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AOC Intros Two New AGON CX Series Curved Gaming Monitors

AOC today introduced two new AGON CX series curved gaming monitors in the conventional 16:9 aspect ratio, the 32-inch AG322QCX, and the 27-inch AG272FCX. The two feature VA (vertical alignment) panels, which serve up 144 Hz refresh-rates, and support for AMD FreeSync technology (over DisplayPort). The monitors look "gaming grade," boasting glossy red+black color schemes, and an acrylic tripod stand. Controls are handled by an AOC QuickSwitch RF remote control. The AG322QCX offers native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, and inputs that include two each of DisplayPort and HDMI connectors, with one D-Sub (VGA); while the AG272FCX is Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), featuring two DisplayPorts and one HDMI, besides the D-Sub. Slated for May 2017, the AG272FCX is expected to be priced at 449€, and the AG322QCX at 599€ (including taxes).

NEC Announces MultiSync EX341R Curved Ultrawide QHD Display

Adding to its staple of monitor offerings, NEC has just announced the EX341R Curved Ultrawide QHD Display 34" display, which boasts a 3440 x 1440 resolution, an 1800R curvature, and an SVA panel. The panel makes do with a 5ms response time, which while not being great also isn't the worst we've seen on this kind of panels. It also boasts of 16.7 million colors, a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, and brightness is rated at 290 cd/m².

The EX341R is certified for Low Blue Light Content and Flicker-Free operation, which should help reduce eye strain and other health issues. It also features NEC's ControlSync technology, which works with DisplayPort's daisy-chain functionality to simplify multiple monitor configurations; the monitor also features a picture by picture mode. As to connections, the EX341R has 2xHDMI ports, 4xUSB 3.0 ports, and 1xDisplayPort 1.2 I/O.

Acer Unveils the XR382CQK 38-inch Ultrawide Curved Monitor

Acer today unveiled its high-end XR382CQK 38-inch monitor. This ultra-wide curved monitor with a curvature of 2300 R, serves up a native resolution of 3840 x 1600 pixels, with a response time of 5 ms, viewing angles of 172°/178° (H/V), 300 cd/m² brightness, and 10-bpc (1.07 billion colors) support. The display takes input from DisplayPort 1.2a, and HDMI 2.0, with support for AMD FreeSync technology over DisplayPort.

The XR382CQK features active blue-light reduction technology, a non-PWM method of controlling brightness (reduces LED flicker), "black boost," which improves contrast, and game modes (presets) specific to various game genres. Measuring 896.9 mm x 327.7 mm x 309.1 mm (WxDxH), it weighs about 10.71 kg. It supports VESA wall mount. Other features include a 4-port USB 3.0 hub including one type-C port. Available now, the XR382CQK is priced at USD $1,299.

AOC Q2781PS/Q2781PQ Announced: Swarovsky Crystals To Go With Your QHD Monitor

AOC has just introduced two new monitors to their line-up, offering some respectable, if ordinary, specs. The Q2781PS and the Q2781PQ are both 27" screens featuring AH-IPS panels running at a 2560×1440 resolution, with up to 350 nits brightness, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 178°/178° viewing angles, a 5 ms response time and a 60 Hz refresh rate. AOC claims that the Q2718PQ and the Q2718PS displays can reproduce 16.77 million colors at full sRGB coverage.

These monitors break some ground on the aesthetics part of the equation, though, with extremely thin bezels and an asymmetrical L-shaped stand that must be one of the most tastefully designed I've ever seen. One thing differentiates both panels, though, and this is where we cautiously ravage the "acquired tastes" label: while the AOC Q2781PQ has a silver stand and a regular black back panel, the AOC Q2781PS comes with a rose gold base, and a back panel decorated with Swarovski crystals.

LG UltraFine 5K Monitor Plagued by Rookie Design Flaw

There's "big" trouble for LG, which scored exclusivity on Apple Store for its UltraFine 5K monitor. A critical flaw in the monitor's design makes it intolerant to electromagnetic interference from devices as inconspicuous as home Wi-Fi routers. Apparently, the designers of the display forgot to give proper EM (electromagnetic) shielding for its electronics. When placed within 2 meters of a Wi-Fi router, the display begins to flicker, and when brought closer, the display even blanks out.

