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The X24c will be "HP's most curved monitor yet" when it launches in October for $249 USD

The X24c will be "HP's most curved monitor yet" when it launches in October for $249 USD

The 23.6-inch monitor will support FreeSync Premium which won't be compatible with any of the new Omen or Pavilion gaming laptops just announced. As such, the display will work best on desktop PCs where Radeon GPUs are more common...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 02 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0200
ROG Strix XG35VQ

Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ: 21:9 Curved Monitor in Review

UWQHD gaming. While notebooks have not yet embraced the 21:9 display ratio desktop monitors have, and new products continue to appear. We take a closer look at the 35-inch As...
Florian Glaser, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 23:50:00 +0200
OLED screens, like the one used in the iPhone 11 Pro Max, may soon be usurped by microLED. (Image via Notebookcheck review)

Apple considers $330 million investment in Taiwanese microLED factory for future iPhones and MacBooks

Apple is considering a large US$330 million investment in a microLED manufacturing plant in Taiwan. The investment would be a joint venture with Epistar and AU Optronics. This investment could lead to the use of microLED displays ...
Sam Medley, Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:40:00 +0200
Disney+ has skyrocketed in recent months. (Source: Disney)

Disney+ is now the 4th most popular streaming service in the US: new study

Disney launched its own streaming services only about 6 months ago. Despite this, a new study has found that 25% of its US-based respondents have already subscribed to it. This puts it in the top 5 of such apps alongside more esta...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 31 May 2020 21:03:00 +0200
The Samsung Odyssey G9 has a quantum dot display. (Image source: Overclockers UK)

Stunning Samsung Odyssey 49-inch G9 1000R Curved Gaming Monitor now available for pre-order at £1,279.99 (US$1,581)

The 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 1000R Curved Gaming Monitor is now available for pre-order and those interested will have to pay up £1,279.99 (US$1,581) for the pleasure of owning the magnificent display. The monitor has a 240 Hz r...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 30 May 2020 23:56:00 +0200
Research has found that more people clean their phones more regularly these days. (Source: Pixabay)

The number of people who clean their phones daily in the US may have doubled due to Covid-19

Most modern phones are made of materials on which pathogens, Covid-19 included, can survive on for up to 120 hours. Accordingly, bodies such as the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that they be cleaned once a day. New...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 27 May 2020 19:22:00 +0200
3D images without special glasses are now a reality. (Image Source: Looking Glass Factory)

Looking Glass Factory presents the world's first 8K holographic display

Through the use of a special 45-element light field relying on horizontal parallax principles, the new 8K holographic screen can display 3D images without the use of separate 3D glasses. For now, the screen comes only in a 32-inch...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 27 May 2020 17:41:00 +0200
The Redmi Display 1A offers a 178° viewing angle. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Redmi Display 1A pre-sale begins: 23.8-inch IPS monitor from Xiaomi with narrow bezels for just 599 yuan (US$84)

The Redmi Display 1A monitor from Xiaomi is now official and has been put up for pre-sale. Customers in China can reserve one of the external monitors for 100 yuan (US$14) deposit while the full price for the Redmi Display 1A is 5...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 27 May 2020 16:15:00 +0200
The new ZV-1 camera. (Source: Sony)

Sony announces its new "vlogger's camera", the ZV-1

Sony has launched a lightweight, compact camera with a 20.1MP 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor. However, it is not a new RX: the new ZV-1 was designed with content creators in mind. It has a side-mounted LCD touchscreen, as well as t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 26 May 2020 20:36:00 +0200
The new HP E14 G4. (Source: HP)

The new HP E-series monitors include a 14-inch portable variant

HP's latest launch includes a range of new enterprise-focused monitors. The traditional wired versions of this E series are the world’s first fully-adjustable displays TUV-certified for blue light reduction. There is also the E14 ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 26 May 2020 14:00:00 +0200
The HP ProDesk 600 G6 AiO. (Source: HP)

