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Asus introduced a 360Hz G-SYNC display at CES 2020 (Source: Asus)

Are high refresh rate displays worth your money?

With the incredibly wide range of refresh rate displays available, 60Hz is starting to look like a thing of the past. While high refresh rate displays have numerous benefits, is it really worth it in the long run?
Loki Rautio, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:31:00 +0100
Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

Update | Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

No, you don't need a stable 144 FPS to take advantage of a 144 Hz display. For gaming laptops in particular where CPU and GPU power are limited, these 240 Hz and 300 Hz high refresh rate panels are more useful for their wide range...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 17:51:00 +0100
All images via Lenovo

CES 2020 | Lenovo wants to help you frame your memories with the 21.5-inch Smart Frame

Lenovo's new Smart Frame is a digital photo frame with an A.I. twist. The frame runs Android 10.0 and can connect to a user's Google Photos account to display their snapshots and movies. Some A.I. software in the background helps ...
Sam Medley, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:30:00 +0100
NVIDIA's latest Game Ready driver brings in many new features. (Source: Forbes)

CES 2020 | NVIDIA announces new Game Ready driver with VRSS, Wolfenstein: Youngblood to receive a major RTX update

NVIDIA has announced the release of a new Game Ready driver at CES 2020. The new driver brings support for variable rate supersampling (VRSS), Freestyle splitscreen, updates to image sharpening, and frame rate limiting among other...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +0100
NVIDIA feels 360 Hz is the refresh rate needed for ultra-competitive gaming. (Source: NVIDIA)

CES 2020 | Asus and NVIDIA team-up to showcase the ROG Swift 360 — the world's first 360 Hz G-Sync display

NVIDIA is demoing the world's first 360 Hz G-Sync display at CES 2020. Built in collaboration with Asus, the ROG Swift 360 is a 24.5-inch FHD display that supports G-Sync VRR and offers a 360 Hz refresh rate with extremely low lat...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 03:00:00 +0100
Upcoming HP Envy 32 All-in-One treads a thin line between multimedia and professional

CES 2020 | HP Envy 32 All-in-One treads a thin line between multimedia and professional

Though HP is marketing the Envy 32 AiO to general consumers and multimedia users, its fast Core i7 CPU, GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and large 31.5-inch DCI-P3 HDR600 display can also appeal to content creators, power users, and som...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 02:00:00 +0100
Acer Preadtor CG552K is a 55-inch 4K OLED display with a 144 Hz refresh rate and 0.5 ms response time. (Source: Acer)

CES 2020 | Acer's new pricey Predator monitors seem droolworthy for both gamers and creatives alike

At CES 2020, Acer introduced three new monitors to its Predator lineup. These include the 55-inch Predator CG552K 4K OLED display, the Predator X32 that is DisplayHDR 1400-certified, and the Predator X38 UWQHD+ panel with a 175 Hz...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 05 Jan 2020 23:00:00 +0100
The Lenovo Y25-25 monitor. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2020 | Lenovo's new gaming monitors have near-edgeless displays, high refresh rates and FreeSync support

Lenovo has brought 3 new gaming-focused monitors to CES this year. The Y25-25, G27c-10 and G32qc-10 are 24.5-, 27- and 31.5-inch devices respectively. The former stands out with its 240Hz spec, although the other 2 have relatively...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Jan 2020 21:00:00 +0100
The Samsung Odyssey 49-inch monitor features a striking 1000R curve. (Source: Samsung)

CES 2020 | Samsung Odyssey unveils G9, G7 QLED gaming monitors with unique 1000R curve

Samsung has revealed its latest gaming monitors and will have them on display at CES 2020 when it commences on January 7. The new Odyssey G9 and G7 range are the world’s first to feature a dramatic 1000R curve designed to fit with...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 10:18:00 +0100
Image via LG

CES 2020 | LG announces eight "Real 8K" TVs

LG today announced eight new 8K-certified TVs. The televisions are defined as "Real 8K" sets according to the Consumer Technology Association's definition of 8K. The two OLED and six LCD TVs can display 8K content at 60 fps and ha...
Sam Medley, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 06:10:00 +0100
All image via Lenovo.

CES 2020 | Lenovo unveils ThinkCentre M90a AIO, a more secure all-in-one desktop

Lenovo's new ThinkCentre M90a AIO adds some security features to a sleek all-in-one form factor PC. The M90a uses Lenovo's Blur Screen Software and IR sensors to protect user privacy. The AIO can be configured with a 10th generati...
Sam Medley, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0100
The ThinkVision Creator Extreme 4K professional monitor. All images via Lenovo.

