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The CTA is CES ready. (Source: CTA)

CES 2021: registrations for this all-digital tech expo are now open

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that the upcoming 100% virtual version of its flagship conference is now taking registrations. They include a special reduced price from now until January 4, 2021. The actual...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:44:00 +0100
The AOC C32G2AE and CQ32G2SE are both 31.5-inch and 165 Hz gaming monitors. (Image source: AOC)

AOC C32G2AE and CQ32G2SE: Two curved gaming monitors launched with 31.5-inch panels, 165 Hz refresh rates and 1 ms response times

The AOC C32G2AE and CQ32G2SE are two 31.5-inch and 165 Hz gaming monitors. The pair have a 1500R curvature and a 3,000:1 contrast ratio too with support for AMD FreeSync Premium. The C32G2AE is a 1080p monitor though, whereas the ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 02 Dec 2020 19:42:00 +0100
Nokia's new flagship TV. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia launches Android TVs in Europe through Streamview

Streamview is an Austrian-based retailer specializing in TVs and streaming boxes. Its latest launch is for new Nokia TVs for the European market. They have 32- to 75-inch screens, most of which are also 4K and support Dolby Vision...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 26 Nov 2020 22:26:00 +0100
Gamestop will start selling Vizio TVs with FreeSync and variable refresh rate even though the Playstation 5 doesn't support them (Source: Vizio)

Gamestop will start selling Vizio TVs with FreeSync and variable refresh rate even though the Playstation 5 doesn't support them

The Vizio-Gamestop partnership might be more beneficial to the Microsoft XBox series than for the Sony PS5 at least in the short term. The TV maker is pushing hard to make it the brand of choice for console gamers.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 25 Nov 2020 19:14:00 +0100
A new ColorPro VP68a monitor. (Source: ViewSonic)

The new ViewSonic ColorPro VP68a monitor series offers Pantone validation and a color-blindness filter

ViewSonic has announced new monitors with specific kinds of support for accessibility in content creation. The OEM claims they come with color accuracy certified by Pantone out of the box, and also include color-blindness modes. T...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:39:00 +0100
A BOE AMQLED display. (Source: Wiley Online Library)

BOE launches a ground-breaking 55-inch UHD AMQLED display

BOE has announced that it has made active-matrix quantum dot light-emitting diode (or AMQLED) technology 4K and TV-sized for the first time. This emerging display standard is based on quantum dots, as is QLED, but does not require...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 22 Nov 2020 18:27:00 +0100
The Transparent OLED Display Module comes in two versions. (Image source: Panasonic)

Panasonic teases transparent OLED display ahead of global December launch

Panasonic has its answer to the Mi TV Lux, the Transparent OLED Display Module. The device will begin shipping from next month and will be available in two models. One of these contains a special dimming unit, which should give it...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 20:17:00 +0100
The MateStation B515 will only be available in China, for the time being. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei launches the MateStation B515 with AMD Ryzen processors

The MateStation B515 is here, but not with Huawei's in-house processor, as was expected. Instead, the B515 comes with a choice of the AMD Ryzen 5 4600G or Ryzen 7 4700G. A 23.8-inch IPS monitor and a keyboard will come bundled wit...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:38:00 +0100
The "Huawei ARM PC". (Source: Weibo)

Rumor | Huawei has its own ARM-based PC in the works - but this one works with standard components

Huawei is now said to be about to mimic Apple in launching a PC with its own in-house ARM CPU. However, this putative desktop can also apparently support DDR4-2400 RAM, M.2 SSDs and PCIe 3.0 expansion. These internals may be house...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 22:34:00 +0100
The XtendTouch Pro is the world's first portable 15.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen monitor promising 10-bit color, full DCI-P3 coverage, and 4K resolution (Source: Pepper Jobs)

The XtendTouch Pro is the world's first portable 15.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen monitor promising 10-bit color, full DCI-P3 coverage, and 4K resolution

Its $699 USD price tag is hefty, but the XtendTouch Pro XT1610UO is promising a long list of features not found on most other portable monitors. The big AC adapter and uncalibrated display, however, could use some more work.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 05:00:00 +0100
Sony, 4K, 120 Hz, XH90, XH90, XH900H, X9100H, XH92