The ProDesk 400 and 600 G6 lines are HP's new enterprise-grade PCs

HP has announced its 2020 commercial desktop lines. It consists of 400- and 600 G6-series mini-PCs, small form-factors, microtowers and all-in-ones (AiO). They boast advantages such as military-grade durability, up to 10th generat...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 26 May 2020 14:00:00 +0200
Redmi Monitor 1A will be unveiled on May 26th

Leak suggests that the Redmi Monitor 1A is a cheaper version of the Mi Display 1A

Redmi's upcoming monitor will be called the Redmi Monitor 1A, according to well-known leaker Ishan Agarwal. Much like the Mi Display 1A, it will also come with a 60Hz 23.8-inch IPS LCD panel. The monitor will reportedly cost aroun...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 25 May 2020 14:54:00 +0200
Online streaming is now a prominent source of home entertainment. (Source: Flickr)

67% of US high-speed internet households own at least 1 device that is just for streaming AV content

New market research has found that nearly 70% of all US households with broadband internet own and use at least 1 device along the lines of a smart TV, streaming box, connected DVR or console. This appears to underpin the strong r...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 23 May 2020 22:44:00 +0200
Bloomberg TV+ is coming to a Samsung big-screen near you. (Source: Bloomberg)

Bloomberg TV+ is coming free to Samsung smart TVs

Bloomberg TV+ is provided by the media outlet of the same name. It launched in 2019 as the first such online channel to stream in 4K UHD. Its maker has announced a new partnership by Samsung by which it will appear on this OEM's f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 21 May 2020 22:54:00 +0200
The TCL 9 Series RAYDANZ soundbar. (Source: TCL)

TCL wins a 2020 iF Design Award for its latest flagship soundbar

TCL is becoming increasingly well-known for its mostly affordable high-res TVs. However, it also does soundbars, the newest of which has won an award for its unique "RAYDANZ" design. The OEM claims that it allows the device to pro...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 21 May 2020 19:25:00 +0200
M MEMTEQ Type-C Portable Monitor Z1 review - Multi-screen use on the go

M MEMTEQ Type-C Portable Monitor Z1 review - Multi-screen use on the go

Display to go. Behind the somewhat cumbersome name is a portable monitor that is considered mobile at 770 grams and can be used for both laptops and smartphones. A matte 15.6-inch Full HD IPS panel for a little more than 200 Euros (~$218) sounds tempting, but it cannot achieve everything it promises in the test.
15.6" | 770 g
Daniel Schmidt, Thu, 21 May 2020 14:54:00 +0200
The new Alienware monitor can be overclocked up to 360 Hz (Image source: Dell)

Alienware introduces 25-in 360 Hz monitor with AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync: 1080p IPS panel with 99 percent sRGB competes with ASUS ROG Swift 360 for the Fortnite and Overwatch eSports crowd

Dell Alienware recently announced the AW2521HF, a high refresh rate 360 Hz IPS monitor targeting eSports audiences. The AW2521HF will compete with ASUS' ROG SWIFT 360 for gamers who want an ultra-high frequency 1080p experience on...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 20 May 2020 15:08:00 +0200
Virtually test out a Sony TV in your house with its new app. (Source: Sony)

Sony launches a new AR app to help users choose which of its TVs to buy

Envision TV AR is a new Android and iOS app designed by Sony to help users reluctant to go outdoors shop for a new big-screen device in any case. It uses the augmented-reality (AR) features of a smartphone to virtually place Sony ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 15 May 2020 17:41:00 +0200
Dell XPS 13 9300 FHD version is brighter than the 4K UHD version and other interesting differences (Image source: Dell)

Dell XPS 13 9300 FHD version is brighter than the 4K UHD version and other interesting differences

There are some advantages and disadvantages to each option with some being obvious and others not so obvious. We go over each one here to help potential buyers ...
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU) | 13.4" | 1.2 kg
Allen Ngo, Fri, 15 May 2020 06:56:00 +0200
All images via Eve Distribution