CES 2020 | Lenovo announces four new ThinkVision monitors, including professional-grade Creator Extreme

Lenovo showed off four new monitors at CES today. The star of the display show is the ThinkVision Creator Extreme, a professional-grade mini-LED monitor that boasts 1000 nits of brightness and is HDR1000 certified. The Creator Ext...
Sam Medley, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0100
Image via NEC

CES 2020 | NEC's Lavie Home AIO is a sleek Comet Lake-powered All-in-One with Wake on Voice functionality

NEC's latest All-in-One, the Lavie Home AIO, is targeted directly at families. The AIO sports a Core i7 Comet Lake-U CPU and a 27-inch FHD display. The Home AIO pumps sound through screen-mounted speakers thanks to LG's Crystal So...
Sam Medley, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0100
View input from up to 4 devices with the Dell UltraSharp 43 4K. (Source: Dell)

CES 2020 | Dell's 2020 UltraSharp monitors have USB type-C inputs, PBP and high color accuracy

Dell's new line-up of UltraSharp monitors are all USB type-C this year. They are headlinded by the 43-inch U4320Q, a 4K panel that can be split between up to 4 separate devices via the OEM's Picture-by-Picture (PBP) feature. There...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0100
All images via Alienware

CES 2020 | Alienware unveils Alienware 25, a 25-inch 240 Hz gaming monitor with a 1 ms response time

The Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor sports a 25-inch FHD (1920x1080) IPS display with a 240 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time. The panel covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut and is compatible with AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync. Th...
Sam Medley, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0100
All images via Dell

CES 2020 | Dell announces massive 86-inch 4K interactive touch monitor

The Dell 86 4K Interactive Touch Monitor is a monster 85.6-inch touch display targeted at boardrooms and collaborative workspaces. The monitor supports 20-point multitouch, allowing multiple people to work at the board at once. It...
Sam Medley, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0100
Auzai ME16Z01 Portable Monitor Review: Lightweight and Flexible

Auzai ME16Z01 Portable Monitor Review: Lightweight and Flexible

Convenient on-the-go monitor. The 15.6-inch Auzai monitor is easy to carry around, but it doesn't take much to damage the unprotected matte screen and flexible plastic case.
15.6" | 650 g
Allen Ngo, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 18:59:00 +0100
C-Force CF016xT USB-C 144 Hz Portable Monitor Review: Convenient when it Works

C-Force CF016xT USB-C 144 Hz Portable Monitor Review: Convenient when it Works

No power cable required... sometimes. It's awesome when it works, but some iffy flickering behavior and power issues make it unreliable for specific scenarios. Why an AC adapter for power is not included in the box is particularly bewildering.
16.1" | 990 g
Allen Ngo, Tue, 31 Dec 2019 18:26:00 +0100
XPG Xenia, ADATA's upcoming gaming laptop (Image source: ADATA)

ADATA expands XPG portfolio with new laptops, desktops, and monitors

SSD and RAM maker ADATA is expanding their XPG lineup with the Photon monitor, Gaia desktop, and Xenia laptop. Detailed information about the new products will be announced at CES 2020.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 06:46:00 +0100
TCL will be at CES 2020. (Source: TCL)

TCL's CES 2020 showcase will be based on mini-LED

TCL has announced that the new displays to be shown off at the next CES by this company will feature mini-LED technology. This next-gen form of backlight may prove a viable alternative to OLED. TCL asserts that its version are cap...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 21:23:00 +0100
LG will showcase its new soundbars at CES 2020. (Source: LG)

LG's 2020 premium soundbars will be able to adapt to a room using AI

LG's upcoming line of soundbars will be unveiled at CES 2020. However, the OEM has offered some details on these new products ahead of this event. They have been developed with Meridian Audio, while also supporting Dolby Atmos, DT...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 28 Dec 2019 19:10:00 +0100
Nest Hello video doorbell data on a DISH-connected TV. (Source: DISH)

DISH integrates Google Nest's doorbell into its TV receiver platform

DISH, a source of paid TV that also integrates apps such as Netflix, has announced that some Google Nest products can now co-ordinate with its "Hopper" or "Wally" receivers. As a result, users of both products will gain the abilty...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 19:45:00 +0100
The cast icon in the YouTube app may lead to new options soon. (Source: Google)

YouTube on smart TVs to gain voice-control support

YouTube has developed a panel of controls that come into effect when it is being used on a smart TV or Chromecast-enabled device. Now, it may have also added voice commands and new remote-style buttons in this menu. They have been...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Dec 2019 20:06:00 +0100
A GoPro HERO8 Black with a Light Mod. (Source: GoPro)

GoPro launches the Light Mod for the HERO8 Black

GoPro has released a new product that is compatible with its pre-existing mounts. However, it is not an action-cam: it is instead a mini LED floodlight intended to be used with one of them, the HERO8 Black. It can also clip onto t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 20:19:00 +0100
LG's new UltraWide monitors are the world's first 144 Hz 21:9 displays. (Image via LG)