Sony promises to address blurry 4K/120 Hz issue on XH90, XH900H, X9100H and XH92 TVs

Sony has promised to address the 4K/120 Hz issue affecting its XH90, XH900H, X9100H and XH92 TVs. The issue, which Sony has blamed on video processing, makes content at 4K and 120 Hz look blurry.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Nov 2020 19:51:00 +0100
Some MSI monitors like the Optix MAG274QRF-QD will accept and downsample a 4K PlayStation 5 signal (Image sourceL MSI)

PC OEM MSI addresses the PlayStation 5's 1440p woes with "console mode" scaling on supported monitors

The lack of a native 1440p mode on the PlayStation 5 has created issues for owners of 1440p displays. MSI announced an innovative "fix" on some of its monitors, allowing certain 1440p monitors to accept the PlayStation 5's 4K sign...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 14 Nov 2020 13:07:00 +0100
The Agon PD27 retails for US$799.99. (Image source: AOC)

Agon PD27: AOC and Porsche Design collaborate to deliver a stylish 27-inch gaming monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate

AOC's latest gaming monitor has been developed in partnership with Porsche Design, and it certainly looks the part. However, the Agon PD27 also packs a 27-inch panel that has a WQHD native resolution and a 240 Hz refresh rate. The...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 10 Nov 2020 19:48:00 +0100
Anyware PhonePad is a 15.6-inch portable touchscreen launching this November for $350 USD (Source: Anyware)

Anyware PhonePad is a 15.6-inch portable touchscreen launching this November for $350 USD

The 15.6-inch portable display is well-built and with plenty of connectivity features including Bluetooth 4.0 for smartphones to control. Unfortunately, its dim and glossy display is troublesome to use if outdoors where glare beco...
Allen Ngo, Sat, 07 Nov 2020 05:29:00 +0100
Finally, Nvidia Advanced Optimus laptops are now shipping (Source: Eluktronics)

Finally, Nvidia Optimus 2.0 or Advanced Optimus laptops are now shipping

Eluktronics will be one of the first to offer Advanced Optimus on its MECH-15 G3 and MAX-15 Ultra laptops this month for a starting price of $2100 USD. The reseller promised in September that it would begin shipping the systems be...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 21:05:00 +0100
The Sony XH90 may not be capable of true 4K and 120 Hz gaming, after all. (Image source: Sony)

Sony's XH90 TVs cannot game at true 4K and 120 Hz

Sony bills its XH90 range of TVs as being next-gen ready, thanks to their support for 4K and 120 Hz gaming. However, multiple reports have demonstrated that the TVs do not support high refresh rate gaming at 4K natively.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 18:50:00 +0100
Current LG CX and C9 OLED TVs have a fatal VRR flaw. (Image source: LG)

VRR Gamma problems with LG CX and C9 OLED TVs may leave PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X gamers with a headache

LG's CX and C9 OLED TVs may look exquisite, but they have a serious issue with displaying content with variable refresh rate (VRR) enabled. From washed-out dark areas to image flickering and instability, VRR is currently a no-go o...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:54:00 +0100
The UltraGear 27GN800-B is a WQHD monitor with gaming chops. (Image source: LG)

LG UltraGear 27GN800-B: 27-inch and WQHD gaming monitor with NVIDIA G-Sync, AMD FreeSync Premium and 144 Hz support announced

LG has introduced its latest gaming monitor, the UltraGear 27GN800-B. Equipped with a 27-inch IPS panel, the UltraGear 27GN800-B supports AMD FreeSync, NVIDIA G-Sync and 144 Hz gaming. The UltraGear 27GN800-B runs natively at 2,56...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 03 Nov 2020 19:02:00 +0100
A smart doorbell. (Source: Ring)

61% of US households with smart home devices polled plan to buy a smart doorbell in the next 12 months

