, so light travelling directly through both will first be reduced by half by the first polarizer, and then reduced even further by the second. When light shines through a polarizer some of it is absorbed and what is left has a single orientation dependent on the polarizer. What the liquid crystals do is twist the light from the first polarizer so it can line up with the second and not be reduced again. The concept of an LCD is dependent on light being lost so a display’s backlight has to be very bright, which means the screen as a whole has to draw a lot of power; as much 80-90% of a device’s power. Researchers at University of California Los Angeles have developed a material that may potentially return as much as 75% of that.
Instead of letting the energy of the blocked light be wasted, the team have created polarizing organic photovoltaics to recapture some of the energy and feed it back to the device when the display is on. When the display is off, the screen can act as a solar cell and recharge the battery. The team hopes to make their polarizing organic photovoltaics more efficient and achieve the 75% energy return for when they become used in consumer LCDs.
Posted: August 1, 2011 04:05PM
3D is definitely all the rage these days, with movies, TVs, and computer monitors taking advantage of the format. Today, ViewSonic has a new 3D-ready monitor set to launch, but this one features a built-in NVIDIA 3D Vision wireless emitter. The built-in emitter means you won't need to purchase anything other than a pair of 3D glasses to take advantage of the 3D effect on your computer. The monitor, dubbed the V3D245, is a 24" 3D monitor that displays at 1920x1080. It is an LED backlit model that has a 120Hz refresh rate, ideal for 3D games or movies on your computer. There is even an HDMI 1.4a port on the rear, which enables you to hook up a 3D-ready game console or Blu-ray player to enjoy even more 3D content. Audio is provided by integrated two watt SRS Premium Sound speakers, which should be enough for some users. The built-in wireless emitter lets you play over 550 3D games when paired with an NVIDIA GPU and 3D glasses, plus the requisite 3D Vision drivers.
The ViewSonic V3D245 monitor will include a pair of NVIDIA 3D Vision active shutter glasses when it launches later this month. Expect it to carry a $499 premium and a three year warranty.
Posted: July 17, 2011 02:51PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Since the day the first laptop was released, laptops haven’t changed much. They have gotten smaller and with more horsepower, but they still retain somewhat the same shape.That might change soon, at least if GScreen is the one to decide. GScreen has recently introduced its SpaceBook, a laptop with not one but two 17.3” 1080p monitors. It sure isn’t something you see every day, but then again someone has to be creative for the technology to move on. Since it has dual screens, it is of course quite a bit bigger and heavier, but it also adds something that other laptops simply can’t offer. It is now possible to pre-order it with either an Intel i5 system at $2395 or an i7 system at $3795.
Do you think it will be a hit or will it fail completely? Leave a comment.
Posted: June 28, 2011 04:16PM
Feeling guilty about your GTX 590 rig's power consumption? AOC seems to have just the product to help you ease your conscience, a USB powered display monitor. The AOC e2251Fwu monitor also features a native resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5ms response rate, aside from being USB powered. These are decent specifications to be sure, but AOC reports that its display only draws a maximum of 10W, which is amazingly low. Still, if you're wondering how your USB 2.0 port can power up a monitor when in some cases it can't even charge an iPad, AOC has apparently gotten around that hurdle by using two USB cables. No further details were available yet, but let's hope the monitor lives up to its promise when it comes out later this year.
Posted: June 13, 2011 11:23PM
Author: Daryn Govender
NEC has announced the latest addition to its MultiSync EX231 series of displays, the MultiSync EX231Wp. The new 23" display features a LED-backlit PVA (Patterned Vertical Alignment) panel which offers a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution and a brightness of 250cd/m². Connectivity options include Display Port and DVI inputs, along with one USB port for devices such as flash drives. The display also has a low power usage of 27W, which is coupled with a human sensor, helping reduce power consumption by up to 94% when no activity is detected. The EX231Wp has a sleek design, featuring a depth of 14.2mm and a thin bezel measuring 14.6mm. The display can tilt and pivot using the included height-adjustable stand. The NEC MultiSync EX231Wp display has ENERGY STAR 5.0 and EPEAT Gold certification. The display is backed by a three-year warranty and will be available next month for around US$319.
Posted: June 5, 2011 07:33PM
Author: Birul Walidain
You think a 30-inch touchscreen monitor is big? Check Champtron's 65-inch touchscreen monitor that was shown at Computex 2011. You heard it right, a 65" monitor running a Sharp 1080p panel that is able to recognise two inputs from almost anything, whether that's your finger or a stylus. If you're a professional worker that needs a big space for your career, this monitor will make it that much easier for you. No word yet on the price, but I expect a hefty figure just to own this monitor.
