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Where’s the HDR Monitors Already?

I’ve been across a lot of forums and comment sections that talk about 4K being the future, followed by 8K after that when it comes to monitor technology. However, if you do the math for what pixels the human eye can actually see, 1440p is all anyone should ever need. Why is 4K so much better then? The answer lies in what colors the pixels can actually reproduce. Because of this, more pixels end up looking better color wise once they’re grouped up, even though the human eye can’t discern the individual pixels at a normal viewing distance. The patches of color start showing more variance at higher resolutions, tricking us into thinking it’s the higher resolution itself that’s better. AMD stated at CES, earlier this year, that we need better pixels. While the human eye may not work well compared to the magnifying focus of an eagle eye, what it can see as far as the range of colors is concerned is pretty amazing. If pixels aren’t reproducing colors to the extent that the human eye can see them, shades blur together making images look flat, rather than vibrant and varied. This is where High Dynamic Range (HDR) comes into play. HDR can almost reproduce all the colors the human eye can see on an individual pixel basis. This means that a 1080p monitor can actually look better than a 4K that isn’t using HDR. Some of you may be reading this and thinking that it sounds good on paper, but that doesn’t mean it will actually translate to ...


VIEWSONIC has FreeSync Monitors that are Super Affordable

Those of you who bought 4k monitors last year, this article might not be for you. Those of you who think you MAYBE can spend $200 tops for a good monitor, listen up. AMD has helped many of us budget gamers play modern titles at reasonable settings and frame rates. However, many of us are probably squeezing by with a cheap panel that has a basic 60 Hz refresh rate with the hope that the colors look decent. FreeSync is the dream, but is there anything affordable? VIEWSONIC seems to be answering the call for gamers who don’t mind 1080p and the latest prices on Newegg are pretty fantastic. For $180 and two dollar shipping if you’re not in a hurry, you can get a FreeSync 27″ monitor. The thing is, while the panel is fairly new, the initial reviews are stellar. Out of the 7 total reviews across the three sizes, every one of them is 5 eggs. There is some minor complaints about the stand and speakers, but the quality meets the expectation for the amazing deal these panels are. The important part is that the panels seem to look great for gaming. If you haven’t had a chance to dive into FreeSync, it might be a good time to look into it. If size isn’t a major factor for you, then the 21.5″ is a shocking $110! These are exceptional deals for budget gamers but there’s no way to tell if these prices are going to be around for very long. Check out the links below and find out if this is the final piece to your ultimate gaming experience. 27″...

AOC presents new IPS displays with asymmetric stand – unique design meets supreme image quality

Unique design meets supreme image quality: AOC presents new IPS displays with asymmetric stand Amsterdam, 6 October 2015 – Display specialist AOC extends the range of its Style line displays with two new models, which are a feast for the eye even when turned off: the nearly borderless design of the AOC I2481FXH (23.8″ / 60.5 cm) and AOC I2781FH (27″ / 68.6 cm) combined with a unique asymmetric metal stand make them stand out from the crowd. But they really come into their own when switched on: their IPS panels ensure highest-grade colour fidelity, sharp contrasts and stunning details for simply brilliant images. High-class design and picture quality: the IPS monitor AOC I2481FXH with asymmetric stand Unique, premium stylish design The 23.8″ (60.5 cm) AOC I2481FXH and the 27″ (68.6 cm) AOC I2781FH make a bold design statement with their asymmetric metal stands, a feature unique to these AOC monitors. To add to their good looks, both feature ultra slim, nearly borderless frames: the bezel of the 23.8″ AOC I2481FXH is a mere 7.5 mm wide, whereas the 27″ I2781FH model’s is just 9.9 mm slim. This way, they are an appealing addition to any style-conscious user’s desktop. Brilliant images, wide viewing angles The two monitors impress even more when turned on: thanks to their IPS panels with the Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, users enjoy not just wide viewing angles of 178° but also brilliant images with highest-grade colour fidelity, impressive contr...