As an immediate workaround, LG advised customers to keep the display at least 2 meters away from a Wi-Fi router. Something like this could be tricky in a postmodern workspace such as a studio, where multiple MacPro workstations wired to such 5K displays are connected to the Internet over commercial Wi-Fi, with powerful >9 dBi antennae designed to spread signal to the far reaches of the office. LG maintains in a statement that this issue does not affect its other monitors.

Source: ArsTechnica

AOC Announces the Agon AG352UCG: Ultrawide 35", 3440*1440, 100 Hz and G-Sync

Joining the already considerable plethora of gaming-oriented monitor offers from the company, AOC has recently announced the launch of the Agon AG352UCG. As it happens with AOC's line of monitors, this one also has quite respectable - and dare I say near-perfect specifications.

It is a 35" behemoth of a monitor, though its ultrawide aspect ratio will undoubtedly make it look smaller due to the lower verticality of the display than in other screen formats; packs a 21:9, 3440*1440 AU Optronics VA panel with 100Hz refresh rate (and 4ms response time), as well as G-Sync support to boot. The panel boasts 100% sRGB coverage, and a 2000R curvature ratio.

HP Launches Omen X Curved Gaming Monitor With G-Sync Support

After announcing an entire Omen line of products last year, HP took to CES 2017 to announce the availability date of one such previously-announced products: the Omen X Curved Gaming Monitor. It's a beautifully achieved, 35" Wide QHD display with 100Hz refresh rate and a 4ms response time. The display's bezel measures under 6.87mm on the top and the sides (which should prove nearly invisible), and further complementing the immersive gaming experience is the 1800R curvature; this means the distance from someone's eyes to any point of the monitor should be equal, if they are positioned correctly.

Dell Unveils 32", 8K UltraSharp Monitor

At CES 2017, Dell has unveiled yet another addition to their monitor product line, and this one is drool worthy: an 8K, 32" UltraSharp monitor, with an insanely high resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 at 60Hz. Labeled as the world's first 32-inch 8K resolution display with Dell PremierColor, the UP3218K offers 1.07 billion colors and packs in more than 33 million pixels - four times as many as a 4K display and 16 times more than Full HD. That means it offers a PPI rating of 280 - which translates into "very high" settings for a desktop screen.

Dell Announces the Ultrathin QHD 27" HDR Monitor (S2718D)

Dell has announced at CES their new ultrathin 27" monitor. Aptly (and maybe unoriginally) named the "Dell 27 Ultrathin Monitor", it sports a Quad HD (2,560 by 1,440 pixels) screen with a 178º viewing angle which also supports HDR (though apparently, and according to Dell, not the same as HDR standards you'll find in 4K TVs. However, it will still be able to display higher contrast and color range than most consumer monitors, with support for up to 99 percent of the SRGB gamut.

Samsung Unveils CH711 Curved Quantum-dot Monitor

At CES 2017, Samsung Electronics plans to demonstrate how it has stepped up its game in the entertainment monitor space with the unveiling of its new CH711 Quantum Dot Curved monitor. Additionally, Samsung will also showcase its recently launched CFG70 and CF791 Quantum Dot displays at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth #15006, Central Hall.

"Today's multimedia consumers have heightened expectations; they demand an immersive experience that makes them feel like they're part of the games they play and the content they view," said Andrew Sivori, Vice President, CE-IT Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. "Our new Quantum Dot Curved monitors offer brilliant design, richer color, and even deeper contrast than ever before."

ViewSonic Introduces the VP2771 27-inch Monitor with SuperClear IPS Panel

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solution products, launches the VP2771, a 27-inch WQHD monitor that offers superior color accuracy and uniformity for color-critical applications. The VP2771 is built with an edge-to-edge SuperClear IPS panel, and features professional-level color precision. With one of the world's thinnest bezels for a frameless viewing experience, the VP2771 monitor is ideal for multi-monitor configurations for graphic designers, video editors and other professional content creators.