Video doorbells enable the user to see who is at their door on their smart screens or mobile devices. A recent study indicates that 10% of US households with high-speed internet surveyed owned one of these devices in the second qu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 19:31:00 +0100
The Mi TV Lux looks great, but it is not all that usable. (Image source: Linus Tech Tips)

Mi TV Lux: Xiaomi's transparent OLED TV is both brilliant and pointless

OLED TVs cost stacks of cash anyway, but Xiaomi's transparent Mi TV Lux takes it up a notch. Costing around US$7,000, the Mi TV Lux looks brilliant, but its showstopper design is held back by its 1080p resolution and its limited c...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 28 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100
A schematic of the new OLED panel's make-up. (Source: SAIT)

Samsung’s next-gen OLED panels could upgrade to five-figure pixel densities

A new development in OLED technology could result in ultra-high-resolution displays, thanks to the latest developments in increasingly thin, effective solar panels. It involves cutting-edge physics that could be relevant to both f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:44:00 +0100
LG Display reports a good 3Q2020. (Source: LG)

LG Display reports a return to profitability for the first quarter of the last seven

LG's display division has just released its financial performance figures for the third quarter of 2020 (3Q2020). It has posted a net profit of about US$9.7 million, whereas it reported losses in 2Q2020 and in 3Q2019. There are al...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:41:00 +0100
Some Spectrum manufacturing samples. (Source: Eve Devices)

Eve Devices announces a shipping delay for the Spectrum monitor

Eve Devices is adamant that it should not ship its upcoming Spectrum monitor "until it is ready". To this end, it has revealed that the shipping date for its QHD/240Hz and 4K/144Hz SKUs has been pushed back to February 2021. This,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:57:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Fast LCD Monitor utilizes a 1920x1080 resolution. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Fast LCD 24.5-inch Monitor launches with 144 Hz refresh rate, 2 ms GTG, and Adaptive-Sync technology for 1,499 yuan (US$224)

The Xiaomi Fast LCD 24.5-inch Monitor has been launched in China with a regular price tag of 1,499 yuan (US$224), although it is on sale to early-bird purchasers. The gaming-friendly external Fast LCD Monitor promises 144 Hz refre...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:52:00 +0200
The new Acer Chromebox CXI4. (Source: Acer)

Acer pitches its new Chromebox CXI4 as a desktop-replacement for enterprise or education

The CXI4 is Acer's new Chromebox with up-to-date connectivity, featuring Wi-Fi 6, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and type C ports. Therefore, it may prove an option for the processing needed in retail or learning spaces. It also has the dimensions...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:45:00 +0200
Consumer tech may have a relative boom in 4Q2020. (Source: Pixabay)

Consumer tech sales figures in the US are set to show positive change for the last quarter of 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic often has connotations of economic downturn and general consumption-insecurity. Nevertheless, the US consumer tech sector is now projected to grow by 18% year-on-year for the final quarter of 2020 (4Q2020), w...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 21 Oct 2020 00:39:00 +0200
The new OPPO S1. (Source: OPPO)

OPPO launches its first-ever TVs with a 65-inch QLED flagship model

OPPO unveiled products new to this OEM during its October 19, 2020 Wisdom Life conference in China. They include its first-ever TVs, which run on a version of ColorOS developed specially for this new category. They have 4K panels,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:23:00 +0200
The TCL 4 series. (Source: TCL)

TCL launches its 4K Android TVs in the US

TCL now sells its 4-series smart TVs in the US. These 4K Android devices support Google's Assistant and have Chromecast functionality. They are available in 50-, 55- and 75-inch variants, some of which are already on sale for 2020...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:42:00 +0200
The PG32UQX is a 32-inch Mini-LED gaming monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate. (Image source: ASUS)

ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQX: Retailer listing points to a US$6,400 asking price for 4K, 144 Hz and Mini-LED gaming monitor

ASUS has packed an awful lot of features into the slim chassis of the ROG Swift PG32UQX, its 32-inch gaming monitor. Not only has ASUS included a 4K panel, but it also has equipped the PG32UQX with a 1,152 zone Mini-LED backlight ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:17:00 +0200
Latest C-Force CF011C monitor addresses some of the biggest issues plaguing other inexpensive portable monitors (Image source: C-Force)

