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Dell’s Curved Monitors for Gamer

What good is having an ultra-powerful PC if you’re still connecting it to a dusty old monitor? We reckon doing so would be pretty silly. Good thing that alongside the new Alienware Area 51, Dell’s pulled the curtain back on its 34-inch Ultrasharp U3415W display then. It boasts a wider-than-widescreen 21:9 aspect ratio that’s paired with 3,440 x 1,440 lines of resolution (just under 4K’s 3,840 x 2,160) and a curved screen. Dell says that the monitor’s wide field of view mated with its curves will give gamers a leg up on the competition because, compared to flat monitors, less eye movement is needed to take advantage of the player’s peripheral vision. Intrigued to test that claim? You can do so come this December. We’re hoping that regardless of size, though, a curved screen doesn’t necessarily equate to an expensive screen – Dell hasn’t announced pricing for these displays just yet.

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You can watch movies or run a presentation directly from your PC or Laptop

The DisplayPort to DVI Multimode Short 200mm Cable makes it easy to integrate a DisplayPort PC or Laptop and a Digital Video Monitor. You can watch movies or run a presentation directly from your PC or Laptop with DisplayPort to a monitor, projector or HDTVDisplayPort to DVI cable is designed for use with newer PCs and Laptops. Simply connect the cable to the DisplayPort of the source device and the DVI end to an external DVI monitor,HDTV or projector. The DisplayPort connector features a locking DisplayPort connector providing a secure, dependable connection to your monitor. The DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter offers superb performance and reliability. Manufactured to the latest DisplayPort specifications, this adapter is engineered using the most advanced cable technology for the highest performance and quality.  DisplayPort   is a next-generation technology that delivers high bandwidth, pure digital audio/video signals from your PC to your display. Quality-made from 28 AWG copper wire, this cable is designed to deliver sharp, crystal-clear picture and sound.  DisplayPort supports higher resolutions and the refresh rates than DVI and VGA. DisplayPort supports data transmission rates up to 10.8Gbps which is enough to transmit uncompressed audio and video signals.

Specification:

  • Supports Video-Mirroring & Extended desktop modes
  • Gold plated connectors
  • PC:VGA, SVGA, VGA, SXGA , UXGA (video format)
  • HDTV: 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p, 1080i, and 1080p
  • DisplayPort Male to DVI-D Female connectors
  • Compliant with DisplayPort 1.1 specification for both 1.62 and 2.7Gbps
  • Compliant with DVI 1.1 specification up to 1.65Gbps
  • Sends Extended Colors up to 12-Bits per Component for Billions of Colors
  • Short 200mm Cable
  • Transfers Both Uncompressed Audio and High-Definition Video Signals

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Easily to Connect

Its plug and play adapter. It allows you to connect a computer equipped with DisplayPort to a monitor, projector or HDTV equipped with DVI, which is a more widely available video format. The DisplayPort has a smaller connector footprint compared to DVI and VGA on your desktop, unlike the HDMI Connectors the DisplayPort cable comes with a latch to help secure your cable for optimum connectivity. Future-proof yourself as DVI and VGA are slowly being phased out. DisplayPort cable is a next-generation technology that delivers high bandwidth, pure digital audio/video signals from your PC to your display. Quality-made from 28 AWG copper wire, this cable is designed to deliver sharp, crystal-clear picture and sound. This cable enables the connection of your Mini DisplayPort supported computer to a DisplayPort supported monitor or other device. The cable features a locking DisplayPort connector providing a secure, dependable connection to your monitor. Connect the four included 6-foot DisplayPort cables between the computers and the Switcher inputs. Connect the Switcher output to the monitor using a DisplayPort cable. Connect the included 5V DC locking power supply to the 4×1 Switcher and connect the AC power cord to an available electrical outlet. The currently selected source will be displayed. This cable is engineered using the highest quality components for optimum signal transfer and maximum sound and picture quality.