For consistent color, each VP2771 monitor is factory calibrated to deliver a precise Delta E≤2 value for outstanding color precision of all the included color spaces, including sRGB, EBU, SMPTE-C, REC709 and DICOM-SIM. Uniformity of color across the screen is a critical feature in achieving the most accurate viewing experience in color-critical applications. The integrated color uniformity function ensures consistent chromaticity across the screen, while a 14-bit 3D look-up table generates a palette of 4.39 trillion colors. With a 6-axis color adjustment feature, users can individually adjust six primary colors: red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow, providing the ultimate in color processing.

LG Readies 4K HDR Gaming Displays for CES 2017 Launch

Already an industry leader renowned for integrating cutting-edge technology into its premium, high-resolution monitors, LG Electronics (LG) is pushing the industry to the next level with plans to introduce a HDR-compatible 32-inch UHD 4K monitor at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month.

The availability of HDR content continues to expand, covering a wide range of fields from movie to games. The enhanced picture quality offered by HDR technology is instantly recognizable to even the most casual user and manufacturers are already pushing this promising technology to its fullest potential. With professional-grade picture quality and exceptionally vibrant colors, HDR compatible monitors will appeal to creative professionals, gamers, and anyone else that takes image quality seriously.

BenQ Announces Flagship Photographer Monitor SW320

BenQ, internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle devices, today announced the SW320 photographer monitor, a 31.5-inch 4K display with class-leading color performance and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability. Spanning a wide color gamut covering 99% of Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB, Rec. 709, and the digital cinema industry's DCI-P3 color space, SW320's true 10-bit IPS panel and advanced 14-bit lookup table (LUT) deliver spectacular color quality with precise ≤2 Delta E values.

"SW320 represents the pinnacle of BenQ color-critical display technology," said Conway Lee, President of BenQ Corporation. "This wide color gamut HDR monitor takes professional imaging to new heights, fulfilling the demanding and exacting requirements of photography enthusiasts."

AOC Reveals P2779VC 27-Inch PLS Monitor With Qi Charging Capabilities

In a bid to help you remove at least one of those pesky charging cables from your life, AOC has revealed a 27-inch PLS monitor which includes a Qi base station on its stand, enabling you to charge compatible smartphones. In doing this, AOC joins the likes of Samsung in offering monitors with wireless charging capabilities.

The P2779VC features a 1920x1080 resolution PLS panel, one VGA input, and two HDMI 1.3 inputs. The panel boasts a 178-degree viewing angle, true 8-bit color depth, and a 20,000,000:1 contrast ratio, pointing it more towards color accuracy than other metrics. When it comes to gaming, it's certainly not at the top of screen responsiveness with a quoted response time of around 5ms, but it certainly isn't impossible to game on.

The P2779VC will debut in the US in December, with AOC saying it will be stocked by Amazon, Best Buy, and Newegg, with an MSRP of $250.

BenQ Intros the EW3270ZL Eye-Care Monitor

BenQ introduced the EW3270ZL Eye-Care monitor. This 32-inch monitor features a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, with a design focus on being easy on the eyes. This include dynamic brightness adjustment that senses the ambient lighting; and a non-PWM method of adjusting brightness of the LED back-lighting (prevents micro-flickering). Under the hood is an AMVA+ panel with 10 bpc (1.07 billion colors) support.

Other key display features include 4 ms response time (GTG), 178°/178° viewing-angles, 300 cd/m² maximum brightness, native contrast ratio of 3,000:1 (static), and dynamic mega-contrast. The display takes input from HDMI 1.4 (native resolution at 30 Hz), DisplayPort 1.2 (native resolution at 60 Hz), and mini-DisplayPort (native resolution at 60 Hz). Other features include 2W stereo speakers. The stand allows basic tilt adjustments. The company didn't reveal pricing.

Monitors with 1000 ppi: Scientists researching Graphene to develop 'Mechanical Pixels'

At the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, scientists were hard at work researching how to produce mechanical Graphene sensors. Working with membranes measuring only two atoms thick, there are 13 micrometer-sized round air filled cavities in a silicon surface (silicon oxide) that are covered by double-layered Graphene. Upon observing these samples, the scientists noticed that the colors of the membranes differed. When the pressure within the cavities varied, the air 'bubbles' became concave or convex, changing how light refracted through them and created different colors.