Nixeus NX-VUE24 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review

Introduction AMD FreeSync is a topic that has been buzzing around lately and has sparked some major debates over the web. While we’re not here to debate FreeSync over G-Sync and vise-versa, we are here to talk about what FreeSync can bring to the table. In recent years, we have been hearing about nVidia’s G-Sync technology and its benefits, and we have seen many rave reviews and tests with a G-Sync Monitor, but it seemed that AMD was left behind in this arena while nVidia seemed to have capitalized on the G-Sync Technology. However, with the recent technology advances from AMD’s graphics line up and the team up with VESA, we are now seeing AMD FreeSync displays and graphics cards showing up in the market, and we love to see competition. Not only does this leave room for a competitive market, but now this also gives AMD fans a hand in the technology. Although they don’t exactly perform the same way, they both have the same concept in mind. We will go over the AMD FreeSync technology in just a little bit. In the meantime… we bring you the new Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display review. The Nixeus brand is not as mainstream as some of the other popular brands like ASUS, BenQ or even Acer, but they are hitting the market strong with their new AMD FreeSync enabled display. We were one of the few lucky sites that were able to get our hands on an initial engineer sample of the Nixeus 24″ FreeSync 144Hz Gaming Display. This is our...

Philips Monitor with Ultra HD Quality and 4K Resolution in New 32-inch Size

Philips Monitor with Ultra HD Quality and 4K Resolution in New 32-inch Size Super-fine UHD 4K resolution for brilliant images with flicker-free technology • 32-inch size provides richer midsized display choices with UHD 4K     Amsterdam, 30 June 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces a new display with 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution. The BDM3275UP display – at 32 inches a new size for Philips Monitors with this resolution – responds to growing demand for super-fine resolutions at comparatively modest screen dimensions. Users can look forward to 4K UHD clarity for detail-rich entertainment such as movies and games, as well as for data-intensive office applications. 32 inches of brilliant performance With 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, 4K UHD resolution packs four times as many pixels per inch of screen as Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and delivers four times the clarity. This latest Philips 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) display makes MMD’s line-up of screen sizes at the ultra-high resolution even more complete, which already features 28-inch, and 40-inch models. Like its co-members of the 4K line-up, the BDM3275UP display is configured for a stunning viewing experience. It offers rich 10-bit colour support for natural, gradation-free colour reproduction, Philips Flicker-Free technology to regulate brightness and reduce flicker, as well as an advanced IPS-AHVA panel for extra-wide viewing angles ...


AMD’s Technology Decks: FreeSync

We’re finally coming to the last of the Tech Decks from AMD. FreeSync is very straight forward. It matches the frame rate of your graphics card to the refresh rate of your monitor so that gaming experiences are incredibly smooth. Based on reviews across the web, FreeSync seems to work incredibly well and AMD included a list of monitors that will include the technology. Enjoy the slides and start planning next year’s tax return early since a FreeSync monitor could very well be on the list.

New Philips USB Docking Monitor for Simplicity that Makes Sense

New Philips USB Docking Monitor for Simplicity that Makes Sense A single USB cable expands display workspace and keeps peripherals connected • Great display performance with brilliant AH-IPS LED and Flicker-Free technology Amsterdam, 26 May 2015 – MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces an innovative 21.5-inch Philips USB Docking Monitor in a fresh new design to complement the existing 23-inch model, bringing greater connectivity choices, simplicity and extra screen space to more office desktops than ever. With its advanced USB plug-and-play and Ethernet connection, the 221S6QUMB USB Docking Monitor enables notebook users to keep their peripherals connected, access the Internet or office intranet, and enjoy additional display space – with brilliant clarity and vivid colours. All by plugging in a single USB cable. Thomas Schade, Vice President EMEA at MMD, says: “With more and more mobile professionals preferring ultra-thin notebooks that are short on ports and interfaces, there is a real need for a display that can deliver instant access to desktop peripherals – and instant productivity – when users are in the office. The new 21.5-inch Philips USB Docking Monitor connects the notebook to any of the devices hooked up to the display. It also expands the screen space available, enabling people to use both their notebook screen and the large AH-IPS display without having to adjust the resolution.” Port re...


