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ASUS Rolls Out ROG Swift PG349Q, a 120Hz Curved Ultrawide

ASUS today rolled out the ROG Swift PG349Q, one of the rare few curved ultrawide monitors with a high refresh-rate. This 34-inch display with a 21:9 aspect-ratio and 3440 x 1440 pixels native resolution, ticks at 120 Hz refresh-rate, and supports NVIDIA G-Sync technology. Its IPS panel has a rather obtuse 1900R curvature compared to the more common 1800R, with 178°/178° viewing-angles. Other vital specs include 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, 4 ms (GTG) response time, and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. The monitor offers flicker-free brightness adjustment, by using a non-PWM method to dim the LEDs illuminating the panel. The back side of the monitor and its stand are studded with RGB LEDs, which you control using Aura Sync RGB software. The monitor takes in HDMI and DisplayPort connections, and needs a USB connection to control the lighting. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Samsung Curved Monitor Sales Pass 1 Million Units

Samsung Electronics announced today that it has sold more than one million curved monitor products worldwide. The global display provider introduced its first curved LED monitor - the 27-inch, 4000R (curvature radius of 4,000 mm) SD590C model - in September 2014, and since has expanded its line-up to include several additional curved monitors. As a result, Samsung currently accounts for more than 85 percent of all global curved monitor sales (Source: International Data Corporation (IDC), 2015 Q4 worldwide sales results for 15"~34" curved monitors).

Designed to match the natural shape of the human eye, Samsung's curved monitors feature uniform center-to-edge viewing distances to create a more comfortable and immersive viewing experience conducive to long-term use. Combined with extra-wide viewing angles and enhanced contrast ratios, these curved displays are ideal for gamers and at-home entertainment users seeking realistic, distraction-free picture quality. As a result, Samsung has capitalized on growing demand from these audiences (many of whom employ several monitors during game play or content viewing).

Acer Intros the Predator X34 Curved G-SYNC Monitor

Acer announced its latest premium gaming display, the Predator X34. This 34-inch, curved display offers resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, and features NVIDIA G-SYNC adaptive refresh-rate technology. The panel supports refresh-rates of 60 Hz, with up to 100 Hz via overclocking. The monitor features ZeroFrame technology, an Acer innovation for multi-monitor setups that makes bezel-compensation easier. The display takes input via DisplayPort 1.2 (needed for G-SYNC, besides an NVIDIA GPU), and HDMI 2.0. Its tripod stand allows tilt adjustments. Other features include 7W stereo speakers with DTS surround, and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub. Acer is expected to price this display at US $1,299.

Acer Intros XR341CK Curved Cinematic-Widescreen Monitor with AMD FreeSync

Acer announced the XR341CK curved cinematic-widescreen (21:9) monitor. This 34-inch monitor, offers a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, and is designed for gaming. The display supports AMD FreeSync technology, which lets it synchronize its refresh-rate with the frame-rate of the graphics card. The monitor offers viewing angles of 172°/178° (V/H), refresh-rates of up to 75 Hz, 4 ms response time, and inputs that include a full-size DisplayPort 1.2a, a mini-DisplayPort 1.2a, and HDMI 2.0. Other features include a USB 3.0 hub, in-built 7W stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm headphones jack that take audio input from the graphics card; a height and tilt adjustable stand, native split-screen and PiP. When it hits the shelves, it is expected to be priced around US $1,000.

Acer Announces World's First Curved Monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC Technology

Acer today announced the 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide Acer XR341CKA monitor, the world's first curved monitor with NVIDIA G-SYNC, providing an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears. DTS sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminum base and ambient lighting options create an exciting entertainment experience with style.

The Acer XR341CKA features a curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) resolution IPS display panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, providing an immersive experience in games and entertainment with a broader view. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut, delivering accurate color reproduction desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts for precise color matching across applications and print output.

AMD Announces FreeSync, Promises Fluid Displays More Affordable than G-SYNC

AMD today officially announced FreeSync, an open-standard technology that makes video and games look more fluid on PC monitors, with fluctuating frame-rates. A logical next-step to V-Sync, and analogous in function to NVIDIA's proprietary G-SYNC technology, FreeSync is a dynamic display refresh-rate technology that lets monitors sync their refresh-rate to the frame-rate the GPU is able to put out, resulting in a fluid display output.

FreeSync is an evolution of V-Sync, a feature that syncs the frame-rate of the GPU to the display's refresh-rate, to prevent "frame tearing," when the frame-rate is higher than refresh-rate; but it is known to cause input-lag and stutter when the GPU is not able to keep up with refresh-rate. FreeSync works on both ends of the cable, keeping refresh-rate and frame-rates in sync, to fight both page-tearing and input-lag.

Philips Intros BDM3470UP 34-inch 21:9 Monitor

Philips launched the BDM3470UP, a high-resolution 34-inch monitor with the ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Featuring an AH-IPS display panel, with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, 178°/178° viewing angles, 320 cd/m² maximum brightness, and a 10-bit color palette (1.07 billion colors), the monitor is designed for multi-tasking in a content-creation environment. Display inputs include dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, and MHL (mobile high-definition link). It also features two independent USB hubs, a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, and a 2-port USB 3.0 hub with high-current "fast-charger," in addition to stereo audio input for a headphones jack. Its stand offers height, tilt, and rotate adjustments; the monitor supports standard VESA wall mounts. Available in Denmark, the BDM3470UP is priced at 7,949 DKK (US $1,208), including taxes.