Latest C-Force CF011C portable monitor addresses some of the biggest issues plaguing the category

The $200 USD 15.6-inch portable monitor uses a brand new IPS panel with full sRGB coverage and a much brighter backlight than any other external monitor we've tested thus far in this price range.
Allen Ngo, Fri, 16 Oct 2020 04:39:00 +0200
Get ready for good prices on Alienware products. (Source: Dell)

Dell sets out its deals for gamers during 2020's winter holidays

Dell has announced a whole range of sales events and deals for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and winter 2020 in general already. They include discounts on some Alienware laptops, desktops and monitors. Some of this hardware will be c...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0200
The XPS series is in this winter sale. (Source: Dell)

Dell discounts a host of consumer and small business hardware for the 2020 winter holidays

Dell's end-of-2020 holiday deals have been outlined in good time this year. They are a range of discounts on PCs and monitors for entrepreneurs as well as those looking for gift ideas already. This includes Vostro-brand machines, ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0200
Auzai 21.5-inch monitor is super cheap and super average (Image source: Amazon)

Auzai 21.5-inch monitor is super cheap and super average

You can't expect too much from a 21.5-inch monitor for less than $100 USD. The Auzai is great for basic browsing and multimedia tasks, but casual gamers or even amateur content creators will want to invest in something better.
Allen Ngo, Wed, 14 Oct 2020 01:05:00 +0200
The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor UP3221Q is as expensive as it is a mouthful. (Image source: Dell)

The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor UP3221Q is the world's first 2,000-zone mini-LED and 4K monitor

The Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor UP3221Q is the world's first 2,000-zone mini-LED monitor, and it will begin shipping as early as November 5. The monitor can reach 1,000 nits, but it will set you back US$5,000.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 13 Oct 2020 19:36:00 +0200
Wireless headphones make for a multi-billion-dollar industry. (Source: Flickr)

The wireless headphones market may be worth over US$42 billion by 2026

A new research report has concluded that the market for wireless headphones worldwide will accrue a value of approximately US$42.1 billion over the next 6 years. This growth may be based on the demand for products that connect use...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 10 Oct 2020 19:34:00 +0200
A US state now has its own Blue Light Awareness Day. (Source: Eyesafe)

October 10 is now California's official Blue Light Awareness Day

The US State of California's legislative body has passed a resolution that makes today (October 10, 2020) Blue Light Awareness Day in the jurisdiction. The device certification group Eyesafe has welcomed the motion, particularly i...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 10 Oct 2020 18:57:00 +0200
The CTL Chromebox CBx2. (Source: CTL)

The latest CTL Chromebox comes with Wi-Fi 6, upgradeable RAM and a USB type C port

CTL has announced the Chromebox CBx2, which as the OEM asserts, is versatile enough to take on the demands of a retail display as it is those of a remote worker. It has a range of up-to-date connectivity options; plus, with 2 vari...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 09 Oct 2020 23:35:00 +0200
The Alienware 38 Gaming Monitor, a 144 Hz ultrawide display, sells for $1899.99. (All images via Alienware)

Alienware announces pricing and availability for its new gaming monitors

Alienware confirmed pricing and availability for its three new monitors: the 25 Gaming Monitor, 27 Gaming Monitor, and 38 Gaming Monitor. The high-refresh-rate displays start at US$899.99 and go up to $1899.99.
Sam Medley, Thu, 08 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0200
Nokia launches 6 new Android TVs via Flipkart

Nokia launches 6 new Android TVs via Flipkart

Nokia has added updated models to its range of smart TVs sold through Flipkart in India. They include 2 new 43-inch units as well as the 2 new 32- and 50-inch sizes hinted at in an earlier leak. This new series has speakers tuned ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:19:00 +0200
Dell UltraSharp U2421E USB-C monitor offers a improved connectivity and a 16:10 aspect ratio. (Image Source: Dell)

Dell UltraSharp U2421E brings USB-C, Ethernet, and MAC address pass-through for seamless workspace connectivity