Philips Quad HD Monitors now in 32-inch Size

Philips Quad HD Monitors now in 32-inch Size • Crystal clear QHD resolution for brilliant reproduction • Flicker-Free technology for more comfortable viewing • MultiView allows active dual connect and view Crystal clear QHD resolution for brilliant reproduction: the BDM3270QP Amsterdam, 30 April 2015 - MMD, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announces an exciting addition to the line-up of displays with super-fine resolutions beyond HD. At 32 inches, the BDM3270QP display is a new size for Philips Monitors with QHD, and offers users another choice for increasing their screen space. Raising productivity with its dazzling viewing experience, the new display features QHD resolution to bring graphics and images vividly to life. Super-fine resolution at a new 32-inch size The new 32-inch display responds to the growing demand for higher resolutions beyond HD at screen dimensions that appeal to users looking to scale their desktops up a level. The QHD (Quad High Definition) display offers a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (four times as many as the 720p HDTV video standard), with a desktop that provides plenty of space for managing multiple windows with detail-rich clarity. The resolution is matched by excellent colour reproduction: with 1.074 billion colours and 12-bit internal processing, the new 32-inch display gives smooth, natural colours without gradations and colour banding. The display also features Philips Flicker...

Wellness and Eye Care Take Center Stage with the 24” Philips SoftBlue Monitor

Wellness and Eye Care Take Center Stage with the 24” Philips SoftBlue Monitor Anti-blue light technology eliminates emissions of harmful blue-light to reduce the impact on eyes without sacrificing color quality Fremont, California – April 16, 2015 – Today EPI announces the availability of the 24” Philips Soft Blue display (247E6BDAD) which uses Anti-blue light technology to protect users against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit computer screens. With people spending more time than ever interacting with digital devices, continuous blue light exposure through extended screen time poses a potential risk of long-term damage to eyesight. The Philips SoftBlue monitor is now available on Amazon.com for $170. Blue light, the end of the visible portion of the color spectrum (380-450 nm), is made of high-energy waves. These waves are strong and penetrating. Blue light radiates from computer monitors, smart phones, and tablets. Consumers spend hours a day in front of their screens working and socializing, however screen time comes with side effects. Headaches, eyestrain and eye fatigue are common complaints after working on a computer for an extended period of time. The Philips SoftBlue display reduces eye fatigue by eliminating 90 percent of blue light at harmful wavelengths, helping to mitigate the negative impact on eyes and improve well-being. Unlike software-based approaches, the SoftBlue display works using a new technology which changes the peak of t...

Enjoying spring – 3 tips for less stress and more productivity at work

Enjoying spring: 3 tips for less stress and more productivity at work Amsterdam, 16 April 2015 – Spring! Finally, the days are getting longer again and the weather is getting warmer. Most people want to go outdoors and try to make the best out of bright evenings. But already a new email is pops up, a colleague is still waiting for a return call and a document also needs to be finished. In these moments, many wish the day had 30 hours. However, having more time is often not the only solution. Frequently, it is the little things that already help to make work less stressful and more effective. MMD, a leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips Monitors, gives advice on how to make your day more productive and use time efficiently: Tip 1: Make room and organise To regain a better overview on upcoming work and the necessary materials for it, it helps to clean up your desk – this also applies to your PC desktop. Next to moving unused files into a folder or the recycle bin, the right equipment also helps. On a monitor with a large format, multiple windows can be well-organised next to each other. This allows you to see more information at a glance, hence making better sense of complex information from multiple sources and helping complete tasks faster. For example the Philips BDM4065UC offers vast 40 inches – plenty of room to spread out.   Moreover, one large display can replace a dual-monitor configuration which is today commonly used for data-inte...

Game on: AOC offers extensive monitor range for ambitious gamers

Game on: AOC offers extensive monitor range for ambitious gamers Amsterdam, 19 November 2014 G2460PG: This monitor with integrated NVIDIA G-SYNC technology synchronises the display’s refresh rates to the graphic card’s GPU. G2460PQU/BR: With a refresh rate of 144 Hz this monitor takes gaming performance to the max — at an affordable price. G2770PQU: A display which adds extra space to the gaming experience and boasts excellent refresh rates as well as speedy response times. G2460FQ: Non-stop action for thrill-seeking gamers at an affordable price. The next level in gaming performance: the G2460PQU/BR and the G2460PG A new level of gaming with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology; the G2460PG With its NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology, the 24″ (61 cm) G2460PG from AOC’s Style Line immerses the player right into the gaming action. The integrated G-SYNC module synchronises the display refresh rates to the graphics card’s GPU so nothing comes between the player and the game. The extremely short response time of just 1 ms effectively eliminates ghosting effects, delivering crisp and clear images even in the most intense in-game situations. Thanks to the outstanding refresh rate of the G2460PG, enemy movement is displayed in ultra-smooth motion and competitors can be easily targeted. Not only do the in-game environments come to life in one super-smooth movement, but also at a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. Thanks to a luminosity of 350 cd/cm² colours are vibrant and bright. In...