Eve Spectrum gaming monitor gets some upgrades

The Eve Spectrum gaming monitor has enjoyed success during its pre-order phase, so much so that Eve Distribution has announced a few upgrades. Spectrum will now support HDMI 2.1 via two HDMI 2.1 ports, and the QHD 240 Hz and 4K 14...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 May 2020 17:00:00 +0200
The new Sony HT-G700 system. (Source: Sony)

Sony intros its new, Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar

Sony has launched the HT-G700, a new partially-wireless 400 watt (W) soundbar system rated for up to 7.1.2-channel audio reproduction and effective room coverage. It supports standards such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X while using its...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 May 2020 19:16:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Display A1 is an affordable 23.8-inch monitor. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Upcoming Redmi Display should be even cheaper than the Xiaomi Mi Display 1A external monitor; both companies have new monitor ranges planned

It has been reported that both Xiaomi and Redmi are working on new monitors. A planned 23.8-inch Redmi Display is expected to be even cheaper than the new Xiaomi Mi Display 1A external monitor. Xiaomi’s upcoming range will include...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 12 May 2020 13:06:00 +0200
Some LG 2020 TVs may have less than a full HDMI 2.1 spec. (Source: LG)

Some 2020 LG TVs have less than full-speed HDMI 2.1 ports, and apparently that's okay

A Forbes contributor has highlighted an issue in which some 2020 OLED 4K TVs from LG were found to lack the "full" HDMI 2.1 standard. This means that the devices' ports cannot transmit data at their highest possible speed of 48 gi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 09 May 2020 20:40:00 +0200
The new Cable Matters docking station. (Source: Cable Matters)

Cable Matters releases its first USB type C/Thunderbolt 3 docking station

The popular PC/Mac accessory-maker Cable Matters now sells a dock that combines USB type C and Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Therefore, it can drive dual 4K monitors at up to 40 gigabits per second (Gb/s). It also has 3 type A ports to ac...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 06 May 2020 23:09:00 +0200
The new Optix G27C5 is identical to its predecessor in almost every aspect. (Image source: MSI)

MSI Optix G27C5: The most pointless update of 2020?

The relatively inexpensive MSI Optix G27C4 has been replaced by a new model, albeit one that is arguably a downgrade. The Optix G27C5 is still a curved, 27-inch, 165 Hz and 1,080p monitor that has decent colour reproduction for a ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 06 May 2020 21:47:00 +0200
The Asus ZenBook Duo ScreenPad is incredibly useful, but keep in mind these limitations

The Asus ZenBook Duo ScreenPad is incredibly useful, but watch out for these limitations

Two screens are better than one... in most cases, at least. Here are our biggest gripes about the dual-screen ZenBook Duo UX481 and what we would like to see im...
Intel Core i7-10510U | NVIDIA GeForce MX250 | 14" | 1.8 kg
Allen Ngo, Tue, 05 May 2020 00:07:00 +0200
LG's 2020 soundbars will be available for sale soon. (Source: LG)

LG launches its 2020 soundbars for the US market

LG has announced that the soundbars designed to go with its 2020 OLED and NanoCell TVs will be available in the US soon. These products are rated to deliver between 380 and 770 watts (W) of audio power, and feature enhancements su...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 04 May 2020 23:08:00 +0200
DP Alt Mode v.2 is another potential use of the USB type C port. (Source: VESA)

USB 4.0 type C ports will be able to output up to 16K video at ~80Gb/s thanks to VESA's new DisplayPort standard

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has released specifications for its new DisplayPort (DP) Alt Mode version 2.0 standard. This video output modality allows USB type C ports to drive even 16K/60Hz displays, as it c...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 04 May 2020 22:01:00 +0200
The Dimensity 1000 supports the AV1 codec. (Source: MediaTek)

The MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is the first mobile SoC to have a hardware-based AV1 video decoder

AV1 is a video codec that allows for the playback of 4K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) in the presence of smaller file-sizes compared to other similar formats. MediaTek has announced that its 2020 flagship SoC, the Dime...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 29 Apr 2020 23:40:00 +0200
Philips has launched the 345M1CR Momentum UltraWide gaming monitor. (Image source: Philips)