Posted: May 15, 2011 11:38PM
Author: Daryn Govender
HP today announced its latest monitor, named the x2301. The new 23" monitor features a LED-backlit TN panel capable of displaying resolutions up to 1920x1080 (Full HD). Other features include a 3ms GTG response time, a luminance of 250 cd/m2, a 72% colour gamut and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Design-wise the x2301 has a sleek rectangular base, with the monitor measuring a mere 9.8mm thick. The x2301 monitor supports VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs and will be available from June 10 for around US$279.99.
Posted: May 7, 2011 10:31AM
What sets e-readers and modern tablets apart? The most obvious difference is in the design of their displays. A typical tablet will output video similar to a computer monitor while e-readers use a special screen featuring a technology called E-ink. The way E-ink works is by having any main content brought to the foreground via controlled magnetism while hiding the rest in the background. The benefits of such a screen is it allows the reader to experience black and white reading with a pleasant matte finish closely resembling their favorite paperback. E-ink has evolved to allow the displaying of images and is even capable of full color. The newest innovation of the technology is in the form of a thin Tyvex film, which can be folded or rolled up repeatedly and still produce an unaffected electronic display. Tyvex was chosen due to its proven durability and flexibility in the application of shipping envelopes over the years. E-ink enabled envelopes could be the future of reusable packing material since their address can be changed with a quick reprogramming, all while remaining pristine as if it was on its first delivery. The big hurdle to overcome with E-ink cloth is one of cost effectiveness, given E-ink devices have traditionally cost a pretty penny.
Posted: March 28, 2011 08:19PM
Author: Daryn Govender
HANNSG today unveiled its latest LED monitor, the HL245. The new display is part of the HL series and is targeted towards value-conscious consumers. The 23.6" HL245 monitor supports resolutions up to 1920x1080 allowing users to experience Full HD pictures or video. The panel is anti-glare, has a horizontal viewing angle of 170º and a response time of 5ms. The HL245 is approximately 20% more efficient than traditional LCD monitors and features Energy Star 5.0 certification. Specifications aside, the monitor has a sleek design and is finished in matte black. The HANNSG HL245 is available now for around US$218 (£135.99 including VAT).
Posted: March 2, 2011 03:45PM
For some computer users, having a well-calibrated monitor is essential for getting the most joy out of the experience. You can buy a colorimeter which will calibrate the colors, but many of those are expensive and some are inevitably going to be better than others. Well, Eizo has addressed that issue by creating a monitor that is self-calibrating. The Eizo ColorEdge CG275W is a 27" IPS monitor that has a built-in calibration sensor, much like the ColorEdge CG245W released last year, that does all the calibrating by itself. Simply let the monitor calibrate itself, even overnight with the computer turned off, and you'll have the best and most accurate colors possible. The CG275W has a 2560x1440 resolution, 97% reproduction of Adobe RGB, 270 nits of brightness, an 850:1 contrast ratio, 178 degree viewing angles, and a 6ms gray-to-gray response time which should be more than enough to game on. There are DVI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort connections plus a USB 2.0 hub, along with a stand that can tilt, rotate, swivel and the hood that Eizo ships with many of its monitors.
The Eizo ColorEdge CG275W will ship towards the end of this month though pricing was listed as being subject to each country it will be sold in.
Posted: February 21, 2011 05:56PM
ASUS revealed this particular monitor a little while ago, but now it is finally available in the US. The ASUS PA246Q P-IPS LCD monitor brings with it the P-IPS panel for exceptional color and quality. It covers 98% of the Adobe RGB spectrum and has 1.07 billion colors, both of which should be more than enough for most users. It is a 24.1" screen with a 6ms response time and features a resolution of 1920x1200. Viewing angles are 178 degrees and the dynamic contrast ratio is 50,000:1. ASUS has a feature called QuickFit virtual scale which provides a real-size document, photo, and grid mode on top of the active screen. Simply push a button on the monitor and the QuickFit lays down to give you an accurate scale to use whenever you want. The ASUS PA246Q has two USB ports and connects via DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, or VGA. The monitor also has height, swivel, pivot, and tilt adjustments to ensure you get the best angle possible.
The ASUS PA246Q P-IPS LCD monitor should be available now for $499.