Multi-tasking for mobile users – AOC presents portable monitor

Multi-tasking for mobile users: AOC presents portable monitor Amsterdam, 16 October 2014 – More space for higher efficiency: AOC introduces an extremely versatile monitor targeted at users of netbooks, notebooks or other portable computers. With its 17.3″ (43.9 cm) screen the myConnect E1759FWU creates additional display space for increased working efficiency. The monitor’s USB 3.0 compatibility allows extra fast charging and a brilliant picture quality. Simply practical: only one USB cable handles data transfer as well as power supply. This monitor is a lightweight champion – quickly installed and easily toted along. Additional display space which can be carried around effortlessly: the AOC E1759FWU The perfect companion for business users The myConnect E1759FWU provides mobile users with a dual monitor set-up in an instant. This way, business users are able to set up a comprehensive work environment when working outside the office. The monitors light weight of only 1.28 kilos as well as its super slim design make this monitor a perfect companion on business or leisure trips. Despite its great portability, the myConnect E1759FWU impresses with a 17.3″ (43.9 cm) screen which roughly equals the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Furthermore, the monitor simplifies many business situations as users can conveniently share information with customers on the additional screen. For ease of transport and for safe keeping of this ultra-portable lightweight display, a prote...

Productivity and entertainment big-time – AOC presents 34″ WQHD monitor

Productivity and entertainment big-time: AOC presents 34″ WQHD monitor Amsterdam, 22 July 2014 – AOC is setting new standards for “large”: with the u3477Pqu, the display specialist has set sail to new shores as it combines size with enhanced productivity. This 34″ (86.7 cm ) WQHD monitor is the right choice for cinema enthusiasts and demanding multi-task users alike. Stunning image clarity, detail and 1.07 billion colours make sure you get the full picture when displaying high-resolution images with 4.95 million pixels on the UltraWide panoramic 21:9 screen. The monitor boasts an impressive resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels on the more than a quarter of a square meter display area, and the aspect ratio allows viewers to watch movies without black bars on top and bottom. Thanks to a great interplay between hardware and software, users can easily watch a movie and play a computer game at the same time on the same screen. Alongside many different ports like USB 3.0 and DisplayPort, AOC offers an integrated HDMI port with MHL functionality which enables the user to directly mirror smartphones and tablet screens onto the big screen.    Productivity meets cinema feeling: the AOC u3477Pqu   Productivity redefined Multimedia editors, engineers as well as stock market analysts or any other professionals working with spreadsheets are likely to appreciate the benefits of the model’s productivity-enhancing features. Gone are the days with endless scrolling or sw...


Diamond DS3900 Ultra Dock review

Are you tired of continuously reconnecting cables to your laptop, but don't want to buy the specific docking station for your laptop? Or, perhaps you have multiple systems that you use daily. Personally, I run multiple systems from home and constantly switch between systems that require more then a remote desktop connection. Diamond Media has a solution for these scenarios. Introducing the DS3900 Docking station! Cconnected via a USB, the DS3900 allows you to keep your primary peripherals connected to the dock and switch over with a single cable swap. Before we get started, here's a little about Diamond.


Diamond DualView Super Speed 3.0/2.0 Dual Display Graphics Adapter

In today’s desktop environment, multiple displays are becoming more popular whether you are working or playing. However, sometimes video cards that will enable you to accomplish this are pretty expensive. Today we will be reviewing an inexpensive solution to facilitate expanding your desktop space with multiple monitors. We have the Diamond DualView Super Speed 3.0/2.0 Dual Display Graphics Adapter on the test bench today, so let's dive in and see if its just what the doctor ordered.

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