Philips reveals 34-inch Momentum UltraWide gaming monitor with 144 Hz refresh rate that could be ideal for the PS5 and Xbox Series X

Philips has announced the new 345M1CR Momentum UltraWide gaming monitor, which could be an option for gamers pondering about what to use with a future purchase of either a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. The 34-inch curved-screen ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:46:00 +0200
An example of an Oranth product. (Source: Oranth)

A "leading" TV box manufacturer switches to Huawei's HiSilicon chipsets for some of its new devices

Oranth is a company that makes smart TV equipment, some of which are sold under the brand-names of other OEMs. It has announced that a new 4K series of the same will run on SoCs supplied by HiSilicon, a division of Huawei also res...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 24 Apr 2020 18:58:00 +0200
A new Sony Z8H 8K HDR LED TV. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases pricing and availability info on its 2020 8K and 4K TVs

Sony has announced details on its latest TVs, including their MRSPs in USD and where to get them. They include 8K LED models, which are of course the most expensive on this new list. However, there are also 4K BRAVIA OLED and LED ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:09:00 +0200
The Canon EOS R5. (Source: Canon)

Canon hypes the EOS R5 with more detail on its specs

Canon has yet to launch what is to be the "most advanced" full-frame mirrorless unit it has ever made, the EOS R5. In the meantime, the OEM aims to keep enthusiasm for this camera going with a deeper dive into its full specs. They...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 20 Apr 2020 20:37:00 +0200
The Mi Display 1A costs just CNY 699 (~US$99). (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi releases its new budget conscious external monitor, the Mi Display 1A

Featuring a 23.8-inch IPS panel, the Mi Display 1A has three-micro-edge bezels and a viewing angle of up to 178°. Retailing for just CNY 699 (~US$99), the Mi Display 1A is likely to attract interest from those who are looking for ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 20 Apr 2020 13:33:00 +0200
The new MSI Optix MAG301CR is a 30-inch and 200 Hz VA panel with fast response times. (Image source: MSI)

MSI presents an ultra-wide & 200 Hz 30-inch gaming monitor

With the Optix MAG301CR, MSI has created a 21:9 monitor that not only has a 30-inch curved VA panel, but also one that supports up to 200 Hz refresh rates and AMD FreeSync. The Optix MAG301CR operates natively at 2,560 x 1,080 and...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 19 Apr 2020 19:09:00 +0200
TCL sold more QLED TVs in the first quarter of 2020. (Source: TCL)

TCL's TV shipment volumes hit 6.73 million in the first quarter of 2020

The display specialist TCL has reported its sales performance for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). This company sold 6.73 million of its TVs during this period. This figure was down by approximately 20% year-on-year (YoY), howe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Apr 2020 21:54:00 +0200
PSA: Check your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for light bleed and dead pixels

PSA: Check your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for light bleed and dead pixels

It never feels good to drop a couple thousand dollars on a fancy new business laptop only to find stuck pixels or noticeable backlight bleeding. Even high-end l...
Intel Core i7-10510U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.3 kg
Allen Ngo, Fri, 17 Apr 2020 05:35:00 +0200
The Flujo Signature Pro. (Source: Indiegogo)

Flujo claims to combine a multi-port notebook dock with an M.2 SSD enclosure in the Signature Pro

The advent of USB type C-only ultrabooks have led to a slew of portable solutions that purport to offer all other I/O required, many of which debut via crowdfunding campaigns. The Signature Pro from Flujo Technologies is no differ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:05:00 +0200
The new Mi Full Screen TV Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches a new, 75-inch 4K TV

Xiaomi has launched a new addition to a premium line of its TVs. This Mi Full Screen Pro is a 75-inch model with an aluminium mid-frame and a custom 1.9GHz processor from Amlogic. The Patchwall UI device has a 4K resolution, and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:39:00 +0200
Success in a remote job requires a home office that matches your work style. (Image via Pixabay)