Dell has announced a new range of UltraSharp monitors starting with the U2421E. The U2421E is a FHD 60 Hz IPS panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The U2421E offers a host of connectivity options including data, display, power, and MA...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Wed, 07 Oct 2020 10:37:00 +0200
The new Dell Slim Soundbar. (Source: Dell)

Dell's latest soundbar has a magnetic mounting system for ideal compatibility with the OEM's new monitors

Dell is currently launching its latest UltraSharp monitors for home-office and prosumer use. The OEM also now unveils the SB521A, touted as the "world's lightest and slimmest soundbar". This accessory can snap onto a monitor from ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0200
An example of a Meeting Space Solution. (Source: Dell)

Dell Meeting Space Solutions are ready for the physical boardrooms of the future

Remote-working products reign supreme at present; however, Dell has prepared its new Meeting Space Solutions against the come-back of the real-life boardroom. They are bundles tailored to in-person conference settings of different...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0200
The Dell P3421W, a new ultrawide monitor from Dell. (All images via Dell)

Dell announces three new USB-C P-series monitors, including a 34-inch curved display

Dell announced three new monitors joining its P-series of displays today. Included in the announcement are a 27-inch 4K monitor, a 32-inch QHD display, and a 34-inch Ultrawide (21:9) WQHD monitor. Each of these displays features a...
Sam Medley, Tue, 06 Oct 2020 16:00:00 +0200
The new RTX A6000 card. (Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA unveils the RTX A6000 and A40: new Ampere-based cards for creative or data professionals

The RTX A6000 and A40 have been introduced as state-of-the-art GPUs for content creation, data-centers or engineering. They are based on the latest Ampere architecture, and have been equipped with next-gen tensor, RT and CUDA core...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 05 Oct 2020 22:38:00 +0200
Nokia hypes its new TVs. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia teases a new smart TV launch

Nokia started selling its Android-powered TVs in the Indian market earlier in 2020. Now, its website is building hype for two new models for this series, one of which may be more wallet-friendly than its predecessors. They are to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 04 Oct 2020 18:47:00 +0200
The new OWC Thunderbolt dock. (Source: OWC)

OWC unveils its first Thunderbolt 4 dock

OWC has launched its first dock specifically aimed at PCs equipped with Thunderbolt 4 ports. It offers a further 3 USB type Cs with the same standard, as well as a 3.2 type A port. It is rated to support dual 4K displays or one 5 ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 03 Oct 2020 18:18:00 +0200
The new "Huawei monitor". (Source: ITHome)

Huawei has a new, 24-inch slim-bezel monitor in the works: new leak

A Chinese tech blog has posted what it claims as renders of an upcoming monitor from the OEM Huawei. It shows that this apparent 23.8-inch model is to have an IPS display with a 3-side-near-borderless design. The device may also h...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 03 Oct 2020 17:44:00 +0200
The trio of E2 series monitors offer plenty of value for money. (Image source: AOC)

AOC unveils three new monitors with affordable 31.5-inch QHD, 31.5-inch 4K and 34-inch ultrawide options

AOC has presented three new entries in its E2 series, called the Q3232N, Q3432A and U32E2N, respectively. All three monitors offer good value for money, yet are designed for different use cases.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 02 Oct 2020 19:55:00 +0200
Samsung is expected to integrate Mini-LED backlighting with future QLED TVs. (Image source: Samsung - Q8CN QLED)

Samsung wants to take charge of the Mini-LED TV market in 2021 by shipping over two million units

Samsung appears to be targeting the Mini-LED TV market according to a new report from market analyst TrendForce. Apparently, the South Korean OEM is aiming to ship over two million Mini-LED TVs worldwide in 2021, with potential cu...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 02 Oct 2020 10:59:00 +0200
The new Mobvoi Home Treadmill. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi breaks into the smart home-gym market with its new treadmill

Mobvoi is an OEM perhaps best known for its TicWatch line of wearables. However, it has branched out into other device classes as of late. The latest example of this diversification is the Home Treadmill, a new piece of remote gym...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 29 Sep 2020 18:02:00 +0200


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