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Posted: March 20, 2014 03:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore
Although third party chargers certainly exist for Nexus phones and tablets, the quality of such chargers is difficult to determine and price generally differs greatly. While ASUS offers an official replacement charger for the Nexus 7, it costs roughly $30 depending on the retailer. Google is looking to provide a more inexpensive option that provides quality and reliability at the same time, with the Google Play Store now offering an official Nexus charger for $15. The charging accessory can charge any Nexus device, featuring a square design that incorporates a detachable mini USB cable while offering fast 9W AC charging.
Posted: February 10, 2014 02:37PM
Small PC's SD240ML is a 24" 1920x1080p multi-touch Marine LCD monitor "designed and tested for reliable operation in wet dirty environments." The monitor has been IP67-tested for dust and water ingress. Since the monitor is tightly and completely sealed with a rugged aluminum casing, it's dust-proof and can be immersed in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. It also claims ideal viewing is provided even in direct sunlight due to enhanced glass bonding and anti-reflective coatings. It even boasts an impressive brightness of 1000 nits!
The display device is equipped with VGA, Composite, and HDMI ports with VESA mounting options. The SD240ML monitor alone is set at a whopping $3,895.00 and an optional integrated Intel i3/i5i/7 CPU can be added for an all-in-one solution.
Posted: January 13, 2014 12:40PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
Last friday, I wrote about ASUS' new ROG gaming monitor. Now it seems the company is also making a 4K gaming monitor. So if you have three GTX Titan cards that needs some exercise, then this might be what you need.
The monitor uses a TN panel to allow for a 1 ms response time, though it does mean that you will not get the colors and viewing angles of a IPS panel. The monitor will not have a full 4K resolution, but the monitor's 3820x2160 pixels should be sufficient for most people's needs. The monitor comes with HDMI and DisplayPort ports, and you can connect smartphones and tablets via the HDMI port that supports MHL (Mobile High-definition Link). The stand allows for tilt, swivel, and height and pivot adjustments.
According to ASUS, the monitor should be available in the latter part of Q2, and it should cost only $799.
Posted: January 10, 2014 03:16PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
ASUS' Republic of Gamers Division has provided us with a plethora of great products over the past couple of years, and now it seems to be expanding into a new category to once again prove its worth. With the new monitor, named the ROG Swift PG278Q Premium Gaming Monitor, ASUS has made what could be one of this year's best gaming monitors. At least according to the specifications. The new monitor will be 27 inches diagonally and have a resolution of 2560x1440. Since it is a gaming monitor from the ROG division, it has a 120+ Hz refresh rate, a 1 ms response time, and of course NVIDIA's new G-Sync technology to ensure that you will never be a frame behind the competition and it will provide much smoother gameplay.
Furthermore, the monitor will come with ASUS' exclusive feature, GamePlus, which is an OSD overlay that enables crosshair and timer functions to be displayed on the monitor. These funcitons will, according to ASUS, "allow gamers to practice and improve their gaming skills."
As for connectivity, the monitor will have "an array of options" including DisplayPort 1.2 and two USB 3.0 ports. It is possible to mount the monitor on a wall with a VESA wall mount, and the stand allows for full tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment. And ROG did not forget about multi-monitor gamers, so it reduced the bezel to 6 mm.
Posted: January 6, 2014 03:06PM
Author: Brentt Moore
Equipped with a plethora of features and 4K resolution, Philips today has introduced its Philips UltraClear Display at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new 28-inch display features a resolution of 3840x2160 and provides a color depth of 1.07 billion colors at an aspect ratio of 16:9. Built-in stereo speakers are included and MHL technology is also provided, enabling quick and easy mobile device connectivity. MultiView functionality is provided as well, which allows for active dual connect and view of multiple devices. Additionally, the SmartErgoBase on the Philips UltraClear Display enables the monitor to be lowered to almost desk level for an optimal viewing angle to be achieved. The Philips UltraClear Display model 288P6 boasts plenty of connectivity options and includes one DisplayPort, one Dual-link DVI, one HDMI, one MHL, two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, and one VGA SmartConnect ports.
Available in the spring of this year, the Philips UltraClear Display will sell for $1,199.99 MSRP.
Posted: January 6, 2014 07:23AM
Author: Tobias Thydal
In many competitive FPS games, it is often all about speed and responsiveness. A few millisecond can mean the difference between getting the kill or getting killed. That is why NVIDIA has developed G-SYNC; a new technology that synchronizes display refresh rates to the PC’s GPU, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag. This bodes well for gamers, as it can help them gain an edge compared to the competition.
Philips is now ready with its first monitor with built-in G-SYNC. The monitor, model name 272G5DYEB, is 27 inches diagonally and uses a TN display. It has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, 300cd/cm2 brightness and a 1000:1 typical contrast ratio, and displays up to 16.7M colors. All of that is fairly standard, but what sets the monitor apart from some of the competition is its incorporation of G-SYNC along with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1 ms response time, which ensures that you will be having the newest frames on your screen as soon as they are rendered by the GPU. Chris Brown, TPV Global Product Marketing, puts it this way "This 27-inch Philips monitor is a perfect gaming partner, with G-SYNC technology bringing breakthrough display performance and giving major competitive edge".
Source: Press Release
Posted: December 18, 2013 03:04PM
Author: Tobias Thydal
LG is going to be showcasing its first 4K monitor at CES next month, along with a 34 inch and a 29 inch monitor with an UltraWide resolution of 3440x1440.
The 31 inch monitor will be a true 4K monitor with a resolution of 4096x2160, which is slightly more vertical pixels than ASUS' 31.5 inch monitor, which has a resolution of 3840x2160. LG's monitor will have quite uncommon 19:10 ratio as opposed to the ASUS' monitor that has a standard 16:9 ratio. This might prove troublesome when watching movies, but for graphical designer more pixels most often equals a more "true" picture, and since this is who the monitor is aimed at, LG might have made the right decision.
Furthermore, the monitor will have a Thunderbolt 2 port, which enables data transfers of up to 20 Gb/s and allows dual-channel data transfers. To top it off, LG will ship the monitor with its True Color Pro calibration software to ensure that the monitor displays 99 percent of the Adobe RGB color space.
Prices and availability will most likely be announced at CES, so you only have to wait another month.
Posted: October 21, 2013 05:52AM
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 01:35PM
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 11:18PM
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 01:25PM
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 06:08PM
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 01:55PM
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 01:05PM
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 10:30AM
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 21, 2012 12:17AM
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 09:45PM
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 01:34AM
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 06:50PM
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 07:41AM
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 09:01AM
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 05:05PM
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 03:51PM
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 05:16PM
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 14, 2011 12:23AM
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 08:33PM
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 16, 2011 12:38AM
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 11:31AM
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 09:19PM
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 04:45PM
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.