Samsung Rolls Out the S34E790CN Curved Ultra-Wide HiDPI Monitor

Samsung rolled out the S34E790CN, a 34-inch, curved, ultra-wide screen monitor, offering pixel densities comparable to Ultra HD monitors. The monitor offers a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, with a curvature optimized for getting more detail through to your peripheral vision. It features in-built split-screen and PIP functions, and takes in input from DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI 1.4 connectors. Other display vitals include 4 ms (GTG) response time, 178°/178° viewing angles, 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, and dynamic mega-contrast ratio. Other features include a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, and 7W stereo speakers. Measuring 821.5 mm x 275.5 mm x 552 mm (WxDxH), it weighs 9.9 kg (including stand). It is expected to hit the stores around the 15th of this month.

HP Debuts Virtual Reality Displays

HP today expanded its portfolio of computer monitors with an interactive virtual reality display, 4K and 5K ultra high-definition displays and curved displays for consumers and professionals. Designed to immerse users into a variety of digital experiences, the new products include:
  • HP Zvr Virtual Reality Display: Rotate, manipulate and navigate 3D images from the 23.6-inch diagonal interactive display. The HP Zvr will change how users think, work, and create with virtual-holographic 3D images.
  • HP Z27s and HP Z24s 4K Displays and the HP Z27q 5K Display: Ultra high-definition (UHD) solutions aimed to increase productivity by expanding the visual workspace and connecting to more devices.
  • HP Z34c, HP ENVY 34c, HP EliteDisplay S270c and HP Pavilion 27c Curved Displays: An immersive personal experience that will enhance visual perception and audio experiences.

LG To Introduce World's First 21:9 Gaming Monitor With AMD FreeSync At CES 2015

LG Electronics (LG) today announced plans to introduce the world's first 21:9 "UltraWide" gaming monitor compatible with AMD FreeSync technology for fluid motion during fast gameplay.

The new monitor headlines LG's expanded lineup being unveiled next week at the 2015 International CES and further solidifies the company's leadership in the growing 21:9 segment, which caters to the digital imaging, business professional and gaming markets. Based on IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, LG is the world sales leader in this monitor segment over the last seven fiscal quarters (as of the third quarter of 2014) with a market share of 77.3 percent of the world's 21:9 monitors.

Samsung Introduces SE790C Curved Monitor

Samsung Electronics introduces its newest and most advanced curved monitor, model SE790C, delivering an enhanced immersive and comfortable viewing experience for multi-media entertainment and multi-tasking. Alongside an optimized curvature design, ultra-wide quad high definition (ULTRA-WQHD) resolution and a superior contrast ratio, the new 34-inch curved monitor SE790C offers enhanced productivity and entertainment functionality within a sophisticated and ergonomic design.

"All curves are not created equal. Samsung's SE790C offers an industry-leading and award-winning curvature for a truly immersive, comfortable and differentiating viewing experience," said Seoggi Kim, Senior Vice President, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. "Combined with superior picture quality, productivity and entertainment-enhancing technology features, and design sophistication, our latest curved monitor delivers on our brand promise to push the limits of what display solutions and innovative technology can deliver."

LG 34UC97 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor Now Available in the US

LG Electronics today begins selling its 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) in the United States. The world's first monitor to incorporate a curved In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch (32.7-inches measured diagonally) class display provides remarkable picture quality, professional functionality and a range of convenient connectivity options. LG's 34UC97 is available nationwide for $1,299.

With LG's IPS technology, the LG Curved UltraWide Monitor delivers immersive wide viewing angles that allow users to view the screen clearly without distortion at virtually any angle. The LED backlighting delivers deep black levels and rich colors for an amazing contrast and color detail, and its Ultra Quad High Definition (UQHD) picture quality with 3440 x 1440 pixels make movies, games and sports come to life.

Dell Releases UltraSharp U3415W Curved Ultra-Wide Monitor

Dell released its UltraSharp U3415W, a 34-inch curved ultra-wide monitor, which the company claims will provide an ergonomic multi-display workspace with just two displays; to rival those with three full-HD ones. The displays are equipped with blue-light reduction technology, to reduce eye-strain. The U3415W offers an aspect ratio of 21:9 (cinematic), with a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, refresh rate of 60 Hz, and 8 ms response time (GTG). Display inputs include HDMI 2.0 (sufficient bandwidth to run the panel at its native specs), mini-DisplayPort 1.2, and MHL. The monitor takes both analog inputs, and digital audio passthrough from its HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.2 connections, to drive its inbuilt 9W stereo speakers. The UltraSharp U3415W from Dell will begin selling some time in November, 2014.

LG to Unveil World's First 21:9 Curved IPS Monitor at IFA 2014

LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its newest IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) and other compelling monitor offerings at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The world's first monitor to incorporate a curved IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch monitor provides remarkable picture quality and a range of convenient connectivity options. Also to be introduced at IFA 2014 will be the stunning Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) and the feature-packed Gaming Monitor (model 24GM77), both combining superior performance with modern style and versatile functionality.

LG's flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts with extra screen real estate so users can get more done in less time. By adding a gentle curve to a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, LG has created a unique product that delivers a more immersive experience.

AOC to Release the u3477Pqu 34-Inch 3440 x 1440 Monitor

This summer AOC is set to bring to market the u3477Pqu, a 34-inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels. The upcoming ultra-wide display has a slim bezel design, makes use of an AH-IPS panel and features a 5 ms (GTG) response time, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 320 cd/m2 brightness, a four-port (dual 2.0 and dual 3.0) USB hub, built-in 3 W stereo speakers, and D-Sub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs.

The AOC u3477Pqu is said to come out in July. No word on pricing though.
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