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Eizo Monitor does 4K resolution at 36-inches

                

Looking for a display that can do justice to all that 4K footage you’ve been shooting on your Red One or Arri Alexa lately? Okay, perhaps not. But if you were, then the DuraVision FDH3601 from Eizo Nanao could handle it easily with 4096 x 2160 pixels spread over 36.4-inches of LED-backlit real estate. It comes with another big number too: a price tag of ¥2.88 million ($36,000), which gently hints at the fact that this beast is primarily aimed at specialist industrial applications. Eizo claims it’s perfect for air traffic control, where staff can make full use of specs like “Digital Uniformity Correction” circuitry to compensate for uneven color or brightness, motion sensors to power the monitor on or off as needed, and a stand that can be minutely adjusted to get the perfect angle. Suddenly, despite the heavy burden of responsibility and the fact that you have to keep your phone switched off all the time, that career choice seems almost worth it.

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Samsung unveils SyncMaster P2770HD monitor with TV tuner

Samsung has unveiled a new monitor in Korea that is packed with features and can be used as a HDTV as well. the monitor is the Samsung P2370HD and it has 27-inches of screen space. Being that the thing is called a monitor, we can assume it is aimed at computer users who also want to be able to watch TV in one device.

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The screen has a TV tuner and HDMI input. It has a full 1080p HD resolution and a response time of 5ms. The contrast ratio is 50,000:1 and is dynamic. Sound is provided via a pair of 3-watt speakers that promise simulated 5.1 surround sound.

The set also features picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes that will allow you to combine your PC desktop with live TV on the screen at once if you want. The set is priced at about $473 and should be set to ship globally in the not too distant future.

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Dell Silently Intros New LCD Monitors

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Round Rock, Texas-based Dell has reportedly updated its product portfolio with the introduction of a couple of new displays, designed for both the large public and for the professional market segment. According to available details, these new displays are yet to be officially announced by Dell, but they have already surfaced on a couple of the company’s web pages. There are three new consumer-grade displays, featuring resolutions of 20, 22 and 23 inches, as well as a new 24-inch monitor that packs an IPS panel.

According to available details, the Dell UltraSharp U2410 display has just surfaced on the company’s website, packing a large 24-inch form factor and coming with an integrated IPS panel. The new monitor looks to provide users with a series of interesting features, being a worthy alternative for a number of computer users. The UltraSharp U2410 comes with a native resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels, featuring a 6ms response time, a maximum brightness of 400 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1000:1 (80000:1 DCR). The display has a 178/178 degree viewing angle and comes with four USB 2.0 ports and D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors.

In addition, it looks like the company has also introduced thee mainstream displays, namely the 20-inch E2010H, the 22-inch E2210H and the 23-inch ST2310, all of which are already available for order. As far as specifications go, the first comes with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels, while the second one offers support for a Full HD native resolution. The more interesting 23-inch ST2310 delivers support for a Full HD resolution and boasts a widescreen panel, a sleek design, DVI/VGA/HDMI connectors, 250 nits of brightness, 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 5ms response time and audio in/out ports.

As far as pricing goes, the UltraSharp U2410 is set to become available for about US$760, while the E2010H, E2210H and ST2310 are available for US$139, US$199 and US$229, respectively.

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Mimo 7-inch USB monitor goes clamshell

One of the compromises frequent travelers have to make is the limited screen size that comes with an ultraportable or thin-and-light laptop. This is a difficult transition, especially if one is used to large 20-inch-plus screen real estate in the office or home. Fortunately, USB monitors provide an easy way of extending the display without bringing in a separate power supply.

Mimo’s new 710-S 7-inch USB monitor ups the portability ante by coming in a clamshell form factor. This protects the screen when the unit is not in use. The 800×480-pixel resolution isn’t great, but works well as a secondary monitor for instant messaging and e-mailing. The screen can be rotated to portrait mode as well. Its 350cd/m2 brightness level and 400:1 contrast ratio make it suitable for use in most indoor environments.

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NEC’s 23-inch MultiSync EA231WMi LCD monitor welcomes DisplayPort

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DisplayPort may still have some ways to go before it’s widely accepted as the next HDMI, but with more and more outfits now pumping out panels with these very sockets, we reckon that wide market recognition is nigh. Take NEC’s MultiSync EA231WMi for example, which boasts a 23-inch LCD, four-way swivel stand, a two-step ECO mode for showing Ma Earth some love, a three-step ambient light sensor for automatically adjusting brightness and DisplayPort / VGA / DVI connectivity. Further specs include an integrated four-port USB 2.0 hub, built-in carry handle, down-firing speakers, a headphone socket, native 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 270 nits of brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a 3-year warranty to keep your mind at ease. Catch it later this month for $379, but good luck scoring that bodacious frog wallpaper.