LG announces new 38-inch UltraWide with Thunderbolt 3

LG unveiled several new monitors today. The flagship is a 38-inch UltraWide that boasts a 3840x1600 resolution, a 144 Hz refresh rate, and a 1 ms response time. The UltraWide connects via Thunderbolt 3 and covers 98% of the P3 col...
Sam Medley, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:26:00 +0100
The Nikon Z 7 can now film in RAW and use some CFexpress cards. (Source: Nikon)

Nikon updates the Z 7 and Z 6 with CFexpress card and RAW video output support

The latest firmware update for Nikon Z-series cameras allows them to use CFexpress, a new memory-card format associated with faster transfers compared to XQD. This new software also allows the Z 6 or Z 7 to record 4K UHD or full-H...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 21:19:00 +0100
An LG 8K Signature OLED TV. (Source: LG)

Some of LG's 2020 TVs are set to go beyond the 8K Ultra HD criteria

LG has announced that the next generation of Signature OLED and NanoCell TVs have "exceeded" the requirements for the 8K Ultra HD designation. This new spec has been developed by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in order ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 21:38:00 +0100
The new Mac Pro: all the jokes have already been made. (Source: B&H)

The new Apple Mac Pro is now on sale

Get ready for what could be the most expensive cheesegrater in your life: the new Mac Pro is here. It is now available to pre-order from and retailers such as B&H. This new PC has configurations that go from 4- to 6-figu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:28:00 +0100
The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2. (Source: Magewell)

The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 can bring high-res video to the PCIe-less boards of the future

Magewell is a company that makes the components that connect video and audio output with the applicable software. Its latest M.2 video capture card is of its 'Eco' line-up, and is capable of single-channel operation at up to 4096x...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:54:00 +0100
The new OnePlus TV remote control. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus announces a new, Netflix-buttoned remote for its smart TV

OnePlus released its first smart TV series (the Q1 and Q1 Pro) this year. Now, it has unveiled a new accessory for it: an alternate remote control with a Netflix-branded button. However, existing customers can get it for free.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:45:00 +0100
A Vizio smart TV. (Source: Vizio)

Vizio sold 80% more 4K smart TVs over the 2019 Black Friday event compared to 2018

The panel-maker Vizio has reported that it "exceeded expectations" over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period just gone, having sold 500,000 or more units of its smart TVs between these days in 2019. For example, it sold 87% more p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 19:09:00 +0100
Nokia Smart TV

Nokia partners with Flipkart to launch Smart TV in India

Nokia's first-ever smart TV will be released in India on December 10th. The TV features a 55-inch 4K panel and runs Android 9.0. It will be available on Flipkart for ₹41,999($590).
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:20:00 +0100
The Lepow portable monitor. (Source: Lepow)

Deal | The Lepow FHD USB type C portable monitor is going on a 30% off sale

Lepow has announced a 30% discount on its portable monitor as of tomorrow (November 30, 2019). This product is a 15.6-inch display with a built-in stand-cover and dual speakers. It has USB type C and mini HDMI ports so as to be co...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 20:17:00 +0100
LG has some OLED TV offers for US customers. (Source: LG)

Deal | LG unveils its Black Friday sale on 2019 OLED TVs

LG has unveiled what it calls the "best prices of the year" on its OLED TVs sold through its site and authorized dealers in the US. It includes no less than US$2000 off one 77-inch model, and a 55-inch SKU that now goes for just $...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:14:00 +0100
Nvidia's G-Sync VRR standard is more widespread, yet AMD GPU users cannot currently benefit from it. (Source: Nvidia)

PS5 and Xbox Scarlett to benefit from upcoming Nvidia G-Sync support for AMD's GPUs

Nvidia GPUs already support AMD's FreeSync monitors, but AMD's GPUs are still not compatible with Nvidia's G-Sync screens. However, Nvidia recently unveiled that these issues are to be eliminated, as 2020 G-Sync screens will provi...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:29:00 +0100
The EOS 5G Mark IV is up for one of the best deals at Canon US this Black Friday. (Source: Canon)

Deal | Save as much as US$700 on Canon cameras and lenses

Canon has unveiled its Black Friday 2019 week deals, which include a number of high-end cameras, on its own website. This store also offers discounts on some lenses, as does Amazon at present. These listings also include Tamron or...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:22:00 +0100
NVIDIA updates its Game Ready Drivers. (Source: Neowin)

NVIDIA releases its latest Game Ready Driver update

NVIDIA has a new driver update for its more recent GPUs. This version (Game Ready Driver 441.20 WHQL) makes 1 more Asus monitor and 2 more Acer displays G-SYNC compatible. It may also improve gameplay in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Ord...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 24 Nov 2019 14:05:00 +0100
A new version of the Mi Surface may be on the way. (Source: MyDrivers)