Posted: February 9, 2011 10:19PM
Author: Daryn Govender
Packard Bell may not be the first name that comes to mind when looking for a display, but that hasn't stopped the Taiwan-based manufacturer from launching an interestingly designed high definition monitor. The new 23" display, named the Maestro LED 230, is crafted out of clear plastic and aluminium but most notably features an eye catching asymmetrical stand. Design aside, the Maestro is equipped with a LED-backlit 1920x1080 pixel panel, a 5ms response time and a quoted contrast ratio of 12,000,000:1, although I'd take the latter with a pinch of salt. Packard Bell has taken an environment-friendly approach with this monitor, choosing to exclude mercury and halogen gases in the manufacturing process of the Maestro. The Packard Bell Maestro LED 230 display should be available in May for around US$272 (€199).
Posted: January 7, 2011 11:09AM
Zalman has been an industry leader in cooling products since the company first made it on the scene. The CPU coolers were the only cooler to consider for ages, and even with a plethora of competitors, a Zalman cooler is still one of the best around. Now, Zalman seeks to improve on its CPU cooling by introducing a new element, or rather a design, by creating a new V-shaped heatsink. The V-shape improves cooling performance by increasing the "Thermal Control Area" of the heatsink, creating a much bigger surface area to generate more airflow. Denser heatsink fins have been incorporated as well which will prevent loss of surface area and provide for maximum heat dissipation. This new technology, plus Zalman's Composite Heatpipe Technology (which uses axial grooves on the inside of the pipe), has allowed for a QMAX of 350 watts on the new CNPS11X Extreme Series CPU cooler.
The CNPS11X Extreme CPU cooler features the new V-shaped heatsink design and the 350 watts QMAX. The entire cooler is coated in black-pearl nickel plating which gives it a striking appearance, plus the 120mm fan should be more than adequate to cool even the biggest overclock. The fan will generate between 17 and 34 dBa, though it will sit between 17 and 24 in its low setting. Zalman promises a large range of socket compatibility, but doesn't mention which sockets are supported. It would seem safe to say with that high QMAX that every socket currently available is supported, and possibly the new Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer ones as well.
The next cooler using the V-shaped heatsink design is the CNPS7X. It comes in two variations, the Performa and the LED, with the main difference being the fan. The Performa gets a 92mm PWM fan that generates between 17 and 32 dBa, while the LED gets a 92mm PWM fan that goes between 17 and 27 dBa. It seems the CNPS7X LED cooler will be the one you want for a low-noise environment, but both promise a strong cooling performance and large socket compatibility.
The last new cooler is the CNPS5X SZ, which forgoes the new V-shaped design for the more traditional tower appearance. There is a 92mm PWM fan cooling everything down on this cooler, which generates between 20 and 32 dBa. It promises a hassle free installation (and even appears to use push pins), plus a large range of compatibility.
Next up we have a pair of cases from Zalman, the Z9 and the GS1200. The Z9 is a mid tower and comes in two versions, the Z9 and Z9 Plus, with both featuring a mesh front panel and up to seven 120mm fans. There is also tool-free HDD installation with six internal 3.5" bays available. Cooling it will be one front 120mm fan, one rear 120mm fan, two top-mounted 120mm, two side-mounted 120mm, and even one bottom-mounted 120mm, though it seems only the front and rear fans are included stock. Motherboard support includes ATX, micro ATX, and even E-ATX, plus a graphics card can be installed so long as it is less than 290mm in length. The Z9 Plus includes a fan controller and temperature display on the front, while the Z9 does not. Both feature four USB 2.0 ports and audio in/out on the front.
The other new case is the GS1200 which improves upon the success of the GS1000. The GS1200 has a mesh front bezel which now includes two 92mm LED fans. Up top is one 200mm LED fan, the side has another 200mm LED fan, while the rear has a regular 120mm fan. It seems cooling performance will not be a problem in the GS1200. Like the Z9, there is support for ATX, micro ATX, and E-ATX motherboards though the GS1200 can also fit video cards up to 350mm in length. There are six internal 3.5" bays which include support for SSDs. The hot-swap feature of the GS1000 returns in the GS1200, but this time the 92mm fans in the front provide cooling for all the hard drives you can possibly fit behind them. There is even an HDD dock on the top of the case. The GS1200 has audio in/out, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and one e-SATA port on the front.
Now we come to the power supplies, which Zalman is getting in to. The two models being shown are the 850-HP Plus and 1000-HP Plus, which are both modular units and have 850 and 1000 watts of power, respectively. There is a 140mm fan cooling each unit plus there is support for up to three graphics cards. Each unit is also 80 PLUS Silver certified and uses Japanese capacitors, though not much else is known besides that.