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What’s So Great About LED-Backlit LCDs

 

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LED-backlit LCDs are where TV’s future and present meet—they’re the best LCDs you’ve ever seen, but they’re not as stunning as OLED displays, which will one day dominate all. They’re not cheap, but they’re not ludicrous either. Most importantly, they’re actually here.

I’ll CC You in the FL
With LCDs, it’s all about the backlighting. This defines contrast, brightness and other performance metrics. When you watch plasma TVs, OLED TVs or even old tube TVs, there’s light emanating from each pixel like it was a teeny tiny bulb. Not so with LCD—when you watch traditional LCD TV, you’re basically staring at one big lightbulb with a gel screen in front of it.

The typical old-school LCD backlighting tech is CCFL—a cold cathode fluorescent lamp—which is an array of the same kind of lights that make people’s lives miserable in offices around the world. The reason they aren’t the greatest as backlights for TV watching is that they light up the whole damn display. Because LCD is just a massive screen of tiny doors that open and close, light inevitably leaks through the closed doors, when they’re trying to show black, resulting in more of a glowy charcoal. Check out this shot from Home Theater mag to see what I mean:

ledpicshd2LEDs (light emitting diodes) are different from say, an old school incandescent bulb, which heats up a filament to generate light, in that they’re electroluminescent—electricity passes through a semiconductor and the movement of the electrons just lights it up. Instead of having one lightbulb in the bottom of the screen, shining up through all of the LCD pixels, you can have arrays of LEDs that shine through smaller portions of the LCD screen, leaving other portions in the dark, so to speak.

OLED—”organic light emitting diode”—is slightly different. Since the electroluminescent component is organic and not a chip, each point of light can be much tinier. That’s why an LED TV still needs the LCD screen in front: there’s no way to have a single LED per pixel unless the screen is huge, and mounted to the side of a building in Times Square. OLEDs don’t: HD OLED displays are made up of red, green and blue dots, no LCD panel required.

LED Is As LED Does
So, Samsung’s term “LED TV” is more accurately—and more commonly—described as an LED-backlit LCD. But not all LED displays are created equal.

ledpicshd3There are two major kinds of LED backlighting: Edge-lit and local dimming. Edge-lit displays are what they sound like—the LEDs are arranged in strips running along all four edges of the TV, like you can see in this gut shot from Cnet. A light guide directs the glowyness toward the center of the screen. The advantage of edge-lit displays is that they can get incredibly thin, are 40 percent more power-efficient than regular LCDs and are a bit cheaper than local-dimming TVs. But because they’re still shooting light indiscriminately across the LCD panel, they can’t pull off the black levels that a local dimming backlight setup can.

LED backlighting of the local dimming variety is how you build the best LCD TV in the world. It’s called local dimming, as you probably guessed, because there are a bunch of LED bulbs—hundreds in the Sony XBR8—arranged in a grid behind the screen. They can all be dark or brightly lit, or they can turn off individually or in clusters, making for the actual Dark Knight, rather than the Grayish Knight you’d see on many cheaper CCFL LCDs. Sets with local dimming are pricier than edge-lit—the Samsung’s local-dimming 46-incher started at $3,500, versus $2800 for one of their edge-lit models. They are thicker too.

What Color Is Your LED?
The color of the LEDs matters too, separating the best LED-backlit LCDs from the the merely great. Most LED sets just use white bulbs. The reason Sony’s XBR8 started out at $5,000—as much as Pioneer’s king-of-TVs Kuro—is because it uses tri-color LEDs in an RGB array. In each cluster, there are two green bulbs next to one red and one blue (greens aren’t as bright). The result is high contrast plus super clean, incredibly accurate color.

LED displays are getting cheaper, more quickly than originally expected, so we could see them go mainstream sooner. You already see the lower-end edge-lit LED tech used in mainstream stuff—MacBook Pro and Dell’s Mini 9 to name a couple. Which is a good thing, since the prophesied ascendancy of OLED in 2009 completely failed to happen. So we’ll have to make do with LED in the meantime. Just be sure to find out what kind when you’re buying.

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