Xiaomi's Mi Surface monitor may be getting a 29-inch variant

The Mi Surface is a recently-released gaming-focused monitor from Xiaomi. Now, a new leak has pointed toward an additional variant of this display line. It is to measure 29 inches rather than 34 as in the original, yet retain this...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 19:45:00 +0100
New name, same hardware: Microsoft has been using the exact same LG Philips panel for its Surface Pro series for the past three years (Image source: Microsoft)

New name, same hardware: Microsoft has been using the exact same LG Philips panel for its Surface Pro series for the past three years

The two-year old Surface Pro 5 offers essentially the same display experience as the latest Surface Pro 7 down to colors, contrast, brightness, response times, and more.
Allen Ngo, Sat, 16 Nov 2019 04:46:00 +0100
Chuwi UBook Pro Surface clone has a brighter display than any Surface Pro (Image source: Chuwi)

Chuwi UBook Pro Surface Pro clone has a brighter display than the actual Surface Pro

At a measured brightness of 868 nits on the center of the screen, the UBook Pro is nearly 90 percent brighter than even the Surface Pro 6. It's not everyday that a cheaper Chinese clone offers something better than the "proper" au...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 23:25:00 +0100
GoToMeeting's security issues may have been prevented by timely reporting. (Source: GoToMeeting)

GoToMeeting is found to be potentially susceptible to hacking

The European "responsible vulnerability disclosure" specialists Swascan claim to have discovered that the popular virtual conference service GoToMeeting may be subject to various common weakness enumerations (or CWEs). They may af...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:16:00 +0100
Some CES Innovation Awards have been given out already. (Source: CES)

The CTA announces several CES 2020 award winners and honorees early

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has conferred a number of CES 2020 Awards on some OEMs ahead of this event. They include OnePlus, LG and Acer, who have won recognition for their latest flagship devices, (or, in some case...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:05:00 +0100
The 8K 7x10.7 KAS S from Canon. (Source: Canon)

Canon introduces the first 2 of its 8K broadcast-grade lenses to the US market

Canon USA has unveiled its inaugural 8K broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7x10.7 KAS S attachments. The company is pitching them at the capture of live TV in this UHD resolution. They also have an image format size that c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 09 Nov 2019 20:50:00 +0100
An example of a home theater in a box. (Source: Lifewire)

The home theater market could be worth US$13.4 billion by 2025

Home theaters brought in a total of US$7.7 billion last year. However, this market value is thought to be capable of growing by up to $5.7 billion more over the next 6 years. The sound bar sector may grow at the greatest rate over...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
Image via Max J.

OnePlus 8 Pro may have a 120Hz display

A new rumor claims that the OnePlus 8 Pro will feature a 120Hz display. While this rumor comes seemingly out of left field, it's not out of the question for OnePlus to continue to push high-refresh rate displays in its handsets. C...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:55:00 +0100
Samsung is now making an effort to draw 3rd-party TVs into its ecosystem. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung makes Tizen available for third-party TVs

Samsung's Developer Conference (SDC) 2019 contained numerous interesting announcements, not the least that Tizen OS for TVs can be ported to third-party devices. In addition, there are now additional developer-friendly facilities ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 23:41:00 +0100
The new Mi TV 5 series. (Source: MySmartPrice)

Xiaomi launches the Mi TV 5 and 5 Pro

Xiaomi also promised details on a fifth generation of its smart TVs during the Mi CC9 Pro debut. The OEM made good on this - less expectedly, it introduced 2 new variants of the same during the event. The Mi TV 5 Pro is the one th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:54:00 +0100
The AOPEN Chromebox Commercial 2. (Source: AOPEN)

AOPEN releases a tough enterprise-grade Chromebox

AOPEN calls its new Chrome OS PC the "Commercial 2" as it asserts it is ready for demanding business environments. Besides its fanless, solid-state design, it is rated to withstand temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius. It can ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 17:45:00 +0100
Image via Dell

Dell's latest UltraSharp 4K monitor makes calibration a snap with its pop-up colorimeter

Dell announced a new professional grade monitor. The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor features a 4K resolution at 27-inches, full AdobeRGB color coverage, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a pop-up colorimeter. The monitors w...
Sam Medley, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:02:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi TV will launch soon. (Source: Weibo)

The Xiaomi Mi TV 5 is shaping up to be a powerful smart screen

Xiaomi has been dropping more spec-related hints as to what the Mi TV 5 will be capable of in the run-up to its launch. According to the OEM, it will be 4K and have 108% of the NTSC color gamut. It will also have a faster processo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 02 Nov 2019 14:28:00 +0100

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