Home office guide: Setting up a home office

Much of the workforce throughout the world is now moving home. With the transition from the office to the house, setting up a home office is a new skill many now have to learn. This guide offers the basics of setting up a home office, as well as some tips and tricks for maximum productivity.
Sam Medley, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:11:00 +0200
The new 27-inch LG UltraGear. (Source: LG USA)

LG announces US pricing and availability for the latest 27-inch UltraGear gaming monitor

The LG 27GN750 is a CES Award-winning monitor of the UltraGear series. Its almost-bezelless IPS panel has a 1 millisecond (ms) response time, has HDR10 and is compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC. The OEM has released it for sale at US$3...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:04:00 +0100
MSI Optix MAG251RX, G241, and G271 1080p monitors now shipping for budget-conscious gamers (Source: MSI)

MSI Optix MAG251RX, G241, and G271 1080p monitors now shipping for budget-conscious gamers

The 23.8-inch, 24.5-inch, and 27-inch monitors are now shipping from $190 to $340 all with high native refresh rates and either G-Sync or FreeSync to reduce tearing even further.
Allen Ngo, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 01:19:00 +0100
LG wins some Red Dot Design Awards. (Source: LG)

LG wins a Red Dot Design Best of the Best Award for a 2020 OLED TV

One of LG's latest OLED TVs has won Best of the Best in its Red Dot Design Award category. This model, the 65GX, is a 65-inch SKU of the "Gallery" series. The OEM has also won gongs from this association for a new Wallpaper-series...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 22:14:00 +0100
Some cloud gaming market stats. (Source: Fortune Business Insights)

The cloud gaming market is now projected to be worth as much as US$56.57 billion by 2027

Cloud gaming is an emerging alternative to user-owned PC set-ups, in that the massive amounts of GPU power required to sustain it are accessed remotely. Its market had an estimated value of US$12.53 billion in 2018. However, a new...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:15:00 +0100
Sculptor's new auto-rotating external monitor. (Source: Sculptor)

Sculptor presents its auto-rotating 4K external monitor on Indiegogo

Sculptor Monitor is a start-up that has launched its eponymous new external display on Indiegogo. The company claims that it addresses a number of drawbacks of the average standalone monitor with this new device. They include USB ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 22 Mar 2020 18:55:00 +0100
Asus ZenScreen has somehow grabbed 64 percent of the portable monitor market (Image source: Asus)

Asus ZenScreen has somehow grabbed 64 percent of the portable monitor market

Existing ZenScreen owners can celebrate an ongoing raffle with Asus from now until April 5th for a chance to win a ZenBeam S2 portable projector.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 08:33:00 +0100
LG's 2020 OLED TVs are now available. (Source: LG)

LG launches the first Real 8K OLED TVs, but they'll really cost you

LG's 2020 OLED TV line-up includes 8K models for the first time. These panels feature the CTA's 8K Ultra HD certification and an 88-inch option. However, their series also starts at a whopping US$19,999.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Mar 2020 23:19:00 +0100
TCL has revealed new product lines for 2020. (Source: TCL)

TCL introduces its new "Quantum Dot Pro" TVs

TCL has launched new TVs for 2020, which are divided into 3 series: V8, C8 and P9, which also have their own additional marketing monikers and specific enhancements or use-cases. They are quantum-dot panels, some of which also hav...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 17:48:00 +0100
Philips Brilliance 329P9H Review: 4K Display with USB-C Dock

Philips Brilliance 329P9H Review: 4K Display with USB-C Dock

Docking station and webcam. With its built-in USB-C dock, a good 4K panel, a secure pop-up webcam, and PowerSensor the Philips Brilliance 329P9H is positioned as serious workhorse. Find out in our review how it performed when we got our hands on it.
Klaus Hinum, Thu, 05 Mar 2020 04:06:00 +0100
A top view of a new Samsung T55 monitor with 1000R curve. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches 1000R ultra-curved monitors for the home and office

Samsung has revealed its new ultra-curved monitors for the office. The new T55 series comes in three sizes and features the same dramatic 1000R curve seen on the gaming monitors it introduced at CES 2020.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 04 Mar 2020 11:30:00 +0100


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