Lastly, we have a 3D monitor from Zalman. There will be a 21.5" and a 24" model, and both are a polarization 3D monitor which means the glasses needed are of the passive variety and not active shutter like virtually all other 3D monitors require. The passive glasses are surprisingly cheap compared to active shutter ones. Passive glasses will be found in the five to fifteen dollar range compared to 150 dollars or more for active shutter. The 3D monitors from Zalman, called Trimon, is a 1080p display with HDCP support. Zalman promises no ghosting in the image and also the ability to switch between 2D and 3D mode easily. Included with each monitor is one pair of passive glasses and one pair of passive clip-on glasses, which is quite nice to see for those who already wear a pair of prescription glasses.
All of these products will be shown during CES 2011 but no word was made on any availability or pricing for any of them.
Posted: January 6, 2011 11:51AM
Author: Dale Shuck
NVIDIA announced today at CES the addition of new 3D-enabled PCs and monitors from Lenovo to its stable 3D Vision enabled products. NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology allows users to experience a stereoscopic three dimensional world whether gaming or just watching movies. The 3D Vision ecosystem is now made up of over 1,000 notebook and desktop computers, displays, TVs, projectors, NVIDA GPUs, video applications, cameras and games.
Lenovo's IdeaCentre K330 PC, a 3D gaming PC housed in a tower, features NVIDIA GeForce GTX460 graphics card. In addition, the new Lenovo L2363d 23-inch 3D monitor, one of the first full-HD (1920 x 1080) monitors to feature dual webcam lenses, enables users to take 3D photos or participate in stereoscopic 3D web conferencing using NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses and technology.
"NVIDIA’s 3D Vision delivers superior quality, performance and compatibility required to our consumers to enjoy an immersive 3D entertainment experience,” said Wei Jin, director of Lenovo Idea product group. “The IdeaCentre K330 PC and L2363d monitor were designed with this in mind, providing new levels of power, performance and high-quality visuals to shift consumers’ 3D gaming and multimedia experiences into overdrive."
Lenovo expects the IdeaCentre K330 to be available in February with pricing determined by the specific configuration.
Posted: January 4, 2011 09:16PM
Author: Dale Shuck
Yep, it's CES week and that means it's time for more product announcements and this time we're hearing from Acer as it launches its Aspire Z5763 all-in-one PC equipped with NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, as well as the world’s first 27-inch 3D Vision Ready monitor. The new Acer HN274H 27-inch and GN245HQ 24-inch monitors include built-in 3D Vision emitters. These are the first 3D monitors that support both DL-DVI and HDMI 1.4 inputs which enables users to enjoy stereoscopic 3D games, movies, photographs and more when connected to any 3D Vision PC.
The Acer Aspire Z5763 all-in-one PC is one of the first of its kind to support NVIDIA 3D Vision. It features a 23", full HD (1920 x 1080) 3D Vision display, NVIDIA GeForce GT440 or GeForce GT445M GPUs, a built-in 3D Vision emitter, advanced Dolby® surround sound audio, a Blu-ray DVD drive, and optional TV tuner, designed to provide home users with a full-featured multimedia entertainment device.
Posted: December 28, 2010 03:32AM
Author: Daryn Govender
LG today unveiled what it calls "the world's thinnest bezel," to be featured on its upcoming Xnote P210 notebook. The P210 promises to be the same size as a conventional 11.6" notebook, but with a larger 12.5" screen, thanks to its ultra-slim bezel. Packed inside will be a dual-core Intel Core i5-470UM processor clocked between 1.33GHz and 1.86GHz, backed by 4GB of memory, Intel HD graphics and a modest 5400RPM 320GB HDD. Other features will include 802.11n connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1.3MP webcam. The resolution of the LED-backlit screen hasn't been mentioned but I'd expect it to be at least 720p. Measuring 299x192x20.9mm and weighing in at 1.3kg, the P210 will run on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The Xnote P210 will be available in February for approximately US$1,130 - until then I'm sure we'll see another glimpse of it at CES 2011.
Posted: December 13, 2010 01:12PM
LG has just launched the E90 computer monitor line, one that is incredibly thin as it is a mere 7.2mm thick. It achieves this thinness by having all the vital parts stuffed into a rather chunky, and glossy, base. The power supply and all the connections are on the base which LG calls EZ-cabling and is where you will find a variety of analog and digital connections, including HDMI. The monitor itself is LED-backlit and features a 1920x1080 panel with a 2ms response time. It also features LG's Image Booster software which is designed to enhance low quality content, like from streaming websites, to give a better looking picture on the E90 monitors. The E90 series will also help to reduce your energy bill as it consumes 40% less power than typical CCFL monitors.
The E90 series is expected to be available later this month for $435 or €329. It will be shown off at CES next month as well.