At first this disappointed the scientists, as it became apparent that the small bubbles were not homogeneous enough to build a sensor. However they quickly noticed that the effect showed promise for an entirely different path of research - the Mechanical Pixel. The scientists speculate that screens built using this technology could eventually lead to much more flexible, durable and energy efficient panels than current LED technology allows. They do however caution that this research is very much in stages of infancy, it remains to be seen whether this mechanization of Graphene could conclude in screens of comparable quality or be scaled up to mass production. Bear in mind the samples that are currently being worked with would produce a panel with a pixel density north of 1,000 DPI. An explanation for mechanical color pixels can be found in this Vimeo video.

Source: TU Deft

AOC Announces the AGON AG251FZ 25-inch 240Hz FreeSync Monitor

AOC's AGON line of PC monitors has been increasingly added to by the company - which usually signifies strong sales and brand recognition. In trying to cater to an even more diverse consumer base, AOC has now added a new offer to their AGON line of gaming monitors: the AG251FZ.

The AG251FZ 25" is a 16:9 ratio monitor, which comes in at the still-dominating 1920*1080 resolution, sporting a TN-type panel with a 1ms Grey-to-grey response time which allows it achieve a 240Hz refresh rate. The panel offers 16.7 million colors, brightness of 400cd/m2, contrast ratio of 1000:1, and pretty decent viewing angles of 170/160. On top of that, the monitor also includes AMD's royalty-free FreeSync (active from 48Hz towards the 240Hz maximum refresh rate), with 1x HDMI 2.0 and 1x DisplayPort 1.2a adaptive sync compatible inputs, as well as more legacy 1x DVI and 1x VGA inputs. The monitor also features a connectivity hub, sporting 4 x USB 3.0, Audio out/in, and Microphone in/out ports.

EIZO Announces the RadiForce RX660 30-inch Monitor

EIZO Corporation today announced the release of the RadiForce RX660, a 30-inch 6 megapixel monitor ideal for multi-modality applications. It is the successor model to the RadiForce RX650 and features new functionality for improving reading room efficiency. The RadiForce RX660 is equipped with EIZO's original space and time saving function called Work-and-Flow which is included with the bundled RadiCS LE software. Work-and-Flow allows radiologists to easily show or hide a PinP (Picture in Picture) window allowing them to view two separate video inputs within a single monitor.

This is perfect for eliminating a monitor that is viewed infrequently - such as examination lists - and is easily operated by moving the cursor to the corner of the monitor. Additionally with Work-and-Flow, USB switching is done within the monitor so users can work on multiple PCs using only one mouse and keyboard. Users simply move the cursor across the screens to quickly start working on another PC. With these two functions, Work-and-Flow provides quick and easy information referencing and a barrier-free workstyle.

Acer Releases the BE270U Monitor - 27" WQHD IPS Panel

Today, Acer released yet another entry into their monitor line - the BE270U. It packs a 27 inch, 2560x1440 IPS panel (which grants it the 178º viewing angles), boasting a 75 Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB coverage. It also has a 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio over 350 cd/m2 of brightness, with a respectable 6ms response time. Additionally, the monitor also carries two 2 W speakers All of that is supported by what Acer calls an ErgoStand, which allows for 60º swivel, -5º and 35º tilt, and 90º pivot - though you can also wall-mount it if you so prefer. The BE27OU's connectivity options include DP, Mini-DP, MHLx2, and a USB 3.0 hub.

Acer is clearly positioning this monitor for professionals - from website designers to photographers - though it will certainly come in handy to any user who likes to dabble in such matters. The monitor also offers some multi-tasking capabilities, such as multi-streaming and PiP (Picture-in-picture). The BE270U is now available for an MSRP of $499, with a three-year limited (parts and labor) warranty.

AOC Announces the AGON AG352QCX 35-inch Curved Gaming Monitor

AOC today announced availability of the AGON AG352QCX, its premium 35-inch curved gaming monitor. The monitor features a VA (vertical alignment) ultra-wide display panel with 2560 x 1080 pixels resolution, 4 ms response time, 2000:1 contrast-ratio, and a staggering 200 Hz refresh-rate. Its gaming credentials are further bolstered with support for AMD FreeSync technology. The monitor takes input from DisplayPort 1.2a (needed for FreeSync), HDMI 2.0, and D-Sub. Other features include a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, a headset stand, and 5W stereo speakers. Expect this monitor to be priced around the $600 mark.

BenQ Announces the ZOWIE XL2540 e-Sports Gaming Monitor

BenQ announces the new ZOWIE XL2540 monitor, providing additional options for the fulfillment of individual gaming experience. From its inception, ZOWIE has been dedicated to the development of e-Sports equipment to enable competitive gamers to play to the best of their abilities.

As the latest addition to the XL series for PC e-Sports, XL2540 introduces increased smoothness in-game and its native 240Hz refresh rate can be fully activated to deliver different levels of gameplay experience when the computer generates over 240 frames per second (fps). And as such, people looking for the monitor should make sure their PC performance is up to par.

AOC Announces the AG241 Series Fast WQHD Monitors

AOC late last week unveiled the AG241 line of 24-inch monitors featuring high refresh-rates, and WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolutions, under its AGON brand targeted at PC gamers. The series includes two models, the AG241QG and the AG241QX. Both displays feature 23.8-inch TN-film LCD panels by AU Optronics, and are visually similar for the most part, except two key features. The AG241QG offers up to 165 Hz refresh-rates and supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology; while the AG241QX offers refresh-rates of up to 144 Hz, and supports AMD FreeSync technology.

Both models offer viewing angles of up to 170°/160° (H/V), 1 ms response time (GTG), 1000:1 static contrast ratios, a rheostat-based WLED illumination (flicker-free), active blue-light reduction, and matte anti-glare screen surfaces. Gamer-specific features such as display presets that are specific to gameplay type (genre-specific), a retractable headset hook on the side, VESA wall-mount, and a 4-port USB 3.0 hub. Both monitors take input from DisplayPort 1.2/1.2a and HDMI connectors. Available from November, the AG241QG is expected to be priced at £519, and the AG241QX at £389.

Source: PCMonitors.info

EIZO Announces the FlexScan EV2780 Display with USB Type-C Connectivity

EIZO Corporation today announced the release of the 27-inch FlexScan EV2780, its first monitor with a USB Type-C terminal. With USB Type-C, a single cable transmits video, audio, and USB signals and supports a super speed transfer rate of up to 5 Gbps between the FlexScan EV2780FlexScan EV2780 and connected devices. In addition, the FlexScan EV2780 can supply up to 30 watts of power for recharging notebook PCs and other devices via one USB Type-C cable, eliminating the need for separate power cables.

The flexibility of a USB Type-C terminal makes the FlexScan EV2780 versatile for both conventional offices as well as the increasing number of "free address" offices where employees move around - usually with their notebook PCs - to collaborate with other employees as needed rather than work from an assigned space.

Acer Announces the Predator XB241YU 24-inch G-SYNC Monitor

Acer announced the new Predator XB241YU, a premium 24-inch gaming-grade monitor. Its key features include NVIDIA G-SYNC support with refresh-rates of up to 165 Hz, 1 ms response time, and WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels). The monitor achieves these refresh-rates with a TN-film panel. Its new ZeroFrame LED back-lighting keeps the front bezels framing the panel to a bare minimum. Its stand allows height, tilt, and rotary adjustments. The monitor takes inputs from DisplayPort 1.2 (needed for G-SYNC), and HDMI. A 4-port USB 3.0 hub and 2W stereo speakers come embedded. Available now, the Predator XB241YU is priced at US $499.99.

Samsung Electronics Launches Quantum Dot Curved Gaming Monitor

Samsung Electronics today announced the global launch of its newest industry-leading gaming monitor. The CFG70 curved monitor, designed specifically for professional gamers, includes enhanced picture quality and player-friendly features for a truly immersive gaming experience. The display was first introduced at the Gamescom 2016 and IFA 2016 conferences.

As the industry's first curved gaming monitor to feature quantum dot technology, the CFG70 monitor (24- and 27-inch models) expresses brilliant and accurate colors across a 125 percent sRGB spectrum. This added luminance produces a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and amplifies previously-hidden gaming details in both light and dark settings. The monitor also employs an environmentally-safe, cadmium-free design.
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